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If you follow me on my social channels then you’ve already heard my exciting news. I’m very proud to say that I’m a 2015 Big Lots Brand Ambassador!
There wasn’t a Big Lots in Maine when I was growing up so my first experience with the store was when I went off to college. But there was a Big Lots not that far from campus that I visited frequently because the value and wide selection of brands was hard to beat. When I became a Resident Advisor starting my sophomore year, Big Lots is where I would always take my residents shopping for dorm supplies, gifts, holiday decor, snacks and more.
When I moved to Kentucky I was excited to find that there were a few different Big Lots stores to choose from. Hubs wasn’t really a “Big Lots shopper” but I convinced him to come with me when we were looking for a few new pieces of furniture. He was pleasantly surprised at all Big Lots has to offer these days, and not just in terms of furniture.
There’s so much to love at Big Lots and I will be sharing lots of different items and ideas with you over the next few months. Today, though, I wanted to focus on something we all buy regularly, and that’s food. Big Lots has all the same quality brands you’ll find elsewhere at a great value.
They have everything you need for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus all your baking and snacking needs, too. Bubbles was excited that they carried My Little Pony gummy snacks (which we haven’t seen anywhere else), and my husband made sure we tried some of their frozen beef patties (they’re great). And I had to stock up on hot chocolate mixes because it’s getting colder by the day, and who doesn’t want hot cocoa on a cold night?
Whoopie pies are a Maine tradition and I’ve baked more than my fair share. I hadn’t made any in awhile, though, so when I saw all the baking supplies and cake mixes at Big Lots, I decided to make some Pumpkin Whoopie Pies using cake mix as the base and canned cream cheese frosting as the filling.
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup milk
- 1 box spice cake mix
- 1 can cream cheese frosting
- Preheat oven to 375.
- In a large bowl beat pumpkin and butter until smooth.
- Mix in eggs, milk and cake mix.
- Stir until just combined; beat on medium for 1-2 minutes until fully mixed.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; spray with cooking spray.
- Use a cookie scoop and place uniform scoops of batter on sheet (12 per baking sheet).
- Bake for 15 minutes until puffy.
- Let cool.
- Spread a pumpkin "cookie" with frosting; top with a second "cookie".
- Repeat until you've made all the whoopie pies.
If your Big Lots doesn’t happen to have a spice cake mix, you can always use a regular yellow cake mix (like I showed above) and add a tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice. Turns out just the same.
As I mentioned I have lots of projects, decorating ideas and holiday-related fun that I’ll be sharing with you over the next few months. If there’s anything specific you’d like to see from Big Lots, just let me know!