Regular readers of THE ROCK FATHER know that I'm a big fan of The J.M Smucker Company. Smucker's is an American tradition, so when I had a chance to visit their headquarters in Orrville, Ohio last Fall for their Holiday Traditions gathering, I jumped at it. While I had a great time and learned a lot (want a killer Brussels Sprouts recipe?), I couldn't help thinking that my family would like to visit there as well, so on our first-ever Great American Road Trip series, I took my wife and daughters to The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Cafe for a late lunch and a little bit of shopping as we made our way back to Illinois last month.
If you've been following me for a bit, you might already know that I like to do some cooking and baking with the girls from time-to-time. This past holiday season was massive for both, fueled by my trip to Smucker's HQ in Ohio as part of a group of rockin' bloggers from across the country. But now we're in a lull, and wouldn't ya know? A care package from The J.M. Smucker Company arrived here at Rock Father HQ - a selection of new products from their family of brands including JIF, Pillsbury Baking, and Smucker's. First up? Some cupcakes made with the new Pillsbury Baking Funfetti Aqua Blue cake mix, topped with new All-Star Orange Funfetti Frosting and sprinkles.
After being inspired by my recent trip to The J.M. Smucker Company in Orrville, Ohio, I decided to try my hand at baking not only some of the tasty treats we sampled in their Culinary College, but also some of the recipes that they include with their products - you know, the ones you always see on packages and think "I should try that," but usually don't. This week, the little ones and I made a batch (3 dozen) of the Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies that are featured on the new Jif Whips Whipped Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mint Flavored Spread. They turned out pretty well...
We love making homemade pizzas here at Rock Father HQ, and one product we'll have to try soon is the new Pillsbury® Artisan Pizza Crust with Whole Grain. If you're up for making some pizza with your family, I've got a new coupon to share that will allow you to SAVE $1.25 when you buy any Pillsbury® Refrigerated Artisan Pizza Crust with Whole Grain!