Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Giving Thanks

Dear Mom,
The next few days will probably be too busy with pies baking, turkey roasting, and everyone home, so I am seizing what may be my last quiet moment to share a deliciously simple recipe.
This one came from our favorite, and now, very sadly, closed, gift and tea room, Helio's.
Helio's was the scene of countless birthday lunches, just because lunches, and the traditional day after Thanksgiving mother/sister lunch. It is the place my Young Lady called "The Tea Party Store". It was a place filled with the sound of happy female chatter and laughter. And many good memories.

Helio's was the place where, for us, everyone knew our names.

Here we are celebrating her 10th birthday!

The basic menu never changed - which is a good thing, because I walked in knowing what I would be eating- my chicken salad croissant lunch and hot, spiced tea was all part of my Helio's experience! But the desserts did vary, with special offerings during the holidays. This recipe is one of those holiday offerings, which they also graciously shared with their customers.

Pumpkin Spice Crunch
from Helio's Tea Room
Carmel, IN

1 (30 oz) can Pumpkin pie filling
1 (130z) can sweetened condensed milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 box spice cake mix
2 sticks of butter, melted ( I used Smart Balance butter blend)

Combine the first 3 ingredients and spread into a greased 9X13 pan. 
Sprinkle dry cake mix over the top and drizzle this with the melted butter.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Elaine said...

Sounds like a great recipe!! It is sad that one of your favorite places is closed. However, you do have the memories of many happy times there.

Carol L. said...

I loved Helio's too. Took my mom there a couple of times when she was in town visiting. I never had the Pumpkin Spice Crunch but will be trying it now. :-)

Anonymous said...

Had been going to Helio's since I was a little girl - even had an early lunch there on my wedding day.

So sad when it closed, and for the reason.

Thanks for sharing!