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I am so excited to tell you about an awesome service project we do in my area every year. I love being able to help out in the community, and I love pie.
This service project combines them both!
Every year, our church does a pie (and other dessert) drive for the local juvenile detention center. The holidays are dark in places such as that, and having a delicious, often home-baked dessert brings a little bit of light into a place that doesn't see much joy.
We hope that those kids who are in there will remember small acts of service such as this and pay it forward when they can.
Marie Callender's is on board to help encourage "Random Acts of Pie-ness" such as this in your communities this holiday season, when we often think of others more than ourselves. There are so many ways you can share the love of pie with your friends, neighbors, and communities:
- Organize a Pie/Dessert Drive in your area. Maybe you don't have a juvenile facility nearby, but you might have a group home, a Ronald McDonald house, or somewhere else that needs a little love.
- Drop off a baked pie at a neighbor's house, or to someone you know is having a hard time. Download these printable gift tags and attach two of them to your pie- one for them to see your love for them, and one for them to pass it on to someone else!
- Visit a long-term care center for the elderly, and bring a pie with you! You might make some new friends! (Of course, get the okay from the center first!)
What other ideas do you have to "Share the Love of Pie?"
It makes me sad to type this, but my family are not big pie eaters. I, on the other hand, LOVE with a capital L Pie- especially Dutch Apple- my favorite!
So, what do we do when someone gives us a pie? Make parfaits! In this case, I baked up this absolutely incredible Marie Callender's® Dutch Apple Pie, carefully following the directions on the box.
I walk past the pies at Walmart pretty much every time I am there, but rarely splurge and pick one up. The pies are in the freezer isle, while the Reddi-Wip® can be found in the dairy cases.
I had to make sure my crust didn't burn by adding some foil strips on the crust about 2/3 of the way through the baking time.
After letting it cool, I served up the pie with some Reddi-Wip®, making Dutch Apple Pie Parfaits.
Simply scoop some of the crusty bits of pie into the bottom of a glass or mini mason jar, and swirl a layer of Reddi-Wip® on top of the pie.
Follow up with another scoop of pie, making sure to get lots of delicious fruit and filling, then top off with a beautiful swirl of Reddi-Wip®.
Finish off your creation by sprinkling some of the yummy crumb topping over the top of the dessert.
My family doesn't like pie, but parfaits? They ate those right up. (I guess everything really is better in jars!)