One of my favorite holiday desserts is Marie Callender’s Turtle Pie. I love the combination of chocolate, caramel and pecans. It’s so luscious. This pie is incredible. And, since I’m busy cooking a big Thanksgiving meal, desserts are usually simple. It doesn’t get any simpler than this pie. While we were all enjoying a festive meal with our family and friends yesterday, many of our service men and women were not able to be with their families. I remember the years when my brother was in the Army. It was right after September 11 and he was deployed in Afghanistan one year and Iraq the next. While it was hard for us to celebrate the holidays without him, it was even harder for my baby brother to be away from home during these times. This fall, Marie Callender’s announced the return of the Comforts from Home Project, a partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO) that’s dedicated to bringing the heartwarming feelings, flavors, and favorites of home to those who miss it most. The Comforts from Home Project is something near and dear to my heart. It ensures that our troops have a place to celebrate every holiday, with or without their families, bringing the comforts of home that can often be taken for granted, such as seasonal meals, company, entertainment and a chance to relax away from the stress of active service. Something that they really need. It’s super easy to participate in this program. Simply purchase specially-marked packages of Marie Callender’s meals and desserts and go to this website to enter the code on the box. From September 1, 2015 through January 29, 2016, for every code entered, Marie Callender’s will make a $.50 donation to the USO Operation Celebration program up to $300,000. By doing so, you can help make the holidays a little more special for our service men and women. You can find a list of participating Marie Callender’s products and see how many codes have been entered to date with the real-time code tracker here. For every entry by 1/29/2016 of an 8-digit code found on participating products, Marie Callender’s will donate $.50 to the USO Operation Celebration program. Guaranteed minimum donation: $100,000. Maximum donation: $300,000. Limit 5 code entries per person/computer each day. Valid in U.S. Only.
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