This year we volunteered to bring banana pudding to the family Thanksgiving dinner. I’m not sure what made my husband volunteer for this since neither of us has ever made banana pudding, but he did. So here it is. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I’m sure that grandmothers everywhere are shaking their head at us since we went the easy route, but I’m not ready to attempt any of those hard recipes; especially, when this easy recipe is so good.
1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese (softened)
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (Fat Free)
1 (5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
3 cups cold milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
4 sliced bananas
12 ounce package vanilla wafers
In a large bowl, beat the cheese until fluffy. Add in condensed milk, pudding mix, cold milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Fold in 1/2 of the whipped topping.
Line the bowl with vanilla wafers, layer banana slices on top of that. Put a layer of the 1/2 pudding mix. Layer wafers, bananas, then pudding. On top of that cover with vanilla wafers, bananas and top with leftover whipped topping.
Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
My mom’s idea of cooking for the holidays is ordering all the food, picking it up, then bringing it to the party. That can get really expensive, so my sister and I said we would make the food ourselves this year and she could pay us. We were only (half) joking about the pay us part… We did manage to make my corn casserole, green bean casserole, stove top stuffing, and these rolo bites on our own and everyone seemed to love it all! My sister also made a turkey and a ham, but I can’t claim that I helped with that at all.
It was extra exciting this year because it SNOWED on Christmas in Dallas. The weatherman said that it hadn’t snowed in Dallas on Christmas for 83 years. I’m so glad my niece and nephew got to have that experience, even though they probably won’t remember it since they are so young.
Pretzels (the waffle looking ones work best)
Put in the fridge for about twenty minutes or so to cool them off. Put on a plate and enjoy!!
There is something about a s’more that puts me in a good mood! I’m not sure if it’s the chocolate or the crispy marshmallows, but either way, they make me happy! Unfortunately, I’m not around a campfire very often, so I rarely get the opportunity to actually make a s’more. I found this recipe on Pinterest that allows you to make a s’more in the oven, so I had to try it out for Thanksgiving. I liked it so much that I’m planning on making it again for my potluck on Wednesday.
Cover with cookie dough, (I bought premade cookie dough) Cook this for about 10 minutes at 350.
Thanks to Pinterest, I’ve started contributing to random parties that I’ve been invited to. Before that, I just graced everyone with my presence. Maybe that is why I’m not invited to a lot of parties…hmmmm…. Well, now that I’m becoming domestic, I’ve been trying to remedy that. Fourth of July is coming up, so I get to test my party etiquette. I looked everywhere for a pretty red, white and blue layered alcoholic punch to bring, but I could only find non-alcoholic ones. So, I decided to make these pretty strawberries instead. They turned out ok, but I think I can do better on the actual day of the party.
Put white chocolate and a tiny bit of vegetable oil in a bowl. (I used too much vegetable oil, so I suggest using it sparingly.)
Microwave the chocolate for about a minute. Once it’s hot, stir it up until it’s smooth.
Get a bowl of blue sprinkles. This bowl was too small. I ended up getting a bigger one and filling it up. You’ll use more sprinkles than you would think you’d need.
Dip the strawberry in the white chocolate, then dip it in the blue sprinkles, then wait until the chocolate hardens to eat. YUM! I’m pretty sure these will be a hit at the party!!