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Easy banana pudding 

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.

Ingredients:
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.

YUM!!

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Rolo bites

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.

Ingredients:
Pretzels (the waffle looking ones work best)
rolos
pecans
m&m’s

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Put the pretzels on a cookie sheet, put a rolo in the center of the pretzel and put in the oven at 250 degrees for 4 – 5 minutes. DSCN0500
Add an m&m or a pecan on the top of the semi melted pretzel/rolo.
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Put in the fridge for about twenty minutes or so to cool them off. Put on a plate and enjoy!!

S’mores Bake

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.

Ingredients:
Graham crackers
Cookie Dough
Chocolate
Marshmallows

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Line the pan with graham crackers

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Cover with cookie dough, (I bought premade cookie dough)  Cook this for about 10 minutes at 350.

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Put chocolate on top of the cookie/graham crackers

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Cover with marshmallows

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Cook the whole thing in the oven at 350 until the marshmallows are browned a little – or to taste.

Practicing for the Fourth

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.

Ingredients:

DRY Strawberries
White Chocolate
Blue sprinkles
Vegetable Oil

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!!

Carmelitas

Last week was National Screen Free Week.  I’ve never participated before, but this year I decided to give it a try.  I didn’t get on the internet other than for work or to research something and I didn’t watch any TV.  I thought I would be miserable, but the week actually was quite nice.  I haven’t even reactivated my facebook account yet.  I’m pretty sure I will do that this evening though. One of the things I said I would do with my free time was to cook something new. I decided I would make carmelitas and bring them to the office for everyone to try!  I really liked them, but they are REALLY sweet!  I got the recipe from Lulu the Baker  Her picture of the carmelita is so much better than the one I took.

32 caramel squares, unwrapped…I used a bag of caramel morsels
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Mix the caramels and cream in a saucepan over a low heat.

You will know the caramel is ready once you see it get really creamy. Once it’s done, put it to the side until the cookie part is ready. Mix the rest of the ingredients (minus the chocolate morsels) in a bowl and then put half of the mixture in the bottom of the 8×8 pan. Put it in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes.

Top the mixture with the semi sweet chocolate morsels.

Cover the chocolate with the caramel.

Put a layer of the left over cookie recipe over the caramel and put it in the oven and bake on 350 for 15 to 20 minutes or until the edges are brown.

Let it sit out until it cools.  You can refrigerate it if you want it faster, but they should be stored at room temperature.  My husband said he wishes he had some ice cream to top it.  I think it would be too sweet.

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