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.
Thanksgiving has never been one of my favorite holidays. I am thankful for all the wonderful blessings in my life, but I really don’t like a lot of the Thanksgiving foods and I don’t like big meals. I’ve never cooked or done much to contribute to the meal in the past, but since I have started cooking a little bit, I decided to bring a side dish. I don’t think I will ever be as brave as my sister who has the same cooking ability as me, but managed to cook an entire turkey by herself. Not only did she cook it herself, it was one of the better turkeys I’ve ever eaten! I was really impressed!!
Everyone also seemed to be really impressed with my jalapeño cream corn dish. We were so hungry before everything was ready that people started eating it as a dip with crackers. It made for a wonderful appetizer AND side dish!! I found this recipe on my favorite website, pinterest. Thank you to Blogher for posting the recipe AND for getting pinned!
3 cans of corn (drained)
1 stick of butter (room temperature)
1 block of cream cheese (room temperature)
3 Jalapeños (Cut and cored, remove all the seeds to get rid of the kick)
2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese