Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Banana Puddin & A New Ride

We are having dinner with some friends tomorrow night at their home, so I made some banana pudding to take with us.

I often make a bit of a mess when cooking, but I have such little space to work with!

The end product!

It is not your ordinary banana pudding; it's Paula Deen's! You know my philosophy - stick with Paula Deen, and you will never go wrong. Adam was hesitant the first time I made it, but now it's his favorite. It's a fun spin on a classic dessert.  Here is a link to the recipe that she creatively calls "Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding"  or it's below:

•    2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
•    6 to 8 bananas, sliced
•    2 cups milk
•    1 (5-ounce) box instant French vanilla pudding
•    1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
•    1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
•    1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream

Line the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top.  In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended. Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

On another note:
My little sister Jessie got her first car yesterday! How exciting!

Isn't she too cute with her little red Geo Tracker!
(Thanks Terri for the pics!)

I remember my first car: a red Chevy Cavalier with NO air conditioner. Let's just say riding in the hot Mississippi sun with no air was not fun, but boy, I thought I was cool. I had my own ride! No more riding the bus to school; no more mom and dad taking me everywhere. It was a little taste of freedom.

To Jessie:
Be careful! and Adam says, "Hands at 10 & 2!"

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