grandmother's (Gregg) banana pudding

Last year sometime I went to my grandparents for dinner and she had the most amazing banana pudding.  I wrote down her recipe and unfortunately forgot about it until this summer.  I’ve made this several times this summer and it’s always a hit!  In fact, we usually don’t get much of it before it’s gone.  I made some last week to take to the Conley’s house for dessert.  Joey asked me to make extra so we’d have some here too.  The good thing is that it makes quite a bit so I just split it into two dishes (actually 3, I took one to my very pregnant friend, Tracy).  Anyhow… here’s the recipe!  Enjoy!

  • 1 block Cream Cheese
  • 1 can Sweetened, Condensed Milk
  • 1 package Vanilla Instant Pudding (large Box)
  • 3 cups Cold Milk
  • 1 tub Cool Whip (large Tub)
  • 5 whole Bananas (ripe)
  • 1 box(es) Vanilla Wafers

Preparation Instructions

In a mixer, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk. Mix until smooth. Add the vanilla pudding mix. Gradually add the 3 cups of milk. Mix for about 5 minutes or until smooth. Fold in half tub of cool whip. Slice bananas and sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent browning. Layer bananas, pudding, crushed vanilla wafers, repeat. Top with remaining cool whip. Garnish with vanilla wafers and leftover bananas. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Enjoy and be prepared to make more soon! (WARNING… It is rich)

recipes for a rainy week

There are many recipes I’ve been wanting to try. Monday I decided that I would try as many as possible this week.

Monday night I made Green Chili Enchiladas from Patti at Patti’s Pantry. They were very good…we had the leftovers tonight! I also made my homemade salsa, I will post the recipe for that later…just remind me!

Tuesday for a treat I made mini candy apples from little momma and company. Kiley and Terra came over to help. Kiley is Jaxon’s girlfriend!

Tuesday for dinner I made a recipe that my friend Terra gave me. It was SO good. I don’t know what it is called, so I’ll just call it Yummy Chicken.

Yummy Chicken
*6-8 chicken tenders or 2 chicken breasts- place in the bottom of a baking dish
*season – I used minced garlic and onion, seasoned salt, and lots of pepper
*top with sliced swiss cheese
*cover with one can cream of chicken soup (I use the healthy request)
*sprinkle with bread crumbs (I also crushed some croutons)
*melt 1/2 stick butter and pour over top
*bake at 350 for 45 minutes….YUMMY and so tender!!
I served with steamed rice and vegetables!!

Tonight I made brownie swirled peanut butter oreo cookies. Oh yes I did….they are amazing, except for the second batch that I burned!!

This is one of the best salads I’ve had in a while.
I made this when we had company last week. No recipe really…I just marinated some chicken tenders in tequila lime marinade. I mixed some spinach and romaine together with some chopped celery and green onions. I had little cups with all the toppings, like a salad bar! Cherry tomoatos, a few different cheeses, turkey bacon, apples, tropical salsa, etc. Then I made homeade ranch (from the packet, made with low-fat buttermilk, fat-free mayo and light sour cream) and homeade cilantro citrus vinagrette (also from a packet)!!! SO good…make it!!

Yes, I had a little bit of fun with Picnik tonight!! My laptop is on the fritz and it has my photoshop on it…I needed an alternative and I had fun!
Stay tuned for the reveal of my big art project on Friday!!!

Blogger Bash 08'

Thanks for the flowers Summer…I need fresh ones like these every week!

Last night was the big blogger party at MRCC. It.was.a.blast!!!! Summer and Aubrie did a great job. Please go read Gena’s post from today. She wrote how I was feeling. It’s funny how my life would not feel complete without my blogging family!

Not only was it fun to visit with lots of friends, and do a little shopping of course, but the food was great! I wish I’d taken a picture of the food table!!
I made Cucumber Party Slices…. As I promised some of you, here’s the recipe!

It’s SO simple, 5 ingredients.

1 loaf french bread – I baked my bread in my pampered chef flowered shape tube. I don’t think they make them anymore and that makes me sad! What I suggest is to buy a loaf of french bread. The best is Panera and they will slice it for you (about 1/2-3/4″ thick)
1 8oz block Cream Cheese , room temperature- I always buy the 1/3 less fat neufatchel cheese
1/2 C Miracle Whip or Mayo – I use light or fat free
1 package Good Seasons dry Itallian dressing mix
1 large cucumber

Mix the cream cheese, mayo and dressing mix together. Spread the mixture onto the bread slices, be generous!! I peel a few stripes off my cucumber for decoration. Slice the cucumber thinly and place on top on the bread slices. Serve fairly soon, they will hold up for a while, but they are best freshly made. Enjoy. Scrape the bowl with leftover cucumber slices… don’t waste any of the cream cheese mixture, please!

bunless burgers and a giveaway**UPDATED

Who says bunless burgers can’t be good?? Since Monday, Joey and I have not had any bread, sugar or potatoes… It’s been interesting! Tonight I made these:

They were very good and very simple!

On to the giveaway….I’m going to be making something fun this weekend! The first person who can correctly guess what I’m making from the items below will get a little package from me!!

**Here’s a guess….It’s something you wear!**

Have a great weekend!!

Double Candy Brownies

I’ve seen these on several of the food blogs that I read::

1 box brownie mix…. mix according to package directions.
fill the cups about 1/3 full
put 1 square chocolate in the middleSpoon remaining batter on top of chocolate bar…
Crush 2 full size butterfinger bars and sprinkle on top
Bake at 350 for 20-30 min depending on your oven (mine cooks super fast)
Cool on rack.
Take out of the paper and enjoy!!
I didn’t even get a chance to put mine on a plate – It was that good!
The top is a little crunchy, but the inside is gooey with chocolate….OH MY WORD!
Make them tomorrow – you won’t be disappointed!

New Recipe Wednesday

I tried a new recipe last night:: Chicken Parmesan Subs from the RR Everyday magaznine (March 2007).

As you can see we had a caesar salad to go with them. We both liked it, but agreed that next time we didn’t want the sauce spooned over the chicken. The best part was the garlic bread. I will never make garlic bread the same again. It was so good when you rub fresh garlic over the top of buttered, toasted bread! YUM-O (as RR would say)!