Sunday, July 19, 2009

Best Ever Banana Pudding

I think Paula Deen is the quintessential southern chef. Lots of butter, loads of fat, but seriously good food y'all. So a couple years ago when I was looking for a banana pudding recipe for a barbecue, her recipe archives were the first place I looked...and I never had to look any further. This is THE best banana pudding recipe you'll find. Trust me...I ate my fair share of the dessert during my time living in North Carolina!

I made this again just recently for a barbecue...something about pork bbq always makes me want banana pudding.

So here it is, Paula Deen's recipe for Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding. It's come a long way away from Nilla wafers! I do lighten it up a bit so the recipe you see below includes my modifications. I always make sure to only make it when I know I can give some away too!

6-8 ripe bananas, sliced
2 cups skim milk
1 5oz box instant French Vanilla pudding (vanilla works too if you can't find French Vanilla)
1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 12oz container light frozen whipped topping
2 bags of Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies

1. Line the bottom of a 13x9x2 dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top.

2. In a large bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld mixer.

3. In another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture.

4. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended.

5. Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies. Refrigerate until ready to serve!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Disney's Animal Kingdom!

I'm a year older but clearly not any more mature! :) For my 29th birthday, Jake and I went to Disney's Animal Kingdom (the whole get in free on your birthday deal "almost" makes it affordable...almost) and got to play all day! It was so much of those days where your face and cheeks hurt at the end of it from smiling so much!

I think Animal Kingdom is my new favorite park. Look at these fun guys who helped me celebrate the start of the last year of my 20s!

This little guy had enough sense to seek cover from the rain:

I, sadly, was not quite as sensible...which you can see quite clearly by the awesome hair shown below.

And that's the only picture I can actually painstakingly straightened although naturally curly hair pretty much overwhelmed every picture beyond this point. Gorgeous.

Since I'm so slack on posting lately, and haven't even posted pictures from our little day trip to Mount Dora! It was super cute, and Deacon as usual had the time of his life meeting the locals at the dog park and wrecking shop in the local dog bakery. I had to pick my jaw up off the floor not once, but twice when we were told how well-behaved Deacon was at the fabulous little place we grabbed lunch. Deacon is many things but "well-behaved" isn't usually one of them!
He was quite pleased with himself...

I wonder if he'd be so well-behaved after a couple rounds at Mount Dora's monthly "yappy hour." Might just have to try that out sometime soon!