Friday, September 19, 2008


SSDD - Same Stuff, Different Day. That pretty much describes what's going on in my life right now. I've got a few editing projects going, keeping my blog and the two others I contribute to updated, still looking for the perfect stress free flexible part time job [and on that note, I'm gladly accepting prayers, juju, good thoughts & vibes for good news on a column writing position I applied for], doing all those wifely and motherly duties (yep, I'll be back at the football field hawking more raffle tickets tonight), and enjoying whatever gets put on my plate.
Since this is Friday and my "blogging schedule" tells me to address family life & stuff, I wanted to share a favorite new recipe with y'all. For those of you not blessed to be born and bred in the South, you might not be familiar with the importance of a delicious, easy, fast and new recipe. You see, for every occasion, joyful or sad, us good G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Raised in the South) feel an overwhelming desire to provide sustenance for friends and family in need of celebration or sympathy. It's a tradition as old as our bearded oaks.
And it's not just us gals. Many men go on auto-pilot with tools in hand to their BBQ pits, dutch ovens, frying/boiling rigs [cooking done outdoors and somehow involving fire or danger] when notified of pending important events. *Hmmm. Thought: Maybe the menfolk git ta cookin' because we ask them to, not because it's a natural desire* But either way, it works out well for the recipients and the cooks.
Having had three of the not happy scenarios of late, I'm glad to have this version of a banana pudding to fall back, not literally, although that might be nice too! Don't laugh at that hokey sounding name either. It's really de-vine. I hope if you try it, you'll let me know what you think.

Mary Jo's Banana Fluff
  • 2 packages Vanilla Instant Pudding
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 9-oz. container Cool Whip
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 large box Vanilla Wafers
  • 8 bananas

Line an 11 x 16 pan with wafers. Slice bananas over. Mix the pudding according to directions on the box, then blend in condensed milk, vanilla and Cool Whip. Pour mixture over cookies and bananas, smoothing evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in refrigerator overnight. It really is slap-ya-momma good!


Anonymous said...

Careful, if you start talking about Bar B Que, and banana pudding, you have my undivided attention. Not a better topic on the planet. Easy and great. I will be lighting the cast iron up this weekend for a pot luck Sunday afternoon. I'll bring you some if any is left.

Terri Tiffany said...

I love your new design!! Did you get it at the same place janna did? Very easy to read(thank you) and love the words as it goes so well with your title!
Now about that recipe--do you have a gluten free version!! ( I used to looooove that food!)

Kathryn Magendie said...

Hey, this look great in here!

And I LOOOOVE 'nanner puddin' haven't had it in forever....dang it all...

Barbara J. Kirby Davis said...

This recipe sounds WONDERFUL and I'm going to make it for our next family get-together. Banana pudding has always been a favorite in our family, so I just know they are all gonna love this. Having been born and raised in Tennessee, I'm a gal with a southern heart!

Melissa Marsh said...

I wish I could find a flexible job, too - I'm tired of sitting in my cubicle every day for 8 hours!

Sending prayers your way!

The Paper Whisperer said...

Hey Ms. Gumbeaux! THANKS a mill for the Fluffy Nana recipe! I am having some "rays" over for black bean chili and to watch the BRONCOS kick the Saints boo-tays! This dessert will be poifect with my chili (demeanor). Have a wonderful weekend!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Thanks, Oren. Got my drool bib on already. Be glad to exchange leftovers with ya!

Terri, yes, I followed Janna's lead (and link) to the background place and ordered a new one right up. It wasn't too difficult. Glad ya like! About the recipe...could you substitute gluten-free cookies for the puddin' liner? (I'll post an awesome G.F. peanut butter cookie recipe soon just for you.)

Boop: I'll make you some nanner puddin' when I get up there on your mountain.

Bless your precious southern heart, Barbara!

MM, TIA for the prayers. I'll send some your way to help you find your way out of the Dilbert cubicle. *shiver*

PW, I'm really glad you'll have something sweet to serve your guests when the Saints come marchin in to kick some horses' tails. They'll need it after the bitter defeat. hehe

colbymarshall said...

High five for GRITS!

Also, I like the pseudo-word "wifely"...I believe I will start calling all household chores wifely duties. That has a nice ring to it!

Terri Tiffany said...

Wow--soem terrific goals for next week! I like that you were soooo specific!! I might have to do the same:))

Angie Ledbetter said...

Colby, you made me laugh!

And, Terri, most times, my goals are more like, "get some writing stuff done." LOL

texasholly said...

My husband had a fit when I made him banana pudding the first time with actual BANANA flavored pudding. Not being raised in the South (I got here as first as I can) I had no clue how WRONG that was. Your recipe looks yummy and simple. I can try simple!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Holly, you go for it, girl! If he don't just luv it, something's really wrong with him. ;) Glad you finally reached the Promised Land. LOL

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