As much as I love my home, my job, and my life back on the mainland, I can't help but have a little anxiety about leaving Hawaii. I've done this every summer, so I should be ready for the inevitable freak out, but it popped up this weekend! Here's how I solved it:
A lady in our neighborhood had a big bunch of bananas that another neighbor was trying desperately to get rid of, since they had ripened and were just too much for one family. How could I resist? These were, actually, my first "off the tree" bananas for this summer.
My mom asked me to make a family get-together favorite, Easy Banana Pudding that I picked up when I lived in Mississippi. Here is the pudding bit, just waiting for the vanilla wafers and banana slices.
Here's the final product. This isn't rocket science to make, but a real sugar overload, and yummy to boot. I made this with the mini Vanilla Wafers and will NEVER do that again. They were too little, and I didn't like the look of them. As my mom said, "Who cares! It will still taste good."
Here's the recipe if you're interested:
1-2 bananas, sliced (depending on how many layers you make)
1 large box of instant vanilla pudding
2 C. milk
1 large whipped topping
vanilla wafers (It usually only takes 1/2 a box or less)
Directions: Mix the pudding mix with the milk, until there is a slight set on the pudding. It will be fairly stiff. Fold in the whipped topping until the mix is incorporated. Slice the bananas & reserve for the layers. In a bowl, make small layers of pudding, vanilla wafers, pudding again, bananas, and then repeat, leaving the top layer as the pudding. You can then decorate the edge of the bowl with vanilla wafers if you like.
I actually did a lot of reading this weekend. I finished:
I'm also just finishing up:
One more week in paradise! Yes, I'm a bit late posting this for the weekend, but what have you been up to? Does anyone else cook when they're anxious, or am I a horrible stereotype gone awry?!?