Betsy’s Banana Puddin’

Summers are always full of parties and BBQs.  If you are like me, I always love bringing the dessert!  I have a lot of summer favorites, peach cobbler (I can’t share, I promised I wouldn’t) banana pudding, homemade ice creams, and fresh blueberry crisp with a homemade vanilla ice cream. (Those were just a few, lol)  Yum, I just got really hungry!  So you have been invited to a BBQ and can’t think of a dish that will have everyone talking, I have just the thing!  It’s been one of my absolute favorite desserts since I was a little girl.  It’s always a hit at any party or BBQ!  Hope you enjoy it!

Betsy’s Banana Puddin’

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 – 8 oz block of cream cheese (thawed)
  • 1 – 14 oz can of condensed milk
  • 1 – 5 oz pkg instant vanilla pudding
  • 3  C milk (2% or higher)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 – 16 oz tub whipped topping (thawed)
  • 1  box Nilla wafers
  • 5-7 ripe bananas (peeled & sliced)
  • 1 C mini chocolate chips

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*In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until smooth & fluffy.

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Add in condensed milk.

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Add in pudding mix.

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Next, slowly pour in the milk on low speed.

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Finally add the vanilla extract.

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Next, mix in 1 cup of the thawed whipped topping. (I added 1/2 cup at a time)

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Now that you are done with the pudding mixture, set it aside and start the layers. Start with a layer of Nilla wafers.

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Next, a layer of sliced bananas.

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Finally, 1/3 of the pudding mixture.

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Repeat with layers 3 x’s.

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Finally, add the remaining whipped topping and garnish with Nilla wafers, bananas, and the chocolate chips.

Serve & Enjoy!

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Jewelry Holders Fit For A Princess

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These DIY jewelry holders are simple and can be made custom to your own personal style.

I found these beautiful knobs at Hobby Lobby.

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(Watch out for when they all go on sale for 50% off)

All you need for this project:

1) Wood plaques (any size or shape), 2) Acrylic paint in any color you want, 3) Picture hangers for the back of the plaques for hanging on the wall, 4) and the knobs (always the hardest part since Hobby Lobby has so many beautiful ones to choose from!)

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Ok, now that you have everything, the first step is to paint the wood plaques.

(I let my oldest help out with this step)

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Next, using a drill, make some pilot holes for the knobs.  Before screwing in the knobs, secure the picture hangers onto the back.  Now, screw in the knobs.

I let my girls pick out the paint and knobs for the ones going in their bathroom.  I think they did a great job!

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Now they finally have somewhere to hang all of the beautiful necklaces and bracelets Grandma Theresa gives them that she custom makes out of her shop Southern Magnolia’s.

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DIY Easter Egg Garland

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Spring has officially sprung (except for all my friends dealing with more snow right now up north) and on today’s blog I have a cute and extremely easy way to decorate your home for Easter.  It’s a DIY Easter Egg Garland that will brighten any room or front porch!

All you need are a few bags of Easter eggs, make sure they are the plastic eggs with the holes in the top and bottom (you can customize and use any color of eggs) and ribbon.

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  1. Take your ribbon and knot the very end, leaving a good amount to tie a bow onto.
  2. String your eggs in any order one at a time until you have the length you want.
  3. Tie off the end with another knot.
  4. I added some bows on the end using pretty pastel colored ribbon.
  5. Use these on your porch/mantel/bar!

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Happy Easter!

Mom’s Night In

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Last night a group of us ladies from the Tyndall Mom’s Club had our monthly “Mom’s Night In.”

It was my turn to host, and I was very excited to do so!  It’s usually Michael’s friends (who I love too) who come over and that means a lot of grown men yelling at whatever big game or fight is on the television.  So I was very happy to host the Mom’s Club in my home.  I love hosting parties and cooking all the amazing food that goes along with it. Whether it’s bacon wrapped shrimp or a simple queso dip, the food has always been one of my favorite parts of a party.  Another one of my favorite parts are the great friends and last night I had just that!  I’m not sure if it was all the wine, the great amount of delicious food, the game Quelf (look it up, it’s the best game for a get together) or simply the fact that all of us moms had a night away with out the kids, but we had a blast!

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I mean, look at this macadamia cheesecake my friend Vianah made!

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I prepared an easy cheese board for everyone.

Today’s blog I’m going to share a couple of my recipe’s from last nights “Mom’s Night In” party.

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

2 cups lemon juice

2 cups sugar

1 Lg package of strawberries

8 cups water

In a blender, blend together washed/pitted strawberries w/ 1 cup of sugar and 2 cups water. Set aside.

It took me about 10 Large lemons to get 2 cups but take the lemon juice, pour into large pitcher.  Add 1 cup sugar and stir to dissolve.  Finally pour in the strawberry mixture and the rest of the water and mix together.  You can garnish with a few slices of lemon and you can even put a bottle of vodka or rum next to the pitcher🙂

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Baltimore Style Hot Crab Dip

8 oz Crab meat (drained)

8 oz cream cheese (softened)

1/2 cup mayo

1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp old bay seasoning

1/2 tsp dry mustard

2 cloves of garlic (minced)

2 Tbsp lemon juice

French’s fried onion (leave half for topping)

In a large bowl, stir to combine all ingredients except crab meat.  Gently fold in crab meat. Pour into a greased baking dish (I use an 8×8) top with the other half of fried onions and bake in a preheated oven of 350 for 15-20 minutes. Serve with sliced baguettes or chips.

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A Frozen Party

I have a passion for parties.   I love planning them, decorating for them and of course attending them!  It all started with my mother.  It was amazing growing up and seeing all the beautiful parties she would decorate for all of her friends and family.  I would say I’m pretty darn lucky to have such a wonderful and talented mother.  My parties were  always beautiful and just the right amount of over the top.🙂

For today’s blog I’m going to share some pictures of my daughter’s 6th birthday party.  It was few months ago when we took our girls to the theater to see the Disney movie Frozen (if you haven’t seen it by now you are missing out) the girls loved the movie.  Ruby loved it so much, she told me she wanted a Frozen birthday party.  I have had a few weeks to think and plan out this party.  I had such a fun time with this party, all of the little details turned out amazing!

Happy Birthday to my beautiful Ruby Ann❤

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Make a Wish!

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A Post-Game Treat

Another sports season has come and gone in a blink of an eye.  I can’t believe this year’s basketball season is already over, it feels like I just signed Ruby Ann up for basketball yesterday.  This was Ruby Ann’s first time playing basketball and just like t-ball and soccer, she did an amazing job learning a new sport.

*Proud parent moment*

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Today’s blog will be about the snack I made for Ruby’s basketball team (you all know, that sheet that gets passed around and you pick a day you get to be in charge of the snacks for the whole team).  I was kinda getting bored of the usual pack of crackers or the small pack of gummy’s and decided to do something a little special for the kiddos.  I mean they deserve it, at this age they play their little hearts out (running back and forth the entire time).  lol.

Here is what I did just by using some things I already had around the house.

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I found some orange construction paper in my craft room and cut out a circle with a stencil (you could use anything here, glass/bowl anything in the size you want the ball to be) I then drew the lines with a sharpie and made little basketballs.

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Glue the basketball onto a small brown paper bag (I have a ton of these brown bags for sack lunches when Ruby’s class goes on field trips)

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I didn’t have the numbers of all the kids so I used their last names, I think they still turned out pretty cute.  You can fill these with anything.  I ended up making a popcorn/trail mix, a string cheese, yogurt w/ fruit and a bottle of water.  The kids loved them!

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I think Ruby Ann had one great season!

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Be My Valentine

Valentine’s Day, it can either be the best holiday (if you are lucky enough to have a great love to celebrate) or it can be one of the worst.  So for all of you that think Valentine’s Day is just a big joke, look away.  I’m always looking for any chance to decorate and make any occasion special.  Leave it up to me to go overboard, but it’s ok for Valentine’s Day right?!  I mean what a better day than Valentines Day to show my husband just how much he means to me and the girls.

My husband was on a long TDY (military language, it’s just temporary duty) Lucky for me, he got home the day after Valentine’s Day so I still wanted to celebrate with the love of my life and make it one to remember.

Here is our Valentine’s morning & evening in pictures:

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We had red velvet, heart shaped pancakes with strawberry milk & a powdered donut for breakfast.  The girls just loved it!

 

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My beautiful lillys & tulips from Michael

 

 

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My gift to Michael, he loves a good stout.

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Plenty of champagne!

 

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You can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day without chocolate covered strawberries! They turned out cute!

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I made a lobster & crab bisque for our dinner, it was beyond amazing! I will be posting the recipe in another blog very soon.

 

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!!