Life’s Playlist….. Teach Me Tonight performed by Phoebe Snow

Today is my Day 9 of the Jeff Goins – 31 Day Writing Challenge, 500 words per day.

My assignment today is to “teach you something.”

Quite a broad topic at hand and my thoughts on what to teach are all over the place.  I could teach how to ride  bike, but doesn’t everyone know how to ride a bike?

I could teach how to print a design on a direct to garment t-shirt, but I have enough competition for that, I don’t need to give away anymore secrets!

Maybe I could teach you to hula hoop, if only my stomach didn’t get in the way.  Or I could give an awesome demonstration on how to take a selfie, nope not good with that.  Swim the length of Lake Burton, no one wants to see me without a shirt and it is WAY too cold.

So I guess I will fall back on something I know and I’m actually pretty good at, something from the kitchen, one of my favorite dishes a simple banana pudding.

Banana pudding is a southern delicacy, some people eat it as dessert, I eat it as a side with my main course.

My mama used to make a real banana pudding with real meringue and it would be devoured as soon as it hit the table.

Several years ago my cousin gave me a recipe for a simple banana pudding that I have now made consistently and gotten the same results as the one my mama used to labor over, so here goes……

Simple Banana Pudding:

The ingredients needed for a simple banana pudding are short.

1 – 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk

1 1/2 cups of water

1 small box of vanilla instant pudding

1 cup of whipping cream

1 cup of sour cream (this is the surprise ingredient and definitely makes it!)

6 – 8 bananas

1 box of vanilla wafers

One of the most important things you can do is your first stop in making this dish.  About an hour before you are ready to prepare the dish, put a large bowl and the beaters from your mixer in the freezer.  Just let them stay in the freezer, it will be important that they are super cold when it is time to bring them into the mix.

Now that all the preliminaries are done… it’s time to put this dish together.

In a large bowl, combine the condensed milk, and water.  Mix these ingredients well.

Mix in the pudding and whisk until there are no lumps.

Once these ingredients are mixed, put the bowl containing them in the refrigerator to sit.

Now, remember that bowl and beaters you put in the freezer to chill?  It’s their turn, take them out, if you left them in for at least an hour, they should be nicely chilled.

In the bowl, pour in one cup of whipping cream and with the mixer, beat until it is thick and starts to peak.  Warning…. don’t beat it too much, you will know when it is right.

Once the whipped cream is ready, fold in the sour cream and then combine your two mixtures, the pudding and cream bowls.  Mix them together.

Now you are ready to put this masterpiece together.

Cut the bananas into thin rounds and break up the Nilla Wafers, not too broken, you will want some chunks but broken enough so that they are easy to eat.

In a clear bowl, you will layer the different ingredients.

Layer one, pudding mix.

Layer two, vanilla wafers.

Layer three, bananas.

Repeat and then save a few of the Nilla Wafers for topping.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, the longer the better so that everything can set up.

And now….. eat!

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