My friend, Heather, makes the super yummy Banana Pudding! I think it is the only thing she has ever taken to potluck because everyone requests it! The whole pan is always gone in an instant because it’s “Heather’s Banana Pudding”.

She was kind enough to share her recipe with me!

Amazing Banana Pudding

Take a deep breath.

sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese

Yes, that is what you think it is–Cream Cheese AND Sweetened Condensed Milk!

Sigh!

You also need a few of these…

bananas

…and a couple of other things.

Ready for Layering Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding layers

Top with whipped topping

Yum! I know!

Heather’s Banana Pudding

1 can Eagle Brand Milk (that’s sweetened condensed milk)

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

6 ounce package instant vanilla pudding

3 cups cold milk

16 ounces Cool Whip

1 box vanilla wafers

6 large bananas

Mix the Eagle Brand milk with the softened cream cheese. Add milk and pudding mix. add half of the cool whip; mix until smooth. Layer cookies, bananas, and pudding mixture three times. Top with remaining Cool Whip. Refrigerate.

Now, I was not about to cover my Banana Pudding with plastic wrap and have it stick to my Cool Whip! I wasn’t going to not cover it either.

Marshmallows to the rescue!

Save the whipped topping

I stuck mini marshmallows on toothpicks. Then, I stuck the toothpicks in the pudding. The marshmallow-toothpick combo raised the plastic wrap away from my precious Cool Whip while allowing my Banana Pudding to still be covered in the fridge! Genius, huh? My Mama did teach me a thing or two!

Last night was our Sunday School class’s turn in the potluck rotation. Basically our turn to set up tables and make the tea. Everyone brings a dish, not just our class. There is always a lot of yummy food to load on your plate. Not a good night if you are on a diet, however.

There are a few things you can always count on on potluck nights…

Mr. Joe’s fruit salad…

 

Ms. Sally’s Taco Salad (Sometimes Ms. Sharon beats her to it. I don’t know if they discuss who will make it or not. I don’t ask. I’m just happy it is there!)…

A bucket of fried chicken (I know the bucket says grilled. Trust me. It was fried.)  And…

lots of desserts.

One of the perks of being on the set up crew is first-dibs on dessert!

My choice for the evening, Ms. Jan’s homemade banana pudding. Ooooo, it was so yummy.

Let the feasting begin!

What a great time of fellowship we have. Makes me so glad that I’m a part of the family of God. We are brothers and sisters in Christ. We may squabble and fight from time to time, just like an earthly family. But when push comes to shove, we are there for each other.

Three years ago our church family was there for us in a big way. An EF4 tornado destroyed three family member’s homes, killing my husband’s  grandmother. The troops rallied, bringing 20+ men and women with chainsaws and bulldozers to help people they didn’t even know. Not to mention the financial gifts and necessities they sent.

 

 

Yes, we ate then too!

 

 

 

 

 

And now, the family is there once again,with the loss of our beloved Papaw. There have been many phone calls, hugs and prayers.

Papaw was my grandfather-in-law, as well as my brother. Papaw came to trust in Christ at the age of 18. One day we will be at that heavenly family reunion together. Papaw will be greatly missed because he was greatly loved. He was greatly loved because he loved so greatly.

Are you part of the family of God? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.