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!

Since yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day I just had to have a fun after school snack for the girls.

I L-O-V-E Family Fun magazine. They always have such cute ideas to make or do for or with your kids. And kid crafts are really about my speed.

I save these magazines. No ripping out pages from these mags. There are always so many pages marked to go back to that it just makes sense to save the whole thing.

A reader sent this idea in to the magazine. It was published in the March 2010 issue.

Naturally, you would want a rainbow with a pot of gold on St. Patrick’s Day!

I didn’t have the marshmallow cloud since I whipped up a white fruit dip.

Joanna helped me put this together while we chatted after lunch. We did it in about 5 minutes because it was about time to pick up kids from school!

Sorry about the crummy picture. I was doing good to remember to take one before it was devoured.

Red-strawberries

Orange-cantaloupe

Yellow-pineapple

Green-green grapes

Blue-blueberries

Indigo-ok, I didn’t really have an indigo

Violet-purple grapes

Pot of Gold-banana slices

Fruit Dip-cream cheese, marshmallow creme, and cool whip

The girls loved it. There were squeals of delight! They had a big heaping bowl of rainbow for a snack!