Happy Memorial Day. :)
This photo was taken a few months ago when we went to the cemetery to see my Dad's grave. He served our country in the U.S. Navy. Be sure to thank a soldier, a soldier's wife and family, or a veteran today for their sacrifice for our freedom.
Having a low key day today. My mom is coming over and we're having grilled burgers, watermelon, and banana pudding. This is the BEST banana pudding recipe ever and it's a perfect hot weather treat. I tweaked the original recipe enough to call this one my own. :)
Jennifer's Banana Pudding
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 pint whipping cream, whipped (no Cool Whip allowed!)
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 large box instant vanilla pudding
3 C. milk
1/2 tsp. good vanilla extract
1 (12 oz.) box vanilla wafers
4 bananas, sliced
fresh lemon juice
Whip the whipping cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. In a bowl, combine softened cream cheese, whipped cream, and condensed milk with a strong whisk, making sure to break up the cream cheese lumps. In a separate bowl, mix pudding, vanilla extract, and milk. Fold 2 mixtures together. Slice bananas and toss in fresh lemon juice in a small bowl. (This keeps them from turning brown quickly) In a large trifle dish or bowl, repeat these layers - vanilla wafers, bananas, slight dusting of cinnamon, pudding mixture - until you reach the top of the bowl. End with a layer of pudding. Crush vanilla wafers on top and sprinkle with a small amount of cinnamon. Keep refrigerated until serving.
"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." ~Benjamin Franklin