Mama Georgie’s Old Fashioned Banana Pudding!

MOUTH WATERING….better than that favorite restaurant!

My grandmother always made the BEST Nanner Puddin and I would stand and watch and help her stir and layer and whip and bake! And for the very first time…I’m going to share the recipe with you! 

First lets shop:

6-7 Ripe Bananas

1 Box Nilla Wafers (don’t skimp on the cheap brand for this part)

1 1/2 cups sugar, then 6 Tbsp sugar

1/3 cup flour 

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups milk (whole milk is best but 2% does ok too)

4 eggs, separated, you’ll need the yolks first then set the whites in the fridge till the end

1 tsp vanilla

Now let’s get this started…can you almost taste it?!?!

Preheat your oven to 425*

In the top of a double boiler start with the 1 1/2 cups sugar, flour and salt and whisk together then add the milk and mix up good. Separate your eggs and slightly beat the yolks and stir in. Put the egg whites in the fridge while we do the rest. Now you will stir this until it is custard like. This WILL TAKE A FEW! Don’t get discouraged it will thicken. This kind of yummy love takes a little time!

NP double boiler

 

While this thickens, line your dish with a single layer of the Nilla wafers…now…I break up a few to fill in the cracks between the round cookies 🙂 Then slice up 3-4 of the ripened bananas atop these. 

NP CookiesNP Banana layer 1

Once the pudding thickens, remove from heat and add your vanilla extract and stir in about a minute. Pour HALF the mixture into your dish over the banana and cookies you’ve layered. 

NP Add half pudding

Now another layer of cookies and bananas then the other half of the pudding…

Np 2nd layer cookie

Np more nanners

Np other half of puddin

Now remember we preheated the oven….hopefully its beeped and up to temp because we are almost there….but first…

Get those egg whites out o the fridge and get your mixer ready because its MERINGUE TIME!

Beat the eggs on HIGH and add 6TBSP, 1 TBSP at a time and beat until stiff peaks form. (God bless my grandmother and those who made meringue before we had electric mixers! SHEESH!)

Np meringue

 

Now spoon this over the top sealing in the pudding, it should look like this (OMG we are alost done…I smell it…I do!)

Np ready for oven

Bake at 425 about 5-6 minutes until the top gets golden brown. CHECK ON IT OFTEN because ovens vary…but with meringue it REALLY varies. Once its done, take out and let it sit to room temperature before you put it in the fridge. Chill for 2 hours before serving for best results. 

ENJOY!!!

Np enjoy!

 

Beef Wellington At Home!

Beef Wellington

Love some of the dishes you find at fancy restaurants but can’t always afford to go out? For about the price of one of these meals at a restaurant you can make this Beef Wellington for about a family of 4! You can half the recipe if it just you and love <3 

Ingredients:

First let’s get what we will need. All found at your local supermarket!

5 lb Beef Tenderloin (I go to the town butcher for this cut of meat. Chain Supermarkets just don’t live up to my expectations)

4 oz Liver Pate

2 + 4 +4  TBSP Butter

1 Medium Onion Chopped

1 Cup Mushrooms (Sliced

2 Puff Pastries (Freezer Section, Usually sold 2 per box)

1 Egg

1.5 Can Beef Broth

4  TBSP Red Wine

Here we go!

Take your pastries out of the freezer to thaw and soften!

Puff Pastry

Preheat the oven to 425

Soften 4 TBSP Butter

Place Beef Into Baking Dish (I halved my beef, about 2.5 lb fits per pasty sheet when you wrap it)

Spread the softened butter over the beef

Beef Tenderloin

Bake until browned, about 20 minutes. Don’t worry, we are baking it again, we aren’t serving raw meat!

Remove and let beef cool. Reserve the juices for the dip later!

While the beef is baking and cooling, in a skillet saute the onion and mushrooms with remaining 4 TBSP Butter (about 5-7 min)

Butter Onions Mushrooms

Remove when finished and set aside to cool.

Next take the last 4 TBSP softened butter and mix it with 4 oz Liver Pate. I used a fork to just smash and mix it all together. Works fabulous!

Butter Liver PateMixed Butter Pate

Tine To Prep and Bake!

Alright! Now let’s get it all together and get it ready for baking! Turn the oven up to 450 to preheat!

Ready to Prep

At this point you should be able to unfold your pastry sheet. Spread the Pate/Butter Mixture on one of the Beef Halves. (I used a butter knife, it was a bit too thick to use the basting brush) After spreading one side place it on the pastry sheet. Then spread the top side.

Pate'd Beef

Next you want to top it with the onion/mushrooms.

Onion and Mushroomed Beef

Stretch and close the pastry and pinch it good and closed. Brush with egg white. Then cut a few slits in it for venting while baking. Prepare the second one if you didn’t half the recipe.

Wrapped BeefCut Slits

Next Bake it at 450 for about 15 min or until the pastry is golden brown. Reduce to 425 and bake about 20 more minutes. Check with meat thermometer, its done at 145 degrees. 

Almost there! 

Fresh Outta The Oven

Set aside and keep warm while we make the dip!

In a saucepan where you put the drippings from the pans from before add 1.5 cans beef broth and 4 TBSP Red wine and bring to a low boil, then simmer for 10 min. Serve on the side.

Gather Round The Table!

I paired mine with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus and it was Happy Valentines to everyone in the house!

Served!

 

Menu Monday use what you have! #planyourmeals #menumonday

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Occasionally it’s always good to eat whatever is in your fridge and freezer. It allows you to get out the old and then later on bring in the new. It also allows for you to not spend  money and make do with what you have. I don’t always do this. But I do tend to do it more in the summer when we go on vacation and then need our dollars to stretch until next paycheck. So yes, I am doing it again. LOL Sorry you’re having to see it again. But here’s what’s left in my fridge and what we will be eating for 9 days until my hubby gets paid.

Monday Bean burritos salsa and chips

Tuesday zuppa toscano soup copycat recipe from Olive Garden

Wednesday Beef stew in crockpot

Thursday grilled italian chicken sandwiches, baked potatoes zucchini crisps

Friday homemade pizza

Saturday  spaghetti with wine sauce and hamburger

Sunday white chicken chili

Monday fettucini alfredo, broccoli, carrot sticks

Tuesday beef tips over rice, salad, green beans

Menu Monday #menu #planyourmeals

menu monday 1

After a week of vacation it’s time to get back at it. Time to plan meals for these kids on summer break. So here’s what we are having breakfast, lunch and dinner for 7 days! What are you eating? I need new ideas! 

 

Monday Breakfast fend for yourself Lunch turkey sandwiches Dinner peanut sesame noodles (dinner on Mondays tends to be meatless).

Tuesday Breakfast blueberry muffins Lunch PBJ Dinner Crockpot pork roast, corn, zucchini chips

Wednesday Breakfast cereal Lunch leftovers Dinner Beef stew in crock pot

Thursday Breakfast reheated waffles Lunch ramen noodles (they do actually ask for this and occasionally I let them have it) Dinner homemade pizza

Friday Breakfast leftover muffins Lunch leftover pizza, salad Dinner grilled italian chicken, zucchini crisps, and sliced tomato. 

Saturday Breakfast scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits Lunch sloppy joes Dinner hamburgers, french fries

Sunday Breakfast quiche, Lunch leftovers, Dinner white chicken chili made in slow cooker

Menu Monday I have 8 days of dinners, lunches and breakfasts planned out!

menu monday use it up

menu monday use it up

I love a good challenge. When we get low on funds it doesn’t bother me a bit to see how far I can stretch what we already have. So we are low on funds and don’t get paid for 8 days and here’s what we’ll be eating out of our own fridge this week! 

 

Monday Breakfast (leftovers) Lunch pasta salad with chicken Dinner Homemade pizza (I have cheese about to go bad so I have to use that up!)

Tuesday Breakfast  blueberry muffins Lunch Tuna salad sandwiches Dinner Beef fajitas, black bean and corn salsa

Wednesday Breakfast pancakes Lunch leftovers Dinner white chicken chili in the crockpot

Thursday Breakfast biscuits and eggs Lunch grilled cheese, fruit cup Dinner Soup from leftovers or clean out the leftovers

Friday Breakfast leftover pancakes Lunch ravioli, green beans Dinner ground turkey stroganoff, green salad, corn

Saturday Breakfast cereal Lunch pbj, chips, fruit cocktail Dinner BBQ ribs, black beans ranch style, mac n cheese

Sunday Breakfast waffles, eggs Lunch Little pizzas on tortillas  Dinner Ground turkey spaghetti, broccoli

Monday Breakfast blueberry pancakes Lunch chicken salad sandwiches, chips, 3 bean salad Dinner Smoked pork, baked potatoes, green beans

Whew it’s not easy to use up what’s in your house. But it can be done. What’s on your dinner agendas this week? I’m always looking for something to help stretch my dollar. Any tips for me? Leave me a comment and let me know.  

Menu Monday on Tuesday Let’s Eat!

Can you hear that? It’s the sound of kids sleeping in. It’s a beautiful thing. Truly. I’m so excited for the sleeping in aspect. I’m not so excited for the trying to work at home with 3 kids here aspect. But like all summers we’ll be fine! I love summer. It’s when I try to get my work done before they wake and then we go to the lake and swim and eat all day. Ahh summer. In honor of summer I’m making some simple meals that won’t heat up the house too much. 

Monday we had zuppa toscana soup. Yum~

Tuesday Barbecue chicken on the grill, corn, and salad using our lettuce from the container garden on the deck. I will also grill hotdogs for the kids and I to eat on this week.

Wednesday Cold pasta salad with leftover chicken from the grill yesterday.

Thursday Crockpot pork sandwiches, baked beans, raspberries (homegrown)

Friday Baked potatoes in the slow cooker with broccoli and cheese and a side salad

What do you like to make when it’s summer and hot outside?

 

Menu Monday it’s that crazy end of the year struggle

Menu Monday

Ugh I hate finding out I have to be at 2 schools in minutes of each other for 2 different children’s events. Yep that’s what’s going on tonight. Daughter’s play at 6:15 and son’s concert at 7pm. Let the fun and games of trying to be two places at once begin. 

Planning my meals does make a difference! 

Monday Gave up and we ate at the drive thru. Sonic grilled chicken sandwiches to be exact. 

Tuesday Sloppy Joes, baked beans, steamed cabbage

Wednesday Eating at church because of more events going on tonight. Ugh.

Thursday Baked chicken, salad, corn

Friday Slow Cooker Fajitas

Saturday Tacos using ground turkey, guacamole, spanish rice

Sunday Tuna Noodle Casserole

Then we start again on Monday! 

 

Menu Monday it’s what’s for dinner

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I love to plan my meals. Making my life easier is what it’s all about! Here’s what we’re having this week.

Monday- I planned for potato soup but forgot to check my potatoes so what we actually had was Baked chicken, baked potatoes and broccoli.

Tuesday- Vegetable beef soup in the crockpot

Wednesday-Sloppy Joes, chips and corn

Thursday- Pulled Pork salads Yum!

Friday- Spaghetti with meat sauce, green beans and asparagus

Saturday-smoked chicken, mac n cheese, brusssel sprouts

Sunday- chicken, broccoli, rice casserole.

What’s on your menu?

 

Menu Monday let’s plan dinner!

Menu Monday

 

It’s a rainy, yucky Monday here. I’m needing to get my menu planned so I can move on with my day. I hate it when I don’t plan because then I’m scrambling at the last minute to throw something together. Here’s our week of meals. 

 

Monday is always meatless. So I’m making vegetable soup and cornbread. The weather is supposed to be bad about dinner time so I will probably make it early so it’s ready. 

Tuesday Sloppy Joes recipe with baked potatoes and broccoli

Wednesday Barbecue chicken legs in the crockpot, roasted cabbage, sweet corn

Thursday Beef Stroganof with hamburger, steamed asparagus, fresh pineapple

Friday Homemade pizza

Saturday Spaghetti, side salad, fresh baked no knead bread

Sunday Zuppa Toscano Copycat Olive Garden recipe with kale

Check out these other recipes: 

How to make cake balls

Yummy Detox Water so good for you.

My daughter’s lip balm recipe.

 

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