So, I’m moving out of the sticks this Summer.
To a town that isn’t super huge, but does have a Starbucks, a shopping mall, and several places that will deliver pizza to your house.
I feel all futuristic just thinking about it.
Did you ever see that Jetsons Meet the Flintstones movie? Where they traded and the Jetsons lived in Bedrock and the Flintstones went to future land?
Well, I feel like the Flintstones in that movie. Minus the bad hair because seriously Wilma, there are other hairstyles besides a BUN.
The problem is, we have to sell our house.
That part is so hard. No one has even TRIED to buy it yet.
I’m thinking about lining my driveway with pink cupcakes. And maybe when someone looks at my house, I can give them a Goonies-style treasure map and a vague tale of buried treasure in our yard.
Cupcakes + treasure? Surely this is all anyone really needs.
Plus, we have to buy a new house and Oh Em Gee that is so hard too.
I think I need to just make a list to give to my realtor and not look at any more until he finds one that meets my qualifications. A person can only take so much, you know? And it’s not like I’m super picky, there are only a few things I am really set on:
1. A wet bar.
This is very necessary for several reasons. Mainly, I want to buy fancy glass bottles for stuff like bourbon or gin and keep them on a tray on the wet bar. Wait–are you allowed to drink bourbon or gin before you’re like 57? Okay. Anyways, also when I get upset about something, I will stand up, walk to the wet bar, pour myself a glass and sip from it while I stare off into the distance. That’s what they do on the soaps and it is SO COOL.
2. A secret passageway.
Preferably behind a spinning bookcase, but I will gladly take a tiny hidden door or a panel behind a giant piece of art. Whatevs.
3. A pool. With a waterfall.
You know, sort of like the ones you see in the backyard of the Kardashians and other famous people. Maybe even a rock slide? Yes. Definitely a rock slide.
4. A library.
But if it doesn’t come with that library smell, it totally won’t work for me.
5. A huge chef’s kitchen with a double oven. No wait–TRIPLE oven.
Hellooooo, I am a FOOD BLOGGER. Pioneer Woman has a whole huge other HOUSE she can go to to cook. So obviously, I am being quite reasonable in this request.
I could go on all day, but I’m going to leave it at that for now. I really need to keep my expectations pretty realistic if I’m ever going to find anything.
Also, if any of YOU have a house like this in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, please email me as soon as you can. I don’t have a ton of money, but I DO have $400 in my Pay Pal, a jar full of change, seven wadded up $1 bills in my purse, a like-new Kindle that I don’t use anymore, and two unopened bags of cotton candy.
Which if you add up their combined value, it’s probably about equal to a house I think.
Oh, and also, I have these jars of banana pudding.
With chocolate dipped banana slices. The chocolate keeps them from getting gross. Because who wants slimy brown banana slices in their dessert? Not. Me.
I had been wanting to do a banana fudge pudding for awhile, and when I saw Taste of South magazine with banana pudding in jar on the cover, I knew my pudding NEEDED to go in a jar.
Banana Pudding In a Jar = Way better tasting than Banana Pudding NOT In a Jar
(click here for printable recipe)
8 oz straight sided jars (you can buy HERE)
Vanilla wafers 9 or 10 per serving
Bananas (one banana per 4 jars or so)
3.4 oz box of instant banana cream pudding (one box will make about 8 of the 8 oz jars)
1 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
Hot fudge sauce
Chocolate almond bark or candy melts
5 large egg whites
1 1/2 cups sugar
Melt candy coating according to package directions and slice your bananas. Dip banana slices in the chocolate and place on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Once all banana slices are coated, place in the refrigerator to set.
Make your pudding according to box directions, substituting one cup of cream for one cup of the milk (yes I went there). Heat the hot fudge until spoonable, but not super hot.
Layer the jars as following: Small dab of pudding, one vanilla wafer on bottom and 4 around the sides (rounded side facing out), a few spoonfuls of pudding, a few chocolate covered banana slices, and a couple spoonfuls of hot fudge. Repeat cookies, pudding, banana slices, and hot fudge.
Make your meringue: Place egg whites and sugar in a metal mixing bowl. Set bowl over a pot of simmering water and whisk until sugar dissolves COMPLETELY. Transfer bowl over to mixer and beat with whisk attachment for 5 minutes on Low. Increase speed to High and beat for 5 more minutes.
Pipe or spoon meringue on pudding. Brown with a kitchen torch.
**You can buy a reasonable kitchen torch HERE on Amazon.com.
This pudding is so fun. Perfect for a Summer cook-out. Or for eating while you watch the Bachelorette.
Hope you had a fabulous 4th of July!!