Thursday, April 18, 2013

Larissa's Super Duper Banana Pudding...

It has been a rough week for our beautiful country and our state. So a few things first:

My wonderful husband worked for West EMS and was a volunteer fireman in Penelope, TX (about 10 miles from West, TX) so what has happened since yesterday has had him on an emotional roller coaster. As I sat at work today praying for God to calm his spirit and give him peace, I decided to make one of his favorites to bring a smile to his face - Banana Pudding.

Now, my BFF recently told me about her really awesome banana pudding recipe. I messaged her today and she sent me her link on Pinterest (which I will happily provide to anyone who wants it!).

But here it is....try really, REALLY hard to not just eat the pudding before you finish.

Larissa's Super Duper Banana Pudding (yeah, I named it that!)

1 1/2 cups cold water
1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk!)
1 package instant vanilla pudding
2 cups whipping cream
vanilla wafers
and of course EXTRA fresh whipped cream for the top!

In a large bowl mix the cold water and the sweetened condensed milk. Add the instant pudding and mix well. Chill for 15 minutes.

While the pudding mix is chilling, whip the cream.

Fold the whipped cream into the pudding.

Layer with vanilla wafers, fresh bananas, pudding and extra whipped cream.

And just because we have probably all had a heart wrenching week I will close with cuteness....

 Hugs and kisses....

Thursday, January 10, 2013


Sleeping soundly. Rain gently hitting the window.


One eye pops open. 2:16 AM.


Roll over. Ready to go back to sleep.


That's the rain hitting the window....isn't it??


Out of bed. Stumbling toward the sound. In the bathroom. Must be the faucet.


Light on. Puddle of water on the floor.

You're kidding me...right?


"Preston...there's water on the floor."


"PRESTON...there is WATER on the floor"



Brown towel to soak up the water.

Up in the attic I go, half asleep. I have no idea where to look. I surf through the rafters and piles of insulation. Looks like snow but then there wouldn't be a DRIP.

At some point my sleepy husband joins me in the attic. Looking for the water.
"It's coming through the vent in the bathroom, there should be a pipe".

Gray PVC pipe. It looks shiny in the light from the flashlight.
It shouldn't BE shiny.
Water. Trickling down the side of the pipe.

Into the bathroom below.


Back down the stairs. Put a big bowl under the drip.

Husband back in bed. Snoring. 

Head on the pillow.!! Snore.

That can only mean it isn't just a bad dream.!....snore....


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Picking up in 2013

Here we are, 9 days into the new year and one of my resolutions was to blog more.

Yeah. It hasn't really happened has it?

But I have been living in a fog of frustration and disappointment and all around just-not-motivated-about anything lately. I hate these fogs. I don't have them very often but when I do they tend to hang on. Can't shake it.

I'm sitting in the living room looking around at the Christmas decorations that I LOVE to put up but hate taking down. Yes, I said hate. I am so overwhelmed by the 12 + crates that must be hauled in from various places (garage, attic, back room) and filled with festive Christmas things. Packed away for next year. Every year I reorganize and repack and adjust how I do everything. Every year I think that I'm being more efficient only to find that when I UNPACK next December I don't understand what the heck I was thinking the previous January (or in some cases February). So I sit here overwhelmed. And I feel that way in other places too. Frustration seems to permeate every part of my life. Work. Health. Hair.

Yes, I said hair. First, I have to say that I LOVE my hair diva, Rachel. This has nothing to do with her. It's dealing with the head of hair that God gave me. My hair that used to be thick and beautiful has thinned over the years. I can't wear it long because it starts to look thin, stringy and unhealthy. So Rachel cuts it in a way that makes me look like I have LOTS of hair. YAY! Now, I want a different color. I'm normally a light reddish brown kind of girl. But I want darker. So we tried MEDIUM reddish brown. Awesome. For like a week. Then Dark Auburn. Not dark enough. So yesterday we tried a Dark Soft Mahogany.

So basically, my hair is black. Yup. Ok, I'm exaggerating a LITTLE but it's DARK. Really DARK with some light spots sprinkled here and there. And I'm REALLY light. Look at the box - does that look dark to you?? NO. It looks reddish-brownish...right?? Deceived. So I'm taking like 3 showers a day (kidding) and trying to make it fade. Hence, my frustration. I know, it's vain. But I really don't care. U G H.

Of course I try very hard to look on the bright side and find the good in everything. I try. REALLY hard. I could be bald. I'm not - so there is a bright side. Ha.

So let me recap the last few months....hopefully rather quickly.

October -


Pumpkin Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies


November - 


Visit to the vet (AGAIN)

December - 

Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream

Baby nephew

Pain...lots of PAIN

Christmas tutu

Peppermint Meltaways


Presents (and football)

Blessings and love

That's about it. October was fun. November was warm. December was busy.

Now it's time to settle into the New Year. And blog...

Hugs & kisses....