Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tasty Tuesday Banana Pudding Squares!

Happy Valentine's Day! To celebrate, here's another treat from our own Diva Donna! Might have to make this one while we're in Gatlinburg!

Banana Pudding Squares


35 nilla wafers, crushed
1/4 c margarine, melted (1/2 stick)
1 pkg philadelphia cream cheese, softened (8 oz.)
1/2 c powdered sugar
1 tub cool whip, thawed, divided (8 oz)
3 bananas (Peeled)
3 c milk cold
2 pkg jell-o vanilla flavor instant pudding (4-serving
size each)
1/2 square of baker's semi-sweet baking chocolate,
grated or I use a few minature choc. chips sprinkled on top

1. COMBINE wafer crumbs and margarine; press firmly onto bottom of 9×13-inch dish. Refrigerate while preparing filling. **I have to double the crust ingredients to get it to cover the bottom of a 9X13 pan
2. MIX cream cheese and sugar in medium bowl until well blended. Stir in 1-1/2 cups of the whipped topping; spread carefully onto crust. Set aside. Slice bananas and arrange over cream cheese mixture.
3. POUR milk into large bowl. Add dry pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk 2 min. Spoon over bananas. Spread with remaining whipped topping; sprinkle with chocolate (optional. **I haven’t put the chocolate on yet….I like to put a layer of Nilla Wafers on top or just leave the cool whip as the topping
4. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving. Store leftovers in refrigerator (if there are any : )
5. When ready to serve cut into squares and put chocolate grated or chips on top. (optional)

Monday in Gatlinburg!

First of all, this is where we're staying. If any gorgeous hunks have nothing better to do, drop by and see us like yesterdays' Monday Moon did.

After breakfast, we walked down to the 5D Shoot 'em Up and rode the mechanical boat/horse while blasting away at the pirates and outlaws. Fun stuff!

Then we did a bit of shopping. While we sampled the jerky, Willy was excited to finally find a potty that was just his size!

After all that shopping, Willy and I had to rest for a while. 

We met for lunch at Bubba Gump's, We sat in the same booth as we did the last time, but didn't get the same waiter. Shane was there,  though, and remembered us quite well! Our new waiter, Vasyl (vass-EEL) was very cute, although he does tend to make faces when he's photographed. He has the most fabulous accent I've ever heard in my life--he sounded like exotic chocolate. 

The food was great, and we ate way too much. I told Terri not to order the appetizer sampler!

As you can see, we probably drank too much too!

Then it was back to shopping. Willy stopped to celebrate Valentine's Day with a new friend. 

After buying some really heavy stuff at The Pepper Palace and having a lengthy and slightly strange discussion with the guy who worked there, I trudged back up the hill to the hotel and got caught up on my blogging. Along the way, Willy and I stopped to take pictures of the frozen fountain. 

Then it was back to the room to rest up before going out for dinner. But we wound up ordering pizza. Shopping is hard on a bunch of old women!


  1. Happy Valentines Day!! Your trip looks like just too much fun. How cold was it? The fountain was freezing. You were in coats. BUT Willy has no pants. And that must have been pancies in the flower pots. They're hardier. The pictures are great. The photo of Willy and his outhouse made me look twice. It looks like he's spewing his juices for all the world to see. Thanks for Sharing.

  2. It was pretty cold Sunday night, but it warmed up some during the day on Monday. Still chilly today, but tomorrow is supposed to be better with temps up to 60. Suzie had to go to a meeting this morning (this is a time-share thing) and then we're going to a late breakfast. I think we're going to a murder mystery dinner show tonight. Should be fun!

  3. Happy Valentines Day everyone , Cheryl, Gatlinburg looks like such a fun place. That is where my parents went on their honeymoon over 60 yrs ago. Hope you have fun at the murder mystery tonight.Be safe.

  4. Aden Jaric is one hot tamale still in its wrapper. Yowza! He looks as tasty as the Banana Pudding Squares.

    Happy Hearts Everyone. Cheryl and company ARE having way too much fun as is our home boy, WILLY. Party on and come back safely.

  5. The murder mystery was tons of fun! Highly recommended!