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Banana Pudding HEAVEN

Back in my Dominican Republic honeymoon recap, I mentioned that we met a couple that we loved hanging out with. 

The story went like this:
Ian and I spotted them early on and thought they looked like a fun couple.  We also thought they looked Southern (this is really random, but for us it was a cool thing that we potentially already had in common).  We wanted to be their friends.  Yes, sounds cheesy, but it's true.

We were walking up to dinner one night at the sushi restaurant at our resort, and we saw this maybe-Southern-definitely-fun-looking duo sitting outside waiting for their table.  My sly and smart husband projected his voice up a few levels when he was telling me a story about when he lived in Charleston, SC -- totally in earshot of this couple.

Yep, we baited them, and they took it.  (Allie, did you know all of this??)  Allie's new husband Jason immediately spoke up and said "Excuse me, did you just say Charleston?  Are ya'll from that area?" and next thing you know, we were making friends.


Commonalities were quickly found -- we realized that we were both from Charlotte and only live about 10 minutes apart; we both got married on May 28th; we are the same ages (younger gal, older guy); we both had grey and yellow as our wedding colors; we both love the mountains and spend a lot of time in the Blowing Rock/Boone area; the boys both love to golf; the girls both love to cook. 

Well, all of this to tell you about banana pudding.

Allie keeps a great food & recipe blog, Key Ingredients.  She had a recipe for banana pudding that sounded wonderful, and I had a cookout to plan for this past weekend.

I put this together on Thursday evening.  YA'LL.  It was so delicious.


For Christmas, Mom gave me these cute little single-serve dessert cups that I used for serving this to us and our friends.  They are small but just the right size for a dessert that leaves you satisfied but not uncomfortably stuffed.


We have been enjoying this so much, and even our dog Drake loves getting in on the action.  Whenever he hears the trifle bowl come out of the fridge, he makes a mad dash to the kitchen.  Then he stands in front of you while you eat it and pants with his hot breath on your knee.  Finally, we concede and let him lick our bowls clean.  He's crazy about it.

You can find Allie's recipe for the banana pudding here.  I followed it to a tee but just decided to make it in a trifle bowl with three layers.  I know you'll love it! 

PS - Speaking of recipes, my sister Laura, the Reedy River Recessionista, has a great blog post today about  how she made butter using only heavy cream and a mason jar.

15 comments:

  1. How random that ya'll met another couple from Charlotte on your honeymoon and there is so much in common! I'm bookmarking that pudding recipe!

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  2. That is such a cute story! And that pudding looks amazing. I may have to make it!

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  3. i tell you the vanilla pudding is the key!! banana flavored pudding is where people get it all wrong!

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  4. Wow...the world really is small! I agree that you can spot Southern. It's in our blood. Cant' wait to check out her recipes and that recipe for butter!!

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  5. aww! Thats such a fun story! the banana pudding looks amazing.

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  6. Oh geeze. I must try this... I love banana pudding. And I've been wondering what to make next in my trifle dish! PS-I'm wearing your earrings today and had compliments on them by 11AM :)

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  7. I love that only you and Ian are holding drinks in that picture hahahaha :)

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  8. THat is too funny! I have met some of the most amazing people on past vacations and I am closer to some of them than those that live close to me. It's such a small world. xo

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  9. Sounds divine! Also, what a cool way to meet a couple you have so much in common with. :) Seriously, that's crazy!

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  10. This looks SO good! I'll totally be making this sometime soon. And your Southern friend (the guy) looks SO much like someone I know I actually checked out his fb profile to see if he'd moved to Charleston recently :) -L

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  11. HAHA I had no idea about you and Ian had a plan that night we met but I am so glad you did! I am so glad you liked the pudding. It's my favorite.

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  12. I have been craving banana pudding since I saw your instagram the other night. I know I just won't be satisfied til I break down and make it!! What a great story too!

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  13. Such a cute story! Thanks for sharing it and the recipe. I love me some banana pudding! :)
    xo

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  14. That looks so good! That pick up story was too funny- but it is always so fun to meet new people on vaca!

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  15. AWWW what a great story! I love how that is how you got to know them. Super super sweet and cute (...and holy ironies, really).

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