Monday, May 3, 2010

Just to get my mind off the oil spill ...

I am tormented by thoughts of not being able to go to the beach this month.

Really tormented.

I need this trip almost as much as I need closure to LOST.
(These parallel lives are messing with my head. Are they dead or not? And, who is the smoke monster? Is he evil incarnate, making Jacob like God? But, you can't kill or replace God, right? ... I could go on and on.)

When I think about what the Gulf Coast does not need, it's an oil spill. The Gulf Coast just needs a break ... no hurricanes, no oil spills, nothing. It's time for some peace and quiet.

I can't even begin to think about how this catastrophe is going to affect the economy in this area.

I'm hanging onto any shred of hope that this leak will be stopped and clean-up will begin quickly. (for selfish and non-selfish reasons alike)

Beach, I need you. It's been a long time, my friend.

So, what does one do to get their mind off this tragedy?

Why, eat, of course. No, I am not an emotional eater. I just ate two servings of this yesterday. It made me feel good ... darn.

If you'd like to join me in drowning my sorrows, try this today.

Paula Deen's Not 'Yo Mama's Banana Pudding
  • 2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
  • 6 to 8 bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 (5-ounce) box instant French vanilla pudding
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream

Line the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top. In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended. Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

You're welcome.


sara said...

My son's senior trip in 2 weeks is supposed to be to gulf shores. I have been watching this whole thing and can't imagine how that is going to affect the so many ways.

that is by far the BEST banana pudding ever!!!

Rachel @ Future Pastor's Wife said...

We're going to Destin in two weeks and I'm afraid we're not going to be able to go to the beach, but we can't cancel because we'd lose all the money. Lame. THEN in mid-June we're taking our youth kids to Gulf Shores for summer camp. I cannot imagine what we're going to have on our hands with those teenagers if the spill isn't cleaned up by then.

Michelle said...

So so sad. Hard to watch the news about the whole thing. Prayers for a speedy recovery.

The Hat Chick said...

First of that banana pudding...knew it was Paula's from the chessman cookies. YUMMM!

Second, my fahter-in-law was a commercial fisherman in Pass-a-Loutre. I am posting something on my blog about it today (as soon as I finish writing it). It is a disaster that will have long reaching effects.

Third, I like beaches too. I grew up going to Gulf Coast Beaches....from Biloxi to Gulf Shores to Pensacola to Destin. Black crude on sugar-white sand will not be at all nice.

Katie@The Baby Factory said...

ugh. i think of you guys when they show stuff about the spill on the news. praying for you all. i do hope it all cleans up quickly!

AND that Banana pudding looks out.side of this world. Yum.

Anonymous said...

I made the banana pudding for an office party today! It was fantastic. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


jennifer said...

That recipe sounds DEEEEE-lightful. I may try it this weekend.

Mama Belle, I feel you on the fears for the Gulf Coast. Your state in particular has suffered so much in recent years. I would love for LA to get a break as well. But I also, with all of my heart, want to see Alabama spared the mess from the oil spill.

Praying along with your for all involved and for God to protect our coast.

Be blessed!