May 14, 2011

Mother's Day Pie: Banana Cream

For mother's day I decided to bake my mom her favorite pie: Banana Cream. The crust was store-bought, and the filling was well...not home-made necessarily. I know, I know. I'm sorry! But hey, my mom told me that this was the way her mom used to make it for her, so I decided to stick to the tradition!

First I baked the crust, then let it cool and I put sliced bananas on the bottom layer. The pudding is just a Jello vanilla pudding mix that I added whole milk to. Then I mixed a bit of cool whip in, and let it set in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours. After it was set, I added another layer of bananas (more spaced out this time) and a layer of whip cream on top.

It was a very tasty pie. I never had Banana Cream Pie before, but I really liked it! The pudding part was kind of runny, so next time I don't think I would add quite as much milk as the package says. But, my mom loved it! So it was a very Happy Mother's Day, indeed! : )

Oh, and with the extra whip cream, I mixed up a little after-school snack that's both healthy and delicious! One layer strawberries, one layer whip cream. And repeat. YUMMY!

PB-NA: An original invention

PB-NA: Peanut Butter Nutella Apple

So a while ago I got this idea to make a gourmet sandwich. And this is what became of it. Nutella. Peanut Butter. Green Apples. All bundled up in whole wheat bread. Now let me tell you, I had never had Nutella before, but I heard it was delicious. This sandwich, although a little strange, was actually quite tasty. 

I had promised my friend I would make her a special sandwich for lunch one day, and she loved it! The apples were a surprise to her. At first she thought it was lettuce, actually. But the crunch of the apples is a really great addition to the sandwich.

When making the sandwich, make sure you cut the apples thin enough. These may have been too thick, and if they are too thick, it's harder to eat. I used Granny Smith apples, Jif creamy peanut butter, and of course that delicious hazelnut spread known to be Nutella.

If you're daring enough, try out this gourmet might just like it!