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Easy No Bake Summertime Banana Pudding Recipe: Special of the Day - Side of Flash Fiction

Updated on September 2, 2015
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Theresa loves to share just a few of her favorite recipes and has even added a short story or flash fiction to add interest to some.

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon, or not at all.

— Harriet Van Horne

Easy No Bake Summertime Banana Pudding

Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies make this recipe a "wow" presentation that is sure to not be forgotten by those who enjoy it.
Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies make this recipe a "wow" presentation that is sure to not be forgotten by those who enjoy it. | Source

Southern Hospitality is

a way of life in the South; an easiness and friendliness with people that makes them feel welcomed.

The management here at Tess's Southern Hospitality Café apologizes for this past Sunday's closing. We close up shop whenever there is a family celebration or event. Thank you for understanding. We place our family first and foremost, only after God.

This "Dinner and a Movie" type series (adapted for HubPages) came to mind after I read a wonderful poem/recipe combination written by John Hansen, aka Jodah on HubPages, in "his experiment," How to Make the World's Best Scrambled Eggs.

Then along came Chris aka cam8510 here on HubPages, with his creative Acorn Squash recipe and a Flash Fiction Story.

I decided to join in the fun. I do hope you enjoy this flash fiction here with a bit of humor mixed in.

Welcome back y'all to Tess's Southern Hospitality Café

Special of the Day: Easy No-Bake Summertime Banana Pudding with a "Side" of Flash Fiction
Special of the Day: Easy No-Bake Summertime Banana Pudding with a "Side" of Flash Fiction | Source

Enjoy a Side of Flash Fiction While you Wait

Storytelling and swapping tales is a chief form of amusement in the South.

People are Funny

File: Un basset-hound.jpg Author Eda March 2009
File: Un basset-hound.jpg Author Eda March 2009 | Source

Guilty Pleasure

Flash Fiction

“Henreey, what time is your Mama coming over for supper?” Mable hollered from the kitchen. Mable’s screams for Henry always hit that same nerve in Henry’s lower spine, which caused his face to contort.

Why must she holler so? Henry thought, for he was just in the next room.

“Henreeey?” Mable screamed again.

“I can’t hear what you’re saying, Mable," Henry paused. "I don’t have my hearing aids in,” Henry shouted back to Mable, then removed his hearing aids. Sweet Lord, I beg of you to help me get through this evening! Henry prayed.

Mable sighed with a big huff and thumped the whisk into the kitchen sink.

Henry heard Mable’s stomps on the hardwood floors.

“Henry, why on God’s green earth do you not have your hearing aids in, of all days, when your Mama is coming over here?" Mable questioned. "You know I need you to hear what your Mama says to me, especially being I am not making her banana pudding recipe, but mine!" Mable explained. "I can’t be alone in the same room with your Mama for the entire evening!” Mable snapped.

“Well, dear, wouldn’t it be much easier on you if you just made my Mama’s recipe?" Henry asked. "I mean, I just want you to not fret over a little banana pudding, is all,” Henry replied.

Mable’s eyes burned a hole right through Henry and landed on that same nerve. Truth be known, Henry didn't care to try a new banana pudding recipe, for he loved his Mama’s recipe. He loved smelling the baked pudding coming out of the oven with the meringue whipped up so high.

In the midst of their stare down, the front door opened. In came Mama Hester.

“Anybody home?” Mama Hester questioned.

“Yes, Mama, of course, we’re here,” Henry acknowledged.

He gave his Mama a kiss on the cheek.

“Well, I wondered if I came on the wrong evening for supper being I don’t smell anything cooking,” Mama Hester retorted.

“Mama Hester, of course tonight is the night we wanted you to come for dinner," Mable insisted. "I have prepared a wonderful meal, and a special new dessert recipe I am looking forward to you trying,” Mable informed with a forced smile.

Henry held his Mama’s arm and hurried into the dining room. Mable set the table before she and Henry had their stare down.

“Here you go, Mama,” Henry gestured as he pulled out the chair where his Mama always sat.

Mama Hester eyed the table and spotted Mable’s roast beef and grimaced. As Mama Hester sat down, she felt the familiar licking of her hand as she pulled her chair in closer.

“Oh, there’s my sweet boy, Elvis!” Mama Hester declared with relief in her voice.

Elvis, Mable and Henry's Basset Hound, knew he would have more than his fair share of food scraps from the table every time Mama Hester came for supper and so he wagged his tail.

“Elvis, you get out from under that table right now,” Mable demanded, and tried to shoo Elvis from under the table.

“Mable, Mable, he is fine just where he is; please let him be,” Mama Hester’s voice shrilled.

“Are you sure, Mama Hester?” Mable questioned.

“I am quite sure," Mama Hester asserted. "Henry, will you please say grace?” Mama Hester insisted.

Elvis sensed he was good to go and sat down at Mama Hester’s feet, where he enjoyed a sampling each time Mable left the table for more ice for the sweet tea.

The usual small talk ensued during the main meal. Mable then presented her new dessert for all to enjoy. Elvis waddled off. Henry’s eyes widened at such a presentation and Mama Hester noticed.

“What’s this?” Mama Hester questioned.

“Mama, this is Mable’s banana pudding recipe,” Henry answered.

“Banana pudding?" Mama Hester paused. "Well, it certainly doesn’t smell like anyone baked banana pudding in this house!” Mama Hester exclaimed.

“Mama Hester, this is a no bake banana pudding recipe,” Mable informed.

Henry admired Mable’s new banana pudding presentation and picked up the serving spoon. Mable smiled.

“No bake? What kind of banana pudding is any good if not baked in the oven?” Mama Hester snapped.

Mable’s right hand shook a bit when she placed the dessert plates on the table. Henry picked up his spoon in anticipation.

“Why would you make a banana pudding like this for dessert when you have my tried and true recipe that Henry loves?” Mama Hester interrogated.

In unison, Henry and Mable responded, “We still love your traditional recipe”.

“Well, I'm full,” Mama Hester announced as she pushed away from the table.

Mama Hester insisted Henry accompany her to the sitting room for her leg was stiff. Henry bolted from his chair to assist his Mama.

“Now Mama, don’t fret," Henry whispered. "You know your banana pudding recipe can’t be topped, and I do not even care to try that new one,” Henry comforted.

“Yes, that’s right!" Mable hesitated for a moment. "It’s not your Mama’s banana pudding!” Mable exclaimed.

Disgusted, Mable wolfed down her serving of pudding. It was divine, creamy and light. Satisfied, Mable pushed herself away from the table and retreated to the kitchen to clean up. Henry was reluctant to check on Mable in the kitchen, but he did. Mable never looked up from scrubbing the pans. Henry left Mable to her own volition.

“Elvis is that you?" Mama Hester queried. "Henry did you shut Elvis in the bedroom again? Henry, Henry, do you hear me calling you?” Mama Hester probed again, and rose from the chair in search of Elvis.

She tried to discern the strange gulping noises followed by some sort of moaning sounds. She wondered what Elvis was into this time. She pushed open the door to the back bedroom.

“Henreey!” Mama Hester gasped.

Mable heard breaking china coming from the other end of the house. Henry gulped and wiped his face with his sleeve. Elvis snorted from underneath the kitchen table.

© Faith Reaper, April 26, 2015

So tired ah'm dead on mah feet.

File: Basset Hound (1).jpg Codyman at English Wikipedia July 30, 2007
File: Basset Hound (1).jpg Codyman at English Wikipedia July 30, 2007 | Source

Southerners know what it means to be “full as a tick on a hound dog”.

Basset Hound - There's Really a Song! There's a Banana Pudding Song too, but it is not Appropriate for HP.

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Easy No Bake Summertime Banana Pudding Recipe

This recipe is so good it'll make your tongue slap your face. Here in the South that means it's dang good!

My Review

A lovely Canadian friend of mine from work, who has since retired, shared this luscious dessert with us on special events. (I believe it may be that my friend found this recipe courtesy of Paula Deen and her "Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding" recipe.) If so, my review of this recipe is that it is the best banana pudding recipe I have ever tasted. Whenever I have served this particular recipe, it always receives rave reviews from all who enjoy it.

This creamy, light and fluffy creation is the perfect dessert for those warm summer days. Who wants to heat up the kitchen during the summer months? Not me! If you are ever in need of a dessert that will feed a large group of more than 12, then this is the dessert for which you have been searching. Each serving is perfectly sized by the cookies and with the 2-inch thickness of cool and creamy pudding, you will not be disappointed.

It is important to be mindful that the ingredients required for this scrumptious dessert do add up in cost. This recipe costs approximately $20.00 to prepare. For that reason, I am sure to make this for special occasions where many people will be in attendance. I never regret spending a bit more on this recipe when I have a special reason to do so. An added bonus with this recipe is that it is even better the next day!

Don't Forget the Bananas!

Ingredients for making this cool and creamy banana pudding recipe.
Ingredients for making this cool and creamy banana pudding recipe. | Source

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4.9 stars from 10 ratings of Perfect Cool and Creamy Summertime Banana Pudding Recipe

Cook Time - No Bake

Prep time: 30 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 12 people ++

Chessmen Cookies Lining Bottom of Dish

Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies lining bottom of casserole dish
Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies lining bottom of casserole dish | Source

Ingredients

  • 2 bags cookies, Pepperidge Farm Chessmen
  • 6 to 8 bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 (5 –ounce) box instant pudding, French vanilla
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened, Kraft Original Philadelphia
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk, Eagle Brand
  • 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream, thawed

Pour Light and Fluffy Pudding Mixture over Cookies and Bananas

Pour pudding mixture over the bananas and first layer of Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies.
Pour pudding mixture over the bananas and first layer of Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies. | Source

Instructions

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

Preference

I like to cover the layer of Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies totally with bananas to where there are none visible on the bottom. Here, however, I only used six bananas instead of eight, as two of my bananas were too ripe to use. The more bananas covering the entire bottom, the better in my opinion.

Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies
Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies | Source
Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies - three paper cups filled of cookies in each package
Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies - three paper cups filled of cookies in each package | Source

Substitutions

  • If you cannot find instant French vanilla pudding, simply add a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

  • If you cannot find the 5-ounce box of French vanilla instant pudding, just buy two smaller boxes and adapt. I don’t use banana flavored pudding, as this recipe already calls for real bananas.

  • If you cannot find a 12-ounce container of Cool Whip, just purchase two 8-ounce containers and use ½ of one container to equal 12 ounces.

A few Tips

  • It’s always good to sprinkle a little lemon juice on the bananas to prevent them from turning brown.

  • At the grocer’s, be sure to have the two packages of Pepperidge Chessmen cookies placed in a separate bag with no other items. These cookies cost almost $4.00 a package. Also, be mindful to not toss them in with your other groceries when loading your car. They are a bit delicate.

  • Carefully remove each of the three individual paper cups containing the Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies from each package to ensure they do not get broken. There will be a total of six paper cups (two packages) used for this recipe.

Time to put on the Final Touches

It's time to put on the final touches.
It's time to put on the final touches. | Source

Almost There!

Almost there!
Almost there! | Source

Notice each Individual Chessmen Cookie

Each individual cookie has a short line indicating which part of the cookie is the bottom. Below, please note my second row of cookies where I inadvertently placed the third cookie from the left upside down, as it is a pawn in the game of chess. Also, I wound up with my bottom row of cookies not spacing accordingly, which breaks the visual appeal. Of course, the taste is not affected in any way.

Time to dig in and Enjoy!

Perfect cool and creamy summertime banana pudding
Perfect cool and creamy summertime banana pudding | Source

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Something to Ponder

So where is your heart right now in the area of showing grace? How can we love one another better? Let's be mindful to love, seek mercy and walk humbly with our God.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Faith, I haven't had banana pudding in a long time. This looks delicious and easy to make. Your short story was cute and funny, too. Voted up for useful!

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      Sanjay Sharma 2 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      I will try this easy no-bake banana pudding recipe and so I have bookmarked the page. Thanks for sharing.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Faith! I’m so pleased you decided to join the series. “Elvis sensed he was good to go and sat down at Mama Hester’s feet, where he enjoyed a sampling each time Mable left the table for more ice for the sweet tea.” Lol. I just love Elvis…and those sweet photos. So Mable’s pudding was scrumptious – despite Henry’s trying to hide his delight of the dessert from “Mama.” This story is as delicious as the recipe you provided. The photo of the pudding mixture being poured makes me want to try this right away. We could never question welcoming and friendly southern hospitality as long as Faith Reaper is here to share it with us all. Thank you for being you. :-)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Kristen,

      I appreciate you stopping by to read. Yes, please do give it a try, for you will not be disappointed in the least. I am glad you found the flash fiction cute and funny.

      Thank you for the vote up!

      I hope you are enjoying a peaceful Sunday afternoon.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Sanjay,

      You are so kind to stop by and read this lovely Sunday afternoon. I am thrilled you are going to give this one a try! I just know you will enjoy every bite, as I always do whenever I make this yummy recipe.

      God bless you.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Genna,

      Always wonderful to see you! Thank you for your most generous comments here. LOL, yes, Elvis may be the one who knows just how to live ... and the other three may need to take lessons from him, sadly.

      Henry tried to remain faithful to his dear Mama's tried and true recipe, which is understandable, but his giving in here is understandable too. LOL

      Thank you for being the lovely and kind woman you are.

      I do hope you are enjoying a peaceful Sunday afternoon.

      Peace and blessings always

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      This piece is hilarious. It captured so much about people and their pride and how territorial they can be. I have to confess (I guess I don’t have to) that I have not seen Chessman Cookies before; I wonder where my grocer hides them. I have tucked away for future reference that I can take out the hearing aids when necessary!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Mike,

      Oh, whew, so glad you think it is hilarious! Yes, that is exactly what I was attempting to convey here. You are so kind. I am glad it came off that way, as I was not too sure about this one.

      If you find the Pepperidge Farm cookies in a grocery store, then they are sure to be there. I think they add so much to the visual appeal of the recipe, plus they taste so sweet and delicate. However, this time is the first time Pepperidge Farm did a seasonal thing and switched the chessmen out for a spring them, like flowers, sunshine, watering can on the cookies LOL. So, I had to hunt for them, although they still called them chessmen? I like the actual chess pieces best as they are just so unique.

      Hahaha ... glad you caught that about the hearing aids.

      Thank you for the smiles this lovely Sunday afternoon.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I never really liked banana pudding until I came up with my own recipe where the cookies were not soggy but I must tell you this sounds fantastic. I am crazy about anything cream cheese! You better bet I will be trying it.

      Loved your story and it reminded me of "Everybody Loves Raymond" family, his mom and wife (still watch those reruns) and they are hilarious so I really saw them in this which made it even funnier to me!

      ^+ and hugs!

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the Southern memories my friend. Well done. whonu

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      Oh, I am so glad you will try this scrumptious banana pudding recipe for you will truly love every bite and those who you share it with will want more and more. And that's okay, for this makes plenty. The cookies do not get soggy at all, but have a nice delicate crunch and are so sweet and delicious. Yes, I am a cream cheese lover too, and I think that is the ingredient that sets this one apart, plus using the sweetened condensed milk (not Evaporated Milk) gives it such a rich and creamy texture.

      I think it tastes better the next day when it is really nice and cold. I forgot to take a picture of one serving once it is out of the dish for it is so thick with the 2 inches of rich pudding mixture.

      LOL, about Everybody Loves Raymond, and it sure does! You are so right. I loved that show. I haven't watch it in years, and now you have me wanting to find the reruns. There certainly is a dynamic it seems when it comes to daughters and dauthers-in-law. Not sure who is worse off, Henry, who is stuck between mother and wife, or the wife. Hahaha

      I am so glad you found it funny too. Thank you for the vote up and more.

      Oh, it seems Pepperidge Farm has gone seasonal and so it may be hard to find the chess piece cookies, but in the stores now (first time ever that I know of), they have Chessmen Cookies, but with a spring motif, i.e. flowers, sun, house, watering can, etc. They are cute but I prefer the chess piece cookies.

      Let me know how you like it when you do have a chance to try it.

      Hugs

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi whonu,

      Always nice to see you on this side of HP Town stopping by to read.

      Thank you so much for the well done.

      God bless you.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      As one ole' Southern gal to another, I have to tell you we love our banana pudding at my house. I grew up on it, but I've never seen a recipe to top this one. We just use vanilla wafers like everyone else!

      Loved your story, too. Not only are you a great cook, you have a real talent for writing fiction.

      Voted UP, etc. shared,and Pinned to my recipe board. Good job!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello my Southern friend, Mary,

      Yes, this one is not your traditional Southern banana pudding recipe for sure. I still love my traditional one though, as you said, we grew up on it with the vanilla wafers. I can eat a whole box of those LOL. These Chessmen cookies are really good and keep their delicate crunch even the next day.

      I think the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk make this one so incredibly rich, creamy and yummy. It doesn't heat up the kitchen either in the warm weather with it being no-bake and cool and light.

      I am so glad you love my story. It was a stretch for me, but I wanted to do a little something different this time around. You are so kind.

      Thank you so much for the vote up, etc. share and pin.

      I appreciate you!

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      A great easy to make recipe, have bookmarked for future reference. Enjoyed your flash fiction too! Voted up!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Absolutely divine, Faith Reaper! Your flash fiction mixed with a recipe (and a sweet one with cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk at that) is a sure keeper. Voted up and more, five stars, sharing. This should be your niche!

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I love this series of yours, Theresa. This pudding looks wonderful. I'm not that keen on cooking so anything which doesn't take long and doesn't require baking is great for me! I'll try it when I get home.

      Your story conveys the family rivalry and emotions really well. Elvis is great too and a bit of humour always helps!

      We're still away but I'm trying to fit some writing in too.

      Hope all's well with you and yours.

      Ann

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Vellur,

      I am so glad you will give this one a try one day and you enjoyed the flash fiction story.

      I appreciate the vote up.

      God bless

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Flourish,

      Wow, you are certainly kind to give this one of mine a divine. I really appreciate the vote up and more, five stars and sharing. You're the best to take the time to be so generous as always. Well, as far as niche, not sure how G and HP are taking to these combo titles. I can see how they would love the recipes separate, but will see how it goes. I like how John did his title w/o mentioning the poem and that may work better as opposed to incorporating a story, even a flash fiction.

      I hope you have a lovely and peaceful week ahead.

      God bless

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Ann,

      So happy to see you here this day, and while away too! I am looking forward to when you publish next to see what wonderful things inspired you while on your trip.

      I love the no-bake idea too for here in the Deep South it gets so hot and humid, one truly does not want to turn on the oven to bake anything if it can be prevented. This one is truly cool and satisfying.

      It always amazes me how families can get into that mode, especially with the mother-in-law/daughter-in-law phenomenon that occurs in some relationships. Too much drama for me over something trivial. Yes, everyone needs an Elvis to lighten the mood and give perspective. LOL

      I am well, thank you. I hope the rest of your trip is wonderful and we look forward to your return and your next write.

      Peace and blessings to you and yours ...safe travels

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Thanks, Theresa. Yes, trying to get a few hubs out whilst I have time on a really peaceful camp site. Thanks for your encouragement and support, as ever.

      Peace to you too.

      Ann

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, I just wanted to come back and make sure I had bookmarked this Hub. It was very late last night when I saw you had published this, and I just had to take the time to read it. I have now bookmarked it! I try to make a dinner for my family every Sunday night, and I will certainly make this Banana Pudding next Sunday night! Last night I made my famous Turkey Meatballs in a white sauce. Hint: I wrote a Hub about making them if you'd like to look it over.

      I hope you have a wonderful day, Mary

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I absolutely love banana pudding! Honestly, though I've never had a baked version. I've always used instant pudding, Nilla Wafers, and bananas. My mom used to top hers with home made meringue when we were kids. I think if I were to make this recipe I'd use whipping cream to make the whipped cream rather than the pre-made stuff.

      Now, I want some banana pudding! I like it best the next day when the cookies start to break down and get mushy. Yum!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hooray! I got notified! It's a brave new world, my friend. So excited that HP chose to notify me again when you write.

      As for this hub, I love this series of recipes and flash fiction. How very clever of you, but then, that's no surprise to me. Well done! Well done! I'm standing, clapping my hands. You just can't see me. LOL

      blessings always

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Oh Faith, thank you for more of your southern hospitality. The story is hilarious and hits close to home. We have had these disagreements over tomato sauce on the Italian side of the family. Who makes the best sauce? They all taste great to me. But, I love this no-bake recipe for summer for as you say you don't have to heat up the kitchen. I love the chessmen cookies - great idea. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with us as I am going to make this one. My sister loves anything banana! She will get a kick out of this recipe. Great series!

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      I know many of men who will be forever grateful to anyone who makes him banana pudding. And it is indeed a competitive sport. Smiles. I can't wait to make this super cool version. HubPage Gold! upping, sharing, pinning and fb-ing, don't have a twitter account. Simply Delicious in every way.

      Blessings Always,

      Kim

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Great story and delicious looking recipe. Thank you for the great in depth instructions. I apprecuate the visuals. What an entertaining, thought provoking, useful and just plain fun hub! Thank you! Up+++

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      As I mentioned in your last installment, I think this is a home run concept.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Faith....Something YUMMY.....and I must admit (the face on that precious Hound) is something FUNNY. A little direction & education and Southern Hospitality! Wow! You gave us so much this morning & we love you for it! Peace & blessings to you. A big thank you from me......Paula

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Poor Heenrryyy...LOL it must be in the name to make it sound annoying when bellowed..LOL He got caught eating the dessert..LOL Faith the flash fiction was just as tasty as the recipe.. clean good ole fashion fun.. I still feel badly for the husband.. trapped between two similar book ends.. mama.. and wifeee..:) Love the recipe too my dear sweet virtual friend... Racheal Ray..LOOK OUT!

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      Jaye Denman 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Faith - This was delightful! As a southerner, I RECOGNIZE your characters! Ha-ha. And, who in the world could not love banana pudding?

      Voted Up++

      Jaye

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      What a treat, Faith, a delicious non-bake banana pudding dessert and a helping of ingenious fiction on the side. You outdid yourself with this one, m'dear. Enjoyed every moment of your tale, y'all, and 'spect I will enjoy the dessert when I get around to making it as well.

      Gave it an Up plus. That Mama Hester is a handful.

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Faith,

      I was happy to see you 'back in action' with this charming story and delicious recipe. I can also 'see' your characters as if they are in my home with a dad, brother, nephew and great nephew named 'Henry'!

      Banana pudding is a favorite around here - how sweet to use the 'chessmen' which are so yummy in themselves. Looking forward to trying this... the weather is perfect.

      Voted UP and sharing too. Love and hugs, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Ann,

      A peaceful camp site sounds heavenly! That sure is a great spot for inspiration just listening to the crackling fire and sounds.

      Have an amazing rest of your trip and we'll look forward to your return and writing.

      Peace and blessings to you and yours always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Mary,

      I am so happy to see you here again and to know you are going to give this a try this Sunday! To me, this recipe is best when it has been refrigerated for a good while. You will not be disappointed and it will feed your large and precious family. It is two-inches thick and each cookie kind of defines the serving size. At first you will not think one cookie is enough, but once you dig it out, being it is so thick and yummy, you will see just how much there is to this pudding.

      Oh, I will hop over there and check out your yummy recipe too! This is so much fun. To me, when I do cook LOL ... I do it with love and all should realize that most who do prepare something special, they do it with love in their hearts.

      Enjoy, dear lady.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Sha,

      Me too! I can't imagine someone not loving banana pudding, but to each his own. Yes, when I think of baked banana pudding, I am thinking of that is cooked on the stove and then baked in the oven with the meringue whipped up so high and toasted.

      If you give this one a try, you will absolutely love these delicate Chessmen cookies, even the next day, for they will not be soggy but, just as you say, start to break down a bit. Yum is right! So glad you like the recipe here ...

      Peace and blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Bill,

      Oh, my, a standing ovation LOL Tee hee Yes, hooray for Bill! You are so cute to show up with applause here. You have placed a big smile on my face this night.

      You know that I had you in mind when I chose that quote at the very beginning, for I was thinking ... now how am I going to lure Bill to this recipe combo hub LOL ... then a light bulb came on, I thought of your favorite topic ...Love! LOL, it's true.

      You know that quote is so true, for those who do cook something special, we do it out of love and a lot of love goes into that recipe just for the mere fact that we love those for whom we are preparing it.

      I am speechless at your most enthusiastic comment here, and praise the Lord about the notification Hahaha

      (((Hugs)) and much love to you always

      God bless you

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi suzette!

      Hahaha that is too funny about the tomato sauce, but then tomato sauce should be taken seriously! I figured many can relate to this family dynamic here LOL.

      I am so glad you are going to make this one. It is so yummy. The only problem with it, is that you can't get enough of it but, thankfully, this recipe makes a lot to go around. I think it is best when it is refrigerated for a good bit before serving. You can even make it the night before or early in the morning for later in the day. I hope you are able to find the chess pieces Chessmen cookies, for they have a spring theme out now, but they still call them Chessmen cookies. No matter what design, if they are the Chessman cookies, it will taste great.

      I hope your sister enjoys it too.

      Always so wonderful when you stop by for a visit.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Smiles back to you, dear Kim, LOL ... Now that is a true statement there you have made!

      You are too good to me, dear lady ... and I love it and you too. I appreciate the enthusiastic comments votes, sharing and all.

      (((Hugs))) and much love always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Randi,

      So lovely to see you here this day! We all have to have some just plain fun every now and then, and so glad you found this hub to be fun. You are most generous here in commenting, and I truly appreciate you.

      Thank you for joining in the fun this day, and for all the votes.

      Hope you and your family are well. Peace and blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Larry,

      You are so kind to return here. Thank you for your kindness. John aka Jodah here on HubPages came up with his great idea of combining an egg recipe with his passion for poetry and his was a great success. As I stated above, then along came Chris aka Cam, who wrote a great flash fiction/ recipe combo too.

      I appreciate you encouragement for this little so-called "Dinner and a Movie" type hub here.

      Peace and blessings to you

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Paula,

      What a lovely visit from you this day, all the way over here on the "South" side of HP Town. Ha-ha, yes, "Elvis" the Hound just has one of those funny expressions on his face, and if I were him, I would head for the hills ...oh, I forgot, he's not going anywhere with his extra treats under the table.

      Thank you for gracing my hub space this day with your beautiful self.

      Peace, blessings and much love to you too

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi there, my dear virtual friend, Frank,

      I have been trying my best to make it down here to you before I have to go and have sweet dreams : )

      I feel so bad for poor Henry too, and I should ..because I wrote him into such a life ...tee hee

      Oh, I believe Rachael has no worries Hahaha Funny man. Thank you for the smiles this day.

      Dio ti benedica dolce uomo

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi there, fellow Southerner, Jaye,

      Hahaha Yes, I believe many may be able to relate to these characters ... LOL Really, who in the world doesn't like banana pudding!

      Thank you for the vote up and more. I truly enjoyed your visit here this day. Thank you for the smiles.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi drbj,

      You always make me laugh, and I am so delighted you stopped by this day to read. I am happy to know you enjoyed my pudding tale here LOL

      Please do give this one a try. It is really rich and divine. Warning though, only make it when you have a big crowd coming over, otherwise you may wind up eating the whole thing!

      Thank you for the Up plus.

      Yes, no doubt that Mama Hester is a handful and then some.

      Peace and blessing to you always, dear lady

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Maria,

      Wow, you were and are blessed to have your special Henrys in your life. I know there is no similarity at all when it comes to your Henrys. I feel so bad for my Henry here in this fiction piece, and I wrote him ...having said that, I think Henry is a good soul just attempting to please everyone, when that is impossible, as we know.

      The weather is glorious here at the moment too. I hope you do give this one a try as it is scrumptious and rich. The Chessmen cookies add a wonderful visual appeal to the recipe, but don't skimp on a sweet delicate taste.

      I know you have your wonderful Geoff to make mouth-watering creations for your palette, sure to please. So, this simply recipe may not top his banana pudding recipe. Oh, no, don't want to get one of these rivalries starting again with the pudding ... LOL Hmm, now I am wondering if I should have used the word "cook" instead of "bake" here. What does Chef Geoff say?

      I appreciate you, the votes up and share.

      (((Hugs))) and much love to you and yours always, sweet friend.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Of course, I would enjoy your banana pudding, but I would only prepare it if I were expecting a crowd--so it could be finished by the time they leave. I couldn't trust myself being in the house alone with this banana treat even though I'm gluten intolerant. Thanks for the recipe; I will share it with my cousins.

      A story while you wait, is quite creative. Interesting real-life drama over the new recipe!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your banana pudding sounds very creamy and very delicious, Faith! I can taste it in my mind right now. Thanks for sharing the lovely recipe and an entertaining story with a great surprise ending.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      What a very funny story created with a recipe! I have not tried eating banana pudding and your recipe sounds great to make. I have to make it though when I have visitors coming as it´s only me and my hubby home. Voted up, useful, funny and awesome.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      I think Elvis probably licked the bowl while Henry got chewed out by Mable. So Elvis is the hero of the story. Yes, this recipe is easy enough for even me to try. Thanks for the 'fiction in the kitchen.'

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Sha ...way up there. I meant to add that I just knew you would be one to want to use the whipping cream. This recipe is already so rich and creamy but adding the whipping cream instead of Cool Whip, will send it over the top!

      Let me know how you like it, if you do give this one a try.

      Peace and blessings

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      You know, it's true you really do learn something new everyday. Thanks to writer extraordinaire Mike aka mckbirdbks, I learned about the one voice per paragraph rule ...how cool. It sure does help a lot in making it easier to read!

      Bless you

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi MsDora,

      Oh, I know, there must be a crowd to share this one with no doubt. I know I certainly do not even think about making this one if it is just me and my husband at home. I think we could eat the whole thing in one night or one and a half days LOL.

      Well, I hope you remember this one the next time you see your cousins.

      Hahaha Yes, the story does seem true to life no doubt, but it is purely fictional from the characters to the pudding wars. I can see how it would be a familiar drams with the daughter and mother-in-law and cooking.

      Peace and blessings

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Alicia,

      Oh, you should try it in your mouth for sure! It is so delicious.

      I am happy you found my story entertaining and the end was a surprise to you. I wasn't too sure if it would be a surprise or not.

      Peace and blessings to you always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Thelma,

      I am thrilled you stopped by here to read. So glad you found the story funny.

      Oh, if you have not ever eaten banana pudding, then this one is a great way to start. Well, just invite some good friends over and there you go!

      I know I would eat the entire thing, especially now it is just me and my hubby too.

      I appreciate the vote up and more

      Peace and blessings

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Just came back for a second read, and a second helping of banana pudding. Two thumbs up!

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      I absolutely love banana pudding and I really do enjoy your twist on a really great recipe. thanks for the hub. Voted up.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hahah Chris, that is a good take on the story. Hooray for Elvis. Actually, Elvis was already full as a tick and knocked out under the kitchen table. He loves going in there when Mable is wasing dishes. Remember he gets all of what Mama Hester does not care for, which is a lot ..hahaha. Mable was pleased that Mama Hester caught Henry in the act of enjoying her pudding.Mama Hester was in shock over her son's betrayal in loving Mable's pudding. Yes, you certainly can make this easy recipe but you better have others around to enjoy it for it is hard to resist eating more until it is all gone. Peace and blessings always

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      What a wholesome hub!

      It was a good idea to write an entertaining story and an amazing recipe in a single hub and you presented this wonderfully. I enjoyed going through both of them. The banana pudding recipe sounds delicious and looks heavenly. I have to try it in my next home party.

      Thanks for sharing this excellent hub. Voted up and up and pinned!

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Faith - Loved your story and the banana pudding looks great. The Chessmen are an especially elegant touch (and I never cared for vanilla wafers anyway. Hope all is well. Blessings! Theresa

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Mike,

      You are always welcome anytime and as many times here at Tess's and there just happens to be a serving left just for you. I appreciate you.

      Bless you

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi torrilynn,

      So great to see you here! I am glad you enjoyed this new twist on banana pudding. I appreciate the vote up. I hope you give this one a try for you will not be disappointed in the least.

      Peace and blessings

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi ChitrangadaSharan,

      So glad you enjoyed this combo here. John aka Jodah here on HubPages came up with a great idea to combine his love for poetry with a wonderful egg recipe of his, and so this idea was born. I do hope many others will join in the fun.

      Oh, this recipe will be perfect for your home party and all in attendance will enjoy it! I hope you will be able to find the Chessmen cookies. It truly is heavenly.

      Let me know how it turns out. It is best when refrigerated.

      I appreciate the vote up and more and pin.

      God bless

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Theresa (phdast),

      So glad you loved the story. Yes, the Chessmen cookies add the perfect touch to this new twist on banana pudding and make this a great presentation at any gathering. Once they are in awe of the presentation ..that will not compare to the divine taste in their mouths once they take the first bite.

      Thank you for reading. Yes, all is well here.

      Blessings to you and yours too

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      This really was a delightful and delicious read! I truly enjoyed this so much! You really spent time on this and it shows. I voted Up all the way!

      We have useful tips to make something so yummy! There was humor which is always a pleasure to read. And we had interesting things to think about that can make us better people! :-))

      Sharing this! hugs & many blessings! ((((((((((((( Faith Reaper)))))))))

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Faith, this is truly funny, with Mama Hester cutting off her nose to spite her face, when her nose did not smell her recipe cooking.

      My Mom made the best banana pudding and we were always full as a tick after dessert.

      Voted up across the board and shared

      Blessings and hug

      Shyron

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I must say I so enjoy this combination of recipe and flash fiction! Food for the mind and the tummy!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hiya, loved the story! LOL! and that pudding looks amazing! don't think I have ever tasted banana pudding before, so I learned something new!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      This is a hit all the way around. How lucky we are you decided to continue this series.

      I laughed reading your story. I'm sure many a new bride can relate to this scene, and oh the lucky dog. Faith this story was so much fun. As for the recipe I think there'll be banana pudding all around! Thanks for sharing your southern talent and hospitality.

      Voted up, useful, funny, awesome, and interesting. The share button was missing on my iPad!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Jo!

      I am so happy to see you here. I am so glad you really enjoyed reading here this day and found it delightful and delicious! That is a good combination when reading. I appreciate you so much and your keen insight whenever you comment. Yes, I attempted to throw in a bit of humor, so I do hope it came out that way. There is a phenomena that occurs between a daughter-in-law and mother-in-law, for they seem to compete with one another in all areas.

      I do hope some of what I share here does give one pause. I appreciate the vote up all the way and sharing.

      God bless you and yours always.

      Peace

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Faith, I know I am late but I made it. Your flash fiction tale was great. I felt for both Mabel and Henry. Although I am not a dessert fan....ice cream, and chocolate cake are about the only sweets I eat, your banana pudding recipe would be great for dessert lovers. You did a great job with this hub and I thank you once again for the mention. Voted up across the board. Blessings.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Shyron,

      Hahaha, yes, she sure did, and Mable was happy to know Henry truly wanted to try her recipe and loved it! In reality though, mama's really do make the best banana pudding no doubt, just like your Mom did.

      I am glad you can relate to being as full as a tick. LOL

      Thank you so much for the vote up and across and share. You're the best!

      (((Hugs))) and much love to you always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Audrey,

      I am so glad you enjoyed this combo here. That is a good way to look at it... as food for the thought and mind.

      Peace and blessings

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hiya, Nell,

      Never heard of banana pudding! Wow, that is incredible, but I have to be mindful that we are on the worldwide web and I just assumed all have eaten banana pudding, at least here in the states. So, that is great that a banana pudding recipe may be new to others around the world! That is interesting to know. LOL on the story ...that mother-in-law and daughter-in-law dynamic seems to be a real issue in some families LOL. Glad Henry truly liked Mable's pudding though. I say, the more varieties of banana pudding the better ... more love to go around ...Just saying!

      Thank you for the visit. I will keep that in mind that what may be commonplace here in the US, may not be so around the world.

      Peace and blessings

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Mary (till),

      I'm glad the story made you laugh while reading. Yes, I am sure many new brides can relate to this scenario, and the poor husbands being torn between the new bride and their mother. LOL

      Yes, the recipe makes plenty for all to go around and then some.

      I appreciate the vote up and more. I know my phone does not show the share buttons, so I have to actually be on my laptop to share anything.

      Happy Mother's Day weekend so far. Blessings always to you and yours

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi John (Jodah),

      I appreciate you taking time to read and comment, especially with computer issues going on down your way! So glad you enjoyed the story, and I do feel for Mable and Henry too, but glad Mable knew in the end that Henry loved her recipe although he had to hide it. It seems to be a common competition between daughter-in-laws and mother-in-laws for some reason, I say, the more variety of banana pudding the better and why can't we enjoy all of them! LOL Yes, poor Mable and Henry.

      Oh, ice cream and chocolate cake can't be beat no doubt. Thank you for the vote up and across

      I hope your lovely wife is enjoying a special Mother's Day weekend.

      God bless you and yours always

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      Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Hi Faith;

      Never tried this banana pudding dessert you've laid out here but it looks spectacular and with the addition of your chessman cookies it is unique.

      Yep; Elvis rocks! Loved your little story and your music video too and actually saw a bassett hound for the first time in years last Sunday walking along the fishing port of the Scarborough coast, U.K. and couldn't help but give a wry grin as I'd briefly seen this Hub of yours at a prior time but had been prematurely called away and it just reminded me of you and your banana pud as he casually shaded the concrete with his belly and those little legs were going ten to the dozen with the look of the weight of his owners combined problems emanating from his soulful eyes as they scrolled our way :)

      Happy to share and pin and enjoy a restful Mother's Day.

      R.Q.

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      deergha 2 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Hey Theresa, really its awesome to start this Sunday morning with the Banana pudding here....taste is really teasing my every sense you know, with a mindful of wonderful story to go by.

      Sinful intent and I really wish to taste your pudding...wish some day a miracle will happen and I will be able to cherish wonderful southern warmth in reality ( wish wish !!!!!) .

      Votes up and shared.

      Hugs my friend and wish you a very happy mothers day

      Take care and stay blessed

      Deergha

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Dear Romeos,

      So brave of you to return LOL. Glad you have given Elvis his props and being the first one to do so hahaha. He may be the only happy one out of this lot here in my story. Thank you for sharing about seeing a Basset hound for the first time. I am amazed how their short legs can hold their bodies up, but they are still so close to the ground.

      The recipe is truly luscious even though simple to make.

      I appreciate the share and pin. You are always such a kind and most gracious gentleman.

      I hope your precious Mom is doing much better, so that she is able to enjoy this Mother's Day.

      (((Hugs))) across the pond to you and much peace always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, how sweet, dear Deergha, your "wish, wish" : ) I love it.

      That is a sweet thought no doubt.

      I am always forgetful of the time differences around the world, for when you commented it was only around 10:00 p.m. Saturday night.

      Happy Mother's Day to you too and I hope you have a lovely one, for you deserve this best this life has to offer.

      Sending you warm hugs from southern USA and much love ...

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      sweet dreams to you too and Happy Mother's Day my dear virtual heart of gold

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi My Dear Virtual Friend, Frank,

      Aw, bless you and I actually did have them. Hugs to you and all in your life.

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      I'm a lot into recipes for summers these days. Just yesterday posted a Hub mentioning some :D

      Looking forward to trying this one :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Akriti Mattu,

      Thank you for stopping by to read. Yes, this one is great for the summer and warmer weather, as it is so cool and creamy.

      Recipes are not my norm for writing, but I did want to try something new after reading Jodah's poem/egg recipe combo. However, I would have faired better with just posting a recipe as far as Google goes.

      Enjoy!

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Yeah mine neither but i do like trying stuff that is easy-to-make :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Me too : ) ...easy and yummy is what I love!

      Thank you, Akriti.

      I really love your mango recipes ...so refreshing, I am sure.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Love this from beginning to end....the story makes it a down home experience for me....and believe it or not I have been around such conversations.

      the pup was sooooo cute.

      This looks so creamy and yummy that I KNOW I will be giving it a try.

      Thank you dear Friend for sharing such a lovely hub with us

      Angels are winging their way to you this morning ps Voted up ++++ and would share and pin but see no way to do so...

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear PS,

      LOL, oh, me, I bet far too many of us can relate to these type conversations going on at some point in life ... the story and characters are pure fiction, but all too real at the same time. Yes, "Elvis" needed to be in the story to add some sanity LOL.

      I do hope you give the recipe a try. It's so easy, yummy and feeds a crowd.

      Thank you for gracing my hub page with your sweet presence. I appreciate the vote up and more.

      Much love and many Angels your way too

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Theresa, I just stopped by to say hello and found this little temptation. An exceeding yummy pudding, and so easy to make! Love the story, great dialogue, you really brought the characters to life. I'm with Elvis, waste not, want not. Beautifully done, my friend, I hope all is well.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Dear Jo,

      I am thrilled to see you, and I hope all is well with you too! I have missed reading your brilliant hubs, please know.

      Yes, it is very easy, yet oh so satisfying, at least to me ... Elvis knows how to live LOL ... the rest of these characters need to get a clue. Poor Henry was busted my his Mama eating Mable's pudding in the back bedroom of all things. At least Mable may have gotten some satisfaction knowing Henry truly wanted to eat her pudding despite what he was telling his Momma.

      Elvis ate pretty much all of Mama Hester's under-the-table handout of Mable's roast beef LOL ...so, he didn't care about the pudding.

      Hugs and much love to you and yours always

      Peace

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Theresa, I voted awesome but forgot to share, have a glorious saturday. My best always.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Jo, you are such a kind and lovely woman to come back and do so.

      I appreciate the vote up, awesome, and now share. You're the best, sweet woman.

      Peace and blessings to you and yours always

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Faith, your banana pudding looks absolutely delicious. I am definitely going to make it asap. Your flash fiction, too, was delightful :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Martie,

      So glad you are going to give this a try! It not only looks delicious, it tastes scrumptious. Thank you for that "delightful" on my flash fiction of sorts ...so much drama over pudding. They are clueless Hahaha

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I really enjoyed your story, so typically "southern"! The banana pudding recipe sounds delicious! I would love to give this a try this summer! Voting up, useful and pinning!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi sg,

      Yes, hahaha, I guess it is typically "southern" LOL ...and I am glad you enjoyed it. Oh, please do give this a try this summer and, hopefully, you will not be disappointed.

      Thank you so much for the vote up and more and pinning.

      God bless

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This really sounds fabulous and rich, just how I like dessert.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Deb, so great to see you. Yes, it is truly rich and best when refridgerated for several hours or longer. It is so rich at times I feel like drinking coffee with it but that takes away from the cool summertime feel of the dessert. I hope all is well up on Boomer's Lake. Blessings always

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      Radhika Sreekanth 2 years ago from Mumbai,India

      I like bananas and since this is no-bake, I'll definitely try this dessert. Seems and sounds delicious..

      Voted up, beautiful and interesting. Sharing too.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This looks like a really good, and easy way to whip up a banana pudding. Great flash fiction...again!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello radhikasree,

      So nice to meet you! Oh, you will certainly love this cool and creamy warm-weather dessert if you give it a try.

      Thank you so much for the vote up and more and sharing.

      Blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Rebecca,

      Yes, it is so easy yet so delicious, creamy and cool especially for warmer weather

      You are so kind.

      Blessings always

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      Mary 2 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Yummy, I have never used cream cheese in my banana pudding, but it sure looks delicious. Great hub, voted up, shared, and so much more.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I also use the vanilla wafers when I make banana pudding, never thought of using another type of cookie...until now! Great idea! Excellent hub...dessert and a witty read! :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi pretty Mary,

      What a nice visit from you here! Thank you so much for stopping by to read. Oh, yes, the cream cheese combined with the Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk makes this divine. I hope you can give it a try when you can.

      I appreciate the vote up and more and share. You are most generous.

      Blessings

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Linda,

      Oh, these delicate delights are heavenly indeed combined with the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk and all else ...woo hoo sure to please all. It is so easy too. You could have enough for all of your lovely fam over to enjoy. It is best after having been refrigerated for several hours or even all day.

      I am glad you found the story witty LOL ...it is a stretch to come up with something related to banana pudding hahaha

      Thanks so much for blessing my pages with sunshine this day!

      Blessings to you and yours always there in sunny Florida

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 2 years ago from Western NC

      Just wanted to come stop by and say hi! This looks DIVINE! I love it! I love all the chessman cookies - I might have to stop by the store on my way home just to get these ingredients. :)

      And pardon my absence: finished old job in March, started new one April 1, but it was 90 minutes away from my house, put old house on market, sold it and now we're waiting on the new house to close. Whew! Life has been full of changes. But yes, just wanted to say HI! :) :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Cynthia,

      So happy to see you and I am thrilled you have stopped by to say Hi!

      This recipe is so easy and divine, as you state. The chessman cookies certainly make a great presentation, but are also sweet and delicate. I hope you can find the ones that look like chess pieces, as I think they are most unusual, as they seemed to have swapped them out for a summer garden theme "chessman" cookies. Either way, the taste is the same.

      I am so glad you are back here on HP. Life is certainly full. I have been remiss in publishing as much as I used to publish just to life being full too.

      I hope you love your new job and new home!

      Blessings always

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I love the story. It is so light, refreshing and hilarious! This is a fun concept of dinner and a movie. You are a very talented writer. I can't wait to try the recipe.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Marlene, I am so happy you enjoyed the story. It is hilarious in that it is sad there are people who do squabble over such insignificant things in this life! I tried to paint a picture here of just how silly people can be and over something like a banana pudding recipe. Thank you for your most generous comment as to my writing. That means the world to me. I do hope you enjoy this recipe for it is truly yummy! Blessings to you and yours

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      Patricia Scott 22 months ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning Faith

      I have not tried this but think I must. I see it and each time my mouth is watering!!

      I may have to bring it to church soon.

      Hoping that all is well in your little corner of the planet...hugs and blessings are on the way via Angels today ps

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      Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear PS,

      Oh, yes, a church function is the perfect for this as it feeds many and all should enjoy. It is so light, creamy and cool for summer, but alas summer is winding down, so I do hope you have a chance to make this before summer comes to an end. However, it really matters not about the time of year, but it just seems to help with the heat in the summer months to enjoy something so cool and light.

      Just a bit sinus/allergies due to weather changing a bit here, but nothing major. Thank you for the hubs, blessings on the wings of Angels ...and when they are finished up here, I am sending back your way, sweet friend

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      Audrey Howitt 22 months ago from California

      Woo Hoo! Congrats to you as well!!! My vote for you counted as well!!! Doing the happy dance for you!

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      Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

      Woo Hoo, to you too! Thank you. Congratulations to you too, Audrey, for winning Best Poet ...well-deserved. My voted accounted!

      Happy dance for you too!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 22 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Came back to read your hub and congratulate you for the well deserved Hubbie award!

      I feel happy and honoured to follow you. Thank you and have a great day!

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      Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, how lovely of you, dear heart ChitrangadaSharan. I am humbled and honored by your most generous comment. Thank you and may God bless you and yours always!

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      Cassandra 22 months ago from Geelong VIC Australia

      Hi Faith I enjoyed your story and I also loved the recipe. I will attempt to make this pudding one day soon.

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      Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

      Hello AussieAdventure,

      So nice to meet you! I am so glad you enjoyed my little tale here and the recipe too. I do hope you give this one a try, as I just know you will not be disappointed. It feeds a crowd and it is a crowd pleaser.

      Blessings

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      William Kovacic 21 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Oh Faith,

      I never get notifications anymore for those I'm following, but I'm still here. It just takes me a while to find all that I've missed. Anyway, I enjoyed your flash fiction, and the recipe got me hungry. Thanks. Gotta run. I have to get a snack!

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Bill,

      I appreciate you visiting my side of HP Town this day! I know I miss out on a lot of notifications as well. I have not published in a bit. I pray you are well.

      I am glad you enjoyed the story ...my attempt at humor. This recipe feeds a crowd, so it may come in handy for you and your church congregation.

      Blessings always

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      B Brian Hill 21 months ago

      Hi Faith,

      I was delighted to see so much on this page. I love to cook and love to write. Your story about Elvis captured a great emotional moment, like a painting. Great work.

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Hello B Brian,

      So nice to meet you. Thank you so much for stopping by my side of HP Town and leaving such a kind comment. I am happy you enjoyed my attempt at a bit of humor and Elvis I believe is the star of the story.

      This recipe is sure to please a crowd, so make sure you make it when you have a lot of people to feed. I have no doubt they will all love it, as it is truly so creamy and delicious.

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      truthfornow 21 months ago from New Orleans, LA

      Like the presentation with the cookies, makes it look so fancy. Nice recipe.

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, truthfornow. Yes, the Chessman cookies make it a special presentation.

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      CrisSp 18 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Came back to say...Happy New Year Faith and all the best for 2016!

      Love from the sky~

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      Faith Reaper 18 months ago from southern USA

      Happy New Year, Dear and Lovely Love from the Sky, Cris!

      You are so sweet to think of me.

      (((Hugs))) and blessings

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      Audrey Hunt 16 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Theresa

      Great presentation! What an adventure. Mouth-watering recipe, yummy photos, engaging story plus tips. Gotta pin this one and do some sharing.

      Hugs

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Audrey!

      So lovely to see your smiling face pop in here. You are always so kind in your commenting. Thank you for the pine and share.

      I think I will be making this one this weekend. My family eats it up!

      Hugs and much love to you and yours always, sweet lady

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