Making Banana Pudding from Scratch!

Our little chef was at it again!  She saw the bananas getting a little too ripe to enjoy and asked if she could learn how to make banana pudding.  She had watched me before and just needed a little coaching!

All of the tools and ingredients were gathered on the counter.  The double boiler was set up and the eye turned on while she measured the flour, sugar, and adding the milk slowly to mix without lumps.  Then she separated the egg whites from the yolks, whisking in only the yolks to the mixture in the double boiler, which was by now heating up well.

Then, in between frequent stirring with the whisk she peeled the bananas, and put the first layers of nilla wafers and sliced bananas.

All of the sudden the mixture in the double boiler started transforming from a runny sweetened milk to a thicker, silky smooth pudding texture!  It was time to turn the heat off and add the vanilla!  That was the prettiest pudding I’ve ever seen!  It’s consistency was perfect!  Now was the time to finish the layering process and garnish with nilla crumbs!

There’s nothing like warm homemade banana pudding!  MMM MMM Good!  Maybe next time we’ll try to make the merange for the fun of it!  I hear that is a huge transformation as well!

Obstacles in Our Path

Just had to share this with all!  —

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway.  Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.  Some of the King’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it.  Many loudly blamed the  King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables.  Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road.  After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.  After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been.  The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.  The peasant learned what many of us never understand – “Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.”    –    Unknown

This is such a great point to ponder in our daily life and a reflection of our condition!  It relates to our personal/spiritual life, family life, work life, and business life!  Just think of all the opportunities that may pass us by every day – we must grasp each moment and live it to the fullest in the best attitude possible!  I would like my kids to learn this now, so will be finding ways to incorporate this lesson in their daily routines!

A Lesson in Cooking the Best Okra

Last night as I was preparing to cook dinner, my nine year old daughter Kendra wanted to help me.  She asked what we were having.  I said “salmon patties, homemade fries, and fried okra,”…. something we rarely have, but we were stuck inside because of rain and storms.  Her eyes lit up and she asked if she could learn how to make the okra, one of her favorite foods.  I said “Sure!” and pulled out the paring knife but then thought it better to show her how to use the big slicing knife.

She was thrilled, of course, and watched and listened intently as I showed her the ropes.  She then hopped up on the step stool and began rinsing, topping, and slicing the okra, asking if she was doing alright all the while!  Once she had finished that she asked what to do next.  So I had her crack an egg, and stir in a few spoons of corn meal mix.  Thrilled again, she asked of she could learn to actually cook it, too.

By this time Dad had come in to help keep an eye on everything and joined in the lesson on cooking!  She practiced the safety issues of carefully working around hot oil, making sure the pan remained still while she turned the okra, and watching it carefully so that it would not burn.  She ended up making a wonderful batch of okra!  It’s like candy to the tastebuds!  YUM!  And Kendra felt such pride in her accomplishment!

Today she is helping to prepare some more lightly breaded okra for the freezer to use through the fall and winter while mom puts up a batch of peaches!  Next we will work on the apples and put up some pear juice.  It’s fun to get back to the basics, the old times that I remember of working together as a family to prepare for the coming months and learn some valuable home skills along the way!

 

I Corinthians 13:13

There are three things that remain – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.

I Corinthians 13:13

Let us always love through adversity, convey hope to those less fortunate, and have faith to recognize that HE has greater things in store for us!  Always keep your eyes on HIM!

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