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The holidays can be hectic and things are about to start happening really fast. I’m going to show you how to have an intimate family dinner during the holidays and share my husband’s chocolate banana bread pudding recipe for your enjoyment. To you and yours from me and mine, I wish you the happiest of holidays this year and every year.
Can you believe the holidays are here? It seems like we were just enjoying the Summer weather and taking our boy to summer camp at the Y and now we’re almost halfway through his 2nd grade year and Halloween is over. I was in the store today and looking for some Fall decorations and all I could find was clearance Halloween decor and then Christmas decor. It seems we’ve skipped over Fall and Thanksgiving and moved right onto Christmas these days. I’m going to show you how to slow down and have an intimate family dinner with a great dessert (perfect for Thanksgiving dinner) in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
Do you have traditions for Thanksgiving? My family all gathers at my dad’s house for a huge dinner of turkey, chicken, ham, and all the sides that you can possibly imagine. My dad doesn’t like anyone in his kitchen, but he allows me to make monkey bread for breakfast and fruit salad for the dinner and he allows others to take over dessert (as long as they make it at home and bring it!). I love this annual tradition because it makes us all slow down just a little before Christmas and it gathers the family around for one day before we all scatter for the holidays.
Since Howard and I have been saving up our money for Christmas and my surgery just before the new year, we have been eating at home a lot more. We have been looking for something quick and easy, but an intimate family dinner, so we can still do all the activities of the holidays while staying at home for dinner.
On Monday night, we went to Boy Scouts and found out about a few more activities on our agenda for the year. We already have the scouts meetings on Mondays, soccer on Tuesday, Tyler on Thursday, soccer again on Saturdays, and then all the special activities. Last Saturday we started building a cardboard car with the Boy Scouts and next Friday we have to go finish it. Then Saturday we have two soccer games and the cardboard car races. We have the Trail of Lights and The Polar Express coming up and who knows what other school activities we will have throughout the holidays. We are so busy and the holidays haven’t even hit yet!
This week we decided to try out something we haven’t eaten before and we headed to Walmart to pick up a STOUFFER’S® Family Size Entrées Lasagna (we picked the cheese one so Benjamin would eat it with us). I feel good about feeding my family STOUFFER’S® Lasagna because it is made the way I would make it if I had the time this holiday season to make my own. While at Walmart, we picked up the ingredients for Howard’s chocolate banana bread pudding and found these BUTTERFINGER® Bits for the chocolate component. We found the lasagna in the frozen meals aisle and the baking bits in the baking aisle.
Benjamin was a little skeptical about the lasagna, but after one bite, he was hooked. He asked for seconds and that never happens! I thought the lasagna tasted fresh and cheesy and did not taste like a frozen meal at all. My mom used to make homemade lasagna when I was a kid (rarely, but I do remember it). This lasagna reminded me of my mom’s lasagna…and that’s saying a lot about a former lunch lady’s cooking. She was a lunch lady back when they used to cook from scratch!
Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding Recipe
Now, I know I’ve peaked your interest with this homemade chocolate banana bread pudding. Let me tell you how to make it:
What you’ll need:
2 cups sugar
2 cups milk
5 large eggs, beaten
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups french bread, cubed
1 bag BUTTERFINGER® Bits
3 bananas, thinly sliced
1 tsp table salt
What you’ll do:
Put cubed bread in a bowl with bananas and BUTTERFINGER® Bits. Mix all other ingredients in a separate bowl. Pour liquid mixture over dry ingredients. Mix well. Let sit for 10 minutes. Put into greased 13×9 in baking pan. Bake at 350º for 45 minutes. Enjoy!
Now that you know about our intimate family dinner, I would love to know about your holidays. Do you have lots going on like us or do you take it slow? Do you celebrate Thanksgiving or skip right over and go into Christmas? For more Thanksgiving recipe inspiration, visit Flavorful Moments on Pinterest.