This is for those days when you need banana pudding, and you need it now. It's not made from scratch. But that means there is no sweating over the stove, stirring your precious pudding...waiting...waiting. This is for those days when the baby wouldn't sleep the night before, when your head is absolutely pounding, and you need that banana pudding!! :)
1 large box (5.1 oz) instant vanilla or banana pudding (I use vanilla)
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 carton (8 oz) cool whip
1 box vanilla wafers
3-4 ripe bananas
Start by mixing the pudding according to the package directions. You'll want a large bowl for this. Next, make a mess while opening the condensed milk. Don't cuss too loudly, or you might wake the napping baby, and lord knows he needs that sleep. Add the condensed milk and cool whip to the pudding you've already mixed up. Using your finger, scrape the last bits of cool whip out of the carton and eat. Go wash hands. Grab your banana pudding bowl. You know, the one your grandmother always made banana pudding in, and that you were lucky enough that she gave not only that bowl, but the whole set of colored Pyrex bowls to you when you got married. Open the vanilla wafers. Test them to make sure they are fresh. Layer the vanilla wafers, pudding mixture, and bananas in the bowl. Use as many or as few vanilla wafers and bananas as you'd like. Eat the rest of the pudding in the mixing bowl. Wash hands again. Clear off one end of your dining room table so that you can take a picture of the banana pudding for your blog. Realize you should have put more vanilla wafers on top...it looks a bit sparse. Take picture anyway. Go to kitchen, realize you have to clear out the refrigerator so that you'll have space for the banana pudding to chill, which it needs to do for at least a couple of hours. Go take more Advil for that pounding headache. Count down the minutes until you can grab a spoon and dig in.
Realize it's Tuesday, and there's no way you're going to get your Tuesdays with Dorie recipe made today. But at least there's Banana Pudding!!! :)