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Bluebonnet Baker’s Baby Shower

August 19, 2013

You can take the girl out of Texas, but you’ll never take the Texas out of the girl.

Banana Pudding with Chocolate and Vanilla

Banana Pudding Two Ways for Amber’s Texas Baby Shower

This is a phrase that perfectly describes my friend Amber of Bluebonnet & Brownies and so many of us that do or once did live in the Texas diaspora as Tex-pats (you know, Texans that are living outside of Texas). We became friends when I was living in Nebraska and quickly learned that we could share a laugh, a hug, a Shiner Bock and some barbecue – no matter the distance between us or the distance from Texas.

Nowadays, we continue to share a love of Texas and especially the Hill Country, where bluebonnets grow wild and blanket the countryside in the spring. I’m lucky enough to live in Texas again and can share snippets of these moments with Amber, who is still living in the diaspora.

Today, though, I get to celebrate Amber’s Texas Baby Shower with her and all y’all.

I’ll be honest, I had planned to make Coca-Cola Cake because I thought that would be fun. But Coca-Cola Cake is a new-to-me recipe and I realized that I wanted to share  a recipe that had some family history for me.

Banana Pudding is a familiar recipe for just about anyone I know. Which one of us, especially us Texas kids, didn’t dig into a dish or three of it at family gatherings or  church potlucks? And in my family, my Dranny would make it special for us kids by serving it up in her gold goblets that she passed on to me. Lately, these memories have been precious to me. And as we celebrate Amber’s first baby, thoughts of family and happiness together should be shared and passed on.

Amber (and your Brit!), you’re going to have an even more beautiful family with the addition of your little bluebonnet baby. Congratulations!

Banana Pudding
In the serving dish (or dishes) of your choice, layer vanilla pudding (or chocolate, if you’re feeling crazy…), banana slices and Nilla Wafers together. The ratio of pudding to bananas to Nilla Wafers is your choice.

Two things to keep in mind, the Nilla Wafers will get soft and smooshy as they absorb the pudding, and the bananas will get a little brown if they’re not covered with pudding. For that reason, I assemble mine in individual serving cups right before serving. But if you’re going to a potluck, layer the bananas on the inside and lay the Nilla Wafers on the top. If you like.


Be sure to check out posts from others who are helping celebrate Amber’s Texas Baby Shower today!

Sugarcrafter | Breakfast Tostadas
My Kitchen Addiction | Baby Texan Cookies
My Baking Addiction | Texas Sheet Cake
Simple Bites | Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Charred Corn Salsa
Stetted | Queso Mac
Food for My Family | Texas Pepper Barbecue Sauce
Dessert For Two | Frito Chocolate Chip Cookies
Confessions of a Cookbook Queen | Coconut Tres Leches Layer Cake
TidyMom | Pizza Bread Sticks
Miss in the Kitchen | Blackberry Milkshakes
Art of Gluten Free Baking | Peach-Pecan Pie, Gluten-Free
Bon Appetit Hon | Cheddar Ranch Crackers
Food Babbles | Southern Pecan Pie
Jelly Toast | Peach Iced Tea
Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle | Decorated Elephant Cookies
i am baker | Texas Brownie Cake
Cookies & Cups | Sticky Toffee Pudding Cookies
A Farmgirl’s Dabbles | Peanut Butter Bonbons the Size of Texas
Steph Chows | Fiesta Dip

31 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19, 2013 7:31 am

    This sounds really good!

  2. August 19, 2013 7:44 am

    This looks incredible, Steff – I could dive right in! Thank you so much for bringing it along to Amber’s shower!

  3. August 19, 2013 8:35 am

    Oh Steph, it means so much that you made one of Dranny’s recipes today. Of course, I’m already crying. We’re both such strong Texan women because of our grandmothers. I can’t thank Twitter enough for bringing us together – you are one of my favorite people in the world. Thank you for celebrating Evan today. Love you!

    • August 19, 2013 8:38 am

      And of course, I’m so teary, I spelled your darn name wrong! You know I meant Steff :P

      • August 19, 2013 7:54 pm

        Oh, honey, just blame autocorrect. It’s what I do knowing it hates my name as much as I hate it. =)

        Hugs and love! All as big as the Texas sky!

  4. jellytoastblog permalink
    August 19, 2013 9:38 am

    How awesome that you used your Dranny’s recipe in these lovely gold goblets, too! So sweet (and delicious!!)

  5. jenschall permalink
    August 19, 2013 10:37 am

    What a perfect dish to make for the baby shower… And, it looks so delish! Thanks for joining in the fun and helping us to celebrate Amber’s little guy on the way. :)

  6. August 19, 2013 4:15 pm

    No matter what you do…be sure to make the Coca Cola Cake. It is moist, rich and delightful. I was told by a waitress at Cracker Barrel (who makes wonderful CC Cake) that the pre-mixed packages they send to the restaurant have mini marshmallows in it. That’s how I do mine too. This Texas girl believes that CC Cake was a riff on our Texas Sheet Cake:)

    • August 19, 2013 4:26 pm

      Good to know the marshmellows are a normal part if the recipe. Thanks!

  7. August 19, 2013 8:15 pm

    How wonderful that you used your Dranny’s recipe! And it banana pudding is such a wonderful southern dessert. This sounds wonderful!

  8. milisaarmstrong permalink
    August 19, 2013 9:08 pm

    Coca-Cola cake is hard to beat! I love that you chose it for Amber’s shower, so tickled to be a part of her shower today!

  9. August 20, 2013 9:14 pm

    nothing beats banana pudding with Nilla wafers!!! What a perfect recipe to share at Ambers shower!

  10. fourchickens permalink
    August 21, 2013 5:34 pm

    Such a fun recipe! And a great post for Amber’s baby shower!


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  2. Queso Mac | stetted
  3. Breakfast Tostadas and a Baby Shower for Amber | Sugarcrafter
  4. Baby Texan Cookies (A Shower for Amber!) | my kitchen addiction
  5. Southern Pecan Pie
  6. Decorated Elephant Cookies
  7. Fritos Chocolate Chip Cookies | Dessert For Two
  8. peach iced tea and a baby shower! - Jelly Toast
  9. Peanut Butter Bonbons the Size of Texas {with toffee bits & potato chips}
  10. Pizza Bread | TidyMom
  11. Cheddar Ranch Crackers | Bon Appetit Hon
  12. Texas Pepper Barbecue Sauce, Baby | Food for My Family
  13. Coconut Tres Leches Layer Cake - Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
  14. Peach-Pecan Pie, Gluten-Free
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  16. Peach Crisp Recipe | Bluebonnets & Brownies
  17. Cookies and Cups Sticky Toffee Pudding Cookies » Cookies and Cups
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