Tuesday, March 22, 2016

It's Spring

It's Spring! It's Spring!

Spring started 54 hours ago. Finally! And I should know, I've been counting down the months since Fall. OK, I've been counting the weeks . . . ummm days . . . alright, the hours. Not the minutes, I swear. Even I don't have that kind of time on my hands.

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And I bet I'm not alone is saying that I love Spring. In fact, let me be the first to give this season a warm welcome (get it? warm? no? lame? OK, never mind). What exactly do I love about this Spring? Let's see . . .

Spring is coming out of winter hibernation with all that extra weight. No, that's not it.

Spring is coughing, sneezing and itchy eyes. Not that either.

Spring is spiders climbing my leg while I sit outside. Umm, no.

Spring is sinking into mud as the snow melts into my lawn. Not this one.

Spring is putting on capris for the first time and blinding the neighbors with the whiteness of my skin. No, that's not it.


Spring is cooking out without slipping on the ice on the porch. That's better.

Spring is running out barefoot to grab the paper from the driveway and not having my skin freeze to the concrete. Getting there.

Spring is blasting the car stereo and driving around with the windows open so I can share my mad singing skills. Closer.


Spring is buying ice cream again. Exactly.

Spring is picking out flowers for my pots. YES!

Spring is wearing sunglasses. There's another one.

Spring is that flip flops beat boots any day.Word.

Spring is Spring Break. Bingo!

Speaking of Spring, I developed this recipe with warmer weather in mind:

Banana Split Pie and Parfait: All the flavors of summer in this dessert that can be served as a parfait or frozen as a pie | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert

Banana Split Pie and Parfait
Banana Split Pie and Parfait: All the flavors of summer in this dessert that can be served as a parfait or frozen as a pie | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert

Banana Split Pie and Parfait: All the flavors of summer in this dessert that can be served as a parfait or frozen as a pie | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert


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Banana Split Pie and Parfait
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
2 cups finely diced walnuts
3 TBSP melted butter
4 TBSP brown sugar

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 TBSP powdered sugar

vanilla instant pudding mix
2 cups milk, divided
1 can (8 oz) crushed pineapples, drained well but reserve juice

2 bananas
 
strawberry creme instant pudding mix
6 strawberries, cleaned, hulled, chopped


chocolate syrup
maraschino cherries
multicolored jimmies (sprinkles)

Directions:
*Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
*Mix the diced walnuts, melted butter and brown sugar. Press into bottom and just barely up the sides of a springform pan.
*Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
*Beat the heavy cream 1 minute. Add the powdered sugar and beat until stiff peaks hold. Remove about 1/3 of the whipped cream and place in a plastic bag in the fridge for decorating the top of the pie.
*Whisk the vanilla instant pudding mix with 1 cup of milk until it thickens. Mix in the drained crushed pineapple. Fold in about 1/2 of what is left of the whipped cream. Pour evenly into the pie crust and refrigerate 1/2 hour.
*Slice the bananas into thin slices. Dip in the reserved pineapple juice. Place the slices on top of the vanilla pudding layer.
*Whisk the strawberry creme pudding mix with 1 cup of milk until it thickens. Mix in the chopped strawberries. Fold in the remaining whipped cream.
*Layer the strawberry pudding over the bananas. 
*To serve right away as a parfait: Spoon the pie into a large glass dish. Be sure the crust comes out last so the toasted nuts are on top. Drizzle chocolate syrup over the pie, pipe with the remaining whipped cream. Garnish with maraschino cherries and multicolored sprinkles.
*To serve as later as a pie: Freeze at least 3 hours or until hard. Carefully remove side of springform pan, drizzle chocolate syrup over the pie, pipe with the remaining whipped cream. Garnish with maraschino cherries and multicolored sprinkles.




25 comments:

  1. I love Spring too. I'm in the middle of some pretty heavy allergies right now though, so the season is starting off in need of forgiveness!

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    1. Yeah, it always does, but even while sneezing I'm loving having the windows open!

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  2. Wishing I was sitting at your table with a huge cup of coffee and a spoon! What a gorgeous looking creation! Wishing you a very beautiful spring!

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  3. Spring to me is waking up and it's not dark anymore (our spring forward is only going to happen next week), birds are chirping, and flowers are sprouting.
    Spring is leaving the office and it's not dark yet.
    Colin's hockey season is over, but play-offs in Switzerland are in full swing.
    People are less grumpy and more cheerful :-)
    I'm not a fan of bananas, but your dessert does look awesome!

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    1. I'm a huge fan of the birds, the flowers and the longer daylight hours. And, of course, of less grumpiness!

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  4. Thank goodness Spring has arrived, and so glad all that snom missed NYC the other day and went to New England instead!

    As, sweet desserts, I will miss you. Training and eating right nowadays. They are a no no!

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    1. I've been watching your training and healthy eating journey and am so happy for you.

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  5. Yesssssss!!! And that pie looks DELICIOUS!!! Tell you what. Let's get together for PIE!!!

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  6. I think that pie is illegal in several states! I know it is spring because I have ants in my bathroom. Not the kitchen or the pantry thank goodness but I have stupid ants that are in my shower and along the sink! Oh Spring!!

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    1. Ugh, and I was out on the deck the other day and saw my first bee.

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  7. Spring is... a long ass baseball season due to rain-outs. Worth it? I hope so!

    This recipe looks yummy!

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    1. Don't go to kids' games any more but I do love baseball season. I've seen 3 Red Sox games on TV already.

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  8. Not spring here instead it is autumn and I am liking the change in the weather not so hot today but not cold either so all in all my type of weather

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  9. I shouldn't....but I think I will. Yum!

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  10. I love Spring, new flowers, trees budding, warmer weather, top down, windows open...but then there is the lovely pollen that makes us all sneezy weezy and stuffy PLUS makes my car a yucky green! LOL
    Lovin' the pie!
    Spatulas On Parade

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    1. Yes, it seems we all love spring but many of us have to pay the allergy price!

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  11. What BEAUTIFUL lines about spring. Love the way you have written, Karen. I love love love spring!!
    Already feeling fresh and full of energy- now that spring has just arrived:)

    Your pie looks delicious.
    Have A Lovely Weekend.

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    1. Yes, I love that feeling when Spring is finally here.

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  12. You're so funny! I'm 100% welcoming spring right along side of you, finally, It seams like winter lasted forever! This recipe is one of my favorite, it looks so yummy!

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    1. Yes, no matter what, I'm so glad it's finally Spring.

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