Wednesday, July 27, 2011


My goodness y'all, I got so busy this week and forgot to publish this post. We went for Sunday Night Supper at the home of our friends Lester and Lane. I offered to bring the dessert...'Nana Puddin' to go.

I layered Jello banana cream instant puddin', vanilla wafers, and sliced bananas inside some tall Ball Jars. I embellished the lids with yellow and white gingham card stock, black polka dot ribbon, and a little gift tag. Easy dessert to go...keepin' it Southern and cute!

I found these new-for-Autumn special-flavored coffees at Cracker Barrel on Sunday and placed four packs inside a cello bag with some shred and tied 'em up with a black polka dot ribbon. This made a great hostess gift for my friend Lane. Even though she is the best Cuban Coffee Barista in South Florida, I do hope she will be able to enjoy these coffees on quiet mornings after her youngest child is off to pre-K in a few weeks.

"HERE'S WHAT I WORE" Keeping it very casual, I decided to wear black linen slacks and a white linen blouse..."Golden Girl-ish outfit!"

My "just in case it rains" umbrella is a cheery black and white polka dot!

The accessories...Black patent pouchette and matching slide sandals, by Ferragamo. The silver choker necklace has a monogrammed pendant. The earrings and charm ring are both by Chanel and the 'Return to Tiffany' bracelet is by Tiffany. The watch is 'Oyster Perpetual' by Rolex and Lord have mercy, I forgot to wear my wedding band! My ponytail was adorned with a white grosgrain ribbon, my fragrance of choice for the evening,by Ferragamo. My pedicure is 'Love That Red' by Revlon and lipstick is 'Star Red' by Chanel.

My friend Lane is the best cook evah! She prepared this fabulous appetizer...Bobby Deen's Hot Tomato, Jack, and Crab Dip. The recipe is below...y'all must fix's delish!

Recipe for Hot Tomato Jack and Crab Dip:
1 8 oz. package softened cream cheese
1 cup (4 oz.) grated pepper Jack cheese
1/2 cup mayo
2 limes, juiced
1 tsp. hot sauce
1 lb. lump crabmeat, drained and picked clean of shells
1 cup seeded & diced tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. crushed black peppercorn
2 avocados
Crackers, crusty bread, or chips for serving (Lane used chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 1 qt. baking dish with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese, pepper Jack, mayo, lime juice and hot sauce until smooth. Fold in the crabmeat, tomatoes, green onions, basil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Smooth the texture into baking dish. Bake until golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes.

Dice avocados and sprinkle them over the crab dip after it has cooled slightly. (Lane served sliced avocados--fresh from her Mama's own tree--with a fresh salad).

The hostess, Miss Lane, also prepared Paella, with fresh lobster, mahi, shrimp, and crab, and chicken. FABULOUS!

Of course, I enjoyed some of Lanes's homemade flan and Cuban coffee, while others chose the 'Nana Puddin'. After living in Miami for so many years, I'm a huge fan of flan and Cuban coffee. Of course, I didn't sleep a wink that night...after two cups of this caffeine fest!

Isn't it wonderful when someone else does the cooking? This is what entertaining is all about--making others feel wonderful and welcome in your home. People just want somebody else to do the cooking y'all! My friend Lane has it all down pat...she sticks with what she knows best and makes it special!!!

I thought I'd throw in a picture of their little Yorkie, Sissy...she's Miss Coco's little cousin. Prissy dog. Very prissy!

Oh, I almost more thing. My friend Lane is into "Coupon-ing!" She is what you might call an "Organized Hoarder!" I'm not telling a story, she sent me home with a large grocery sack full of cleaning supplies and toiletries...hilarious and very much appreciated!

Thank you for visiting with me today!


Suburban Princess said...

Looks like a wonderful evening with friends! I love the mason jars for desserts...I keep seeing them with different fillings!

Mrs. Kindergarten...aka...Madame Spoiled said...

Where to begin...
Oh that dinner looks delish! It is morning and my mouth is just watering.

LOVE the polka dot umbrella! Forgettin' your weddin' ring, hahaha! That gave me a chuckle.

As for ANY coffee, well my hubby and friends have made it very clear that I am NOT allowed. They are toooo scared of the possible outcomes.

Now I have to go dig out my fave. Paula Deen 'Not Your Mama's Puddin' recipe! Oh how I love me some "nana puddin" on a summer day!

Mrs. Kindergarten

highheeledlife said...

Sounds like a yummy pudding!! BTW: Congrats to MIss Coco .. I saw that she was voted as one of the six winners!!! .. can't wait to see her in card form...xo HHL

Laura said...

LOVED the Nana Pudding idea!! And I can't wait to try that dip recipe! Thanks so much for sharing!! You have a wonderful friend as a cook {and hoarder}!! :)

AngelaV said...

I'm a coupon-er too, but she really has me beat!!! Economy is bad and no end in sight so us mothers have gotta save where we can!!

Love Miss Coco's cousin! Cute!!

Magnolia Blues said...

Oh, I just love Nana Puddin. I just made some for a social mixer and it was a big hit. Nothing beats a cold Nana Puddin on a hot summer day.

Kathy said...

Oh my! A southern lady and an extreme couponer to boot! She is surely a treasure, does she have a blog???
Sounds like a fun evening with friends and I must put my next banana pudding in jars, so clever!

Karen said...

That is the cutest thing! I think in Lane's other life she owne a grocery store. Love it!
Ladybug Creek

Kellie Paige said...

Super Cute Dessert Idea!! You have a great friend to send you home with freebies!!

Teresa Jane said...

I know Miss Janice and I love Nana puddin' since we grew up with it from "Wife Savers" restaurant. Remember that Miss Janice?