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Southern Banana Pudding

Nothing says spring like banana pudding in the south. Something about the warm weather makes me think of coconut cakes ad banana pudding just like fall says apple pie!  Am I the only one?  Every great southern cook has made a banana pudding…its a staple at family dinners, church potlucks, and family reunions.  This Passover or Easter {whichever you celebrate} or even for a spring treat,  whip up this recipe for banana pudding FROM SCRATCH and impress your family and friends.

REAL Southern Banana Pudding from WholesomeMommy.com

Most recipes call for boxed pudding. But I promise, this isn’t much harder – and actually there is no need to cool it – you can eat it WARM. YUM! Plus, it tastes WAY better!  If you’re thinking that there is no way you can make something from scratch – maybe you’ve NEVER made ANYTHING from scratch – you CAN DO THIS. Seriously. It you can measure and dump ingredients and stir you’re golden. Plus, there isn’t any hunting for special ingredients. You might even have everything you need already in your fridge and pantry!  And, if you don’t everything you need can easily be found at Walmart at a great price!

Now, here is where it gets blurry in the south. Everybody has their favorites. The first thing that is always discussed around bowls of banana pudding at my house is whether or not you like more cookies or more bananas. I’m in the cookie camp. My dad is has always been in the banana camp. Second, is if you like your banana pudding cold or warm. I like mine as soon as its finished – while it is still warm. Some people’s recipes call for refrigeration prior to serving. You can serve this one either way. Now this is where you will find the great divide in the south: topping.  Some don’t add a topping, some do. But, the controversy doesn’t end there. If you add a topping, is it meringue or cool whip?  I’m a purist. I like mine without the topping. But, if you like a topping, you can always add it to this recipe too.

Nilla Wafers in Bananan Pudding from WholesomeMommy.com

One more thing. I choose to make mine in a big dish and serve it family style – which is the way it’s usually done in the south – big pans served at family reunions and church get togethers. BUT, if you want to be a little bit more fancy for a dinner party or special event or to make it extra special this holiday, you could make these in individual dishes too. Just layer it in the same way in your individual ramekins or glass ware.

Now, without further delay…THE best Banana Pudding recipe EVER. #JustSayin

REAL Southern Banana Pudding WholesomeMommy.com

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Celebrate Women Entrepreneurs

The month of March is Women’s History Month!  How are you celebrating the great women of your family? {ahem. clears throat…I  kid}. This isn’t a call to action for my family to celebrate ME. This is a post to bring awareness to women entrepreneurs.  I am proud to be a woman entrepreneur myself and I hope to be as successful as some of the women I’m highlighting here someday. Being able to provide for some of my family’s needs while also being able to be home with my children has been an incredible journey and one I am eternally grateful for.  I won’t say that it has been easy – in fact it has been VERY hard to juggle all my hats and responsibilities.  I think that’s why the opportunity to share this information about women – including many moms – that are running big and innovative businesses was such an exciting one for me.  
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There are more than 10,000 items online and in store that are women owned at Walmart!  {Who knew!?}  But we should know. Women in business are important. Did you know:  Women-owned businesses contribute over $1.3 trillion dollars to the US economy?  Or that women are responsible for over 80 percent of the consumer decisions globally?
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To celebrate women, Walmart is featuring – 6 different items manufactured by women owned companies.  AND, they also launched a cool logo that companies can opt to display on their packaging to call out that they are a woman owned company. The logo was designed to elevate women and their businesses – so the companies who display it don’t even have to sell their goods at Walmart to use the logo. 

It’s not about making Walmart successful,” says Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Walmart’s sales of products from women-owned businesses are outpacing regular Walmart sales. ”The anecdotal evidence is that these products tend to be more innovative, more in tune with what women customers want,” she says.

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The business that will be highlighted at Walmart this month are: 

Milo’s Sweet Tea (Family business, all natural ingredients)
CLR Remover (chemicals safe for the environment) 
 
These companies’  products were chosen from the over 10,000 products manufactured by women owned companies because they’re successful, relatively high-volume, and have wide-scale distribution in the Walmart store network. {credit fastcoexist.com}  All women owned products will be easy to spot online as they’ll have a tag! 
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