No-Bake Strawberry Ice Box Cake

Such a pretty dessert!  Pretty desserts are always a hit at an RV potluck this one was no exception…I came home with an empty serving dish!  Score!

INGREDIENTS:

2 qts. fresh strawberries, sliced
2 (8 oz.) tubs fat-free whipped topping (or use regular or light)
1 (14.4 oz.) box graham crackers
1/2 cup milk chocolate chip morsels

DIRECTIONS:

1. Spread a small amount of whipped topping on the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking pan. Place 5 graham cracker sheets down the side of dish.  Then add 2 more sheets on opposite side and 1 single rectangle in the last space. Lightly cover the top of the graham crackers with more whipped topping and then a layer of sliced strawberries. Repeat three times, until you have four layers of graham crackers.   You’ll end with a layer of strawberries on top.

2. Place milk chocolate chip morsels in a plastic bag. Microwave in 10 second intervals until melted. Snip the end of the plastic bag and drizzle chocolate over top of cake.

3. Refrigerate covered for at least four hours, or until the crackers have softened completely.  Serve.

How pretty is that??

Banana Pudding

When my husband was stationed in Montgomery, Alabama with the U.S. Army his company often had potlucks and this dish was ALWAYS requested and every last drop of it was gobbled up.  It’s easy enough to make so I always obliged.

1 – 5 oz package instant vanilla pudding      
2 c cold milk
1 – 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 – 12 oz container whipped cream
1 – 16 oz package Nilla wafers
6 – 10 bananas, sliced (depending on how much banana you like)

In a large mixing bowl, beat pudding mix and milk for 2 minutes.  Blend in condensed milk until smooth.  Stir in vanilla pudding and fold in whipped cream.  Layer:  wafers, bananas, pudding mixture (ending with crumbled wafters on the top) in a glass serving bowl (trifle bowl works well).  Chill until ready to serve.

Note:  I like to crumble the wafers on the bottom and top layers and leave them whole in the middle layers.