Happy Birthday Ryan!!

IMG_9067Today is Ryan’s birthday so I thought I would tell you a few things about the man behind this blog. He is an extremely hard worker who does whatever he can to provide for us which allows me the privilege to stay home with and take of the house. Along with working a 40 hour week (sometimes more) he is taking masters classes which takes up the rest of his time. When he is not working or school or actual work he can be found fixing, building, or generally taking care of things around the house.  Only once have we had to call someone to fix something of ours because Ryan takes care of it. If he doesn’t know how to fix what is broken he will research it until he knows how.

He spends the rest of the time playing with the kids weather it is watching movies, teaching them to ride their bikes, or coaching their sports teams. All the while letting me sleep in on the weekends and take naps when ever I want.

For his birthday all he wanted was a steak dinner with homemade steak fries and homemade banana pudding. He even cooked the steak and fries him self because he wanted to. I made the banana pudding last night for him. I don’t have any pictures of it because we couldn’t wait to eat it but, I will share the recipe here. Being from the south i have to very strong opinions about banana pudding. The first is you pudding should never come from a box and second is don’t use off brand vanilla wafers. Nilla wafers are the only ones you should use.

BANANA PUDDING

3/4 c sugar, divided                                           1 tsp vanilla

1/3 c self rising flour                                         vanilla wafers

4 eggs separated                                                4-6 bananas

2 cups milk

Mix 1/2 cup sugar, flour, salt, egg yolks, and milk in saucepan. Stir with whisk until smooth and all lumps are gone. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Remove from heat and add vanilla.

Spread small amount of custard on bottom of 1 1/2 qt baking dish. Cover with a layer of wafers, then a layer of bananas, then another layer of custard. Repeat ending with a custard.

Beat egg whites with remaining sugar, adding sugar slowly as you mix, until stiff peaks form. Spread over pudding and bake at 400 until light brown.

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