A Pickle Problem, Apparently

DSC01777.JPGJust to prove that I’m balanced in my stashing, I wanted to show you the refrigerator stash. You all know that the freezer stash is all about the chicken br*asts and the pantry stash is all about the almond stash. When I was cleaning out the fridge this week, I realized that the fridge stash is all about pickles. Six jars of them in various stages of fullness/emptiness. (WH saw me photoing this and asked me if I wanted him to go get the Sam’s Club-sized jar of dill pickles that I had already thrown out in the garbage can five minutes earlier. I said, “No, thank you.” Or something like that.) Six misc. jars of pickles. FPS. At least I know that I have stashes in each food storage area in my kitchen. Just in case I need them. Kinda like I have my sock yarn stash, “just in case I need it.”

It’s time to welcome new Loopy Groupies again! You get to Loopy Groupie status when you get your 6th package from us, and we love sending you something special when you reach that stage. So a warm welcome and lots of hugs to the following people who have become LG’s since the last Blog Welcome List: Wendy in DA, Karen in Canada, Renne in ME, Patricia in DE, Sandi in NY, Heather in NY, Sarah in NH, Marita in Canada, Alison in WA, Diane in PA, Elaine in WA, Nicole in PA, Heather in D.C., Julie in AZ, Anne in NC, Melissa in IN, Timmie in NC, Kristin in Canada, Teaira in NV, Carol in CA, Lani in FL, Liz in TX, Mary in IN, Lisa in VA, Cathy in VA, Patricia in MO, Ami in Idaho, Candice in NC, Ann in PA, Carrie in WA, Suzi in GA, Sheri in CO, Marnie in Canada, Pamela in VA, Lisa in CT, Susan in LA, Janet in PA, Margie in MD, Loren in VA, Stephanie in Canada, Christy in MI, Natasha in CA, Barbara in TX, Deborah in IL, Kim in PA, Cristi in NC, Jamie in NY, Molly in PA, Jennifer in FL, Michele in SC, Frances in FL, Carol in NC, Shannon in MD, Shainna in WV, Marie in RI, Kristen in MD, Jennifer in ND, Anne in OH, Betsy in IL, Katie in CA, Anna in OR, Jill in GA, Dawn in IL, Katie in TX, Kathy in IL, Melanie in VA, Lizzie in OH, Michele in AK, Lynne in CA, Lauren in PA, Amy in TX, Deborah in VA, Mary Jane in TX, Barbara in NJ, Carrie in NY, Tami in NY, Jessica in TX, Janine in TX, Kerry in NY, Pauline in OH, Keri in MO, Rae-Ann in PA, Sara in KS, Julianne in CA, Sue in CA, Kathy in IA, Karen in VA, Mary in KY, Kathy in SC, Sharon in NY, Christine in MA, Mary Ann in NY, Karen in MA, Laura in Canada, Deirdre in Canada, Beth in MN, Julie in WI, Linda in MA,Jamie in MI, Dorothy in GA, Megann in CA, Denise in NY, Bertha in MA, Kate in OK, Eve in PA, Leslie in MS, Polly in NH, Bethany in AL, Jennifer in CA, heather in NC, Jill in RI, Dawn in MA, Michelle in Canada, Eva in CA, Rita in Australia, Debra in AL, Susan in MA, Stacy in OK, Paula in IA, Dawn in NC, Lisa in NY, Melissa in D.C., Kristina in CO, Jodi in LA, Natalia in MO, Jenifer in CA, Alexis in CT, Helene in NJ, Nicole in MA, Margaret in MI, Kirstin in IL, Megan in IA, Carol in IL, Megan in CT, Gretchen in PA, Cathy in NC, Carol in PA, Michele in MI, Vicki in IL, Jessica in OH, Eleanor in Canada, Amanda in TX, Carole in PA, Terry in VA, Kati in CO, Andrea in CA, Angela in OR, Terri in IL, Diane in Canada, Deawn in NE, Danielle in MO, Doreen in NC, Barbara in LA, Mary Ann in CA, Tracy in VA, Jane in the UK, Kathy in IN, Kim in CA, Jill in KS, Jennifer in MO, Erica in Canada, Alice in PA, Sherry in MA, Krista in AK, Kym in MI, Susan in NY, Julie in MA, Linda in MN, Pattie in OH, Camille in AR, Pam in CO, Susan in NY, Paula in NY, Denise in TX, Bonnie in TX, Jill in CO, Kajsa in Malaysia, Michelle in GA, Suzanne in FL, Alicia in GA, Judi in MN, Stacey in GA, Melissa in MO, Wendy in CT, Katie in VA, Hayly in KY, Beth in CA, Beth in ID, Melanie in OR, Beth in MI, Donna in MO, Kelle in MI, Sandy in NJ, Vicki in CT, Nikki in GA, Diane in ME, Jan in MI, Beth in KS, Lisa in MI, Gabrielle in CA, Karen in Ca, Catherine in New Zealand, Susan in MO, Janet in OH, Rebecca in FL, Faith in NJ, Thea in NY, Melissa in D.C., Leslie in CA, Carol in VA, Jennifer in CA, Sandra in WY, Hallie in CA, Janet in IL, Melodie in NY, Anita in KT, Jessica in CO, Bridget in MI, Joanne in CO, Michelle in MO, Cheryl in MO, Jill in VA, Kelley in IA, Grace in NM, Aimee in CA, Karin in NC, Andrea in Canada, Cindy in TX, Jean in Illinois, Joyce in MO, Mary-Ethel in Canada, Shelley in OH, Jessica iN CT, Kathleen in MI, Kimberly in TN, Brenda in MI, Debra in WA, Julia in NY, Anita in IA, Linda in OH, Jerri Lynn in NY, Cindy in WI, Monica in VA, Alison in FL, Christine in PA, Sarah in PA, Suzanne in MI, Megan in PA, Jessica in MO, Julie in NJ, Angela in OR, Elizabeth in NJ, Penny in NC, Mary in FL, Carrie in MN, Tori in CA, Constance in CO, Kiyomi in NC, Jessica in A, Rebecca in OH, Barbara in MS, Patricia in IL, Kimberly in OH, Lisa in TX, Hester in IL, April in NH, Jessica in MD, Alicia in IL, Betty in CA, Adrienne in NY, Iva in VA, Marissa in TN, Erica in IL, Andrea in WA, Beth in FL, Michele in CO, Melissa in CA, Nancy in IA, Jeanette in NY, Cynthia in PA, Karen in UT, Nancy in NJ, Heather in IL, Stephanie in MI, Becky in WA, Makana in MN, Linda in IN, Dorothy in PA, Gayle in TN, Kimberly in MD, Sandra in OR, Elizabeth in VA, Veronica in TX, Gabriele in UT, Emily in NY, Joanne in MD, Shelley in South Korea, Patti in KS, Susan in IL, Marie in MD, Janet in NC, Myriam in MI, Melissa in CA, Holly in IN, Tina in MS, Marcia in WV, Lacinda in IA, Debbie in TX, Mary in WA, Misty in MS, Tina in OH, Sharon in GA, Jennifer in KS, Susan in OH, Leslie in MI, Lynn in OH, Melanie in WI, Alisha in MS, Jessica in KS, Elaine in NE, Martha in NY, Alyssa in OR, Amy in NC, Michelle in MO, Susan in MD, Elaine in MD, Kristen in MD, Jordana in OR, Sarah in CA, Karen in CA, Maureen in OR, Mary in SD, Brenda in New Zealand, Holly in the military, Lorin in HI, Sidney in TX, Debra in MO,Rita in CA, Gaynor in CA, Linda in CA, Cerina in Cuba, Debbie in CA, Rebecca-Anne in Australia, Pamela in NC, Sonya in KY, Larissa in MD, Heike in Germany, Catherine in MI, Margaret in OR, Connie in TX, Therese in WA, Diane in Australia, Deidra in VA, Anna in NY, Sheila in CA, Sarah in MD, Melissa in IN, Star in OR, Liz in MS, Joan in VA, Patti in CA, Beth in VA and Jean in MI. (Next time I won’t let so much time elapse between blog welcomes – jeesh. As always, if we have screwed up and missed you in this Welcome List, please email me so that we can get you on the next one!)

DSC01646.JPGToday’s recipe is for Banana Pudding and it’s wonderful! It doesn’t last very long around our house. (I know the picture doesn’t look all that appetizing – a food stylist I am not – but it tastes yummy!)

Banana Pudding

2 pkgs. instant vanilla pudding mix
4 cups cold milk
1 can Eagle Brand milk
1 box vanilla wafers
5-6 bananas
1 sm. container of Cool Whip

Mix pudding mix with milk as directed on package. Blend in Eagle Brand milk. Stir in Cool Whip. In a deep round glass bowl, layer vanilla wafers, bananas, and pudding. Repeat at least 2 times, or for as many layers as you can. Crush a few vanilla wafers and sprinkle on top. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.

Sheri whohasabusyweekendaheadbutwillstillfindtimetoknitandspin!


  1. Sheri… omg… that banana pudding! Just looking at it is making the cravings kick in. I haven’t had banana pudding with nilla wafers in it in … I don’t even know how long! I think I may have to stop at the store on the way home!

  2. I Love banana pudding! I am going to have to try that over Memorial Day weekend. And I personally thought your timing for the Loopy Groupie Stats was great! Just became one on Tuesday. My package should be here any day and I can’t wait!!! Have a great weekend!

  3. Banana pudding is something that I grew up with. I don’t see it up here in the North much though. One of my favorite Blizzards at Dairy Queen is the Banana Pudding. I need to find some spinning time this weekend too. Is KD graduating this weekend???

  4. I love banana anything. I craved banana popsicles when I was expecting the eldest and every time I have wanted one since, hubby gives me a weird look. I will have to give the recipe a try.

    Pickles are not a problem here. I can’t keep them in the fridge, the boy child eats them by the jar. (I don’t get it. ) But, I have found about 5 bags of coconut flakes, most of them unopened. I don’t know what I was going to make???? but when I figure it out I have the coconut. : )

    Looking forward to getting my package, I ordered some of the Paca Peds, my sister gave me some for my birthday and I love it.

    Congrats to all the new Loopy Groupies!!!!!!!

  5. Mustard and relish seems to be my frig stash. We have spicy brown, regular yellow, honey mustard, dijon, horseradish and something-else mustards for all those mustard lovers.

    I have a very similar recipe for banana pudding and the pan is usually empty within a day. Even those not crazy about bananas (like me) love this fab dessert.

    Have a nice weekend!!

  6. SO NOT A BIG DEAL but i became a groupie like four hours ago. actually i was going to be surprised if i WAS mentioned. hehehehe

    have a great weekend! i’m making marilinda out of some smooshy i got from you!

  7. Have a happy weekend. I’m going to Little Meadows Farm which is a sheep/goat farm about 30 miles away for Fun Fiber Day Sunday. I think Little Loopy’s going too.

    I’m about half way finished with cuff of sleeve one on my Mr Greenjeans–how’s yours?

  8. WOW! So Many new Loopy Groupies, and I’m proud to be one of ’em. BTW thanks for all the goodies that came along with my 6th order. What a treat! And I received another order today. Sweet! We’re right in the middle of house renovation, including a new 4-season room for lingering, new roof, new siding, soffets, gutters, and from the looks of things and something we weren’t exactly counting on$$–landscaping. Hard for all those vehicles with all that heavy building material to get to the back yard. Ouch! So needless to say the dust is everywhere, but still I must pull out my socks at least once a day and spend a few solemn moments in pure knitting pleasure. God Bless!

  9. Congrats to all the new Groupies!!!

    The banana pudding seems like it’s missing something – chocolate may do the trick 🙂 (evil I am!)

  10. OMG I love pickles! Sometimes if I’m being good, I’ll eat a pickle for dessert. (My favorite are Safeway’s Zesty Dills. WAY better than any national brand I’ve tasted.) Mmm. Pickles. I’ll go have one right now.

  11. I saw my name in “lights” and awesome banana pudding. I am going to a potluck and I’m going to make this. Yum yum…. “Laura in Canada”

  12. Hello to y’all, and WELCOME to all the new groupies….we are such a great bunch of knitters and spinners and weavers….I love being one…it makes me feel special and most of us don’t get to feel special all of the time! Oh, there goes the 1/2 pound I lost…shucks that banana pudding makes my mouth water! Sunday dessert, for sure. Take care and keep well…Jo

  13. It’s green olives in our refrigerator.

    Have you heard of Wickles pickles? I think they are made here in Texas. They are sliced pickles that have a slightly sweet but hot flavor. Mmm-mmm! Not every grocery store carries them so we tend to buy several jars when we find them.

  14. We like pickles too!! The Wickles are great. Congrats to all the new Loopy Goupie. DH and son are playing in golf tournament so I hope to get lots of knitting done. Going to try your banana pudding, its my DH favorite dessert.

  15. Congratulations to all of you new Loopy Groupies. You will love being one. Sheri is awsome. That desert will be on my table Sunday. I can just feel the pounds even just looking at it. Have a great weekend Sheri. Hugs

  16. LOVE LOVE LOVE (not yelling just expressive) Some Banana Pudding!!! I had to look though the list twice to find my name 🙂 I am so proud to be among some of Knittings greats as a groupie…the little somethings that come with the packages are just icing on the cake!
    Danielle in MO

  17. Congratulations to all the new Loopy Groupies!! I agree with the others, you will love being a LG 🙂

  18. I am on the list!! woo hoo.
    Sheri I finished my first pair of socks (you saw the first one at the Spring Fling) AND have finished my first “Baby Monkee Socks” starting the second one tonight!
    As far as my frig, anyone need mustard, relish, jelly ketschup? We need to open more jars when we have open jars…………………….

  19. Our house is the opposite with respect to pickles. There are never any around when you want them. I actually bought some today, and they are the dullest-tasting pickles I’ve ever had! Anyway, now I know where to go for pickles—your house!
    I hope you do get some knitting and spinning done this weekend. We are going out of town for my in-laws 50th Wedding Anniversary party but other than that I hope to do lots of fiber stuff, too. It’s a long weekend up here in Canada, so an extra day of relaxation, I hope. I’ve been bitten by the spinning bug this week, so I’m hoping to spend lots of time at my wheel.

  20. I have an idea. Get the Sam’s Club jar of pickles, and send one to each of the new Groupies as a welcome gift. Voila! Problem solved! Welcome Groupies!

  21. Wow, look at all the new Groupies! Welcome and a big hug to all! As the others have said, you’re going to love it here!

    In our fridge, it’s cheese. Both my husband and I will pick up any new kind of cheese to try it out—lots to choose from here—so we find ourselves with all these bits of exotic types, and never anything we need every day, like Parmesan ( a must have in this area). FPS!

  22. Wow! Look at all thos groupies! Way to go Sheri! And the Banana pudding….super Yum! I’m afraid to say, it doesn’t last very long around our house.

    Our refrigerator stash may look a bit like yours, as we love pickles (especially in warmer weather). Just add a few jars of pickled cauliflower into the mix though.

  23. So on Monday we are sending pickles in the Loopy Bags? hmmm…how will we wrap those up? O.K. just kidding, we don’t want to scare away any potential new Groupies 🙂 Off to enjoy the weekend..and knitting my scarf, cause some of us just don’t know how to knit socks….YET… 🙂 It’s actually beautiful in St. Louis today, no rain!!


    Being a groupie is so fun-congrats to you all.

    Yard work this weekend with special time out to start a shawl and 3 prs of promised socks.
    Can’t wait to get my GoKnits bag to carry them in!

  25. My grandmother always made banana pudding with strawberries this time of year. It is AMAZING. The strawberry juice seeps into the vanilla wafers and turns them into cake. Of course she always made her own custard and meringue too.

  26. i could really go for some banana pudding right now…..yum.

    Of course, I’ve got nothing against pickles, either. Ever tried dilly beans? In maine, they are very popular as green beans are plentiful and cukes are a more treasured commodity in the garden. Pickled, spicy green beans – I’ll have to send you some this summer! Pass the almonds, please….

  27. If it make you feel any better, I have four varieties of pickles, 5 varieties of pickle relish, 3 other relishes and 7 kinds of mustard. Only one kind of mayo and ketchup, though. And we won’t even begin to discuss the salad dressings. I am the Condiment Queen!

  28. Thanks for the Loopy welcome. Now, if I can just scare up some more yarn money. My last accumulation was diverted to buy tires. Not that tires aren’t nice, but they sure aren’t loopy!

  29. I’ll have to try the banana pudding, because I have three huge! bananas left from going to the fruit stand on Friday. Of course, I don’t have about half of the ingredients, so I will need to improvise.

    Oh, I’m making tilapia for my hubby for the first time today. Just wishing myself luck and all!

  30. What size packages of vanilla pudding do you use? They come in a large and small size. I bought both – so I’d better ready to go as soon as I hear from you! Sounds delicious! Thanks.

  31. Welcome to all the new Groupies! There are getting to be so many of us, we should consider a Groupie Convention. Like the fling, only bigger.

    Banana pudding is about one of my favorite things! There have been times when I’ve been hard-pressed to leave the dessert aside for the dinner party, instead of running off with it to a dark closet somewhere and snarfing the whole thing. 😎 And hey, doesn’t Numma Numma make a banana pudding colorway??? Combine two of my favorite things and **swoon**!!!

    In my house, we’ve got two stashes in all the food areas: the one I create, and the one my mom (i.e., my 79-year-old 3-year-old) creates. Like, say, in the pantry, mine is soup. Mama’s is sugar cubes. In the fridge, mine is jams/jellies (6 jars) and pickles (I have 4 kinds at the moment), and Mama’s is lemonade (4 bottles, all different kinds) and lima beans (believe it or not, 3 bags because she keeps getting them when her friends take her to the store because she KNOWS we don’t have any, which isn’t quite as funny as when she grabs edamame or fava beans because she won’t shop with her glasses on and they look the same in the pictures, and she refuses to try them).

    And we won’t even DISCUSS the cat’s Good-Soft-Food stash. 😉

  32. I made this (or something pretty darn close last night), though I didn’t do the multiple layers due to a lack of large enough container. It was very tasty. I added about a half cup of mini chocolate chips to the pudding, and possibly will make it next time with a tablespoon or two of dark rum (or I might caramelize the bananas first).

    Thanks for the recipe!

  33. Thanks for the welcome!

    My pantry stash item is brown sugar. When I feel like baking, I stop by the grocery store on my way home from work and I am never sure if I have enough brown sugar in the pantry. Plus, even if I have it, I am always afraid that it will have turned into a rock and I just don’t want to deal with all of the tricks for “fixing” it. (which never seem to work anyway.) Or, I’m not sure if what I have is dark or light brown sugar. Or, I’m not sure which I will need so then I have to get both! Too bad I can’t knit socks out of brown sugar!

    I will probably be making the banana pudding tonight – seeing that recipe brought back lots of memories of Nilla Wafers. (I will have to reread the recipe to see if it needs any brown sugar though – maybe I could sprinkle some on top!)

  34. Wow, so many Loopie Groupies. Congrats to all. We just found 4 jars of horseradish in different states of emptiness~~you can never have too much! Gotta try that banana pudding, it looks amazing.

  35. not only was there a tremendously fabulous giftie in with that magical order that makes me a loopie groupie, now there’s a banana pudding recipe, too?! yum!

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