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Banana Cream Pie Recipe

Banana Cream Pudding Pie Recipe

Banana Cream Pudding Pie

Banana Cream Pudding Pie Recipe – I grew up having the best homemade banana cream pie. My grandmother made it with love and I have been thinking about it lately. While this banana cream pudding pie isn’t anything even close to what she made, it was absolutely delicious.

Banana Dessert Ingredients

It was so yummy that my family ate the whole pie on the first night. Next time I will make two. I found this recipe on The Country Cook blog. So let’s get started.

Ingredients

For the crust:

2 cups Nilla Wafers crumbs measured after crushing

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter (1 stick) melted

For the filling:

1 8 oz package cream cheese softened

1/2 cup sugar

1 8 oz carton frozen whipped topping Cool Whip thawed

1-2 bananas sliced

1 3/4 cups cold milk

1 3.4 oz package instant banana cream pudding mix

Instructions

Start off by spraying a 9-inch pie pan with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Nilla Wafer Crumbs

Nilla Wafer Pie Crust

Fill a ziplock bag with Nilla Wafers and crush. You will need 2 full cups of crushed wafers. In a small bowl, combine Nilla Wafer crumbs and sugar; then stir in melted butter. Press the crumb mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of prepared baking dish. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes and let cool.

Banana Pudding

In a small bowl, whisk cold milk and pudding mix until combined. Let stand for 2 minutes until slightly thickened.

Cream Cheese

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar with mixer until smooth. Fold in half of the Cool Whip and the prepared pudding.

Pudding and Cool Whip

Pudding Mix Blend

Arrange the banana slices into the bottom of the wafer crust and then top with the banana cream filling.

Sliced Bananas

Spread the rest of the whipped topping on top. You can then decorate with mini wafers, shaved almonds or bananas. Get creative – clearly I’m not that creative since I only used the mini wafters.

Banana Pie

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. I made mine in the morning and served it with dinner.  I would have to imagine that you could replace the banana pudding with any other flavor to make your favorite creamy pie.

Creamy Banana Pie

Do you have a recipe that you think that we should try? Leave us a comment below.

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Hudson Food Walk Guided Tours

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Looking for something to do on the weekends? If you are in or near the St. Croix Valley we recommend going on Hudson Food Walk guided tours. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for the We’ve Tried It followers special pricing.

Hudson Food Walk 7

Local family Brian and Katie Elwood started the Hudson Food Walk – a three-hour guided tour where guests learn about the town’s rich history and sample a variety of dishes at five popular eateries.

“We have lived in Hudson for 17 years and can honestly say this town just keeps getting better,” said Katie Elwood. “The thriving food scene, eclectic shops, abundant cultural attractions, scenic St. Croix River and distinctive energy make downtown Hudson a destination enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.”

Hudson Food Walk 1

Meeting with five popular local restaurants – San Pedro Cafe’, Barker’s Bar & Grill, Pier 500, Winzer Stube and Knoke’s Chocolates and Nuts each was enthusiastic about being a part of the tour. From authentic German food to Caribbean-inspired cuisine, the combination of restaurants ensures that guests enjoy a wide variety of food selections. And with the tour concluding at Knoke’s, guests end on a sweet note as they sample a truffle, toffee, caramel and ice cream of their choosing.

Hudson Food Walk 2

“Each of the guides grew up in Hudson and will share some Hudson history along with some of their favorite stories,” said Brian Elwood.

With a strong desire to give back to the community, the Hudson Food Walk will be donating a portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold to the United Way’s John Coughlin Food & Resource Center which distributes food to 13 area pantries and shelters in St. Croix and Pierce County, Wisconsin.

For We’ve Tried It followers, when booking tickets for the remainder of the summer, use the promo code “WEVETRIEDIT” and receive 20% off all tours. The last tour date is Sept. 17.

Tickets for the tours are $45, which includes tastings at the five restaurants. The three-hour tours begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Each tour group can accommodate up to 12 people. Private groups or parties are encouraged and can be booked together if a date is available. For more information, please visit www.hudsonfoodwalk.com or follow Hudson Food Walk on Facebook.

EVER Lavish Missy Germain

EVER Skincare Products are the Real Deal

LAVISH

EVER Skincare

EVER Skincare Products are the Real Deal –  “Good-for-you skincare that works with botanically powered ingredients for transformative anti-aging results.” At least that’s what the website says. After seeing a good majority of my friend on Facebook inquiring about how to get a certain product, I needed to know more, so I did my own research about the company and products.

Lavish EVER Skincare

In the middle of March my friend posted about one of the EVER products called LAVISH. Her status showed that the “miracle cream” was out of stock and would be available soon.

“Stretch marks, Eczema, Crepey arms and neck….and now this!! This body butter isn’t just hydrating, it’s repairing….and frankly the results everyone is seeing are amazing!! It’s been available less than a month and is already sold out. I do have a waiting list (as do many others…so it may go fast again). It’s expected to be back in stock just before months’ end. Message me or comment to get on my list! Time to get our bodies ready for summer!”

Lavish EVER Skincare Missy Germain

This photo above went with the Facebook status, and it was very shocking to me. Once I started searching for more information about LAVISH, I saw many more shocking pictures; a saggy wrinkled neck that was now tight, lip lines that had now vanished. Essentially any body part that had wrinkles, rash or redness was now significantly improved because of LAVISH.

Lavish before and after

For me, the most impressive part of the status was that there were over 60 people asking to be put on the waiting list… 60!! It was apparent to me that everyone is fighting age and looking for a more youthful appearance. Another post about the company and products said that there was a 2000 person waiting list for LAVISH. Wow! Sign me up! LAVISH is back in stock and in high demand… everyone is loving it.

Before and After Lavish Feet

“LAVISH: Ultra rich body butter infuses skin with a proprietary Superfruit Complex including cocoa butter, apple, blackberry, cranberry, pomegranate, sweet cherry and kiwi seed oils delivering a powerful blend of anti-oxidants to reveal velvety smooth, soft, firmer-looking and glowing skin.

DEEPLY MOISTURIZE: With Jojoba and Cocoa Butter, which help visibly restore skin elasticity and hydration, for firmer and plumper-looking skin.

NOURISH: Kiwi and Cranberry cold pressed seed oil contains minerals, vitamins and fatty acids skin just drinks in for ultimate nourishment and firming.

PROTECT: Super antioxidants like Sea buckthorn, Blackberry and Cherry Seed Oil are rich in free radical scavengers such as tocopherols, tocotrienols and lutein for extra protection.”

Personally, I decided to sign up to be a rep so that I could get 25% off all of my future orders. I’m savvy like that. After signing up, I met up with a friend to try all of the products so that I could figure out what I wanted to invest in. Beauty products are expensive and I have a closet full of department store skincare that didn’t do what it had promised.

EVER Skin Quiz Shareable

Are you using the right skincare products? Take the EVER quiz here!

I now have the entire line and while I am truly thrilled with it all, here are a few of my absolute favorites: REVEAL, DAYLIGHT, HYDRALIFT, EVERBRIGHT, REVIVE, LAVISH and OVERNIGHT FACIAL.

Don’t even get me started on the OVERNIGHT FACIAL – I want to bathe in it. It is so wonderful. I wish I would have taken before and after photos. After using the regimen daily I can tell a big difference in my overall appearance. My skin simply feels healthy and mentally that makes me feel great.

After LAVISH was back in stock the company came out with a new specialist kit.  For $99 you become an EVER rep and get:

 EVER MAGNOLIA PRINT PORTFOLIO

1 PRODUCT GUIDE (10 pack)

1 OPPORTUNITY BROCHURE (10 pack)

1 YOUTHFUL – Quattro Peptide Face & Eye Serum

1 POLISH – Lemon Sugar Body Scrub

1 LAVISH – Ultra-Rich Body Butter

5 REVEAL SAMPLES – Biomimetic Peel Pads

This is a great deal that only lasts until April 30th – Join me and my team! I am loving my products and making money. WIN!! A big draw for me is that all you have to do to keep your specialist status is to sell/buy $200 in products within a 6 month time period. So great! No automatic shipping each month, unless of course you want to. Thank you EVER for being such a wonderful company to work with.

MABOX Black Mask We've Tried It Review

MABOX Deep Cleansing Black Mask Review

MABOX Black Mask We've Tried It

MABOX Deep Cleansing Black Mask Review: The latest craze is using charcoal masks to remove blackheads and cleanse your skin. After watching some YouTube video fails one might wonder why we would want to risk it. I am now wondering why as well.

We did a Facebook Live video of our experience that you can watch and see just how much it hurt taking it off. Missy more so than Shirley, clearly she has leather skin or put moisturizer all over her face before she applied the mask.

We’ve Tried It MABOX Facebook Live Video

The smell was horrible. I couldn’t decide if it smelled like tar or gasoline, I was actually nauseous all night long after taking the mask off. It took around 5 hours for my face to stop burning.

I didn’t break out and my face did actually feel smoother after we were done. We would expect that after feeling like we ripped a layer of skin off of our face. I did notice blackhead in the mask after I removed it. So, yes it worked in that sense and my pores looked clean.

Would I do it again? No. The smell and burn were just too much! What should we try next, leave a comment below.

If you want to give it a try yourself, you can purchase it on Amazon for $12.99.

Weve Tried It Favorite Soup Recipes

We’ve Tried It Favorite Soup Recipes

Favorite Soup Recipes

If you have spent any amount of time on We’ve Tried It then you know we are soup lovers. We have compiled a list with links to our top 6 favorite soup recipes for you, enjoy!

Chicken-Tortilla-Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Cheesy-Hash-Brown-Soup-Recipe

Cheesy Hash Brown and Ham Soup Recipe

Cheeseburger-Soup

Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

Hearty-Split-Pea-and-Ham-Soup

Hearty Split Pea and Ham Soup Recipe

White-Chicken-Chili-Recipe-2

White Chicken Chili Recipe

Turkey-Chili-Recipe

Crock Pot Turkey Chili Recipe

If you try one of our favorite recipes please come back and comment and let us know what you think. Keep warm and have a wonderful weekend!

Follow We’ve Tried It on Facebook and watch for our next product giveaway.

Healthy Eating

8 Simple Ways to Eating Healthy Food on a Budget

To be well, you need a balanced diet that will feed your body with the right amounts of muscles, fat, and other nutrients. You need protein to build muscles, healthy fats to restore your losses, carbohydrates for energy, vitamins and minerals to keep you strong against illnesses, and liquids to keep you hydrated. The bad news is, obtaining ideal nourishment has become pretty challenging because food prices are constantly going up.

You must not feel sad because we have this awesome infographic to the rescue. We will impart with you bright ideas on how to concoct healthy, balanced, and delicious recipes within your budget. We have put together tips and tricks to make you forget what is keeping you from committing to a healthier lifestyle.

Yes, eating healthy on a budget is a possibility. There is no need to struggle with your finances because there are a lot of resources that you may turn to in order to acquire the nourishment your body needs. We have the best money saving tricks to make it easier for you to eat healthy, even with limited financial capacity.

Before you turn your back on a healthy diet, check out our infographic. It will open your eyes to amazing possibilities that will allow you pick healthier food without having to go bankrupt.

Here it is:

8 Simple Ways To Eat Healthy On a Budget

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Stillwaters Healing Therapeutic Scalp Massage Review

Stillwaters Healing Scalp Massage

Stillwaters Healing Therapeutic Scalp Massage Review – In 2017 I plan to make a conscious effort to make time for myself. I am starting off my mindful journey at Stillwaters Healing. Our plan is to review many different self care options.

Stillwaters Healing had a calming effect on me within minutes of entering the building. It may have been the smell of essential oils lingering in the air or the soft sounds of waves in the background. Possibly just knowing that I was about to be pampered, either way I was relaxed.

The aromatherapy scalp massage was therapeutic, relieving my stress and tension. I am trying to grow my hair out and was told that scalp massage can stimulate hair growth. Would getting a daily scalp massage be a bit overboard?

Owner Shawnah Breault used a blend of warm coconut, peppermint and rosemary essential oil, which smelled heavenly.  She applied the warm oil to the base of my hair and massaged into the scalp. The sound of wave and birds chirping in the background almost lulled me to sleep. The scalp massage lasts for 20 glorious minutes. 

In addition I should mention that there was no speaking during the massage which is a plus for me. Some massage therapists like to chit chat, me not so much. I don’t know about you but it ruins the experience for me.

Shawnah recommended that if I was able, to leave the oils in my hair overnight and it could aid in my sleep and be good for my scalp and hair. I was a bit nervous that my hair would be lifeless in the morning, boy was I wrong. My hair felt and looked the best it has in a long time.

What a great experience, I highly recommend going to Stillwaters Healing for a scalp massage. I left feeling relaxed and at peace. In conclusion I will be going back, my next visit I plan on getting a hand and foot massage.

Services offered: Massage, Reflexology, Scalp Treatment and Stone Massage. You can schedule your appointment on Stillwaters Healing website and be sure to follow them on Facebook!

Thank you Shawnah for starting my year off right, I look forward to returning!

Bacon Cauliflower Chowder

Bacon Cauliflower Chowder Recipe

Bacon Cauliflower Soup

Bacon Cauliflower Chowder Recipe – Rich and delicious! This soup will surely warm you up on cold winter nights.

If you follow WTI then you know that my last soup recipe was also a chowder, we can’t get enough. It seems like most of my soups have potatoes so this time I decided to try a healthier route.

Ingredients:

8 slices of crisp bacon, chopped

4 tablespoons butter

2 cloves of minced garlic

1 large onion diced

4 carrots, peeled and diced

4 stalks of celery, diced

1/2 cup of flour

8 cups chicken broth

2 cups 2% milk

2 heads of Cauliflower

Salt and pepper for taste

Directions:

Cook bacon until crispy. Once done transfer to a paper towel and pat the grease off. Once cooled, chop and set aside.

Melt butter in a large soup kettle over medium heat. Then add the garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender. Stir in cauliflower, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.

Add flour, coating vegetable mixture and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in chicken broth and milk, stir until slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes.

Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until cauliflower is cooked to your liking, about 15-20 minutes. Salt and pepper, to taste.

Garnish generously with bacon and enjoy.

Rolo Pretzel Sandwiches SM

Rolo Pretzel Sandwich Recipe

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Rolo Pretzel Sandwich Recipe: This time of year social media seems to be filled with delicious looking recipes for the holiday’s. These rolo pretzel sandwiches popped up on my Facebook feed and I knew that I had to make them.

Perfect family activity, the kiddos can unwrap the Rolos and line up the pretzels. It’s super easy! Start by lining a baking sheet with tinfoil or parchment paper, fill with pretzels. Then place Rolos on top of pretzels and place in a 250 degree pre-heated oven for 3 minutes. Keep an eye on them and take them out when they start to melt. Immediately top with another pretzel. Let cool. I popped mine in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to firm up.

Rolo Pretzels

Melted Rolos

Chocolate Pretzels

To make them festive we decided to dip half of the pretzel in melted white chocolate and add some red and green sprinkles. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave for 2 minutes.

White Chocolate Sprinkles

Quick and easy! This would make a great gift for a teacher or friend! You could put them in a holiday tin or wrap up in a clear bag with a Christmas bow.

Ingredients:

Rolos

Pretzels

White Baking Chocolate

Sprinkles

Tin Foil or Parchment Paper

Another variation: One pretzel on the bottom, topped with a Rolo and once melted smash it down with a pecan. Yum! I am going to try those next.

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Fudge Kit

Nestle Carnation Famous Fudge Kit Review

Nestle Carnation Famous Fudge Kit

Nestle Carnation Famous Fudge Kit Review – One of my favorite holiday treats is homemade fudge. I found this fudge making kit at Walmart and decided to give it a try.

I don’t know about you but I have tried to make homemade fudge in the past and it wasn’t easy. This kit seems like the ways to go.

Carnation Fudge Making Kit

Everything is included in the kit except for 2 tablespoons of butter. The kit includes: Carnation Evaporated Milk, Toll House Chocolate Chips, Sugar Mix and Marshmallows.

Super simple! Line an 8″ square baking pan with foil and lightly spray with non-stick cooking oil. In a heavy-duty sauce pan combine sugar mix, Carnation Evaporated Milk and butter. Over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once boiling, stir constantly for 4 minutes. Remove from heat.

Add Nestle Toll House Morsels and marshmallows all at once. Stir vigorously until morsels and marshmallows are melted.

Fudge

Immediately pour the mixture into pan; smooth top. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into 24 pieces.

Homemade Fudge

Cutting tip: Before cutting, remove from refrigerator and let stand at room tempature for 30 minutes. Dip sharp knife into hot water and wipe dry. Wipe knife after each cut.

So good! This fudge melted in my mouth and the flavor was out of this world. We will definitely be buying this product again.