|Mel with her husband Tom and son Jackson (and a little pink bun in the oven too)!|
I was just starting to get into cooking, and she dubbed me the "soup Nazi". Soup has always been my thing. We would concoct some amazing creamy, fattening soup, slap a Grands biscuit on top and hang out, for hours, or days! Mel on the other hand, is Betty Crocker. There is nothing this woman doesn't bake or create. It would become a tradition for her to make us this Eclair Dessert or we would go pick up french silk pie, (before I knew how to make it) and we would stay up all night, my husband was working grave shifts then, and just laugh and have great adventures. She was part of our family from the beginning and it just seemed like we had always been friends. My husband had to nickname her Rusty. I am sure she enjoys that to this day as much as she enjoyed the tall girl list back then!
I am not sure how I survived life before her, and there are times the distance since my husband and I moved will kill me but, one day Mel, I swear we will be neighbors, and I won't have 1500 miles separating me from my sister from another mister! Thanks for sharing your life, your food, and yourself with us all these years, you have never really been a friend, you have just been part of our family!
Aren't girlfriends the best? Are there things you do with your girlfriends that are hilarious and fun? Did I mention we used to drive through the worst parts of Philly just for fun? OMG, we drove through some sort of "event" on this narrow street in Fishtown and we couldn't get out of it so you threw the car in reverse and backed up 2 blocks to get out of it?! "Yelling" at me the whole time, "OMG OMG OMG OMG, WHY do you NEVER give me the right directions ANYWHERE" ROFL I miss our adventures, Ikea, Staples (mwaaahaha), farms out in Franklinville and coffee, at Fortesque at midnight. Some of these I still laugh out loud about when I think of them! I love you and miss you!!
Eclair No Bake Dessert
3 small boxes of vanilla instant pudding (I used sugar free)
4 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 - 8oz tub of cool whip (feel free to substitute fresh sweetened whipped cream)
16 ounces of chocolate frosting. (it can be store bought, or homemade)
1 box graham crackers (not the cinnamon ones)
In a large bowl combine pudding mix, vanilla, and milk. With an electric mixer, beat until combined. Fold in cool whip or whipped cream. In a 9x13 pan, lay the bottom with graham crackers. Don't crush them, lay the crackers so they cover the bottom. Add half of your pudding mixture on top and spread evenly. Add another layer of graham crackers and the rest of the pudding mixture. Now take your icing and microwave it for a few seconds to make it almost runny. It will pour easily over the top and you can use an offset spatula or knife to spread it out. If you don't heat it up to thin it out, it will be impossible (obviously) to spread it over soft pudding. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. I like to put mine in the freezer for a few minutes as well, I like the texture when it has been SLIGHTLY frozen but not completely. Feel free to just chill if you like.
Easy or what? The best thing is the memories it brings back, AND how delish it is.
Your "besties forever" chefwannabe
PS. FYI, if there were written on paper, it would be unreadable because of my tears...HAPPY ones of course!