About a month ago, I walked into the family room where Jim was watching something on TV. I glanced at the screen and my first thought was, “what in the world is that?”
I saw a handful of bearded men dressed in camouflage clothes with hair down to their shoulders and bandanas tied around their heads. To add to the intrigue, their southern accents were as thick as tapioca pudding.
But, they captivated me.
I decided to seat myself on the couch and I’m here to tell you, it took all of six minutes and 17 seconds for me to be totally hooked on Duck Dynasty. Our two sons and their wives and families were here last week for spring break and Easter. After we introduced them to Duck Dynasty, it took even less time for them to be hooked.
Up until my first night of watching, I had never heard of this unscripted reality television series on A & E about the wealthy Robertson family from West Monroe, La. They are proud of their “Redneckedness,” and became wealthy by making products for duck hunters, primarily the duck call. Their business, Duck Commander, was started 40 years ago.
The Robertson men, brothers, Phil and Si, and Phil’s sons, Jase, Willie and Jep are probably the main characters, but Phil’s wife, Miss Kay, and Willie, Jase and Jep’s wives, Korrie, Missy and Jessica, are always featured on the show.
The end of February we were among the 8.6 million people who watched the Robertson’s launch their third season and at the moment we have 35 episodes recorded on our DVR. When there’s nothing else worth watching on TV (which is often), we enjoy the reruns as much as the first time around. So far my all time favorite installment is when Willie and Jase take their wives deer hunting for the first and probably last time – according to the ladies.
Willie and Jase’s children often enter into the picture as well and it’s most heartwarming to witness how Phil instills character traits and hard work ethic to his grandchildren. Phil is a Godly man. His wife, Miss Kay, says the Bible is his “go to,” for many things in life.
Each show concludes with this large Christian family, who is very active in their church, gathered at the evening dinner table. Each time, a beautiful prayer is spoken by Phil, who “thanks God for another day on Planet Earth.” He also thanks God for the food before them and adds, “Thank You for loving us. Help us to love You and each other more.”
Miss Kay is known for her fine cooking and many of her recipes are online. I was looking through them and happened across her “Banana Pudding” recipe.
My husband, Jim, grew up in Tennessee and has forever loved banana pudding. So the other day I made Miss Kay’s banana pudding for him. It was out of this world.
I share it with you now:
Miss Kay’s Banana Pudding
- 2 sticks of butter
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- ¾ cup of all-purpose flour
- 1 (12 oz.) can of Pet Milk (evaporated milk)
- ¾ cup of milk
- 6 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 bag vanilla wafers
- 2 bananas sliced
1. In a large double boiler melt the butter and then add the sugar, salt, flour, evaporated milk and regular milk. Stir with a whist.
2. Add the egg yolks to the mixture, constantly stirring until thick. Add the vanilla extract.
3. Place the vanilla wafers and bananas into a 9×13 Pyrex dish. Then pour in misture
4. Chill before serving.
Hope you enjoy as much as we did.
If you haven’t yet watched Duck Dynasty, be sure to tune in. It’s on Cable Channel 40 on Wednesday and Sunday nights and sometimes in between. Check the TV Guide.