Monday, September 26, 2016


When our bridge couples group met this month, just about everyone was busy or sick. The "group" ended up being just 3 couples. If you play bridge, you know that means we were short a couple. Jan and Byron said they would just watch and eat and let Linda and Mitch and my husband and me play, but we didn't like that idea. Instead I came up with an idea so we could all play (at least off and on). 

We started off by each drawing a card. The two highest in rank cards were partners against the two middle cards (people) and the two people with the lowest cards in rank sat out. After the hand was finished, the couple who had sat out (and ate) switched with the losing partners and played the next hand. So that no one played with the same person two hands in a row, the winners of the hand split up. The two who had sat out the previous hand, just sat in either one of the empty chairs. We didn't keep score and had so much fun. By the end of the evening everyone had partnered with everyone and equally important.... everyone had ample opportunity to eat (Jan and Byron had plenty for us to eat) and visit.

For dessert Jan had made the layered dessert many call "Sex in a Pan". It was so delicious! I managed to get a good picture of one of the servings. 

(If you want to reduce some of the sugar calories, you can use the sugar-free instant pudding mixes.)



1       cup flour
1/2   cup butter, melted
2      tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2   cup pecans, chopped

Combine and press in the bottom of a 9 x 13 - inch pan and bake in preheated 350 degree F oven for 15 minutes.

Let cool before adding the following layers.

Layer 1:

1       8 - ounce package of cream cheese
1       cup powdered sugar
1/2 - 3/4 of an 8 - ounce carton of whipped topping

Beat this with mixer until creamy.

Spread over the cooled crust.

Layer 2:

3       cups cold milk
1        (4 - serving size) instant vanilla pudding mix
1        (4 - serving size) instant chocolate pudding mix
1        teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth and thick.

Carefully spread over the first layer.

Layer 3:

Spread the rest of the whipped topping over the pudding layer.

Refrigerate until ready to serve. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

List of ingredients:

1        cup flour
1/2    cup butter
1        cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2    cup pecans, chopped
1        8 - ounce cream cheese
1        8 - ounce whipped topping
3       cups cold milk
1        4 - serving size instant vanilla pudding mix
1        4 - serving size instant chocolate pudding mix
1        teaspoon vanilla extract

Byron outdid himself with the appetizers. I have several recipes to share with you later of some of them.

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