Recently my husband and I have taken on building a playhouse. It will either turn out a spectacular success or a failure of epic proportions. The jury is still out which one it will be but I am excited to find out. It all came about because we are still working on putting in our yard (only about half of it is even grassed) and we have no shade, so our poor kids just fry when they go out. While our plan is to plant trees the trees won’t solve the immediate problem. So enter my idea my grand idea of building a play house, instant shade and entertainment for the kids, win win right.
However it gets crazier, in an effort to be financially responsible we decided we would build one play house to sell to earn money to build one for our children. We are about half way through building our first one and so far things are going well. My 5 year old however keeps telling me it is ugly and boring no one will want to buy it (this his attempt at convincing us to just keep the first one and not sell it) My kids are loving the process so it is fun to do it as a family. Here is a quick shot of my sweet husband and Dad putting the siding on.
I need to get you an updated picture because we just started painting it a light grey and are getting ready to install the trim. It was during this painting session my Mom and I decided to do a potluck of sorts. She would provide the main dish and I did the sides. I instantly thought of Strawberry Banana Cookie Salad (or cookie salad for short… cookie salad, anything passes for a salad these days, I love it) I was excited to eatit because it is a summer dish to me and I was cheating and sneaking it in early because it is only March. Right as dinner was ready though I was sent off for more paint and missed the meal entirely. Luckily, for me and for them, they saved me a small dish of cookie salad and let me lick the bowl. It would have been a dark night had they entirely polished it off without me.
A couple tips. First if you want to you can totally leave the cookie pieces out, the cookie pieces add a hint of sweetness and great crunch but are optional. Half the time I put the cookies in and half the I don’t, it is totally up to you. It is honestly so good both ways. Second tip, if you are taking the salad somewhere where it is going to sit out for a while use sour cream instead of buttermilk, the sour cream holds up better in heat then the buttermilk. I like the flavor the buttermilk adds so I use buttermilk when I can keep it in the fridge until right before I serve it, but sour cream can give you better stability.
This salad it will climb to your top 10 favorite dishes for sure. Let us know what you think of it and stay tuned for more updates on the play house!
- 1½ cups butter milk (or sour cream)
- 1 lg instant vanilla pudding
- 1 cool whip
- 2-3 bananas
- 2 containers of strawberries.
- Fudge striped cookies, crumbled
- Pour Vanilla pudding mix into a large bowl, stir in Buttermilk until it is combined.
- Slice Strawberries and Bananas and gently stir into pudding mixture.
- Fold in cool whip and until combined.
- Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes before serving.
- Sprinkle in crumbled fudge striped cookies right before serving. Serve cold.