Friday Four 8: Pudding Pie Recipes

Friday Four 8: Pudding Pie Recipes | This Gal Cooks #dessert

It’s Friday.

I’m anxiously awaiting the clock to hit 5pm so I can dash out of the workplace and begin my weekend. There’s cooking to be done, beer to be consumed and cooler weather to enjoy. None of that can be done while sitting in the office, keying my life away.

OH, did I ever tell you guys that I have social anxiety? It’s a funny not so funny thing that I’ve dealt with since middle school. Maybe I’ve dealt with it longer but I really remember it kicking into high gear while I was in middle school. Teenage years, gotta love them. Social anxiety is so strange for me. I feel like a total social butterfly trapped inside of a total non-social butterfly body.

If you ask anyone I know or work with how they would describe me, they will tell you I never shut up and that I will talk to anyone. In a sense, I do. But typically, it’s after I’ve gotten to know people. I have to let that comfort zone set in. The internet is a total comfort zone for me and I talk, chat, socialize and network more than I ever would in person. Take BlogHer Food, for example. I went earlier this year. I told myself I would talk to EVERYONE. But I didn’t. I clammed up. I stuck to myself for a good duration of the event. I didn’t network to the level I should have networked. And I kind of regret it. So my goal for next year: Go to a blog conference and be that social butterfly that is trapped inside my non-social butterfly self. Yeah!

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This is totally me whenever anyone calls me on the phone. I’m a texter, not a phone chatter.

This week

ON THE BLOG: I shared these Spicy Asian Chicken Meatballs and this Apple Pie Butterscotch Snickerdoodle Bread. For your healthy side, I shared this Roasted Tomatoes with Eggs and Quinoa breakfast recipe. Today I’m going to share Four Pudding Pie Recipes with you. All of these Pie recipes have been made by me. I’m pulling them from the archives to share with you in one convenient spot.

IN MY LIFE: I came to grips with the fact that I’m a total chocoholic. I want chocolate all of the time. White chocolate, dark chocolate and not so much milk chocolate. Milk chocolate is ok but I’m VERY picky about it. I was craving chocolate last night so I made a box of Ghirardelli dark chocolate brownies. Those things are dangerous and so is having boxes of them in my house. I bought a new camera and it was delivered yesterday. Canon 6D. Swoon. I’m selling my Rebel for a sweet deal to my pal Carrie from Frugal Foodie Mama. Cause that’s what friends are for. ♥︎

The weather is nice and the windows are open. We’re in for a nice weekend. I love fall in Florida and I’m glad it arrived a little earlier this year. I hope you have a good weekend, too. And enjoy the pie recipes!

Four Pudding Pie Recipes

Butterscotch Toffee Pudding Pie

My new FAVORITE pudding pie - Butterscotch Toffee Pudding Pie| This Gal Cooks

S’mores Peanut Butter Chocolate Pudding Pie

S'mores Peanut Butter Chocolate Pudding Pie on This Gal Cooks

Best Ever Banana Pudding Pie

Best Ever Banana Pudding Pie on This Gal Cooks

Cookies and Cream Chocolate Pudding Pie

Cookies and Cream Chocolate Pudding Pie on This Gal Cooks #dessert #nobake

Have a lovely weekend!


  1. says

    First of all, these pudding pies look PHENOMENAL. They look so decadent! Second, I’m sorry to hear you struggle with feeling comfortable in social settings. That would be stressful and difficult. I feel similarly at times – I don’t like going places where I don’t know people and worry that I’ll be awkwardly standing by myself if I don’t have a buddy with me. I’ll be at 2 blogging conferences next year and won’t know a SOUL. I’m already kind of panicked a little. If I see you at either, I’ll grab you and we’ll become fast friends! :) I hope you have a wonderful weekend! TGIF!

    • says

      Thank you for the compliments on the pies, Sarah!

      That’s how I am. If I’m with someone else I know or a group of friends, I’m fine and I can talk to people and feel at ease. If I’m solo, it’s very hard to do, for the most part. I force myself to look at people and say hi when I’m alone, say our walking my dog and passing by neighbors, etc. I’m usually not the one to be the first to approach people, either. It’s something I SO want to chance but it’s hard to do!

      Which conferences are you going to? Are you going to try to go to Food Blog Forum in Orlando? If I can get tickets, I’m going!

      Hope you have a great weekend. :)

        • says

          Hahaha! I just did that to you on IG the other day. Typos galore in my comment to you from my iphone! :)

          I think that’s hard to do for most people, and some people are inherently more shy in nature! Totally understand where you’re coming from. It’s good to talk it out openly though and maybe you’ll overcome the fears more! I’ll be at SNAP and Build Your Blog, and I’m honestly going to try for a ticket to Food Blog Forum too since it’s right in our neck of the woods here in FL!! Hopefully I’ll see you there!

          • says

            OMG, I did another one on FB the other day. My friend totally had fun with it to. Of course, when I realized what I did, I corrected it so there are some comments that don’t make any sense. Haha.

            I don’t think I’ll be going to SNAP or BYB but if we both get tickets to FBF, I’ll see ya there! I’m really hoping to go to that one. :)

  2. says

    You and I might be the same person. Or maybe we share a spirit animal. Is that creepy? In a not-creepy way. This is exactly how I describe myself: “I feel like a total social butterfly trapped inside of a total non-social butterfly body.” Glad to know it’s not just me! Also, that Butterscotch Toffee Pudding Pie – I have to make this happen in my life! Amazing.

  3. Karen says

    Oh, those pies. I want to go make all of them right now! Okay, no. I just want to eat all of them right now!

    I know what you mean about the social anxiety. It runs in my family. Every time we’ve moved to another state, I’ve had to force myself to pretend to be this outgoing person so that I can make friends. At the end of the day, I’d still rather be at home with a good book and some hot cocoa. It’s not easy!

    • says

      Same here. I do like to go out but for the most part, I like to do things solo, at home. OH and I know the feeling – whenever I pass by neighbors, I have to force myself to say hi and be somewhat social. Totally not easy.

      Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you had a good weekend!

  4. says

    I don’t have social anxiety, I love parties and functions and such. Sometimes, I’d just rather be home, I don’t mind being by myself. I don’t want to be social 7 days times a week anymore. My husband on the other hand thrives off people, the more the merrier! Ryder’s just like him too. The good thing about having kids is they break the ice for you more times than not.

    Anywho…. so glad you and Carrie worked out a deal! That’s pretty dang cool! Can’t wait to see both your pics with the new cameras!

    • says

      Haha, one of my friends is not very social. One of her sons is like her, the other one talks to EVERYONE! She said she’s thinking “don’t talk to those people because I don’t want to have to talk to them.” LOL.

      Thanks for stopping by, Paula! LOVING the new camera so far. And I shipped my old one to Carrie on Saturday. So she will have it soon! Hope you had a good weekend. :)

  5. Joanne says

    Hi Julie – These pies are killing me!! My hubby and I met friends for dinner, and I ate diet butterscotch pudding for dessert.
    How I would love to have a slice of your Butterscotch Toffee Pudding Pie right now. :-)

  6. says

    Al pies look amazing and I’m sure they are delicious! I’m planning to try the butterscotch toffee recipe as I love this particular flavor! Have a great weekend!

  7. says

    Great candid post, Julie. I may have said this to you before, but I think we quite possibly could be long lost twins. I am exactly like you on the social front – probably no one would know because I come across as friendly and mostly bubbly, but I really don’t like to answer the phone or make phone calls (at all) and clam up on social occasions with loads of people – especially people I don’t know. You’re right though that it’s good to stretch yourself in that area sometimes. It helps that my husband isn’t really like that, so being with him gives me confidence.
    OK, now I’m off to check out your Asian meatballs … they sound amazing!

    • says

      I think I remember you saying that before, Helen! Funny – my boyfriend is not really social. I’m the social one out of the two of us. I’m ok in crowds, for the most part, but if it’s at a party or a place where a ton of people are together and know each other and I know none of them, then I am usually quiet. Unless of course I have a glass of beer. Then I’m fine. :)

      Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you had a good weekend!

  8. says

    Hope you had a good weekend Julie! Having social anxiety is no fun but I know you will conquer that by the next Blog Her conference and get out there to make connections you want! I’m more comfortable when I get to know people so meeting folks on-line is good then if we ever met in person, it wouldn’t be starting from scratch! :-) Have a great week!!

    • says

      I love pudding any way, even when it’s scarped from the bowl. Cause you know I am scraping the bowl clean after I make one of these pies! Thanks for stopping by, Carol!


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