Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sunshine in a Bowl

With all this gloomy weather, we will take sunshine where we can find it.  We had been studying the Roaring 20's a bit back, and our U.S. History Cookbook had just the recipe: Supremely Citrus Sundae.  Anything Citrus catches my attention, but this one made me pause slightly, because it was made with Jell-O.  I have to admit, I am not a huge Jell-O fan.  I don't even remember the last time I ate (or MADE) a bowl full of Jell-O.  The only time I ever buy it is to make my mom's amazing Lemon cake, and you would never know there was Jell-O of any sort in there.  For some strange reason, the recipe sounded fun, so off to the kitchen we went.

Our book says that in the 1920's, sales of Jell-O went up as more and more homes had refrigerators. It has actually been around since the 1800's, but you can imagine that without refrigeration, it probably wasn't as appealing.

This recipe says it makes four servings, but at a whopping 19 grams of sugar per 1/2 cup of Jell-O, I actually made 7 dessert cups with this recipe, plus had extra to spare.   I think next time I would also put whipped cream in between layers, and not just on top...but that's just me.

3 oz boxes of Lemon, Lime and Orange Jell-O
Layer in dishes after it sets, top with whipped cream, lime zest and slice of lime
See happy faces!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day Contest Winner!

Couldn't ask for anything better!

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day, blessed to be surrounded by beauty and love like I was.  I got to take a nap (after church and going out for pizza), while my loves went on a quick shopping trip.  They came home with their goods and got busy in the kitchen.  I had no idea what they were doing, but popped on a movie so I couldn't accidentally hear, and ruin their surprise.  And WHAT a surprise!  Fresh fruit shish kabobs with honey yogurt dipping sauce...mmmmm!  AND  a foot bath made of milk, Epsom salts and green nice!  I felt very pampered and very loved, it was a perfect afternoon!

And now for the moment you've all been waiting for......the giveaway!  I really loved reading about all your favorite recipes and memories- just wonderful!  And you ladies have very good odds this time around.  So without further ado...

The list of entries...
The scientific method for picking a winner

No Peeking!!
And the winner is........

 Miss Katie, with your Christmas sweets memory (and a last minute entry, by the way!),  I will be getting your magazine out to you in the next few days.  Thank you all so much for sharing such sweet stories.  xoxo

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Strawberry Shortcake...and another Treat!

A few months back, when I received a fabulous stash of romance mags from 1940,  I spied an article that I knew I had to revisit.  It was a "Spring Bride" article, looking a little something like this:


I have to say,  I have a certain weakness for Strawberry Shortcake.  Especially when it is made with farm stand strawberries and fresh cream- there is nothing like it.  I grew up with the Bisquick version of the shortcakes, and have always had a fondness for them, because of the wonderful memories of having my mom make them.  But since we have been making our own pancake mix,  I decided it's time to find a killer "from scratch" recipe.  If only I could get my hands on the Boccoli's Strawberry Shortcake recipe (in Ojai- a MUST if you are in the area in the spring!).... It is an old family recipe, and all my searches turned up with nothing but amazing (and deserved!) reviews for it.  Which brought me back to this recipe.  And since it is almost Mother's Day, I thought it would be the perfect time to share the results!

I did tweak the original recipe a bit, tripling the amount and substituting half the shortening with butter...and adding vanilla :)

Mix dry ingredients together

Cut shortening/butter in with pastry blender
Knead lightly about 10 times

It comes together to make a lovely dough
Into the oven...
Getting the strawberries ready!

Here is their version:

And here is ours:

They used an obscene amount of shortcake for just two people (but then again, that is the day of getting doctor's reports to tell you smoking camels hasn't affected your throat at all!!!).   If you don't double the recipe, you could get four good servings out of it.  We tripled ours, and made 8 big squares- again, could have been 10, depending on how big you like it.  It came out delicious!  I think this weekend next time I make this,  I may tweak the ratio of butter to shortening, opting for a bit more butter and a tad less shortening.  It definitely is a wonderful recipe, and a keeper for sure!  Which brings me to the last sweet treat...

To celebrate Mother's Day and the wonderful blessing of family,  I am doing my first little giveaway!  The winner will receive one of the amazing magazines from my stash.  To enter,  please leave a comment telling me what your favorite family recipe is and why.  Make sure you include your email so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner.  That's it!  I love family recipes and the stories and memories that go with them.  I'm so thankful for each person that has stopped by to read and comment.  (I'm also thankful for all you phantom blog-stalkers who read and never know who you are! xoxo )

I will leave the giveaway open until Sunday night, and will randomly pick from the comments (and post results!) Monday.  I can't wait to hear about all your favorite memories!  xoxo