Friday, June 17, 2011

Layered Lime Jell-O

This is one of those odd recipes that you eat somewhere, kind of out of "duty", and are amazingly surprised by how good it is.  I can honestly say that had I seen this recipe in a magazine I would have turned the page but, after tasting it, I had to have it!  I was even slightly put off when I was given the recipe HA!  With that said, my husband, who really is not a fan of "Jell-O Salads" eats at least two helpings of this one any time I serve it.  Yes, it really is that good!  (my kids love the green Jell-O part but skip the topping . . .imagine that!)

Look at those three lovely layers!!!!  It will help if you like Lime Jell-O, which I do!  BUT I am not a fan of things like carrots (who puts veggies in Jell-O?? YUCK) put in Jell-O.  Just because it wiggles, doesn't mean you can hold weird things hahahaha. 

Three Layered Jell-O

6 oz box of Lime Jell-O
3 3/4 cups hot water
1 cup drained crushed pineapple, juice reserved

Mix the above items and then pour into an 8x8 dish.  Place in the fridge until firm.

8 oz cream cheese (Softened)
1 cup cool whip

Whip together and spread on top of Jell-O

Mix together:
1 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup pineapple juice

Cook until thick, then let cool and put on top of cream cheese layer.  Chill  (Note: This needs to be heated slowly as to not scramble the eggs; once it is hot, turn up the heat enough to bring it to a very slow "bubble" so it will thicken.  It will happen quickly once it gets to this point so keep an close eye on it!)

So, here are a couple of things I learned :-)  The first time I made this, it was a total 100% fail.  This is a plan ahead recipe - one that needs to be started in the morning but, it is also quick because it is just a quick 10 minute mix of a layer and then walk away for a few hours.  I tried to rush it, on a very hot day, and my Jell-O never set up.  It was sad :-(  BUT the second time around, I was patient!

I hope I didn't scare you away :-)  This is really is a very tasty, easy, recipe!

21 Days of Prayer - Day 10 - Joy

Encouragement from Brooke:

What is joy really?  And if my strength comes from the joy of the Lord (Psalm 28:7, then what does joy of the Lord really look like? As I write these words, I'm struggling with a deep desire to be grumpy and complain. Most days I handle my husband's crazy shift-work schedule pretty well. But today? Well, today I feel like complaining. So how do I find joy and strength from the Lord? Enough to make me "burst out in songs of thanksgiving?"

How do you?
Here's the secret:
Focus on Christ. Focus on what He did for you (and for your sons) on the cross. I suspect we
Christians have a tendency to misunderstand the phrase, "placing our trust in Christ." Placing our trust in Christ isn't something we did once and never do again. Salvation may be a once and forever event, but trusting in Christ is ongoing. Trusting in Christ's work of grace on the cross to be important enough to change my grumpiness to gratefulness. Trusting in Christ's work of grace on the cross to get me through a rough day with my children. Trusting in Christ's work of grace on the cross to be enough when I'm enduring tantrums in thegrocery store. Trusting in Christ's work of grace on the cross when my sons choose their own will …

"The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my

heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him." ~Psalm 28:7

So what's the challenge:  Read the 10 prayers about Joy, of course!  I think we can probably pray them for ourselves too!!