My Little Helper

Last night, as I was finishing up my post about snow, Mimi came rushing out of her room.  She had been nearly asleep when she realized that she had something very important to discuss with me.  She had just realized that Thanksgiving was in a couple days and we needed to prepare for it right away

She started in with questioning me.  First she demanded to know what time we were supposed to arrive at our friend’s home for dinner.  When I replied that we hadn’t gotten that far in our discussions she let me know that she expected me to get on that right away.  Then she wanted to know what we were bringing for this year’s feast.  My causal response of “just the usual stuff” did not please her at all.  She insisted that I immediately  dig through the bottom of my purse to find that napkin I had scribbled out my list  of things to bring on.  Our poor little Mimi was so frustrated when I declined her request.  Then she sweetly asked if I would find it by morning so that she could work on it at school and make all of our plans.  

Sigh…I can remember when I used to be able to handle this all on my own….

Because Life With Buck wants to know….(you thought I forgot didn’t you? I have a few things sitting on the back burner that still need to be answered…) 

Two Must-Have Dishes for the holidays are:

7-Up Jello Salad

Technically this isn’t really as salad, but we like it anyway.  My Aunt Aleta originally started preparing this for us and I used to have to call her every year to find out the recipe.  I guess I’m a grown up now, because I always have it. 

Hmmm….interestingly, I’m having trouble pulling up the recipe.  I may have to post it after a quick phone call….

Edit to add: In the event you are not quite as resorceful as Stephanie and googling the recipe yourself,  here it is…

1 3-oz pkg lemon jello
1 c hot water
 2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 large can crushed pineapple, drained
1 8-oz pkg cream cheese, softened
8-oz 7-up soft drink 
Dissolve jello in hot water, add 7-up and set aside. Beat cream cheese and pineapple until smooth. Add sugar and vanilla. Add jello mixture and pecans. Refrigerate over night.

The other dish for which I would be banned from holiday gatherings if I didn’t make (and I’m pretty sure it’s the only reason we have holidays with the W famiy!) is called Cherries in the Snow.  I’m not sure where the original recipe came from.  I do remember that when my dad was doing real estate he had a zillion recipe cards made up to hand out with it on it.  The original used “Dream Whip”, a powder that you mixed with milk to make a “cool whip” type of stuff.  I’ve replaced that with the modern-ish stuff. I also know that it was much prettier in my footed glass bowl that I loved-yet-haven’t-found-another-one-like-much-to-my-dismay. 


2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese
1 c. confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. milk
1 (16 oz.) Cool Whip
2 cans cherry pie filling
1 angel food cake, cubed

Beat cream cheese with electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Then add confectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla. Beat until blended. Fold in Cool Whip. You will layer the ingredients until they are gone, starting with the cake, then a layer of cream cheese mixture, then cherries. Continue layering until all ingredients are used.

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0 Responses to My Little Helper

  1. Stephanie says:

    Yum. Jello salad. WHy on earth do they call these things salad?? I never figured that out. I looked up this recipe and it looks very similar to the orange buttermilk jello “salad” I make. Oh yummy yum yum! Instead of the cream cheese in yours….you use buttermilk. It gives it a little tang that goes really well with the orange (I’ve also made it with lime and it was yummy as well)

    What is it about congealed sponginess/fluffiness that is so good?

  2. Hilary says:

    Well we know who’ll be hosting very organized Thanksgiving dinners and such when she grows up… or perhaps she’ll be a wedding planner. Amusing post.. even more amusing child. 🙂

  3. Patsy Ann says:

    What is going on with those two girls? I remember not to long ago when it was Kt that was the one with all of the questions and wanting to get with the program, planning this event or that. All I can say is it is a good thing that they also help in the prep of the food department also. Hey so you haven’t added the recipe for the 7 up salad – and what is the other “must” have food item that you forgot to mention?

  4. Lynne says:

    Aww, I think it’s cute that she’s so helpful. What a little list maker! She should channel that into what ever career she chooses.

    Okay, are you going to post the recipe for the “salad”? Yes, do tell us what else is a must-have for you on Thanksgiving!

  5. Jay says:

    You should have told her that Shoney’s begins serving Thanksgiving dinner at Noon and that’s when you guys would be going. See, no planning needed! 😉

  6. Susan says:

    Stephanie~Why was I trying so hard to pull up my documents when you just looked it up??! Ah, the joys of the internet.

    Hilary~The funniest part of this, is that Mimi has never been “the organized one”. So it’s really strange to me that she’s acting this way!

    Mudder~I know, it’s wierd. You can’t remember? Well, there’s no chocolate in Cherries in the Snow, so why bother…

    Lynne~pushy, pushy!

    Jay~Really? Now where do I find a Shoney’s? That’ would make things so much easier. 🙂

  7. Karina says:

    Hmmm…Jello Salad….I’ve been trying to figure out what to bring to Thanksgiving dinner at my aunt’s this year…this could work!

  8. Carol says:

    OMG! Another Elisabeth in the neighborhood! Is it big enough for TWO of them?!


  9. Pavel says:

    Jello Salad?? Hmmm… I could try that… Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Debbie says:

    Those sound so very yummy!! 😀

  11. Marianne says:

    So funny! Your 7-Up Jello Salad recipe is exactly what I am REQUIRED (there would be an uproar if I didn’t) to make for every holiday/family gathering…except I use lime jello and we affectionately refer to it as The Green Goo.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Kell says:

    I loved seeing those recipes. I had heard of 7 up Jello Salad, but didn’t know what it was. Cool!

    Mimi cracks me up. She got out of bed to discuss this with you? Goodness.

  13. Cazzie says:

    Ohhh thanks for the recipes!!

  14. Thank you! You were right, I did miss this post when I was sick. Thanks for posting these. Both sound great, and I may not even wait till Christmas. And the thing about Cherries In The Snow is that angel food cake has far fewer calories than other cake. So basically this could be considered health food.

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