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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