Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Here's My Red, White, and Blue Jello Salad


Is it a salad if it tastes like dessert? Blue jello with fresh blueberries on the bottom layer, topped with whipped cream that I had frozen in mounds since late fall, then smoothed after thawing, and finally fresh strawberries from our garden. It looks pretty, I think. And it was simple to make. Here's a side view, too.




24 comments:

  1. Lovely! and yes, it's a dessert! : )

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    1. Thank you, Carol. I think that you're right, this really was a dessert, even though I called it a salad.

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  2. Very pretty. And I would have been especially happy using things on hand that had been around for a while.

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    1. Thank you, live and learn. Me, too, on using items I wanted to get rid of.

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  3. Very patriotic and colorful. I'm sure the family got a kick out of it!

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    1. Hi Bonnie,
      I think they did! I hope your 4th was lovely.

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  4. So pretty, and I'm sure it was delicious!
    Mary

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    1. Thank you, Mary. It was tasty and refreshing. There's half left for tonight, too. So that is a bonus. I hope your 4th of fun!

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  5. Ditto all the comments!! You sure have a knack of making something elegant and special from the bottom of your resource. When done continually, this adds up to significant savings.

    Whenever I spend impulsively to buy something I want, these days it happens when our grandkids are over, to buy the grandchildren what they want, I feel like I have failed. On one hand, I want to treat them to a fun time and do things that are not done all the time (that the rest of our consumer society like to indulge) but I think I have to put my thinking cap back on and try to accomplish the same on less money. I had rationalized that it is ok to spend frivolously, just sometimes. But I am beginning to not like doing that either. Maybe I'm doomed and can't let the purse strings go at all.

    Sorry for the rant, again. But I do wish you a good day!

    YHF

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    1. Hi YHF,
      I think that spending money can be difficult for folks who have been frugal for a very long time. It can feel unnatural. This is where budgets help me. If I have budgeted a specific amount, then I feel less guilty about spending that money. Sometimes it still bothers me, especially if the budget is for something that I personally would not spend money on, but I do for the sake of the rest of the family.

      It's perfectly acceptable if sometimes you allow yourself to spend in ways that may feel frivolous to you, but then at other times you choose not to. You may be in a phase of finding what feels right to you -- swinging one way for a while, then back in the other direction for a while. You'll eventually settle someplace in the middle.

      With your grandchildren, it's important to show them balance. Sometimes you indulge them, but sometimes you don't, and none of it is related to love. Your oldest ones are old enough to understand that money is a finite resource, and while it may be fun to be frivolous, it's not practical, nor desirable, to always spend that way. I think that you're doing great.

      I hope that your day is off to a wonderful start, YHF!

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    2. I appreciate your views, especially that indulgence is not related to love though often we want to show our love by spoiling the other person.

      I am terrible at sticking to budgets. I don't like working with a set amount, and would rather learn to live in denial daily as a sort of minimalist habit (tell myself to get used to it) and open the purse strings on the few special occasions. Having fun with the grandkids was one of those occasions, except it is so pricey and not worth the money. Does it have to cost so much, in return for so little fun? People seem to be spending money without any pain (at least that what it looks like). I think I am the only one looking pale.

      YHF

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  6. Nah, it's a salad, and then you can have dessert, too! ;) It's probably healthier than Snicker's salad ....

    In answer to your question from yesterday, no, it wasn't a quieter day at work. There is a skeleton crew on holidays so having me there bumped up the OT staff from 2 therapists and one assistant to 3 therapists and an assistant--but that's maybe 1/3 or the normal daily staffing, so I was on my feet all day long. But ... I got to be off today (and we went to the beach and the weather is gorgeous, so, bonus!) so it all balances out.

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    1. Hi Kris, a PT here but I work in the schools so have more time off, but a smaller paycheck;) Glad you got a beach day in after working the busy holiday.

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    2. Hi fellow rehab professional! I wish I were more drawn to working with kids, because the school schedule is ideal! I am on the "resource" team, which means I sub in for other therapists, so I have a lot of flexibility with my schedule. I tend to pick up a lot of holidays and Saturdays, as my husband is available for the kids. Enjoy your quiet summer away from work--some things are better than money, including time off!

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    3. I'll have to look up Snicker's salad. Something tells me that it's lacking in produce.

      Oh well, at least you received holiday pay for working on the 4th.

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    4. Haha, well, there are apples in it, but as I recall, that's the ONLY healthy thing. Seems to me it's whipped cream and cut up Snickers and cut up apples? Probably a few more ingredients but in my mind, no way is it anything other than dessert!

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    1. Thank you, Patti! I hope your 4th was lovely.

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  8. Looks so pretty, and delicious! A belated Happy 4th to you!

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    1. Thank you, Cat. happy belated 4th to you, too!

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  9. Lili, that looks so festive. I've used blueberries and strawberries to make a "flag" cake, but hadn't thought of using them in jello. I'm sure it was a hit. Happy late 4th of July.

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    1. Hi Lynn,
      Thank you. It's nice having these brightly colored berries to work with, in summer desserts, isn't it?! A "flag" cake sounds delicious as well as pretty.

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