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Striping for Valentines Day!
Feb 9th, 2011 by Jello Girl

Striped JelloYou read that wrong-striping NOT stripping!  Come on–look at the pictures.  Where is your mind?

Oh boy am I ever going to get some interesting comments on this one: 99% of all comments we get are spam and most of those are for porn sites- ugh… double ugh!

Jello super-heroines definately do not appreciate this!   Jello is wholesome.  It is all about family, friends, fun… and don’t forget romance.  This week we have some ideas to make your Valentines unforgettable!

Layered Jello

Striped Valentines Jello

4 (3 oz.) pkg. red jello

2 unflavored pkg. gelatin

2 cups cold milk

1 cup sugar

2 cups sour cream

2 tsp. vanilla

In a medium pan add 4 cups of water and red jello.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and stir until jello is completely dissolved. Turn off heat and add two cups cold water, stir to combine.  With a ladle, measure out 1 3/4 cup and pour into lightly greased 9×13 pan or desired serving dish or dishes.  Place in fridge and chill for 30 minutes or until set.  Meanwhile sprinkle 2 pkg. of unflavored gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water in a medium pan.  Let sit for 1 minute and add 2 cups milk and 1 cup sugar.  Heat over medium-high heat stirring until sugar and gelatin are dissolved.  Turn off heat and add 2 cups sour cream and 2 tsp. vanilla; whisk to combine.  When first layer is set, gently spoon 1 1/2 cups over first layer and return to fridge for 30 minutes or until firm.  Then repeat process with 1 3/4 cups red jello and 1 1/2 cups white until you have 7 total layers.  It is best to keep red jello and white mixture slightly warm.  You can keep pans on stove-top and occasionally turn heat to simmer for just a few minutes.  Then give a stir and turn off heat.

A few tips: (Hopefully these will not make it sound complicated:  it is not!  It does take sometime, but most of it is time sitting in the fridge between layers.)

1.  If the jello you add is not warm it will not adhear well to previous layer and when you serve it, the layers may slip apart.

2.  You can keep jello slightly warm on stove-top until you measure out amount to be layered.  You can keep pans on stove-top and occasionally turn heat to simmer for just a few minutes.  Then give a stir and turn off heat.

2.  The layers need to be firm before adding another layer or they will be more likely to mix into jello that you are adding.

3.  Gently- ever so gently- spoon gelatin over previous layer.  Otherwise, previous layer will get pits in it and will also melt and streak into jello that you are adding.

4.  If you are doing jello layers in individual serving dishes that will remain in serving dishes, you do not need to worry about layers sliding apart when you dish out servings; therefore, it is better to have previous layer very firm and the jello that you are adding slightly chilled, but not thickened.  This way your lines will be very distinct which looks really cool in a glass.  (If you look closely you can see that my lines are not very distinct because I was in a hurry and wasn’t very particular about it.)  You can keep jello slightly warm on stove-top until you measure out amount to be layered.  (Then quickly put the container holding this jello in a bowl of ice water.  Since the jello from stove-top is just warm, it will only take a minute or so for measured amount to chill.)

5.  The thicker the layers, the longer they will take to set.

Now Go Stripe and Have Some Valentines Jello Joy!

Jello Three Days in a Row- Oh My!
Jan 1st, 2011 by Jello Girl

First there was Christmas Eve at the In-Laws, then there was a dinner on Christmas Day with my family- you guessed it:  I made jello for both occasions.  The following day was Sunday.  Sunday dinner at the In-Laws and what was I requested to bring?  Jello, of course!  Is there such a thing as too much jello?  Anyway, here is the yummy layered Jello I made on Christmas Eve.  I have been borrowing my Dad’s camera, but didn’t have it with me so we took some quick snap shots with another borrowed camera.  They aren’t the greatest pictures, but then any picture is an accomplishment for me since I am not technically inclined and do not even know how to turn on the television.

Christmas Jello

Christmas Jello Mold

1 (3 oz.) package raspberry jello

1 (16 oz.) bag frozen raspberries  (This is my addition as I am not a fan of plain jello; however, the original recipe does not call for raspberries)

1 (3 oz.) package lemon jello

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened (about 20 seconds each side in microwave)

1 (3 oz.) package lime jello

1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple

Dissolve raspberry jello in 1 cup boiling water.  Add 1/2 bag frozen raspberries and stir until thawed.  Add 1 cup cold water and stir.  Pour into a 10 inch fluted tube pan or 3 quart ring mold coated with non-stick cooking spray.  Chill until firm, about 1 1/2 hours.

Dissolve lemon jello in 1 cup boiling water.  Beat in the cream cheese until smooth.  Gently pour over firm raspberry jello.  Chill until firm.

Dissolve lime jello in 1 cup boiling water.  Drain pineapple well, reserving juice and add enough water, if needed to equal 3/4 cup.  Stir crushed pineapple and reserved juice into lime jello.  Gently pour over creamy layer.  Refrigerate until very firm or overnight.  Gently un-mold onto a serving plate.

Christmas Jello 2

This recipe is from Dorothy Duzynski at http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Christmas-Gelatin-Ring/Detail.aspx

Now Go Have Some Christmas Jello Joy!

Christmas Sleep Deprivation Jello
Dec 30th, 2010 by Jello Girl

Sleep Deprived Jello

Christmas sleep deprivation- all you parents out there know what I am talking about.  The Mall and Toys-R-Us are open until 11:00:  shopping, shopping and more shopping and then there is all the wrapping, baking, cleaning, decorating etc. on top of everything else you usually do.  The following jello salad is evidence of this very brain stupor resulting from lack of time upon my mattress.  At Christmas what could be more appropriate and festive than a ribbon jello salad?  There are really endless color variations to a ribbon salad, so you can mix it up for any holiday or special occasion.  This particular salad was intended to be alternating colors of green, white and red; however, I did two layers of green in the middle and did not even notice until my last layer of red.  Oh, well it still looked good and tasted great.  Here is the recipe:

Christmas Ribbon Jello

1 (3 oz.) package lime jello

1 (3 oz.) package raspberry jello

1 (3 oz.) package lime jello

1 (3 oz.) package strawberry or cherry jello

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin (we used Knox brand)

1/2 cup cold water

2 cups milk

1 cup sugar

2 cups sour cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Sleep Deprived Jello

Directions:

Dissolve lime jello in 1 cup boiling water.  Add 1/2 cup cold water and stir.  Pour into a 9×13 pan coated with non-stick spray.  Refrigerate about 30 minutes or until firm.

Meanwhile in medium saucepan, sprinkle unflavored gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water.  Let it stand for about one minute.  Stir in milk and sugar.  Cook and stir over medium heat until gelatin and sugar are dissolved.

Remove from heat and whisk in sour cream and vanilla.  Gently pour about 1 1/2 cups white gelatin mixture over firm layer of green jello.  Chill about 30 minutes or until firm. (At this point I keep remaining amount of white gelatin in pan.  If it begins to thicken up before I use it for the next layer, I turn stove to simmer for just a few minutes and whisk gelatin until smooth and then turn off heat.)

Dissolve raspberry jello in 1 cup boiling water.  Add 1/2 cup cold water and stir.  Gently pour over firm white layer.  Chill about 30 minutes or until firm.

Gently pour about 1 1/2 cups white gelatin mixture over firm layer of red jello.  Chill about 30 minutes or until firm.

Dissolve lime jello in 1 cup boiling water.  Add 1/2 cup cold water and stir.  Gently pour over firm white layer.  Chill about 30 minutes or until firm.

Gently pour about 1 1/2 cups white gelatin mixture over firm layer of green jello.  Chill about 30 minutes or until firm.

Dissolve strawberry jello in 1 cup boiling water.  Add 1/2 cup cold water and stir.  Gently pour over firm white layer.  Chill about 30 minutes or until firm and enjoy!

This recipe is by Melody Mellinger at http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Seven-Layer-Gelatin-Salad-2/Detail.aspx

Sleep Deprived Jello

Now Go Get Some Sleep and Have Jiggling Jello Dreams!

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