Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Celebrate with Food! What else?

I am a foodie and I married a foodie and we raised two foodies. My son is engaged to be married and he and his fiance are coming up to visit us at the lake this coming weekend. So I asked him what her favorite foods were so I would make what she liked. His reply; "She doesn't really have any favorites."

I'm afraid that there was a very pregnant pause. The thought that someone didn't have a favorite food dumbfounded me.

My favorite food is of course watermelon. Always has been, always will be. If you want a chunk of watermelon, my refrigerator is the place to go. We eat at least 1 a week. My brother and I used to go through 2 a week as kids!

For every celebration, our family has favorite foods. Also for every season we have favorite foods.

But my family was outclassed by my husband's clan.

I remember when I married my dh that I was a bit astounded that his family celebrated each birthday with not one, but two birthday cakes and with one or two kinds of ice cream. And then I figured out why!

The Cote family motto is "I'll have a little bit of each." I've threatened to cross stitch that and hang it on the wall of --where else?--our kitchen!

Well, I will love my new daughter-in-law even if she isn't a foodie. But she is marrying a Cote, so I think she'll have to get used to us foodies!

Now in closing I'd like to mention that my my blog Strong Women Brave Stories I'm featuring Yummy July. I'm inviting authors and readers to post favorite summer recipes.

So here's one of my favorite summer desserts which was an original recipe by my mom. Therefore it doesn't have a fancy title. Maybe you'll post a suggested title for me.

2 small packages of orange JELLO
1-2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/2 to 1 pint of fresh washed blueberries
1/2 cantaloupe, cubed or balled

Prepare JELLO according to package directions. Then while still warm, stir in ice cream, then berries, then melon. Chill and serve. If served as salad, plain. If served as dessert, top with whipped cream.

This is beautiful to the eye, takes advantage of some of the in season summer fruits and it's delicious.

So what should we call it? I need a name for it.


  1. Ellen -- I like Jello Fruit Chill. I'm going to suggest Mellow Melon though just because I like the way it sounds.

  2. You should call it "Simply Heaven" or something along the lines of that. I'm not very creative, but it sounds heavenly!

  3. I think I'd just call it GOOD!! lol I feel cool and summery simply by reading the ingredients. You can be sure I'm going to try that one.

  4. Oh, yum!!! I'll have to try that! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Jello Fruit Chill
    Mellow Melon
    Simply Heavenly

    Good ideas!

    How about Simply Heavenly Mellow Melon JELLO Fruit Chill? GRIN

    I experimented last night. I am a cook that looks in my fridge and says "what do I have to use up?"

    I had cantaloupe chunks that had proven to be not quite ripe and vanilla yogurt and I needed a light dessert.

    I had two packets of black cherry JELLO sugarfree. I mixed it up and added the melon and vanilla yogurt and served it with a swirl of whipped topping.

    Dh Loved it!

    This also doesn't have a name.GRIN.

  6. I like the name! Put it in the books, Lyn! Lol!


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