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Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Pronunciation [mis-uh-ley-nee] –noun, plural -nies.
1. a miscellaneous collection or group of various or somewhat unrelated items.

First, we went for a Sunday drive through the countryside in the fog. This tree loomed out of the murkiness alongside the road and I made Rick stop so I could get a good picture. It is just a little spooky, a little artsy, with loads of character.Second, we had a visit with Nana and baby Tabitha over the weekend. Tabitha is now 5 months old and all cheeks - don't you just want to poke those cheeks and see how deep they go? She looked at me all day, even let me hold her. She talked and cooed and giggled for Rick, but I'm not jealous, nope, not a bit.
Then, Tatum and I made a cake. This is the not-so-secret JELL-O cake. I just made this one up from watching others and adapted it to do what I wanted and what I found worked best for me.
The directions are simple. I made my first JELL-O cake as a 4-H project way, way back in the day. Make any boxed white cake mix (not the pudding inside kinds) according to the box directions. Allow it to COMPLETELY cool. Then, use a large box of JELL-O, flavor of your choice. We have used nearly every flavor/color available. (pssssst - our secret is in the preparation of the JELL-O.) Use 2 cups boiling water, stir until dissolved and add only 1 cup cold water. Place this in the refrigerator until it is cool throughout and just begins to thicken, about 10-15 minutes. Poke holes in your cake with a toothpick or skewer, don't use a fork as it just makes large holes in the cake and leaves a crumbly mess you can't frost. Slowly pour the tickened JELL-O over the top of the cake, allowing it to fill the holes, cover the entire cake. Refrigerate until the JELL-O has set, about 45 minutes. Frost with whipped topping for a little added sugary goodness.
A couple of items of note: if you pour the JELL-O on immediately after mixing, it is warm and fast flowing. It will barely saturate the holes, run down the sides to the bottom and you will have a JELL-O upside down cake. It is fun to make this cake without the kids around and use flavors/colors they haven't seen before, like blue and purple.


Dr. Quiltmom said...

Cool tree very artsy. I have made that cake lots of times, a favorite of my kids.

The Tin House said...

Wow - a jelly cake! That's definitely on the try it list.

It just occurred to me that as I lament the end of Summer and celebrate the start of Autumn, you guys are heralding Spring. Must be nice to think of warmer days ahead after foggy cold drives past ancient bare trees.

BTW: the sour cream cake looks divine.

Lisa x

Anonymous said...

Love the spooky tree! Looks like something out of a scary movie. Now I know what I did wrong with my jello cake. I didn't let the jello cool enough and it was truly
an upside-down jello cake. I'm going to have another try at making this cake that I'm sure the littles would like a lot.
Hugs, Aunt Bea