Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Incredible Expanding White Jello, and other tales of Christmas

It seems like no matter how much I plan, some things don't get done until the last minute.

There were still a few Christmas presents to buy even after the 4th Sunday of Advent: one for my neice and one of my stepsons, a couple of stocking stuffers. I even had one last-minute gift for Dear Husband I had to run out and buy on Monday evening while he was gone. There were a few Household Items that we still needed to buy at the Big Store with the Red Circles on Monday. And of course there were culinary items to purchase for the Big Christmas Day Dinner.

I was not responsible for all parts of the Big Christmas Day Dinner. This was a team effort. My mom and mother-in-law would be bringing turkey, stuffing, ham, treats, treats, treats. My offerings? The traditional Lutheran green bean casserole, corn (for those who won't eat the traditional Lutheran green bean casserole), two store-bought pies, and White Jello, my sister-in-law's esteemed recipe. Which I couldn't find. I called her on Tuesday after searching the house. She emailed it to me Tuesday evening.

My husband offered to go to the store so that I could get other things done on Tuesday evening. I made a list.

I left one thing off.

So very early on Christmas eve morning, I was at the store, buying more cream cheese for the white jello. (White jello ingredients: Cream Cheese, Knox Gelatin, sugar, milk, Cool Whip, vanilla).

I still wasn't done with the Christmas eve sermon, not quite. So instead of making the White Jello, the favorite of my husband's boys, I finished the sermons. My plan was to make the jello between the early and the late services on Christmas eve.

But I didn't. I forgot the recipe at church. (Why did I take the recipe to church?)

So, after our incredible late Christmas eve service, I brought out the electric mixer and all of the ingredients and set out to make the estimable white jello. I wanted a lot, because everyone likes it.

So I doubled the recipe.

I forgot that the recipe my sister-in-law sent me was already doubled. I had halved it for mother's day.

Needless to say, at 12:30 a.m., I was overflowing with white jello, all the way to the top of the mixing bowl. It was hard to get all of it adequately beaten, and also hard to find enough jello molds for it. I was also worried that the consistency didn't seem quite right.

I am happy to say that the white jello tasted just fine. However, we still have a lot left.

We also have lefse, cheesecake, two kinds of pie, and lots of cookies. Really. I'm still not sure where ALL of the cookies came from.

Want some?

I would be happy to share the white jello recipe. Just remember to cut it in half.


FranIAm said...

Oh Diane, I am laughing about that white jello... and I do want the recipe!!

You have such a brilliant way with words.

(But why did you take the recipe to church? I would have done the same thing!!)

mompriest said...

My SIL makes a fabulous white jello recipe for Christmas with apples and other things in it....umm, can't remember all of it...but even though I had a lifetime of Jello during my early years in Salt Lake City (Jello "salad" capital of the WORLD, and I kid you not)....even though I had a lot of Jello as a kid, even I eat some white Jello...

I have yet to make any cookies...but all in all it sounds like you had a good Christmas

Jennifer said...

Sounds amazing!

PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

I know somebody who might divorce me if I served him that white jello!

Diane said...

PS -- I know it sounds funny, but it tastes kind of like cheesecake, only fluffier.

I always put strawberries around it (not in it, just decorating).

But, you can have too much, even of a good thing.

Rev SS said...

*tee hee* ... sounds like something I would do (and I had never heard of white jello)

Presbyterian Gal said...

I may pass on the white Jello, but I surely miss lefse.

Gelson's used to sell it here.

And you are a really fine Step-Mom. No doubt.

Diane said...

PG, we buy lefse at a local store. but my mom makes it. someday....?

I don't know if I am sich a good stepmom, but I try.

Lauralew said...

I laughed and laughed when I read this. You tell a tale in such a humorous way.

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

well diane surely you were dreaming of a white christmas... and you got it... inside & out! ;)

Real Live Preacher said...

I'd like a copy of the recipe.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Well, I guess you got your white Christmas indoors.

Barbara B. said...

Hahaha! Great story! And I am up for leftovers.

dust bunny said...

Great post!
I make Green Jello....we doubled the batch and still ran out.
Happy New Year!

Grandmère Mimi said...

However, we still have a lot left.

Diane, I'll bet you do! I laughed all the way through your post, too. Shame on me for laughing at your troubles. I'd like the recipe, too.

Did you collapse at the end of Christmas Day?

Lindy said...

I would have kept the recipe with me until needed. Probably would have stuck it in my date book which is where such things belong.

I hope you'll share the white jell-o recipe.

You could even write this up as a children's story. "The Tale of Diane and The Incredible Expanding White Jell-O"

Thanks for the day's chuckle.

I am just now getting 'round to the blogs.