Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thanksgiving Cran-Raspberry Jello Salad

This is one of Grandma Evelyn's recipes..but it used "cran-raspberry" sauce, which is no longer made....this is close, and pretty and yummy! (Although calling it a salad lends it an aura of nutrition that is probably lacking).

Cran-Raspberry Salad

1 lg (6 oz) pkg Raspberry jello
1 pkg. Knox unflavored gelatin
1 can jellied cranberry sauce
12 oz frozen raspberries
12 oz 7-Up or Sprite
1 1/2 C boiling water

Sprinkle the unflavored gelatin over 1/2 C of the 7 up and let set to soften.
Dissolve the raspberry Jello in the boiling water.
Stir the unflavored gelatin mixture into the hot jello.
Mush up the cranberry sauce (use a potato masher or ricer) and stir into the hot jello.
Add 1 more C of 7-Up and the frozen raspberries. Mash the berries a bit with the potato masher.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Kaity's recent ventures into yarn arts and wooly things...

made me think of the story about Julia Ann Dillabaugh Zufelt (my 3rd great grandmother) and how they pulled the wool from dead sheep carcasses to make into yarn. You can read the story here...

Later, her daughter, Julia Ann (Grandma Pearson's mother)told of her life growing up in Cedar Fort (just east of today's Eagle Mountain)...she says..."When I was only a girl of 9 I had to wash all of the dishes and I never liked it. At twelve years of age I began spinning yarn. We washed the wool and father took it 15 miles to Lehi and had it carded into rolls. We spun it into fine thread to make cloth, then we dyed the yearn. Logwood made black dye; oak bark, brown; rabbit brush, yellow; madder and alum made a dull red; and indigo made blue. It required three or four days to dye a fast color with indigo. When green was the desired color the yarn was first dyed yellow, then put in the blue dye. Mother would wind the yarn on a stick the way she wanted the cloth striped, then send it to the weaver. When we got the woven cloth back we had to cut our clothes and sew them all by hand, even the mens' suits. We had to spin the thread for all of our clothes and all of our blankets. Our blankets were usually gray.

A far cry from a trip to Target!