Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving traditions...

Do you have Thanksgiving food traditions?
We do.

Every year we make Great Aunt Violet's Salad.
This year I'm helping mom.
I dumped the two kinds of JELL-O in a BIG bowl. While the water boiled
I chopped the walnuts.
 Ooops, need a few more.
I helped chop the cranberries, mom chopped the celery. She was afraid I'd do it too fine and grandma likes it to crunch.
I stirred the JELL-O, after mom poured the water in. She was afraid I'd get splashed
and have red fur.
Mom had drained the crushed pineapple last night and saved the juice. She then added enough water to it to make 2 cups for the cold liquid. I stirred again, then it went in the fridge to thicken slightly. Mom says that keeps the cranberries and stuff from sinking to the bottom.
Then I sat down and had a cup of pumpkin creme coffee while mom cut the grapes. She said this is was her job as a little girl, but back then the grapes had seeds that had to be removed. A very sticky job. She was still afraid I'd get grape juice on my paws.
Then I got to stir the sugar, crushed pineapple and cranberries together. We had to pull some out before adding the nuts and celery and grapes. We have family members with allergies and dietary restrictions.
Then I stirred the mixture into the soft set JELL-O.
It makes a whole lot of salad.

Cranberry Delight Salad  -   We just call it Aunt Violet's Salad
1- 3oz. Raspberry JELL-O
1- 3oz. Lemon JELL-O
2 c. boiling water
3/4 c. crushed Pineapple in it's own juice - drained; reserve juice
2 c. cold liquid;  reserved pineapple juice and water to make 2 c.
2 c. ground (finely chopped) Cranberries
2 c. chopped Celery
1 c. chopped Walnuts
1 2/3 c. Red Seedless Grapes - cut in half 
1 1/2 c. Sugar

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water; add cold juice & water; chill till slightly thickened.
Mix cranberries, celery, nuts, crushed pineapple, sugar and grapes.
Stir cranberry mixture into gelatin. Chill over night in serving bowl or can be molded

Don't forget to give thanks this year for all your blessings.
I'm thankful mom helped me post. (I think she was afraid I'd really fire her.) HAPPY THANKSGIVING everybody!



Jerry and Ben said...

Oh, yummy! We love cranberries, and since they are red like Hammie, Jerry has started to call them Hammieberries; Ben thinks you should call your salad Button's Hammieberrry Salad! hehe Happy Thanksgiving

Ryan Lorenc-Haluska said...

Wow, Buttons... I like your Recipie! Your special 'cookin' Shirt is pretty Neat, also! We also like the 'Button's Hammieberry Salad' idea from our Friends, Jerry and Ben. Happy Thanksgiving.

Birthday Bear said...

Wow, You sure are a clever bear making a yummy salad. We don't have Thanksgiving here and I have never seen a salad like that. You are a lucky bear. I hope you didn't get a tummy ache from eating too much.

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Mummy sez celery tastes like ear wax but maybe she wud eet it in jelly wiv sugar an all! Hehe!

Hammie Hamster said...

That is looking sooooo very very delicious!!!!

Hammie Hamster said...

Hahahahahahaha!!!! HAMMIEBERRY!!!! Posted my comment to fast!!!! :-) Big smile at this side of the ocean :-)!!!!!