Fond Memories

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It seems like each time I get together with all of my daughters they will begin reminiscing about their childhood(s). Fun or funny things that happened, favorite teachers, holidays with family, and many more topics have all been discussed as fond memories.

I am first struck by the fact that my little girls are now grown women reminiscing about childhood. (Where did the time go?) I am then delighted and most of all grateful that they have so many fond memories, and that they have each other to share them with.

Last Sunday when we had a (pre) Easter family dinner. I made a special treat knowing it would evoke memories for the girls.

Jell-O Pinwheels (click for recipe) they are a fun and yummy treat.

When the girls were in grade school it was common practice for each student to bring a special treat to share with the class on their birthday. (I’m not sure if this is done nowadays.) It was important to send a few extras so the student could take them to the office to share them with anyone working in the office that day, or perhaps take one to the counselor or another teacher that they were fond of. I always liked to send a homemade treat – cookies, cupcakes or brownies. At some point I began making Jell-O pinwheels for them to take. Apparently they were a big hit, because when I pulled them out of the refrigerator on Sunday the girls immediately began sharing memories of when I made them for their birthday treat. 🙂

Twenty-some years ago, when I was making those simple Jell-O pinwheels, I never realized that I was also creating memories that would last a lifetime.

What’s your favorite way to eat Jell-O? Do you have a Jell-O recipe you’d like to share?

17 thoughts on “Fond Memories

  1. I have never heard of the Jell-O pinwheels – how fun is that and how sweet the girls remember it after all these years. My mom made a dessert with lime Jell-O, Sprite and applesauce together … I don’t have a recipe, but it was good. We never drank pop, except gingerale which was used to make “floats” in the Summertime, so we had to get a can of Sprite as it had the lemon-lime flavor to it. On a lark, I wondered if there was a recipe for this or whether it was something my mom created – I found a recipe on Pinterest. It is below:
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    Lime-Applesauce Jello Mold
    Lime-Applesauce Mold 16 oz. canned applesauce 1 (3 oz.) pkg. lime Jello 1 c. lemon lime beverages (actually 7 oz.) In saucepan, combine applesauce and lime Jello. Cook and stir until Jello dissolves. Cool to room temperature. Gently stir in beverages. Turn into 3 ½ cup mold. Chill until firm. Yield: 6 servings. source: Kathy Swank, Central Reformed Church 100th Anniversary Cookbook

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  2. The bit about creating memories without knowing them touched my heart.
    I always wondered why it was the Bday person that would give out treats and not the other kids giving the Bday person some gifts. I will have to look into these jello pinwheels. They look intriguing.

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    1. Something to think about – We never know what small things might trigger memories.
      I think for classroom celebrations having the student bring a treat is best. I can’t imagine being a teacher and doing it the other way around for 20-30 students. Those type of parties are best done by parents at home.
      The pinwheels are very simple to make. Just Jell-O and marshmallows.

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  3. Pinwheels were always a fun treat. And moms jello Easter eggs became a tradition for her as well as for the kids. Do you remember the copper colored jello molds Grandma Dawe had hanging in her kitchen. So pretty and decorative, and she used them every holiday. Randy and I recently saw some in an antique shop and it took me right back to her kitchen. Funny how little things trigger our memories.

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    1. My first thought was to make the Jell-O eggs like Mom used to make, but I didn’t have the molds for it.
      I do remember grandmas Jell-O mold and her making it. 🙂

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    2. Omgoodness. Grandma’s jello molds. Floods of grandma memories. Chocolate chip cookies, stringing buttons, the city offices and the drinking fountain, eating rhubarb raw, and she had so many flowers, geraniums ,coleus, African violets . Oh I could probably go on all day. I guess I know how your girls can enjoy the memories your have unknowingly given them. Thank you for sharing. (Oh yeah and the clothes she sewed for us, and getting to go in the attic, and falling asleep to the baseball game on the radio. ) Yep! I could go on and on.

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      1. Just the stairway to the attic was filled with treasures – Highlights magazines and there was a series of books filled with short stories (I don’t remember the name). The china cabinet filled with teacups and saucers, homemade jellies and pickles and rolls, and wondering if she ever slept. 💞

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  4. Our favorite Jell-O recipe calls for lime Jello, canned pineapple, mayo, cottage cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and chopped pecans. It’s almost time to have it again. Your pinwheels are very tempting.

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    1. I’ve had recipes with cottage cheese before by the mayo and sweetened condensed milk surprise me. You can do so much with Jell-O. The pinwheels are so easy to make. Just Jell-O and marshmallows.

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  5. Ruth, I never heard of them but they look interesting. When I was growing up, every year for Christmas Dinner dessert my mother would make a jello fruit salad mixture in a big glass bowl. It had bananas and grapes and fruit cocktail in the bottom and was served with real whipped cream. She usually used red Jello. I think the idea was jello was a nice light dessert after such a big turkey dinner. She also passed around a tiered stand with cookies and Christmas cake on it for people to nibble on, as we would often sit around the table for several hours after talking, before doing all the dishes by hand. I think jello was a big hit in the 60’s but kids always like jello.

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    1. The pinwheels are so easy to make – just Jell-O and marshmallows. My grandma and mom made Jell-O fruit salads and always in a glass bowl or Jell-O mold because they were so pretty. I don’t remember them making homemade whipped cream but in the last couple of years I have started making it – takes desserts to a whole new level of delicious. 🙂

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