Guest Author - Launa Stout
Even someone who thinks they don’t like cranberries will find that this salad tastes wonderful and will demand it have a place on the Thanksgiving table.
I ate it for years as a child, and yet I always said I didn’t like cranberries. I love them now though!
Raspberry and Cranberry Jell-O
Gather your ingredients:
• 1 large package of Cherry Jell-O
• 1 can whole crushed Cranberry sauce or jellied cranberries
• 1 small can of crushed pineapple
• 1 pint of sour cream
• 1 large package of Raspberry Jell-O
• 2 packages of frozen raspberries, crushed
Follow these directions:
1. Dissolve the cherry jello in 1 ½ cups of boiling water
2. Add cranberry sauce and pineapple
3. Pour into pan or dish and chill until firm
4. Spread with sour cream
5. Dissolve the raspberry jello in 1 ½ cups boiling water. Stir in raspberries until thawed
6. Pour over sour cream layer
7. Chill until firm
Yields 10-12 servings
Thanksgiving Blessing Mix
Another thing fun to do at Thanksgiving is to make little bags of “Blessing Mix” for each person coming to dinner. These can be arranged in a bowl by the door for them to take with them when they leave.
Mix by hand in a large bowl all ingredients except the kisses:
• 2 cups of Bugles brand corn snacks
• 2 cups small pretzels
• 1 cup candy corn
• 1 cup dried fruit bits or raisins
• 1 cup peanuts and or sunflower seeds
• 1 cup of M&Ms’ brand candy (fall colors looks best)
• 16 Hershey’s brand chocolate kisses (fall colors look best)
1. Put 1/3 to ½ cup of blessing mix in small treat bag
2. Add one Hershey kiss to each bag
3. Close bag with chenille stem or twist tie
Optional: add some of the cute little Brach-brand orange pumpkin candies
Handprint some little tags to attach to each bag to explain the Blessing Mix.
• Bugles – these little snack crackers are shaped like cornucopias or a Horn of Plenty, a symbol of our nations abundance
• Pretzels – these look like some arms folded in prayer. Our nation was founded by those seeking religious freedom
• Candy corn – the Pilgrim’s first winter was very difficult. Food was so sparse that they lived on just a few kernels of corn a day
• Nuts or seeds – this represents the promise of a future harvest if seeds are planted and tended well
• Dried fruits – gifts from the harvest of our beautiful land
• M&Ms – many memories of those who came before us to lead us to this beautiful land
• Hershey’s Kiss – the sweetness that comes from the love of our family and friends.
Enjoy time with family and friends at Thanksgiving.