Monthly Archives: August 2013

Our newest addition: JJ!


We are glad to announce the newest addition to our family: JJ! _DSC3819

Born into this world 3 weeks early, he has been doing well in the NICU.  His lungs have greatly improved in the past two days, and he is undergoing photolight therapy for jaundice.

Big sister Sami Rae is very excited about a baby brother!_DSC3826

She started preschool today, so a lot of changes going on in the household.

With that in mind, I’ve been focusing on cleaning house, baby time, and me time with some crochet coasters on the side.  Baby blankets just might have to wait a few months. 🙂



Cherry Gelatin Dessert Recipe


I’ve been experimenting with some unflavored gelatin as of late.   Danno is allergic to artificial food dyes, so I try to find alternatives to the basic Jell-o brand stuff.  This one (in it’s third incarnation) has been a big hit with him and Sami Rae.

2 envelopes of gelatin (I use Knox brand)
1 1/2 cups apple cherry juice cocktail (I use Old Orchard, but I’m sure there is a more natural version that would work great)
2 cups boiling hot water
1 can pitted dark sweet cherries, drained (usually found in the canned fruit aisle or by the pie fillings)
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons powered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Granola for garnish

Empty envelopes into a big bowl.  Pour juice into the bowl and stir until dissolved. Add boiling water and stir.  Add cherries.  Refrigerate until firm (2-3 hours I think, or overnight).  While waiting to set, make some whipped cream.  Pour heavy cream into a cold bowl, and whip until slightly stiff.  Add powered sugar and vanilla and continue to whip until desired consistency.  Once gelatin is set, spread whipped topping on top.  Sprinkle granola on top if desired.

Hope you enjoy my dessert experiment!!