I have mentioned here before that my grandmother had lived with us during my teen and college years. When my parents could no longer keep care of her they put her into a facility near by that could keep care of her. My mother went everyday, usually about 4-5 hours a day. I truly don’t know how she did it. I only went twice a week. Wednesdays to help my mom with Bingo, she did it in English and I did it in Spanish. And then Sunday, we would all goes as a family. Two days a week for me was more than enough. It wasn’t so much the smell of stale urine that would get to you as the same conversation over and over again. The last few years of my grandmothers life we talked about green Jello every time I went.
See my grandmother was obsessed with the fact that she felt they were serving her lime Jello more than any of the other flavors of Jello. Her theory was that it was cheaper than all the other kinds of Jello. She had my mother go and complain to management time and time again(my didn’t really after so many times). If you would go eat with her and they served lime Jello, watch out, because you, and everyone else was going to hear about it. Now you know it has to be a pretty good facility when the only thing my grandmother could find to complain about was that she felt that they were getting lime Jello at a discount and pawning it off on the elderly. Taking that leftover saved Jello money(because you know how expensive Jello was) and buying all sorts of cars and vacations with them. I really hope my body goes to the great beyond before my mind does. As we never did convince her that she was getting the same amount of lime Jello as she was the other flavors of Jello.
The first time I had Lime Green Jello Salad my mother was experimenting at Easter. I say experiment because we liked our classics. My mother listed the ingredients and I raised and eyebrow. But I ate a square of that salad and I was hooked. After everyone left the table, my friend M(my mom always invited the strays over for holidays) and I sat finishing the Jello salad right from the pan. In fact we fought over it so much that my mom made us it again the next night(M ate over a lot in those days). And with that Green Jello Salad became a staple that was at the table every Easter. It is one of the few things I will only make once a year. Partly because I am ashamed to love such a concoction of such horrid ingredients and partly because I still eat the whole dish. I mean I made a pan of this last night as well as a couple in a parfait glass for Easter dinner. Literally half the pan is already gone and in my tummy. It’s so light and tasty, it is almost like eating air…kind of like me and rice krispy treats(which I also hardly make).
Hope everyone who was celebrating Easter has/had a good one!
Green Jello Salad
1 (6 ounce) package lime Jello
1 cup boiling water
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 (15 ounce) can mandrian oranges, drained
1 (8 ounce) can crush pineapple, drained
1 cup Sprite(or other lemon-lime soda)
½ cup chopped pecans
1 (8 ounce) carton of Cool Whip, thawed, divided
Dissolve Jello in water. In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and vanilla until fluffy. Stir in Jello and beat until smooth. Add pineapple, oranges, soda and pecans. Mix until incorporated. Chill the mixture in refrigerator for about 30-40 minutes, so that when you lift it with a spoon it is clumpy. Fold in ¾ of the Cool Whip.
Pour into a 9-x-13-inch pan or parfait glasses. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until firm. Garnish with remaining Cool Whip. If serving in pan, will make about 16 squares.