Sunday, June 21, 2009


I love Jell-O. I don't know if it is necessarily the taste of it. Or more of what you can do with it. (especially with the fabulous molds/jell-o cutters out there).

It is almost always a side dish for our Sunday family dinners. Some like it with fruit. Some like it without. So we have to have 2 different kinds to please everyone. The kids tend to eat more jell-0 than the "normal" food. But who can blame them?
Not me.

For our today's Sunday dinner I made everyone's name in Jell-O.
It was a special Sunday for 2 reasons.

1) It is Father's Day. (Hi Dad! I love you!!)

2) It is the second last time my family will be all together for 18 months. (my parents leave in 8 days for the Philippines -via the MTC of course!)

9 batches (or 18 boxes) of Jell-O later we were blessed with this:

plus one more table that I didn't get a photo of.

And me. I was actually short an S so I had to steal one from my sister Kristi for this photo.

Until I ate the evidence I was known as Helley.

(Please ignore the nasty hair and makeup. I was in a rush this morning- hence the waves and I bought new powder that apparently makes me look like more of a freak!)

To make jell-o Jigglers you need:

4 boxes of jell-o (the normal 4 serving size)

2 1/2 cups boiling water.

Mix and pour into 9x13 pan.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes (the longer you refrigerate, the more solid it gets)

In my adventures of making 9 batches of jell-0 I learned a few things.

*halve the batch when making lots of different colors (so 2 boxes & 1 1/4 cups boiling water in a square pan)

*mixing the power and water in a separate bowl (or liquid measuring cup) and then pouring in your pan creates better jell-o. Not too sure why- but it does.

*the recipe says to place the bottom of pan in warm water for 15 seconds to aid in getting the goods out. I found the greasing the pan with a little cooking spray works much bigger wonders.


aniC said...

oh helley! those names are great. i love it!i also love your new name. i think it's very fitting. i also crave the jell-o eggs and whipped cream you made that one Easter all the time. for some reason i just don't often think of making jell-o.
love you helley!

Kristi said...

those were so very fun. thanks shell!

Andrea said...

Such a cute idea! I didn't know it used so much jello- wow- you are dedicated!
Thanks helley.

Mikaela said...

Oh how I love my Helley! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity. Why didn't we think of this way, way, way back in the day? And don't worry ML, we will be reunited at some point this summer, more than likely in Rexburg or good old Utah! I'm thinking Artic Circle cones are on the agenda...also, I can't believe your parents leave so soon. How crazy! It seems so, so fast. I bet they're getting excited. I'm excited for them!

Mikaela said...

and btw, I just realized I said why didn't "we" think of this back in the day...pretty sure you were always the brains of the operation, I was just your loyal sidekick trying to steal your thunder! ;)