July 11, 2009

Jell-o Thoughts

"Raising a teenager is like nailing Jell-o to a tree".

What is it about Jell-o?

We enjoyed a lovely evening meal under the trees
and bid a fond farewell to Deb & Wayne as they head back to Texas.

Dinner conversation veered
from people getting struck by lightning...
Lost and found (and lost) cats...
To a new and wonderful Santa Fe Italian restaurant.

And somewhere in the middle
we began to discuss

Comparisons of strange combinations
of unusual food groups
mixed with various fruity-flavored Jell-o;
church-basement secret Jell-o creations,
unusual and inappropriate Jell-o molds
meat mixed into Jell-o,
and Jell-o shots in college (and beyond).

What does Jell-o mean to you?
Cool summer treats?
Creepy Jell-o molds with who-know-what inside?
The 1950's?
Or 60's?
Or 70's?
Or 80's?
Or last week?
The ultimate hospital food?
Something to be mixed with Cool Whip?

And what food truly belongs together with
this quivering mountain of gelatinous goo?

Here is your challenge:
Report the BEST and WORST combo with Jell-o in the mix.

Happy Jell-o hunting!



Deborah Allison said...

Can't wait to see the results! It was a terrific send-off. Thanks for the perfect evening! Maybe we'll bring back a Texas BBQ Jello! In a longhorn mold! See you soon. D & W

Ruth said...

Jello makes me think of many family dinners. At least once a month we'd all gather at my grandma's house for Sunday dinner when I was growing up. We've since decided that it's not an official Clayton gathering unless there's red jello with sliced bananas. The last time I used jello was to make a July 4th trifle. I found blue jello for my red, white, and blue dessert.

Anonymous said...

I'm a purist--Jello is good by itself or perhaps with fruit juice instead of the cold water mixed in. It is a comfort food to me when I get sick or feel nauseous.

Krista said...

How about a nice Jell-o curry? Yummy!

lisa elle said...

Methodists, like Lutherans, love Jello. Orange with mandarin orange segments or the stranger green Jello with odd bits of unidentifiable shredded things (is that CARROT?) come to mind. There was also a Mom concoction that involved either cream cheese or cottage cheese (it was white, anyway) and perhaps pineapple, marshmellows and nuts. I think. Extensive years of food therapy have erased the memory. Lisa L