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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rainbow Jell-O

I'm not really a Jell-O person.  I don't like most Jell-O's, except for this one.  My mom would often make this for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.  I love the cool and creamy tang the yougurt adds to the Jell-O as well.  The flavors just meld together perfectly.  I've seen even some of the toughest gourmet critics taste a bite and exclaim, "That actually is quite good!"  So whether your a Jell-O afficioando or astranged to the stuff you should try this sometime.  The presentation is really quite lovely as well and people will think you are sooooooo talented.  But honestly it's super easy--it just takes awhile.  Plan on being home for 6-7 hours and adding a layer every 28-30 minutes.  Enjoy!

3 oz. (small box) of Jell-O* in the following flavors
  1. Lime
  2. Lemon
  3. Orange
  4. Strawberry (can omit this flavor)
  5. Raspberry
  6. Black Cherry
2 cups plain yogurt**

1.  Bring water to boil.  Dissolve the lime Jell-O  in 1 cup of boiling water in a small bowl with a wire whisk.  (Note: always measure the water after you bring it to a boil).
2.  The pour out 1/2 cup of the dissolved Jell-O into a seperate mixing bowl.  Add 1/3 cup of plain yogurt and whisk together.
3.  Then pour the yogurt Jell-O mixture on the bottom of the 9x13 glass pan and place in the fridge.
4.  Add 1 T of cold water to the clear Jell-O still in a bowl. Wait 25-30 minutes.
5.  Then add the clear Jell-O layer on top of the yogurt Jell-O layer.  Wait 25-30 minutes.
6.  Repeat steps with each flavor of Jell-O in the order given above finishing with the Black Cherry on top.  Serve plain or with cool whip/cream.

*Note, Jell-O brand works better then generic.  Also if you want to use Sugar-Free Jell-O it works great with this recipe.
**Lowfat plain yogurt tastes great.
***One more note, NO ONE in my family likes this recipe with a blue Jell-O layer.  The artificial "berry blue" flavor is quite overpowering.  

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

This recipe is from here. Tailor these to fit your family's taste using raisins, dried fruit, nuts, peanuts, chocolate chips, coconut, etc. My kids love them with mini chocolate chips. I prefer to omit the cinnamon if I'm doing a chocolate batch.

4 c. dry oats (I used old-fashioned but you can use quick)
1 1/2 c. flour (I used 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1 cup all-purpose)
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
1 t. cinnamon (optional)
1/2 t. salt
3/4 c. oil (I used 1/2 c. applesauce and 1/4 c. oil)
4 eggs
1 1/2 c. raisins, dried cranberries, dried fruit, nuts and/or chocolate chips

Mix together all ingredients until just combined. Press into a greased 13×9 casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into individual bars.