Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Snowman button ornaments and Strawberry Dessert Recipe to share

button snowman ornaments 2011
This morning while I was waiting for my Strawberry Dessert to thicken up to the gel stage, I sat and made some little button snowman ornaments. I will add these to some of  my wrapped Christmas packages.
I bought the white buttons that I used at Michael's. Unfortunately, each package only had 2 of the large ( 1- 3/4 inch ) and 2 medium sized (1 inch) buttons, and several dime sized buttons. I could only make 2 snowman from each package of buttons. The finished size of the snowmen are 3- 1/2 inches long. To make these little ornaments, I used craft glue, felt, thin cording for hanging and glitter glue. 
Update..November 27..I found some sticky backed black rhinestone embellishments under some papers on my desk and decided to add them to one of my button snowman ornaments.
button snowman ornament 2011 with rhinestones

My youngest son, Steven loves Strawberry Dessert, and he requested that I bring this for one of the desserts tomorrow.
...Strawberry Dessert Recipe...
Use 2 small packages or 1 large package of strawberry Jello/gelatin
3 cups boiling water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 small container (1 pound) thawed frozen sliced strawberries
1 (10.5 ounce) angel food cake bar
I usually slice the cake into 1/3's lengthwise and then cut into bite size pieces.
I always scrape away the brown top and sides before cutting into bite size pieces. There are less crumbs by doing this.

Cut the cake into bite size chunks. 

Mix the jello, hot water and lemon juice until it's blended well. Then add the container of thawed frozen sliced strawberry's to the Jello. If the strawberry pieces are big, cut them up. Pour into a large metal pan (so the mixture gels faster), place pan in the refrigerator until the Jello just starts to set/gel. strawberry dessert gelled jello ready to add the Cool Whip
strawberry dessert mixed in cool whip1mixing in the Cool Whip  or whipped cream into the jello mixture
strawberry dessert mixed in cool whipall mixed in
Note: (If you didn't check on your jello soon enough and your Jello got a little firmer than the just starting to gel stage, don't panic,  mix the jello with a wire whip and let sit out for a bit until it softens up some.) With a spatula or wire whip stir the jello/strawberry mix, fold in a large container of Cool Whip or whipped cream until the mixture is a pretty pink and there are no large pieces of gelatin and Cool Whip showing.
Then fold in your chunks of angel food cake.
strawberry dessert mixing in the angel food cake  
strawberry dessert top view2

top view of dessert in bowl
strawberry dessert finished in bowl   
Place the mixture in a pretty clear bowl, chill until ready to serve. This makes one large bowl, or will fill two smaller bowls. Today, I use two smaller bowls from the Dollar Tree store. I can have a bowl to keep at home, and one to bring to the dinner. When you have a chance try making this dessert, I think your family will like it. I gave this recipe to one of my mother's care givers last week after she asked me if I had a pretty and fairly easy recipe to share with her for the holidays. She made this, and her family liked it.
Sorry that the photos aren't the best.

You can use sugar free Jello if you want and there is no difference in taste. Also, instead of Cool Whip, you can whip a pint of whipping cream with a 1/4 cup of sugar, beat until the whipped cream is stiff. Then fold the whipped cream into the Jello mixture, fold in the chunks of angel food cake.  I mix the jello and Cool Whip in the pan. Any questions...just email me.
Happy Thanksgiving to all. I hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends. Then on Friday, if you are brave, off to shop the Black Friday sales. Have fun!!!
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Anonymous said...

Your snowmen are adorable. The dessert sounds yummy!

Barbara said...

Incredibly cute snowmen! Dessert looks great, enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Joanne Huffman said...

Adorable snowmen! Tasty looking recipe.

Barbara Hagerty said...

I haven't been blog-hopping much lately, but I'm so glad I stopped by yours! Lots and lots of great posts that I've been missing. I'm having so much fun reading and catching up! I'm going shopping for jello and strawberries tonight! This looks so yummy!