As long as there is life,
There will always be something new:
Blossoms in Spring;
Fruit in July;
Thoughts and ideas;
A newborn baby’s cry.
As long as we search,
We’ll always find something true:
Words from a friend;
Hope when we pray;
Peace at evening’s end;
The dawn of a new day.
Once in a while, it’s fun to share a recipe.
this is one my mother made very frequently for a period of about two years. she absolutely loved prunes! She could eat them just about any way: Cake, rolls, stewed… I used to tease her by saying, if I could find a recipe for macaroni and cheese with prunes, she would be delighted.
The original recipe called for a can of italian prunes (or plums,) raspberry jello and Cool Whip. I am a bit of a health food nut, so I reworked it:
1 pt canned prunes or plums
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup boiling water
1 pkg unflavored gelatin
sugar to taste (I put about a tablespoon of powdered sugar in the whipped cream, but most commercially canned fruits have all the sugar they need and then some.)
1 tsp vanilla
1. Drain the prunes, save the juice .
2. Puree the prunes.
3. Dissolve the gelatin in boiling water; then stir the juice in.
4. Whip the cream with a little powdered sugar and vanilla until it is stiff.
5. Stir the pureed prunes into the gelatin mixture.
6. Fold in the whipped cream.
7. Put in the fridge until set.
+Add 1/2 cup fresh berries.
+Add 1/2 cup slivered almonds, chopped walnuts or cashews.
+Sprinkle toasted coconut on top.
*If you want to dress it up a bit, make some extra whipped cream to top it.
I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m thinking this would work very well with other fruits, such as apricots, pineapple, peaches or cherries.
If you try a different fruit, be sure to comment so I know how it worked.
The Seeds were planted months ago,
After clearing the ground and tilling the soil.
At first, it seemed that nothing was happening;
Then, green shoots appeared,
Growing into plants,
And finally, bearing fruit
But the fruit was small, hard and green
It was sour with no flavor whatsoever.
Then, as rain, sun and fresh air did their work,
The fruit grew bigger;
It grew plump and sweet
Juice flowed from its colored cheeks.
People gathered to enjoy it
With family and friends around tables piled high,
Full of salads, meats and foods lovingly prepared
Thoughts of favorite treats
Bringing great pleasure
To people precious and dear.