Saturday, June 11, 2022

A Summer Dessert and a Patriot Puzzle Book by Vickie McDonough


My family gathered on the Saturday before Memorial Day to celebrate two of our four sons' birthdays. I don't often make sweets or desserts because my husband can't eat them, but I was in the mood for my Aunt Mildred's Ice Box Cake. tasted just as good as I remembered.

When I was a kid, we'd have big family gatherings that were usually held at my Aunt Mildred's house. She was a small woman but mighty. She'd cooked a huge meal for her siblings, kids, and all of the cousins. Aunt Mildred would always make her icebox cake. I can remember that when I first arrived at her  house, I'd run to the kitchen, find my aunt, and ask if she made "that pink stuff." I never did learn the official name of the recipe. The pink stuff is a  great summer dessert as it's light and creamy. So here's a tiny piece of my family history for you to enjoy.

 Aunt Mildred’s Ice Box Cake

1 small pkg. Strawberry Jello
3/4 cup boiling water
Scant 1/2 cup sugar

Mix well. Cool a little. 


1 small can crushed pineapple with juice
1 cup miniature marshmallows
Scant 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Fold in 3/4th of a small or medium container of Cool Whip.(Leave final 1/4th to smooth over the top when done) Note: I find it hard to top the cake with Cool Whip, so I just mix in the whole container with the other ingredients.

Line an oblong cake pan with vanilla wafers. Top with a layer of sliced bananas. (You can add as many as you like – about 3 - 4 medium bananas) Spoon on Jello mixture and even out across the top. Spread on remaining Cool Whip to make top pretty.

Cover with plastic wrap and keep refrigerated. Serves 12 – 16 people.

Note: When getting supplies for this recipe, please note the Cool Whip, bananas, and vanilla wafers listed in the body of the recipe.

Most people know me as a fiction writer, but I've also created two coloring books and a word search book. My USA Word Find is fun thing to do this summer while learning more about our great country. Check it out!

Enjoy hours of mentally stimulating word search fun! USA Word Find contains 75 easy-to-read large print word search puzzles. These engaging puzzles feature United States topics such as state capitals, state nicknames, animals and birds found in the U.S., actors born in the U.S., and much more. Educational benefits for all ages. Test your knowledge of the United States while enjoying hours of word find fun.

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