Although I was ill, I dragggged myself out of my sickbed, washed my hands in scalding, soapy water, and made dishes for Charlie to take to the parties HE went to (cue the violins–everyone weeps quietly into their handkerchiefs). The dishes, both desserts, were pretty and they were good, and nobody who ate of them became ill. Our #3 daughter used to ask, “Are your hands sterile?” because I washed them so thoroughly before, after and during the cooking process. There was so much GOOD FOOD at the PARTIES WHICH I WAS NOT ABLE TO ATTEND that much of my desserts were sent back (much is singular, but desserts is plural, so)–Okay, much of each of my desserts was sent back. Yum for my tum!

Anyway, here are my desserts.


  • 1 box cranberry gelatin
  • 1 small can Mandarin oranges, well-drained
  • 1 box orange gelatin
  • handful of Craisins (dried cranberries)
  • whipped topping

Mix up each flavor of gelatine in a separate bowl and chill until thickened but not solid–about an hour to 90 minutes. Take a little of each flavor out into separate bowls and add about a cup of whipped topping, then blend thoroughly. Into the CRANBERRY gelatin, mix the ORANGES, reserving a few for the top of the dessert. Into the ORANGE gelatin, mix the CRAISINS. Now you have four freaking bowls in the refrigerator. Let chill for about 30 minutes, then assemble into layers, thusly: one of the mixtures containing whipped topping, one of the mixtures of gelatin with fruit, the other mixture with whipped topping, the other layer with fruit. Top with plain whipped topping and sprinkle with reserved oranges and Craisins. Especially nice made in a glass dish so the layers show.


  • vanilla wafers
  • bananas, sliced into rounds
  • instant French vanilla pudding
  • whipped topping

Yes, French vanilla pudding, NOT banana pudding. It’s my personal opinion that banana-flavored anything (except, of course, banana-flavored bananas) is an abomination unto the earth. So anyway. Make the pudding according to package directions. Cover the bottom of a deep bowl or casserole with whole vanilla wafers. Top with half the banana slices. Top with half the pudding. Another layer of vanilla wafers, the rest of the bananas, the rest of the pudding. Top with whipped topping, and arrange a few vanilla wafers on top. Don’t even think about putting any banana slices on top. After an hour or two, the banana SKINS would look nicer than that. Again, this is nice in a glass bowl so the layers show.

Some day I may write a poem in tribute to banana pudding, but that day is not today. Thus is fulfilled the text: “This is the day that the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad therein.”

Can I get an “Amen”?


writing prompt: Have a character send or take a dish to a gathering and have most of it uneaten. Why was it uneaten? Why does the character THINK it was uneaten? How does he/she feel? What are the consequences?