I am going to share a family recipe with you (have I posted this before? I think I have. It’s been over a decade of blogging, you guys, we’re gonna have repeats) and when you read the ingredients you will probably barf yourself to death. I mean, I know. I KNOW. Cinnamon candy. Mayonnaise. Celery. It sounds absolutely horrendous, like some nightmarish Midwestern concoction straight out of Wendy McClure’s Weight Watchers cards.

But I swear, you should totally try making this. It was always part of our Christmas meal when I was a kid, and it’s wonderful. Really! It’s spicy and creamy and crunchy and it looks pretty in a glass dish.

Aunt Eileen’s Jello Salad:

2 cups hot water
2/3 cups cinnamon candies (like Red Hots)
1 large lemon Jello
1.5 cups applesauce
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 c. chopped nuts
1/2 c. chopped celery
1/2 c. mayonnaise

Pour hot water over candies until melted. Add jello and stir in applesauce. Pour 1/2 of mixture into bowl. Chill until set. Blend cream cheese and nuts and celery and mayo. Spread over set mixture. Pour on remaining mix. Chill.

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Now, would I lie to you? Would I deliberately steer you wrong? I’m telling you, give it a shot. Although maybe don’t let anyone see you making it.

Unrelated to things that sound super disgusting (BUT ARE AWESOME), what are your favorite must-have recipes for treats and whatnot during the holidays? Are you a fudge person? (Heh.) Chex Mix? Cookies? I’m looking to expand my cooking repertoire/waistline.





Riley and Dylan, four years ago:


Riley and Dylan, 2 weeks ago:





It’s crazy. It’s crazy, you guys.

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