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21  Category Challenges / Cooking: Challenge Entries / Christmas Layered Finger Jello on: January 03, 2016 10:20:51 AM
My challenge favorite is layered finger jello.



This is something super fun for kids.  For Christmas I do mine with red and green, but you could do any combination of four colors.  Rainbows to other holiday colors.  Cut mine with a vegatable crinkle cutter.  I think it gives such a fun look.  Kids love these, and adults are oftened wow-ed too.

In all honesty, I am not really a fan of the taste of these, LOL.  They taste like a dumb jello jiggler, maybe one of these times I'll try fruit juice instead of water or something else to up the flavor over plain gelatin.  They aren't bad, just in my opinion boring. Buuut, kids are who you really make these for and they are definitely a kid pleaser.  I've never had a kid say they don't like the taste, and usually they are the first plate gone on a row of goodies.



Layered Finger Jello

For Each Colored Layer:  (Make Four Sets)
1 (3 oz) package of jello
1 pack of KNOX gelatin (or 1 TBSP unflavored gelatin)
1 cup boiling water

For The White Layers:
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
4 packs of KNOX gelatin (or 4 TBSP unflavored gelatin)
2 cups boiling water

Mix each colored layer separately in containers.  Let stand until room temperature, stirring occasionally.  (4 colored layers containers, 1 white layer container)  *If any colors begin to set at room temperature you can put the container in a warm water bath or even just microwave it to make it liquid again.  But be sure it isn't too hot before pouring it on another layer.

Pour first color into a 9X13 baking dish, and refrigerate until just barely firm.  It will probably only take about +/- 7 minutes.  

**
Keep an eye on your jello.  The timing of the firmness is crucial.  
--If the jello is not set up enough the colors will blend and not give a crisp color line.  (This also happens if one of your colors was too hot and melts the previous layer)
--Once it's just barely sticky to the touch, pour the next and the layers will stay together well.
--If the layers are completely firm, in the end jello you will be able to peel some layers apart.  This is FUN for kids, and they are fascinated by it... so not a big deal in my opinion.  I usually try to keep the layers a bit tacky but if one over sets I don't worry about it.  Just something to think about if you are serving these to your picky mother in law!
**

Pour out 1/3rd of the white mixture on top of your first colored layer.  Refrigerate until just barely firm.

Repeat with all colored and white layers.  Alternating the colors as you wish.

Once all layers are poured let the jello firmly set.  4-8 hours, or even overnight.

Cut into squares, or use long cookie cutters.  



Vegetable Crinkle Cutter.  



Recipe first found on kitchenscrapbook .com but layer jellos have been around for decades.
Thanks for looking!
22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 4 Gallery on: December 21, 2015 08:39:05 AM
How about a year long craftalong, making one HP ornament for our tree each month

Sounds good!
23  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: golden eagle cane with wip shots on: December 20, 2015 08:48:10 PM
Rocks.  Incredible.
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 4 Gallery on: December 18, 2015 08:19:55 PM
Eeep!  Kitty McGonagall! 
25  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 4 Gallery on: December 15, 2015 05:53:22 PM
christmas pickle??

It's a tradition some families have.  You place a pickle shaped ornament on the tree and whoever finds it first Christmas morning gets an extra present.  Started in the late 1880's when a store was selling fruit and veggie ornaments and the pickles weren't selling.  Store owner said that the Christmas pickle was a tradition in Germany to sell more. Just stuck after that.
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 4 Gallery on: December 15, 2015 02:52:22 PM
We switched up the Christmas pickle tradition. We have a snitch ornament and hide it. The kids have to find it before we open presents.  It's our play on open at the close. Kid who finds it gets to open the first gift.
27  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2015 Tree/Decoration-Along! on: December 15, 2015 10:31:11 AM
Patty-O, did you crochet that entire garland? 


no, DH's Grandma did it for us.  She looked at us like we were crazy when we asked for a sixty foot scarf LOL.
28  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2015 Tree/Decoration-Along! on: December 15, 2015 07:13:47 AM
Fancy Tree.  Light up Bumble is a bright mess in the photo lol.


My Harry Potter themed family tree.  Adore it!





29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 4 Gallery on: December 14, 2015 08:34:12 PM
Got mine from Wavelight.  Sent a fun winged key! 

30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 4 Gallery on: December 13, 2015 08:48:04 PM
I do Smiley  and any excuse to show off my tree!





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