Bake some Holiday Happiness : The Backyard Baker

Bake some Holiday Happiness

by Peg Mead on 11/22/14

Hi Everyone!  I have had so many people ask me for my recipes, that I decided to start a Blog to share some of my all time favorites with you.  Whether you are a novice or a chef, a good dish always starts with a great recipe.  After that you can add to or take away from the recipe to make it your own!   With such hectic and busy lives, we have gotten away from the nightly family meals where we catch up on what is going on.   The holidays offer such a wonderful opportunity to re-connect with our family and friends and be able to sit down and enjoy the food and the company.  So during this holiday season, my wish for you is to create such happiness that you will remember and continue with it all through the year!

The first recipe I want to share with you comes from my Grandmother Morris.  We call it Lime Jello Salad, but the original name was Men Like It Salad.  When I was young and we would have family gatherings at Thanksgiving, my Grandmother would make a separate dish of this just for me.  I thought it was because I was her favorite, but later I found out that it was because I would eat the entire dish myself and then there was none for anyone else!!!   Either truth worked, because I got a whole pan just for me :)  It is always a part of our menu and holiday tradition.  I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I have!

Lime Jello Salad

2 small box of Jello Lime Jello

1 small can crushed Pineapple

1/2 cup mayo

6 oz cream cheese (softened)

1 small carton whipping cream (whipped)

1 1/2 cups of miniture marshmallows

1 1/2 cups boiling hot water

3/4 cup chopped pecans

You can make this in a two quart dish or mix up and put into a mold.  Put Jello and marshmallows in dish.  Pour hot water over and mix until jello is dissolved (you may still have marshmallow pieces and that is good!) Put into refrigerator and let cool for about 10 minutes.  In the meantime mix softened cream cheese and mayo together.  ( I use Kraft, but I am sure whatever brand you use would still taste good. ) Stir in the crushed pineapple, juice and all, and mix thourghly.  Stir into cooled jello.  Place back into the refrigerator.  Whip the cream until light and fluffy.  Stir in whipped cream and chopped pecans.  Let set for a few hours.  Enjoy!!!


Wishing each of you happiness in the kitchen ~ not just for the holidays, but for always!





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  Hi Everyone!  My name is Peg Mead and I have started this blog for all my wonderful customers who have   asked me for my recipes and for you who realize that the quickest way to anyone heart is through their stomach!!! 

I began my love of cooking in 7th grade, when for one of my classes I had to come up with a meal, cook it, and serve it to my family.  It was during the holidays and we had leftover Turkey, so I made Turkey Mornay.  It was a hit and I was hooked on cooking!

I am the humble owner of a little Cafe' that features fresh made food.  We have been featured in the Sandlapper Magazine for our homemade Ice Cream and on a local television program with our fresh Steak Alfredo.  Now I want a forum that I can share with you some of my favorite recipes - so here we are.  What better time to kick off a blog about food, but the holiday season! 

If you have any favorite recipes of your own, please feel free to share them too.  I read cook books like most people read novels!!  So I am always looking for the next great recipe!   Wishing you all happiness in the kitchen