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Cranberry Mousse

on December 9, 2015

This time of year reminds me so much of Grandma. She and Grandpa were such entertainers. They would have friends and family over all the time for dinner or dessert, especially during the holidays. I loved to go to their house for Christmas because, of course, she was a great cook, but there were also some of my favorite decorations. This photo of me and Grandma is from Christmas time when I was about 2. When you entered the house at the farm, you had to go through the kitchen to get into the main part of the house. To get to the living room, you had to go through the dining room where the big attraction for me was the light up plastic church. This little church looked suspiciously like the church that Grandma and Grandpa belonged to and it had (most of the time) a red bulb in it that would glow like a beacon, drawing me in to sit in front of it for hours, totally fascinated. From the dining room, you moved on to the living room and the main event – the Christmas tree with its glowing colored bulbs and antique glass ornaments. This might have been the first time they had a tree on the floor – I must have outgrown the need to have the tree up on a table! We would have a wonderful dinner in the dining room, move on to the opening of presents, and then later, inevitably, it would be my job to pass around candy or a can of mixed nuts. I still have the fascination with light up churches and buildings. My mom started my Dickens Village collection with a church for my 25th birthday and it’s grown to cover the entire top of my kitchen cupboards. I also still have an obsession for antique glass ornaments and they cover our Christmas tree.


This is the Grandma I remember, with that smile of hers and her “wash and set” hair!

Today’s salad recipe is a great one to use for your holiday entertaining, dinners, or even just a weeknight dinner. This Cranberry Mousse is a very easy and tasty salad. This is such a typical “Grandma” recipe – you can pull it together so quickly, it would be a great addition to any meal – good with your holiday turkey or ham.

Cranberry Mousse

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This is delicious!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Cranberry Mousse

1 6 ounce package of Strawberry Jello

1 cup boiling water

20 ounce can of crushed pineapple, drained (save the juice)

16 ounce can whole berry cranberry sauce

3 Tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

16 ounce (2 cups) sour cream

1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Dissolve jello, add pineapple juice.

Stir in cranberry sauce, lemon juice, lemon peel, and nutmeg.

Chill until mixture thickens.

Fold in sour cream, pineapple, and nuts.

Chill until firm.


If you can make jello, you can make this salad!


Mix it all up the night before and you’ll have it ready for tomorrow night’s dinner.


I put this batch in my fanciest bowl!


There’s just not much to say –  it’s delicious and great for a weeknight dinner . . .

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or a holiday dinner or buffet. So when you’re entertaining and your friends and family are coming for dinner, try this salad. It’s easy, elegant, tasty, and full of fruit – they’ll love it!



One response to “Cranberry Mousse

  1. Karen Dresser says:

    Love that pic of you two. Miss her especially this time of year-she loved you and Christmas!

    Sent from my iPhone


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