Christmas in July

How have these past six months affected your way of living, family, children and the entire world? At times it feels and seems like we will never get all this settled and back to normal. Not only do we have the fear of the virus, but also so much political unrest in the country, mainly by people wanting to promote the downfall of our great America..

Just stop and think about everything. If you had the chance, would you change back to the way things used to be? I sure would, along with the majority of people in a heartbeat. Just stop and compare as to how your lifestyle and the world was in 2019 as to the present time. The thing I see taking place is the fact that even the medical specialists are not sure as to why and what all is happening and how to combat it. I feel the only positive solution to this world problem is when they come up with a proven vaccine.

Soon now people will be start thinking about the Christmas season and their Christmas lists, What are the main things on your priority list for this Christmas? I can guess without a doubt it will be similar to my list and many other peoples’ lists.

“Christmas list for 2020”

Not to test positive for the Virus

For the people with the virus to get well and recover completely

Our countries unrest to get back to normal

Not to have to continue to live with fear

Peace and unification of all people in our country

Peace in the world

Improvement of the economy and unemployment — many stores depend on the Christmas shopping season and business.

Shopping online is becoming very popular and especially with the virus, but one also should try to shop locally whenever possible to avoid many business from going out of business plus causing massive unemployment. If the unemployment continues, it will have a big effect on many of the items on children’s Christmas lists this year and until thing stabilize once again.

Christmas parties will possibly also be down because of the request to avoid large groups and the fact that many seating areas of restaurants are no longer open.

I did hear one encouraging thing that there are 23 new Christmas movies coming out this year, but all this depends if the theaters are re-opened by then.

I am sure even our children’s kids wants will be somewhat different this year, like wanting to return to normal school days, not to have to wear masks, to be able to be involved and participate in sport events and activities and not to be stuck at home plus things and items that they also may be wishing for..

We all must keep our hopes up and think positive and not get discouraged as we still five months before the Christmas season arrives and let’s pray and hope that thing improve and we all have a great Christmas.

Think happy thoughts and try some and share some of the recipes listed below.

Till next week!


Three Fruit Sherbet

1 ripe banana

juice of 1 orange

juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon orange rind

1 teaspoon lemon rind

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 egg white, beaten stiff

Mash the banana and pour over it the juice and rind of the orange and lemon. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Add water and blend well. Pour into refrigerator tray and freeze until mushy. Trun out into cold bowl and beat until smooth to break up ice crystals. Fold in stiffly beaten egg white, by hand, until completely blended. Pour mixture back into tray and freeze.


Yogurt Popsicles

1 pint homemade yogurt

1 6-ounce can frozen orange or grape juice

2 teaspoons vanilla

Stir the ingredients together and pour into popsicle molds or paper cups. Put an ice cream stick in the center of each. Freeze and serve.


Baked Devil’s Float


1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 1-ounce square unsweetened chocolate, melted

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Sift together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. Add milk and chocolate and mix well. Add vanilla and nuts. Put in greased 9-inch baking pan.


1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup boiling water

vanilla ice cream or whipped cream

Sift dry ingredients together and sprinkle over dough. Pour 1 cup boiling water over top and bake at 250 for 45 minutes until crust forms on top. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.


Freezer Ice Cream

2 cups milk

2 eggs, separated

3/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup heavy whipping cream

Make a soft custard of milk, egg yolks and sugar by cooking in double boiler over boiling water about 6 minutes or longer, stirring often. Beat egg whites until stiff and pour the hot custard over them, mixing well. Add vanilla and salt, and when the mixture is chilled, put in the cream. Pour in freezer and crank until ready. Add 2 cups chopped fresh peaches for variation.


Lemon Milk Sherbet

1 quart milk

1 1/2 cups sugar

grated rind of 1 lemon

juice of 2 lemons

Stir milk and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Freeze until it begins to thicken. Add rind and juice. Freeze, stirring often.


Lime Delight

1 14 1/2 ounce can evaporated milk

1 3-ounce package lime gelatin

1 3/4 cups hot water

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup lime juice

2 teaspoons lemon juice

2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs

1/2 cup melted margarine

shaved chocolate as garnish

Chill evaporated milk in freezer. Dissolve gelatin in hot water and chill until partially set. Whip gelatin until fluffy; stir in sugar and juices. Whip chilled mil and fold into gelatin mixture. Combine crumbs and melted margarine, pressing into a 9×13 pan. Pour lime liquid over crumbs. Shave chocolate over top. Freeze. Cut into squares.


Kiki Angelos is a food columnist for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.


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