Cornetha’s Strawberry Candy – And Southern Style Embarrassment
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This is a recipe I got from my Grandmother Cornetha. She and my Papa Reed (Mama’s Daddy) got married when my mother was fourteen, adding a whole other branch to our family tree. Honestly, at this point we got one of those HUGE oak trees with all of the branches jutting out all over the place (you know I had thirteen living grandparents when I was born, right?).
Cornetha (called Mama Reed by my children) and Papa hosted all of the big Reed family reunions at their farm each summer and she used to let us come stay with them during vacation bible school week so that we could attend it at her church. I loved getting to spend the night there because each morning she’d let you go and gather the eggs from the chicken coop. Have you ever gathered eggs? It is a bit harrowing for beginners seeing as how those chickens can look a little vicious at times. This is why I made my sister go with me. She was a good chicken-runner-offer and I could just reach into the empty nest and find the little treasures. To this day, there is nothing like fresh eggs for breakfast and my heart will always long for my own chicken coop.
~sighs~ I’m gonna eventually have to leave Bountiful and move to the country, I know. My heart already lives there despite my city limits address.
Of course, there was one drawback of spending the night at the Reed farm – and that was the clothes line. Each morning after breakfast, before we left for church, Cornetha would set out with her basket to the line. You’d hear the clothes snapping as she gave ‘em a good shake to get the wrinkles out and then hung them on the line, just knowing that your underwear was among them. This wouldn’t have been so bad back at home because our clothes line was in the back yard but out there on the farm Papa had set Cornetha’s up in the most convenient spot, just outside the laundry room door, parallel with and having an unobstructed view from the road. I remember trying to hide my clothes before I went to bed but let me tell you, I’ve never in all of my born days known anyone more efficient with clothes washing than my Grandmother Cornetha! Lo and behold, no matter what avoidance tactic you used (and we tried them all), come early morning that sun would rise on your undies hanging on the line.
We survived it, though, and I wouldn’t trade those memories for anything in the world. Come to think of it, I really need to get a clothes line of my own put up….
You’ll need: Sweetened condensed milk, strawberry gelatin powder, green food coloring, red crystal sprinkles, sweetened flaked coconut, finely chopped nuts (I’m using pecans)…
and some slivered almonds.
Pour your sweetened condensed milk into a bowl.
I could just drink a whole can of this if my blood sugar would let me. I swannee, anything with sweetened condensed milk in it is delicious!
Add your coconut and nuts
And gelatin powder.
Stir and stir and stir and stir and stir until it looks like this.
(It won’t take long, I just felt like being dramatic)
Cover with foil and let sit in the refrigerator for 48 hours.
24 hours later…
Oh who are we kidding? Like I’m gonna wait forty eight hours on anything. I didn’t even let my own kids wait til their due dates. I have the patience of a hyperactive gnat on sugar.
So the next day go ahead and take that out (unless you want to follow the original instructions and not be rebel with me, whatever cranks yer tractor).
Spoon up about a teaspoon full like this.
and shape into a strawberry…
and roll around in sugar.
Now do that a whole bunch more times..
Now we need to dye our almonds. I place mine in a sandwich baggie
and pour about a tablespoon or so (I use too much so feel free to use less!) of green food coloring in the bag.
Seal that and move them around to give them a good coating.
Then pour them out onto a paper towel lined plate to dry.
If you like, you can also put them in a baking dish and put them in the oven on 250 to speed up the drying process.
Stick one in the end of each strawberry.
Aren’t they pretty? They taste YUMMY, too!
Sometimes we are given guidance through subtle signs, smiling faces, and inner confirmations. I’m always grateful for those. My favorite times, though, are when the guidance comes through the equivalent of flashing lights and neon billboards! I think today’s quote may be a repeat (I might have sent it out in the past two weeks) but the circumstances surrounding it are pretty neat so I’m going to take my big hint and send it again.
You see, I’d never seen, read, or heard this quote until a few weeks ago. Since first happening upon it, I’ve had it emailed to me three times, happened upon it countless others, and just last night Leigh posted it on the Give A Penny Page. So I’m gonna consider that a divine sign that it bears repeating today!
Keep a green tree in your heart
and perhaps a singing bird will come.
-Chinese Proverb Submitted by Leigh. Submit your quote here.