The Love of Family

My husband and I have just returned from his families biannual Family Reunion in Pennsylvania.  He is blessed to have such a wonderful family.  I am blessed that I am a part of this group of (at any given time) of 45+ people (give or take).
It began in 2014 as just a Saturday Reunion at the farm.  After that first get-together it has now turned into a 3 to 4 day event.  The day before there is a golf game for anyone wanting to join.  That evening there is a County Fair to attend.  Then, Saturday is the Big day with the entire crowd.

Tractor Pull
Shippensburg County Fair

It starts off with hugs, smiles, and lots of talking all at once.  We catch up on each other’s goings on (the time in between the 2 years).  We gather at the cousin’s fantastic family farm.  The kids can swim; play games on the lawn.  And down the lane (I just love that phrase ‘down the lane’.  It just gives the heart a warm feeling) there are cows and calves to feed; chickens and eggs to gather; pigs to feed; and this year kittens to hold and give more love than they could stand.   
The day is filled with food, fun, and homemade ice cream.  This spills over into the evening with roasting hot dogs, making s’mores, catching fireflies, and watching fireworks.

Sunday is more of the same with the evening meal prepared by father & son team Stephens (Chef & Sous Chef Dad).  Later in the evening is the sad time we say our goodbyes with many hugs and tears.  Everyone always parts feeling blessed and loved: and the anticipation of the next time.

Also, a new tradition was started this year.  My husbands sister makes beautiful quilts.  At each reunion there will be 3 handmade quilts (one for each generation) to be given away in a drawing.  Making the reunion even more of a blessing.

Before I end this post there is one recipe that I would love to share.  One that was declared by my grandson as Super-Duper Delicious!  This dish was prepared by our sweet hostess and in my mind this dish will always be called \’Sally\’s Super-Duper Delicious Jello Salad.  I was not able to get a photo of this dish (it was gone that fast).  When I get the chance to make it myself I will post a photo.  It makes a great photo with all the colors on the plate.

Sally's Super Duper Delicious Jello Salad

  • Difficulty: takes a lot of time
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6 (3 oz. boxes) of various flavors of Jello (did I mention it is a very pretty and colorful dish)
1 pint of sour cream
(This recipe takes a little time because you must refrigerate each layer for 30 minutes.)
1. Dissolve 1 pkg. of Jello in 1 cup of very hot water.
2. Mix ½ cup of the Jello with 1/3 cup of sour cream.
3. Pour this mixture into a 13 x 9 clear glass baking dish.
4. Put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to set.
5. Add 3 Tablespoons of warm water to the other ½ cup of (remaining) Jello. Pour this over the sour cream Jello mixture after letting it set for 30 minutes.
6. Place back in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to set.
7. Repeat steps 1 thru 6 with the remaining 5 boxes of Jello.

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