Last week we had a rough few days in our house. I won’t go into details but we all got the stomach flu within 24 hours. Yes, everyone in our house was sick at pretty much the same time. This makes things very difficult. Having two sick parents and two sick kids is not a fun place to be. That night my husband asked me the plan, I think he was hoping I would tell him he could go to bed and I would take care of the girls. Instead I responded, survive. And that is just what we did, survive. It wasn’t pretty and our house got really, really messy but we made it through and are back in full swing, minus our appetites.
I tell you what though, not having an appetite makes food blogging rather difficult. It’s hard to cook without energy and it’s even harder to come up with ideas without an appetite. And yes, I’m implying that normally I have quite the appetite and dream up new food often. It’s kind of like a hobby, maybe, sorta, kinda.
Just when we were starting to feel better I thought I would whip up a batch of lemon poppyseed pancakes with blueberry sauce. I mean doesn’t that just sound delicious? Well, it turns out that was a fail. For whatever reason I couldn’t get it to bind leaving a mussy mess of pancakes. I may have possibly shed a tear or two in my lack of sleep, frustration and the pregnancy hormonal mess I was in but we also survived that incident. And I’m sorry to inform you, I don’t have a recipe to share with you on those just yet. Hopefully someday I can redeem myself because seriously how good does that sound? Pretty much amazing.
So I’m leaving you with, hold your breathe, homemade gelatin. Can I get a whoop whoop….okay I know it is just gelatin and nothing too exciting. Honestly I was even finding it difficult to take a decent and more importantly appetizing picture of gelatin. Who knows, but this is what you get. I mean don’t we all revert back to childhood at some point and just want some J-E-L-L-O it’s ALIVE, jello?
Well let me tell you it tastes pretty good on a weak stomach plus it is full of grass-fed gelatin to help our digestive tracks heal, give us all some much needed protein and yet it is light and refreshing. Be sure to check out even more health benefits of gelatin. It is a great way to add some gelatin to your diet or even your kids. And the best part, it is just as easy as the boxed stuff. All you have to know how to do is boil water and pour. Your kids will love you!
I’m also seeing some seven layer gelatin salad in my future. Have you ever experienced that? Man it is good!
Just a side-note; I would recommend making a double batch.
- 1½ cups real fruit juice (I used half cherry and half pomegranate)
- ¼ cup cold water
- ¼ cup hot water (almost or just boiling)
- 1 Tbsp Great Lakes Gelatin
- 1-2 cups fresh fruit (optional)
- Pour the cool water in a bowl and stir in the gelatin (it will thicken a lot).
- Add the ¼ cup of hot water and stir to mix (should get thinner).
- Add the juice and mix well.
- Add fruit to the bottom of an 8x8 inch baking dish and pour juice and gelatin mixture on top (can omit the fruit and just pour the gelatin in the dish).
- Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight.