Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Dinner Bell

The dinner bell on the farms here in the mountains called the farm folk from the fields for a meal.

They were made of brass, bronze or a steal blend and were usually mounted on a post. The bell would ring at 12:00 so the worker could take a break in the hot part of the day.

On the second Wednesday of the month I will celebrate the dinner bell and call you sweet readers to the farm table for lots of good eating.

Categories will be: Sweet Mercy (desserts), Garden Gifts and Pass the Platter (ok, sometimes, the casserole dish)

Possibly wearing a hat under the blistering sun yesterday would have lead to better categories. :) Lets go with with Sweet Mercy (desserts) this week.

I did not like strawberries when I was young; I was allergic to most fruit and never developed a taste for the pretty plump treat. My husband and children thought me crazy and treated them like sweet jewels straight from heaven. Now, I love them!

I’m making up for the lost itchy time and use the berries in everything that my heart desires. This little dessert has been around for a while but it is so good and easy to prepare. I can’t give credit because the recipe was taped to a dish of the luscious treat. Here’s the recipe:


YIELD: nine servings. PREP TIME twenty minutes plus chilling

1 envelope unflavored gelatin
¾ cold water
2 cups sugar
1 package (10 oz.) frozen sliced strawberries
1 carton (8 oz.) Frozen whipped topping, thawed
5 cups angel food cake cubes
Fresh strawberries
Fresh mint (We have a mint patch by our springhouse.)


In a saucepan combine gelatin and cold water; let stand 5 minutes to soften. Heat and stir over low heat until gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat; add sugar. Stir in undrained strawberries. Chill until partially thickened.

Fold in whipped topping. Place cake cubes in a large bowl; pour strawberry mixture over cake and gently stir. Pour in an ungreased 8-inch square dish. Chill until firm, Garnish with fresh strawberries (that I sincerely hope you didn’t eat with all that mixin’ and fixin’) and mint.

Don’t you think this would be light and cool after a late summer supper? Yesterday I picked a big bowl off the strawberry plants that came up from last years planting.

Let me know if you fix this summer. Enjoy the strawberries.

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful fathers out there. I had a wonderful father and thank the Lord for that blessing. My children would tell you their father is the best!

I am excited about new blog changes for the summer. Next week I’ll share the things I hope you will enjoy with me here in the hollow. A fun and blessed summer it is going to be! I hope you will join in with prayer requests, writing projects, a good book for summer reading, a mouth-watering recipe and many other summer delights.

Come go home with me-I’ll set a plate.


Dee Dee


  1. I really think I néed to come up for a visit this Summer. You have my mouth watering already! Love you!

  2. Throw that Mama of yours in the car and come see me. Love you.

  3. Oh Dee Dee, what I wouldn't give to sit at your table and have some Strawberry Angel Yummy. And squash casserole and friend chicken and sliced tomatoes and half-runner green beans (cooked all day with a slab of fat back) and banana pudding and sweet tea...

    I know will LOVE the Dinner Bell Wednesdays, and looking forward to EVERY Wednesday this summer!
    Love and hugs from my mountains down the chain to yours :)

    1. Susan, can't wait until the gardens are full of veggies. I think I will cook the very dinner you mentioned this Sunday! Look forward to your visits when you hear the dinner bell.

  4. You never cease to amaze me, Dee Dee. My mouth is watering and my heart is applauding. I can't wait to enjoy your "new" posts. (Sweet mercy!)

    1. Cathy,I am always ready to eat. I will be so happy for you to join me at the "new" posts.

  5. I'm listening for the dinner bell, DeeDee!

    Can't wait to see what you have in store for us from your up on your mountain. Oh the anticipation and excitement!!!!!

    1. Beth, come up the mountain and bring sweet Ally. The pots and pans stand ready.