It seems like we had Jell-O jigglers all the time when I was a kid. We LOVED jello! Mom always called them Knox Blocks. I recall the pan in the refrigerator had squares of various sizes from one of us kids doing the cutting. We would sneak in the kitchen and grab a couple during commercial breaks on “The Brady Bunch” or whatever else we were watching.

Here is a little retro-ness for your enjoyment.

I hardly ever make jello for my kids. Poor things! When I do make it, everyone is so excited! We all question why we don’t have it more often.

When I saw an ad for these Jell-O molds I HAD to have them.

Jello Box

The ad said they were available at Walmart. Since that is pretty much the only store we have, I was excited. Well, I checked 3 Walmart stores before I finally found my very own kit.

For my non-local readers, the Hogs are the mascot of the University of Arkansas–the Arkansas Razorbacks, Hogs for short! I did not attend the U of A. I’m a Ouachita girl. Funny thing about the Razorbacks…it doesn’t matter if you went to the school or not. Arkansas is a small state. The U of A is the biggest school in Arkansas. So, everyone rallies around the Razorbacks and calls the Hogs-Woooo Pig Sooie!

Unfortunately, the Hogs need some serious rallying this year!

The game yesterday was the pits! At least we enjoyed our snacks!

Razorback Jello

They are easy to make. One box of Jello and 2/3 cup of boiling water makes 12 Jello Hogs.

Pouring Jello

Hog Jello

Razorback Jello shrine

We are not fair-weather fans at this house. We will still be calling the Hogs. Sweet, fruity Jello makes it a little easier.

We had the opportunity to visit with my husband’s family over the Memorial Day weekend. (I know, I’m a little behind.)

We all gathered at Mamaw’s house.

As usual, the women folk all sat around the kitchen table visitin’. Somehow we got to talking about food-go figure. Someone pulled out Mamaw’s recipe box. Isn’t it a thing of beauty?! An old popcorn box filled with handwritten recipes. All the recipes are alphabetized and most are in plastic sleeves. Some of the recipes were given to Mamaw 50 years ago from friends. Some are from newspapers. Some are her own concoctions. I love it!

Mamaw, Brenda, my mother-in-law,  Aunt Shan, and I had a blast pawing through the recipes. We all got to reminiscing about Mamaw’s yummy Lemon Jello Cake. Seems like anytime Chip and I would go to Mamaw’s house there was a lemon cake. Well, at least there was a cake until Donny or David, the cousins, arrived. When Chip and I were first married, I tried to act reserved and not dig in to the desserts, like I normally would. I learned pretty early on that if you snooze-you lose. The first time I “waited to have my cake later” THERE WAS NO CAKE LATER! Boy was I sad. Now, I throw elbows like the rest of ’em!

We were all laughing and having a good time when suddenly, Mamaw popped up out of her chair and headed toward the pantry. Oh, yes she did! She went in there and pulled out all the ingredients for a lemon jello cake! Since half of my Pork Chop Tuesday readership was there at the table, they all suggested I blog about it! We had not brought our “fancy” camera. Brenda had a point and shoot, so I used that. Some of the pictures came out a little blurry, just because it was an unfamiliar camera — I’m sure!

So, here is my second guest chef, Mamaw! This picture is a little blurry because I was trying to take it fast and on the sly! She didn’t think she needed  to have her picture in the blog. Don’t shoot me, Mamaw!

Mamaw was “Rosie the Riveter” in Memphis, TN during WWII! I don’t think there is a thing in the world Mamaw CAN’T do!

Here is the recipe:

Lemon Jello Cake

1 box Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme Cake Mix

3/4 cup Wesson oil (Hmmmm, the recipe card I have says 2/3 cup)

4 eggs, beaten ’til fluffy

1 small box of lemon jello

Put oil and eggs together.

Put Jello in 1/2 cup of hot water. Stir to dissolve. Add enough cold water to make 1 cup.

Mix together the egg/oil mixture, the dissolved jello, and the cake mix.

Pour into a lightly greased pan. Bake at 350˚. (My recipe card does not say how long to bake it. Check your cake mix box and guesstimate.)

Yummy! The cake’s done!

Let the cake cool a little but not too much. Just long enough for you to mix up the topping.

Topping:

1 cup powdered sugar

Juice of one lemon or however much bottled lemon juice you want!

Poke holes in the cake.

Spread the topping all over the cake.

Let it soak in all the way.

Cut a big hunk and eat it while it is still warm!

Get it before the hoarders do!

Mamaw with PCTuesday!