Monday, March 24, 2008


How'd it go yesterday my friends? We had a nice day, lots of chatting and eating. Too much eating really, I have a food hangover today. Too much of everything. And sweet things. I'm so over sweet things.
The cake turned out great..super sweet though. We served it with whipped cream. I couldn't believe how puffy that angel food cake mix got with just a can of crushed pineapple. The moms loved it. This is the 'salad' we had with dinner. It's Bret's Aunt Pat's Shut the Gate Salad. I don't get the name at all. And really, it should be dessert. So here you go my friends:
1 tub of Cool Whip
1 20 oz can of crushed pineapple
1 small box of instant pistachio pudding mix
3/4 cup of cottage cheese
1 cup mini marshmallows
mix it all up together and serve
It sounds a gross with the cottage cheese but believe me you don't even know it's there.
Ok, that's it for today. See you later!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so thrilled that I found your blog......I really enjoy your posts!!
That salad sounds interesting. I make the traditional "pink thing" salad at our house. Strawberry Jello and vanilla ice cream whipped together. It wouldn't be a holiday without it! My grandmother used to make some sort of "green thing" salad that we kids would pretend to eat and throw to the dog under the table. Oh the good ol' days!!

10:09 AM  
Blogger Nanette Merrill said...

The kids had dinner ready for us when we got home Easter evening. It was nice not having to cook for once and Shelbie did an egg hunt with the kids. Not that they needed it. They are old enough. But they bought me my favorite. Peeps. Love those sticky sweet marchmallow thingies. But yeah, you get over the sweet stuff fast. Happy Easter.

11:10 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

That's so funny. Remove the cottage cheese (please!) and you've got what my grandmother called "Watergate Salad". Not like that name makes any sense either.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Happy Zombie said...

I love that Green Stuff (that's what I''ve heard it called). I like Aunt Pat's Shut the Gate Salad much better!

Sounds like fun evening, very full-filling! We had spaghetti, best part was that Tom made it (while I was quilting). Happy day-after!

11:47 AM  
Blogger Stacy A. said...

I grew up with that salad, but we always used jello. I remember my grandma had a 10lb bag of lime Jello in her pantry. Can you imagine? I like to use strawberry! But we always called it "throw up salad" for obvious reasons. I hope I didn't just ruin it for you all, but I feel that if I had to grow up with that guys should share my pain. But it is delicious! I am going to try it with the pudding...and maybe I will adopt your name for it. Make it easier to sell people on trying it. As you can imagine, I have a bit of trouble with that. Glad you had a nice Easter. Love Stacy

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooh, yes, that is related to Watergate Salad. I assume it was served at the Watergate Hotel. Definitely without the cottage cheese. I used to love Watergate Salad. We only got it at holiday gatherings. Too fancy for everyday, I suppose, what with the pistachio pudding and all.

1:02 PM  
Blogger Mom O Matic said...

Love that bowl! I have one with purple spots that I got from my grandmother.

We make a salad with chopped up snickers bars, diced apples and cool whip. That's it. Sounds horrible, but it tastes so good!

1:11 PM  
Blogger Thimbleanna said...

Thanks for the recipe PKM! I have a similar one with lime jello and walnuts instead of marshmallows. It's yummy and you're right about the cottage cheese. I never tell anyone there's CC in it - what they don't know won't hurt them! Happy Easter Monday!

2:31 PM  
Blogger judybee said...

Love your blog and all your beautiful pictures. We call that pudding mixture Watergate Salad also, but replace the cottage cheese with drained mandarin oranges and sprinkle with chopped up pecans. There is also a recipe for Watergate's green, too, but very tasty.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Shut the gate salad" the name - the ingredients sound interesting too!! Hope everyone who celebrates Easter had a wonderful weekend. Back to work yesterday and everyone was a bit flat....I think it was the choccy withdrawal kicking in!

1:25 PM  
Blogger decoratorgirl said...

Hubby loves pistachios.. think that salad might be fun to try. But my favorite is the picture of THOSE FLOWERS, yummy!

4:30 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My version is orange jello, mandarin oranges and cool whip. I rarely make it because I can eat the whole bowl myself!

8:30 PM  
Blogger Angelina said...

Is Aunt Pat from the south? Philip's brother is in the Navy and has been stationed in Virginia for the last few years and his wife and the other navy wives put a cookbook together that featured a lot of dishes called "salad" that involved toffee, fruit, various forms of whipped substances, and marshmallows. I've never encountered such weird food.

8:48 AM  

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