Tupperware parties were a cultural phenomenon when I was a kid. My mother, along with all her housewife friends would get together on some random weekday, have drinks and fawn over Tupperware’s life changing products! But my personal favorite is the Popsicle maker! All you had to do was fill the tiny cups, place the sticks in and ever so carefully place them into the freezer. Before you knew it, you had a frozen popsicle that would take 2 minutes to eat! On a hot summer day, I’m sure the mom’s loved making that at-home treat! Next…to Comet the stained counter tops from the Kool-aid needed to make the pops!
Any dessert I had as a kid was something I whipped up. Rarely was there any cake, cookies or pie. Not that we didn’t ever have dessert-type food, but with four kids, any “fun” food went fast. Real fast. But, there was always Jell-O. Jell-O was fool-proof, almost; instant Jell-O wasn’t. First, you had to boil water, then measure cold water, then find something to put it in, then wait for it to set up. And hours later, you could eat your dessert. If your family didn’t get to it first! And always lime Jell-O!
If you weren’t feeling too lazy, why not jazz up regular toast with some cinnamon sugar? A few slices of Wonder Bread, some butter if we were lucky, but it was usually margarine, cinnamon and sugar made the summer vacation a bit more exciting! This was a step above cereal as a breakfast alternative. French toast and waffles were next and pancakes- real pancakes made from the box! But cinnamon toast was great anytime. I remember experimenting at a friends with cinnamon sugar! We used confectionary sugar, butter and cinnamon and made a paste. To this day, I remember how that taste. We would eat it by the spoonful. I’ve grown up (some) but still love the taste of perfectly made cinnamon toast.
Eating a bowl full of Fruit Loops was as good as eating a pound of fudge when I was a kid. Except when you were down to the last level floating on the surface of the milk. That was when you ate cereal at the table, with the box strategically placed in front of you. It was YOUR box to read and study. You read every word on that box, analyzed every cartoon, tried to solve the puzzles. The toy prize at the bottom was already lost in the house to someone else getting it before you. But that’s okay, you still had the cereal. And these last 30 or so Fruit Loops gave you minutes of sheer joy! I mean, what could make a kid happier than eating a bow of cereal on a summer’s morning? The second bowl of Fruit Loops……
Not Saturday, or a weekday, but for whatever reason, my father felt Sundays were the day to eat donuts for breakfast. Most Sundays, there would be two white waxed paper bags filled with glazed, jelly or cinnamon twist donuts from Golden Krust Bakery sitting on the dining room table, next to the Sunday paper.
We would all fight over how many we got to eat. Three felt like a breakfast- one just wasn’t enough. As far as donuts go, the glazed seems the least decadent. It’s so light! This particular donut was delicious- and it was breakfast, except on a Friday!
Fun and colorful Dots are a happy candy! Yes, most candy is happy, but the color of Dots is truly beautiful. It reminds me of the color of stained glass! Forgive me glass blowers, but I could lost in the shimmer of light coming through a Dot. Not to mention, they’re tasty, too! If only there were more than five in a box….
Good to the last sip
The last sip of Tang was always an explosion of flavor…sort of like eating a candy orange slice-pure sugar. But how I loved that Tang- right to the last sip. It never seemed to dissolve, probably because I drank it so quickly. In my ideal life, I would have drank it out of a fancy juice glass, like this one is, but I probably drank it out of some stained plastic Tupperware cup. To this day, I still buy Tang- my family thinks I’m nuts, but a spoonful tastes really good in iced tea! I just hope they don’t stop making it. If it was good enough for the astronauts…
*Technical note: This was the first time I painted glass and it’s reflection. Very difficult- I have such respect for hyperrealists that hit this spot on… It was challenging, but I enjoyed the challenge!