11 children, 30 grandchildren, and 29 great-grandchildren. This is my Grandmas Dolly’s legacy she left last week when she made her way to the VIP section of heaven. Yes, I do believe she is right up there with Mother Theresa.
She was a constant in my life. She was there when I was born, baptised, first communion, grandparent days at school, birthdays till 18 years of age (always accompanied with a cake she personally baked), Christmas, Easters, popcorn balls for Halloween, All-Star softball games, high school graduation, preparation for leaving for college, wedding reception, my first child’s baby shower, holding my children when they were newborns, and she was always there when I came back home for visits. Her sweet voice welcoming me to come in when I opened her back door will forever be part of my memories of her.
I feel blessed to have had such an amazing women to be part of my life and to know the meaning of love from a grandparent. She was always there for me and she will always be on my mind and in my heart.
Cherry Ambrosia was my absolute favorite dessert my Grandma made for holidays. I loved it so much as a kid, I prepared it for a class presentation in the third grade, and no matter how much you love it, you never lick the serving spoon. Seriously, I did that, I can still remember my aunts and uncles cringing and laughing their heads off. Who knew it was bad manners?
I do have to tell you a funny story about this dessert. I made the ambrosia a couple a days ago for my kids. My son ask me, “What is this stuff?” Right when my daughter stuck a big spoonful of it in her mouth, I replied, “Well, when I was a kid, we called it Pink Panther Poop.” My daughter took this quite literally and started freaking out and desperately trying to get the ambrosia out of her mouth. My son was rolling on the floor laughing his head off and I started tearing up thinking about all the good times we had at my Grandma’s house laughing about the Pink Panther Poop. I think that is why it is my favorite, I love a good laugh. P.S. I don’t think my Grandma thought the name Pink Panther Poop was as funny as we did, so out of respect, I named it properly for her.
Please do not let the nickname, Pink Panther Poop detour you from trying it. My family has a wicked sense of humor and it is not a reflection of the flavor. It is quite delicious even after I cut out tons of sugar from the original recipe. Cherry Ambrosia is a creamy and sweet dessert with little treasures of fruits and nuts disguised in a pink cloud. It is a perfect and easy to prepare dessert for a holiday get together, or an occasional indulgent treat.