Quote of the Day: Grandma Greenie

 

“When people enter the kitchen, they often drag their childhood in with them.” — Laurie Colwin, Cup of Comfort Cookbook

Great Grandma Clark made these special treats when we came to visit on Sundays and holidays. Grandma Clark called them “greenies” and we called her “Grandma Greenie.”

Grandma Greenie welcomed us into her home with a big smile and open arms. She usually had a game of Pollyanna in progress on her card table. She loved to compete and happily challenged anyone who came through the door.

After we sat down, Grandma served us dessert. Adults had ice cream, sometimes homemade, with Bisco™ Sugar Wafers. We got Greenies, usually in a napkin. If it was sunny, we went to the backyard to eat them. If we were lucky, we had them in a paper cup with a little pop in it so the Greenies would float. I loved watching the Greenie turn to slush. Drinking a Greenie slush tasted heavenly! We didn’t have Greenies often and that’s what made them special.

Grandma Greenie died when I was twelve. She lived 89 years. She spent every Christmas Eve with us because she lived alone. Grandma loved to sing, play games, and tell stories. Grandma’s specialty was food, fun, and loving each of us individually. Every time I make Greenies, I think of Grandma!

Greenies are made with four ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 package of powdered lemon-lime punch
  • 2 cups warm water
  1. Pour sugar, pineapple juice, and punch mix into a bowl. Add the water and stir until the sugar and punch are dissolved.
  2. Pour into an ice cube tray and freeze.
  3. Serve in a glass of 7up™/Sprite™, in a napkin, or in a dish. Or, to brighten a punch bowl, pour into a bundt pan and freeze.
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  1. Arahant Member
    Arahant
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    Simple, but full of love.

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  2. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    I didn’t grow up with my grandparents, so I experience them through lovely stories like yours! Sweet! And thanks.

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  3. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    Hurray for a new voice and a sweet tale!


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  4. Vectorman Inactive
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    As Susan said, you had an experience that many of us miss – a great grandparent.

    After looking at that recipe, I’m sure that she was a sweetie!

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  5. Shauna Hunt Inactive
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    Vectorman (View Comment):

    As Susan said, you had an experience that many of us miss – a great grandparent.

    After looking at that recipe, I’m sure that she was a sweetie!

    She always had some sweets stashed somewhere. 

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  6. Nanda "Chaps" Panjandrum Member
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    Perfection! Hopefully, my niece with small ones can make some for St. Patrick’s Day. Thanks so much!

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  7. Shauna Hunt Inactive
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    Nanda "Chaps" Panjan… (View Comment):

    Perfection! Hopefully, my niece with small ones can make some for St. Patrick’s Day. Thanks so much!

    They are fun for St. Patrick’s Day! My mom used to dye everything green. It wasn’t unusual to have green spaghetti for dinner. ;)

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