Foodie for a Year | February

Welcome to our first of six link-ups!  Courtney, Jamie, Jamie, Liz, Whitney are I are super excited and can't wait to see all of your amazing love-related creations!  The link-up will be open through the month of February, so if you forgot to post today, no big deal; add your link later!  If you join us, we'd also love for you to share a photo on Instagram using the hashtag #foodieforayear.

For some reason, this category was the most difficult for me!  I had an idea from the get-go, but I really wanted to make something with my heart-shaped molds instead.  So I attempted mini heart-shaped red velvet cakes, which actually turned out okay, but then I tried to make them into whoopie pies, which was a big ole mistake.  Pretty?  Yes.  Tasty.  No.  It may have had to do with my 3-year old Crisco...who uses that stuff on the reg anyway??

So back to my first idea.  Red hot jello salad.  A recipe made famous in my world by one of my bestie's mamas.  It's super easy and oh so tasty!

What You'll Need:
1/4 cup of red hots
1 cup water
1 small box of cherry jello
1 cup of applesauce

What You Do:
1 | Boil together red hots and water until dissolved.

2 | Add package of jello and stir until dissolved.

3 | Stir in applesauce.

4 | Pour into a bowl or single serve dishes/cups; chill for 6-8 hours to let set and then enjoy!

That's all there is to it!  I'll be the first to admit, it's a weird{cinnamon/cherry/apple) combo and it may take a time or two to get used to the texture, but it is super delicious if you ask me!

Note: A single batch makes only 4 servings.  You may want to double (or triple) the recipe if for a large group!


  1. I am so intrigued! I have never had anything like this. I have to try!!

  2. I love red hots!! Will be trying this for sure!

  3. I've never heard of this kind of recipe, but it sounds yummy! I like that cake stand in your photo too :)

  4. LOL to your 3 year old Crisco. I am right there with you. This sounds like such a weird combo of ingredients, but I lot Red Hots so I may need to try this out.

  5. I have to admit... I like the idea but I don't know if it's something that I would (personally) make. I'm not a huge fan of red hots (its too much for me) but I do LOVE the idea of doing this! I just pinned it so hopefully others can enjoy :)

  6. Oh this does sound random! What if you don't like red hots? Is it very cinnamony? or does it mellow out with the other flavors?

  7. I have never heard of this type of recipe before. It's definitely worth a shot though!

  8. I am so intruiged by this recipe! I used to love red hots but think I overdid it. Is the jello spicy? I can't even!!! Guess that means I have to try it!

  9. This has me all sorts of intrigued! I would have never thought to combine any of this, but it sounds tasty!!

  10. This looks so interesting and yummy! Did your boys eat it? I'm planning on linking up but of course can't get my sh*t together 😉

  11. This sounds like such an interesting combo...that I have got to try!