My Grandma and Grandpa S. lived on a farm.
It was far enough away that we couldn’t visit as often as we might have liked, but we still were able to go a few times a year.
One fine summer day, Grandma S. made her first Lemon Glop. While the true origins of Lemon Glop may never be known, I’ve done a little research and found this recipe for Lemon Fluff Pie, made Carnation Evaporated Milk “Not possible with any other form of milk”. Of course it also includes Knox “protein-rich, high in Vitamin C, easy to digest” Gelatin. It’s pretty close to the recipe we now know as Lemon Glop. (Grandma S. named it…she was pretty cool that way).
(I love the liberal use of maraschino cherries and the freakish yellow in this recipe from Carnation. )
One pie pan full of this lemony goodness would never have worked for our family, so Grandma S. made her version of this recipe in a 9 x 12 glass pan.
Lemon Glop was one of Grandma S.’s signature desserts. She would make several, put them in her freezer and we would impatiently wait (or, sometimes, not wait at all) for dessert. We NEVER waited until the Glop thawed a bit, so we ALWAYS ate our Lemon Glop at it’s frozen peak of perfection.
After Grandma S. passed away, Mom took over the tradition of making and serving Lemon Glop. Once again, the hordes would descend on her home (at this point, each of the 5 children had hordes of children – 21 grandchildren in all). Mom would make three or four Glops and store them safely in the freezer.
They would just barely make it through one meal. Miraculously, there was never any left for the next day. (Evidently there were midnight raids on the freezer for said Glop.)
Several years ago, Mom and Dad moved to be near us. Everyone visited. And Mom continued to make Lemon Glop.
The first 4th of July celebration after Dad passed away, most of the family was able to make it to our home for the holiday. Mom was so excited and really wanted to continue as many of her traditions as possible. She wanted to be sure to have plenty of Lemon Glop. We knew we would have around 50 people at the house, and Mom was a little concerned that she couldn’t make enough (and have freezer space enough) for all that Glop.
I had an idea.
What about having a Glop-off?
Several teams of participants all vied to make the perfect Glop. ( The teams were a good mix of family members that might not normally Glop together.) I bought a bag of lemons, every variety of Jello available at our Piggly Wiggly, lots of Evaporated Milk and several boxes of Vanilla wafers.
Let the games begin.
I don’t have a lot of good pics of the original Glop-off (I was busy whipping up gallons of Evaporated Milk), but you get the idea. Lots of family busy competing in the most loving gesture. Mom was in the middle of the fray and could not stop beaming.
After the variously colored and flavored Glops were safely in their respective freezers, we frolicked the rest of the day.
After dinner…the judging began.
Naturally, Mom was the Judge.
and she gloried in her role as Glop Inspector General.
The original Lemon Glop won, but that didn’t stop us from consuming all the other Glops.
Mom passed away the April of the following year, but over the 4th, we all knew we had to have a Memorial Glop off in Mom’s honor.
More Creativity. More Glops.
Unfortunately, Grand-son, Ben broke his arm on the 4th.
When he came home from the hospital later that day, we thought it would be good to make him the judge (he was on a lot of painkillers, I don’t think he even remembers the Glop-Off)
Glop a Palooza
This past 4th of July, the weather was so picture perfect I knew we would have trouble getting everyone in the house to make their glop entry.
I had an idea.
Early in the morning, I made three different kinds of Glop (I would have made three Lemon Glops, but SOMEONE bought Lemon Pudding instead of Lemon Jello so I had to improvise). I made Lemon Glop, Lime Glop and Orange Glop.
I was worried that everyone would naturally choose the more traditional Lemon Glop and thought we might run out.
So the kids helped me make a WHEEL…OF….GLOP!!
And then we let fate determine the type of Glop each participant would receive.
Spin the Wheel, and everyone yell…..”WHEEL…. OF…. GLOP”.
But here’s the rest of the story.
A few days after everyone returned home from the 4th of July Holiday, I got an e-mail from my daughter-in-law, Eileen. I’ll let her tell this in her words…
“Sophie and I were walking to camp today and she was telling me that green was her favorite flavor of glop with orange as a close second. Then we started chanting “Wheel of Glop”. Turns out, Sophie was chanting “We are Glop”!! She thought we were screaming We Are Glop the whole time. Oddly appropriate.”
So that’s how it goes. Traditions are important….but don’t forget to go with the flow. After all, WE ARE GLOP!!!
BTW, I will post our recipe for Lemon Glop on Monday, so be sure to check back in. It is truly DEEEElicious!!!