Lila Johnston’s Snowball

Lila and Cessil Johnston lived on lot 27 concession 6, Verulam, near Bury’s Green where they raised their daughters Marilyn, Janice and Nancy. Before she married, Lila was a teacher at Essonville, and even had her own car—which was unusual for a single woman at the time. In keeping with contemporary social expectations, when she married she gave up her profession and hence could no longer afford the automobile, as she concentrated on raising her family. Lila and Cessil enjoyed visiting with their neighbours and sharing treats when they gathered, like snowballs. They were a much-loved contribution to local pot luck dinners.


  • 1 tablespoon gelatine
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 pints whipped cream
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 angel cake
  • Coconut as garnish


  • Mix together gelatine, cold water, orange juice and sugar.
  • Beat one pint whip cream, combine with jelly mix and whip.
  • Line a large bowl with angel cake, broken in chunks with all the brown removed.
  • With remaining cake, put a layer of jelly and a layer of cake until the bowl is filled.
  • Ice with whipped cream and sprinkle coconut on top.

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