The colors of the season for February are the colors of valentine. Anything red/white/pink colored reminds me that it is the time for love! Growing up I loved anything cherry. Cherry ice cream, cherry pie (which was my very favorite!), cherry cough syrup…Yeah, I know, but hey, I was a kid!

I remember at Camp Cherokee we would be treated with big huge long banana splits. I can’t remember how we got them, but I know it was a special treat for something we did – maybe it was keeping our cabin cleanest or something….but I just remember big, long, banana splits…with cherries on top.

I am thinking Glorified got it’s name because of its doctoring up it got with sugar, whipped cream, pineapple and cherries….because rice on its own is so boring! In any case, this is a dish I always loved to eat when I was little and still love to eat as an adult!

Glorified Rice

1 cup cooked white rice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1- 13.5 oz can crushed pineapple
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
2 Tablespoons drained chopped maraschino cherries
6 whole maraschino cherries for garnish

Mix rice, sugar, pineapple, and vanilla. Stir in marshmallows and cherries. Fold in whipped cream. Top with extra maraschino cherries to decorate.

Chill for 4 hours.

Spoon the rice mixture into 6 dessert dishes and place a cherry on top of each.