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1. In a bowl, sprinkle gelatin over cool water; let stand for 5min to soften.
2. In a saucepan, combine cream, milk, 1/4 cup (60mL) of the sugar and vanilla. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often. Pour over gelatin mixture and stir well until gelatin is dissolved.
3. Pour into 6 to 8 jars, glasses, dessert dishes. Cover with plastic wrap and refridgerate for 2 to 3 hours or until set, or for up to 2 days.
4. When ready to serve, in a bowl, using a potato masher or a fork, mash strawberries and remaining sugar together and spoon on top of cream in dishes.
Tips for kids: Make mini desserts using liqueur glasses or fun-coloured small dishes. Sprinkle some mini chocolate chips ontop of the strawberries.
Variation: Scrape the seeds of 1/4 vanilla bean into cream mixture and add pod, instead of using vanilla extract. Heat as directed and discard pod before mixing with gelatin. Using a mini chopper, process the sugar for the topping with a pinch of dried lavender flowers, then mash with strawberries.