Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Just a Bowl of Fruit (Salad)

Good day my dear readers!!  It's SUPER cold here this morning.  The radio announced that it was 16* when I woke up and according to my computer dashboard, it's still only 18*!  Brrrrrr!!!  Sounds like a perfect day to stay home.  Under the covers.  With a good book and a warm cup of coffee.  Without the kids.  LOL  But, I'm at work.  I'm thankful for my job (and the heat in the building), but a quiet day at home to do whatever, whenever I want, sounds good, too.

Turkey Day was quiet for us this year.  Meaning?  Just the boys, the hubs and me.  Then the hubs invited his Dad.  No biggie - he's pretty quiet.  And it's just one more person, so it didn't mean I had to make any more/extra food.  It just meant that we had to clean up the house a little bit more than usual, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, I'm just sayin'.  Anyway, we had more than enough food - as is true with all of our family gatherings.  Of course I'm going to share some of those recipes with you, my bloggy buddies.  This delicious, easy recipe comes from my family cookbook.

Sour Cream Fruit Salad
1 can chunk pineapple, drained
1 large can pears, drained, cut in 1" pieces
1 small package flaked coconut
1 small jar maraschino cherries, drained and halved
1 cup sour cream
16 whole large marshmallows, cut in half*
*Do not use miniature marshmallows - they will just disintegrate.  The cut marshmallows put gelatin in the salad and help to thicken it up.

Mix all ingredients together.  Cover and refrigerate overnight to set.

NOTES:  I don't know the size of the pineapple can, but I can tell you it's not the big one.  You don't have to get chunked pineapple; you can cut up the rings or you can get tidbits.  Either way, pineapple is pineapple.  LOL  I don't use a whole "small package" of coconut.  I throw in whatever tastes right.  I don't like sour cream, but I love this salad.  This recipe works well doubled, which is how we usually do it, but for 3 adults, this is a good size.

Remember to use large marshmallows!  If the scissors get gummed up while cutting the marshmallows in half, just run the scissors under warm water to clean them off.
Chunk the pears.  I can usually get 6 pieces out of one pear.  If you like more pears, you can always add another smaller can.
Chill and serve.  How easy is that?!  And it tastes good, too.  A pregnant woman I worked with begged me to bring this to her baby shower.  It felt weird not making it for a holiday meal.

I was going to share another side dish recipe with you today, but I can't get the cookbook disc to read on my Mac here at work.  So, I'm going to do another post today with a dessert instead (it deserves its own post).

I was thinking.  Once my blog hits its 1 year birthday (in April), I was considering putting together a cookbook.  Nothing big and nothing fancy.  Just a collection of the recipes I've shared on my blog so far.  Would anybody be interested in something like that?

*sigh*  I've got so much to do in the coming weeks.  Please cross your fingers that I find the time to do it all and still have enough time to sit back and relax a little.  Have a terrific Tuesday!


sara said...

If you figure out how to get your to-do list done in the time you have...share the secret! I want to curl into the fetal position every time I think about all I have to do!

And I haven't forgotten your veggie recipes...I promise!

ChaosButterfly said...

Omg, my mom makes something just like this. Except for no coconut flakes, and instead of sour cream, we use vanilla yogurt.
It's my favorite dessert, because it's sweet and tasty and I can eat as much as I want without feeling guilty (or sick). I can't believe other people make this and like it!
Next time, I'm gonna ask her to put coconut flakes in it.

And I'd be interested in a cookbook! I like recipes.
I hope you manage to get everything done!

Stray Stitches said...

Do you realize that I forgot to make this salad this year for Thanksgiving? It seems so strange to see a single recipe made up since I always seem to double or triple the recipe. For those of you who do not like sour cream you still need to give this a try. I absolutely detest sour cream but really like this salad!!

Jess Craig said...

i freaking love this salad! we eat it a lot in the summer at bbq's.

-Diana- said...

It looks yummie ;) I love fruit

Smiling is Good for Your Teeth said...

yum that sounds great! And I think I have had it before!! Thanks for the How-to!

rmcandlelight (nailsbeautiqued) said...

18 degrees!!! I couldn't stand it. I'm enjoying my Fla 60 decree weather :)

Your salad looks so delicious!

Copyboy said...

It's funny that reminds me of my grandma. She used to make me bananas and cream. Delicious!!!

CutieCocoChanel said...

it looks sooooo tasty!
if u made a cookbook i would definitely be interested since im totally usless at cooking -.-
:) hope you get to rest this week!
Much love Chanel

Jessi M said...

That looks really good! I'm going to have to try it sometime. And I hope you do make that cookbook. I've loved all the recipes of yours that I've tried.

Myya said...

Fruit salad is always good, fun to see different recipes for it!