Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mom's Fruit Salad

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I am about to share something that will change your life.  And the best part is, it is incredibly easy.  My mom's fruit salad.




For those of you who have been following me for a little while know that my mom passed away in early May last year.  It's been a very reflective past couple weeks.  All within ten days time there was the first anniversary of my mom's death and then Mother's Day shortly after.  Granted it was my second Mother's Day without my mom, it didn't make the time any less painful, no that's not the right word, I'm not sure there is a word for it.  There were a lot of firsts this year--Caden's 2nd birthday celebrated without her, my birthday, her birthday, finding out we were expecting our 2nd child, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and then all those little things in life where she would have been my first phone call.  I miss her dearly, but I am so glad I have little things like her fruit salad to remember the good times.  Sorry, I didn't intend for this to be a bummer of a post, but at the same time, I felt like I needed to take a moment to remember her, especially with Addyson's birth coming so soon.  My sister went on the hospital tour with me just yesterday and the sweet nurse kept saying things like, your husband and/or mom will likely be there in the room with you.  It's things like that when I think life just isn't fair--how much I wish she could be here for this.  I know she'll be there watching the whole thing--I am certain I will feel her presence there with me.

Anyhow, sorry for the sappy part!  On to the good part!  My mom always made this fruit salad for every holiday.  I am not certain why she didn't make it at least once a month.  Maybe the high calorie content.  But then again, my mom was one who would skip dinner to eat dessert!  I am very much her daughter!  In fact, in all my years, I never once thought to serve this over ice cream until my sister-in-law recommended it.  Let me tell you, I think that might be the only perfect way to enjoy this dessert!  Yes, I said dessert.  This is not a healthy fruit salad, but it sure is delicious.

There is one magical ingredient that makes this recipe.  I had people guessing all sorts of things.  Pudding, no.  Sugar, no.  Well, kind of sugar!  It's peach pie filling!  You can get canned or make your own pie filling.  Whatever you want to do.  Like I said, definitely not healthy!  Basically you can put anything in this recipe and it is delicious.  Here is the traditional recipe we always used, but feel free to use whatever you want!  I am tempted to put in some blueberries and raspberries next time!  I don't think you can go wrong with any fruit!  I hope you enjoy it as much as my family has over the years!

Mom's Fruit Salad Recipe
 
1 can peach pie filling
1 cup of mandarin oranges (or a can)
1 pound of fresh strawberries quartered (or 1 bag frozen)
1 cup of pineapple chunks (or 1 large can)

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