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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ambrosia Salad

I was grocery shopping tonight and I ran into a friend of mine.
My shopping cart was packed.  My friend commented on the 4 bags of marshmallows I was about to purchase.
“What you making,” she asked, “an ambrosia salad?”
I was actually purchasing the marshmallows for this killer brownie recipe I love to make.

I’ve never heard of an ambrosia salad before.
I had to know.  I'm up for it!

She told me the recipe- canned pineapple, canned fruit cocktail, canned mandarin oranges and canned maraschino cherries mixed with coolwhip and marshmallows.

Of course, I had to try it.

I wanted to purchase all my fruit fresh instead of canned.  Pears, pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, grapes and apples.  I can’t wait to try it.
I’m hoping Kelly will come over and be my taste tester.  J

My sweet friend Amberlee had her 5th baby this last week and I’m taking her in dinner tomorrow.
Turkey meatball shish kabobs with vegetables, cheesy potatoes, ambrosia salad and for desert, cupcake brownies with peppermint ice cream.

A funny thing has happened in my life.
I don’t work much anymore.
Sure, I thrift most days, but still, I have all sorts of time I haven’t had in a while.
I have time to cook elaborate dinners for people I love.
I have time to work nights on not one, but two YA novels.
The counselor comes home from work and I’ve already cleaned the kitchen.  The trash has already been taken out.  I’ve actually made dinner.

I miss eBay, but I’m learning to find my way again.
I did finish a dresser this weekend.

Pretty little thing, isn’t she (of course, I'm referring to Eden).
I just can’t get away from this color.
I keep going to the paint store and browsing through the colors, thinking I’ll get something different, something original.

Every time, I pick a slightly different version of this same color, thinking it’s a color I haven’t used before, but when I’m finished I realize it's still the same color.
Maybe next time I'll try something new, like my ambrosia salad, I'm up for it.

Please remember to pray for little Katie.
Katie was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia on November 8, 2011.
To follow her blog, click here.


  1. Always inspired by you two lovely ladies.

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  2. I like turquoise!:)

  3. If you can find it in the ethnic foods section, try purchasing some canned lychee (pronounced lie-chee) which is a Japanese fruit. It tastes amazing in ambrosia salad. You will love it!

  4. I DO love the turquoise, but I cannot believe you have never had ambrosia salad....

  5. speaking of ambrosia salad, I would suggest you try this recipe for a christmas ambrosia.
    1 package whole cranberries, crushed or chopped
    1 1/2 c. sugar
    16 oz cool whip
    20 oz can crushed pineapple
    mini marshmallows

    the night before:
    mix cranberries and sugar, let sit over night.
    the next morning:
    let cranberries and pineapple drain in seive.
    mix fruit with cool whip and marshmallows. (I don't add too many mallows because I don't like them, thats why there isn't an amount in the recipe)
    serve cold.

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