Holiday traditions – Fruit Salad Recipe

I’m so happy to share one of my favorite holiday recipes with you! This is my great Grandma Hart’s Fruit salad – some people call it ambrosia or cuppa salad as well, but to me it’s always great grandma’s fruit salad.

Fruit salad - yummy yummy
I’m sure there are variations but this has been how I’ve made it ever since I COULD make food!
Holiday Fruit Salad Recipe
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Delicious not-too-sweet fruit salad perfect with any holiday meal
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 16 oz can chunk or crushed pineapple
  • 1 large or 2 small cans mandarin oranges
  • 1 heaping cup of coconut
  • ½ bag of mini marshmallows
  • 1 pt of sour cream
  1. Drain canned fruit, reserve juice
  2. Put all ingredients into a large mixing bowl
  3. Mix thoroughly
  4. Let chill 1-2 hours


My grandma’s fruit salad is a holiday tradition for me and one I hope my boys will pass down. Along with the turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie it’s one little bit of the past that carries on. Isn’t that the best thing about family recipes? They keep our history alive by sharing things our families shared around their tables so many years ago…

Mexican Chicken Casserole

Casseroles are such an easy way to get dinner to the table – this Mexican Chicken Casserole is one of my family’s favorite dishes~and my most asked-for recipe…

Mexican Chicken Casserole

Photo, courtesy the lovely Ali (now blogging at Jam hands)


Mexican Chicken Casserole
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cooked Chicken (I've used Canned Chicken in a pinch!)
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheese ( I use a cheddar/jack combo)
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken soup
  • ½ Cup milk
  • ½ Cup sour cream
  • 1 can Ro-tel tomatoes (canned tomatoes with jalepenos-mild)
  • ½ packet taco seasoning (or more- to taste)
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350-f degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients.
  3. In a greased 2 qt baking dish, put a layer of crushed doritos (about 2 cups), then a layer of the chicken mixture.
  4. Repeat once more, ending with a layer of chicken mixture.
  5. Top with more shredded cheese, cover, and bake for 30-35 minutes, till bubbling hot.
  6. You can add other items to this, depending on your preferences, like olives, green chiles, onions, etc…
  7. PS - The chicken mixture would also makes a great enchilada or burrito filling!


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Quick and Easy Salsa

This is one of the easiest and tastiest salsa recipes you’ll ever come across! The fact that it comes from a can means you can have it all year round!

quick and easy salsa


 This quick and easy salsa keeps well too – I make a jar’s worth at a time and it lasts a week or more (actually it usually gets eaten way before that!)

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Summer Break Day One

Is Summer Break over yet??

Ok, I’m kidding…kind of. I’m looking forward to this summer break – I was so giddy yesterday waiting for the small dudes to get out of school it almost felt like *I* was getting out of school! We have grand plans, I tell you – the beach, bowling, skating, swimming lessons…I’m excited/tired/hopefully tan just thinking about it.

I promised the boys Tuesdays and Thursdays would be their days – days to do projects, go on adventures…So if you need me I’ll be here –

Day at the Beach

We’ll definitely be making a trip or two here. It’s one of my favorite places. Not to mention where one of my favorite people lives…

One day we’ll have the RV, and the time, and resources to travel the country. But for this summer, we’re going to explore closer to home…

What are YOU doing for Summer Break?

Five for Friday – what I’m reading now

My name is Deanna, and I am a reading junkie…

Thank goodness for kindle because my reading consumption would be nearing hoarding-level status without it. I am lucky that I have many talented friends who write fabulous books, and I am THANKFUL that so many cookbooks are now available as kindle books because as much as I love (LOVE) cookbooks, I am running out of room for them!! (ps – if I really LOVE the cookbook I usually do end up getting the actual book too)


Reading now:

tao of martha jen lancaster

The Tao of Martha by Jen Lancaster – Jen can make me laugh like few other people. This is Jen’s take on trying to emulate the queen of domesticity, Martha Stewart. Hilarity ensues. What makes it a great read for me is she is so descriptive you can almost imagine yourself sitting there, hearing these stories over coffee (or cocktails, your choice).


the picky palate jenny flake

The Picky Palate by Jenny Flake – Another Jenny! This one has created some of our favorite new recipes, including my go-to Parmesan tilapia, maple-bacon muffins with sweet butter (yes, they ARE as good as they sound!), and Oven baked BBQ chicken…It’s become one of the first books I grab now when menu planning.

twenties girl sophie kinsella

Twenties Girl  by Sophie Kinsella – Pure unadulterated (but can’t-put-it-down!) fluff – but I loved this book so much. It’s one of those you WISH was going to be made into a movie but you know it would never match up to the one in your head. I kept picturing Sadie as Selena Gomez for some reason…I love all of Sophie Kinsella’s books, but this one is a favorite.

wife 22 melanie gideon

Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon – Another great beach read. Kind of a grown up, married-with-kids Bridget Jones. Just not as scatter-brained. Huge twist at the end which made me gasp out loud. This was one of those books you hate to see end – and that you hope there will be more!

good life for less amy allen clark

The Good Life for Less by Amy Allen Clark – Confession – Amy is a friend and I have followed her blog Mom Advice forEVER. I was so happy to see she was doing a book since so many great ideas and recipes I use now come from her site (best pizza crust ever btw!). Whether you are living paycheck to paycheck or just wish you had MORE saved away for a rainy day, Amy’s book will help you get it done!

This is just a few of my favorites right now – I just joined goodreads so I can share more and get more suggestions for books. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these or tell me what YOU’RE loving right now!