Short Menu Plan, 11/17 {Winter Fruit Salad}

Boy howdy, I’ve eaten a lot of good food with very little effort on my part this weekend!  Saturday morning my children (with some “help” from their daddy, I’ll bet) surprised me with a delicious birthday breakfast in bed!  Wielding a fork, my 3 year old son lead the way… “Mommy!  It’s suppertime (at 9:00 in the morning)!  In your bed!”  (no one eats in their bed around here 😉   )  Then, before I’m allowed my tray of food I get my instructions:  “Tell you what.  Don’t make a mess.”  Proudly balancing my plate on a tray, my 5 year old waitress followed, asking “Will there be anything else, ma’am?” complete with a giggle.  Oh, how fun!

It doesn’t end there.  Saturday evening we ate a fabulous supper at a wedding, and today my cousin hosted a “tailgate party” at his house.  We feasted on cheeseburgers, beans, potatoes, chips and dip, deviled eggs, veggie tray, fruit salad and dessert.  All I took was a fruit salad!  Wah-hoo!

Here’s what our week looks like:

Sunday, 11/16

  • fried eggs, pumpkin butterscotch muffins
  • tailgate feast at my cousin’s place, I took Winter Fruit Salad (recipe below)
  • grapes, cheese, snacky stuff

Weeknight Suppers

  • loaded pork tacos, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese
  • broccoli cheese soup (had to ditch this plan last week when I ran out of cheese), cream cheese apple muffins
  • chicken fried steak (I’ll show you how I do this on Friday as part of my Wholey Cow! series), mashed potatoes and gravy, corn or green beans
  • shepherd’s pie, apples and cream cheese apple dip

Hmmm, notice a night missing in my weeknights?  The plan is for Lance and myself to disappear for the weekend to celebrate our 10th anniversary (a little early)!  We haven’t gone away without any children… for the weekend… for a really long time.  More on that later!

Here’s the promised fruit salad recipe.  It’s my go-to fruit salad for winter, because it doesn’t call for tons of expensive fresh fruit that’s not in season.  We love it!


Winter Fruit Salad

  • small box vanilla pudding
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed)
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 20 oz. can pineapple tidbits, drained (or chunks, cut in 1/2)
  • 16 oz. can peaches, drained and chopped
  • 11 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 red apple, sliced and chopped
  • 2 bananas, sliced

Wisk together the pudding, milk, orange juice, and sour cream.  Let sit overnight.  Add pineapple, peaches, oranges, and apple.  Stir together.  Chill.  Add bananas just before serving.

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  1. Enjoy your anniversary weekend! Congrats–hard to believe it has been 10 years! The fruit salad looks yummy–I have been looking for a change up that isn’t too expensive so THANK YOU!

  2. The fruit salad looks delicious! 😀 Happy anniversary! What a wonderful milestone in your marriage! May God bless you with many more!

  3. That fruit salad sounds so good! I always want fruit salad in winter but only have recipes for ones that are served hot. This will be perfect.

  4. Congratulations on your anniversary.
    The hubby and I recently renewed our wedding vows this October.
    It’s so refreshing to see that there are still healthy and happy marriages.
    Terrific menu. Have a great week!

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