Fresh Fruit Salad

I love just about every kind of fruit salad there is but this version is definitely at the top of my list. it is mixed with all kinds of fresh fruit and berries, it is so easy to experiment with different fruit too. The juice that is added to it keeps the fruit nice a juicy with a little extra sweetness.

Start with about 2 cups of seedless grapes, green are my favorite. Plus green gives a nice contrast to the other colors you will be adding. Then cut them in half and add them to a large serving bowl.

Next take about 1-2 cups of strawberries and quarter them.

Then add in about 1 cup of blue berries to the bowl.

Next dice up an apple of preference. You can add granny smith for tang, but my favorite is Honey Crisp apples. They keep a nice crunch with still being juicy, they also have a little sweetness to them.

Add 1-2 cans of mandarin oranges to the mix, they are easy and seems to be everyone’s favorite. I make sure I get the cans that are soaked in juice or water, I do not like them to have unnecessary syrup added to them.

Now you are ready for the secret ingredients. In a small bowl, mix about 3 tablespoons of honey with about 1/2 cup of orange juice. Let the honey dissolve, if you are making on a cold day, you might want to heat up the honey just a few seconds in the microwave to speed up the process.

Once the honey is fully dissolved, slowly pour over the fruit and gently stir. you may want to keep collecting the juice from the bottom and pour over the fruit several times. Then stick in the fridge until you are ready to enjoy. I recommend letting it sit for at least an hour to let the juice soak into the fruit. You can even make it the night before. But I wouldn’t recommend making more than 24 hours ahead. some of the fruit will start to get soggy.

So there you have it. Let me know if you have tried this and how it turns out. Also leave a comment if you have any good suggestions to add to this amazing fruit salad. Thank you.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of grapes
  • 1-2 cups of fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1 large apple
  • 1-2 cans of mandarin oranges
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice

Mickey Mouse Birthday Party

My kiddo has been obsessed with Mickey Mouse for most of his two’s so I didn’t have to think very hard on a theme for his third birthday party. Every morning he would ask to watch Mickey and he would have his favorite episodes that he would watch over and over. The decision came down to if we wanted to make it a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party or a Roadster Racer party. I ended up picking the Clubhouse route so we can have a hot dog bar. Ya know, hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog!! I can’t even say that without doing a little wiggle.

Now food is a big part of having a get together. I love making food for friends and family to enjoy. And having a party is a good way to try out new recipes and getting honest opinions. For this party I found some really fun recipes that were a huge hit. I really wanted to find a pasta salad so I could label it as a “Minnie Bow Tie Pasta”. The pizza pasta salad that I found was perfect. It as a sweet and salty mix that people of all ages enjoyed.

This fruit salad that I made was really yummy too, I was even getting requests later to make at other parties and pot lucks. Plus most kids like fruit, it is a healthy alternative to party foods. I also did the usual veggie plate and labeled it “Daisy’s garden veggies”. I placed a food tag on a cheese plate and called it “Donald’s Cheese and Quackers”. My family doesn’t usually drink any soda so lemonade is usually around at our house. We filled a huge dispenser full of it and tagged it as “Clarabelle’s Le-MOO-Nade”.

Cupcakes are my go to. I love cupcakes, and I usually get requests to make them. And come on, you have to have some kind of cake for a birthday party. My favorite to make are my vanilla cupcakes with almond buttercream frosting. I made the little mickey mouse topper from big and small Oreos and dunked them in black candy melts. They would have been just fine without the melted candy but I liked the smooth finish to them.

All in all, it was a great day! The weather was perfect for an early May birthday party. We were able to have it mostly outside while grilling hot dogs.