Friday, March 11, 2011

Work Day

I don't guess you can start too early learning about the importance of choosing colorful foods. Baby Sister and I had to go to the grocery store this morning. This was our third trip and I think I finally figured out how to do this. (For the life of me, I can't remember what I did when my girls were babies.) I put two of the green shopping baskets under the cart. Then when we got to the check-out, it was easy just to put the baskets up onto the conveyor belt.

When you go shopping early in the morning, there aren't many customers and it seemed that most of those had toddlers or preschoolers in tow. Taking a baby is such a conversation starter. The check-out girl just cooed at her and got a tiny smile in return. But the best was the white haired man who carried my groceries (along with Baby Sister) out. He sang to her all the way to the car.

We moved to the farm for the day so that I could spend some time in my own kitchen to get ready for the baby shower tomorrow. An hour-and-a-half here and I had made toasted pecans, chicken salad, fruit dip and lemon bars. Plus, the fruit and vegetables are prepped, too. Thankfully there are a couple of things ready and waiting in the freezer.

The secret to giving a shower? Prepare the food at one house and have the party at another! Mommy's kitchen is all clean and ready for a party. I just have to show up with the food.

Here is a recipe a sweet lady gave me many years ago. She was a local caterer and served this often at her events. It's so easy and delicious, I know why. I love sharing recipes. Every time I make this dip, I remember how special this lady was. I still feel a connection to her. Try this for your next party. You don't have to tell anyone how little work it was.

Mallow Fruit Dip

1 (7-oz.) jar marshmallow creme
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
dash of ground ginger

Gradually add marshmallow cream to softened cream cheese. (I beat the cream cheese with a mixer a little until it's fluffy), mixing until well blended.

Serve with fresh fruits, such as strawberries, apple or pear wedges, bananas and grapes. (Don't forget to use lemon juice or Fruit Fresh to keep apples, pears and bananas from turning dark.)


  1. Gosh! You've got an apron and everything. Grin. You ARE a serious cook.

  2. Yep, I really wear an apron. That's because I'd be a mess if I didn't!


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