Fresh Fruit Salad in a Basket

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I love fresh fruit and am so thankful that God created such delicious (and super-healthy) foods for us to enjoy!  The picture shows a fun way to serve a fresh fruit salad.

The fruit above was at a teacher’s meeting at the very beginning of the school year, but wouldn’t this be cute at a baby shower or a wedding shower.  It would look nice to have at a wedding reception.  I personally think fruit is great at any occasion.  I know so many people who love fresh fruit.

Recipe for No-bake Chocolate Island Cookies

This is a recipe that a friend of mine, Grace, posted on Facebook recently.  It was her mom’s recipe and sounds so good!

Mix in large bowl:

  • 3 cups oats
  • 6 tablesoons cocoa
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine in saucepan:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter

Bring to a hard-rolling boil. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and pour hot mixture over dry ingredients. Mix well, drop by teaspoons on wax paper & let cool.

 

Dark Chocolate Almond Cookies: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free

Here’s a very healthy sounding recipe for cookies!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 3/4 cup natural sweetener
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  combine first 5 ingredients, stir, add chocolate.  Drop by rounded tablespoons onto parchment paper on cookie sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes.  Let cool.

 

One-Minute Fresh Blackberry Dessert

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Here’s a super-fast and easy dessert that is so delicious and packed with nutrients!  It’s even healthier without the preserves, so you could add Stevia to sweeten the berries and cut down on the sugar content.
INGREDIENTS:

  • Fresh blackberries, well rinsed
  • Blackberry preserves
  • Whipped cream

Mix 1 tablespoon preserves for every 1/2 cup blackberries.  Stir gently.  Top with whipped cream.

 

Recipe for Cracker Candy

My college roommate (I won’t tell you how many years ago) emailed me a recipe that she got from her cousin.  This recipe sounds so good & easy to make and would be good for a special holiday or to put in a pretty container and give as a gift:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 24 Ritz crackers
  • ¾ cup butter (1 ½ sticks)
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 13 x 9 inch pan with foil; lightly coat foil with cooking spray.  Arrange crackers in a layer in pan.  In a saucepan, bring butter and brown sugar to a boil; cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly.  Pour mixture over crackers.  Bake 5 minutes; turn off oven.  Sprinkle crackers with chocolate chips and let stand in oven 3 minutes, or until chocolate is melted.  Spread chocolate evenly over crackers.  Sprinkle pecans over chocolate. Let cool, then break into pieces.  Store in airtight container in the fridge.