Thursday, January 7, 2010


A few days before Christmas, I bought a ready-made fruit basket to give as a gift. I carried it around in my van for days and never did deliver it. The persons to whom I planned to give it had given us a plate full of decorated cookies each year and we'd never reciprocated. This Christmas, we wanted to do something for them. We didn't receive a cookie plate from them this year, and that was perfectly fine. We're cutting back too and we understand, but I started to think if I give a fruit basket, those people might think they should give something in return, so I intentionally didn't deliver it.
After baking holiday cookies, I asked my spouse to take tins of them to some of our neighbors and decided to give the fruit basket to another neighbor. Spouse tried a number of times to deliver the basket but never found the neighbor home. That turned out to be a very good thing.
To my surprise and dismay, some of the fruit had started to, shall I say, lose it's appeal. I'm relieved the neighbor wasn't home when Spouse tried to deliver the gift. We removed the fruit from the basket and I made a salad from some of the least appealing pieces. The fruit tasted fine. Some of it was a little bruised in spots and no longer fit to give as a gift. That's what I get for not following through in the first place. The fruit was fresh when purchased. I simply didn't want the intended recipient to feel obligated to return the favor. Why do I worry so much about those kinds of things? Here's the recipe for my salad - Spouse loved it:
4 yellow delicious apples (or apples of choice)
3 Bartlett pears - ripened
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese
1/4 cup sweet and sour dressing (or poppyseed dressing)
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 teaspoon groud cinnamon
Chop apples and pears and place in large mixing bowl. Add orange juice and stir (to keep fruit from turning brown). Add other ingredients and mix thorougly.


Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

yumm!! it sounds so good...yeah I didn't give goodies to some of the regulars..and you know I didn't get anything from them either..wondering if they felt obligated when i do..certainly not my intention..would be nice that they did it just because..oh well..have a wonderful thursday>>:)

sea gull lighting said...

I think im going to have to try this!

whimseycreations said...

Sounds delicious Kady! I'm going to have to try this combination. Thanks for sharing.