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Cranberry Apple Fruit Salad

I mentioned I was working on a lot of new things for myself this year. Balance, being one of them. I hate to admit that after a year of doing fairly well, I threw it all to the wind after our family vacation in September. After that, our meals just became horribly unbalanced. You know the ones – too many carbs, not enough veggies.

I’m out to change all that and get us back to a happy medium of protein, carbs, fruits and veggies and I would just love to share this process with you. Over the next few weeks, you’ll see me start to feature recipes we’ve tried, meal plans we’re actually using and some fun stuff that you will hopefully find well, … helpful.

I would love to hear about what your family is doing right in these regards and even areas where you still have room for improvement. I’m a helper by nature, so if I can help you out at the same time I’m helping myself, my chances for success will increase ten fold. Seriously, hit me with you best shot. Kids not eating meat or veggies, husband who is diabetic or gluten intolerant. Don’t worry, I can take it.

Ok, skipping ahead here. Another word I’m focusing on this year is, Courage. I’m hoping to gather up as much of that as possible and maybe even publish a few of my own personal recipes too. Seems I am a bit shy about some things, food photography being one of them. Still, I have a great arsenal of tried and trues and figure I should help but them in your arsenal too.

Until then though … here’s a fun recipe I made with the kiddos. Baby steps folks, baby steps.

I saw the recipe just before Christmas, Cranberry Apple Fruit Salad and knew I had to try it. I had never even eaten a real cranberry, but the colors were so gorgeous and that little fella of mine loves to whip up just about anything in the kitchen so this seemed like a winner.

those eyes

I was right. It was devine.

Cranberry & Apples

Just look at all that color. And as if Apples & Cranberries weren’t enticing enough …
Cranberry Apple Fruit Salad

There were Marshmallows!!! plus Pecans & Vanilla Yogurt. Yes, I realize I punctuated early, but I said marshmallows people, marshmallows!!! (There I did it again just for good measure)
Cranberry Apple Parfaits

Sure, it was great as is. But we like to “Parfait” around these parts (I bought the .99 cent glasses and everything), so I layered in some Multigrain Cheerios added a dollop of whip cream and called it breakfast – complete with a side of Cranberry Pomegranate juice.
Kid Tested, Mom Approved

[Insert Obligatory Kid Smiling Photo]

Balanced? Maybe? … I see dairy, fruit, nuts & other – oh, and I added whole grains! Maybe not? Depends on your definition of the word balanced .. but it was delish and fun for everyone. and that’s all that really counts right?

Check out the full recipe here

Psst, dont forget to tell me about your personal struggles or achievements with feeding your family a balanced diet.


Stacy is seeing the world in a whole new way – through the eyes of her children. She writes about the little things, the big things and all the “stuff” in between at Kids Stuff World.

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5 thoughts on “Cranberry Apple Fruit Salad”

  • Oh, there is no need to be shy about posting recipes and photographs of your food. How divine does those two dishes look? AMAZING! I don’t ever declare to be a photographer, but post away all my recipes and the photos that go with it! I think I might even try those babies… my kids would think they were delightful (not to mention colourful, and marshmallows???? YUM!).

    Oh, and I’ve decided to do something new every week. And I’m posting (and putting up a linky). Nothing like a bit of inspiration ;) xxx

  • THIS LOOKS HEAVENLY….and I have a bag of cranberries in the fridge. I must try this..marshmallows and all. Yum! Thank you my dear.


  • That looks and sounds great! I don’t know if my little Mr. Picky would eat it or not. He loves most fruit and would live on yogurt if I let him. My concern would be getting him to eat the cranberries. Mom on the other hand would devour this. :) Would be really great on a hot summer day.

    Our biggest struggle with food is veggies. The older he gets the less he eats. I’ve resorted to mixing them all in mashed potatoes. LOL

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