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A large bowl filled with strawberries, blueberries, pineapple tidbits, grapes, kiwi, bananas and mandarin oranges. A citrus glaze is poured over top and tossed in gently.

Quick And Easy Citrus Glazed Fresh Fruit Salad

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A large bowl filled with strawberries, blueberries, pineapple tidbits, grapes, kiwi, bananas and mandarin oranges. A citrus glaze is poured over top and tossed in gently.

Fresh Fruit Salad

Quick And Easy Citrus Glazed Fresh Fruit Salad

Have you wondered how to keep a fruit salad fresh, including the bananas? This Quick And Easy Citrus Glazed Fresh Fruit Salad is the answer!

Are you looking for a healthy fresh fruit salad dressing that is fabulous to make ahead for a party or a crowd? Yep! This fruit salad is the one!

Why is this Easy Fresh Fruit Salad perfect?

Well, to being, it has a light syrup glaze which compliments the fruit, but doesn’t overpower it.

The unique citrus syrup or dressing, glazes the fruit, which brightens and enhances the natural flavors. 

I love how easy this comes together, and it screams summer!  

It’s a great dish for for entertaining, to take to an outdoor concert and serve in nicer paper products, or for healthier eating with your family and they will think you are giving them a gourmet delight:)

MORE Fresh Fruit Salads

If you are looking for another simple delicious fruit salad, you might like this one.  It’s made with a little different twist on the fruit, and the sauce or syrup is an orange base instead of a lime.  It’s equally good.  You can see it HERE

Oh, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this tart with fresh fruit that my daughter introduced me to.  Danitra makes amazing food, and this one didn’t disappoint.  It begins with a really good sugar cookie type base, next is a creamy delicious filling, and then scrumptious beautiful fresh fruit arranged on top.  To make it extra special, it is finished with a delicate glaze, and it is SSOOO beautiful and tasty!!! Check it out  HERE.

If you prefer a creamy type of fruit salad this Creamy Orange Fruit Salad looks amazing.

I hope you get a change to try this Quick and Easy Citrus Glazed Fresh Fruit Salad, and possibly the others too at your next BBQ, get-together with friends, office party, neighborhood put-luck, or family dinner; you’ll be glad you did!




Quick And Easy Citrus Glazed Fresh Fruit Salad

Ingredients:

1 pound of fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered

20 oz can of pineapple tidbits, drained

12-16 ounces of fresh blueberries

1 pound of seedless grapes, red preferably for color

4-5 kiwis, peeled and diced

15 ounce can of mandarin oranges, drained

2 bananas, sliced

 

Citrus Glaze:

1/4 cup honey

2 tsp. lime zest 

1 Tbl. fresh lime juice

 




Directions:

Zest the lime.Quick And Easy Citrus Glazed Fresh Fruit Salad In a mixing cup, whisk together the Quick And Easy Citrus Glazed Fresh Fruit Salad ingredients – 

The honey, lime zest and lime juice; combine well and set aside.Quick And Easy Citrus Glazed Fresh Fruit Salad Add all of the prepared fruit to a large lovely bowl.

Just before serving, pour the Citrus Glaze over the fruit and gently toss to coat evenly.  

Immediately serve your

Quick And Easy Citrus Glazed Fresh Fruit SaladCitrus Glazed Fruit SaladAdapted slightly from Cooking Classy  

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2016, 2018

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What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal They Will Want To Eat

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Taking in a Meal to a neighbor or family

What food to make and tips to make it easier on you and the person you are helping

 Have you been asked, or even offered to take in a meal to someone?

I’ve got you covered here in  What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal that They Will Want To Eat, and I can help you with this situation.

Even though you want to do this act of kindness, does the thought of taking in a meal, send panic running (or galloping) through your body?

Or do you get cold sweats worrying about what to take that they would want to eat?

And how in the world do you approach them in the first place?

Don’t worry, I’ve brought together valuable information just for you!

  • Everything from how to comfortably ask the day and time for bringing in the meal; making it convenient for all involved.
  • What type of food they would actually want to eat while keeping you in control of what the meal is, so you can stay in your budget.
  •  Ideas for you to know how to be approachable when wanting to help, so it’s not awkward for anyone.

 

So, if you’re looking for tips on taking in food when there is a new baby,  someone had surgery, there’s an illness in the family, unfortunately a death – or just because you know it would cheer them up—

I’ve got What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal They Will Want To Eat, along with recipes that are easy and varied for you to choose from.

These handy tips will  make your meal not only one that is enjoyed, but remembered as thoughtful and extremely appreciated.  




What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal they Will want to eat

A meal is always welcome and a VERY thoughtful gesture of friendship and kindness.

However, it can be a scary idea to think about feeding other people,  or their kids; especially if you don’t know them very well.

So, when do you take in a meal? What are the circumstances that says: FEED US PLEASE

Then, what do you say when contacting them about taking in a meal? 

Most importantly, how do you find out what they like, so they will enjoy it, meaning your time and resources are useful and not wasted?

I have it all covered, so you don’t need to worry.  

 

When should you take In A Meal?

There are so many opportunities, but here are the most common:

  • A new baby.
  • Someone is ill or had surgery.
  • There has been a death in the family.
  • A job loss.
  • They are getting ready to move and everything is packed away (*see special moving tips below in this post)
  • Moving in (*see moving tips, again below in this post)
  • You know they are struggling with something personal, a family member’s situation, or outside circumstances that are challenging.  A meal can make the world seem gentler and a more compassionate place to be.
  • A traumatic event of any type. I have a post you might like How Can I Help When Someone Is Sick And Show I Care?
  • Anytime you want to help out, be kind, and especially when you feel impressed to, that is the perfect reason to take in a meal.

 

The Appreciation Comes From The Details

Let’s be real, we all say ‘thank you’ to a meal and that we ‘like it’.

However, if we ask a few questions, we are going to be HERO’s as well as taking in a meal that will be REALLY enjoyed and EATEN.

Details such as:

  • Use disposable pans, bags and dishes to deliver the food in. I like to prepare as many of the items I am taking  in the same type of pan if possible. The reason for this, is that I only have to have one to purchase and store one type; saving money and space.  Something like THIS would be good for everything from salads, to jello, to rolls to a main dish. You could  use two of these pans  for the main dish if you are taking the meal to a large family.

 

       Using something disposable avoids situations such as: whose bowl does this belong to?                Which unmarked pan does the young boy at the door want returned while his mother                  waits outside, not wanting to ‘be a bother’, as you are frantically trying to find the right lid          to ‘her pan’ in the myriad of  dishes stacked on the kitchen counter….which makes you                want to scream/cry/wish you had ordered out pizza that night.  Disposable dishes all the            way baby. They make everyone happy!

       Or there’s the well-meaning neighbor stopping by to collect their dishes – when you’re not           feeling well as you recover, or finally just got the newborn to sleep… gggrrrr….So if that’s             you, neighbor….please do a favor and call ahead:) Actually, please just use disposable.

 

  • Ask if anyone in the family has food allergies, or if there is anything they simply will not eat.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Of course you, kind person, need to stay in your budget and fix a meal that you are comfortable making.  However, if you take in something they cannot, or simply will not eat, it’s a waste for all involved.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For instance:  Some people really cannot force themselves to eat rice – it’s a texture thing. And some cannot tolerate the taste of spaghetti sauce.                                                      Despite your best effort in making a meal, and their gratitude in your gift, it will not be as useful as it could be. (For example, I will not, cannot – not in a boat, not with a goat, not in the rain, not on a train….I will NOT eat eggs as the major ingredient.  So a beautiful quiche would be devoured by my husband and family, while I would have to open a can of something or other.  I would still send a thank you note of course, but if the meal were to help me out—-hhhmmm—–you get the point)

 

  • If you know your neighborhood well, and others are also taking in a meal(s) to the same family, it would be a good idea to ask the family what food(s) they have already had brought in. You don’t want to be the third well intended person in a row to bring in, say…. chili. 

 

  • If you are dropping the meal off early, or a freezer meal, be sure to label the food with what it is, the date to use by, along with any special cooking or reheating instructions.

 

  • Ask if there is a certain night they would like a meal brought in. Or let them pick from two or three nights that are convenient for you. 

 

  • If you have the means, taking in a freezer meal, along with a meal for that night, would be very appreciated.  

 

After delivering 5 cesarean babies,  several knee surgeries,  then total knee replacements on BOTH knees TWICE, adding in several other surgeries myself; not to mention all that has happened with 5 kids and a handsome hubby over upwards of 40 years of marriage; I have been a blessed recipient of numerous meals.  Truly they have been such a gift.

I have also taken in, or delivered more meals in my adult life now than I can begin to count. 

So, from receiving, and giving, so many meals, I’ve learned some tips that I’ll share with you about how to make it a win-win situation for everyone involved, as well as EASY too! 

 

Did you know there’s Etiquette to taking in a meal?

1 Ask what time they would like the meal brought in to avoid any embarrassing complications.

 

2- Should you take in a homemade or pre-made/frozen/purchased meal or dish? That’s up to you.

 

3- Make sure whatever the meal is, that it’s completely ready to serve to make it easy on the person you are helping. Meaning, they do not have to prepare it in any way, shape or form.

 

4- This is not the time to try to impress them with your amazing culinary skills of grandeur – imagined or real, lol.  Good old fashioned – comfort food is a winner every time.

 

5- Let the person know who you are bringing the meal into that you are:

A) just dropping off a meal (hot or one to be warmed up)

 

B) helping the kids have their dinner, cleaning up the dishes, getting the adults their dinner and tidying up afterwards – maybe you could even do a bit extra with the help of the kids:)

Only do what is comfortable for that person you are helping and best for you also.  You don’t want to put yourself in a situation that is awkward, anymore than you do the person you want to help.  It is very important to get the details clear before the meal is brought in.  Either way, let them know you have only the best intentions and can leave it with the kids at the door if that’s best.

 

6- Give a couple of choices that you are able to make or provide for the meal; meaning within your budget and ability.

For example, I have a grand daughter who at the age of four will eat Kim-chi and we are not Korean.  The girl will eat about anything and try everything that doesn’t run faster than her.

I have another grand daughter who likes……fast food pizza….oh and donuts:)

So ask the parents what ALL their kids will enjoy. Because you aren’t doing anyone a favor if they have to pull out the pans and make dinner after you leave to feed the kiddos. 

It’s not being picky in my opinion, it’s just life, and if we are there to support a friend in that situation, let’s be a help and not a hindrance. (Meaning no comments or judgments, that are not charitable in nature or nice in tone at this sensitive time for the family.)

 

7- Let the person know if you are bringing in the entire meal; meaning sides and dessert.  Or if you are just bringing in the main dish so they know what to plan on, and can make arrangements for the rest of the meal if needed.

 

8- Do all you can to NOT to be late or cancel.  Confirm the day or night before so it is clear that you are bringing in what you have discussed, as well verify the time.

If something does come up that is completely unavoidable and prevents you from taking in a meal, make sure to apologize and take in a meal soon as possible, along with one for the freezer due to the inconvenience.

 

9- If taking in meals for a new baby, I have special ideas in my post ALL THINGS BABY

 

10- Sometimes the situation is more complicated and you need to know how to handle the emotions and what is happening with the person or family that you are serving. It can be hard to know what’s appropriate when illness, tragedy, suicide or any other situation of deep mourning occurs.  What do you do? What do you say, or not say, is even more difficult. How can you help that is actually of benefit?  I have some great information at my post: How Can I Help When Someone Is Sick And Show I Care?

ways to help a person or family when tragedy, illness or hardship strikes their home. What to say, not to say, what to do and more

 

TIPS for taking in meals when someone is MOVING in or out

Take everything needed for the meal including:

  • ALL the paper products such as paper plates, cups, utensils, napkins

 

  • Drinks. Ask what they like and allow the kids to have; such as water bottles, type of perferred soda pop and kids punch pouches.

 

  • Ask if they will have access to the oven or stove to warm up the food.  If not, it would be considerate to take in (on a smaller scale of course) as I show in my post a COLD PASTA BAR or build-your own sandwiches with the ingredients and condiments in separate containers.  Or simply a variety of Sub Sandwiches for them to choose from. 

 

  • Find out if it would be more convenient to have the food transportable if they are moving from one location to another, and take the food in a disposable foam cooler.  THESE DISPOSABLE BOWLS  would be great to have on hand for this reason.  These recipes would work GREAT for this type of meal:

 

BEST CHICKEN PASTA SALAD

A cold pasta salad using rotini pasta that has grapes, celery, crisp apples, smokey Gouda cheese and toasted almonds. All topped with a creamy poppy seed mayonnaise dressing for a perfect dish

 

Asian Chicken and Orzo Pasta Salad

An oriental style bowl filled with a refreshing salad made with Orzo pasta, rotisserie chicken, fresh vegetables and a light refreshing dressing with a little spice from chili sauce and cool from Ranch dressing

 

The Easy Chicken Pot Pie and the Best Homemade Manicotti can be made and baked the same day or frozen for later use. 

Both come with printable baking instructions to include with the gifted dish

Click HERE for the Easy Chicken Pot Pie

This easy Chicken Pot Pie recipe tastes like homemade but it's with premade pie crusts, frozen vegetables and rotisserie chicken. The homemade savory sauce is gourmet and brings it all together. Freeze one for later

Best Chicken PotPie

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for Best Homemade Manicotti

A plate with green beans and manicotti stuffed pasta shells. The shells are filled with ground beef, cheeses and seasonings. They are topped with marinara sauce and more cheese then baked till warmed through

Easy Stuffed Manicotti Pasta

 

 

 

 

 

 

More ideas:

Best Chicken Fajitas

Delicious Chicken and fresh Vegetable Fajitas baked in the oven with green, red, orange and yellow bell peppers and onion. Seasoned with a wonderful homemade fajita seasoning. Serve with your choice of condiments.

 

Best Anytime Chicken Tacos

Two chicken tacos in hard shells with shredded rotisserie chicken. Chopped tomatoes, lettuce are on top of the tacos for a delicious meal that's quick, easy and delicious for a busy weeknight or lazy weekend meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Vegetarian Fajitas also Gluten Free, and these are really

A beautiful plate of sauted peppers in several colors along with other vegetables all combined with the perfect spices to make this vegetarian fajita dish perfect for any meal.

 

Best Homemade Meatballs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Pizza Pasta Bake

A hearty casserole full of pizza flavors from the hearty sauce, pepperoni, olives and cheese all mixed into pasta.

Easy Hot Cheese & Ham Sliders on Sweet Hawaiian Rolls

A Hawaiian sweet roll with ham and Swiss cheese in the middle along with a complimentary mustard sauce. Topped with the traditional Poppy Seed sauce all warmed up to melt the cheese and heat the ham.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.




This easy Chicken Pot Pie recipe tastes like homemade but it's with premade pie crusts, frozen vegetables and rotisserie chicken. The homemade savory sauce is gourmet and brings it all together. Freeze one for later

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

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This easy Chicken Pot Pie recipe tastes like homemade but it's with premade pie crusts, frozen vegetables and rotisserie chicken. The homemade savory sauce is gourmet and brings it all together. Freeze one for later

Best Chicken PotPie

Are you looking for an Easy Chicken Pot Pie?

One that tastes like the old fashioned home cooked kind, but without the hours of work?  

Well, this one fits that description perfectly. 

Beginning with a pre-made crust, using a roisterre chicken and frozen vegetables, you  save lots of time, but keep the taste.

Now for the sauce.  It’s simple to make, velvety smooth and has just the right amount of richness to bring it all together.

This Easy Chicken Pot Pie is a perfect comfort meal to take when you wondering: What You Need To Know About Taking In A Meal They Will Want To Eat

I also have a FREE Printable for you of the baking instructions to include with the Pot Pie




Easy Hearty Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients:

16 oz. package frozen mixed vegetables

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1/4 cup flour

1 medium onion, chopped

1 Tbl. minced or chopped garlic

 1/2 tsp. Emerill’s original seasoning

Pinch of smoked paprika

1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

1/2 tsp. Montreal chicken seasoning

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1 Tbl. dried parsley

1 chicken bouillon cube (Knorr, or 2 tsp. granules)

1  1/2 cup water

12 oz. can evaporated milk

 2 – 2 ½ cups cooked chicken, cut into small bite sized pieces (rotisserie is very convenient here and it is easy to make 2 pot pies from 1 chicken)

 *2 pie crusts, uncooked (refrigerated works very well; 1 box holds 2 crusts) *If using premade frozen crusts, use 4 crusts and make TWO pies so they are not over-filled; because they are smaller pans. 

2 tsp. flour

9-10” pie plate (disposable tin if you’re giving it away)




Directions:

If cooking after right after preparation, heat the oven to 400 degrees.

Line a cookie sheet, preferably one with sides (like a jelly roll pan) with tin foil to catch any spills.

 

To make the creamy sauce:

In a large pot melt the butter on medium heat.

Then stir in onions and cook until almost transparent.

Add in the garlic and cook 3 more minutes.

Add in the flour and cook more 2 minutes; turn to low heat.    

The reason you are doing this, is to cook out the ‘floury’ taste.

But stir constantly or it will burn.Easy Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Hearty Homemade Chicken Pot Pie to freeze or take to a friend in need

Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the water, canned milk, Emerills seasoning, paprika, pepper, balsamic, chicken seasoning and bouillon, parsley.

Put the pan back on heat and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until bubbly.Easy Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Hearty Homemade Chicken Pot Pie to freeze or take to a friend in need

Again, remove the pan from the heat to avoid any burning,; add in the vegetables and chicken.Easy Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Hearty Homemade Chicken Pot Pie to freeze or take to a friend in need




Into the pie plate sprinkle evenly the 2 tsp. flour. *You can put the flour under the pie crust or on top, I have done it both ways….

This step prevents a soggy crust whether cooking immediately or freezing for later use.Easy Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Hearty Homemade Chicken Pot Pie to freez or take to a friend in need

Take one of the pie crusts and place it in the pie plate on top of the flour.

Arrange evenly and press down into the sides and bottom of the plate.

Pour the chicken mixture into the pie plate and place the other crust on top, centering over  the pie.

Tuck under the crust and pinch to seal edges.Easy Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Hearty Homemade Chicken Pot Pie to freeze or take to a friend in need

Cut slits in the top to allow for steam to escape when baking.  Easy Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Hearty Homemade Chicken Pot Pie to freeze or take to a friend in need




To bake immediately, place on a foil lined cookie sheet that has sides (such as a jelly roll pan to catch any spills) and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

When baking, if the crust edges become too dark, cover them with strips of tin foil.

 

For later use:

Cover the pot pie with saran wrap.

Place the instructions in the link below on top of the layer of saran wrap.

Cover with another piece of saran wrap to hold in it in place, and it also prevents the paper from absorbing any moisture from the pie.Easy Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Hearty Homemade Chicken Pot Pie to freeze or take to a friend in need

Place the Easy Chicken Pot Pie in a freezer bag if desired for better freezer storage.

Make sure to add the date and be sure to use within 2 months.

 

Here is a printable download with the instructions for the Chicken Pot Pie to attach to the top with the directions of how to bake when ready. I have a heart border and a solid line border for you to choose from:)Easy Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Easy Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Carrie Groneman’s recipe

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.




ANGEL SAUCE or DIP

Angel Sauce/Dip

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Angel Sauce is a great dip for all kinds of fruit

Angel Sauce/Dip

Have you ever wondered what Angels request for dessert? This is it! Well, I think they love it anyway.

This dip or sauce, is superb to serve with fruit because it is not overpowering and has just the balance of sweet.  It doesn’t mask the taste of the fruit, but compliments it, just right!

It would be an elegant sauce over pound cake to go with fruit also.  Your imagination will take this sauce beyond the clouds in ways you can use this delicate and delicious dip.

Click on over to the next page and I’ll walk you through the very easy steps



Angel Sauce/Dip

Ingredients:

1/2 cups real butter (1 stick)

1 Tbl. light Karo syrup

1 cup sugar (granulated)

1/2 cup buttermilk

Cut up fruit, to your preference   Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a large pot (you do need a large one, trust me) and bring to a boil STIRRING CONSTANTLY.  

When it comes to a full boil cook for 2 full minutes, still STIRRING CONSTANTLY.Angel Sauce/Dip Turn off the heat BUT leave the pot on the burner and add: 1 tsp. vanilla Angel Sauce/Dip1 tsp. baking soda. This will foam up (which is why the need for a large pot).   

Stir until the soda and vanilla are evenly distributed.Angel Sauce/Dip

This is best served immediately and we loved it with fresh fruit.

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator and warm a few seconds in the microwave before serving.Angel Sauce/Dip

Thank you Lisa Barrow for sharing!  Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

 Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.