Monday, August 13, 2012

Meal-Time Activities: Family Love Fruit Salad

By Tiffany Rudd
I absolutely love summer produce. My fridge and counter are overflowing with tons of yummy fruits and veggies. I also love that having all this fruit around makes it easy to create a quick, fresh and healthy dessert.

A few days ago my kids were having an especially hard time getting along. By the end of the day there was definitely not a happy and loving feeling in our home. So, I had the idea to turn our dessert into a little object lesson.

I set out little bowls of fruit and each of us chose our favorite. Then, as each family member dumped their fruit into a bigger bowl we took turns naming one thing we love and appreciate about that person. The kids talked about how much they love that their dad takes time to wrestle with them, how they love  hugs and kisses from Anniston, and how much they love getting a turn to hold baby brother. My favorite was listening to Cameron and Brooklyn talk about how much they love playing and laughing together.

Then, when all the fruit was in the bowl, we mixed it together and added some homemade Whipped Coconut Cream. The resulting fruit salad, that we named "Family Love Fruit Salad" was delicious.
As we enjoyed our dessert we reminded the kids how lucky we are to be a family, and how even though we are all good alone, we are fantastic when we stick together. This Family Love Fruit Salad is definitely a dessert we'll be having again and again! :)

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