At home, our meals are simple. Homeschooling three children and chasing after a toddler has forced me to rethink meals. I love to be in the kitchen, creating, but I’m trying to accept the demands this season of life places on me. Hence, I am looking for quick and easy meals that are also healthful, fresh, and filling. Maybe you are looking for the same thing.
Preparing a meal for people is one way to share God’s love. I encourage you to reflect this love to the people in your sphere of influence. Speaking blessings and life over people is part of the very nature God has imparted to us as His life-giving agents. This role may not feel natural at first. It rarely does. But when we walk in His way, it becomes a more comfortable way of life. Never miss an opportunity to pray for someone who asks you to do that. And if you cannot be there in person, text or email your prayer. Prayer mysteriously centers us and pulls us toward peace and kindness.
Summer Apple Salad (serves 12)
I recommend using several kinds of apples here for a variety of colors and flavors. A combination of tart and sweet tastes great in this salad. Think Granny Smith plus Gala.
5 to 6 cups apples, cored and diced (about 5 to 7 apples)
1 cup red grapes, washed
2 cups small marshmallows
1 cup celery (optional)
2 cups whipping cream
½ cup powdered sugar
¼ cup mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
¼ cup sugar
2 T. vinegar
¼ tsp. salt
Wash and dice the apples. Place the apples in a large mixing bowl and then add the grapes, marshmallows, and celery, if using.
Beat the whipping cream until soft peaks start to form. Add the powdered sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
In a separate bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, vinegar, and salt. Add to the apple mixture and stir. Add the whipping cream and stir just until combined. Serve or refrigerate until ready to use.
You can shortcut this recipe by purchasing prepared coleslaw dressing. Use 1¼ cups of this dressing in place of the mayo, sour cream, sugar, vinegar, and salt.
Dawn Stoltzfus is the coauthor, along with her mom, Carol Falb, of From the Farmhouse Kitchen, and a devoted wife and mother of four children.
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