Sunshine Salad

This is a treat my mom and Nana have made most of my life. It’s cool, refreshing, not too sweet, a little crunchy, and perfect. I make it in a big bowl (I don’t own a jell-o mold) and serve it with a spoon, but if you’re so inclined, you can make it in a mold and slice it. I don’t know how my version will do with fitting in a mold though, as this version uses more fruit than versions I’ve seen elsewhere on the internet.

You need:

  • 1 6oz (or 2 3oz) package orange gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 14oz can mandarin oranges (in juice or light syrup)
  • cold water
  • 1 20oz can crushed pineapple (in juice)
  • 2 cups shredded carrots

Drain the mandarin oranges, reserving the liquid. Measure the liquid, and add enough cold water to equal 1 cup.

In a large bowl, combine 2 cups boiling water with the powdered gelatin. Stir until completely dissolved.

Add the 1 cup of water/mandarin orange liquid and the pineapple with juice. Stir and refrigerate until starting to set.

Fold in mandarin oranges and shredded carrots. Refrigerate until fully set.

Menu Planning

My inlaws are arriving this afternoon and will be leaving Monday morning.  This means I need menu plans!  By my count, with one dinner out for husband’s birthday, I need 2 dinners (pick 2 from fri/sat/sun), 2 lunches (sat/sun), and three breakfasts (sat/sun/mon) planned.  And probably one dessert – my MIL is bringing a carrot cake with her.

For dessert, I’ll be making these apple dumplings.  They do not masquerade as health food.  They look a little strange.  But oh dear lord are they amazing.


  • Cereal, Yogurt with fruit and granola
  • Banana Bread
  • Leftover apple dumplings


  • Muffuletta (made with 1lb Italian bread loaf – serves at least 5)
  • Spinach salad
  • Sides: Corn and Black Bean salsa w/ Tortilla Chips; Cauliflower salad


  • Flank Steak (woot!  sale!) and roasted potatoes
  • Mustard Dill Salmon and wild rice
  • Sides:  Roasted Asparagus with Balsalmic Vinegar; Fresh steamed green beans.

Normally things like fish and steak would be… uhh… budget busters.  But I live right near the incoming fish/shrimp boats offload point, so I can get seafood for amazingly cheap!

If anyone wants recipes for any of these, let me know!  Many of them are Anna’s Mama or Anna’s Nana’s recipes 🙂