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Waldorf Summer Salad

August 2nd, 2010

WOW, what an easy salad and one that kids love (it’s the marshmallows).

Because you can use almost any fruit, Waldorf Summer Salad is a great one to use with seasonal fruit. Right now, in Iowa, we have lots of luscious peaches, plums, cherries, berries and melons in the markets, so I probably wouldn’t make it with the apples and bananas shown in the picture.

Don’t make this salad too far ahead, but do let the kids help. If you need a few more servings, just add another fruit or two and a little more juice.

Waldorf Summer Salad


  • 1 medium apple, diced*
  • 1 banana, cut up
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup fruit juice (any kind)
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • Optional: ¼ cup coarsely chopped walnuts or peanuts


  1. Place apple, banana, and raisins in a bowl. Pour juice over and stir to coat.
  2. Stir in marshmallows and, if desired, chopped nuts. Serve.
    *Invite your family to experiment with flavor combinations, such as pears, peaches, kiwi, canned pineapple, and other dried fruits.

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Vending Machines Eat Money

February 19th, 2009

When I go by a vending machine, it is tempting to stop for a snack. But, just like everything, prices have gone up. If I buy a $.75 item every day, it adds up to $3.75 per week and $195.00 in a year. I can think of lots of things to do with $195.00—like getting several massages, or taking my family out for a special treat.

You can save money if you take a snack from home. For example, peanuts are a popular selection at a vending machine. The cost is $.75 for 2 ounces. But, if I buy a large container of peanuts* (34 ounces) for $5.29 and fill a small container that holds 2 ounces, my cost for a snack is only $.31. WOW! The vending machine snack costs more than twice as much.

This same concept works with most of the items in the vending machine…now if I can just remember to bring that snack from home.

Share with me some ways you save money on snacks.

*Dry roasted peanuts are healthier than cocktail peanuts because they have less sodium and fat.

                                                                                                          -contributed by Susie

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