5-Cup Fruit Salad

June 29, 2014
Classic 5-Cup Fruit Salad is a family favorite fluff salad.  Chock full of pineapple chunks, coconut, mandarin oranges, and marshmallows, you'll want to make it part of your regular dinner menu, too.

5-Cup Fruit Salad ~ chock full of pineapple, coconut, mandarin oranges, and marshmallows.  This classic fruit salad is a family favorite!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

Our moving process is in full swing!  So I'm still relying on easy, quick-to-pull-together dishes ... like Quick Weeknight Chicken Penne Alfredo ... or Avocado Basil Pasta ... or this easy family favorite 5-Cup Fruit Salad {which gets its name from the supposedly  five cups of 'stuff' used to make it} ... to get food on the table during this crazy time.

I'm happy to say we've finally found our new home and are gearing toward a July 31st closing for our new house.  But moving to a new house isn't the first moving challenge in our process.  Nope.  My first  moving challenge was packing up and moving my classroom.

Which, trust me ... was an ordeal in and of itself.
 Packing up a classroom for a 'true move' is not really an easy feat.  Especially when, to quote my {now former} Principal, "You have a lot of stuff."

Yes, I have a lot of 'stuff.'

One thing I learned while packing up? ... I may have a slight children's literature addiction.  Yup, I love to buy books.  And I learned the very hard way that I have a lot  of them.

I mean seriously, look  at all the books!

It took me an entire morning to pack up the books.  Just.  The.  Books.

Of course, I did  have to stop and read just a few of my absolute favorites.  You know, just 'cause I could.  Like ... 
(click a book cover picture to see the book on Amazon.com)

Just to name a few.  I could go on ... and on ... and on ...

Oh, and it took an entire car load to move them ... filled my car.  Totally.  And I don't have a super small car.  It looked a little weighed down, too!  I was worried I'd scrape on the speed bumps in my neighborhood.  I didn't ... but I did  scrape a little bit coming up our driveway.

But want to know the funnier part?  The books actually gave the roll-y hand cart a flat tire!  No joke.  Guess I should have split them into two loads.

Here's my sad little classroom during the packin' up process ...

All the bright colors off the walls.  All the desks moved out.  Chairs stacked.  Books and supplies packed.  Students long gone for the summer.


 And now?

Now 'the classroom' sits waiting in my garage.

Waiting for it's next adventures.  Waiting for it's next school.  Waiting for it's next students.  The books ... waiting for their next readers.

And me?  Waiting to find out the next classroom that will hold the title of 'Harrelson Way.'

Now that we know where we'll live, my job search can begin.  I've found my new 'house' home, and now I can't wait to find my new 'classroom' home.

Until then and until everything else with our moving process settles down, I'll continue to rely on quick and easy family favorite recipes.  It's the only way I can get yummy food on the table without going crazy during this crazy time!

But that's okay.  I love quick and easy family favorites.  No problem there.

5-Cup Fruit Salad ~ chock full of pineapple, coconut, mandarin oranges, and marshmallows.  This classic fruit salad is a family favorite!   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

5-Cup Fruit Salad
Source:  A classic from my Mom

  • 1 (20 oz.) can chunk pineapple, drained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 c. sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 1/2 c. miniature marshmallows
  • 1 c. sour cream
  1. Mix together pineapple chunks, coconut, marshmallows, and sour cream until well combined. Gently stir in mandarin oranges.
  2. Chill for at least four hours before serving.

Note ~ This classic salad gets its name from the amount of total ingredients originally used to make it.  Originally, the recipe called for one cup of each of the five ingredients.  As written above, the recipe makes more than five cups total ... the cans of fruit each contain more than one cup, and I always add extra marshmallows.  So while it's not really five cups of salad, the name remains the same.


Enjoy these other fruity creations from The Kitchen is My Playground ...

Cherry Fluff Salad

Cantaloupe Salad with Maple & Cinnamon

Fruit Cocktail Fluff {a.k.a. Easy Ambrosia Salad}

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  1. I can totally relate on the 'children's literature addiction' thing! I retired from teaching (Title I 12 yrs and K-2 before that) last year and couldn't part with the books I'd personally purchased.....OH MY! Fav Son likened me to that hoarder show! I set up a little craft area in the basement and my 'teacher' books found a home there. (May blog about it sometime.) I pull them out now and then to read with little ones who come to visit. Maybe I'll have some Grands someday, too! Good luck on your new adventure!!

    1. I know ... it's so hard for me not to buy even more. But I think I need to stop! ... at least for a while until some of them get too tattered to stay in the 'library.' Thank you for the good wishes on my new teaching adventure.

  2. This post makes me a little sad!!!!! I am so happy for you...but seeing all that stuff boxed up...tear:/
    I know it will be a wonderful beginning though! Love you friend!

    1. You're sweet, dear friend. Walking out of school for the last time made me sad, too. I'll take great memories of seven wonderful years with me ... in addition to all the books & boxes!!

  3. You're off on your next adventure. I love a good adventure. I love that you have so many books for your kids to read too. Lucky students. Thank you for linking up to Tips and Tricks!

  4. Mmmm, this sounds like the best fruit salad ever! Next week I am moving in a new house with my family and I want to make some snacks for the traveling. I will definitely make such salad because my daughter loves marshmallows and this is going to become her favorite treat. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is one of my very favorite salads! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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