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Tart & Tangy


With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching I’ve seen these little “superfruits” in abundance at our grocery stores. I’ve never been one to say, “Please pass the cranberry sauce.” Especially if it looks like it slithered out of the can and was sliced. I just can’t bring myself to it. Those of you who have been around a while know I have this “thing” with congealed salads and cranberry sauce is not one that’s grown on me, yet. Anyway, cranberries on the other hand, I love. This recipe was shared with me over a year ago by my friend Katie’s mother, who brought it to a Bible study “covered dish”. I’m sure I wrote the recipe down somewhere, but this is strictly from memory. Which is kind of scary and I have potentially messed it up somewhere but I’ve already tasted it, and it’s good, so I’m going with it! We’ll call it Cranberry Apple Marshmallow Pecan Fruit Salad or CAMPFS for short. {measurements provided at bottom of post}


Start by cutting your cranberries in half. Doesn’t that sound tedious? Well, if you have a food processor you can quickly pulse them, just please don’t pulverize them. And honestly cutting them in half isn’t as bad as it sounds, just watch your finger tips because they like to roll. And once they’re cut in half you can roughly chop them or leave them in halves.


Then enlist the help of a child to add sugar to the cranberries.


If your child likes to talk back or use unkind words you can sit some of the “un-sugared” cranberries aside and make her eat them when tart words come from her mouth. Plain cranberries with no sugar are quite distasteful and are powerful for correcting.

You’ll also need, peeled and diced apples. I doused mine with cranapple juice to prevent them from turning brown and cut them on the same board I used to cut the cranberries so they are peppered with cranberry seeds.


And there are also marshmallows included.


And pecans {chopped}.

And yogurt. I feel certain Katie’s mom uses plain but I like a little added sweetness & flavor of vanilla.

Pretend like the cranberries have soaked in the sugar for at least several hours or overnight.

I incorporated all the ingredients with the help of a child in a “colorful” purple nightgown.



Colorful” is the nicest word I could think of to express how I feel about this nightgown.

An entire bag of fresh cranberries makes a entire batch. I used half a bag of cranberries, a half a bag makes half of a batch. I will share the recipe for the WHOLE BATCH. And I’m not good at measurements, I like to guesstimate, so hang with me.

  • 1 bag of cranberries cut in 1/2 or roughly chopped
  • 1/2 C to 3/4 C sugar {or more if desired– they’re really tart!}
  • 4 apples peeled and diced {Galas are my favorites}
  • 1/2 bag of marshmallows
  • 1 & 1/2 C chopped pecans
  • 16 ounces of vanilla yogurt

I made these measurements up, you’re welcome to increase/decrease/omit to your liking.

Add sugar to cranberries and coat well. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight if you can wait! Add all ingredients together and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.



I hope you all enjoyed your weekends! Rover discovered Raiger’s red boots! It was really good to stay put, enjoy chilly temps and grey skies. We also had a wonderful Thanksgiving service at church tonight that reminded me of how very much I have to be grateful for! 

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  • MaryBeth
    November 23, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Do you have to use the pecans? MB

  • amy s norris
    November 23, 2009 at 12:43 am

    LOVE the red boots…my sassafras has a pink pair just like that that she wears daily (not kidding, i have to hide them if i really don’t want her to wear).

    also, saw a kiddo a few days ago that i swear could’ve been yours, and i told my husband “oh, i think that is one of darby’s girls.” he quickly asked who darby was, and i told him it was one of my blog friends, didn’t he know that….and then he went into the whole conversation of how weird he thinks it is that i have these blog “friends.” i don’t think boys will ever understand. 🙂

  • kendall boggs
    November 23, 2009 at 4:41 am

    Okay, i am SO making that salad. I gag when I see that cranberry sauce comin out of that can. And if I don’t serve it….Katie bar the door. This one, even I can eat!!! Thanks Darbs!
    One more reminder….my contest ends Thanksgiving day at 12:00 noon. Post comments to win the painting “Grace”. If your readers don’t post, I would encourage all to read the comments. They are so incredibly heart warming. Have a wonderful, wonderful Thanksgiving!!!
    much love sweetie!


  • Susan
    November 23, 2009 at 7:36 am

    This salad looks simple enough that my kids would actually try it, especially after they see all of the marshmallows. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Kellie
    November 23, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Sounds like a great recipe – I might try it this week – thanks for sharing! OH! and I noticed those stinkin’ animal bracelets – why OH why could I have not invented those? – they are EVERYHWERE!!!! My children can’t get enough of them and I’m talking 100s!!!!! have a great week!

  • Nancy Click
    November 23, 2009 at 9:05 am

    I can’t stop laughing about the “colorful” nightgown. My girlfriends with older children (and my mom) make constant fun of me, but it is one of my life’s missions to keep Barbie/Disney/character-covered paraphernalia from infiltrating our lives. I joke that I won’t take my daughter down the “barbie” aisle in Target when she is older. I guess a little tacky in moderation is a-okay :-). Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe and Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Susan V
    November 23, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Yummy looking salad!! thanks for sharing. We got some hand-me-down character pjs and that is all my daughter will wear. I least I can take comfort in knowing I didn’t spend any money on them!

  • Paula
    November 23, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Your recipe sounds so much better than my Mother-in-law’s (bless her heart–hers is SOUR!)

    Thanks for sharing.

  • seleta
    November 23, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Yum. I’m making this to add to our Thanksgiving feast. Thank you!

  • Tara
    November 23, 2009 at 10:50 am

    So the colorful gown, I try to tell her she dresses like a “real” princess and refuse to buy anything with characters, but a gown bought be Mema has to be worn every once in a while. I’m cautious. The salad looks so good, I think I will be making it.

  • Stacy
    November 23, 2009 at 10:57 am

    This sounds great–I love fresh cranberries in the fall! Here’s another recipe in case you’re interested–less healthy than yours but easy and yummy!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your sweet family!

    Cranberry Casserole

    3 C. chopped, unpeeled apples
    2 C. raw cranberries
    1 C. granulated sugar
    1 1/2 C. uncooked oats
    1/2 C. packed brown sugar
    1/3 C. flour
    1/2 C. chopped pecans
    1/2 C. butter

    In a 2 qt. casserole, combine apples, cranberries, and white sugar. Mix together the other ingredients and layer on top of the fruit. Bake at 350 for 1 hour until bubbly and lightly browned.

  • Mott
    November 23, 2009 at 11:49 am

    “Rover discovered Raiger’s red boots!” Say that 3 times fast! Too cute for words! What little boys won’t do. Love the post and the recipe–thanks for sharing snippets of your life with us!

  • monique
    November 23, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    oooohhhhh this could not have come in more perfect timing! i am in charge of the fruit salad this year at my husband’s family’s thanksgiving dinner. i was really looking for a festive one too. thanks so much darby! i love reading your blog, thank you for sharing!

  • Katie
    November 23, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    LOVE those boots!

  • Abbie
    November 23, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    looks yummy!

    I smiled at your comment about the nightgown. My sentiments exactly. (We have a 5 yr old little girl….) We love playing princess, but much prefer the creative, dress-up-closet, one-of-a-kind princess over the over-marketed media conglomerate version. 🙂

  • Tegan
    November 23, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Darby, I was just about to leave you another recipe called Cranberry/Apple Casserole, but I see someone else already left it for you. It is a Thanksgiving staple at my house. It’s divine in my opinion, a bit more like dessert though! Hope you and your family have a wonderul Thanksgiving!!! Dave loves for me to catch him up on the Sticklers and Powells. We will be going to Louisville this year for Thanksgiving, can’t wait!

  • Whitney
    November 23, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    This looks so yummy and I may just have to make some! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jill Pope
    November 23, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    The “colorful” night gown kills me. It literally made me laugh out loud. I swore that my children would NEVER wear character clothes or own any “colorful” toys. The reality is that all the “colorful” things make them smile and in turn, it makes us mommies smile!!

    Lots of love from Tallahassee AND Happy Thanksgiving!

  • erika
    November 23, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    i love you. this sounds yummy.

  • Brittan
    November 23, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Sounds great! Will be making this soon! My children are out of control tonight, spitting, hitting, head butting, up way past their bedtime! Thanks for letting me sneak away to your blog tonight!

  • Melise
    November 23, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    YUM yum yum! Do you have a sweet potato casserole you love by any chance? I’ve been hailed to make it this year and I’m stumped….

  • Abby Maddox
    November 24, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Looked so good, I made it for dinner last night 🙂 Thanks!!! It was delicious.

  • Christina
    November 24, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Thanks for posting this. I’m bookmarking for when I can have dairy again. It looks so yummy! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • Chelsea
    November 24, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Yummmo! Looks super delish, I will have to give it a try. I dont think it looks to difficult, and if you ask me …. it could be a dessert or a side dish! Thanks for sharing… and sharing your shoes too!!

  • Tiffany Hill
    November 24, 2009 at 11:50 am

    i am a blog-hopper and I’ve been following yours for quite some time now. This comment has nothing to do with cranberries. I couldn’t help but notice your daughters arm full of silly-bands. My 4 year old loves them too. It’s like the new beanie-baby. ridiculous. Anyway, I have 3 sons (4y.o., 2 y.o., and 3 months) and of course they are totally into spider-man, bat-man, the incredibles, cars…normal boy stuff, but I H-A-T-E the clothes with characters on them. The oldest 2 are only 17 months apart and are almost the same size so in their shared closet, there is a rack dedicated solely to these terrible
    t-shirts. They can only be worn to preschool and they get to pick it out. So it’s not just you and your kids. It is happening to all of us.

  • Grace
    November 24, 2009 at 11:52 am

    haha love the “colorful” nighty. oh how blessed you are to have girls and little rover to mix things up. i’m doing a cowboy theme for my sons 2nd bday. i need those boots! love them in red:) xo

  • christy
    November 24, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    you can also use cool whip instead of yogurt 🙂 i plan to make this as well, one of my favorites!

  • Paula
    November 24, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Well, we dont celebrate Thanksgiving here in Portugal! But I lived in the USA a few years ago and I miss it so much…
    Ah, the memories…

  • Melissa Richie
    November 24, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    This is on my Thanksgiving Menu!!! Thanks for sharing.

    It reminds me of this dish my grandmom made with grapes and marshmallows and maybe pineapples. I can’t remember it all, but this definitely looks like a grown-up, elegant version 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving!


  • Donna
    November 24, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    This looks really yummy…I am not a traditional cranberry sauce kindof gal so this is a great alternative – and I think the marshmallows will win over my kids!!! Thanks for sharing – I always love reading your blog!

  • mallory
    November 24, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Are those silly bands? My 3 1/2 year old can’t get enough of them….they are ALL over our house!
    happy thanksgiving

  • Mandy Norris
    November 24, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Looks yummy! I love the Rover in his red boots and I agree, the princess thing is too much…but she is precious. Saw this recipe and thought of you…looked like something you would like to make with the kids. I would do it, but I stood in my kitchen for four hours baking and cooking today and I am so tired!!!! Happy Thanksgiving!


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  • Lynda@Me and My Pink Mixer
    November 21, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I’ve never been much on cranberry dishes at Thanksgiving ~ I’m more of a stuffing kind of girl, but your salad looks so yummy. Printing out the recipe now!
    You and Rover both have great taste in boots 🙂

  • Lindsey
    November 25, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Thank you AGAIN for this recipe. Year 2 of making this salad, because everyone loved it so much last year! Although I am bringing it to share with a different group this year, hopefully they will love it too! I added a few mini white chocolate chips this year and let me tell you….YUMMY! Thanks Darby!

  • Hollie
    November 16, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Loving your site! Our family makes a recipe similar but oranges instead of apples and fresh whipping cream instead of yogurt. While I do love our recipe I am excited to try a yogurt replacement for when I am feeling not so naughty;)

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