The fruit, the whole fruit, and nothing BUT the fruit…


So, Mom…. what are we going to make this morning? Anything for me? Huh, huh, huh?

Well, my darling Kippie, let’s see. We are almost out of fruit, and, no, this isn’t for you… but will you help me just the same?

Okay. If I can have a bite….


You see, my dear, I’ve only got a little of the fruit mix left, and I plan on having a bowl for breakfast now but wanted to get the new fruit cut up that your “brother” (that’s their name for Paul) brought home from the store the other day. Nice new strawberries, blueberries and a pineapple. Yum.

Yes, but one little bite? Maybe a strawberry or two?

Oh, Okay. One strawberry. But that’s it. Okay?



So this is how it goes here. Every time I go into the kitchen, my assistants are there offering to give me a helping paw in any way they can. They are special souls.

I like my fruit mixture with some cottage cheese. Paul likes his with either a cookie or sometimes plain and sometimes a little fruity sherbert if we have any in the freezer. When the sherbert (“Rainbow” is the best) melts down into the fruit, oh my, that is so good.

But it’s breakfast for me and cottage cheese it is. And berries and pineapple. I make up this mixture every week so we have a big container in the fridge at all times. He is really liking this a lot because he used to eat cookies and ice cream every night but now he is preferring the fruit mixture.


That done, I turn around and find no dogs…hmmm… where have they gone?



…here’s the boy-dog, not sure where the girl-dog went to. She’s avoiding the camera, I think.

So that’s an average morning in the kitchen. Actually, I intended to do some baking out there this morning. The dogs are almost out of dog biscuits (peanut butter cookies) – they only have maybe 3 or 4 left, so I need to do that today or tomorrow. Think I’ll get that dish of fruit and cottage cheese and have breakfast now, though. I know it’s kind of late, like almost 11 o’clock, but that’s how the mornings go around here, in blissful retirement.

Speaking of blissful, our rainwater gutters don’t work properly anymore, so we had a gutter man come out yesterday to give us an estimate. We’ve decided to have new gutters with the Leaf-Relief leaf guard installed and that will set us back, oh, about $3.5 grand not to mention a bit more for unexpected expenses like an electrician to work around the electrical box. It goes out of our pockets a lot faster than it comes in… and a lot of lobsters gave their lives for this gutter system… so I say to all of them, Thank You Very Much Indeed.



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~ R. Waldo Emerson ~

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7 Responses to The fruit, the whole fruit, and nothing BUT the fruit…

  1. Stephanie says:

    Mmmm, I love fruit with cottage cheese!


  2. Bex says:

    Actually, TT, funnily enough, we buy cherries with all the other fruit but I wash them up and keep them in a separate container in the fridge, and I put a small round bowl in that container among the cherries to put the stems and pits into while we are eating them. I put that cherry bowl out on the table each night and we have some as “afters” and Paul likes to munch on them after supper watching our British shows. So, no I don’t combine the cherries but we are eating those each day, as well!


  3. TopsyTurvy says:

    The one problem is that I can’t mix the fruit with sugar. Sugar is a no-no for me. I’d have to leave it unsweetened and then DH and I could sweeten it individually as we use it.

    Ever tried pitting cherries and putting them in your fruit salad? Our family favorites are cherries, grapes and apples.

    Thanks for the “recipe”, Bex. We might look at giving it a try.


  4. l'empress says:

    I leave berries whole until the day I use them, but partly because I can’t use sugar. (I use Equal, about a teaspoon for two large servings.)

    Thanks for the approximation of the cost of gutters. It would be a little less for the Cheesebox, I’m thinking. I’m also thinking it won’t be this year. .:Sigh:.


  5. Rhubarb says:

    The sugar helps preserve it, as well. We do fruit all the time. I think I was a fruit bat in my former incarnation (or the next one). It’s a great pick-me-up. Not to mention tasty.

    Had roof done a year ago (gasp!) and was lucky it was a dry-ish winter, because I couldn’t afford the rain gutters until this year. What rain we had just dripped off the edges of the roof into the plantings below. I’m beginning to wonder why I need gutters at all…the plantings are edged with stones and the water dripped onto the stones and soaked into the ground just fine.

    Your story of Kip helping you was sooo cute!!


  6. Bex says:

    Well, TT, we had our new roof put on last year and that’s not cheap.

    The fruit will last fine all week. I make it up once a week, I add about 1/4 cup of sugar over the top and then run some cold water over it (about 1 cup) and put the lid on tight. The pineapple takes on the red color of the strawberries, but the cold water and being in the fridge keep the fruit fine for the whole week. We usually run out just in time for the next grocery run. I use 2 pints of blueberries, about equal strawberries, and one fresh pineapple. This goes great with yogurt, as well!


  7. TopsyTurvy says:

    Okay, now I’m hungry. Your fruit mix looks delicious! We just had some fresh pineapple that we had the last few days over here, but a mix sounds even better. I’ll have to talk to DH and see what he thinks of something like that.

    The only thing I’m concerned about is just how long the fruit will stay good once it’s cut up. I’m not a big fan of aging fruit. You know, how it starts to shrivel and lose its color.

    Sorry to hear about the high cost of your new gutters! Maintaining a house is costly! I know that by next year we’ll probably have to get our place roofed, and we’re concerned about that.


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