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Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Last week I spent the week cooking and organizing food for our 250 VBS teachers to make sure they had yummy snacks for the break room, and this week we're at youth camp (Falls Creek if you're familiar with OK) where I'm helping cook for 200 middle schoolers (pray for me!).  So, food has been front and center in my mind and I've been sharing a few of our favorite family recipes with you lately.

Like last week's Squash Casserole, this is another family favorite, and is perfect for any summer occasion.  Or birthday.  Or Thanksgiving.  Or Christmas.  Or Groundhog Day.  Whatever- it's a winner any time!  I tried to come up with a fancier name for it ("Cherry Pineapple Salad"), but in our family we just call it Pink Stuff.  There is no shortage of fruity, fluffy recipes similar to this one, many that are pistachio based, but this one is our go-to, must have at any family gathering.

I didn't even take process shots, this is a dump, mix, chill, and you're done recipe.

Here's all you need:


1 8 oz. tub Cool Whip
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 20 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
chopped pecans (about 3/4 cup or whatever amount you want)
1 can cherry pie filling
3-4 drop red food coloring (optional)

Mix all ingredients and chill until it firms up, overnight is best.

If there happens to be any left over, this keeps well in an air-tight container for several days.  Your mouth will be happy!

A few more of my favorites, especially for entertaining...

Bon Appetit!

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  1. Jennifer, these recipes look great. Can't wait to try the Iced Tea Punch this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Oooh, that's such a great one! Just be sure to use good crushed ice, not the cubes like I did. It makes such a difference!

  2. My mom (and several others in our family) has made this for years! And although I've seen the recipe here & there, never have I seen anyone call it what our family calls it until now ... Pink Stuff!

    1. Am I thinking right that you're in Oklahoma? Maybe it's an Okie thing!

  3. Love the way you styled this recipe Jennifer! Not only does it sound amazing, it looks amazing too!

  4. My family used to make that for every gathering when I was a kid... I think mainly because I was a super picky eater, and that's the only thing I'd eat. We call it "Pink Salad".

  5. Everything looks SO delicious! We always call it 'Pink Stuff' too! Have fun at VBS!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  6. Can't wait to try the salad. I really loved how you photographed/styled your introduction picture. You wouldn't by chance be willing to give a few tips on how you did it? Such as.. what type of lighting did you use? What setting on your camera? what type of lens? Hope you are having fun at Falls Creek! (I lived many years in Edmond so all of these places you talk about make me terribly homesick) :-)

  7. We call it pink stuff too and I'm from Mississippi!

  8. For Pink Stuff what size container of cool whip?

  9. Jennifer...what size can of crushed pineapple?


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