You Shall Know Them By Their Fruits

You Shall Know Them By Their Fruits

My daddy was a building contractor by trade, but was a cook in the Navy during World War II.  It was good training for our large family meals. 

Evenings revolved around the dinner table because in those days in rural Mississippi, there were no fast food places to grab and go.  Whichever parent got home first was the one that started dinner.

Daddy was a good cook & Mother was, too, she confessed she didn’t really enjoy it much.  (grin) I learned a lot from watching them in action.

 It was during my teen years that I learned a lesson from my father that I am sure he never realized had significance for me.  You see, my father’s word was his contract.  He had done a job for a man that ran a local fruit stand & convenience store in our small community.  

This man, though satisfied with the job, refused to keep his end of the bargain.  My parents never mentioned incidents like this in front of us curious kids.  I’m not even sure how I found out this bit of information, but I remember suggesting to my father that he just go on over to that man’s place of business, and take out his payment in produce.

My father responded simply, “That’s not the way we do things.”  Years later, his comment came to mind when I read the verse, “Do not render evil for evil.”  It is interesting to note that even though Daddy wasn’t trying to teach me a life lesson, he demonstrated it through his actions and his character.  As Jesus said, “You shall know them by their fruits.”

Go to Confectionately for my parent’s holiday fruit salad recipe.  It is simple to assemble and can be done ahead of time.  I don’t ever remember a family get-together without this dish!!

Confectionately Yours,



2 c. whipping cream                                                1 sm. can mandarin oranges, well drained
1 (20-oz.) can crushed pineapple, well                 1 (6-oz.) jars maraschino cherries,
drained                                                                           drained and halved
2 c. fruit cocktail, well drained                               1/2 c. pecans, toasted and chopped
2 c. mini marshmallows

Beat cream until stiff. Fold in marshmallows, then gently add the fruits and nuts.
Refrigerate until serving time.

Note:   This salad was on every holiday menu when I was growing up. I don’t know why it is called Millionaire Salad.  :-)  I don’t remember having it any other time of the year, so this dish always takes me back to my childhood.

Mother used mostly the fruit cocktail, but I’ve added extra “stuff” when I have made it. I expect you will, too. That’s the great thing about most recipes-you can
make them “yours.”