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					    Holly’s Report from South Mountain
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I just wanted to share my South Mountain                    The following recipe is from Teresa Bourne.
experience with you!
                                                                           Grandma’s Fruit Salad
With the ice storm & cancellation of the guild              1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple chunks
Christmas party, I really did dread going to South          1 can (15 ounces) reduced-sugar sliced pears, drained
Mountain. I didn't feel like we had enough                  1 can (15 ounces) reduced-sugar sliced peaches, drained
stockings, goodies or quilts. I met a few people at         1 _ cups seedless red grapes
the church parking lot on the morning of Dec.               1 package (3 ounces) cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
16th--and then traveled to Rutherford Co. & met             2 medium firm bananas
even more members--so, I collected quite a nice             3 tablespoons lemon juice
"haul".                                                     1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries, well-drained

I drove on, just worrying about their conditions &          Drain pineapple, reserving juice in a 1-cup measuring cup.
my busy schedule. I made it with no problems,               In a bowl, combine the pineapple, pears, peaches and
parked my car & ran in to introduce myself. I               grapes. Cover and chill. Add enough water to pineapple
walked through the front door and there were                juice to measure 1 cup. Pour into a small saucepan. Whisk
several people standing there, one was a young              in pudding mix. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring
lady around 13 to 15. She was being given a                 constantly. Remove from the heat; set aside to cool to
white round laundry basket. The basket held a               room temperature.
white pillow, white toiletries, & other white items.
Carefully rolled up in the middle of that basket            Slice bananas into a bowl. Drizzle with lemon juice; gently
was a yellow and white quilt, the young girl was            toss to coat. Let stand for 5 minutes; drain. Add bananas
saying, "...this is mine? This beautiful quilt is           and cherries to chilled fruit. Add cooled pudding; toss
mine? I've never owned anything so beautiful."              gently to combine. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12
                                                            servings.
As I diverted my watering eyes back to the
basket, I saw the quilt again, and I promise you, it
was "glowing" the girl kept thanking the staff, and
they had no idea at that point who I was, I went
back to my car to get unloaded, and the girl was
being escorted to her new home, she passed by
me & was still talking to the staff about the quilt. I
was so proud of what we are doing. Whoever
made the yellow & white (either nine patch or Irish
chain--I think) quilt, know that it is loved and
cherished.

The last time I visited South Mtn., they told me
how they were giving the quilts in the baskets--but
this time, I got to see it first hand. So, this year, if
you choose to make a quilt, remember how
special this girl thought that yellow and white quilt
was, make something that will be colorful in that
basket! Donate a quilt with love, to be loved. This
experience made my Christmas. All of you who
donated quilts this year, are so generous to have
done so! This is a worthy cause, and I was so
fortunate to see firsthand how a young life was
touched by our donations.

Thank you all for that you do!           FQG members
                                          get 25% off all
Holly                                    fabric at June’s
                                               shop.

				
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