With only five ingredients, Orange Fluff Jello Salad is the go to dish for potlucks and easy family dinners. Your family will beg you to make it!
Do you find that food triggers memories for you?
I can vividly remember the smells of lunch cooking as a kid when we walked in the house from Sunday morning church.
My mom always made sure there was a home cooked meal waiting for us each and every Sunday. Saturday nights were spent preparing the dishes for the oven the next morning.
I never really thought of these weekly rituals as traditions, and I’m sure I didn’t appreciate the effort and time that went into the preparations.
After I became an adult and started a family of my own my mom would gather all our extended family together to create new memories.
We all squished into my parents’ small dining room with our contributions to the meal all crammed into her small kitchen.
She would set out the good china and glasses, with plastic plates for the grandkids.
I always wondered why she went to such efforts when it was “just” family.
When I got married this Orange Fluff Jello Salad was one of the first recipes I requested. Known only to me as “Orange Salad,” this dish didn’t have a fancy title or special ingredients (only a color distinction!)
(My recipe notes taken from the phone call to my mom right after I got married! There’s a lot of love in those food stains!)
Just a taste from my mama’s kitchen, made with love and handed down through the years.
After my mom passed away I discovered her handmade recipe book, filled with yellowed clippings from newspapers and notes written in her shaky cursive handwriting.
Her recipes are precious reminders that memories are created when we gather around the table, sharing stories and life together.
This is the secret my mom understood about family.
My own family is now scattered, miles apart from the home my husband and I created together.
Our oldest son and daughter-in-love have moved to Virginia, helping to start a church plant in a college community.
As parents of our only grandchildren, we see our oldest daughter and son-in-love quite often, even if they do live about 45 minutes away from us. Those grandbabies are our joy and delight!
Our youngest son is making his way in the world and our youngest daughter still lives at home while she finishes studying at a local beauty school.
Any opportunity for all of us to share a meal together brings such joy to my heart. Although it doesn’t matter what we eat, I’m pretty fond of this Orange Fluff Jello Salad!
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Just like my mom, I always prepared a big Sunday lunch for my family as my kids were growing up. A couple of my favorite resources for make ahead recipes were Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook and Taste of Home Slow Cooker Recipes.
Orange Fluff Jello Salad
- 1 12- oz carton cottage cheese
- 2 3- oz pkgs orange jello
- 1 20- oz can crushed pineapple drained
- 1 11- oz can mandarin oranges drained
- 1 12- oz carton whipped topping
Drain well pineapple and mandarin oranges and stir together.
Mix together cottage cheese and jello.
- Add drained pineapple and oranges and mix together.
Fold whipped topping into mixture.
What is your favorite family memory as you shared meals together?