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My First Guest Poster: Shelby from The Bean Sprout Notes

by | Food, Uncategorized

Just some quick business : I’m auditioning to compete in So You Thing You’re Crafty, Season 12!  As if I’m not busy enough this summer, I’m trying out for a craft contest?  Yessir, and I’d love for you to go vote (for me) here.  Of course, I can’t tell you which entry is mine, and they are all pretty awesome!  I just hope that you like my project and that I make it into the Top Ten to compete! So go VOTE and Thank You!





On to the Party in My Tummy!

Would you believe it?  My very first guest poster on this here little blog!  Here’s a hearty welcome to my friend Shelby, who has the cutest little “bean sprout” at home.  Her blog is filled with all sorts of down-to-earth and useful projects; I love how her personality and her real life shines through!


Hi! I’m Shelby, the girl behind The Bean Sprout Notes. I blog mostly on these four subjects

crafts (see my Birthday Wreath)

projects (check out my New Backyard space)
life (read my 30 goals by age thirty)

and occasionally, I blog about themed parties (such as my Girls Night/ Favorite Things Party)


When it comes to cooking, my opinion is, less time in the kitchen = more time with my family. So today I’m going to show you three little tricks to save you time in the kitchen. First I’ll show you how to spoon peel a kiwi, then how to core an apple without a gadget, and lastly I’ll share a quick dressing recipe for chopped fruit salad.


How to Spoon Peel a Kiwi

First up, how to spoon peel a kiwi. I’ll let the images speak for themselves.



In case you missed that, use a brown paper bag to help ripen your kiwi. When ripe, cut off the knobby end, and then cut lengthwise. Insert spoon just underneath the skin and work back and forth until the skin is released from the fruit. Simple as that!


(Oh, and by the way, this trick also works with avocados)



How to Core an Apple (without a corer)

Next up, an easy way to core an apple without a gadget. Despite owning one of those apple corer gadgets, I actually find this method to be even easier. Take a look.

That’s four simple cuts placed in a square around the stem. Super easy!

Barely There Fruit Dressing Recipe

Now that you have freshly chopped fruit on hand, here is a great dressing recipe for fruit salad. This dressing is a very light and lets the fruit’s natural flavor be the star. I use just enough dressing to barely coat the fruit.

I’ve been using this recipe for years, created out of my necessity to prevent fruit browning when preparing fruit salad in advance. I hesitate to even call it a recipe, because until tonight, I’ve never even measured anything. I usually just eyeball it. (I and encourage you to do the same because it’s so much quicker than actually measuring everything)

Without further ado, here’s the recipe.

Shelby’s Barely There Fruit Dressing
Chopped fruit (4 servings)
4 Tbls Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt
2 Tbls Orange Juice

A variety of fresh chopped fruit is best. Generally, I use one piece of fruit, or handful of berries, per person/serving.

Take a regular sized spoon out of your drawer and scoop four spoonfuls of yogurt into a coffee mug. Using the same spoon, pour two spoonfuls of orange juice into the mug. Stir.

Slowly pour over chopped fruit until just barely coated. Remember, the fruit’s natural flavor is the star of this dish, so use the dressing sparingly. You may not need to use all of the dressing.

Thanks ChiWei for letting me guest post today! I look forward to connecting with some of your readers over on my blog.




Thanks Shelby for sharing your great tips!  I want a bowl of that fruit salad right now!  Remember, there will be a link party on June 20th to show off anything you’ve made, especially using the tips you’ve seen so far.  See you at the party!



  1. Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

    These are some great tips, and I’m going to need to try that fruit salad dressing. 🙂

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