Exciting news in the life of a food blogger & an easy healthy snack!

You know that guy I’ve been raving about here, here and here? Yeah, that one! The one I met in the Navy 21 years ago, my best friend, husband and father to my 3 beautiful girls. Well he was impulsive…..again……but this time in MY favor!! He just happened to buy me the BEST EVER combination Anniversary, Mother’s Day and just because GIFT! When you see it….you’ll know why. In fact, I’m pretty sure this should cover me for my birthday and Christmas too. Though he bought it for me just because…….

I’ve been wanting one of these fancy SLR cameras for probably forever! Hasn’t everyone? Especially mamas…once we have kids we have this insane desire to capture every moment for eternity. But I guess it’s really only been in the past 5 years that these cameras have been more in the mainstream, and the prices even began to dip into the “it’s possible someday realm.” Though I’m glad we’ve waited because they came down quite a bit more. Yay!!!

So it will serve a dual purpose for me….one as a mom and one as a food blogger. We bought a pretty nice point and shoot camera last year when I had been borrowing my daughters camera for at least a year. She and I were both tired of that arrangement. Also I was really starting to get into my food blogging, and a camera with great low light capabilities was a must. The guy in the fancy camera store told me I’d outgrow it and get frustrated (which I did), but it took me over a year of learning to reach that state…and we needed a smaller camera for daily use anyway. Not a wasted purchase at all.

In food blogging though you get to the point where you want to progress in your photography skills. And I had reached that point…and I really wanted manual settings. Especially after the great photography sessions with Tartelette at Food Blog Forum Orlando. And as a mom…I don’t have to tell you how we all crave those professional photographs of our kids. Well I might even be able to achieve some of those too. 🙂

Now let’s get back to food! I’ve wanted to blog about my latest healthy snack for awhile now. In fact…there’s something special about this snack. It satisfies my craving for something refreshing, light AND also my chocolate craving!! Chocolate and healthy in the same recipe……oh yes, and EASY….check it out…..

4.7 from 3 reviews
Easy fruit snack with mini chocolate chips
Recipe type: Snack, Dessert
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1-2
A healthy snack full of refreshing fruit and just a smidge of chocolate!
  • Frozen pineapple chunks, diced small
  • Other fruit of choice, diced small (I used a pluot and mango)
  • raisins
  • mini chocolate chips
  • unsweetened coconut shreds, optional
  • walnuts, diced small, optional
  1. Pull desired pineapple quantity out of freezer and place in bowl.
  2. Dice other fruit you've selected. You can use more than one...use your faves!
  3. Dice pineapple now that it has thawed a bit (but should still be frozen).
  4. Sprinkle in a tbsp or so of raisins.
  5. Sprinkle in as much chocolate as desired...this varies depending on your craving.
  6. Sprinkle in coconut or nuts (optional).
  7. Mix well and eat COLD...the colder the better. SO GOOD and SO EASY!!


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This recipe is linked up with Just Another Meatless Monday, Meatless Monday, Tuesdays at the Table, Tasty Tuesday, Totally Tasty Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Hearth and Soul Hop, Works for Me Wednesday, What’s Cooking Wednesday, What’s on Your Plate, What I ate Wednesday, This Chick Cooks, Real Food Wednesday, It’s a Keeper Thursday, Recipe Swap Meet, Simple Lives Thursday, Fight Back Friday, Finer Things Friday, Fresh Food Friday, Friday Potluck & Food Trip Friday.

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41 Responses to Exciting news in the life of a food blogger & an easy healthy snack!

  1. AWESOME new camera! I bet you’ll LOVE having it!
    Megan @ Loving the little things recently posted..The Protein Bakery Review and Giveaway

  2. Great idea leaving the pineapple a bit frozed. I love lighter, refreshing desserts in the warmer weather!

  3. Sarah says:

    Mom, so glad dad got you that camera you are geting so much use out of it so far.

    – love Sarah 🙂

  4. Congrats on graduating to a “big girl” camera.

  5. Oh you are so lucky to have that camera!! I have been crying for one for about 10 years…still waiting. 🙂
    Love your snack… so glad you included chocolate chips in it! 😉

  6. Yeah for your new camera! What a great guy!
    The food sounds great too!
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts recently posted..Zucchini Fritters

  7. Congratulations! You are going to have so much fun with your new camera.

  8. I KNOW you’re enjoying that baby! 🙂 I will give ya that bag this weekend or next thurs, until then… just Jansport it! 😉
    michelle@the domestic mama and the viillage cook recently posted..tortellini disaster part 2

  9. Alisa says:

    Congrats on the camera, that is a wonderful gift! I followed you from the foodie blog roll and I like your recipes. I’d love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this pineapple widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about recipes with pineapple,Thanks!
    Alisa recently posted..Friday Fun Links- Gluten Free Week-in Review

  10. What a nice gift! You deserve it. One of these I’ll talk my guy into splurging on a camera too. My photos are pitiful!

  11. Brandie says:

    I think it’s so awesome that you get your DSLR **and** get listed by foodgawker! Very happy for you!
    Brandie recently posted..Monthly Menu Plan – May 2011

  12. Great snack idea – I love the addition of coconut!
    Kelly@fromscratchblogging.com recently posted..Smoky Spicy Salsa

  13. Julie M. says:

    Woohoo for the DSLR! You’ll love that camera. I had a canon rebel for the past 5 years and barely ever set it down. This snack looks perfect for warmer weather. Yum!
    Julie M. recently posted..What I learned on my way to BlogHer Food

  14. Bizzy says:

    That is refreshing looking. I love mango and that is what sold me, well that and the coconut and…….
    Bizzy recently posted..Bake with Bizzy

  15. cheerful says:

    that looks so mouthwatering, another great idea from you and thanks for sharing! visiting late from FTF, sorry! happy for your new great toy! anyway, i just like your fb page and wishing you a great week!
    cheerful recently posted..Pink Fridays 013- Dollhouse

  16. Michelle says:

    Yay! for the camera! And the fruit/chocolate sounds yummy and easy! Thanks for linking up with us at the S&R weekend hop! Just to let you know, I have a new weekly linky right up your alley that runs from Monday-Monday~~Quick&Easy Recipe Hop. Feel free to link up! I’m following you now!!!
    Michelle recently posted..Dont be afraid of Homemade Bread! Oatmeal Wheat Bread Recipe

  17. Yeah for your new camera!!!! I got a new one last year and LOVE it. Now for extra fancy lenses…
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective recently posted..Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Frittata and Giveaway!

  18. Cheryl says:

    YUMMY! That recipe looks like something our twins (especially my finicky She-Twin) would LOVE!!!!

    And like that your recipe is so easily printable! Happy to have found you, and so thankful that you hooked up with Makes My Monday!

    Hope you will play along often!
    Cheryl recently posted..Makes My Monday- Full Family of Four

  19. SnackGirl says:

    This looks so delicious! Great idea – thanks for sharing.
    SnackGirl recently posted..Vegan Cupcakes Have Taken Over The World

  20. Awww, congrats! What a keeper 🙂

  21. Miz Helen says:

    Great camera and great snack! Thanks for sharing and have a great day!
    Miz Helen recently posted..The White Cake

  22. I love my Canon! I have a T1i. I can only imagine how amazing the T3 model is!
    Enjoy shooting and thanks for the yummy snack idea!

  23. emily says:

    looks like a great snack! thanks for sharing the idea. Come on over to my tasty party! http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/2011/05/papas-mac-and-cheese-and-tasty-tuesday.html

  24. Suzette says:

    This is divine! I am a die-hard fan of chocolate and fruit. This makes me super happy.

  25. Gorgeous photo! What an awesome present! I would love to get a new camera like that. I wanted to invite you to come by and show off some of the pretty new photos from your new camera today at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight. Have a blessed day 🙂
    Katie @ This Chick Cooks recently posted..Whole Wheat Breakfast Popovers choose your fillings

  26. Way to go on the camera! Your snack looks awesome and I can’t wait to try it as I love pluots.

    Great post and thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

  27. XmasDolly says:

    First of all I voted for Creative kitchen. Thank you for signing up with us at Thursday Recipe Swap Meet. That is one healthy snack that I would truly enjoy & I love walnuts. Many of the recipes that I have saw today added about 10 lbs to my hips, but looking at yours I’m satisfied, but my hips aren’t so heavy. ~hehe~ Thanks!
    XmasDolly recently posted..PLAZA DIP – Thursdays Recipe Swap Meet

  28. This sounds delicious… I love dried fruit mixed with chocolate, raisins and coconut. What a terrific snack , thanks for sharing it with all of us on my meme.
    We love having your support.
    Enjoy the rest of the week, looking forward to your next recipe.
    Lorie Shewbridge recently posted..Thursday Recipe Swap Meet Blueberry Bread Pudding

  29. The dish sounds so yummy!! Thanks my boys would love it!
    Alexis AKA MOM recently posted..Must Read Books II Well some I found- not all my style

  30. I’m a little jealous with your camera hahaha.

    Spice Up Your Life

  31. Miranda says:

    What an awesome gift! I have a Canon PowerShot and even they take great pictures.
    Miranda recently posted..Wordless Wednesday – Drying Socks My Way

  32. Amy says:

    How lucky you’ve got a thoughtful and generous husband. 🙂 Yes, that’s an ultimate gift for a food blogger. Can’t wait to see more beautiful picture on your blog.

    By the way, I’m hosting two giveaways on my blog. One for $50 Thrive products and the other for baking molds and more. Please stop by to enter if you’re interested. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Amy recently posted..Very Berry White Chocolate Muffins—Using Thrive Products—And a Giveaway!

  33. Congrats on your new camera! And Anniversary/Mothers Day/just because! Thanks for linking this treat up to Friday Potluck; sure to please picky eaters. 🙂
    Erin @ EKat’s Kitchen recently posted..Friday Potluck – June 2

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  35. angie says:

    yummy sounds delicious with fruit and chocolate a great snack mix come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com
    angie recently posted..Creole Beef Casserole

  36. Although I may a little late…congratulations!!! It on my list as well, hopefully I’ll get one soon 😉 Enjoy and cheers to many more anniversaries.
    Mari @ Mari’s Cakes recently posted..CUPCAKES de CHOCOLATE II en MINI Cupcakes

  37. Jenn says:

    WOW, that looks awesome! Have you thought about putting some Greek yogurt with it? That would make it so tasty!

  38. leslie says:

    Ohhh fun. New toys are always exciting!!!

  39. Hollie Conway says:

    And like that your recipe is so easily printable! Happy to have found you, and so thankful that you hooked up with Makes My Monday! anyway, i just like your fb page and wishing you a great week!
    Hollie Conway recently posted..Arthritis Tips

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  41. Chineka says:

    I have a Canon T2i and I love it. I’m sure that you are enjoying your camera and all of the lovely pictures it can produce.
    Chineka recently posted..Got Cookies? Chocolate Chip Cookies Stuffed with Oreos

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