Sometimes the simplest request throws me into a complex search for a solution. If I haven't attempted something before, I tend to believe it will probably be more difficult or time-consuming than I imagine. Case in point: fruit dip. Yes, I am a 40-something woman who had never made a fruit dip until recently. I don't know if that's because I don't really see the need (fruit is delicious by itself), or if it's because I'm just lazy that way, but in any case, I had never even considered making fruit dip.
Yesterday, our local Relief Society provided a dinner for some people at a community event, and I was asked to throw together a fruit dip for the occasion. Did you know the main ingredient in fruit dip is marshmallow creme? And I thought it's only use was for fudge, or Easterners' fluffernutter sandwiches.
Since my daughter mistook the dip for cottage cheese, I'm pretty sure I could have done a better job in the blending department, but the dip itself tastes sufficiently yummy. I used this recipe as a starting point, but then decided to add the lemon ingredients to take the sweetness down a notch.
8 oz. Cool Whip or generic equivalent (If I make this again, I'll use real whipped cream, which I prefer.)
13 oz. marshmallow creme (I think the smaller jar would have been enough.)
8 oz. cream cheese (I used the reduced fat variety.)
1/2 teaspoon lemon peel
1 T lemon juice
Combine all ingredients.
The main thing I learned (again) was to just relax! Though I would tweak the recipe a bit more the next time I make this dip, sometimes "good enough" is adequate. Fulfilling an assignment without stressing out about it is a good thing.
Thanks for opportunities to try new things and serve others.