Block Parties, Part 1, and Fruit Salsa

As a kid, you always have dreams. It takes acknowledging those dreams in front of others to make you realize that they might not be the wisest idea.

 My elementary and middle school years were filled with boy bands and girl bands. From New Kids on the Block, to Spice Girls, to Backstreet Boys, I’m pretty sure that my best friend and I bought nearly every CD the day it was released and wore them out listening on repeat.

That also meant that we felt we could create our own girl band. (And yes, I realize that two people forms just a duo, but we weren’t quibbling with the details here, folks.) We spent hours writing our own songs, designing our album cover art, and recording our music using a pair of drumsticks we found to keep the beat.

Naturally, we needed a place to first showcase our talent. Which happened to be the neighborhood block party.

We announced that year that we’d be hosting a talent show. We might have been the only people to sign up for the talent show, but that’s a different story. Decisions were made to submit two pieces- we’d demonstrate our dancing skills to a choreographed rendition of Backstreet Boy’s “Everybody [Backstreet’s Back]” and show off our chops singing a song we wrote ourselves.

Then, on the day of the block party, my friend wisely made the decision to drop out of the singing portion. I chose to go it alone.

I should probably take this moment to say that I am not the strongest dancer (future stories to follow). Nor is my singing voice the best when I’ve been running around screaming at a block party the entire day. And then there was the rather unfortunate fact that our song didn’t make the any sense, and would not sound good even if Adele sang it, much less two pre-teen girls going through puberty.

We danced. I nearly fell. I sang. My voice kept giving out.

The polite clapping I heard after the performance let me know that I should probably come up with another career choice.

Anyone Can Do It Fruit Salsa

Fruit Salsa

you don’t even need talent to make this

Ingredients (feel free to use whatever fruit you have on hand- this is just what I like in mine!)

  • 1 c blackberries, halved
  • 1 c red grapes, halved
  • 1 pomegranate, seeded (if you do this inside a bowl of cold water, you won’t end up looking like a scene from a crime show- just break it apart and the seeds will sink to the bottom)
  • 1 c strawberries, quartered
  • 1 kiwi, cubed
  • 1 plum, cubed
  • 1 mango, pitted and cubed
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Cinnamon tortilla chips or pita chips


  1. Cut up the fruit so that everything is in similar sized. Divide into two bowls.
  2. Using a potato masher (or a fork), lightly squish half the fruit.
  3. Combine the fruit back together. Sprinkle on the lemon juice. Fold gently.
  4. Refrigerate at least 2 hours (though overnight is better).
  5. Serve with cinnamon tortilla chips, on top of pound cake, et cetera

50 thoughts on “Block Parties, Part 1, and Fruit Salsa

      1. I used to sing a lot when I was in high school I even won ribbons at the state recitals for solo. but now……..nope just for enjoyment for my own ears. hehe

      1. There is evidence of me somewhere at a hospital review night being called on stage to be the Native American from the Village People and do YMCA. Fortunately it was well before the smartphone era 🙂

      1. That sounds yummy, might have to experiment with that! We have a couple other flavors we are working on so Fruit isn’t on my radar right now, but I need to start thinking about it for sure! even if its just a seasonal summer thing maybe?

  1. This is awesome! It reminds me of the time that myself and a few other neighborhood kids put on a “dance show” in my front yard for all the parents sitting on the sidewalk at the curb. We sang Madona’s Like A Virgin before we were even old enough to know what a virgin was! LMAO!! Good times!! 🙂

  2. Oh my, I’m having flashbacks of myself and all the neighborhood girls gathering everybody to one driveway to watch us perform to Boppin’ Away, which was on the tape that came with Barbie and the Rockers dolls.

      1. Chicago, don’t surprise me … I just love Chicago, I place I would love to move too. Nothing we do in Sweden .. it has started of a bit, but not much .. we are not that social – we Swedes are a bit funny. *smile

      2. You’re so right … there is some *smile
        We are very close to ourselves. I will in a very mixed backyard and we have BBQ together every summer … and I love it.

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