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August 15 is one of the oldest feast days in the Roman Catholic faith – the Assumption of the Blessed Mother into heaven. There are different traditions worldwide to celebrate this holy day, from the blessing of fruits and herbs to processions through town.

Our family tradition is to share a nice bowl of ambrosia after supper to celebrate this Marian feast day. Why? It is a symbol reflecting the words, “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.”

I must admit, ambrosia was not my favorite when I was a girl. My Great Aunt Bertha served it at Thanksgiving, and when there were apple pies, pecan pies, and sometimes other pies, who would choose ambrosia? But now, in the heat of summer, it’s not only refreshing, but more importantly, a reminder of all that we have been given.

Here’s our recipe:

Summer Ambrosia, yield 4 servings

1 naval orange, peeled and sliced

1/2 pineapple, diced

1 cup mini marshmallows

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup sliced nuts (Pecans or almonds are my favorites. )

1/2 cup sour cream

Mix, chill, and serve. Bon appétit!