Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Post July 4th

Hi friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! We had a small cookout as only one of our daughters could be home over the holiday weekend. But we had all of our family favorite dishes and had a very nice holiday cookout on the 3rd.

This "Death by Chocolate" dessert was requested by my daughter and son-in-law. How could I say no? It has been posted on my blog before and is so very easy to put together. Makes quite a statement on the buffet table too! It is three layers of baked cake (or brownies) broken into bite sized pieces and layered with cool whip, chocolate pudding and Heath Bar crunch. YUM!

This is another dessert that is always a hit on the 4th! I don't usually use an oval dish so I had to be creative making a flag. There also wasn't much room for white stripes but I think you get the drift! It's red, white and blue and all that matters! 

This strawberry and cream delight has also been posted on my blog before, though in trifle form instead of the flag cake. This is just a white cake made with almond extract, filled and topped with whipped cream, cream cheese, confectioner's sugar and almond extract and of course strawberries and blueberries. This is also very yummy!

Here is one of my all time favorite frozen jello salads that I had almost forgotten about but while reading through some old recipes, I happened upon the recipe and couldn't wait for an event or holiday to make it! It is very refreshing on a hot summer day! So it was perfect for the 4th!

Recipe:  Frozen Strawberry Fruit Salad

Dissolve small strawberry jello mix with 1 C boiling water.

Add 1/2 C pineapple juice and 1/2 C lemon juice.

Refrigerate for 1 hour or until slightly jelled.

Whip up 1 packet of Dream Whip according to directions on package. Add 1/2 C Hellmanns mayo. Then add drained fruit. (Can be fruit cocktail, fresh strawberries, pineapple, banana)  You may also add nuts if desired. I used 1 can fruit cocktail and fresh strawberries.

Spoon into loaf pan or pretty mold.

Place in freezer, covered with foil or plastic wrap. Take out 1/2 hour before serving. Invert to platter and slice for serving.

I sometimes sit the entire loaf pan into a deep dish of warm water for a few seconds, just long enough for the sides to melt from the loaf pan. Run a sharp knife around the edges of the dish to help remove the salad. Then.....enjoy!

Hope everyone had a healthy dose of family, food and fireworks over the 4th of July weekend! How did you celebrate?