Showing posts with label 4th of July. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 4th of July. Show all posts

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Birthday, America!



It's the 4th of July!


And shockingly...it is GORGEOUS out! We woke up to a house filled with sunshine which made us even more excited for today, so we're taking advantage of it and celebrating the right way!

With good friends, yummy food and fireworks at the beach!


I hope you all have a fun-filled Independence Day!




Thursday, July 1, 2010

My Favorite Dessert For The 4th Of July...


I was a little girl when my mom started making this 4th of July dessert for our family, and now I make it for mine.

And as far as we are concerned...

Independence Day just isn't complete without it!



It's pretty and delicious and entirely worth the effort it takes to make it!


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Red, White and Blueberry Dessert Squares

Crust:
1&1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup margarine or butter
3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

In a large bowl combine flour and brown sugar. Mix well. Using a pastry blender cut in butter until coarse crumbs form. Stir in walnuts. Lightly press mixture into a baking sheet measuring 15" x 10" x 1". Bake at 325 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely.



Sprinkle 1 pint of fresh blueberries over baked crust.




Filling:

8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 - 7oz. jar of marshmallow creme
1 - 8oz. container cool whip (thawed in fridge)

In a large bowl beat cream cheese and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the marshmallow creme and beat just until combined. Fold in cool whip. Spread over blueberries. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm.



Sprinkle 1&1/2 pints of fresh raspberries over whipped topping.



Glaze:

2&1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup corn starch
4 cups water
1- 0.6oz package raspberry Jello

In medium saucepan combine sugar, corn starch and water. Mix well. Cook and stir constantly over medium heat until mixture thickens and becomes clear. Remove from heat and stir in Jello until dissolved. Cool glaze until lukewarm. Carefully spoon glaze over raspberries all the way to edge of pan. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm.



Cut into squares (the bigger the better!) and enjoy!


Makes about 25 squares.

Make sure to store any uneaten servings in the refrigerator or the dessert will melt.

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I hope you all have a wonderfully delicious 4th of July!





P.S. I am linking this to the Stars & Stripes Party over at Centsational Girl...

Head over to find TONS of inspiration for your 4th of July celebration!

and

Friday's Favorites at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking
4th of July Fun at Somewhat Simple
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Festive 4th of July Dessert...


We've been making this dessert for the 4th of July for many, many years.

It is our favorite!


Had I been ahead of the game, I would have posted this prior to the 4th of July so that you would have had the opportunity to make it, but...

the summer has been busy, so...better late than never, I suppose!

Forgive me?

That being said, I strongly urge you to file this recipe away for next year!

It is so yummy!

(and if you can find an excuse to make this red, white and blue dessert for any other occasion than the 4th of July, I say, go for it! Just let me know when you're making it - I'll be right over!)




Red, White and Blueberry Dessert Squares

Crust:
1&1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup margarine or butter
3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

In a large bowl combine flour and brown sugar. Mix well. Using a pastry blender cut in butter until coarse crumbs form. Stir in walnuts. Lightly press mixture into a baking sheet measuring 15" x 10" x 1". Bake at 325 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely.



Sprinkle 1 pint of fresh blueberries over baked crust.




Filling:

8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 - 7oz. jar of marshmallow creme
1 - 8oz. container cool whip (thawed in fridge)

In a large bowl beat cream cheese and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the marshmallow creme and beat just until combined. Fold in cool whip. Spread over blueberries. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm.



Sprinkle 1&1/2 pints of fresh raspberries over whipped topping.



Glaze:

2&1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup corn starch
4 cups water
1- 0.6oz package raspberry Jello

In medium saucepan combine sugar, corn starch and water. Mix well. Cook and stir constantly over medium heat until mixture thickens and becomes clear. Remove from heat and stir in Jello until dissolved. Cool glaze until lukewarm. Carefully spoon glaze over raspberries all the way to edge of pan. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm.



Cut into squares (the bigger the better!) and enjoy!


Makes about 25 squares.

Make sure to store any uneaten servings in the fridge or the dessert will melt.

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I hope you all had a wonderfully delicious 4th of July!

We sure did!






Monday, June 29, 2009

Just Around The Corner...


The 4th of July will be here before we know it!

Here are some fun ideas to make your celebration beautiful!

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Star Lanterns


Use a star stencil and colored vellum to make red and blue stars. Glue them to white paper bags. For beautiful (and safe) illumination, use a small tap light instead of a candle.


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Star Spangled Pinwheels


These patriotic pinwheels are easy to make and fun to see spinning in the breeze on the Fourth of July. All you need are a few basic materials.


Click
here for the How-To


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Lawn Stars


This Fourth of July, let a few lawn stars brighten up your celebration. They're ideal alongside a walkway or next to your picnic table.


Click here for the How-To



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Pinwheel Entrance


Add some patriotism to your porch by putting red, white, and blue pinwheels into rustic buckets and watering cans filled with sand.



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Red, White and Blue Parfaits


For a sweet treat that doesn't pack on the calories, try this pretty parfait. Layer blueberries, low-fat vanilla yogurt, and strawberries in a tall glass and serve cold. For an alternative to vanilla yogurt, try strawberry or raspberry.


Click
here for the recipe


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This last idea is my favorite!
I would love to do this for any evening occasion in an outdoor setting!


Light Up The Night


Secret Night Lights


Click here for the How-To



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Only 5 days to go...

We're already hearing fireworks at night!

Do you have big plans for your 4th of July celebration?

Traditions that carry on year after year?

If so, I would love to hear about them!







inspiration photos and How-To courtesy of Sunset.com and BHG.com