Everyday Mom's Meals: Vacation Dessert

Monday, July 9, 2012

Vacation Dessert

Last week I confessed that we had been in Florida for 2 weeks, vacationing and spending some major quality time as a family. And when your Everyday Mom is on vacation, the cooking doesn't stop. I'm still on the lookout for things I can make easily, quickly and totally satisfy my family. With the condo having a fully functioning kitchen, it is much easier for me to keep doing what I do! This dessert came about because I wanted to make Monkey a special treat to reward him for working so hard on his swimming. Mr. Everyday started to teach him to swim two summers ago while we were in New Smyrna Beach, and each year he's gotten better and better. It's pretty amazing how he literally "jumps in" right where he left off the year before and continues to improve. He is getting so good he can swim from one end of the pool to the other with no breaths in between! That is a pretty big accomplishment for such a little man, so a sweet treat was absolutely necessary! However, I wanted to make something with things I had on hand. This was what I came up with, and since it got 2 thumbs up from the little swimmer himself, I know it must be good!

Strawberry Peanut Parfaits
Makes 4 Parfaits
1 c. strawberries, diced
4 TBS sugar
2 c. Cool Whip
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 c. chopped peanuts
1/2 c. crushed graham crackers

In a medium bowl combine strawberries and sugar. Chill for at least an hour to macerate. In a small bowl combine Cool Whip w/ vanilla.  In 4 parfait glasses start with a layer of Cool Whip. Next add strawberries, Cool Whip, chopped peanuts, Cool Whip, graham crackers, Cool Whip, strawberries, Cool Whip and a end with a mixture of chopped peanuts and graham crackers.

Isn't the view from the balcony gorgeous?
 Shared on Make Ahead Meals July 9, 2012
Shared on Mandy's Recipe Box July 10, 2012 
Shared on Lady Behind The Curtain July 11, 2012 
Shared on Miz Helen's Country Cottage July 12, 2012 
Shared on The Country Cook July 13, 2012
Strawberries at Very Good Recipes
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Ellen B Cookery said...

This sounds so nice.

Unknown said...

I would LOVE to have one of these while I was on vacation!
Or while just sitting on my couch watching Food Network! (lol)

Miz Helen said...

Hi Krista,
This is a great dessert treat. Hope you have a fantastic week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen