Everyday Mom's Meals: Happy 4th of July!!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Happy 4th of July!!

Okay, so technically I'm a few days early, but this is my only post this week, so I thought it best to say Happy Birthday America today, and share something you could easily whip up in no time this weekend of your holiday celebration.

Do you love parfaits as much as I do? I'm kinda addicted. Anytime I can find a way to simply layer things into a pretty dish and call it dessert, I'm happy. They are truly one of the easiest things you can make, and really budget friendly for feeding a crowd too. You can make ingredients stretch a lot farther because you are using less in each one, therefore making more. 

Not to mention, this time of year, any sweet treat that doesn't involve baking is like icing on the cake to me! No bake desserts were invented for the summer months. And who doesn't love going to a party and having an individual dish, hands-friendly for walking, talking and eating all at the same time. 

I hope however you're spending the upcoming holiday weekend, you will be with those whom you love most, celebrating this terrific nation of ours, and everything the founding fathers had in mind all those years ago when they declared our independence, and created one nation under God for liberty and justice for all! 

Patriotic Parfaits
1 small box instant vanilla pudding
1 1/2 c. cold milk
Cool Whip
16 oz. container strawberries, chopped
1 pint blueberries
Vanilla Wafer Cookies

In a medium bowl whisk together milk and pudding mix until combined. Set in fridge for 5 minutes until soft set. In bottom of parfait cups or bowls, layer whole cookies, overlapping if necessary. Layer in pudding, strawberries, Cool whip, and blueberries. Repeat layers. Chill for at an hour to set before serving. *NOTE* For easy layering, place Cool Whip and pudding into plastic bags and cut off tip to pipe. The amounts of each you will need will depend on how big your parfaits are. I made 6 of this size.

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