Star Spangled Strawberries

4th of July Chocolate Strawberries

If you read my last post about Jell-o, you will know that we are going on a picnic this weekend to celebrate the 4th of July. I decided last minute to add another dessert, umm… I mean fruit, to our basket. So here they are… sweet strawberries with a little patriotic flair. These were fun to make with my 3 year old, he sat there and narrated everything I was doing “Now dipping into the chocolate!” “Now dipping into the blue stuff!” “Now it goes into my mouth!” He only got one for being a good helper (and lots of pre-dipped strawberries too).
Setting Up
4th of July Chocolate Strawberries

Recipe: 4th of July Strawberries


  • 1+ cup White Melting Chocolate
  • 12 strawberries
  • Sprinkles of choice


  1. Set up workspace by putting sprinkles in a small containers. Have an extra container handy. I used ramekins. Wash and dry strawberries. Lay out wax paper.
  2. Melt chocolate in a microwavable safe bowl in the microwave by slowly doing 10 second intervals and stirring until its the right consistency for dipping.
  3. Dip strawberry into chocolate, then hold over an empty bowl, shake the sprinkles onto the chocolate part. (This will help reduce the clumping in your sprinkles. ) Lay on wax paper to harden. Repeat for all. Melt more chocolate as needed.
  4. Enjoy!

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12

Red, White and Blue Jell-o Blocks

Red White and Blue Jell-o Blocks

I never made a layered Jell-o dessert before, this is my first try. Since I found so many recipes on the web, I decided that YES the world needs yet another one, so I’m going to blog about it. And what a fun treat to celebrate our country’s Independence Day… a dessert you can pick up with your fingers and looks patriotic to boot!

Blue and White Jello-o Layers
This type of Jell-o treat has been around forever. But there is a reason for it.. they are fun, tasty, and they make you feel like a kid! For some reason, they always seem to be a summer treat. Maybe because they remind me of swimming, weird right? Well, they are strangely refreshing.

This is definitely a kid treat, my husband and I aren’t really overly thrilled about them, but they were fun to make with my son. I put some blueberries and strawberries in them to get a little nutritional value in them. I think they came out pretty well for my first attempt. If they don’t cut well for you, just pile them into a small glass and throw some whip cream on them. The colors still look very nice.
Red White and Blue Jell-o Blocks

To celebrate the Fourth of July, my hubby and I will most likely be packing up the car with some packed lunches, a big blanket, some homemade festive paper hats (thanks to my 3 year old), and heading over to the nearby park to have a baby crying – 3 year old’s a whining – who forgot the napkins – what am I sitting on – baby needs a diaper change! – why are we doing this, kind of “special picnic lunch”. But when we get through it, we will have the lovely memories. But honestly, I wouldn’t trade those memories for anything.

Happy Fourth of July!

Recipe: Red White and Blue Jell-o Blocks


  • 1 package (6 ounces) berry blue gelatin
  • 1 package (6 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries sliced
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • water
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. (Prepared in a 9×13 baking dish.)
  2. Make Blue Layer: prepare according to package instructions, then add in blueberries. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Make White Layer: in a medium saucepan, sprinkle the unflavored gelatin over a 1/2 cup of cold water and let stand for 1 minute. Then, over low heat, add the whipping cream and sugar and stirring until dissolved. Let it cool. When the blue layer is done in the fridge, then whisk in your sour cream and vanilla. Spoon over the blue layer. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Make Red Layer: prepare according to package instructions, then add in strawberries. (Next time I might stick with raspberries, its easier to cut the blocks that way. Or dice the strawberries small. ) Spoon slowly over the white layer.. this is the most difficult layer because the white will sliver off if you go to fast. Refrigerate for another hour.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 3 hour(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12

An American Parfait

Fruit n Yogurt parfait for Memorial Day

An easy, light and healthy treat showcasing our beautiful red, white and blue colors.. a fruit and yogurt parfait is a nice dessert for a sunny Memorial Day picnic. Traditionally, the French parfait is made with all sorts of ingredients including eggs and cream. But the American take on this is much more simple and healthy. Simply layer vanilla yogurt with strawberries and blueberries. Top with some granola (I like praline pecan from Trader Joes).

Happy Memorial Day!

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