Meet the Sullivans: Patriotic Trifle Recipe & Our 4th

July 5, 2012

Patriotic Trifle Recipe & Our 4th

This trifle was scrumptious! I will definitely be making it again! We brought it to a BBQ yesterday and it was devoured! I bought French Vanilla pudding (which I learned is bright yellow), so I mixed it with two extra cups of freshly whipped whip cream. Delish! 

Patriotic Trifle
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2 cups heavy cream
½ cup white sugar
2 cups milk
2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant cheesecake pudding mix
2 teaspoons lemon juice
½ cup sour cream
2 (10.75 ounce) packages prepared pound cake
2 (16 ounce) carton strawberries, sliced
strawberries for garnish
blueberries for garnish

1. In a medium bowl, combine cream and white sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Set aside. You want a stiffer whipped cream for trifle so that it holds up over time.
2. In another bowl beat cheesecake pudding mixes with milk for 2 minutes or until thick. Mix in sour cream and lemon juice. Fold in one cup of the sweetened whipped cream.
3. Slice pound cake into one inch cubes.
4. In a trifle bowl, start by layering ¼ of the pound cake on the bottom of the trifle bowl (A large glass bowl can be used if you don't have a trifle bowl). Next, layer ¼ of the pudding mixture followed by a layer of ¼ of the strawberries. To make trifle look presentable make sure each layer is distinct and separate especially on the sides of the bowl. Repeat layers four times or until bowl is almost full.
5. Garnish the top of the trifle with the remaining whipped cream, strawberries, and blueberries.
6. Chill in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

A few variations:

  • The pound cake can be replaced by angel food cake for less calories.
  • Vanilla pudding can replace the cheesecake pudding. 
  • Add more blueberries throughout the trifle instead of just on top.

Recipe credit: The Girl Who Ate Everything

I'm linking this recipe up over at Honey We're Home for the 4th of July Link Party!

Isn't she beautiful? Now, on to our Fourth of July...

We spent the morning at home while Owen played, I did dessert assembly and Keith went for a run. When Keith got home and all cleaned up he took Owen to the Highlands Faire to see the parade. Keith used to go with his Dad each year for a steak sandwich, so it was cute that he took Owen up there. While they were gone I was home alone for the first time in 6 months! Wow, what a strange (and kinds nice) feeling! We snapped a quick picture when they got home before heading to our friend's home for a lunch time BBQ.

On our way there we spotted this street sign and Keith was nice enough to do a u-turn so I could get a picture of it.

Our friends Anne and Jaeson have two adorable pups and they brought them too! How cute is Anne setting cup the pup's play area?

The kids had fun running around the backyard. Jim and Rosanna have the greatest yard for entertaining!

Rosie brought out a walker for Owen. He doesn't like the feeling of the grass on his feet-- I think it pokes him. He had fun playing with the little toys while we watched.

Eventually this little cutie fell asleep in my arms. He's so sweet! I could just eat him with a spoon! 

Rosanna got super creative with chalkboard paint and sprayed the top of a Fisher-Price table for her daughter. For the BBQ she used it as a drink station and labeled each drink. She even sprayed the base of each plastic wine glass so we could write our names on the glass. SO creative!! 

And last, all the kiddos together! I brought my tripod to get a picture of the whole group, but totally forgot about it! How adorable are all the kids? Ellie is the oldest and I feel like it was just yesterday that she was born-- time goes so quickly with children. 

After the party we returned home and took naps. All three of us fell asleep for an hour and then Owen continued his nap for two more hours! (Yay, Owen!!!) 

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th and had the opportunity to enjoy time with the people you love! 


Jen said...

That dessert looks amazing! I do a chocolate trifle but well definitely be trying this one! And how cute are all the kiddos?! Glad you had a great holiday!

Linda said...

The trifle looks so delicious! Cute photos- looks like a fabulous Fourth of July!

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Emily said...

Girl, we have too much in common! I also made a "Patriotic Trifle" for the 4th, we both have son's name Owen, AND I love the Walking Dead.. which is totally not my "typical" show but I strangely love it. ha!

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

I love this post! Thanks so much for linking up! I'm featuring your post tomorrow- your desserts look beautiful!!