Esther 4:14b

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Stars & Stripes


Centsational Girl is hosting a Stars & Stripes party and I’m joining in with some red, white and blue decor and a recipe of my own.

I decorated the mantle in red, white and blue for the months of June & July. I’m going to switch it to beachy stuff in August because that’s when we take our annual vacation to the shore.

Summer Mantle
The “Liberty” sign and large stars I picked up last year at The Christmas Tree Shop. I picked up the berries there this winter on clearance when I was doing my Valentine’s mantlescape.

Summer Mantle_2
The flags I got 3/$1 at Target. The small stars I started to paint Memorial Day weekend 2009 and never got around to finishing them. Oh well.

Summer Mantle_3

The red, white and blue star garland I picked up at Michael’s for $1 each.

Summer Mantle_4

I look forward to the day when I won’t have the dark, dated stone in the background of all my mantlescapes, but they still make me happy for now.

Now for a delicious recipe…

Every year around 4th of July my mom made “Berries & Cream”. This is the perfect summer dessert in my opinion.  She would normally use strawberries and blueberries, but you could use raspberries or blackberries too. I normally just use what’s on sale. When I made it last year, hubby commented that he liked it, but it’d be better with some cake too, so you could easily add a layer of pound cake or angel food cake in if the cream and berries isn’t enough for you.

Sweet Berry Parfait

Serves 6

1 3 oz. pkg. cream cheese
½ c. powder sugar
½ T. almond flavoring
1 c. heaving whipping cream
3 cups berries, washed and dried well

In deep bowl beat together cream cheese, sugar, and almond flavoring until smooth. Still beating, gradually pour in cream in a steady stream (mixture should be consistency of stiffly whipped cream at all times). Layer with berries.

Hope you all have a great 4th of July! We’re doing the same we’ve done for the past couple years…getting up early to deliver hay bales for a soap box derby a couple hours north of where we live. Then I’m sure it will be home for naps and I’m going to pack a romantic picnic dinner for hubby & I to enjoy while we have our own private bonfire and shoot off old fireworks I found in a closet (hopefully we don’t hurt ourselves) on our new farm. Should be lots of fun!


  1. I love your mantel - it's SO cute! And I can't wait to try that berry dessert -- my mouth is watering right now! :)

    Thank you SO very much for stopping by and saying hi! :)

  2. Your decorations look great!! I love the stars, and the dessert is making my mouth water. ;) I'm visiting from Centsational Girl's Stars and Stripes party. :)

  3. That dessert looks amazing! (and easy to do which is a must for me!)

  4. I adore your patriotic spirit. It is red, white and bluetiful!

    I hope you'll stop by for my bbq on an Anthropologie inspired white tablecloth. :)

  5. Wow, that berries & creme looks divine ! Slurp. Happy Fourth of July, thanks for linking up !

  6. Thanks for the inspiration, I made a version to share on the fourth with our SS class and they were great!


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