Thursday, July 7, 2011

Trifle of the Month

When my friend Marla posted about being at a party and having Trifle, I thought hmmmmmm I have so many Trifle reciepes so why not post one a month and share with everyone!! So here is the first one. I hope you all enjoy it!!

Summer Berry Trifle

  • 1 package (3.4-ounce) instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 cups fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries), washed and hulled, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 24 to 36 ladyfingers
  1. To make the fillings, prepare the pudding according to the package directions and chill it.
  2. Slice the strawberries, if you're using them, then toss all of the berries with the lemon juice and the 1/4 cup of sugar. Set aside for 30 minutes to allow the berries to release their juices.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whip the cream, vanilla extract, and remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar until soft peaks form. Set aside.
  4. To make the layers, set a layer of ladyfingers (around 7 or 8) on the bottom of a large, clear serving bowl (ours was 4 quarts). Top with the berries with half of the pudding.
  5. Add another layer of ladyfingers, another third of the berries and juice, and the rest of the pudding. Add a final layer of ladyfingers and berries. Top with the whipped cream and a berry garnish.
  6. Refrigerate until you're ready to serve. Serves 8 to 10.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer Time Continues....

As I had written earlier I love my gardens and in the Summer they are my pride and are just a few of them in a slide show I've created. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer Time

My favorite time of year and why wouldn't it be. It's warm and the windows are open wide. The sun is shining and people are happy and what's not to like? The flowers are blooming, the Koi are swimming and the birds are chirpping.
My gardens and pond are two of my favorite things to do in the Summer. I usually plant a vegetable garden as well, but we had our home on the market and so I decided not to plant one this year. It a decision I now regret. I wish I would have planted, but now too late, will have to depend on the local farm markets for my fresh veggies this year.
My pond contiues to florish and I continue to love having it. It's so peaceful on a Saturday morning with a cup of coffee and something I love to do!!