Tomorrow is the 4th of July~ I love patriotic decorations, always feel proud when I see the American flag waving in the wind and have never met an apple pie I didn’t like.

The 4th of July is the juicy center of summer, book ended by Memorial Day and Labor Day. And where we go to celebrate the 4th, you dare not come without at least a t-shirt in red – white or blue.

Now that I work outside of the home at a winery in addition to my online businesses, I thought I would put together a little last-minute round-up for anyone who wants to looks like they put a lot of  thought and energy into the day but just didn’t have a lot of extra time.

First of all my Go to picnic potluck dish is a patriotic trifle bowl dessert. I love trifle desserts because they are easy and delicious. But they also add instant seasonal ambience to the table if you do a themed one.

Patriotic Red White and Blue
Patriotic Trifle Dessert

I have adapted my recipe from the more time-consuming and higher in calorie content ones, since I am working hard at a lifestyle change.


  • Fresh Angel Food Cake (I get store-bought in the bakery)
  • Cool Whip
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries

Thaw your cool whip, wash your berries and allow them to dry and then tear the angel food cake into bit size pieces.

From there you just layer. I admit my first attempts although they tasted just as good then as they do now, did not come out picture perfect. And that’s okay. But I recommend taking your time and having clean paper towels near you. This way when you are layering in between the cool whip, when it smears you can wipe it down to make it pretty.

But remember this is supposed to be an EASY and QUICK recipe so don’t stress. I promise your family will ask for this over and over again regardless if there are some smudges.

Is your family picture ready for the 4th? Other than jeans or denim shorts, we usually forget about this part. No problem. If you have an Old Navy near you – They have you covered! These are usually very inexpensive and readily vailable because a couple of years ago we bought some on the way to the picnic. No Old Navy near you? It’s okay WallyWorld usually has very inexpensive T’s as well for your whole tribe. Grab them and change in the car…. No one will be the wiser, they will think you have been planning for weeks;)

Old Navy Patriotic T 2017

And how about some adult beverages? I think any hostess would appreciate red white and blue gift in the form of wine . I suggest, Blueberry, Strawberry or Merlot and a nice White Moscato.

Summer is about enjoying time with friends and family. I hope one of these easy little tips will help you do just that with no worry:)


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