An Amazing Patriotic Dessert!

 

First I want to say this is not my recipe. It is by Cakes Cottage and I found it on the internet but boy oh boy is it good!

berry-icebox-da

 

Even better there is no baking so it’s perfect for summer, it is light which is also perfect for summer, and it is red, white and blue which is perfect for summer 4th of July celebrations!

I made this for my book club this past week because my book selection was based at West Point and I had a Patriotic theme. It was a beautiful summer night so this light dessert was perfect and looked so pretty.

One warning: you can eat the whole pan! Seriously!! The creamy sweetness offset by the fresh fruit just makes it too yummy to stop.

My pieces didn’t sit up pretty like this, they were softer and less formed but I used a bit smaller pan so the layers may have been thicker. It really didn’t matter though as it got devoured quickly.

 

berry-icebox-close up

 

Here you go:

NO BAKE SUMMER BERRY ICEBOX CAKE

Ingredients

19 oz graham crackers
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 (3.4 oz) packages Vanilla Instant Pudding 2-1/2 cups cold milk
12 oz Cool whip (or homemade whipped cream) 3 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries
2 oz white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Beat cream cheese and dry pudding mixes in large bowl with mixer until blended.
  2. Gradually beat in milk.
  3. Gently stir in Cool Whip or homemade whipped cream, reserving 1⁄2 cup.
  4. Spread a thin layer of cool whip in a 9×13 pan just to coat the bottom.
  5. Layer 5 graham crackers across the center of the pan, then 2 more, breaking them as needed to fit around the top and bottom edges.
  6. Spread a layer of pudding mixture over grahams and top with a layer of blueberries and sliced strawberries.
  7. Place graham crackers on top of berries, then pudding mixture, then layer of berries again.
  8. Repeat the graham-pudding-berries layers 1 more time (3 times total) and you should reach the top of thepan.
  9. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight until the graham crackers have softened completely.
  10. When ready to serve, melt white chocolate chips in a bowl as directed on package and drizzle over dessert.
  11. You can use a spoon to drizzle it over the tops of the berries or you can put it into a small zip-top bag and snip of the corner for an easy “piping bag.”                                                                                                                                                                             Recipe by Cakescottage at https://cakescottage.com/2016/05/11/no-bake-summer-berry-icebox-cake/

 

Outdoor Spaces When You Are Selling Your Home

It’s finally summer and with the brutal winter that occurred throughout most of the upper Midwest and beyond, people want to be outside. When working with sellers, one of the things I advise them on during a Home Staging Consultation is to treat almost any outdoor living space as additional square footage.

I know it is not counted towards the square footage total in valuing your home, but many buyers gravitate towards the outdoor spaces and you need to give them priority.

Whether it is a deck, patio, screened in porch or front porch, they all need to be addressed.

With a front porch it is the first thing the buyer sees and it creates such a homey, cozy spot that they can see themselves enjoying quiet time with a cup of tea or a book and watching the world go by.  wicker-furniture-on-the-patio-with-a-samovar

If it is a back deck or patio it invites them to spend a balmy summer night barbecuing with friends, making s’mores with kids or taking a nap.

outdoor dining table

 

 

These areas should have flowers but also furniture. A dining table perhaps, chairs for gathering, and don’t forget the throw pillows!! Outdoor throw pillows can be purchased anywhere for very little dollars and they add fun, zest and ambiance.

 

Okay okay you don’t need as many as me. LOL

Outdoor Throw Pillows

 

Take a look at your outdoor space and get it in top selling condition along with the rest of your home; and don’t forget to keep it spider and cobweb free. 🙂

 

Outdoor chairs

 

 

It’s Time for Flowers!!

It has been a long grueling winter for many of us in the upper midwest. Record snows. Massive rain fall. And should I even bring up the incredibly cold temperatures!! I hope to never see another Artic Vortex!

But…..now we can take a deep breath and get outside. With that comes flowers for your house. Oh how I love planting all kinds of color in my patio pots and watching them grow.

 

Besides color I really love the whispy feathery plants. They add so much softness and kind of stick randomly through the other flowers.

I have tall narrow urns by my front door and every spring I love trying a different greenery that drapes down the side of the pot. 

 

 

I have even gotten to enjoy the pots I have in the shade that are filled with a variety of greenery and no flowers.

In Minnesota, they tell you that you are safe to plant flowers after Mother’s Day as far as frost but beat the rush and head out and purchase them today!