4th of July Trifle

So first to address the obvious…I’ve been 100% MIA.  I’ve barely been cooking and any photos I do take are of my sweet baby girl.  Month one was spent in the NICU, month one and-a-half was spent getting to know one another, and month two was spend wondering what demon had possessed my baby and how to make her stop crying.  BUT we have turned a big corner and my sweet little girl is back.  We had a neighborhood party a few weeks ago which was a perfect excuse to get back into recipe-ing!

My sister introduced me to this lovely trifle from Skinnytaste a few years ago and it is the best – easy, refreshing, and beautiful.  The perfect summer dessert and even better for the 4th of July!  I made this along with a chocolate version (made-up recipe below) for the party and both were a hit!

Enjoy your holiday and cheers to another year ‘Murica 😉

Red, White, and Blueberry Trifle from Skinnytaste

Ingredients:
– 1 Angel food cake (roughly 10oz) cut into pieces
– 2 Pints strawberries, sliced
– 2 Pints blueberries
– 1 1/2 cups cold water
– 1 4oz package white chocolate or cheesecake instant pudding
– 12 oz light cool whip

*note the recipe called for sweetened condensed milk, I skipped that to keep it lighter and couldn’t tell!

Directions:
– Whisk the pudding and cold water for 2 minutes until thickened, then fold-in the Cool Whip
– Arrange half of the cake pieces in the bottom of a large bowl or trifle dish if you are fancy 😉
– Add half of the blueberries then spread the pudding mixture on top of the blueberries
– Top with a layer of strawberries
– Repeat with the remaining cake, pudding mixture, then blueberries/strawberries
– serve cold!

And here is a made-up chocolate version:

Chocolate Trifle

Ingredients:
 – 1 box of your favorite brownie mix, baked and cut into chunks
– 1 12oz container of light Cool Whip
– 1 4oz package sugar free chocolate pudding
– 1 1/2 cups cold water

Directions:
 – Whisk together the water and pudding for 2 minutes and fold-in Cool Whip
– Place a layer of 1/2 of the brownies, then spread with 1/2 of the pudding mixture
– repeat with a layer of brownies, pudding, and finally topping with a light layer of brownie crumbs
– serve chilled!

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