Red, White, & Blue Strawberry Shortcake

In honor of Independence Day, we’ve got another adorable recipe to celebrate with! This Red, White, & Blue Strawberry Shortcake hails from All Recipes, but we’ve added a few twists, and suggested some ingredients we like to help you get ready for your 4th of July Celebrations.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix – we like Cherrybrook Kitchen’s Yellow Cake Mix with organic and natural ingredients. They have a gluten free version too—about $2.80 a box for regular mix, and $5 a box for GF mix!
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed – give Trader Joe’s House Whip a try for only $1.99!
  • 1 pint blueberries, rinsed and drained – organic and local is best. Check your local farmers market if you have one!
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, rinsed and sliced – same as the blueberries, organic and local is your best bet!

Directions:

  1. Prepare the yellow cake according to package directions and bake in a 9×13 inch pan. Allow cake to cool completely.
  2. Once the cake has cooled, frost it with the whipped topping. Place blueberries in a square in the corner, and arrange sliced strawberries as stripes to make an American flag. Chill until serving.

Variations:

  • Some people have sliced the cake midways (to create two layers) and sandwiched additional whip, or strawberry glaze, blueberries, and strawberries in the middle layer. More fruit is always a good option. Simply double the amount of whip and fruit you buy!
  • Replace whip with LF or FF version for a lighter dessert.
  • Swap yellow cake for chocolate or strawberry cake mix!

What are your plans for the 4th?

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Easy Party Recipes: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi Rolls!

This delicious and adorable peanut butter and jelly recipe comes from All Recipes, and takes a mere 5 minutes to whip up. It’s perfect for parties, or would even be cute for packing in your kid’s lunchbox!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi Rolls – Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp of your favorite peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp of your favorite jam, jelly, or preserves
  • 2 slices of bread (we love whole wheat or white-wheat for this recipe!)

Directions:

  1. Remove the crusts from bread (save for breadcrumbs in another recipe). With a rolling pin or large soup can, completely flatten bread.
  2. Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and 1 tablespoon of fruit spread on each slice of bread.
  3. Roll each slice into a tight spiral. Cut each spiral into 4 pieces.

There are so many fun ways to change this recipe up. Some ideas include:

  • Swap peanut butter for almond butter or Nutella
  • Use sprinkles or granola to give the illusion of “roe” on top of the sushi
  • If using Nutella, swap fruit spread for coconut flakes, marshmallow spread, or thinly sliced bananas!

What would be your ideal sandwich sushi combo?

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