Flags, drums, parades, music, celebration in the neighborhoods, the parks, the beaches. Fireworks, picnics, watermelon, silly games and three-legged races, buffets of favorite recipes, families, children, friends,neighbors, a holiday giddy with anticipation and full of freedom.
A time to celebrate our independent, free thinking, generous county, full of beauty and bounty, and honor the pursuit of happiness in our daily lives, especially on the 4th of July.
“Stars and Stripes” Dessert
A bring it to the party and let them cut their own…the sprinkler’s on, towels, bathing suits near and conversation waits.
2 3 oz. packages Berry Blue Jello
4 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
1 can condensed milk (14 oz)
2 3 oz. packages Cherry Jello
6 cups Boiling water
13”x9”x3” pan, lightly spray with vegetable oil, this insures easy release.
Star shaped metal free-standing cookie cutter.
Kitchen timer. Timing is of the essence with the layers.
Begin with the Berry Blue Stripe.
Berry Blue Stripe
Dissolve 2 packages Berry Blue Jello and 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin in 2* cups of hot water. Pour mixture into lightly oiled pan and place in refrigerator on flat shelf. Chill until almost firm,set the timer, about 20 minutes.
Note: If a layer is too firm, the next layer will slide off and not adhere.
Dissolve 4 envelopes of unflavored gelatin in ¾ of a cup of hot water, add ¼ cup of cold water. n a separate bowl, mix the condensed milk with 1 cup of hot water; mix well. Add condensed-milk mixture to unflavored gelatin, mix well.
When Berry Blue layer is almost firm, pour White Stripe, 1 cup at a time, carefully. Time, about 20 minutes.
When White Stripe is almost firm. Start Red Stripe.
Dissolve 2 packages Cherry Jello and 1 envelope unflavored gelatin in 2 cups hot water. Pour Cherry Stripe mixture over the top, a cup at a time, carefully.
Chill. Allow to set at least ½ hour.
Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to make Stars.
Alternate red and blue topped stars on serving platter.
**And if you’re “over 21.”
**”Over 21″ Independence Day Jello-Shot Recipe
Follow recipe for “Stars and Stripes” Dessert—you party doll ..These can be made for all occasions of Independence.
Use star shaped plastic ice cube trays for molds, no waste. Vegetable oil spray ice cube trays.
Substitute 1 cup Vodka 80-100 proof for 1 cup of hot water in the Blue Berry Stripe. it’s the widest stripe, and will be on the bottom of the star when removed from ice cube molds. Follow all the directions for Independence Day Stars, remember…only the Berry Blue gets the 80-100 proof Vodka.
Release stars with your fingers to remove from trays.
These can sneak up on you…have fun!