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Thursday, July 1, 2010

happy 4th of july - wave your flag cheesecake!

happy 4th of july. i majored in early american history in college, so this time of year gives me warm fuzzies. hope it does you, too!

worst. picture. ever. i know.

celebrate with this delicious and festive dessert... and you're much better off eating this than lots of other things you could be eating this weekend!

and yes, i realize this is the worse. picture. ever. ever. ever. yikes. in my defense i was participating in the annual traditions of sit in the sun for 3 hours and watch the parade and then spend the rest of the day in and out of the water. lovely. the cheesecake looks delicious, though, right?

wave your flag cheesecake
modified from kraftrecipes.com

4 cups fresh strawberries, divided
1-1/2 cups boiling water
2 packages (3 oz. each) strawberry flavor jello
ice cubes
1 cup cold water
1 boxed yellow cake mix, baked according to directions accept use applesauce for oil and sliced into strips
1-1/3 cups blueberries (or blackberries), divided
2 packages 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 tub (8 oz.) fat free cool whip (or the store brand!)

slice 1 cup strawberries; halve remaining strawberries. set aside. add boiling water to gelatin mixes in large bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. add ice to cold water to measure 2 cups. add to gelatin; stir until ice is completely melted. refrigerate 5 min. or until slightly thickened.

meanwhile, line bottom of 13x9-inch dish with cake. add sliced strawberries and 1 cup blueberries to thickened gelatin; stir gently. spoon over cake. refrigerate 4 hours or until gelatin is firm.

beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with whisk until well blended. stir in cool whip; spread over gelatin. arrange strawberry halves on cream cheese mixture to resemble stripes of flag. add remaining blueberries for stars.

enjoy!

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by the way, i've been brunette for 3 1/2 years now, but as of next week, the blonde is back in town. i'll post pictures.

2 comments:

Mary said...

Britt! You look so different as a blondie! So cute! I just saw this recipe last week, and thought of making it. Looks delicious!...

I want to catch up with you some time soon!

stacey said...

hey! with your blonde hair it's the britt I met in 2005! that cake looks great! :)

healthy cooking on a budget

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