Land of the Free. Home of the Brave

What a hot but wonderful July 4th.  I think this is the first year that I have been in town and NOT gone to Baker Park to see the fireworks.  
Earlier in the day Wade and I headed over to my good friend Sara’s Parents’ house to hang for a bit before all the festivities started.  It was nice seeing her family and goofing around on her huge tree swing.

For my Cousin’s cookout, I was in charge of dessert and decided to make a ‘Patriotic Berry Trifle’.  I did not have a Trifle bowl so I wondered all over town trying to find one. I found a cheap but very nice one at Bed Bath and Beyond.

The recipe was super easy.  I bought light cream instead of heavy whipping cream to make it a little more healthy.  Turns out you really should have the fatty stuff to make your own whipped cream but my lite cream worked out fairly well, and I would use it again.

You can find the recipe {here} or see below {taken right off the website}:


  • 1/4 cup plus 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 premade angel food cake, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups heavy cream, at room temperature
  • 2 pints blueberries
  • 2 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced


Heat 1/4 cup sugar, the lemon juice and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and stir in the almond extract.

Brush both sides of each slice of cake with the syrup. Cut the slices into 1-inch cubes.

Beat the remaining 2/3 cup sugar and the cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until smooth and light. Add the cream and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and the consistency of whipped cream.

Arrange half of the cake cubes in the bottom of a 13-cup trifle dish. Sprinkle evenly with a layer of blueberries. Dollop half of the cream mixture over the blueberries and gently spread. Top with a layer of strawberries. Layer the remaining cake cubes on top of the strawberries, then sprinkle with more blueberries and top with the remaining cream mixture. Finish with the remaining strawberries and blueberries, arranging them in a decorative pattern. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
Tara Tip: Light cream is cheaper and healthier, but if you do use it, be prepared to mix it a VERY long time.  You may be weary at first, because it will be super runny. But it will thicken up and taste yummy.

 We had a lot of fun at my cousin’s house.  There was so much food, grilled chicken, ribs, hot dogs, pasta salad, homemade baked beans and deviled eggs; and plentiful amounts of beer and grey hounds.  We all ate too much and were in food comas on the couch watching ‘Wife Swap.’

After my cousin’s we went home and fed/waked the doggie and decided on a little power nap.  When we woke up we decided to ditch the Baker Park idea.  The traffic/crowds did not appeal to us.  I asked Sara if we could get in on some of the Havrilla fireworks fun and we headed over yet again.  The Havrilla’s have an amazing view of all of Frederick.  

It took forever to get dark so we hung out and drank some beers while listening to some patriotic tunes.  The lightening bugs came out to play and some of the grandkids were collecting them in jars.  I joined in on the fun, but only could catch two :(.  

When the time came we lined up some chairs in the backyard and watch the fireworks.  Although it wasn’t as close as being right in the middle of Baker Park; we saw tons of fireworks going off all over. {Baker Park, Key’s Stadium, Walkersville and beyond!} It was amazing to see the whole sky light up with fireworks!

I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th.  Here are some some fun 4th pics I found around the Internet.. 

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