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Fabulous 4th of July Cheesecake Flag

2 Jul

If you make one dish for Independence Day, make this fabulous 4th of July cheesecake flag cake and you’ll be the hit of the day! I first made this in 2010 for the Fourth but it is so delectable that I get requests for it all the time and decorate it to suit any occasion.  The true beauty of this cake is that it serves a whopping 48 persons and it’s finger-food that can be passed…no plates or silverware, just a napkin!

This is a recipe from Martha Stewart that I tweaked a bit by adding fresh whipped cream icing instead of confectioner’s sugar for bright white stripes of the flag, and canned strawberry pie filling for the toppings.  Here is Martha’s cake photo but it looked too messy. I just pictured kids (and adults) dropping fruit and confectioner’s sugar all over the place and opted for ‘stuff that stuck.’ However, the choice is yours.

Print out Martha’s recipe for convenience, as I follow it to the letter to bake the cake. If you choose to go my route, pick up a can of strawberry and blueberry pie filling or fresh blueberries. Here’s a simple recipe for whipped cream for the stripes:

Simple Whipped Cream

Be sure to start with a metal bowl and whisk that’s be chilled in the freezer for 10 minutes.

1 Cup heavy cream

1 Tsp. vanilla

1 Tbsp. sugar

Whip all in bowl until stiff peaks begin to form. Do not over-beat as it will become buttery and lumpy.

Here’s a slideshow of the baking steps; the decorating is up to you!

Need another tasty dish for your cookout? Try my Super Crispy Chicken Wing recipe.

Enjoy the holiday everyone!

Pssst, anyone wondering why there are only 42 pieces of cake in the top photo? I always take a row for my hubby and I to nosh on the next day. :0) Try this fabulous 4th of July Cheesecake Flag; your peeps will love you for it!

FOOD FIGHT Challenge! – Celebrating World Read Aloud Day March 5th with Onomatopoeia

3 Mar

3-3-2014-WORD READ ALOUD DAY

In celebration of World Read Aloud Day on March 5th, I’m taking part in fellow 12×12’er Marcie Colleen’s Food Fight Challenge.

Visit Marcie’s blog here for all the info: 

The Competition Rules
1. Create a post in which you start a story.
2. The story should have a clear setting and at least one clear character.
3. Set the scene. Be creative. It can be anywhere.
4. Write the story up to the moment when a food fight breaks out. And then stop.

You can add to my story below until March 7th (midnight):
1. Read the posted story and all of the comments that precede you.
2. Post your comment.
3. Be sure to build on and further the existing story. Your comment should flow.
4. The story should read as if it was written by one person when read from beginning to end.
5. ALSO, your comment needs to include at least one word of onomatopoeia and one thrown item of food.

NB:  Your onomatopoeia must be a word that has not been used already in that story.

Without further ado…

Image- TV Tropes

Image- TV Tropes

REFRIGERATOR DUTY


“Clean the fridge,” Mom said in a huff.

“Get rid of all the nasty stuff!”

“Fuzzy, moldy, stinky or green,

throw it all out. Make it all clean.”

 

Lou and Sam grabbed for their noses.

The interior smelt nothing like roses.

As they dug deeper and deeper,

nary a food was deemed a keeper.

 

Refuse was piled high to throw out.

Sport then burst in and let out a shout,

“I’m starving! What’s this? Some good eats!”

He thought the waste was delectable treats.

 

The kids snatched up plates and played keep away.

Sport wouldn’t get sick on their watch today.

But Sport thought he was being had.

Kept from a meal, he soon grew mad.

 

“Sport, you shouldn’t eat this on a dare!”

Just then a glob WHIZZED through the air.

Tossed towards Lou, but missed by a trace,

that’s when…

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Image- Brotique dot blogspot dot com

Now it’s your turn to grow this food fight rhyme in the comments section below. Have fun with it! (I can’t comment during the contest to make it easy for folks to follow the story, but I give advance thanks now for your participation and/or spreading the word.):0)

If you wish, please visit and comment on all the contest participants’ stories here.

Download free Onomatopeoia reference book.

Month of Poetry – Laughter – #Kids #Poem – #MoP14

30 Jan

 

LAUGHTER

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photo-mynameisjacy.com

Funny, ha ha,

Tee hee hee,

Take a break to laugh with me.

 

Bwahaha, chuckle, chuckle,

Laugh so hard,

Your knees could buckle.

 

Yuk, yuk, yuk, guffaw, guffaw,

Laughter’s good,

So giggle more!

 

How quick a cure,

A laugh can be,

It only takes a minute of glee!

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photo-glogster.com

Month of Poetry – Emptiness – #Haiku – #MoP14

24 Jan

Fellow author, Munazza Bangash commented on the blog yesterday with a link to a weekly Article and Poetry Contest she is running on her blog, Desirable Purity.

The prompt for the poetry contest is – Emptiness. Here’s my entry…

Image- Latino Link Views

Image- Latino Link Views

Sands pour − vacant hopes

Measuring meaningless times

Of a soul drained dry

Image- Shelleyn

Image- Shelleyn

This sounds like something I might have written as an angst-ridden teenager, and was very tough to do when I’m so far from feeling what I’ve written above…Thank Goodness. ;0)

Month of Poetry – Hesitant Migration – #Haiku – #MoP14

23 Jan Image- Bubblews
Image- Bubblews

Image- Bubblews

Hesitant Migration 

Went south for winter

Flourished in balmy climates –

Time to turn around

Image- RTTC DOT ORG

Image- RTTC DOT ORG

Balmy climates…I bet we’ve all got warmth on our minds right about now!
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