Friday, July 4, 2014

Joy's Patrotic Trifle Recipe

Happy Independence Day everyone! Summer's fun and all, but have you noticed there aren't many holidays in summer? I mean, winter, spring and fall all are filled with wonderful holidays, but summer . . . not so much. One reason why I like Independence Day is because it is one of the few holidays we celebrate in summer. Of course, it's also cool that we have a day dedicated to fireworks and the celebration of the day the Declaration of Independence -- that makes us a free country -- was officially signed. It's also a day to thank God and praise Him for our independence.
Days Till
It is: Independence Day!
It is: 58 days till Labor Day
It is: 290 days till Patriot's Day

In the Spotlight
Once again, Jurassic World (aka Jurassic Park 4) makes headlines. In a recent interview with Movies with Butter, actor Brian Tee informs us about the character he's portraying, named Hamada. As many of you might recall, a leaked page of the script featured some lines from Hamada. Here's what he had to say:
“I get to play with dinosaurs here and there. I think Jurassic World is going to be bigger, badder, better than any other Jurassic Park that you’ve seen.”
“I’m Hamada. I’m the head of security at Jurassic World. Just in case something happens, because what could go wrong? There are many giant dinosaurs. They’re probably really tame in their own environment and stuff like that, so I’m just a precaution, that’s all.”
Come on, it’s Jurassic World. You can’t have a Jurassic World and not have cool security.”
“For what we shot, it was I think the best of both worlds. It was definitely very measured, but when you’re in the world itself, you’ve got to represent that particular aesthetic. So he was definitely in the trenches with us. We’re rolling through mud and dirt and trees and bushes and swamp and all this other stuff, and he was in there getting dirty. Absolutely.”
He didn't really tell us much about the plot, but at least we know what role Brian will play: the park's game warden. Jurassic World needs someone to keep the raptors and Diabolus rex in line!

Topic of the Week by Joy Hammond
July 4th is an excellent time to not only celebrate American Independence but also to hang with family and friends. Here's a quick recipe that you can whip up for everyone in a couple of hours, Patriotic Trifle.
First off you'll need:
  1. 1 package (3 ounces) berry blue gelatin
  2. 1 package (3ounce) strawberry gelatin
  3. 2 cups of boiling water
  4. 1 cup of cold water
  5. 1 cup of cold water
  6. 2 cups of cold milk
  7. 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  8. 1 carton (8 ounce) frozen whipped topping, thawed and divided
  9. 1 pint fresh blueberries
  10. 1 quart fresh strawberries, quartered
  11. 1 prepared angel food cake (8 to 10) ounces and cut into 1-inch cubes.
  1. Now for the first step: have two small bowls. Combine each gelatin flavor with 1 cup of boiling. Stir ½ cups of cold water into each bowl. Pour each bowl into an not greased 9-inch square pan. Then refrigerate it for 1 hour until set.
  2. Second, Put in a large bowl, milk and the pudding mixes and whisk them for 2 minutes. Let it stand for 2 minutes or until it is soft- set then fold in the 2 cups of whipped cream toppings. Set aside ¼ cups of blueberries and ½ cups of strawberries for garnish. Then cut the gelatin into 1-inch cubes. In a 3-qt. Trifle bowl or serving dish and layer the strawberry gelatin, half of the cake cubes, the remaining blueberries, and half the pudding mix.
  3. Last, Top the blue gelatin and the remaining cake cubes, strawberries and pudding mixture. Add the reserved berries and remaining whip cream topping. Now you can eat it up and enjoy!
The Patriotic Trifle serves up to 16 to 20 people.
Well, that wraps up this blog post! Tonight, my family is going to see some fireworks! If you're going to see some fireworks, please describe your experience in the comments below and I'll see you all next week. Have a happy 4th of July everyone!

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