Well you may have guessed from my lack of posts, or the fact that I said I was having a baby any day about three weeks ago, that there IS finally a new member of the family in our house! She is so sweet, and girly, and constantly adorned in PINK and I love every second of it. Newborns are so nice, and its refreshing to be able to love and cuddle and snuggle without even having to think about schedule, routine or discipline.
Juggling three is definitely a whole new ballgame though and I'm still trying to figure out the logistics of it all. I can't even begin to explain how grateful I am for the many many meals so many kind neighbors and friends have spoiled us with. Its pretty amazing to hear the doorbell ring, and there stands someone with a hot plate of food all ready to go. And at the end of the day when the sleep deprivation kicks in, my patience has worn thin, and the normal craziness of bath/bed ensues, its a LIFESAVER to not even have to think about what we are making for dinner.
So since I haven't been and won't be cooking for a little while, I thought it would be fun to share some of these great meals we've been getting. I'm so excited to add these to my "recipe file" since they are things I would probably never think of on my own to make, but have LOVED!
My girlfriend Meredith brought over this Strawberry Trifle earlier in the week. YUM. This would work for not only for breakfast but as a dessert too! This was such a great idea... we had it for breakfast 2 mornings in a row! And I snacked on it throughout the day! Breakfast time can be JUST as crazy as dinner time... trying to get everyone fed, dressed, lunches packed and out the door for school or wherever. So it was so helpful to have something prepared already in the fridge I could pull out. My friend actually picked these strawberries with her kids! So take advantage of the strawberry season and make this delicious treat!
a 4 serving size package of instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups of milk
1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened (Meredith says to make sure you let this soften up)
1 6 oz container of vanilla yogurt
1 10 oz loaf of frozen pound cake, thawed and cubed into about 3/4 inch cubes
6 cups of quartered strawberries
2 cups of blueberries and/or raspberries
1 Recipe Berry Sauce (optional)
Make the pudding mix according the the package directions, using the milk.
Set aside, and in a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese and yogurt on about medium speed until smooth. Then stir in the pudding.
Then assemble the trifle in a glass bowl...simply layer a third of the pound cake cubes, a third of the pudding mixture and then a third of the berry mix. Repeat layers twice and then cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours. If you made it, top with the berry sauce and serve!
For the berry sauce - simply blend about 2 cups strawberries or raspberries, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 1 tablespoon raspberry liquor, rum or orange juice. Cover and chill until ready to serve!
Yes, it tastes as good as it looks!