4th of July Parfaits

Aww!! I love summer! Can I say it again? I LOVE SUMMER!!

We have been having too much fun enjoying these long, hot summer days! We just got back from a fun filled week at the Oregon Coast. (Recap of my trip will come later). We finally took the boat out last Saturday, and we are looking forward to some 4th of July celebrations and barbecues this weekend.

I love the 4th of July for many reasons.  The red, white and blue. The fireworks. The family time. And of course, the food.  So today I am sharing one of my favorite summer time treats that I think is great for a 4th of July celebration.  I know it’s been done a lot and it doesn’t really involve a recipe, but you can’t go wrong with a strawberry short cake parfait.


sophie and parfait

I decided to use my plastic wine cups for these ones to make it look even more festive.  I basically layered home made whip cream, strawberries, and pound cake.  Please oh please only use home made whip.  It’s the only way to go when it comes to strawberry shortcake.

For my whip I use:

Heavy whipping cream, sugar and the best dang vanilla you have ever had!{ We visited a new chocolate cafe called Taste.  If your local it is on University in Provo.  Let me tell you it is amazing and deserves it’s own post.  But while we were there the owner let us sample their vanilla.  It was so delicious.  You know how vanilla is usually bitter? Not this one, sweet and had a syrupy consistency.  It’s so much stronger than other vanilla that you only need to use a fourth of what a recipe calls for.  It really made a difference in this whip cream and the strong vanilla flavor was heavenly.} I beat the whip cream cream until it has pretty stiff peaks and then I add the sugar and the vanilla.  Yum-eee!!

I topped these babies off with a cute Americana pinwheel to give it some patriotic pizzaz.  So cute and so easy!single parfait

So what ever you do this 4th I hope it’s a good one.  One that you get to spend good quality time with friends and family.  Make some memories you will never forget!

Thanks for stopping by!





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