Friday Favorites: Week 277 – With Fruit Parfaits

Hi all. Welcome to this week’s linky party! With delicious fruits now in season, it’s easier than ever to fix up a healthy parfait for dessert. Today I have some yummy berry parfaits and crisps from our friends. Check out the creatively; then be sure and share your own projects at our linky below!

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Halloween Fruit Cup

Halloween Fruit Cups


Today I have a super easy treat that’s also healthy, yet festive for the fall season!  This Halloween Fruit Cup is made using the little fruit cups you get from the store.  You could also use fruit from a can, frozen, or even fresh fruit, but the little fruit cups work great for a single serve dessert without any measuring.  It is great for a healthy after school snack, and it is also an easy party treat to prepare. [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 235 – with No Bake Pumpkin Recipes

No Bake Pumpkin Recipes

Hello everyone!  I’m so excited to be seeing everyone’s ideas for the fall season.  It’s giving me a lot of inspiration, and hopefully I’ll get out my fall decorations and do some fall baking next week.  For this week’s party, I was especially overwhelmed by all the pumpkin and apple recipes….surprise! surprise!  But I was able to narrow our features down to 3 No Bake Pumpkin Recipes, which all look amazing!

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Game Day Food: Roll Tide! Strawberry Pretzel Parfaits

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My family is very excited for football season to be starting!  My husband has already explained to me that the television station will be glued to the SEC Network, so that if I don’t want to watch sports, I can plan accordingly and go to the next room. Haha!  But actually I really enjoy football and I especially love watching our team the Crimson Tide!  And I also look forward each week to game day food!

We usually order out or make something early that will last the day, and game day food is generally “man food.”  We like appetizers, especially chicken fingers and wings! But we also sometimes go for things like meatballs, sausage balls, cocktail weenies, cheesesticks, cheese fries, or chips and dip.  And other times we like simple meals like sub sandwiches, grilled burgers, chili dogs, pizza, and barbecue sandwiches. Yes, we do love to eat!

As much as I love all the salty and spicy goodness of game day, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t crave something sweet!  So today I am sharing a simple dessert that you can prepare to make your game day even sweeter!  I took my recipe for strawberry pretzel salad and turned it in to a kid-friendly game day treat: Strawberry Pretzel Parfaits.  And I added a little extra team spirit to the treat using Jell-O University Molds! [Read more…]

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait Recipe and Cooking with #PompeianVarietals Olive Oil AD

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Florida Strawberry Parfaits

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It’s been rather cold around here the last few weeks and in much of the country, but luckily we can still get produce Fresh From Florida.

In Florida, February is actually strawberry season.  They even have their Florida Strawberry Festival in February and early March!  The great thing about strawberries, is they not only taste great but they are great for you!  They are a very wholesome food, rich in vitamins, which you can add to your diet and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Strawberries are also a very versatile food.  They are a perfect addition to your breakfast, whether eaten alone, on top of cereal, mixed with granola or yogurt, or as an ingredent for muffins.  They are also a great topping for a number of salads, and of course, the possibilties for strawberry desserts are endless!

Today I’ve got a wonderful recipe for you!  It’s a Florida Strawberry Parfait and it comes to us from our friends at Fresh From Florida.

Recipe for Florida Strawberry Parfaits


2 cups fresh Florida strawberries, rinsed, hulled and sliced

8 ounces low fat cream cheese, whipped

2 tablespoons natural Florida sugar

1/2 cup low fat vanilla yogurt

4 graham crackers, crushed

1 lemon, juiced

4 sprigs fresh mint for garnish

Directions: In a medium sized bowl, combine whipped cream cheese, sugar and lemon juice. Fold the yogurt into the cream cheese mixture.  In four wide mouth glasses, evenly layer cream cheese mixture, strawberries and crushed graham crackers. Garnish with sprigs of fresh mint. Serve chilled.

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Orange Dream Parfaits



Since orange is the quintessential fall and Halloween color, it seemed like the perfect week for me to share these Orange Dream Parfaits.  Previously I’ve shared my Orange Dream Pie, one of my husband’s favorite desserts.  This is basically that same recipe in parfait form, and it’s super delicious!

Recipe for Orange Dream Parfaits:
Nila Wafers or Graham Crackers
2/3 cup boiling water
1 pkg. (3 oz.) orange gelatin
1 package (8 oz) Cream Cheese
1 tub (16 oz) Whipped Topping
Directions:  Heat water to boiling. Pour into a bowl.  Add gelatin mix. Stir 2 minutes. until completely dissolved. Cool for 5 minutes.   Pour into blender. (You must use a blender.  A mixer will cause mixture to splatter.) Place softened cream cheese in blender, and blend well.  Pour into large bowl.  Slowly add  8 oz of whipped topping. (The other half of the container will be used to layer with in the parfaits). Blend well.
Crush half a box of Nilla wafers (or other cookies of your choice).  Layer cookies, orange mixture, and whipped topping into cups.  Garnish with additional cookies and serve.


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