Fruity 4th of July

I love the 4th of July! The endless fireworks, the family, and of course the BBQ’s! When I was little, I didn’t know the struggles of finding the perfect dish to bring to the BBQ that would have everyone asking for your recipe. Well I have solved all your problems. Below is a recipe that is sure to please everyone. We have been making this recipe in our house for years and it is definitely a winner!

Bits and Pieces

1 small can sweetened condensed milk (any brand will work)

1 large box instant vanilla pudding

1 large tub cool whip

1 to 1 1/2 boxes of vanilla wafers



mini chocolate chips

-The amount of fruit and chocolate chips will vary depending on how much you like that type of fruit. Normally, one small container of blueberries and 1 one pound box of strawberries is what we use. Frozen fruit can be used but fresh fruit works best.


  1. Mix the condensed milk and 1 and 1/2 cups cold water together. Add pudding and mix with a whisk until smooth. Place in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.
  2. Fold in cool whip and chill for another 5 minutes.
  3. While the mixture is chilling, place a layer of vanilla wafers in a deep container. Once the mixture has chilled, place for the 5 minutes place a layer of the mixture on top of the vanilla wafers.
  4. Then, put a layer of washed and sliced strawberries, blueberries, and chocolate chips on top of the chilled mixture.
  5. Starting with the vanilla wafers,repeat the layers. It is best if you make the layers thinner. The more layers the better!
  6. Enjoy!


This recipe will make bringing a dish to 4th of July events a breeze!





January 27: National Chocolate Cake Day!

Who doesn’t love chocolate, and its even better when it is a moist triple chocolate cake! Today is National Chocolate Cake Day. What better way to celebrate?


Any cake with pudding in the recipe is always a winner for me! I would love to take credit for this amazing recipe but I got it out of Mom’s cookbook and she printed it off of

Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake ( From

1 package Devil’s Food Cake Mix

1 four ounce package instant chocolate pudding

2 cups chocolate chips

1 3/4 cups water

2 eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease bundt pan, set aside.
  2. In large mixing bowl combine cake mix, pudding mix, and chocolate chips. In another bowl combine eggs, water, and vanilla. Add eggs to dry mixture and stir. Mix into wet ingredients until well blended. img_7526
  3. Pour into pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes.
  4. Cool 15-20 minutes before removing from pan.

Hint: I take a butter knife and loosen the cake from the pan. Then I flip it over onto a plate to be able to slice and serve.