What Does Summer Mean to You?

Although summer hasn’t “officially” started according to the calendar, with the kids out of school (and me wishing I was a teacher), I think we can all agree – it’s summer!  Bring. it. on.  I love summer, and after the miserable winter we’ve had, I was beginning to think it would never arrive.  What does summer mean to you?

For me, it brings a lot of different things to mind. 

Easy breezy decorating…


Outdoor entertaining…

Martha Stewart

Midwest Living

Deliciously fresh summer fruits…

One of my summer dessert faves is a trifle made with all of these beautiful berries.

I love this recipe because it’s not only delicious, it’s pretty!  Definitely looks impressive if you’re taking it to a summer party.  There is something about layered desserts that look fancy.

Berry Trifle
1 pound cake (I usually buy a yummy one at the grocery store)
2 containers fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced into quarters
2 pints fresh blueberries rinsed
2 boxes vanilla Jell-o instant pudding
1 container Cool Whip

  • Mix vanilla pudding according to package directions and fold in Cool Whip.
  • Slice the pound cake and then cut into cubes.  Layer pound cake in the bottom of your trifle dish.
  • Cover the bottom layer of pound cake with pudding/Cool Whip mixture
  • Sprinkle a layer of mixed berries on top of the pudding/Cool Whip
  • Repeat this process, (2-3 layers total, depending upon the size of your dish), ending with a layer of berries.
  • Cover and chill for an hour or overnight.



  • Reply
    June 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Awww, summertime…sweet tea and friends! Love the photos! Entertaining outdoors, so special!!

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    June 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I love summer! I love gardening, eating outside, wearing shorts, not having to get kids up and moving… I love it all!

  • Reply
    June 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I love the outdoor entertaining pictures! The lanterns are so gorgeous! I wish I had a space like that.

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    June 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Yum!!! Thanks for sharing that recipe.

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    June 7, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Just hopped over from CupcakeMAG and added you to my favorites! Looking forward to looking through your blog. 🙂

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