For the family reunion this past weekend, I had to make a hot dish & a cold dish. The hot dish was easy: homemade mac & cheese w/ diced ham & green peppers. *Mwah* That’s a fam fav so there was no question about making that particular dish.

The cold item stumped me. Should I make a salad or a fruit plate? Cold pasta or pie? I perused the Kraft Foods website, which I have used for many meal ideas. Thank you, Kraft Foods! My search found “Quick Lemon-Berry Trifle.” Sounds daunting but I made it at 1 a.m. after a full day of work & three hours of driving to my mom’s house. My family devoured it; plus, they were surprised I had never before made it. Luckily I bought a lot of supplies, so I have enough left over to make another batch in the near future.

mmm, good.

mmm, good.

Here’s the recipe [below]. For nutritional info & a Flash instructional video, follow this link: Quick Lemon-Berry Trifle.

Quick Lemon-Berry Trifle

Prep Time:
15 min
Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
16 servings, 1/2 cup each
2-1/2 cups cold milk
2 pkg.  (4-serving size each) JELL-O Lemon Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling, or any other flavor
2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, divided
4 cups  mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries and sliced strawberries), divided
42 NILLA Wafers

POUR milk into large bowl. Add dry pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk 2 min. or until well blended. Gently stir in 1-1/2 cups of the whipped topping. Reserve 1/4 cup of the berries; set aside.

ARRANGE 21 of the wafers on bottom and up side of 2-1/2-qt. serving bowl. Spoon one-third of the pudding mixture into prepared bowl; cover with half of the remaining berries. Top with layers of half of the remaining pudding mixture, remaining 21 wafers and remaining berries. Cover with layers of the remaining pudding mixture, remaining 1/2 cup whipped topping and reserved 1/4 cup berries. Cover with plastic wrap.

REFRIGERATE at least 1 hour before serving. Store leftovers in refrigerator.


As I will not be here this weekend, I would like to share the following pleasurable events. Thanks to, and for the info!

Friday, July 25

Farmer’s Market
Cannonsburgh Village, Murfreesboro, 6-11 a.m.
Nashville Sounds vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Greer Stadium, 7 p.m.
Glow: An Illuminated Art Event
Limelight Nashville, 7-11 p.m.
American Artisian Cheese Tasting
Whole Foods Market, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Drum Corps International
Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 26

Music City Brewer’s Festival
Hilton Park, 2-8 p.m.
Kyle Andrews
12th & Porter, 9 p.m.
The Long Players: London Calling
Mercy Lounge, 9 p.m.

Sunday, July 27

‘Zine Workshop
Linebaugh Library, Murfreesboro, 2-5 p.m.

All Weekend

Murfreesboro Little Theater/The Widow’s Best Friend
Murfreesboro Little Theater, various times

Everyone have a fun & safe weekend! I’ll be running around in the mountains with my family but I’ll be back to the ‘Boro on Sunday.

I scream, you scream, we all scream…for Elton John?

Ephemeral ice creamery Ben & Jerry’s have released a limited-edition flavor entitled, “Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road.” The new flavor, created with British legend Elton John, was released to celebrate his inaugural performance in Vermont. Per Sir John’s request, all proceeds will go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Unfortunately, the flavor is listed as being available only “in B&J’s Vermont Scoop Shops from July 18-25.”

“Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road” is described in Rolling Stone magazine [who quoted directly from the press release…or pint container] as “an outrageous symphony of decadent chocolate ice cream, peanut butter cookie dough, butter brickle and white chocolate chunks.” Thanks to RS and the investigative journalism, we have now been informed butter brickle is “the stuff that Heath Bars are made of.”

Sir John does join a select club with this collaboration: famous people working with Ben & Jerry’s. Previous inductees include John Lennon (Imagine Whirled Peace); Phish (Phish Food); the ubiquitous Cherry, I mean Jerry, Garcia; and Stephen Colbert (Americone Dream). Colbert had an appropriate reaction on his 7/22 episode of The Colbert Report. The only quotes nailed down: “I thought Ben & Jerry’s were about saving the world. Do they know how many neon ostriches died for his sunglasses?” and “I want a label saying, ‘may contain trace amount of sequins’!” Check it out on iTunes or tomorrow night.

I love B&J’s flavors but I can almost feel the sugar particles sanding away at my teeth. Thank goodness this was limited-edition. Although, if all proceeds are going to AIDS research, it would definitely be a great flavor to keep.

Read the Rolling Stone news blurb.