Fourth of July Dessert

Fourth of July Dessert


When I was younger my mother declared I was going to be Betsy Ross for the Fourth of July parade.


Everyone else in the neighborhood just decorated up their bikes with streamers and pedaled up the hill to patriotic music.

Not my family.

Not my mother.

I mean….why ride a bike up a hill….when you could dress the family up like the patriots of the American Revolution?

I had a souped up costume with petticoats and lace and blue gingham and black buckled shoes with an over sized ruffled hat

And I think my main responsibility was to drive Molly Pitcher around in a wagon.




It was patriotic and embarrassing all at the same time.

My mother told me I would be happy I wore that costume one day.

I told her…..never…..and I totally meant it.


Except now I’m grown-up.

And so much smarter.

And now…..two little Betsy Rosses are going to march their patriotic selves in the parade this Fourth of July.

Just don’t let my mother know.

She loves being right. πŸ™‚

Celebrate your own Fourth of July with this easy (but super yummy) dessert!


Fourth of July Blueberry Strawberry Dessert


8 oz of low-fat vanilla yogurt

8 oz Cool Whip topping 

4 cups sliced strawberries

3 cups fresh blueberries

1/2 tsp. vanilla


1.  Combine yogurt and vanilla.

Fold in Cool Whip.

Stir just enough until blended.


2.  Layer Cool Whip mixture in a pint size mason jar.

I started with a layer of blueberries.

Followed by a layer of the Cool Whip mixture.

Followed by a layer of sliced strawberries.


3.  Keep layering until you reach top of mason jar.

Add last layer of Cool Whip topping and finish with a strawberry.

Chill for an hour before serving.

These are so good and easy to make.

The vanilla yogurt almost makes it taste a little like cheese cake.

My tiny Betsy Rosses loved them….

….and even Paul Revere asked for seconds. πŸ™‚


PS  I am heading out on the 400 mile yard sale today.

You can follow me on Instagram for all my finds.

If you are going….I’ll be the one with the red lipstick and sunglasses trying to find deer antlers. πŸ™‚

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  1. Many thanks,
    I’ll try today
    izabella-decomanka. πŸ™‚

  2. I love anything Fourth of July. I grew up in Boston and Fireworks were a must see every year. Whether we secured a spot on the Esplanade, hopped in the boat for a venture on the ‘Charles’ or plopped ourselves on our roof, we always ended the days festivities with the sky lit up. My Dad loved anything Patriotic, he was a proud Vietnam Veteran and believed in fighting for and celebrating our country. He passed the month before I was due to give birth to my 1st child (due date was 7/20). My daughter and perhaps my Dad had other plans. 17 days after losing my Dad I was back at the same hospital along the ‘Charles’ giving birth to my little girl. Within a couple of hours of her arrival my husband pushed the bed to the window, the ‘Pops’ were playing on the television and we watched the sky light up once again.

  3. Good luck on the yard sale trail! I would be looking for antlers too πŸ™‚

  4. Awe, come on, you mean there are no photos that document you as Betsey Ross? That would just make my day! :). Best, Beth C.

  5. Lil’ Kari Betsy Ross! Too cute! And it seems like it was just yesterday that you were going on that 400 mile yard sale …

    πŸ™‚ Linda

  6. Looks tasty!! Good luck on the hunt today!!~~Angela

  7. Looks delicious, thanks for sharing! Good luck hunting today, but no earrings? ~Diane

  8. This looks so refreshing and yummy. Have fun today!

  9. Okay, the dessert look lovely, BUT I’m SO jealous that you’re going the 400 mile yard sale. It’s on my bucket list. Can’t wait to see your instagrams. I stalk you on instagram already.

  10. pics??

  11. I love easy recipes and this one looks so pretty layered in the jar. Have fun at the yard sale. I was hoping you’d post a picture of you as Betsy Ross πŸ™‚

  12. What a lovely dessert and sure to catch everyone’s eye! I wanted to be Betsy Ross too, tee hee XOXO

  13. Happy yard-sale-ing! When is the US 60 one?

    I can just see you as a tiny Betsy Ross. I know you were the cutest one ever – well, until your girls, that is! πŸ™‚ The dessert looks yummy and refreshing, and altogether patriotic!

  14. You are NOT going to believe this…but I was Betsy Ross, too! Yup…for real! My mother sewed a traditional costume for me (including the ruffled bonnet) for the 4th of July parade in 1976…in honor, of course, for the 200th birthday of our country. The dress, apron and bonnet were pink with tiny roses…I still have the costume in the attic. I was in middle school…and wasn’t that happy about it, but my friend and I both walked in the parade that year. Ya…good times…

  15. This is just what I have been looking for; thanks for sharing it! Yummy! Enjoy the year sale! Fun, fun, fun!

  16. As beautiful as these desserts are, I want to see a picture of you dressed as Betsy!!

  17. Sheryll & Critters. :

    I want a picture of you now….. bet you were just a beautiful, darling girl. If your moms reads this, please tell her we want a picture?

    And yummmm…..

  18. Marydon Ford :

    ‘Morn Sweet Karianne ~
    Love the patriotic family background being carried on … & that dessert looks scrump-shous!!
    TTFN ~

  19. That dessert looks so good that I can practically hear my family cheering already.

  20. Yummy!! And so festive looking! Jealous of your yard-saling… good luck in the hunt!
    xo Heidi

  21. Oh, that looks yummy, Karianne! I just made something similar a few days ago and added angel food cake.

    Have fun on your yard sale adventure! (Sending good antler vibes your way…)

  22. LOL – the things our parents did to us . . . and we in turn do to our kids! You really should have posted a picture of you in your costume. Love the idea of this dessert in a jar AND that’s healthy!

  23. Yummy and you know you had me at mason jar πŸ™‚

  24. Yum! Hope the yard sale gods were looking over you today!

  25. ok THIS JUST LOOKS AMAZING kARI ANNE!! Have fun on your road trip…find those antlers!! πŸ˜‰

  26. I had to dress up as a horse once for a parade. Really humiliating. Dessert looks yum πŸ™‚

  27. Made these last year for the fourth, but didn’t add the yogurt. This year I’ll try it with the yogurt. Good idea! Funny how I hated my husband’s deer antlers until I saw hem all over blogland!

  28. The desserts look so yummy. I will have to try those. Good luck on your yard sale travels. Are you seriously looking for deer antlers? If you don’t have any luck send me an email and I might be able to help you. Most of the men in this family are deer hunters. If you don’t mind me asking(I know it is in one of your past post), the artwork that is the words to Garth Brooks “The Dance”, where did you find that? Have a great week-end. Sheila

  29. If you’re looking for deer antlers, go to Wallace, Idaho, you will find them in several of the stores there. Some of them are from a fellow in British Columbia, Canada who sells them to shop owners there.
    Your dessert looks very patriotic!!! Long live the red, white and blue.
    Hugs, cindy

  30. Perfect story and I can tell this is going to be one dynamite dessert!

  31. I love this, KariAnne, and am sharing it everywhere I can. What a great and easy gluten free dessert this makes!

  32. A dessert Betsy Ross would be proud to serve!…Have fun at the yard sale…hope you find great t-shirts…

  33. I’d wager you were the cutest Betsy Ross ever to march in a parade. Have fun on the hunt. I’m off to see what you’ve found.

  34. I can’t wait to try this recipe! And…I love the story!

    Have a fantastic time at your yard sales…I’m so jealous!

  35. Oh YUM! Why does this make me want scones? ….. Ah ha! Shortcake craving! ❈

  36. Oooh, that looks refreshing!! Isn’t it amazing, the power of tradition!! Have fun at the sale, can’t wait to see what you find!

  37. That dessert is too pretty to eat – can’t wait to make it! I’m raising my hand along with the others who want to see pictures of you as Betsy Ross. πŸ™‚

  38. Oh. my. I so wish I could see photos of you in all your Betsy Ross regalia! Sounds TOO adorable!!! This dessert looks so delicious and portable! LOVE IT! Can’t wait to see all your finds from the Yard Sale!! SO FUN! ~Hugs, Jennifer

  39. Yum! This sounds so delish Karianne! I’m going to have to give it a try… πŸ˜‰

  40. LOL…I can just see those Bestys now. We have a several families hear that do the Civil War Reinactments and they come to all the parades and festivals and they are quite authentic but I get the most pleasure watching the faces and expressions upon their children’s faces. The desert is so perfect! It makes for a beautiful picture and so easy. The best of both worlds. Thanks for sharing you wonderful ideas.

  41. I made this for a brunch I had the other day but instead of using Cool Whip I whipped Heavy Whipping Cream. Thank you for the suggestion. It was very tasty and everyone liked it!

  42. This looks absolutely amazing KariAnne! Yum!!! I featured this in my Fourth of July Roundup today, and I’m just stopping by to pin it!

  43. This looks so yummy. I must make it! I have to tell you that this story made me smile. I dressed my youngest son, Dalan as Uncle Sam for our neighborhood bike parade when he was about 6 or 7. Still love those pics of him! Hopped over from Bj’s. Happy to be a new follower.

  44. Kimberly Duncan :

    Such a cute idea! Perfect for my “July in a Jar: Patriotic Party Favors for the Fourth” article! Feel free to like, comment, share:

  45. Help! does anyone know how many servings this recipe makes? I need to make it for 25 people. Thanks for the help,

  46. I make a very similar dessert with layers or angel food cake and vanilla pudding with blueberries, strawberries, bananas and cool whip. I love the mason jar idea!

  47. Thank you for the great recipe and excellent photos. I’ve posted on all of our FB pages. Happy 4th.


  48. Amanda Alonso :

    I need to make this for 25-30 people as well. How much does this recipe serve.

  49. That was my question too Amanda :0)

  50. That looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try it. We got married on July 2nd. I think this will make a wonderful anniversary dessert!

    Lol, my twin sis and I were number five and six…Mom was too tired to dress us up in costume. What a sweet memory for you. πŸ˜€ A picture of you in costume would have been the perfect picture to add to this post. I bet you were so cute.

  51. Has anyone verified how much this makes or how many pint jars?