Jan here, with a great summertime recipe.
One advantage to having adult children is that sometimes they find that perfect person to marry and bring into the family!
Our oldest son, Jacob, married Katie in February, and her love of cooking has fit so well into our family! She gave me permission to share the recipe she brought to our church picnic last week, and I thought it was so delicious - perfectly smooth and cool for a summer meal!
Summer Fruit Trifle
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
2 tubs frozen whipped topped (Cool Whip)
2 cups strawberries
2 cups blueberries
2 cups blackberries
In large bowl, mix softened cream cheese and whipped topping together. In another bowl, mix the fruit together - gently!
In a trifle dish or other serving dish, make layers of fruit and filling (about 3 layers of each), ending with a layer of fruit. Cover and chill for 2-3 hours before serving.
Isn't that easy? And it was SO GOOD!!!
And Katie used sugar free whipped topping, which made the recipe a little easier on the calorie punch.
You could also use real whipped cream, of course!
While you're enjoying your trifle, let's move on to other fun stuff. I'm sure you realize by now that I am in love with the Black Hills. After almost seven years, we still thank our Lord every day for bringing us here!
Saturday night we spent the evening with a bunch of folks who are deep in their own love affairs with the Hills!
That's our daughter, Carrie, on the bass, playing with the classic country group, Aces & Eights. This summer they're headlining monthly shows at the Black Hills Opry. The concerts are played in the historic Homestake Opera House.
The Opera House deserves an entire blog post of its own, but you'll just have to head to their website to get the scoop - Historic Homestake Opera House
There are better videos on Youtube where you can listen to Aces & Eights, but this one includes Carrie. It's from "Deadwood Days" earlier this summer when they opened for Sawyer Brown. Yes, THE Deadwood. Check out the Aces and Eights Youtube channel for more of their music - www.youtube.com/channel/UCCFqXmVlJtZ3L0ooZvZu2dA
On Saturday, Aces & Eights was joined by some guests. One was Paul Larson. This guy is a cowboy who retired from the Rodeo Circuit after qualifying and competing in the Worlds Finals Rodeo in the team roping event. He has made his home in the Black Hills, keeping busy with cowboying for neighbors, custom carpentry, and singing in shows like this one.
For a sample of his music, head over to his website, http://www.plcowboymusic.com/video--mp3.php, and scroll down to the mp3 samples. His song, "Home" is my favorite. True Black Hills cowboy imagery. *sigh* I love this song...and of course, I bought the CD. :)
The other guests - and the reason why we chose Saturday to head up to Lead for the concert - were Allen and Jill Kirkham.
You may know them better as Meg Brummer's parents!
Yes, Meg comes from cowboy music loving stock. :)
|Allen and Jill on stage at the Black Hills Opry|
Head over to Reverb Nation to learn more about their music and listen to some samples - www.reverbnation.com/KirkhamMusic
Or just listen to this classic cowboy song from their "Ghost Towns" CD -
Or this one by Dan Seals, sung by Allen and Jill at the Western Music Association Friday Night Opry- -
Needless to say, we had a wonderful time.
So what do you think about Cowboy Tunes and Western Music?
When I listen to it, it tugs me toward writing another cowboy story....
Jan Drexler loves her family, her home, cooking and just about anything made by hand. But she loves her Lord most of all.