With this week going into Memorial Day, we all would like to do something outdoors, especially since the weather hasn't been the greatest. Even if your patriotic celebration ends up being inside (weather depending), you can still have festive and good tasting food that still makes you feel like you're celebrating the big sha-bang outside.  After all, we need to ensure we're getting our taste of country no matter what!

My first recipe I'd like to share leading up to Memorial Day is dessert of course.  What girl (or person) doesn't love cake!  No matter what, something sweet at the end of the day is what sits most when your guests leave the party.  I started making this good tasting, flag cake years ago for 4th of July, but it can be festive enough for either holiday.

What you need: 

  • 2 pkg.  (4-serving size each) JELL-O Berry Blue Flavor Gelatin
  • 3 cups boiling water divided
  • 2 cups ice cubes, divided
  • 2 pkg.  (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tub  (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
  • 2 pkg. (4-serving size each) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin, or any red flavor
  • 2 cups  halved strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

What to do next: 

STIR 1-1/2 cups of the boiling water into dry blue gelatin in medium bowl at least 2 min. until completely dissolved. Add 1 cup of the ice cubes; stir until ice is completely melted. Pour into 13x9-inch dish. Refrigerate 20 min. or until gelatin is set but not firm.

PLACE cream cheese, sugar and half of the whipped topping in large bowl; beat until well blended. Spoon over blue gelatin layer in dish; spread carefully to evenly cover gelatin layer. Stir remaining 1-1/2 cups boiling water into strawberry gelatin in separate bowl at least 2 min. until completely dissolved. Add remaining 1 cup ice cubes; stir until ice is completely melted. Let stand at room temperature 5 min. or until slightly thickened. Spoon over cream cheese layer in dish. Refrigerate 3 hours or until set.

SPREAD remaining whipped topping over dessert just before serving. Decorate with strawberries and blueberries to resemble a flag. Store leftover dessert in refrigerator. 

Wah-la!  You have a yummy dessert, known as the JELL-O Easy Patriotic Flag Cake from Kraftrecipes.com.  It's a seasonal, good tasting and fun dessert to look at!  And trust me -- if I can make it, anyone can make it!