Independence Day Fun!

Here's an update on the Picnic Game:

I'm going to a picnic and I'm bringing:

A: Almond Joy Pie: Brought by Marjie from Modern Day Ozzie and Harriet

B: Baked Beans: Brought by Kasha from Grub and Stuff

C: Chocolate Picnic Cake: Brought by Janet from Dying for Chocolate

D: Dutch Funnel Cake: Brought by Julie from The Sporadic Cook

E: Easy Blender Chicken Pie: Brought by Juliana from Simple Recipes

F: Five Bean Salad: Brought by me!

Do you remember this one? It was standard picnic fare when I was a child. Every once in a while when I'm asked to bring a salad to feed a crowd, I turn to this old standby. With Mother's old recipe, you can take short cuts and use some canned veggies. But to keep things fresh, you can make nearly the entire thing with lovely crisp vegetables. I personally use canned kidney and garbanzo beans, but use fresh yellow and green beans, quickly steamed. I use frozen limas, but par boil and cool them. Sometimes I add a carrot, or radishes...odds and ends of whatever's left in the vegetable bin. You can also add other kinds of beans like black or cannellini beans, but I am posting Mother's original recipe, cans and all; tweak it any way you like. It all depends on how much of a hurry you're in. Note: This has to be made a day ahead.

Mother's Five Bean Salad

1 can slender green beans

1 can yellow  wax beans
1 sm can small lima beans
1 can kidney  beans
1 can garbanzo beans
1 cup diced celery
sweet red onion  rings to taste
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1/2 cup diced red pepper
2 cups cauliflower florets
1/2 cup water
2 cups cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
1 clove garlic, split, remove before serving

Combine vinegar, water, sugar and salt and heat to dissolve sugar. Set aside to cool.

Place all the beans in a colander to drain the liquids and then place in large bowl. Add celery, onions and green pepper and cauliflower. Mix. Pour the dressing over the vegetables. Push the split garlic down in the marinade. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours, stirring several times.
Easily feeds 15 or more depending on portion size.

Check with Louise at Months of Edible Celebrations for the rest of the picnic recipes! There's still time to join the fun.

And do you need another dessert for the 4th? Here's an idea...........

Great BBQ's, family, children running around with sparklers and tables loaded with food is how I remember most of the Independence Day celebrations in our family...and the magnificent fireworks as we all lay back on our blankets. I bet most of us will be having picnics on the 4th...and while strawberry shortcake is what my mother made most often for dessert on the 4th, as kids we all preferred ice cream cones or popsicles. Because I'm still a kid at heart, I found a frozen dessert recipe that's made with fruit and yogurt. It's a favorite of mine because it has sweetened condensed milk as an ingredient. Has to be fabulous, right? Did I mention there are marshmallows? Yep, those too.
You want to make this at least a day ahead. It's a quickie dessert with red, white and blue ingredients for a Happy Birthday to America!

Fourth of July Frozen Delight

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon rind
2 cups plain yogurt
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
1 cup fresh blueberries


Combine the condensed milk, lemon juice and rind and mix well. Stir in the yogurt, marshmallows and nuts. Spread half the mixture in a 9 by 13 dish. Put half the strawberries and half the blueberries on top. Pour the other half of the yogurt mixture on top and use the remaining fruit on top, pushing them in slightly.
Cover and freeze.
Remove from freezer about 10 minutes before you're ready to cut and serve.
Makes about 15 servings.


  1. Almond Joy Pie!!! I am making this one. My husband and I love Almond Joys. I make bonbons that taste just like them and he goes crazy for them. His birthday is on Thursday and I can't wait to surprise him with this recipe...Thanks for sharing.
    Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July

  2. A great collection of recipes. That frozen delight must be heavenly! A wonderul dessert. Terrific!



  3. Fruit and yogurt, I think you might be able to call this a healthy dessert. It is perfect for those red, white and blue holidays.

  4. Actually, I'm invited to a 4th July barbeque but as it's 33°C right now, I might prefer to celebrate with your chilled dessert. This is so pretty and beautifully presented. I'd love to be in the U.S to join in the fun - enjoy yourself!

  5. That is gorgeous and it looks delicious! THanks!

  6. This is a 'what's not to like' kind of dessert! I love the mix of berries, and the frozen factor is great for a summer dessert too.

  7. wow great colorful dessert have a great 4th of July weekend love Rebecca

  8. This is a beautiful dessert with all good stuff in it.

    I have a lot of strawberries and blueberries to use up. I am sick of making quick breads and muffins with them. This would be a real treat. Thanks, Barbara.

    Check out my Olive Nut Bread. I think it is gorgeous and my husband likes it. I made mine gluten free.


  9. Yum this looks soooo good! Anything with condensed milk gets my vote always! Happy early 4th!

  10. Barbara...your chosen dessert shows how much of a kid at heart you are...never lose that part of you.
    Fun recipes and very refreshing selection...mini marshmallows...need I say more;o)

    Have yourself a great independence feast :)
    Flavourful wishes,

  11. My FIL and SIL may be visiting...I know I'd have all this on hand to whip it up!

  12. What brilliant fun! Such a great idea and a great dessert too :)

  13. I have been an absolute dessert hog these last few days... all for a good cause taking pics for the blog in advance but still... this caught my attention because it is light and wonderfully bright feeling... this is what I crave after that sweet rich overload! Have a great 4th, Barbara!

  14. love mixed berries on ANY-THING and this is no exception!! and since the projected temps are to hit above 90 degrees over the 4th - this may make an appearance!

  15. What a menu. May I come to your picnic too? I'm hoping we will be able to eat outside this year. Our weather is finally warming up. Your yummy frozen fruit dessert looks like a perfect end to a festive dinner.

    Have a grand 4th of July weekend.

  16. It's been HOT here lately and a frozen dessert would really hit the spot. I'm loving all the berries in this one!

  17. That looks so delicious Barbara! I adore berries with cream-I rarely eat berries without it! :)

  18. Barbara it sounds like to me that you have the perfect fourth all planned out. And it sounds like a very, very yummy one too. I wish I was coming to your picnic. Did my invite maybe get lost in the mail?
    Have a wonderful holiday.

  19. Oh man, that looks so cool and refreshing! Bookmarking!

  20. This looks like a superb mouthwatering dessert to me! Who could ever resist this. Happy Independence Day to you & have fun!
    Cheers, Kristy

  21. Oh Barbara, this sounds SO good....and fresh...
    I will try it...I din't know people had picnics in the USA for July 4th
    Have a nice celebration!

  22. I didn't know about picnics on the 4th July either- I suppose it's only logical if you're outside celebrating anyway... Thank you Barbara for bringing that wonderful dessert to us- I am so going to have to make it! (and I just love mini marshmallows- I could honestly eat a whole pack of them on their own!) x

  23. The first time I ever went to the US I arrived on July 4th - the hotel I was booked in had thrown a wild party, and it took me a while to realize it was a special occasion and not an american daily thing:)

  24. Barbara, I can't think of a better picnic dessert than one that has berries suspended in a combination of yogurt, condensed milk, and marshmallow. Sounds like a dream...

  25. All the items being made for the picnic sound amazing. (I would love it if we could reach into our computer screens and share with each other, lol!) Your frozen delight is gorgeous -- pretty and festive and also cool and refreshing.

  26. My girls would adore this! I'm bookmarking it and making it--perfect! Thanks, Barbara!

  27. What an amazing roundup!!! You are awesome!!

    Be blessed-

  28. Dayum...that is a virtual feast! The only one I can't quite wrap my head around would be the blender chicken pie. Visions of SNL blender trout!

  29. I love your dessert. It really is right on mark for the Independence Day weekend. It looks and sounds wonderful. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  30. 4th is coming up fast! I'm doing the ribs!

  31. what a coloful and fresh desert. and easy to prepare , thank's for this cheerful idea.
    have a nice pic nic for indépendance day

  32. What a fab 4th of July inspired desert. Have a wonderful holiday daaahling, enjoy the fireworks :D
    *kisses* HH

  33. This is a beautiful dessert that I am sure will be a crowd pleaser given the luscious ingredients. Strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream always seem to be the perfect ingredients for the 4th of July because of the red white and blue colors.

  34. Beautiful dessert! Love all the ingredients.Have a great holiday!

  35. Random question: Have you ever had a butterscotch pudding pie? Or a PB pudding pie?

  36. What a perfect, fun, and frosty dessert for the 4th. I'm sure it will be hot where you are. Happy 4th of July, Barbara!

  37. How fun is that dessert!? I bet it'd be a hit at any 4th celebration...yummy :)

  38. Barbara! That looks amazing. I am so happy to of met you through this picnic because this recipe is going to make me super popular in the coming years. Thanks so much! I am super flattered that you stopped by!

  39. excellent. not only is this extremely patriotic, but the components all come together so nicely! she's a looker, barbara--great recipe!

  40. wow, you're brining a lot of yummy things! wish I was at that celebration! :)

  41. This looks like a perfect dessert to celebrate the 4th with.

  42. Condensed Milk as an ingredient? You bet it has got to be fabulous. This looks so good Barbara, another one bookmarked!

  43. Hi Barbara! I love how this is red, white and blue and combines the tang of yogurt and lemon juice with the sweetness of the fruit and condensed milk - delicious, I'm sure.

  44. I hope you have a great 4th of July!

  45. If I ask nicely would you be willing to share the PB and butterscotch pie recipes? Pretty please?

  46. It all sounds so wonderful! Have a wonderful holiday!

  47. Sending you some love for your July 4th holiday. This dessert is so lovely..thanks for sharing the joy once again.xoxo

  48. Happy Independence Day, Barbara! Even though I am not American, I am totally in the mood of this celebration :-)

    Have a great picnic. This frozen dessert is suitable for a picnic outing. But for a picnic here, I would need to bring an ice box big enough to keep this frozen delight!
    Thanks for sharing...

    Sawadee from Bangkok,

  49. This was such a clever idea & very helpful. I for one will be trying your recipe for the desert. I'm wishing you & yours a very happy 4th weekend. Be safe & eat lots xx

  50. Lovely recipes Barbara I whish you a nice and lovely 4th July! have a good day, xx gloria

  51. I'm with you on preferring ice cream over shortcake. Or how about ice cream on shortcake? :)

    Happy 4th, Barbara!

  52. Hi BArbara, i have come here many times but u know i have laptop probs:-(((

    But this time, if i have reached this far ,i think this should go thru.

    Well i m very happy to come by too , to drool over all this lovely deliciousness!!!
    I love the array of goodies and love ur dessert!!

    I m yet to find mini marshmellows and jet puffs here but am glad atleast i have marshmellow:-)

    Well dont ask me to make some coz i have no lite corn syrup to find here:-))LOL

    So here i end with lods of hugs to u , ur daughter and family and have a super 4th july weekend!!

    And so hope enjoy the herbal waters too:-))

  53. Barbara, this dessert looks wonderful. Great colors, great flavors, COLD--perfect for the 4th!

  54. happy 4th to all americans !! Pierre

  55. Amazing! Incredible! Awe Inspiring!!! I'm ecstatic you joined us on the picnic Barbara!

    Thank you so much for sharing...Happy 4th!!!

  56. With sweetened condensed milk this has got to be a hit. I love the red, white and blue!

  57. The perfect red, white and blue dessert for the Fourth! Hope the holiday was a blast! ;)

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  59. Beautiful dessert, and so easy!

    Thank you for your visits and heartwarming comments. Hope you have a wonderful and breezy summer!



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