Southern Festival

Submitted by Christi

This past weekend was the Red, White and Blue Festival here. What better thing to post this week for Outdoor Wednesday?

It was really hot so we had a fire truck that sprayed us to help cool us off.

It was really hot so we had a fire truck that sprayed us to help cool us off.

There were lots of free activities for kids.

There were lots of free activities for kids.

If you couldn't dunk 'em with a baseball, there is another way!

If you couldn't dunk 'em with a baseball, there is another way!

Kids had a great time.

Kids had a great time.

There were bands.

There were bands.

And then the fireworks!

And then the fireworks!

There were Civil War re-enactors there that shot off a cannon every hour, on the hour beginning at 5 p.m. Once it got dark, a choral group sang The National Anthem and then the cannon was shot and immediately the fireworks started. They were choreographed by computer to music. It was spectacular and everyone had a fabulous time!

Wish you could have all been there!


Today’s Lagniappe:  Independence Day Trifle

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond flavoring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 pint whipping cream
  • 1 angel food cake (store bought is fine)
  • 1 quart strawberry
  • 1 quart blueberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons almond flavoringDirectionsCream together cream cheese and confectioners sugar.
    Add sour cream, vanilla and 1/4 tsp almond flavoring.
    Set this mixture aside.
    In separate bowl whip the whipping cream and add to cream cheese mixture.
    Tear up angel food cake and mix in with cheese mixture.In separate bowl place strawberries and blueberries 3/4 cup sugar and 3 Tbsp almond flavoring.
    (You can mix the berries together or keep separate, for a pretty red, white and blue look,if separate divide sugar and almond flavoring between the two bowls).
    In a clear glass bowl alternate layers of the cream cheese mixtures and the berries.
    Garnish the top with berries.
    Refrigerate for a couple of hours.



28 Responses to “Southern Festival”

  1. Linderhof Says:

    Our Festival is Good Ol Days — held the first weekend in June. I love festivals!

  2. Rhonda Says:

    It looks like everyone is having a blast. The red, white, and blue fireworks are great.

  3. [email protected] Says:

    Oh that looks like a great time. I hope to do the same thing this weekend. Happy 4th and Happy Outdoor Wed.


  4. Lorna~Lace and Ivy Cottage~ Says:

    Looks like good ol’fashion fun! Happy 4th to you and yours!

  5. Mary Says:

    What a wonderful celebration. It looks like everyone is having a blast. The fireworks are beautiful but it does look like it was a very hot day. Enjoy the holiday weekend.

  6. Lisa Shatzer Says:

    Looks like a fun day, especially the firehose!

  7. Kathy Says:

    Looks like a LOT of fun was had by everyone, I too love the Red, White and Blue fireworks and trifle is our fave, thank you for this wonderful recipe. Kathy.

  8. Ebie Says:

    A great way to spend outdoors. I think the fire truck spraying water is a great way to cool the heat off!

  9. Lana G! Says:

    How fun is that! Love the dunking without a baseball!

  10. MyThoughtsMyVoice Says:

    I sure can see the fun :-)And what a great way to spend with the family during summer. I hope you didn’t exhaust yourselves from the event – but no matter, it’s vacation time! 🙂

  11. bj Says:

    What a fun time…

  12. Becky K. Says:

    Our nearest town celebrates on the 11th.

    It looks like everyone had a great time at your festival.

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

  13. Sally Says:

    These are great pictures of summertime fun.

  14. Regina Says:

    So much fun. Nice one.

  15. pk @ room remix Says:

    Looks like fun! Thanks for the recipe.

  16. Mary Williams Says:

    I think I would have joined in all that fun!! Looks pretty cool and wet!
    Happy OW!

  17. suszie Says:

    Looks like a fun celebration. Hope you have an awesome 4th of July.

  18. Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut Says:

    Now this is what the outdoors is all about! Looks like everyone had a great time.

  19. Sherry Says:

    Looks like a lot of fun! The recipe sounds absolutely delish, too!

  20. KayC. Says:

    I am going to try your recipe, it sounds yummy! I love the 4th of July…it is one of my favorite hoildays, it is right after Christmas. Looks like everyone had a great time. You and your family have a fun and safe 4th!

  21. stefanie Says:

    fun, ours is this Saturday.

  22. Mari at Once Upon a Plate Says:

    What FUN! These will become “the good old days” for the children. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  23. Jane Says:

    How fun! I wish our town did something like that. It reminds me of the good old days when I was growing up … sigh.


  24. Janie G Says:

    It looks like the kids had a lot of fun!

  25. debbie ragan Says:

    I think the firetruck spraying water is awesome…Thank you for the recipe
    our town celebrates the fourth of July with a fishing derby, then when evening comes the Philharmonic orchestra plays at Meadow lake park which is where all the fireworks are set off….we live 3 blocks from meadowlake park and so we have the best seats you could want, right in our back yard….when the fireworks are over we go to the front porch to watch the traffic and the people…our street sadly, is the main street used to disperse thousands of people
    Angel hugs

  26. Crystal Says:

    It looks like you all had some good ole fashion fun. I bet the children loved keeping cool with the fire hose.
    This recipe be looks delicious.
    Thanks for sharing!

  27. angie Says:

    love those outdoor festivals

  28. Florida Sue Says:

    It looks like everyone had a wonderful time. Our little town is celebrating this weekend and I can’t wait. I looked at your trifle recipe and have decided to make it for my guests. I am not sure what a Lagniappe is, but I am thinking it must mean “treat” or “dessert”..Thanks!

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