Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I seriously can’t believe that summer has arrived! With that long rough winter, I was beginning to think that summer would never get here!
With the coming of summer, we are all going to need some tasty “no bake” desserts that we can bring along to our summer BBQ’s and picnics. Because who really wants to turn the oven on in the house to add to the heat!
We are also going to need some fun things to decorate our houses for the summer so stick around to the end of this post for a fun giveaway!!
I’m also ready for some yummy strawberries in my life. To me, strawberries just scream summer flavor!
These pretty Strawberry Shortcake Parfaits just couldn’t be easier to assemble! They start with Sara Lee pound cake so you don’t have to turn on the oven. There is a little bit of minimal stovetop cooking in order to make the strawberry filling, but honestly, it only takes minutes!
And these parfaits are layered in Ball jars which I think makes them pretty, cute, and irresistible!
And these are so great to get the kids involved! I give each kid a jar of their own and let them layer it up! It’s a great little edible craft for the kids to assemble!
And speaking of cute little things, I have a great giveaway for you all today! I have recently come across this great site called “Catching Fireflies” (catchingfireflies.com).
Catching Fireflies is an adorable site that offers a lot of creative gifts, unique kitchen gadgets, and inspirational home decor!
This is the kind of site that I could spend a morning perusing through all their fun whimsical goodies (a lot of items are under twenty dollars by the way!).
I could seriously go nuts over all their fun magnets! Since I’m in the kitchen a lot, I love seeing fun, whimsical magnets all over my fridge!
And this is a perfect time of year to take a look at all they have to offer. Do you have any graduates in your life that need some unique gifts? Check out their inspirational gifts especially for graduates.
What about Father’s Day? Catching Fireflies offers some fun guy gifts especially for dad!
Catching Fireflies has offered a great coupon code for all of my Two in the Kitchen readers that will give you 20% off your purchase for the next thirty days as of this post. Just use the coupon code: “TWO” at checkout time (TWO is for “Two-in-the-Kitchen”) and you will receive 20% off your purchase.
And for one of my lucky readers, I’m so excited that Catching Fireflies has offered a great gift! One of you will win a $43 gift certificate to spend at this fun site! Yes, $43 may sound a little quirky but that’s ok: so are they!!! 😉 Oh, and $43 dollars can go far on their site too!! Just follow the directions on the rafflecopter box below for several chances to win. Good luck!! 🙂
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclaimer: I am not being compensated for this post and all the opinions stated are my own. Catching Fireflies has generously provided the prize for one of my lucky readers!
- 4 c. of sliced strawberries, stems removed
- 1/2 c. granulated sugar
- 2 TBLS corn starch
- 2 8 oz. packages of cream cheese (softened)
- 1/4 c. milk
- 1 c. powdered sugar
- 2 c. Cool Whip topping
- 1 t. vanilla extract
- 1 3.4 oz package of Vanilla instant pudding
- 2 c. cold milk
- 1 Sara Lee Frozen Pound Cake, thawed and cubed
- 4 Ball Mason Jars
- In a medium pot, place the strawberries, sugar and corn starch and heat over medium low, stirring occasionally until the mixture bubbles and thickens.
- Place the strawberry filling in a small bowl, cover and refrigerate for a couple hours.
- Make the cream cheese filling by mixing the cream cheese, until smooth. mix in the milk, powdered sugar and vanilla. Fold in the cool whip. Cover the mixture and refrigerate for an hour.
- Pour the pudding powder in a medium bowl and whisk in the cold milk as per instructions on the box. Cover and place in the refrigerator for an hour.
- When the parfaits are ready to be assembled, place a few cubes of pound cake in the bottom of each of the four jars and layer the strawberry filling, pudding and cream cheese on top. Repeat this process one more time ending with the cream cheese layer. Garnish with fresh strawberries on the top if desired.
- Makes 4 jars.
Try these other quick treat ideas:
Lemon Cake Mix Thumbprint Cookies
Tracy Heyer says
Owl clock is my favorite!!! Love anything with owls!!
omg!!! she has sooo many cute things, i cant pick just one!! love the kitchen gadgets and bacon book, and the homemade, whimsical!!! 🙂 great site! thanks I would love to win and get some of their stuff!!! 🙂
Parfaits are always so fun — having your own personal dessert in a jar is the best! These look delicious, and Catching fireflies has such unique gifts! Very nice giveaway.
Nicki B says
Love all the kitchen gadgets. Checked out lots of other areas too, but kept going back to the kitchen stuff. Can’t wait to try the Strawberry shortcake parfaits too.
I LOVE the black lab kitchen wall clock! So cute!
Judit & Corina @Wine Dine daily says
Love parfaits and these look very summery indeed 🙂
Ross Olson says
I like the Owl Clock for my daughter. Very cute.
Danielle Porter says
I like this picture frame! http://www.catchingfireflies.com/products/I%27ll-love-you-dear…-photo-box.html
jenn huey says
I would get rusty the fox multifunction blankie
I saw that too Jenn! That is super cute!!!
1- Lemon cookies? YUM!
2- The first thing I do on a site like Catching Fireflies is search for ‘cat,’ and I was not disappointed! The cat flour sack towel is adorable! Next is ‘puffer’ or failing that, ‘fish.’ Puffer was a bust, but fish netted me the florapus wall clock which is quite rad. The snail tape dispenser is very cute too!
Judy Schwartz Haley says
I love the aqua infinity scarf
Angie Agerter says
So many things that I like at Catching Fireflies – but I think I am going to pick out the muffin tin cookbook for my sis!!
I love the black lab print, our dog is completely obsessed with tennis balls =]
These parfaits are gorgeous!! I am all about strawberries in the summer 🙂
Katie Bourke says
I like the “I Drink Coffee for your Protection” sign.
Kim Miller says
my favorite areas were the kitchen and green goods.
Lynn C says
I like so many things, but for my dad on Father’s Day, the “Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents” book is perfect!
Carla D. says
I love the insulated Mason jar tumbler.
barbara corbitt says
i love the rufus dog clock and the owl clock. and the beagle retro painting. such sweet and unique items. i could spend a small fortune in their store. firstname.lastname@example.org
Loraine Ellis says
The all my friends are dead book
I love the follow your heart compass!
Natalie Brown says
Hello! This is such a cool shop! A couple of my favorites are the A Heart for Haiti Hand Carved River Stones and the Dog Wisdom Ceramic Wall Tile. Cool! Thank-you
I love the Be Glad of Life photo box. What a great selection of unique items!
Heather B says
The Daddies are for catching Fireflies book looks really cute!
Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says
These parfaits in a jar are too cute! Perfect for summer : )
jeremy mclaughlin says
My niece loves the owl clock.
Kyla P says
the garden hedgehogs are super cute!
I love the summer parfaits! My family would love them! Love all of the kitchen gadgets, too!
Lorie Sanders says
bacon makes everything better box sign, bacon flavored dental floss, baconnaise bacon flavored spread, crazy aaron’s quicksilver super magnetic thinking putty, and so many more
Valarie Davenport says
Where can you even begin??? I love their whole site. I will be shopping there for gifts from now on. Thanks for introducing me to them. They are awesome….btw…hedgehog stones….darling!!!
I love this
linda w. says
the silverware sculptures are really cute.
Jessica w says
I really like their misty green handwarming mug
denise low says
I think the coffee cup is so cute
These look so fun, cute and yummy! Perfect for summer!!
Shyler Carlson says
Constructive plate and utensils set! So cute and creative!
Lora W. says
I like the stone hedgehogs for the garden.
Jan Rose says
There was so much that I loved I couldn’t chose just one!
Julie Lee says
I like the aqua infintiy scarf. Beautiful~
Katie Bellamy says
I want the love Michigan pint glass!!
Ali Goff says
I like the feather necklace and the little compasses.
Denise Elliott says
My daughter want the Rainy Dayz Gel Crayons my son want the origami with dollar bills book
I love the nesting birds measuring spoons and cups. I am sick of plastic ones that always wear the writing away–makes getting the right amount of something little hard at times. I saw under the comments that someone liked the owl clock–I have to go find it.
Crystal Morton says
I love the stuff for the kitchen and the picture frames.
Renee, these look AMAZING! Can’t wait to make these my dear!
I love these pretty parfaits Renee! They’re so adorable and the perfect summer treat 🙂
barbara Adams says
Thinking putty, what a great idea!!! and my son’s name is Aaron..so yeah me!
lissa crane says
I love the Cupcake Go-Go Purse! such cute things for under $20!
Jan Lee says
I love this site ! 🙂 I would get the half dollar tyvek mighty wallet and the insulated mason jar tumbler. I love and collect magnets too so I would at least get the ‘a.d.d. chicken’ magnet LOL 🙂
I like the all you need is love and a dog rustic chalkboard box sign, the ginny the giraffe multifunction blankie, and the personalized charm necklace.
Eugenia Hall says
I love the hedgehog pot guard!
Sandy McFadden says
I love the large fuchsia flower leather bracelet
Cheryl Lynne says
I like the retro bicycle recycled travel tote bag. Nice!
liz l says
Kimberley Thomas says
Your food pics look so good!! Now I have strawberry shortcake on the brain!
Catherine Haynes says
love the dammit doll!
Michelle G. says
There are so many cute things I think I need, how in the world can I pick just one 🙂
I LOVE the banana leaf silicone lid for the 9 x 13 dish!
laura motz says
star pop molds
sheri anderson says
Love the plus plus 600 piece mini basic construction toy set, for my grandson, thanks!
Melissa Sly says
Roofus dog clock, mug cakes book, so many cool things!
Deana Stephens says
Oh my goodness, I loved everything! I really loved the ceramic nesting bird measuring cup set and the measuring spoons too.
Lisa G says
I like the black dry erase message board, home happy hook and 500 uses for baking soda book.
tracy webb says
I love the mouser cat wall clock.
Kim Weisser says
I like the hedgehogs 🙂
connie danielson says
The infinity scarf. thanks for this chance to win this wonderful giveaway!
Sharon Garrett says
I like the owl
The are so many cute things on here! I love the salt & pepper shakers worth the spoon!
Annette Herbst says
I like ALOT of stuff but I think I will buy the canning jar drink thingies
Sandra Garcia says
I like the clock.
Ellen Barth says
All the colorful spring scarves.
Stephanie R says
They have some adorable ruffle scarf’s that look like they would be perfect for Spring!
Linda romer says
I like the follow your heart compass. They have great handmade gifts.
I love the selection of cookbooks!!!
cheryla lister says
So many interesting things! I wold really like to have a banana leaf silicone 9 x 13 inch rectangle silicone lid. My 13×9’s don’t have lids.
sherry butcher says
set of 4 insulated mason jar tumbler.
Tricia M. says
I like the firefly lights and the Dammit doll. Lots more stuff.
Mary Hoffman says
I adore the “VINTAGE RED MIXER WALL CLOCK!”
Claire D says
I love all their wacky wall clocks. I’ve been looking for one for my office that has a bit of personality, and these may just fit the ticket.
Anne Perry says
I like the ‘follow your heart’ compass
CHRISTINE PORTER says
old age pill box!!!!
janna johnson says
I love the “go ask anyone” cards
Wilma P says
I like the Aromatherapy Shower Bursts and also the Bacon Nation Book
Heather Coulter says
I found so many goodies – but a couple favorites were the dammit doll & seed of happiness (I love to leave these with tips – at both hotel & restaurants).
tracey barfield says
large fuchsia flower leather bracelet 12.99, mood ring 4.00, frog soap spitter 26.95 my shopping list if I win thanks
I love the Pride and Prejudice Counting primer
maleficent m says
I like the hen watering can.
Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods says
These parfaits look yummy! I love the idea of putting them in a jar. They are portable and mess free 😀 Perfect for summer time! Pinning!
erin fowler says
I Love this Store!! For the next grandchild, I’m getting this! chill, baby mustache pacifier!!
Letty C. says
I have wish list and this are a few of the items on the list “forked up art table topper, forked up art business card holder, forked up art recipe card holder, ‘all those who wander’ compass, ‘pack this’ note pad, homemade: how to make everyday products, thumb thing, italian money pots, banana leaf silicone 9 x 13 inch rectangle silicone lid” 😀
Janice Dean says
I would love to get the weird michigan book! Thanks
Elizabeth Ericson says
black diamond personal cooler lunch bag
I love the Aromatherapy Shower Bursts! What a great idea! 🙂
alena svetelska says
I like the Owl Clock for my daughter.
Debbie E Johnson says
I would love to win any of the things Catching FireFlies has.
Gloria // Simply Gloria says
Renee, love the easy part of putting this fabulous summer treat together! Looks divine!
Mary G Loki says
My favs are dream big star necklace, birds of happiness earrings, carnelian energy & confidence necklace, moonstone good luck & balance necklace, and the giant “pill” box!!!!
Crystal Arcand (3Stairs) says
I love the possibility necklace, the owl egg mold, and the bird clips, just to start!
Love the owl clock, or any clock for that matter- such great items on their site, love it!
I like the office supplies- snail tape dispenser and scented highlighters
Tracy Jones says
I like the crack a smile breakfast mold. They have some great stuff.
I love everything.going shopping soon.Thanks
Melissa Dealmeida says
I really like the butterfly pewter cuff bracelet!
Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes says
Yum! These parfaits look so delicious! I love the pound cake in them!
Denise Davis says
I like the hand carved stone hedgehogs, these are super cute.
Audra O'Hara says
I like the dream lights solar powered light and the solar hoot owl!
Jason B says
I love the scarves.
love the compass trinkets
atomic fireballs-have not seen them in forever!
Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner says
These parfaits are the perfect summer time treat!
Trish - Mom On Timeout says
These look heavenly Renee! So cute in the jar 🙂 Pinned!
Oh these parfaits look amazing! 🙂 And I especially love that they are in jars, my fav!
Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen says
These parfaits look delicious Renee! I wish I was having one for breakfast. 🙂 And, the giveaway is adorable!
Julie @ This Gal Cooks says
These look so good, Renee! The grocery store near my house (Publix) makes a variety of parfaits now and strawberry shortcake is one of them. I made the mistake of buying one a few weeks ago and now I’m tempted to buy one every time I’m in there! Pinning this one. Have a great week!