Independence Day Flair!

prep outdoor furniture for summer parties

Summertime is officially here! The sunshine, the outdoors, and treats! One of the easiest ways to prep your outdoor furniture for celebrations is to add a festive combination of pillows and a fun floral arrangement. The pillows above are eclectically matched but add a patriotic flair!

patriotic pillows for summer picnic

How about picnic style? Layer blankets and rugs, and pile on the pillows! Add in your favorite treats and decorations in red, white, & blue of course and get the party started! There are so many ways to celebrate and make the 4th your own, whether at home or out and about! 

And don’t forget the treats! – Below here is a recipe for Butterscotch Banana Pudding that I recently found and cannot wait to try out! What about you, do you have any tried and true favorites?

butterscoth banana pudding
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3–4 bananas, in 1/4-inch slices
  • About 3 cups vanilla wafers
  • Meringue topping (recipe below) or whipped cream
1 | In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the cream, milk, and vanilla bean scrapings and pod.2 | In another medium saucepan combine the brown sugar, salt, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and continue cooking until you have a dark caramel with glassy bubbles forming, about 10 minutes.3 | Meanwhile whisk together the egg, yolks, and cornstarch and set aside.4 | To the boiling caramel, gradually stir in the cream mixture and return to a boil.5 | Temper the yolk mixture (and avoid cooking the eggs) by stirring in about a half-cup of the hot caramel-cream mixture, and then add the yolk mixture back into the hot caramel-cream mixture. Continue stirring with a wooden spoon over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil, about 2 to 3 minutes, then cook for about 30 seconds more and remove from heat. Stir in the butter and vanilla.6 | In a 12-inch round serving bowl, make 4 layers beginning on the bottom with pudding, then cookies, then bananas, then pudding. Place a layer of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the pudding to avoid a skin forming. Chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.Note: Chill the hot pudding mixture quickly by pouring it into a metal or glass container partly submerged in an ice-water bath.MERINGUE TOPPING
4 egg whites (1/2 cup) at room temperature
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup sugar

1 | Whip the egg whites and salt on medium high speed until frothy. While beating, add the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time and beat until thick and glossy.

2 | Spoon or pipe the meringue onto the cooled pudding and either place under a preheated broiler to brown or use a kitchen blow torch to toast the meringue just before serving.

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