Summer Recipe: Strawberry Lemonade Cake Bites Made With NILLA Wafers

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I just overheard Des asking Cassidy when July 4th is, and I can’t believe it’s only a week away!

I know we’ll be having a neighborhood BBQ and I also love to have summer recipes on hand to use for entertaining, house guests, and get-togethers with friends. I’ve always had a bit of an obsession with mini cakes. There’s something so cute and celebratory when you can pop a cute dessert in your mouth. That’s why I invented my Strawberry Lemonade Cake Bites using Lemon NILLA Wafers. I love Original NILLA Wafers and I just discovered the Lemon flavor. I think it’s evenly matched how I feel about them (LOVE) but the Lemon NILLA Wafers are perfect for my cake bites! This is a no-bake recipe so it is perfect for hot days and summer entertaining. And July 4th should be about spending more time with loved ones instead of baking.

Summer Recipe: Strawberry Lemonade Cake Bites Made With NILLA Wafers

Summer Recipe: Strawberry Lemonade Cake Bites Made With NILLA Wafers

Ingredients

  1. 36 Lemon NILLA Wafers
  2. 2 Tbsp lemonade
  3. Strawberry jelly
  4. 8 oz. Melting candy in color of choice (I chose white)
  5. 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  6. Strawberry shaped fruit snacks

Instructions

  • 1. Pour juice in a bowl and brush the flat sides of 24 Lemon NILLA Wafers with juice
  • 2. Spread strawberry jelly over the juice
  • 3. Take the remaining 12 Lemon NILLA Wafers with the round side up and put them on a wax paper covered baking sheet
  • 4. Top each remaining wafer with two juice and jelly topped wafers, and with the jelly side down
  • 5. Put in the fridge for at least 4-6 hours
  • 6. Melt your candy and stir in your oil until it's blended and good for dipping
  • 7. Dip your Lemon NILLA Wafer stacks in the melted candy and evenly coat
  • 8. Top with strawberry fruit snacks and put in fridge to cool for 30 minutes
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Pretty awesome looking, right? This is the perfect no bake recipe for July 4th celebrations. We get our NILLA Wafers and Lemon NILLA Wafers at Walmart, and can easily get the rest of the ingredients for our favorite no bake summer recipes.

I love the endless possibilities of NILLA Wafers and Lemon NILLA Wafers. It’s like you can do so much for great, quick, no bake solutions – especially in the hot summer months. With July 4th coming fast, I know my recipe is in time to inspire you for your parties. And if not, the NILLA Recipes page has tons of no bake dessert ideas for your summer parties!

When I was a kid, my parents would throw epic July 4th parties out around our pool. So many aspects of these parties would be memorable to me – like the amount of people, the fireworks, the bbq food, and the music – but my parents would always have a dessert table. I’m not sure they’d ever have a party without a dessert table. It would be so out of character!

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5 Steps to Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring: $100 Sweepstakes

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As you know, our garden is sort of our crowning glory of our property and yard!

I remember the first time I saw it, and it was nothing special then. It was September and the previous owners were moving, so the garden hadn’t been tended in ages. And yet, I saw a beautiful eggplant bursting through – large and ripe – and knew this land was the place for us. The sun was shining through the windows and into the paths of the woods, and we put an offer on the house that same day, if I remember correctly! And luckily it got accepted, and we became home and garden owners! This was perfect timing because Scarlet was two at that point, and I was pregnant with Des the same week we got our offer accepted. We knew we were at the start of something special. It’s been a wonderful learning experience since.

I wasn’t born with a green thumb. My mom said I used to help her plant peas at our old house, and I somewhat remember that, but I have learned the most through Cassidy. I remember when he separated his shoulder and couldn’t do much, so I installed the garden’s irrigation system. We’ve done pallet gardening and vertical strawberry rows. We have planted trees, berries, and vegetables. Lately, we’ve been super into shrubs and trees, and that’s been part of our recent projects.

Every year is a chance to start over. So whether you’re starting a brand new garden, starting a brand new project in a garden, or just doing things completely differently, here are 5 steps to getting your garden ready this spring:

1 – Cleanup time! This is always the first because fall and winter do a real number on our land. Cassidy will first clear all the garden beds and pallets and then sweep the branches, leaves, and garbage that has collected on the lawn.

2 – Tool time! Your tools have been sitting around for 9 months or so. You have to make sure they’re ready for the job by cleaning them with soap and water and making sure the handles won’t give you splinters. Maybe invest in new ones.

3 – Soil time! A big part of the cleanup is that bulbs are going to burst out any day now. You also want your soil ready for new growth. Turn the soil over and clear out any weeds. We add fresh compost that we buy a few weeks before planting.

4 – Layout time! We actually make charts to see which fruits, vegetables, flowers, trees, and plants are will work well in certain light conditions, and also next to each other. For this, we often turn to the experts at the garden center.

5 – Shopping, planting and maintenance time! Shopping is my personal favorite, although planting is fun too! This year I was all about beautifying our garden with First Editions® Plants. Since Cassidy is traveling for most of this spring, I had to find a solution so that I could upkeep our garden. I love that I found a solution at our local garden center last week.

First Editions® Plants are easy-to-care for shrubs and plants. They create a vibrant and gratifying outdoor space, and are the perfect solution for hopeful gardeners who maybe don’t have a ton of time or help in the garden. I have Little Devil™ Ninebark, Amber Jubilee™ Ninebark, and Strawberry Sundae® Hydrangea. They have 125+ plant varieties! Just look for the purple pot and enjoy their premium assortment of shrubs and trees. I took such care in my selections for our garden:

First Editions® Plants are selected for success! They have been rigorously tested so I feel confident they will flourish this season. I love the wide variety and how much fun it was to find shrubs and colors for our garden. And, they have a guru who can help you with anything gardening. Check “Let’s Ask Amy” out here. And I know I had mentioned about pairing plants together, but here’s a wonderful reference for how to pair your plants. Isn’t it wonderful to simplify the beauty of gardening?

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How do you get your garden ready for spring, or even start a garden at all? Don't worry - we're the garden experts here! Here are my 5 steps to getting that garden ready this year. #ad

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