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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Remembering all Those Who Served

May you find a quiet moment this Veteran's day to reflect on our many blessings...
freedom, family, friendship, liberty and love......
and remember those who sacrificed for the peace and security of all.

A Prayer for Our Nation

God bless America
And keep us safe and free,
Safe from "all our enemies"
Wherever they may be.

For enemies are forces
That often dwell within,
Things that seem so harmless
Become a major sin.

Little acts of selfishness
Grow into lust and greed,
And make the love of power
Our idol and our creed.

For all our wealth and progress
Are as worthless as can be,
Without the faith that made us great
And kept our nation free.

And while it's hard to understand
The complexities of war,
Each one of us must realize
That we are fighting for

The principles of freedom
And the decency of man,
But all of this much be achieved
According to God's plan.

So help us as Americans
To search deep down inside,
And discover if the things we do
Are always justified.

And teach us to walk humbly
And closer in Thy ways,
And give us faith and courage
And put purpose in our days.

And make each one of us aware
That each must do his part,
For in the individual is where peace
Must have its start.

For a better world to live in
Where all are safe and free,
Must start with faith and hope
And love deep in the heart of "Me."

~ Helen Steiner Rice ~

Red, White, and Blueberry Trifle


Serves 6
1/4 cup plus 1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 store-bought pound cake (12 ounces), cut into 3/4-inch-thick slices
1 bar (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup heavy cream
3 cups fresh blueberries (three 1/2-pint containers), rinsed and dried
3 cups fresh raspberries (two 6-ounce containers)


1. Make lemon syrup: In a small saucepan, bring 1/4 cup sugar, lemon juice, and 1/4 cup water to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Let cool completely, then brush over both sides of cake slices. Quarter each slice.

2. With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese with remaining 1/3 cup sugar on high speed until lightened. With mixer on medium speed, gradually add heavy cream in a steady stream; continue beating until mixture is light and airy (mixture will be like a very soft whipped cream).

3. Arrange half the cake pieces in the bottom of a 2-quart serving dish. Spoon half the cream-cheese mixture over cake in dollops; spread to sides of dish. Scatter half the blueberries and raspberries on top. Repeat layering with remaining cake, cream-cheese mixture, and berries, piling berries in the center.

4. Cover, and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour and up to overnight

Until Later
Hugs And Kisses


Anonymous said...

Evening, Donna. I've been out all day and am trying to catch up on visiting my friends. How nice of you to recognize our verterans! God bless 'em all!
Now to that dessert. If you'll fix it - I'll come and eat it!
Be a sweetie,

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Donna, I loved your post. And that trifle looks so.. yummy!!!

Carole Burant said...

A beautiful tribute to all our heroes. Here in Canada we celebrate Nov. 11th as Remembrance Day...different name for it but meaning the same thing:-)

Oh yummmm, that trifle sure looks good! I will be copying the recipe down!! xoxo

Bridget said...

It's time to play the Baby game. Come by as soon as you can!

nikkicrumpet said...

What a great tribut Donna...and I love the little patriotic emoticon at the bottom!! Have a glorious Tuesday!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Way to go Donna...thanks for a really GREAT post...now pass me a plate girl!!! YUMMY...hugs and smiles Gloria

Lisa (aka) French said...

Lovely thing to remind us of~~~~this day means alot to many including me;) French

Jill said...

Nice post!!!!!!!!!! :) OOH and the dessert I wan't to jump right into my computer screen and go to town! :)

Anonymous said...

What a great post in honor of the veterans! We do have so much to be grateful for... gosh, this is America.

Anonymous said...

It is a great tribute to our veterans,and may our men and women come home soon.


Lin said...

FANTASTIC tribute, Donna!!! Really really well done!

Ginger said...

Hi Donna:
Great post for Veterans Day. I love how you put the patriotic music to the post also.
I hope you are feeling better today.

Anonymous said...


This is such a lovely post! Ohhhhh and that dessert looks soooo good! YUM!!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful day!


Gone said...

Yummmmmmy!!! What a great recipe!!!

So glad you enjoyed my B&B post...thanks for visiting and leaving your comments.


Baba said...

Hi Donna, This is a day to give thanks for all of the sacrifices our military have made for us..

Your dessert looks wonderful!! I brought raspberries and blueberries to make it for dinner, and forgot the cake.I have some sugar free cookies and cool whip..this will have to do for tonight.

Enjoy your night. Hugs, Baba

Sue said...

Hi Donna, Beautiful prayer by Helen Rice! And wow what a yummy trifle, I must make! Thanks for taking a look at my collections, theres more to come LOL! Have a good night! xo

Picket said...

Beautiful post girl and dessert to boot! lol man I bet that taste good! But then again you and Chris being the 'gravy' queens that you are probably could make anything taste good...go on just throw it in my face girl...I can't help cause I didn't inherit my grandmothers' talents in the kitchen...I was too busy picking and shelling and playing with the farm animals...I was a tom boy remember! lol lol Have a great night girl!

Bo said...

Oh Donna...what a wonderful post to our Vets today...and look at that red, white & blue dessert to go with it! Thanks so much, ;-) Bo

SG said...

"I wasn't supposed to put beef in the trifle!!"

Ya know what that line is from? That trifle looks so good! I don't think I've ever had trifle.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

What a beautiful posting, and that trifle looks so pretty and yummy too. laurie

sweetmemorymakingmom said...

Donna, What a beautiful post! American should be greatful for all those who are serving and have served for our country! hugs, Ellen

Renee said...

What an absolutley inspiring and beautiful post ~ Thank you! Thanks too for stopping by my blog. Feel free to list me in your favorites; I'll be listing you to if you don't mind. Have a great day!


Carole Burant said...

Hello dear Donna:-)

Such a beautiful poem in honour of our war veterans. Here in Canada it's called Remembrance Day but it pretty much means the same thing as Veteran's Day!

Oh yummy, that trifle looks so good, will have to copy it down for sure! xoxo

SG said...

Actually it was an episode on Friends. Rachel made a trifle but the pages of the magazine she got the recipe from stuck together and she had a layer from shepherd's pie in her trifle. It was pretty funny.

SG said...



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