Can you believe next week is JULY already?! Where is this summer going? It feels like school just let out yesterday. But I guess this is always the case— I just forget how quickly these summers fly every year. But at least with July bring the 4th of July, which is always good for an extra day off work, time with friends and family, and, of course, amazing food!
So for once, in preparation for a holiday, I was SUPER ahead of the game and starting testing some festive picnic recipes and desserts last week— that way you get the recipe in plenty of time to plan YOUR 4th of July menu. Who would have thought? Sometimes I surprise myself, I guess! And these berry crisps turned out to be one of those lick-your-spoon-clean desserts that I will totally be making again on the actual 4th. Yeah, they’re that good.
A mix of my favorite summer berries— strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries— topped with a crispy, crunchy crumble and creamy vanilla ice cream that melts over top and mixes with the juicy berries. Does any other combo scream America more than that?! Well, maybe apple pie. But that’s not festive enough. Plus, these can be made in individual ramekins like I did below, which is great if you’re just staying in the with family, but can also be doubled and made in a large baking dish for a party or potluck. It’s light, fresh, and full of flavor, something I think is crucial for a picnic dessert as you know there are going to be 4 other desserts you want to try 😉
What are your plans for the 4th of July this year? We’re planning on staying in DC, picnicking, and watching the fireworks on the National Mall because, believe it or not, we’ve never done that before! I guess once you live in a city, you kind of forget to take advantage of the touristy sides.
All of my memories from the 4th have always had such a special place in my heart. Whether it be neighborhood block parties with fireworks in the cul-de-sac, college bbq’s with all our crazy friends, or rooftop parties in some pretty spectacular cities, I love how the fourth never fails to bring everyone together in such a warm and exciting way. I already can’t wait to see what this 4th of July brings!
Stay tuned for a few more recipes and a round up in the next week.