The Fourth of July is almost here and I can't wait! I love any holiday that allows for ample time in the kitchen and July 4th is certainly one of those holidays, only better because you can use the grill.


This year, I'm heading up to the lake with my husband and his family for three days of lake-floating and dock-sitting, plus a little reading on the side (any suggestions?). His Mom is taking care of the big-ticket items, so I volunteered to bring desserts. Now, I have so many options, I hardly know what to make!

My Grandma used to make a favorite dessert of mine called Strawberry Pizza. We have to rename it to Mary Sue's Strawberry Salvation or something of the like because, I assure you, you will be thanking God for this amazing dessert. It's light, creamy, and fresh all rolled into one, and one of those desserts that makes you keep sneaking bites as you walk by the fridge. I guarantee your sink will be filled with dirty spoons! It's only three steps, so get started:

Mary Sue's Strawberry Salvation (Pizza)

Step One: Crust-- Mix together two cups flour, two sticks melted margarine, and one cup chopped nuts. Press into a pizza or jelly roll pan. Bake 10-15 minutes at 350. Cool completely.

Step Two: Combine eight-ounces softened cream cheese with three cups confectioners sugar and one 12-ounce container of cool whip. Spread on top of crust, leaving a raised edge.

Step Three: Spread one quart sliced strawberries over cream cheese mixture then top with one container of strawberry glaze. Chill before serving.

If you're not ready for strawberry pizza, then check out a few of our other star-spangled desserts, like this yummy recipe for sundaes (pictured). Enjoy!

By Ashley Kappel and Ashley Kappel