American Flag Fruit Skewers #MyMarianos #Cbias

No-Bake Memorial Day Desserts with Mariano’s


Blueberries From Mariano's #MyMarianos #cbiasLast night, I was headed to Chicago to pick my boyfriend up from the airport and his flight was delayed. Seeing as I was in the area, I decided to drop by the new Mariano’s in Harwood Heights and do some grocery shopping. I’m planning a small Memorial Day bash next weekend and I wanted to pick up some fresh strawberries, blueberries, and other produce to test out some recipe ideas.

As usual the selection at Mariano’s was amazing. I cannot say enough good things about Mariano’s. It’s so much more than a grocery store. I look forward to shopping there and taking my family there. It should be noted: I have NEVER looked forward to taking my toddlers into a grocery store. Ever. 

No-Bake Memorial Day Desserts with Mariano's

But Mariano’s is different. The employees and even the customers are always super friendly and the store offers a variety of things in addition to just groceries. Like the Vero Gelato, the fresh soup and salad bars, the sushi bar, the amazing selection of hot foods, and let’s not forget the bakery. Sweet baby cheez-it’s… the bakery. It’s something to behold.

As a baker of sorts, I can seriously appreciate the quality of baked goods that Mariano’s offers. And as a human being with two functioning eye balls, I can appreciate the magnificence of the store as a whole. And as a mommy on a budget, I can appreciate the fair prices and I always make sure to use my Mariano’s Rewards Card when I shop. I literally never leave home without it. 🙂

Blueberries at Mariano's #MyMarianos #cbias

Now, I know you want to see more pictures from my fabulous trip to Mariano’s, so check out my Google+ story.

What’s that old saying… Be careful what you wish for? Well I was wishing for the winter to leave and the sun to come join us a little more often. I got what I wanted. But now I don’t want it. I love whipping up fun desserts for holidays but I cannot stand to use my oven when it’s scorching outside. Yes, I consider 85 degrees scorching. My skin burns just thinking about it.

For this Memorial Day, I thought I would treat you guys with a few healthy, easy, and no-bake dessert ideas that will be a sure fire hit at your parties!

American Flag Fruit Skewers #MyMarianos #Cbias

These American Flag fruit skewers are incredibly easy to make. And beyond that they have some serious eye appeal. These are perfect for celebrating Memorial Day. For those of you who may not know the meaning… Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Which is why an American Flag is a perfect fit.

Memorial Day No-Bake Parfait Cups #MyMarianos #cbias

These adorable little parfait cups are perfect for a mess-free clean up. I just bought some small clear cups and a pack of bright red plastic spoons so that my guests could just toss out the cups when they finish their yummy treat. The cups have some store bought angel food cake as a layer but if you prefer pound cake you can definitely use that.

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries #MyMarianos #cbias

These cheesecake stuffed strawberries are definitely going to be a hit at your Memorial Day celebration. These little strawberries are stuffed with a cheesecake filling (you can usually find this near the cream cheese), I also used some milk chocolate cream cheese filling, and of course you can always use Nutella. Mmm Nutella… 🙂

Stuffed Strawberries #MyMarianos #cbiasYum, indeed.

If you’re interested in new recipe ideas weekly I highly suggest you check out the Mariano’s Community page. If you’re lucky enough to have a Mariano’s in your neighborhood, make sure you stay up to date on everything they have going on by following them on Twitter and liking them on Facebook!

How do you plan on celebrating Memorial Day this year?

I know I’ll be shopping at #MyMarianos for my cook out!


American Flag Fruit Skewers


  • 2 bananas
  • 1 carton of strawberries
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 carton of blueberries
  • Skewers


  1. Peel and slice your banana. Soak in the juice of the lemon for at least 10 minutes
  2. Slice the tops off of the strawberries and cut in half (or thirds if it's a big one)
  3. Start to layer strawberry, banana, strawberry, banana. Do this on as many skewers as you'd like. Just make sure that the last few skewers on the left have about 5-6 blueberries on top to act as the "stars"

Memorial Day No-Bake Parfait Cups


  • 8 Strawberries
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1 cup cubed angel food cake
  • 8oz Cool Whip, thawed
  • 4 Raspberries and red, white, & blue sprinkles (optional)
  • 4 plastic cups


  1. Slice the strawberries and evenly distribute between 4 cups
  2. Add 2tbs cool whip
  3. Add 1/4 cups blueberries to each cup
  4. Add 2 tbs cool whip
  5. Add sliced angel food cake
  6. Add 2tbs cool whip
  7. Top with a raspberry and sprinkles
  8. *Keep in fridge until ready to serve

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries


  • 12oz Cheesecake Filling (can be substituted with Nutella or whipped cream cheese)
  • 20 Strawberries (approx.)
  • 20 Blueberries
  • Sprinkles (optional)


  1. Cut off tops and bottoms of strawberries
  2. Use paring knife to hollow out strawberries
  3. Use small spoon to fill strawberries with cheesecake filling
  4. Top with blueberry and sprinkles
  5. *Keep in fridge until ready to serve

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  • Reply Alicia May 19, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Sarah you have the most creative ways to prepare food. I have the feeling I would be very happy dining at your house!
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    • Reply Rae May 19, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks! I don’t cook too often so you might go hungry if you were at my house haha 🙂

  • Reply Sarah BB @ East9thStreet May 29, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    You’ve just helped me plan my Fourth of July menu!
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