My gelatin ring gets a tropical twist from coconut, pineapple and macadamia nuts. It's a wonderful anytime treat. Now that I'm retired from teaching, I have more time for kitchen experiments. —Carol Gillespie, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Prepare these easy make-ahead desserts—ice cream desserts, berry-topped cheesecakes, cream pies and chocolate tortes—in 30 minutes or less, then pop in the freezer or refrigerator the day before parties and potlucks.