Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Thanks to my girlfriend Susan for sharing this recipe with me. It has become one of our family favorites and is always a hit with guests. I took the following pictures when I made this dish at Easter and had meant to publish it then. Sigh. Well, better late than never, right? Just pretend that my little memo board reads, "Happy July 4th!" :D I did, afterall, make it this past week for the holiday per my husband's special request. :)

You will need the following ingredients: 

2 cups crushed pretzels
3/4 cup butter, melted
3 T. white sugar
1 (8 ounce) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
2 (3 ounce) pkgs. strawberry flavored gelatin
2 cups boiling water
2 (10 ounce) pkgs. frozen strawberries

~Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
Stir together crushed pretzels, melted butter and 3 T. sugar. 
 Mix well and press mixture into the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish.

Bake 8-10 minutes until set. Set aside and cool. 

In a large mixing bowl cream together cream cheese and 1 cup sugar. If you forget to soften your cream cheese (as I did in this particular instance) and you're lucky enough to have a sunny day *sigh* you can  try this desperate strategy. 

Fold in the whipped topping and spread the mixture onto your cooled crust.

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in still frozen strawberries.
*Sidenote* Learn from my mistakes. Add the dissolved gelatin to the frozen strawberries and not the other way around. Yes. Yes, I did.

When mixture is about the consistency of eggwhites, pour and spread over the cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until set.
Again, pretend the memo board reads, "Happy 4th!" Sometimes the pictures and the post get a bit separated. :)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Friday Features

In honor of July 4th weekend, here are a few of my favorite patriotic projects and decor I've come across this week. I was so absorbed in looking at all the wonderful blogs that I TOTALLY DID NOT hear the kitchen timer go off indicating that the cookies were done. I TOTALLY DID NOT smell the burning going on just a few feet away and I TOTALLY FORGOT that I was even in the middle of baking anything. It wasn't until my husband came in from the other room to inspect the smell that I was jerked out of my happy exploring. I'm telling you, I burned those babies BLACK! 

Anyway, due to my little absent-minded mishap, I'll be a little thinner than I would have been and you'll have a few more cute patriotic projects and new blogs to peruse. :D

Check out this Burlap and Denim Ruffled Patriotic Wreath by The Scrap Shoppe Blog. I think I have a wreath obsession, but I seriously think this is one of my all-time favorites. 

I tend to love all things ruffly or burlap. You'll see the trend in today's features. I loved this USA Banner by 504 Main and she gives a great tutorial on how to make your own. 

This Ruffle Pillow by This Little Project is sooo cute! Check out her blog for a great tutorial on this as well as adorable patriotic headbands for those of you who have little girls. :)

And for a fun and easy snack, check out the Patriotic Pretzels over at Bouffe e Bambini.
So cute and so simple. :)

Hope you all have a wonderful July 4th weekend! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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