Sunday, January 16, 2011

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert & My New Fridge

This is my #1 favorite dessert!
I don't make it very often though.
For if I did I would eat each and every leftover piece all by myself....It is THAT good.
I forgot to take a picture before everyone dug into it so this is as good as it gets this time around.  Next time I make it I will try to get a better picture.

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

2 2/3 cups crushed pretzels
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
3 tbsp. sugar
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
2 (8 oz.) containers of Cool Whip
1 large box strawberry Jell-O
2 cups boiling water
2 ( 10 oz.) pkg. sliced frozen strawberries (I used 24 oz.)

1st Layer:
Place crushed pretzels in the bottom of a 9X13 pan. Add melted butter and 3 tbsp. sugar. Mix all together and press into bottom of pan.
Bake at 400° for 6 minutes.
Let cool.

2nd Layer:
Mix softened cream cheese and  1 cup sugar together. Fold in 1 container of Cool Whip and spread mixture over top of pretzel crust.

3rd Layer:
In bowl, mix Jell-o and boiling water. Stir until dissolved.
Add frozen strawberries.
Mix and then chill until almost set.
Pour over cheese layer.
If desired, top with 2nd container of Cool Whip and crushed pretzels.
Refrigerate and ENJOY!

Tomorrow I'll share another version of the above recipe that I made for my Dad.
He is a diabetic plus he hates strawberries so his was chocolate, peanut butter and pretzels.
It was super yummy too!
It's that combination of sweet and salty that just hits the spot every time.

Wanna see my new fridge?

It was a frustrating day yesterday as we worked on getting the old fridge out and the new in. We had to take the doors off of the old fridge so that it would fit through the back door.
Once we had it outside we then had to get it down the hill to the front sidewalk.
That is .... A small hill still covered with snow and ice.
How fun!
But not as much fun as it was trying to get the new one up that same hill!
We finally got it in and then had to mess with changing the door hinges around so that it didn't open up towards the wall.

Why do things have to be so complicated?
Why can't we just plug it in and go with it?
Can you tell that patience is not one of my good qualities?
Oh and do you see that empty space above the refrigerator. There was a cabinet there but the refrigerator was too tall so we had to take the cabinet down. We were going to cut the cabinet down a bit and put it back up but I said don't bother.
I'm too short to even reach that cabinet (even standing on a chair) and besides it will give me full access to the top of the refrigerator which is where I like to place my homemade breads & goodies as they rise before I bake them. Now I will be able to fit 2 full size cookie trays up there when needed.
I will have to get my sage green paint back out though so that part of the wall will match the rest of the kitchen. :0(

24 hours later, it's up and running great. I went shopping last night and again this morning so it's shelves are all fully stocked again. Now I'm keeping my fingers crossed that none of our other appliances break.
Anita from Hayestackhayes reminded me that things always happen in threes. Well if that is the case then I should be OK the rest of the year. We've already had to replace the stove, our computer and now the refirgerator.
I'll still keep my fingers and toes crossed though!


Carmen C. said...

Love your new refrigerator! Don't ya just love a brand new appliance?? so much fun to "move in" lol! That dessert looks so delicious, I'm gonna have to make it and soon:D although the other version sounds yummy too.....

flutterbygone's said...

That dessert looooooks soooooo yummy!!! I'm sitting here in my South Beach diet Week 2 though, wondering just how I could shift it around so it isn't so many carbs! LOL!!!

Congrats on the fridge! A new toy for you kitchen!!! After my divorce, my kids and I moved back in with my folks - their fridge kept going in and went on for about 4'd be fine, then go out and we'd lose everything, get fixed, then go out again...that living out of coolers is not fun!

Mama-Bug said...

Love your new refrigerator Jessica. The black looks really nice in your kitchen. My refrigerator is the only old thing left to replace and the old microwave. Don't know which of the two will die first!

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

That strawberry pretzel recipe is also a favorite around here.... Mmmm mmmmm - the new fridge looks grand!

Cheryl said...

Love your new black refrigerator.

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

You dessert looks yummy! I want a new appliance! Prim Blessings! Robin

Sandra said...

How nice! You've gotten a new stove and refrigerator recently! I love getting new kitchen stuff. I bet my husband would LOVE that strawberry dessert. Have you ever made the crust with graham crackers instead? I bet that would be good too.

Mary said...

Wow, I would love to have a bite of that dessert...hmmmmm....

Nancy M. said...

You really have had some luck lately! Your new fridge is gorgeous, though! I have a black one also and I love it! Hopefully you're set for the rest of the year, lol.

Buttercup said...

The dessert looks great, though I think I'm with your father with chocolate and peanut butter. That's one of my all-time favorite combinations. Wishing you many happy years with your new refrigerator.

Angela said...

The dessert looked so wonderful! I'm glad you finally got your new refrigerator up and running and filled! You'll have to let me know how the black works out. If it stays cleaner than white just in case I do have to get a new one sooner than later. I've always heard the it happens in 3's too. My husband's cousin built a house years ago. They bought all new appliances at the same time. When one of their appliances died they all started dying! So they had to buy all new again years later!

Have a Great Week!

Verde Farm said...

This is a dessert I would love. I am going to try it. Sounds fabulous. Love the new frig. I hope you are done for a while too. I know buying back to back replacement appliances is no fun but they can be fun afterwards :) LOL Enjoy it!