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Going For The Gold – A Winning Cherry Coca Cola Salad

Cherry Coca Cola Salad
Cherry Coca Cola Salad

This morning, my friend Gaye gave me the gift of time.  Here is how it went down:

It is 5 AM and from an early morning sleepy fog,  I can hear my cell phone ringing in the other room. Once awake I jump up and run to silence the phone. It is my neighbor Gaye’s  daughter, Abigail.  Abigail and a friend are flying to California today and her sweet frantic voice says “Miss Catherine I’m so sorry to wake you up but we are on the way to the airport and I forgot my wallet. Can you go to my house and get it and meet us?”

Immediately I spring into action. I throw on some clothes, gently pull our bedroom door closed and head for my car.  On the way to their house, I call Abigail  and ask if the house is locked and if there are lights on.  I also need to know  where Abigail’s brother Nathan is in the house.  My mind and my heart are racing faster than handoffthe Olympians I saw  running a relay last night!

I sure don’t want to frighten Nathan and end up getting hit over the head with a baseball bat!  My imagination is running wild as I am set  for a relay this morning.  As it turns out there was no worry about Nathan. Nothing was going to wake him up on this early morning including many phone calls his sister had  made to the house.

As I maneuver my car  through the early morning darkness on the back country roads of Tennessee I feel alive and excited that I am a part of this relay team.  I reach over and feel the wallet on the front seat of the car.  Yes, I am prepared for the handoff.   But wait there’s more! Click to continue reading

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

strawberry pretzel 2
I am doing it again. Posting a recipe to share because I typically lose my copy of the recipe and can’t find it at the moment I need it. Now I will have it on my blog — forever. Well, at least for as long as I need it!

I adore this salad and/or dessert. I call it Strawberry Salad and the Chief calls it Definitely Dessert!  If you haven’t made it lately, you should.  The sweet and salty combination makes for mouth-watering tastiness! And the fruit, well that makes it healthy! 🙂

Strawberry Pretzel SalaldMy sweet sous-chef dish-washing mom made this for us one hot day in July and it was so refreshing with dinner.  You will most generally see this pop up around the holidays but I say “don’t wait.”  Make your own strawberry pretzel holiday soon!

Happy Baking!
Catherine

“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. 2 Corinthians 10:17-18 ESV

Strawberry Pretzel Salad
 
Colorful tried and true recipe that doubles as a salad or dessert! Sweet and salty combination is a real winner.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • ¾ cup melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, plus ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping
  • 2 (3-ounce) packages strawberry gelatin dessert mix
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen strawberries
  • Whipped topping or whipped cream, to garnish* Optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. For the crust, mix the pretzels, butter, and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Press this mixture into a 9 by 13-inch pan and bake for 7 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and ¾ cup of sugar. Fold in the whipped topping, and spread over the cooled crust. Refrigerate until well chilled.
  4. In a small bowl, dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water, and allow to cool slightly. Add the strawberries and pour over the cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate until serving time.
  5. To serve, cut slices and serve with a dollop of whipped topping.
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