About Me

My photo

Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your stories with me as well.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Paula Deen's Strawberry Pretzel Salad

It's Coffee Club/Luncheon time at Mike's work today so I've been super busy this morning!  I made Paula Deen's Strawberry Pretzel Salad and it turned out perfect.  The reason I like her's better than other recipes is because she adds crushed pineapple to it.  It adds extra flavor and is the perfect dessert on a hot, summer day!

2 cups crushed pretzels
3/4 cup melted butter
3 tablespoons sugar, plus 3/4 cup sugar
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping
1 (6-ounce) package strawberry gelatin dessert mix
2 cups boiling water
2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
For the crust, mix the pretzels, butter, and 3 tablespoons of sugar.  Press this mixture into a 9x13 pan and bake for 7 minutes.  Set aside and allow to cool.
In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and 3/4 cup of sugar.  Fold in the whipped topping and spread over the cooled crust.  Refrigerate until well chilled.
In a small bowl, dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water and allow to cool slightly.  Add the strawberries and pineapple and pour over the cream cheese mixture.  Refrigerate until serving time.


  1. I make a similar recipe, (mine doesn't have the pineapple)! Need to try it with the pineapple sounds delicious!

  2. I made this using Neufchatel ( fat free cream cheese) and Lite whip topping, taste the same minus some unwanted calories!!!

  3. I make this jello a couple time a year. For the last 30 years. I use pineapple juice instead of water in the jello and we do not put crushed pineapple in the jello. I am sure the crushed pineapple is delicious in it. This is a family favorite.

  4. Love using the Neufchatel in any recipes that use cream cheese! Lower Calories with exactly the same taste!Excellent Choice!

  5. Do you need to drain the pineapple