’tis the season to celebrate Christ’s birth – and the hope that was brought to mankind.
’tis the season for stockings, lights, and decorated trees.
’tis the season to be jolly.
’tis the season to gain some extra weight!
i don’t know what it is about the period of time between thanksgiving and christmas, but all habits and patterns of healthy living go out the window. i have eaten so many cookies, candies, and desserts lately…and can’t seem to stop! they’re everywhere. i keep making them. people keep gifting them. but i don’t mind. there are other 11 other months through the year that i don’t allow myself to indulge to this extent so it’s not too difficult to work off the extra pounds that i accumulate. after all, i need to put on a few pounds to help keep me warm through the winter, right? yeah, we’ll go with that.
turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, carrots and turnips, stuffing…it’s all yummy. and every year there is some kind of jello salad to go with it. you know, to help fill in all the gaps in your tummy. it’s hard to say which one is my all time favorite because they’re all so good, but there’s one that has been in my family for a long time.
2 cups chopped pretzels (sticks)
2 tsp. sugar
1 cup cool whip
2 cups hot water
3/4 cup melted butter
8oz. pkg. cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
6oz. strawberry jello
1 large package frozen strawberries (i get the ones sliced, frozen in sugar)
i cheated a little and used a rolling pin to semi-mash the pretzels instead of chopping them. it works.
mix pretzels, margarine, and sugar together and spread in the bottom of a 13×9 pan. bake at 350 for 15 minutes. allow to cool.
beat together the cream cheese, egg, and powdered sugar. add cool whip and mix. spread on the pretzel mixture and place in the fridge until it firms up. (be sure to seal all the edges or your next layer will make the pretzels soggy)
mix jello with 2 cups boiling water until dissolved. add the frozen strawberries and mix until defrosted. when thickened, carefully pour on top of cream cheese mixture. return to fridge until the jello is set.
what’s your favorite christmas recipe?