I talk honestly and openly about my experiences with mental illness, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome through the lens of feminism, fat acceptance and process theology. I also do recipe and book reviews. My mission is to spread the message that hope is always real for a better life, despite living in a world that is often very harsh.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Pretzel Salad

Every Thanksgiving needs a salad! No, not a healthy, leafy, green salad, full of good for you fiber, but a jello salad, full of butter, sugar, and fat! This recipe is from allrecipe.com and it's actually called a "pretzel salad," because is uses pretzels for the base. It turned out deliscious! I made it and took it to a friend's house where we had fabulous food and fellowship. The fellowship was especially great, as my Naval officer brother was able to come home at the last minute.

2 cups crushed pretzels
3/4 cup margarine, melted
2 teaspoons white sugar
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
3/4 cup white sugar
4 1/2 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (6 ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin
2 cups boiling water
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen strawberries

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2.In a medium bowl, mix crushed pretzels, margarine and sugar.

3.Press crushed pretzel mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish, and bake in the preheated oven 8 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Blend together the cream cheese and sugar.
Fold in whipped topping and spread evenly over cooled pretzel mixture.

5.In a medium bowl, dissolve the strawberry flavored gelatin in boiling water.
Mix in strawberries and set aside to cool for 15 minutes.

Isn't it beautiful? It tasted beautiful too!
Before we started eating, I overheard my mother say, "Thanksgiving is the one time when we can eat a lot and not feel guilty." I charge you to not feel guilty any time you eat (and me too), even if you eat a lot. Food is energy and we need this energy to survive. We should give thanks for our food and the ability to live everyday!


  1. Whoa! This is TOO good to be called a salad! lol! What an unfortunate name...but even a junkie can boast about having devoured a salad now! ;-)