Monday, January 25, 2016

Valentine's Day Hop and a Giveaway

I'm teaming up again with some of my very favorite bloggers to bring you some fabulous Valentine's Day ideas.  From gifts to what to wear to printables, we've got you covered!  

I'm sharing a family favorite dessert that just screams, "VALENTINE'S DAY!!!".

This what you'll need...(minus one of those bags of strawberries).  :)

 When we got married, my mom asked family and close friends to share favorite recipes.  So glad Aunt Rene' shared this goodie years ago!

 I had a sweet helper demonstrating so I could take pictures.  First we crushed up two cups of pretzels.



 We mixed up the butter, crushed pretzels, and sugar. Thumbs up for that goodness.

 Spread that into a 9X13 and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.


 We mixed up the cream cheese (softened), cool whip, and sugar.  Then we spread the mixture on top of the pretzels.

 We added the remaining ingredients and poured it on top of the cream cheese layer.

 We covered it and let it chill in the refrigerator for about five hours before serving.

We had friends over for burgers on Saturday night.  I forgot to take a picture of us enjoying the dessert, but this is what the pan looked like afterward...
It was delicious!!


Strawberry Pretzel Dessert:

1 1/2 to 2 cups crushed pretzels
1 1/2 sticks soft margarine
3 T. sugar
1-8 ounce package cream cheese
1-8 ounce Cool Whip
1 cup sugar
Large strawberry Jell-o
2 cups boiling water
1 1/2 cups cold water
20 ounces frozen sliced strawberries

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix the pretzels, margarine, and 3 T. of sugar, press into a 9X13 and bake for ten minutes.

Mix the second layer-the cream cheese, Cool Whip, and 1 cup sugar.  Add it to the pretzel mixture.

Third layer-mix jell-o, boiling water, cold water, and the strawberries.  Stir really well.  Then pour on top and chill for several hours before serving.

Hope you guys enjoy it!!  And...I have a fun little giveaway for today!  An early little valentine treat from you to me.  :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Don't forget to go check out these other bloggers for some fabulous ideas...

What To Wear | Molly at Stilettos and Diapers
Date Night Outfit 
| Ashley at Fancy Ashley
Women's Gift Guide | Heather at My Life Well Loved
Men's Gift Guide | Chelsea at Two Twenty One
DIY Gift Idea for Bestie | Thuy at Hey Thuy
Kids Gift Idea for Classmates | Sandy at Sandy a la Mode
Kids Craft | Ashley at I Love You More Than Carrots
Kids Printable | Kristin at Taz + Belly
Kids Printable | Jennifer at Life in the Green House
Free Printable | Andrea at Momfessionals
Decor Tips | Taryn at Design, Dining & Diapers 
Dessert | Destiny at Just Destiny Mag
Dessert | Erika at A Little Bit Of Everything

269 comments:

steph ko. said...
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Trindins said...

Yum! A wonderful dessert!

Trindins said...

Yum! A wonderful dessert!

Trindins said...

Yum! Looks great

Jen said...

Yum! I'm add it to my menu this week. My girls will love it! Thanks!
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Kristin said...

This is one of my very favorite desserts and I had forgotten all about it! You are right - perfect for Valentine's Day! Thanks for sharing!

Kristin

Kaylee said...

My favorite sweet treat would have to be ice cream! I know crazy,but I love it all year round and at anytime!

Kathy Olson said...

My friend's white chocolate bread pudding. But I can never turn down a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup, either.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Stephanie said...

I love pretzel salad! My favorite valentine dessert is red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.

Unknown said...

Favorite sweet treat is a jello cake we make with red jello! It's so refreshing!

Heidi menges

Lauren McGreevy said...

Yum! This looks amazing. I'll have to make it STAT!

Lauren
www.postgradinprogress.blogspot.com

Sarah Kuykendall said...

I'm a fan of anything chocolate!

Julie Mills said...

That looks delish!

Jill said...

My favorite treat is either chocolate chip walnut biscotti from Clint's in Breckenridge, CO, or a black & white cookie from Cindi's Delicatessen.

Jana Domyslawski said...

It is hard to pick ONE sweet treat, but I found a recipe for Maple Bacon Brown Sugar scones and they are my favorite right now!

kimm atwood said...

I can't wait to try this recipe! I love any combo of sweet and salty! Have a great week !

Haley Bishop said...

That dessert was at EVERY family get together when I was growing up, YUMMY!!!!!! Cute helper you have there ;)

The Stantons said...

Our favorite treat is a chocolate layered brownie! My kids love when I make them!

hannah friend said...

Strawberry pretzel dessert has been my favorite since I was young!

The Lindquist Family said...

Warm cookies straight from the oven!

Sara Alexander said...

Strawberry pretzel dessert if one of my very favorites! When it's my birthday I usually ask for that or Eclair Cake-YUM!

kelly said...

This sounds like a great refreshing summer dessert! Can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!
On another note, I'm renovating my kitchen and was considering having a tiered (for lack of better word) counter like you have. I'm curious about whether you like having 2 different countertop heights or do you think having one big flat surface would be a better choice? (more space to work on) I hope this makes sense. Lol

Emily m said...

Looks good! We usually make chocolate cake!

Emily Preddy said...

This is seriously my favorite dessert EVER! It is my new birthday dessert. I may need to make some this week.

Mix and Match Mama said...

I have never heard of this dessert??? But you had me at cream cheese. And butter. Sounds (and looks!) delish!

Erika Slaughter said...

Yes!! It'll be up tomorrow. Just link to your post from today. :)

Holly said...

The dessert looks delish- can't wait to make it!

Leah Bruinius said...

Can't wait to try this! I love salted caramel pretzel bars!

Ash Lenzen said...

My aunt raves about this recipe all the time and I have yet to try it! It's on my list!

Holly said...

The dessert looks delish- can't wait to make it!

Jacki Morris said...

i love cookies

Julie Connelly said...

My mom has been making this strawberry pretzel salad for years...it's YUMMY!!! In our family it's considered a "salad" ;) LOL!!! My favorite sweet treat would be cheesecake!!!!! I don't make it very often, but it's still my FAV!!!!

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

I LOVE this! I had it once at a family reunion, thought it was strange, and then couldn't get enough!!!!!! It's delicious!!!!

Allison Thompson said...

My favorite sweet treat is cake!

Jess Deisher said...

Chocolate covered strawberries. My heart is beaming thinking about them Mmmm.

Redwhiteandsass.blogspot.com

Im going to be linking up on your "Let's Talk" this year. I'm so excited about it! Love reading your blog :)

Sara said...

Brownies are my favorite!

Kelly Thomas said...

This is one of my favorite desserts!!! My mom makes it every Christmas!! Everyone looks forward to it. I really don't know why she only makes it at Christmas!!

Elizabeth said...

My favorite sweet treat his Blue Bell ice cream!!

Tessa and Mark wedding photos said...

I am a brownie lover. Unfrosted

Narci said...

Oh my goodness!! Yum!! Looks delicious!!! :)

LaShawna Shirley said...

My favorite dessert is Grape Salad!

KW0410 said...

Cookies! Ice Cream! Ice Cream with cookies on the top!

Heather Bramlett said...

My favorite would be chocolate covered strawberries and pretzel rods...or angel food cake! 😋

Can't wait to link up with "Let's Talk"!
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Elaine Welte said...

Looks delicious!

jillzy24 said...

anything chocolate and peanut butter!!

Angie N said...

Gingerbread cheesecake is my absolute favorite! Love your blog. :)

Kaileen Greenwood said...

Looks awesome! Love strawberries:)

Valerie Cox said...

Warm, gooey brownies are my fave, but this looks delicious too!

RED said...

I Pinned that dessert recipe as soon as I saw it and can't wait to try it!

Maddy Haggerty said...

I love this dessert so much!! My grandmother makes this:) This is my favorite dessert for this season but I do love good old cheesecake:)

Jill Clavin said...

We call it "Kibbles n Bits" - pretzels, m&ms, chex, peanuts, etc. covered in white almond bark. It's the best!

The real housewife of DC said...

What a cute dessert!

My favorite sweet treat... peanut M&Ms!

jthmas said...

Love this dessert!

Jennifer Haag said...

Your dessert looks so yummy!! We love strawberries in our house too! Have a great day :)

Tiffany Ray said...

My favorite sweet treat for Valentiens days are chocolate covered cherries. They are the best.

E @ Oh! Apostrophe said...

Chocolate!

Lisa Iwasyk said...

My family makes a dessert just like this, we call it "cherries in the snow"! But our fave dessert is apple pie with vanilla ice cream!

Ashlee Sandstrom said...

This will make a fantastic Valentine's dessert! Thanks!

Kristen said...

My aunt makes this strawberry pretzel dessert, and it is so delicious! In the summertime, my favorite dessert is key lime pie, and in the winter, I love anything with chocolate in it!

Julie Amend said...

My favorite is usually cheesecake but your strawberry dessert looks really yummy!

Simply Stephens said...

I have had this dessert before and it is so yummy and DANGEROUS! I could eat the whole thing! 🍓

Kathy Lang said...

Your strawberry dessert looks fabulous! I love anything with strawberries, but I am addicted to Ben & Jerry's Americone Dream ice cream!

Brittie said...

I Love strawberries! But I tend to go for chocolate desserts like brownies as my default :)

Jane Setkowicz said...

I love strawberry truffles, actually strawberry anything, is good, too ;) I can't wait to try this!

Hailey Pocic said...

I remember having this as a kid! Such a fun idea for Valentine's Day!

jen said...

This is one of our favorite desserts!

Janelle Klosterman said...

Killer brownies are my weakness!!!

Samantha said...

Looks yummy! Going to have to try it out!

Erica Ladwig said...

That looks yummy! I have to say that my favorite Valentines Day dessert is strawberry cake with strawberry icing, shaped like a heart of course. :)

Julie Wood said...

Your dessert looks so delicious! I like Chocolate Mousse! It is so good!

Melissa Joseph said...

Looks delicious!

Loving you is fun said...

Yummy yummy dessert!

Christy said...

Can't wait to try it!

Alisha said...

I love cheesecake and strawberries- definitely going to need to try this recipe!

Wallups from Puyallup said...

This is my all time favorite dessert the nice thing is... You can use any fruit😊

Kim said...

Love Starbucks.

Catherine Prell said...

That pretzel jell-O dessert is one of our very favorites around here! I haven't made it in awhile, though, seeing you make it reminded me I might need to make it for our small group this weekend!!

Thanks!
Cathy Prell

Holly Copeland said...

Warm brownie with ice cream!

dresselfamily.blogspot.com said...

My fav sweet dessert is a walnut cheesecake deluxe that I make. .. soo goid!

Lauren R said...

Going to have to make this for my family!

Kathleen Kaiser said...

Looks delicious! Who doesn't love butter, cream cheese, and strawberries!

Amy Wolff said...

We love this dessert.... have made it hundreds of time.

Dan Clifton said...

I just love reading your blog! Thanks for the great give-away!
Carolyn Clifton

kris said...

Yum! One of my favorites!!

Jan Fisher said...

That dessert looks amazing! Love reading your blog!

Jill B said...

This looks amazing! Definitely going to try it

Jamie said...

Such a yummy dessert!

Sally said...

One of my favorites!

Lauren Stauffer said...

Chocolate covered pretzels! That dessert looks delicious by the way-can't wait to try it!

Blake G said...

I loooove this dessert- salty and sweet is always the perfect combination!

Renee King said...

Ben and Jerry's Chubby Hubby is my guilty dessert, like the kind I eat out of the container on the couch when the kids are in bed! But I love any kind of dessert.

The Zarecor's said...

My mom makes this and it's a big hit and often requested by church friends!!!!!!

Stephanie Jennings said...

My favorite sweet treat is chocolate. Pretty much anything chocolate. I love Your daughter's pj's... We have the same pair :)

Abby Clark Clark said...

I've had this numerous times before, but never knew it was this easy to make!! I'll have to make it sometime soon.

I love dessert - I haven't met a dessert I didn't like - hahah :)

Grace O'Neil said...

Looks so good! Which program do you use to make your graphics?

April said...

cheesecake! Or ice cream!

Grace O'Neil said...

Looks so good! Which program do you use to make your graphics?

Cait Bahena said...

My family makes this on Easter! So delicious!!

Janet said...

Looks delicious!!

9thand5th said...

I have a huge sweet tooth, so I'm game for any dessert. Any time. I love cheesecake, cake, ice cream. Can't pick a favorite! Love it all!

Rebecca Olivas said...

Yummy!

Celina said...

I love chocolate raspberry truffles!

Rebecca said...

That strawberry pretzel salad is honestly one of my favorite sweet treats. I also really love anything chocolate!

Katie {The Mishaps & Mayhem of a Solitary Life} said...

Yum!!! And pretty easy!! Can't wait to try this!!!

Jamie Steigerwalt said...

anything chocolate for this momma!

Katie {The Mishaps & Mayhem of a Solitary Life} said...

Yum!!! And pretty easy!! Can't wait to try this!!! Anything with peanut butter is my favorite sweet treat!!

Laura said...

The dessert looks delicious!!

Dani Lee said...

My mum's homemade strawberry shortcake is my FAVORITE!

Liz said...

Brownie Trifle!

Sara said...

That looks like a great dessert!

Kristen said...

My favorite sweet treat is probably a chocolate chip cookie. My grandma used to make that strawberry pretzel salad years ago and even though she isn't with us we still love to have it for family gatherings. It's so good!

Crystal K. said...

Brownies are my weakness!

Kristen said...

My favorite sweet treat is probably a chocolate chip cookie. My grandma used to make that strawberry pretzel salad years ago. Even though she isn't with us we still make it for most family gatherings. It's so good!

Tracy said...

Pecan Tassies is my absolute favorite sweet treat!

Emily Zwonitzer said...

Looks yummy!

Jessica Murray said...

Yummy!! I love this dessert...it's the perfect blend of salty and sweet! A favorite valentines treat for me would have to be cheesecake!!

Christina Chaney said...

Strawberry pretzel salad is one of my favorite desserts!!

Allison said...

Anything chocolate is pretty much my favorite. I've had this dessert before and it's so yummy!

Sara Fehrenbacher said...

Yum!! This dessert looks so yummy! Def going to try your recipe next time my family visits.

KBDesign said...

I've seen this dessert at a few family parties but was always skeptical about it but now I will have to try it the next time I see it!

Amy K said...

I love chocolate or anything with chocolate and peanut butter together!

KacyRae said...

Sounds super yummy1!!

~Amanda~ said...

Looks amazing, can't wait to try it.

cherrietopdworld said...

love it :)

Andrea Kay said...

I'm definitely going to have to try this recipe! My favorite sweet treat is my moms strawberry pie!

The Wheatfarmer's Wife said...

Oh how I love me some strawberry pretzel salad! Yum! And how fun to involve your daughter! :-)

Charity said...

I love anything Chocolate! Or Cherry! Bonus points if they are together!

Kelley Cerny said...

Sweet & Salty!? Two of my faves!!

Lisa Longoria said...

Yum!!

Amy C. said...

I love all things sweet, but really enjoy scones, biscotti, coffee ice cream and cupcakes!

KristyLynn said...

Looks good. My favorite dessert is melba delight. My gram taught me how to make it years ago. so good!

bmrobertson63 said...

I'm going to have to try this dessert out! Thanks for the chance at a giveaway!

Kirby McCasland said...

Plan old chocolate cake! Yum!

Chelsea said...

Yum! I love these series. It's so fun to click around and get a ton of ideas for Valentine's Day. Especially after the big holidays, it is great to have something fun coming up!

Amanda Chavarria said...

My favorite sweet treat is brownies and vanilla ice cream!

Amanda Chavarria said...

my favorite sweet treat is brownies w/vanilla ice cream

Queen In Between said...

Yum! Ebby Lee looks so adorable! I love having Carly Jo help me in the kitchen.

Sara Goodhind said...

My favorite sweet treat is cheesecake!

Lisa said...

Oh my... This should give you a clue about my EXTREME sweet tooth...we call this Strawberry Pretzel Salad😉. I' mean it does have fruit, right? My daughters FAVORITE!!!

Kelly Heard said...

This is one of my favorite recipes! So good!

April Bryan said...

Looks yummy! Baking is so much fun when you have little helpers

Kylie McGraw said...

Omg this is one of my favorite summer desserts!! I never think to make it at this time of year but it would be perfect for Valentine's Day!

Shannon said...

I love lemon bars and brownies!!

Bianca Andrea said...

dark chocolate covered anything

Sandy a la Mode said...

i am drooling! looks SOO good!!

xo,
Sandy
Sandy a la Mode

Melodie said...

I have a gluten free kiddo so i have to be creative in the dessert department. I can do this one with gf pretzels. Perfect! Thank you!

Cassandra Short said...

I've made this strawberry dessert several times...always an empty dish in the end.

Kayla Roman said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe! I can't wait for Valentine's Day!

JenJen said...

Looks so easy and delicious. Love the sweet and salty!

Erin Peyerk said...

This sure looks yummy!

Samantha said...

This looks so yummy! Something chocolate would definitely be my favorite!

Terri Echols said...

I've had this strawberry dessert before and I LOVE it. I do not like pretzels at all but I love them when they're in this dessert! My favorite sweet treat is - WAY TOO MANY TO LIST!! I love most anything with cream cheese and/or chocolate in it! Thanks Ericka for the recipe - I want to make this NOW!

Dana said...

That looks sooo good! I love any dessert, but especially chocolate cake!! :)

Melanie Kaltakjian said...

I love a good apple pie!!

Angel Broussard said...

Dark chocolate, truffles, king cake

Wehaf said...

I love ricotta cheesecake!

Grace said...

Ebby Lee looks darling!! You know it's a good dessert when it's gone in one night! Happy Monday Erika!

Tyler Smith said...

This is one of my favorite desserts!

Ali G. said...

Chocolate everything!

Janet said...

I have never made that Strawberry salad but have eaten it several times. Delicious. And I love pretty much anything sweet.

mrsuribe said...

I love cupcakes and conversation hearts!

Kylie Hecker said...

I'm excited to give this a try!

Kelsey @ The Peacock Roost said...

What a yummy dessert & cute helper!! My favorite dessert is Derby Pie :)
Kelsey
www.thepeacockroost.com

Brenda said...

My favorite sweet is a chocolate chiffon pie that my grandma & mom make!

Leigh (Balancing By Faith) said...

One of my FAVORITE desserts - no matter the time of year!! So good!!

stacey said...

Chocolate chips and kettle corn popcorn

Unknown said...

One of my favorite desserts! Love the salty pretzels with the sweet cream cheese!

Unknown said...

My favorite sweet treat is anything with Chocolate, but this dessert looks so good! Will definitely have to try!

Courtney Nazario said...

The best dessert!!

Elizabeth said...

Looks delicious!

Sarah Witowski said...

That looks yummy! Thanks for sharing! My favorite sweet treat is Breyer ' s Chocolate Ice Cream. So simple yet so yummy!!

Meredith said...

Gotta love Starbucks- and the dessert looks delish!

Samsoume Rrr said...

This looks good :). My favorite sweet is apple crumble.

Stephanie said...

Love your blog! So refreshing to read!

Sean, Angela & Ava said...

This looks great!
My favorite sweet treat are chocolate chip cookies! I swear I have the best recipe :-)

Stephanie said...

Love your blog! So refreshing to read!

Melanie Smith said...

My mom makes a wonderful Chocolate Delight. So much goodness!

Traveler, Party of 1 said...

My family has made this for a long time---so good!!

Katie Hynson said...

Love your blog! This looks delish!!

Katie Hynson said...

Love your blog! This looks delish!!

Jess said...

Yum! I love that pretzel dessert! Brings back happy memories from my childhood :)

conne lou said...

Delicious Dessert

Brooke said...

We love this recipe! My husband grew up on something similar called strawberry salad. It is like this minus the pretzel crust. Both yummy!

Johnsons said...

Yummy, sounds delish!!

Taylor Bogan said...

My favorite sweet treat is tiramisu! :)

Andrea K said...

I have always wanted to try this & I think I'm finally going to make it!

Joanna said...

Cookies and ice cream! :)

Dianna said...

I still love a soft chocolate chip cookie. Always my go too.

Jill McMeans said...

That recipe is a family favorite of mine! :-)

Kate Paszkiewicz said...

Looks delish! Thanks for sharing!

Deborah said...

Love easy recipes! My daughter has the same AG pajamas 😊

alh110278 said...

The recipe looks wonderful and I love Starbucks!!

"The Mrs." said...

I love this dessert Mrs. Rene makes!!! ;) I plan to make it the week of Valentine's for the family! We also enjoy a chocolate fondue as a special treat for our family Valentine's dinner.

KP said...

Looks delicious!

Emily said...

My mother in law makes this dessert and it's so good!!

Hadley said...

This is a favorite dessert in my office. Yummy!

Love2shop said...

Oatmeal cookies or anything with Peanut butter in it are my favs!

the girl in the red shoes said...

This is one of our family favorites! Now I want some!

Kelly said...

I love this dessert, but haven't had it in such a long time. Thanks for the recipe!