Holy crud. I feel like I’m in some sort of a time warp or something. How can it be the third week of November already? It was just September! Time is just flying (and I’m not really okay with that.) Do you think I have a say? Yeah, I didn’t either. Sigh…. We’ve been spending most of our free time (what the heck is free time??) raising money to go on our volunteer trip in June. (If you want to read more about this adventure, click HERE.)
The third week in November means it’s Secret Recipe Club time again. This reveal day actually came at a perfect time for me. My kids and I went to my Mom’s house over the weekend for an early Thanksgiving celebration. My sister is in town from Chicago and it was so nice getting together with my siblings and eating a delicious meal. And man! can my Mom cook! So it was a no brainer that I was going to make a dessert recipe. I typically bring desserts everywhere I go. (Does that surprise any of you??)
My super secret assignment this month? The Kitchen Witch. This is not the first time I’ve
stalked checked out Rhonda’s blog. It is amazing and I’ve been following her for some time now. There are about a million recipes on her blog that I would love to make. Seriously! A million!
No wonder I adore Rhonda’s blog. Rhonda loves food, to travel, her kids and riding her Harley. She’s had quite the life, in the Air Force, living in Germany, traveling through Europe on a Harley, retiring in Montana, loving on her kids and Grandkids and her quirky, OCD English Setter (loved that!)
My chosen recipe changes every time I go to Rhonda’s blog. At first I was going to make her Banana Cake with Maple Caramel Sauce. Then I decided I was going to make her Biscochitos. Then last week Rhonda posted Bacon Wrapped Roasted Potatoes with Chipotle Aioli. Ummmm, hello! Yes, please. But I wanted to take a dessert over my Mom’s house and I didn’t want Rhonda to think I just made the first recipe I saw (since she just posted it). So, I’m definitely making those at a later date!
Then I saw her Pretzel Jell-o Salad. Oh man. I made this years back when I was in graduate school. It was one of my favorite desserts and for some reason, when I moved back to Oregon I never made it again. What the heck was I thinking?! This dessert is delicious!
So Pretzel Jell-O Salad. Usually anything with Jell-O in it scares me a little. Maybe it’s because I OD’d on it in the 70’s. We had Jell-O everything back then. Yikes! But combine the saltiness of the pretzels, then a delicious, creamy cheesecakey layer and top it with Jell-O and strawberries? Yum!
Rhonda added some notes on her recipe that she would have changed. I took her expertise to heart and did what she said. So I doubled the pretzel layer and pushed it up the sides of the pan a little. So glad I did. I liked the extra crunch and saltiness of the pretzel crust.
Thanks, Rhonda, for this one! It’s a keeper!