Thursday, June 10, 2010

Recap and Summer Recipe

It's been a while since I've posted...and I'm afraid that might be the new norm for my blog. Because I have NO INTERNET at my new house. That's right...I'm currently sitting at panera enjoying their free WiFi.

Last week I started life in the real world and every day when I got off work I was extremely exhausted. I was thinking "Is this how I'm going to feel all the time?!" After I got off of work my very first day last week I called Fletcher and he had made plans for us that night. I thought "I can't do anything social! I'm too tired! How can Fletcher expect me to be able to carry on conversation!"I went to bed before 10 almost every night last week!

But this week I can tell a huge difference, I'm waking up before my alarm and feeling much more myself. I am enjoying my job, sometimes I feel like my head might explode with all the new things I have to remember, but we can only hope it won't. The people I work with and for are really great and I feel like that has such a strong influence on my overall enjoyment of my job. Last night I was in the mood for making something, so I looked in my pantry and I had lots of pretzels, so I decided to make strawberry pretzel squares. Such a great summer treat! First thing I did was to crush the pretzels..this part was kind of tedious.

Next, I mixed the two cups of crushed pretzels with 1/4 cup sugar and 2/3 cup melted butter, and pressed into a 9x13 pan. Then it went in the oven for 10 minutes on 350.

While that cooled I beat 12 oz. cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, and 2 Tbsp. milk together in a bowl. Then I spread it over the pretzel mixture and put it in the refrigerator to cool.

While that refrigerated I added the 6 oz. package of strawberry jello to boiling water and stirred for 2 minutes, until it was all dissolved. Then the jello had to go in the refrigerator to harden for almost 2 hours! After it was all jelloed up I stirred in 4 cups of strawberries and spread it on top.

Then I let that refrigerate overnight (this recipe has alot of waiting involved!). Then today, they were ready to eat!

Tomorrow I am leaving to go HOME and to Nashville. I will get home late tomorrow night so I can go to Whitney's shower on Saturday morning. Then I am leaving right after the shower to go to a friend's wedding in Nashville. I am so looking forward to this weekend! I have been kind of lonely in Birmingham and I am so excited that I have the opportunity to see my family, my high school friends, and all my college friends in one weekend. And sweet Fletch is coming along for it all. I wouldn't trade this weekend for anything! And if you want to know exactly how serious of a statement that is let me just tell you that Carrie Underwood will be in Birmingham this Saturday night and I'm missing it. Most of you who know me know that I am Carrie Underwood's #1 fan!

(I took that picture at her last concert that I went to. We were sitting on the floor and were so close! And this picture was obviously before my new improved camera.)

Happy Weekend to all of you and hope to be back at panera soon for a weekend update!


  1. Wish I was one of those high school friends you get to see this weekend...hope it's so much fun!

  2. oh my gosh! was that the concert 2 years ago at the BJCC? If so, I was so there!

  3. So glad you have a fun weekend to look forward to! Hope you have a great time with all your friends!

  4. I rival you for being Carrie's #1 fan. I kinda want to be her.

  5. I love this post steph!!!! U are too funny. Love!!