Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, which means it’s time to be Patriotic people! What’s a better way to do that then by making a delicious & colorful “salad” to enjoy outside? Okay, I’ll be honest, calling it a salad is a total stretch. But the way I see it, if you think of the pretzels as the croutons, the cream cheese & cool whip filling as the dressing and then the strawberries in jello as the fruit… together it totally makes a fruit salad! This way you can tell yourself, you’re just enjoying some salad… NBD!

I made this delicious and incredibly easy treat because I saw Chrissy Teigen tweeting about how she got tired of baking and wanted to move on to jello molds. Once I saw one of her replies from a fan saying she made a Strawberry Pretzel Salad I was hooked and destined to make it for myself!

Watch the video on my YouTube below. I was in a pretty “goofy” mood this day, so I think you’ll especially enjoy this one.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup melted butter (1.5 sticks)
  • 1 cup & 3 tablespoons white sugar, divided
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) container of whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 (3 ounce) packages strawberry flavored Jell-O®
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen strawberries

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  • Stir together crushed pretzels, melted butter and 3 tablespoons sugar; mix well and press mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until set. Set aside to cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese and 1 cup sugar. Fold in whipped topping. Spread mixture onto cooled crust.
  • Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in frozen strawberries and allow to set briefly. When mixture is about the consistency of egg whites, pour and spread over cream cheese layer.
  • Refrigerate until set. Enjoy!

Recipe by AllRecipes

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, which means it’s time to be Patriotic people! What’s a better way to do that then by making a delicious & colorful “salad” to enjoy outside? Okay, I’ll be honest, calling it a salad is a total stretch. But the way I see it, if you think of the pretzels as the croutons, the cream cheese & cool whip filling as the dressing and then the strawberries in jello as the fruit… together it totally makes a fruit salad! This way you can tell yourself, you’re just enjoying some salad… NBD!

I made this delicious and incredibly easy treat because I saw Chrissy Teigen tweeting about how she got tired of baking and wanted to move on to jello molds. Once I saw one of her replies from a fan saying she made a Strawberry Pretzel Salad I was hooked and destined to make it for myself!

Watch the video on my YouTube below. I was in a pretty “goofy” mood this day, so I think you’ll especially enjoy this one.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup melted butter (1.5 sticks)
  • 1 cup & 3 tablespoons white sugar, divided
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) container of whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 (3 ounce) packages strawberry flavored Jell-O®
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen strawberries

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  • Stir together crushed pretzels, melted butter and 3 tablespoons sugar; mix well and press mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until set. Set aside to cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese and 1 cup sugar. Fold in whipped topping. Spread mixture onto cooled crust.
  • Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in frozen strawberries and allow to set briefly. When mixture is about the consistency of egg whites, pour and spread over cream cheese layer.
  • Refrigerate until set. Enjoy!

Recipe by AllRecipes

D.I.Y. Pillar Candle Making Tutorial

It’s official, I’ve reached a new level of quarantine craftiness… I’ve made my own candle! It was super easy to do, and pretty fun! After binge-watching Facebook videos (yes, I totally to that), I stumbled across a candle D.I.Y. video and was like “I can do that!” Who doesn’t love a good candle, am I right? Plus I already have a lot of essential oils, so I figured it’s the perfect time to give it a go!

You’ll need to either purchase a D.I.Y. Candle Kit, or if you’re like me and have some supplies already, then here’s a list of the essentials you’ll need to make your own candles:

Once you have everything, it’s super easy to make! You melt your wax down, add in your colors and scents, then set it in your mold or jars to harden. It will take some trial/error to figure out the right amount of scent to make it rival a $70 candle, but I’m excited to keep trying… next I’m going to try different shapes, colors, etc. What do you think I should make?

Watch my tutorial video on YouTube!

D.I.Y. Pillar Candle

It’s official, I’ve reached a new level of quarantine craftiness… I’ve made my own candle! It was super easy to do, and pretty fun! After binge-watching Facebook videos (yes, I totally to that), I stumbled across a candle D.I.Y. video and was like “I can do that!” Who doesn’t love a good candle, am I right? Plus I already have a lot of essential oils, so I figured it’s the perfect time to give it a go!

You’ll need to either purchase a D.I.Y. Candle Kit, or if you’re like me and have some supplies already, then here’s a list of the essentials you’ll need to make your own candles:

Once you have everything, it’s super easy to make! You melt your wax down, add in your colors and scents, then set it in your mold or jars to harden. It will take some trial/error to figure out the right amount of scent to make it rival a $70 candle, but I’m excited to keep trying… next I’m going to try different shapes, colors, etc. What do you think I should make?

Watch my tutorial video on YouTube!

No Knead Artisan Bread Recipe

I’ve always felt connected with Oprah, both of us have a vast love of bread in our lives! Well now, I’ve officially started baking my own… and guess what? It was super easy! 

I made this delicious No Knead Artisan Bread recipe, and it was so easy to do, it’s approved for every amateur (probably kids too)! The thing about making bread is, you have to have patience, since it involves a lot of resting and rising time. However, you do get the benefit of having your home filled with the sweet, sweet smell of successfully delicious bread! 

Watch my video on YouTube to see just how easy it was. 


No Knead Artisan Bread Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cup – warm water 
  • 2 packets of yeast 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 6 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • additional flour for dusting

Instructions:

  1. Combine the water, yeast, and salt in a 5 quart bowl. Stir to mix. Add all of the flour at once and mix with a spoon until the dough is wet and sticky with no dry patches. Cover with plastic wrap, but do not seal airtight. Let it rise for about 2 hours at room temperature. 
  2. To make a loaf, sprinkle some flour onto the surface of the dough. Scoop up a handful of dough about the size of a grapefruit. Rub the dough with a layer of flour while gently stretching the top around to tuck the sides into the bottom to form a round, smooth loaf. Put the loaf on a cutting board dusted with cornmeal to prevent sticking. Let it rise, uncovered, for between 30-90 minutes.
  3. Dust the loaf liberally with flour. Slash the top with a cross or three lines with a sharp knife and slide it the oven, preheated to 450°F. Carefully pour about 1 cup of hot water into the broiler tray or metal pan at bottom of the oven and close the oven door to trap the steam. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the crust is browned and the loaf feels light and hollow.
  4. Live your best bread life! 

Recipe by CraftyCookingMama

No Knead Artisan Bread

I’ve always felt connected with Oprah, both of us have a vast love of bread in our lives! Well now, I’ve officially started baking my own… and guess what? It was super easy! 

I made this delicious No Knead Artisan Bread recipe, and it was so easy to do, it’s approved for every amateur (probably kids too)! The thing about making bread is, you have to have patience, since it involves a lot of resting and rising time. However, you do get the benefit of having your home filled with the sweet, sweet smell of successfully delicious bread! 

Watch my video on YouTube to see just how easy it was. 


No Knead Artisan Bread Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cup – warm water 
  • 2 packets of yeast 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 6 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • additional flour for dusting

Instructions:

  1. Combine the water, yeast, and salt in a 5 quart bowl. Stir to mix. Add all of the flour at once and mix with a spoon until the dough is wet and sticky with no dry patches. Cover with plastic wrap, but do not seal airtight. Let it rise for about 2 hours at room temperature. 
  2. To make a loaf, sprinkle some flour onto the surface of the dough. Scoop up a handful of dough about the size of a grapefruit. Rub the dough with a layer of flour while gently stretching the top around to tuck the sides into the bottom to form a round, smooth loaf. Put the loaf on a cutting board dusted with cornmeal to prevent sticking. Let it rise, uncovered, for between 30-90 minutes.
  3. Dust the loaf liberally with flour. Slash the top with a cross or three lines with a sharp knife and slide it the oven, preheated to 450°F. Carefully pour about 1 cup of hot water into the broiler tray or metal pan at bottom of the oven and close the oven door to trap the steam. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the crust is browned and the loaf feels light and hollow.
  4. Live your best bread life! 

Recipe by CraftyCookingMama

Green Tea Biscotti Cookies Recipe

Matcha is just EVERYWHERE today isn’t it? You know something has gone mainstream, when it makes its way to Duncan Donuts! I have to admit, I jumped on the bandwagon about a year ago when I discovered a Matcha Latte with Oat Milk – to DIE for! 

Matcha comes in a powder (here’s what I bought on Amazon), so it’s easy to make yourself at home, and makes it great for baking too, which is exactly what I did once I found this recipe for Green Tea Biscotti Cookies. I’m not going to lie, as you’ll see in the video, I was expecting this to be a total failure. I’ve never made Biscotti cookies before, and they require baking in stages and the dough itself is as dry as you’d think based on the cookie. Well I got lucky this day and the cookie crumbled in my favor! 

Watch the video on my YouTube below. And no… sadly this video is NOT Sponsored by KitchenAid, I’m just that big of a fan of my stand mixer. 


Green Tea Biscotti Cookies Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened) 
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons matcha powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup slivered or chopped almonds

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or lightly grease.
  • In large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, matcha powder, baking powder, and salt. Slowly mix into the butter mixture until just combined. Fold in the slivered almonds.
  • On the prepared baking sheet, form the dough into a 12 inch long log, about 1/2 inch thick and 3 inches wide. 
  • Beat one additional egg in a small bowl to make egg wash and brush over the top of the log of dough. Sprinkle with the raw or granulated sugar.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until firm and golden on the bottom, 22-25 minutes. Allow to cool until able to be handled.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 275˚F. Use a serrated knife to cut the log on the diagonal into 1/2 inch thick slices. Arrange the slices back on the baking sheet, cut side down. Bake until crisp, 15-20 minutes. Flip the cookies to the other side and continue to bake until other side is crisp, another 15-20 minutes. 
  • Allow to cool to room temperature before enjoying or storing in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe by Tara’s Multicultural Table

Green Tea Biscotti Cookies

Matcha is just EVERYWHERE today isn’t it? You know something has gone mainstream, when it makes its way to Duncan Donuts! I have to admit, I jumped on the bandwagon about a year ago when I discovered a Matcha Latte with Oat Milk – to DIE for! 

Matcha comes in a powder (here’s what I bought on Amazon), so it’s easy to make yourself at home, and makes it great for baking too, which is exactly what I did once I found this recipe for Green Tea Biscotti Cookies. I’m not going to lie, as you’ll see in the video, I was expecting this to be a total failure. I’ve never made Biscotti cookies before, and they require baking in stages and the dough itself is as dry as you’d think based on the cookie. Well I got lucky this day and the cookie crumbled in my favor! 

Watch the video on my YouTube below. And no… sadly this video is NOT Sponsored by KitchenAid, I’m just that big of a fan of my stand mixer. 


Green Tea Biscotti Cookies Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened) 
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons matcha powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup slivered or chopped almonds

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or lightly grease.
  • In large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, matcha powder, baking powder, and salt. Slowly mix into the butter mixture until just combined. Fold in the slivered almonds.
  • On the prepared baking sheet, form the dough into a 12 inch long log, about 1/2 inch thick and 3 inches wide. 
  • Beat one additional egg in a small bowl to make egg wash and brush over the top of the log of dough. Sprinkle with the raw or granulated sugar.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until firm and golden on the bottom, 22-25 minutes. Allow to cool until able to be handled.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 275˚F. Use a serrated knife to cut the log on the diagonal into 1/2 inch thick slices. Arrange the slices back on the baking sheet, cut side down. Bake until crisp, 15-20 minutes. Flip the cookies to the other side and continue to bake until other side is crisp, another 15-20 minutes. 
  • Allow to cool to room temperature before enjoying or storing in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe by Tara’s Multicultural Table

Paleo Chocolate Avocado Cake Recipe

Calling all avocado fans, I bet you didn’t know that you could BAKE with avocados to make the moistest chocolate cake ever, did you? Well not only can you – but you can make it Paleo! That means it’s healthy… right? 

I stumbled across this recipe because I purchased avocados in bulk from Costco and they all got ripe at the same time! In a panic, I started Googling unique avocado recipes and came across the California Avocado website, which has a lot of great ones to choose from! You don’t have to just make guac, or avocado toast after all. 

This one, I made using a sugar substitute and almond flour so it was Paleo and trust me when I say, it didn’t taste Paleo (if that’s even a defined thing). I will for sure make this again and highly recommend! My biggest piece of advice, is make sure you keep it in the oven, until you poke it and the skewer comes out clean, because mine needed more time than the recipe called for. 

Watch my quick video on YouTube to see it in action. 


Paleo Chocolate Avocado Cake Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups finely ground almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup dark honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 2 ripe, medium Fresh California Avocados, peeled, seeded and mashed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a loaf pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, pour boiling water and vanilla extract onto cocoa powder and whisk to combine- it should be like a slightly runny paste.
  3. In a large bowl, sift almond flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Add honey, coconut sugar, and avocados to the bowl of a food processor. Process until the avocado mixture is smooth and pale green.
  5. Add the chocolate mixture to the food processor and blend until well-combined.
  6. Whisk the eggs and add them to the food processor, pulse 3-5 times to incorporate into the mixture.
  7. Gently fold the chocolate avocado mixture into the dry ingredients, adding chocolate chips if you’re using them.
  8. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. The cake will be a bit jiggly. 
  9. Cool the cake for at least 20 minutes before removing from the pan.

Recipe by California Avocados 

Paleo Chocolate Avocado Cake

Calling all avocado fans, I bet you didn’t know that you could BAKE with avocados to make the moistest chocolate cake ever, did you? Well not only can you – but you can make it Paleo! That means it’s healthy… right? 

I stumbled across this recipe because I purchased avocados in bulk from Costco and they all got ripe at the same time! In a panic, I started Googling unique avocado recipes and came across the California Avocado website, which has a lot of great ones to choose from! You don’t have to just make guac, or avocado toast after all. 

This one, I made using a sugar substitute and almond flour so it was Paleo and trust me when I say, it didn’t taste Paleo (if that’s even a defined thing). I will for sure make this again and highly recommend! My biggest piece of advice, is make sure you keep it in the oven, until you poke it and the skewer comes out clean, because mine needed more time than the recipe called for. 

Watch my quick video on YouTube to see it in action. 


Paleo Chocolate Avocado Cake Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups finely ground almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup dark honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 2 ripe, medium Fresh California Avocados, peeled, seeded and mashed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a loaf pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, pour boiling water and vanilla extract onto cocoa powder and whisk to combine- it should be like a slightly runny paste.
  3. In a large bowl, sift almond flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Add honey, coconut sugar, and avocados to the bowl of a food processor. Process until the avocado mixture is smooth and pale green.
  5. Add the chocolate mixture to the food processor and blend until well-combined.
  6. Whisk the eggs and add them to the food processor, pulse 3-5 times to incorporate into the mixture.
  7. Gently fold the chocolate avocado mixture into the dry ingredients, adding chocolate chips if you’re using them.
  8. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. The cake will be a bit jiggly. 
  9. Cool the cake for at least 20 minutes before removing from the pan.

Recipe by California Avocados