29 August 2014

Ever Popular Jell-O Pretzel Salad

By Sinea Pies

Salty and sweet. Crunchy and creamy. This colorful three-layer Jello Pretzel Salad, sometimes referred to as "Strawberry Pretzel Salad", is a best-loved side at any party.
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Planning a shower? Bridal or baby showers, graduations or birthdays...all are perfect venues for this decorative dish. Served as a side or a dessert, you won't have leftovers--that's for sure. Soon as the guests arrive you'll hear it: "Pretzel Salad! I love this!" and there it will go!
Tip: when serving it at a picnic or outdoor event, make sure that refrigeration is available until time of serving. When left out for long periods of time, it will lose its consistency.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups Pretzels, crushed into small pieces
  • 2/3 cup Butter (salted), melted
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 8 oz. package Cream Cheese, softened
  • 8 oz. container Cool Whip, thawed in refrigerator
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 small boxes Strawberry Jello
  • 2 cups Water, boiling
  • 14 - 20 oz. Sliced Strawberries, frozen

Directions

  1. Crush the pretzels by hand or in their cellophane bag.
  2. Melt the butter and combine with the crushed pretzels and 3 T. sugar.
  3. Spread pretzel mixture in a 13" X 9" baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool.
  4. Whip the softened cream cheese, Cool Whip and sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer. Spread white layer on the cooled pretzel layer using a spatula or the back of a spoon. Make sure that all the edges are sealed and there are no holes.
  5. Combine the two Jell-O mixes with boiling water and frozen strawberries. Refrigerate and check it every 15 to 20 minutes. When the Jell-O mixture is starting to set--it thickens a bit but is not firm yet--it is time to add it to the salad
  6. Spoon the strawberry slices in place on top of the white layer, first. Now pour the Jell-O evenly on top, spreading it with the back of a spoon if it has thickened beyond pouring.








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    Tips

    • Sealing the white layer around the edges protects the pretzels from the Jell-o® layer. If it seeps through some holes to the pretzel layer, your crust will be soggy.
    • To save time, make the final Jell-O® layer first. It can be thickening in the refrigerator while you make the other parts.
    • If you make the Jell-O® first, keep a separate timer going to track the thickening of the Jell-O®. You will need another timer for the pretzel crust when it is baking.
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    28 August 2014

    Google+ Hop is LIVE NOW!


    Time to share your awesome content.
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    WE DID IT AGAIN! WE WERE TRENDING ON GOOGLE+ LAST WEEK.

    Check out this week's Party Hashtag Feature.
    Each week, we'll be choosing a random G+ post that used our party hashtag to feature at the party post.
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    26 August 2014

    Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #88

    The last week of August? Really? Talk about time flying when you're having fun! This month has just flown by and we HAVE had FUN!

    Today's most viewed post is absolutely no surprise. Just look at the title and you will see why! "3 Seconds to an Organized Husband" by Coconut Head Survival Guide. Were you one of the ones who clicked on it the moment you saw it? I was!!!


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    25 August 2014

    How To Believe In Yourself By Leo Babauta


    There was a long time when the lack of belief in myself was a major factor in my life.

    I didn't pursue an ideal career, or start my own business, because I didn't think I could. I didn't stick to habits because I didn't really believe I had the discipline. 

    I was shy with girls, I had a hard time making new friends, I didn't assert myself in the workplace. I didn't push past my comfort zone.

    All because I didn't really believe I could.

    While I’m not free of self-doubt these days, I can honestly say I believe in myself like never before. That doesn't mean I think I’ll never fail or quit: I will. Probably often.
    And that’s OK.

    The trick is that I learned it’s completely fine to try and fail, to put yourself out there and not be perfect, to say hello to someone and have them not instantly love you, to create something and have people judge you.


    self-help, encouragement, motivation

    Failure, not being perfect, mistakes, not having people agree with me, not being completely accepted: these are not negative things. They’re positive.

    How is failure positive? It’s the only way we truly learn. For example: you can read a book on math, but until you try it and fail, you’ll never see where your lack of understanding is. The best way to learn something is to study it a bit, then try it, take practice tests, make mistakes, then learn some more.

    How are mistakes positive? They’re little pieces of feedback necessary to grow and learn.

    How is being rejected positive? It means I’m growing beyond the absolutely socially acceptable realm. The best people in history were not socially acceptable: truth-tellers like Socrates, Jesus, Gandhi, Proudhon and Bakunin, Martin Luther King Jr., animal rights philosopher Peter Singer, unschooling pioneer John Holt, women’s rights activists, abolitionists, and many more.

    These things we’re afraid of — they’re actually desirable. We need to learn to see them that way, and embrace them, letting go of the fear.

    When we can get better at this — which takes a lot of practice — we can start to remove the things that hold us back.

    So practice:
    • Push past your discomfort, growing your discomfort method.
    • Put yourself out there, and be OK with not knowing if people will accept you.
    • Stick to a habit, not listening to the negative self-talk that normally holds you back.
    • Stick to it some more, and learn to trust yourself.
    • Go into situations not knowing, and learn to be OK with that.
    • Learn through repeated attempts that it’s OK to fail, that you can be OK in failure.
    • Learn through repeated experiments that you are stronger than you think, that you are more capable and more tolerant of discomfort than you think.
    And, in this practice, you will find yourself and realize that you were great all along.

    About Leo:  Minimalist Leo Babauta is the blogging genius behind Zen Habits. His incredible success story is written in a free ebook called "How I Got 100,000 Subscribers In Two Years"   Bloggers and writers, f you haven't read it, you MUST! I get absolutely nothing for this endorsement except the pleasure of knowing I've directed another blogger to this inspiring story. You'll learn a lot. I did. Just take a minute and opt-in to get the free download. Print it out, put it in a binder and devour it.


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    24 August 2014

    How To Schedule A Shared Post on Facebook

    By Sinea Pies

    Love to share posts on Facebook but don't want to wear out your welcome? Nobody likes a spammer and multiple posts in a short period of time can become just that: SPAM! So, what's an enthusiastic Facebooker to do? Schedule your posts to appear at a strategic time!


    HOW TO SCHEDULE A POST: This is easy. Write your status update, connect it with an image and instead of pressing "post", click on the clock in the bottom left corner of the update. Select a date and time. Then click POST. You are all set. Your update will appear just when you told it to.

    But what about sharing someone else's post? There isn't a clock when you click "share." If you do not want to share it right away, there is still a way to do it!

    HOW TO SCHEDULE A SHARED POST ON FACEBOOK:
    1. Click on the photo in the Facebook post you want to share.
    2. Copy the URL of the post from the top of the page.
    3. Go to your Facebook page and write an intro in your status box.
    4. Paste the URL of the post you're sharing in that message, as well.
    5. Click on the clock and set the date and time that you want it to go live.
    6. Click POST. 
    7. Done!

      


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