Monday, January 2, 2012

Pretzel Jello Dessert :: Cedar Rapids Photographer

Last week yesterday was the day for getting foods ready for Christmas with the whole family the day after Christmas. It was quite tiresome but also quite fun  ;) I had the pretzel jello desert to make...

2:30 rolls around and I realize that if I want to photograph the steps to make the dessert, I had better get started because the sun has started going down. (Natural light always makes food look more appetizing.) It was a race against the sun.

I start off at the kitchen table since the window facing the sun is shining light there. Going pretty good.

The sun is gone from that window eventually and I think, "No problem I will just move to the dining room. There is a window in there that the sun is coming through now." I finish a couple steps there.

I now have a problem. The next step uses the stove which is only in sunlight in the morning. I know what I will do. I'll boil the water and jello then take it over to the window above the couch in the living room since the sunlight is no longer in the dining room. Brown box on the arm of the couch with my boiling jello on top. If my mother only knew....

The light fades in the living room as I began to mix the whipped topping. What will I do...? I go into the kitchen and realize the sun is bouncing light off of the house across the street into the windows on the east side of the house. Perfect!

As the sun fades past the trees and houses, I am just putting the dessert into the fridge to set. Perfect timing. Sometimes I surprise myself with what I will do for a few photos. :)


1 stick melted butter
1 1/2 c. crushed pretzels
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 lg. container Cool Whip
1 c. sugar
1 (6 oz.) pkg. strawberry Jello
1 lg. pkg. frozen strawberries
Mix melted butter, pretzels, and 1/2 cup sugar together and press into 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake 6 minutes at 350 degrees. Dissolve Jello in 2 cups boiling water and add frozen strawberries. Let gel. Combine cream cheese, Cool Whip, and 1/2 cup sugar; put on top of crumbs. When Jello is starting to set, pour over cheese layer and refrigerate until firm.

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