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Wednesday, November 18, 2009 • Posted November 18, 2009

"Gratitude consists of being more aware of what you have, than what you don’t." –Unknown

Here are a few tried and true recipes to dress up your Thanksgiving table! Hope you all have a great one. I have a lot to be thankful for- my little one turns 1 on Thanksgiving Day!

Mandarin Orange Salad

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

24 ounces cottage cheese

2- 4 ounce boxes orange gelatin

2 - 11 ounce cans Mandarin oranges, drained

8 ounce whipped topping, defrosted

1/2 cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted (optional)

Preparation:

In mixing bowl sprinkle gelatin granules over cottage cheese. Mix in oranges. Add whipped topping and completely combine. Place in serving container and refrigerate for an hour or so before serving. It is great served as a salad or for a light dessert. Because of the cottage cheese, it is one of the healthier jello salads and really good.

Strawberry Layer Dessert

2 cups pretzels, broken into small pieces

8 oz cream cheese

1 cup + 4Tbsp of sugar

1 lg container of whipped cream

1 lg pkg strawberry Jello

20 oz frozen strawberries

3/4 cup melted butter

2 cup boiling water

1. Mix pretzels, butter, and 4 tbs sugar; pat into 9x13 pan and bake at 400 degrees for 6 minutes. Cool.

2. Cream 1 cup sugar and cream cheese. Fold in whipped topping. Stir well and spread over cooled pretzel layer.

3. In separate bowl, mix jello, strawberries and boiling water. Refrigerate until it starts to thicken, then pour over cheese layer. Chill.

4. Cut into squares and serve.

This recipe could work with whatever kind of fruit and jello you like. I think the bottom layer really tastes a lot like a pecan crust!

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