Vanessa was a long time friend of my parent’s family. She and her husband, a United Methodist pastor, built the log cottage at Lake Louise, North of Gaylord, Michigan, which my parents purchased and enjoyed for 25 years..a lovely lady and a good cook…. (must have been all those church dinners.)

2 1/2 cups Crushed Pretzels

3 3/4 Tblsp. Sugar

2 Sticks oleo, melted

Mix together. Press into 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 400 deg. for 8 minutes…COOL

8 Oz Cream Cheese

1 Cup Sugar

1 8 Oz Cool Whip

Beat cream cheese with sugar at high speed ’til creamy. Fold in Cool Whip. Spread over first layer.

1 6 oz Strawberry Jello

2 1/2 Cup Boiling Water

10 or 20 oz Frozen Strawberries

Dissolve jello in water…add frozen strawberries. (Strawberries should thicken the jello.)

Chill for 1/2 hour and pour over 2nd layer.

Refrigerate ’til set.

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Photographs By Mary Anne Whitchurch Tuck

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Loved to write since high the years pass memories and relationships are primary. (There is also room for an opinion or two.) Feeling good at the age of eighty-five, enjoying life and a hobby of photography. Lived on a small farm for sixty-one years. welcomed three sons, two grandkids, and 3 greats. Owned and operated an Ace Hardware and Hallmark Shop, managing also to raise sheep for ten years. Shared sixty-two years of marriage before his passing in 2017. One son has also passed on to the next life, Memories really are "Made From This". Welcome to my world!


  • April 26, 2020 at 7:51 am

    I remember this dish… Had forgotten about it. Glad you are posting these. Now… get started on your cookbook… or simply include these bits in your other book. ❤️❤️

  • April 26, 2020 at 8:19 am

    As always, thanks for your comment. I keep running back and forth between my recipe cupboard and my stash of memories…ain’t life grand?


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