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.


Photographs By Mary Anne Whitchurch Tuck

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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