|This guy was popular back then. |
So was flannel.
Truth: I had my first post-Limited Too "grown-up" shopaholic moment at the pool as a kid flipping through a JCrew catalog and seeing their new strappy blue plastic flip flops. How fun! They would match my newest swim team Speedo!!
Today, summertime is much different. While I crave the sunshine and lazy days spent poolside, I am much more interested in not messing up my straight hair with the GA humidity while en route to work, and in planning upcoming vacations to places that are far away from our Atlanta chlorine.
This doesn't mean I still don't try to recreate those carefree summer days, though. The neighborhood BBQs stand out in my memory, and one dish in particular comes to mind as I think of those fun cul-de-sac parties. I don't know to whom to credit this one (Mom, any idea?) but thank you, thank you, thank you for making this at those gatherings. It's a standby of mine today for a Fourth of July party, and after making it again yesterday, I remember why I love it so much.
Pineapple Pretzel Salad
2 cups crushed pretzels
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup melted butter or margarine
16 oz. light cream cheese
2 cups confectioner sugar
16 oz. light Cool Whip, defrosted
16 oz. crushed pineapple with syrup
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
Combine pretzels, sugar and butter, and press into the bottom of a 9x13 dish with a fork. Cream together cream cheese and confectioner sugar, folding in Cool Whip once blended. Pour on top of the pretzel bottom.
Bring pineapple and cornstarch to a boil. Let cool, spread over the filling and refrigerate overnight. Cut into squares and serve.
Note from KJM: While the recipe is really best once it sets up overnight (or all day), you can make it a few hours ahead of time, too.