Tuna Casserole without Noodles

Dear Sis,

I’ve been missing the awesomeness of Tuna Noodle Casserole, but not missing the belly ache of pasta consumption.  I stumbled upon this recipe on pinterest by accident just a few days ago and made it for supper tonight!  It even got the Josh seal of approval:)

Tuna Casserole

Tuna Casserole with No Noodles
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (16 oz bag) frozen broccoli florets
  2. 1 (16 oz bag) frozen broccoli cauliflower carrot medley
  3. 1 (12 oz can) tuna, drained
  4. 1 small red onion, diced
  5. 1 (8 oz pkg.) Neufchatel cheese
  6. 1/2 c mayonnaise
  7. 1 T Italian seasoning
  8. 1/2 t celery seed
  9. 1/2 t ground pepper
  10. 2 c cheddar or Colby, shredded
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Pour vegetables into an 11c high-sided glass baking dish.
  2. Cream together tuna, onion, Neufchatel, mayonnaise, and spices. Spread over frozen vegetables. Top with shredded cheese.
  3. Bake 30 - 45 minutes. Stand 15 minutes before serving.
Adapted from Grass Fed Mama
Adapted from Grass Fed Mama
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I’m doing the I-can-eat-Tuna-Casserole-anytime-I-want dance!

Love,

b

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Homemade Risotto!

Dear Sis,

Yesterday’s supper was inspired by the entrée I had at Olive Garden while we were visiting Santa Fe.  (Trip described here.)  Making risotto takes much longer than I anticipated, but it is so very worth it.  It is creamy goodness like it contains loads of dairy, but there is hardly any!  It is mostly vegetable stock and white wine.  Risotto is a dream dish for the lactose intolerant who wish they could have a plate of Alfredo!!! …and paired with well seasoned chicken, it is a show stopper:)

Risotto & Chicken

Mushroom Risotto
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 4 c vegetable stock
  2. 1 lb. baby bella mushrooms, chopped
  3. 1/2 t salt
  4. 2 shallots, minced
  5. 2 t olive oil
  6. 1 c Arborio rice
  7. 1/2 c white cooking wine
  8. 2 T butter or ghee
  9. 1/4 c Parmesan, shredded
Instructions
  1. In a heavy-bottom saucepan over high heat, sear mushrooms and salt. Reduce to med-hi and cook until juices are nearly evaporated. Pour into a dish; set aside.
  2. Reduce to med heat. Sauté shallots in oil. Add rice; cook 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in cooking wine until absorbed. Return to med-hi heat, add stock 1/4 c at a time, until absorbed. Stir as needed to prevent sticking until stock is thick. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in mushrooms, butter, and Parmesan. Garnish with Parmesan and parsley.
Adapted from Good Dinner Mom
Adapted from Good Dinner Mom
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Herb Chicken with Spinach and Tomatoes

Herbed Chicken with Tomatoes & Spinach

Heat 2 T avocado oil in a large iron skillet over medium heat.  Add 1 1/2 lb. chicken tenderloins and brown; about 10 minutes.  Add 1 chopped onion and cook until softened; about 5 minutes.

Stir in 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, with liquid, 1/4 c water, 1 t basil, 1/2 t each garlic powder, ground pepper, salt, and oregano.  Boil; cover and reduce heat to simmer 3 minutes.

Stir in 6 oz fresh spinach; cook 2 minutes more.  Serves 4.

Source Recipe: Herb Chicken Skillet with Spinach and Tomatoes | McCormick

The easiness of this chicken dish makes up for the extra work making risotto!  This dinner is perfectly complete with a side salad:)

Love,

b

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Quick & Easy

Dear Sis,

I’ve started a new project.  I am making little albums for all the wedding party members.  I’ve been cropping, straightening, adjusting lighting, and correcting red eyes for days!!!  All the work made me hungry.

Turkey Burger

Turkey Burgers
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. ground turkey
  2. 1 small onion, diced
  3. 1/2 c Parmesan, grated
  4. 1 T Italian seasoning
  5. 1 t Worcestershire sauce
  6. 1/2 t salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat a large iron skillet over medium heat or fire up the grill.
  2. Combine all ingredients. Pat into 4 burgers.
  3. Grill or panfry with 2 T butter or ghee. Serve as you would top any burger.
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Now I can get back to work:)

Love,

b

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Seamless Baby Sweater in Crochet

While visiting a friend this past weekend, we started discussing Baby Shower gifts. Both of us knit and crochet, so we tend to handcraft our presents. This pattern is usually my choice pattern, if I want to whip together something in a couple of hours.  I also really like my clothing to be seamless, and this sweater is just that.

The finished product

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Basic Seamless Baby Sweater Pattern

by: jamiegoof from tagsisyoureit.com

With 5.5 mm hook, ch 52.
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from the last stitch. Dc in each ch across. In the last chain, turn the corner (2dc, ch2, 4dc, ch3, 2dc). Dc in bottom chain stitches until you get to the last chain and complete corner once more (2dc, ch3, 4dc, ch3, dc1 and slip stitch into the top of the ch3.
Row 2: Ch3, dc in each st. In the ch3 spaces that are the corners (2dc, ch1, 2dc). End with a slip stitch in to the top of the ch3, which is consider the first dc of the row.
Row 3: ch3, dc in each stitch. In the ch1 spaces that are the corners (2dc, ch1, 2dc). End with a slip stitch in the top of the ch3.
Row 4 – 5: Repeat Row 3. Finish off.

Sleeves:

Ch22, slip stitch into the first st to make a round.
Round 1: ch3, dc in each stitch (22 stitches total…the ch3 counts as the first st.) End with a slip stitch into the top of the ch3.
Rows 2 – 8: Repeat row 1. Finish off. 

Create upper shirt and attach sleeves:

Count stitches of the base of the sweater (you should have 66 stitches on the top row, that is between the two ch1 corners)

Also, for all decreases… these are 1 stitch decreases

Row 1: Attach yarn at ch1 space. Ch3, dc in next 16 stitches (right front of sweater). Attach a sleeve, by dc in each of the 22 dc of the sleeve. Dc in the next 34 stitches (back of sweater), attach other sleeve by dc in each of the 22 dc, Dc in next 17 stitches. The very last dc will take place in the ch1 space.

Row 2: Ch3, turn, dc in next 14 stitches, decrease, dc in next 18 stitches, decrease, dc in next 30 stitches, decrease, dc in next 18 stitches, decrease, dc in next 15 stitches.
Row 3: Ch3, dc in next 12 stitches, decrease, dc in next 14 stitches, decrease, dc in next 26 stitches, decrease, dc in next 14 stitches, decrease, dc in next 13 stitches.

Row 4: Ch3, dc in next 10 stitches, decrease, dc in next 10 stitches, decrease, dc in next 22 stitches, decrease, dc in next 10 stitches, decrease, dc in next 11 stitches.
Row 5: Ch3, dc in next 8 stitches, decrease, dc in next 6 stitches, decrease, dc in next 18 stitches, decrease, dc in next 6 stitches, decrease, dc in next 9 stitches.

Row 6: Ch3, dc in next 6 stitches, decrease, dc in next 2 stitches, decrease, dc in next 14 stitches, decrease, dc in next 2 stitches, decrease, dc in next 7 stitches. Finish off.

Trimmings:

Switch to 5 mm hook

Sleeve Trim: Single crochet into each stitch. Slip stitch to connect row. Then create another row where you decrease every other stitch. Finish off.

Sweater Body Trim – Start at the bottom in a random stop in the back.

Sc in each stitch until you arrive to a corner ch1 space. (3sc in corner). Sc in every stitch up the side of the sweater, until you reach the next ch1 area, (You will not be making the tie for the sweater) single crochet into the ch1 area, ch36, slip stitch back into the chain, till you return to the sweater.

At this point you have reached an area where the stitches are the sides of the double crochet. Go up the sides by doing two single crochet into each side of the dc stitch. Go into the stitch (not around it) so that you do not have a hole showing.

You have now reached the yolk of the sweater. Turn the corner with 3sc. Sc in next 5 stitches, decrease twice (this decrease includes the first stitch before the sleeve and the first stitch of the sleeve) Do this decrease also with the last stitch of the sleeve and the first stitch after the sleeve. Sc in next 12 stitches, decrease twice, sc in next 5 stitches, do 3sc in the corner.

2 sc in each sideways dc, create second tie, and then sc in each stitch space available. Do 3sc in the corner, and sc until you reach the end of your row. Slip stitch into the first single crochet. Finish off. copyright@tagsisyoureit.com

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Brandy You are Missed!

Dear Brandy,

We, the Rhode Island Reds miss you very very much!  We have run out of your leftover wedding cookies, and were hoping that you would come back home and bake us some more.  If not, that is okay, we understand.  You can bake the cookies in Texas and ship them!

Thanks bunches,

The Rhode Island Reds/your favorite chickens

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P.S. The stupid fat Dorkings want cookies too.  But, we understand if you don’t want to bake extra cookies just for them.  We promise that we will not tell if you mail cookies only to us!

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My New Apron

Hey Sis,

You took all the kitchen apron’s with you… except the one that says Brandy on it?  So, I have been forced to make my own apron.

Do you remember this towel?

It’s now my kitchen apron 🙂

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Kitchen Experiment 3

Dear Sis,

I finally did it! I made homemade yogurt.  It was really easy.  Busy for 5 minutes, forget about it for hours, busy for 5 minutes, forget about it for hours, and busy for 5 minutes, forget about it for hours.

Yogurt

Plain Greek Yogurt

Place 8 c milk in a slow cooker.  (I used a half gallon of organic whole milk.)  Cover and cook on low for 2 1/2 hours.

If heated to 180 degrees, turn off slow cooker.  Stand until temperature drops to 110-115 degrees; about 1 hour uncovered.  Before beginning the next step, skim film off milk’s surface, taking care not to break it into small pieces that will get lost in the warm milk.

Whisk a single serving cup of plain Greek yogurt, with live active cultures, into warm milk.  (I used a 7 oz container of FAGE Total 2% plain Greek yogurt.)  Replace lid and place crock in the oven wrapped in a heavy towel or blanket.  Forget about it for 8 hours or so.

Chill 2 hours.

Strain yogurt in a cheesecloth lined colander set over a bowl.  Dump liquid whey each hour, twice to thicken the yogurt.

Transfer to storage container.  Makes about 7 cups .

Source Recipe: ‎www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/04/crockpot-greek-yogurt.html

My favorite experiment of the week! You have got to try this one!!!

Love,

b

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