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Friday, January 29, 2010

New Tuna Noodle Casserole a "Welcomed Retro Remake"

Here is a recipe I found in So Easy by Ellie Krieger (she has a great cooking show on Food Network), my husband gave me this recipe book for Christmas, I'm so glad he did...I LOVE the recipes.  She has some new ways to bring back an old recipe a lot of us can remember from our childhood.  Tuna Noodle Casserole, I used to love it when my Mom made this for my family growing up.  Ellie has a new twist on the old recipe by using a simple from-scratch cream sauce and chunks of fresh mushrooms subbing for the condensed soup, plus lots of green veggies and pasta that is tender but not mushy, she calls it a "welcomed retro remake".  I saw this recipe and immediately wanted to share it on my blog for a great addition to your family game night!!  Pasta such a great food for Kickin' back and joining in the competitive spirit and bringing together of the family for some good old fashioned fun!

Here's the recipe:

3/4 pound whole-wheat fettuccine
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 large stalk celery, finely diced
10 ounces white mushrooms, stemmed and chopped
1/4 cut all-purpose flour
3 cups low-fat (1%) milk
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 6 ounce cans chunk light tuna in water, drained
1 10-ounce box frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
1 10-ounce box frozen peas, thawed
1/3 cup plain bread crumbs
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Break the fettuccine into thirds, and cook until tender but firm, a minute or two less than the package directions call for.  Drain
Heat the oil in a large deep skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook, stirring, until softened, 5 minutes.  Add the celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 6 minutes.  Add the mushrooms and cook until they release their water, about 5 minutes more.
Sprinkle the flour over the mushroom mixture and stir immediately to incorporate.  Add the milk and broth and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has thickened, about 8 minutes.  Add the salt and pepper, cooked fettuccine, tuna, broccoli, and peas, and toss to incorporate.  Pour mixture into a 9X13-inch casserole dish.
In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.  Sprinkle them over the casserole and bake until bubbly, about 25 minutes.

Makes 6 servings

Serving size 2 1/2 cups

Excellent source of calcium, fiber, folate, iodine, iron, manganese, protein, riboflavin, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K

Good source of copper, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorous, potassium, selenuim, thiamin, vitamin B6, vitamin D

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Download electronic coupons to your grocery store savings card

I have found a great website to download electronic coupons directly to selected grocery store savings cards. Great to include in your family game night snack planning! 

This is a free service. The website is When you register on the site it will ask for your name, zip code, birthday, e-mail address, password and security question and answer. Next the registration lists the featured grocery store savings cards. The selected stores include Baker's, Carrs, City Market, Dillon's, Dominick's, Fry's, Fry's Marketplace, Genuardi's, Gerbes, Hilander, JayC, King Soopers, Kroger, Kroger Marketplace, Owen's, Pavilions, Pay Less, QFC, Ralph's, Randalls, Safeway, Smith's, Smith's Marketplace, Tom Thumb, and Vons. Select your card, enter the number. Follow the rest of the registation process and you are good to go. The site will list those electronic coupons featured for the card you choose. As you select the coupons to download a list updates on the screen so you can see how much savings you will receive. Also lists savings to date.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Oh My Goodness! I have 100 followers! Yipeee!!!

Thanks to all of you who have chosen to follow me on my blog!  I can't believe I already have 100 followers!!  How cool is that??  I would love to get suggestions from you as to how I can improve on my blog.  My intent was to create something to keep the family together by giving suggestions on how to plan one night a week to spend with the family no matter how big or small the family is.  Also, keep the communication alive.  I have a tendency to keep things inside and the nights we have planned with our family has allowed me to open up a lot more.  In these tough times (even though they say the economy is getting better...yeah, right...what about the jobs???  Where are they??  Alright I'll get off my soapbox...) it is vital to keep the family together.

Top 10 Classic Board Games for Kids

I found a website called which gives all kinds of great advice for family life.  While researching this site I found the "Top 10 Classic Board Games for Kids".  I've included the link to as well.

There are as follows:

Chinese Checkers
Chutes and Ladders

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Shabby Blogs!

I have seen others use this free blog background site and decided to use it as well! I love what they have!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Okay we have a new game to love in our house!!! JENGA!!

Jenga is the best game! Thank you Hasbro for introducing it to our family!

My 4 year old, Phoebe, absolutely loves it! I gave it as a gift to a 7 year old and she went bonkers! My 2 1/2 year old, Owen loves it, not to play but to build things with (he is our little engineer, loves to see how things work!! I thought I'd add this cute pic of my little red headed cutie patooootie head!)

They say it is a game for 6 years and older, but, Phoebe plays with no problem, can set it up with no problem. Really, I think it is for all ages!

Basically the objective of the game is to take as many blocks out of the tower as you can each piece you successfully take out without knocking over the tower is put back on the top. Phoebe says if you knock over the tower though you have to yell "JENGA".

Here are the official rules:

The object of Jenga is to remove one block from the Jenga tower and then stack it on top. The last player to stack a block without making the tower fall wins the game.

Jenga consists of 54 hardwood blocks.

Why not introduce this game to your family game night? I'm sure glad we did!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Nacho Dip

Here's a great recipe for nacho dip for your family game night:

2 small containers of cream cheese
1 small container of sour cream

mix well together

layer with the following
1 jar salsa
chopped green onion
chopped green pepper
top with graded sharp cheddar cheese

serve with dip style chips

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