The Best Tuna Casserole Recipe

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The Best Tuna Casserole Recipe

Have you ever made homemade tuna casserole before? No, I’m not talking about Tuna Helper, I mean the real thing. Because man is it good. The only question is, should you add peas or not?

Here is the Handsome Husband’s favorite recipe:

Ingredients

8 ounces egg noodles {I used No Yolks brand}
1 {10 1/4 ounce} can cream of celery soup
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3/4 cup evaporated milk
3/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup frozen peas {optional}
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 {7 ounce} can tuna, with juice

Topping

1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup buttered bread crumbs {1 Tab. melted butter + bread crumbs}

tuna casserole recipe

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook noodles until al dente. Drain.

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl a large bowl and pour into a 9×13 buttered casserole dish. For the topping, sprinkle 1/2 cup cheddar cheese over the top then add the buttered bread crumbs {bread crumbs with a 1 tablespoon melted butter combined}.

Bake for 30 minutes or until nicely browned.

Dig in!

casserole recipe book

Looking for a few more awesome possum casserole recipes? Check out the book The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever. Amazon  currently has it in stock, and ready to ship.

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Friday Night at the Movies – Queen of the Sun

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Tonight the Girl and I are going to feed my new bee fascination with the documentary, Queen of the Sun.  The movie goes into detail about the collapsing bee colonies due to mono-culture growing practices and chemical pesticides.  It also discusses the impact on the whole ecosystem, should the bee population continue to decline.

If this doesn’t motivate me to get into the bee keeping game, I don’t know what will.  Besides, I immediately loved the man who tickles the bees with his mustache, so at the very least, I’ll get to watch more of him.

queen of the sun

So, have you seen it?  Will it change the way I look at bees?

Amazon Instant Video has Queen of the Sun available for $3.99 HERE, and Netflix has it for FREE right now.

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.  Did you love it? Hate it? Can’t wait to watch it over and over?

Looking for more movies?

Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details HERE!

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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How to Grow Lobelia {Start to Finish}

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This morning I started a flat of lobelia seeds. I had such great success growing lobelia last year for my hanging flower baskets, that I decided to grow it again. Besides growing lobelia for hanging flowers baskets, I plan to include it in my front window box as well. The cascading pink, purple and white flowers are look magnificent from far away and really give the garden a cottage look to it {which I love}.

Brief description:  Lobelia is a soft colorful annual flower.  It can either be trailing or not, depending on the variety {I LOVE the trailing!}.

Where to Plant Lobelia:  Lobelia is an excellent addition to any container, but they can also be planted in beds or in borders.

lobelia seeds

Planting Seeds:   Lobelia is best started indoors about 8-10 weeks before the last frost.  Press the seeds lightly into the surface of the soil.  Plant in “clumps” of 12-20 seeds–do not thin.  When transplanting, space clumps about 4-6″ apart.  Seeds require a warm environment, so use a warming pad or keep in a warm location.  Keep seed pots moist by watering with LUKE WARM water.

Growing Tips:  Once your plants are established, they are pretty easy to grow.  Water regularly and fertilize every 4-6 weeks.  Dead head flowers to keep your containers look neat and tidy.

lobelia{photo credit}

Interesting Fact:  Lobelia is NOT edible.  It is actually classified as a poisonous flower.

Have YOU ever tried growing lobelia before?

~Mavis

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Mavis Mail – Sara From Vermont Sends in Her Garden Photos

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A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!

Check out this story Sara sent in:

Hey there Mavis!

I wanted to share my gardening pictures with you.  I live on a small plot of land, 1/4 acre, in Duxbury, VT.

I got started gardening about 10 years ago when my husband planned out a garden.  We planted a few basics and got some good stuff and I was hooked.  Since then we put together a great garden every year.

Springish 174

Well let me tell you, 2012 was a big year.  I became a master gardener and wanted to go into the gardening business so I had to prove to my husband that I could do it.  So I did!  We have 2 gardens- the side garden and back garden.  Last spring we cut down a smallish pine tree so we could expand the back garden and I was able to grow 18 tomato plants last summer.  I grew so many other things in that garden- fennel, kale, chard, asparagus, garlic, quinoa, peppers, and all my herbs.

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In the side garden we focused on peas, cucumbers, onions, cabbage, carrots, beets, pumpkins and squashes of all sorts. This year I’m going to start my own seeds for the first time!  I got a beautiful grow light for Christmas and have started micro greens so far.  Soon I will start my onions then eventually peppers and tomatoes.

vegetable garden

I canned like crazy last summer!  I made pickled beets, carrots, broccoli and squash.  I canned about 80 pounds of tomatoes into quarters, sauce, and jam.  I made a lot of pickles, jams, and relishes.

squash growing on the lawn grass

After we wrapped up the garden last year my hubby and I both said to each other “Man we went big this year.  Next year?  Even bigger.”  We’re discussing bringing some chickens in so hopefully we’ll get that together in the next year or so.

I highly recommend using burlap sacks as weed barriers.  We are lucky to live in the hometown of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters so we can pick up those bags for free.  I used them everywhere to mark paths and keep weeds down.

There you have it!  I hope you can use my story on your blog.

Thanks,

Sara

Nice work Sara, and thank you for sending in your photos and story, everything looks great!

~Mavis

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If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on

One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Craft made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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Mavis Garden Blog – Expanding a Raised Garden Bed

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picture of dirt

Yesterday the Handsome Husband had 15 yards of dirt delivered for Valentine’s Day.

raised garden beds with logs

As I was walking to the backyard to grab the wheelbarrow I glanced over at the large raised garden bed we installed a few years ago, and decided it needed to be a little larger.
raised garden bed logs

This was not in my original garden plan I made this winter, and at first I was only going to lengthen the bed. But one thing led to another, and I soon found myself kicking the logs away and shoveling up the old bark.

garden mulch

Before I knew it I was moving the old bark over by the greenhouse. And then while I was unloading the bark, I got distracted yet again and decided to beef up the  raised flower bed area with a few more loads of dirt.

mavis garden blog

Then it was back to moving bark again.

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I’m hoping by the end of the day I’ll have this little {unexpected} project done. I’m going to try and connect the area where we had the bean teepees placed to the raised log garden bed area. Ultimately I think it would be cool to grow beans, corn and pumpkins there. We’ll see. I think it will work.

Wish me luck!

~Mavis

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Mornings with Mavis – Free Kindle Books, Garden Gear, Coupons, Shoes, Hats and Coats

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Wahoooooo! Someone got a truckload of dirt for Valentine’s Day!

If you’ve been waiting to get an awesome deal on flour sack towels, today is the day. Plus, check out the free ebooks, and the new garden book I just ordered. Today is going to be AWESOME!

Garmin nüvi 1300 Series

Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Garmin nüvi 1350LMT 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Map & Traffic Updates for $93.99 shipped.

free kindle gardening books

Free Kindle Books

Patio and Kitchen Herb Gardens: A Beginner’s Guide to 21 Herbs You Can Grow at Home
Locavore U.S.A.: How a local-food economy is changing one community
A Beginners Guide To Urban Gardening
Blueberries in Your Backyard

free kindle books

Favorite Fish and Seafood Recipes from the Coast of Maine (A Regional Cookbook)
The Pantry Cleaner: Chemical Free Cleaning
Jokes for Kids: 299 Funny and Hilarious Clean Jokes for Kids
Reflections on the Game

The prices on Free Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while they are free!

amazon local dealsAmazon Local is offering

Customized Alphabet Photo Art with Free Shipping $60 {National Deal} We had one of these made and it hangs in our hallway! I love it!
Diamond Elite Ultrasonic Toothbrush Kit $59 {National Deal}

Be sure and Sign up HERE so you’ll know what the daily deal is each day.

flour-sack-towels

One Kings Lane has 10 flour sack towels on sale for $15! This is my FAVORITE deal on this site, and you can find the kitchen towels under the Kitchen Basics section.  These tend to sell out quick, so grab some if you want them!   Weeeeeeee!

Plus, new One Kings Lane members can get a $15 credit off any $30+ purchase just for signing up.  With savings up to 70% on some items, One Kings Lane is totally worth checking out!

Go HERE to get a $15 credit of any $30+ purchase.

Already have an Account? Go HERE to start shopping.

the best garden gloves

Amazon has my favorite Atlas Gloves in stock and ready to ship. I use these everyday in the garden. They are very durable and I really like the palm grip. Amazon also has the Fiskars 3-Piece Softouch Garden Tool Set on sale for $12.92. The reviews on these tools are awesome!

reclaiming our food

I just ordered the book Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Food Movement Is Changing the Way We Eat By Tanya Denckla Cobb. She is the author of my favorite garden book The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food so I’m pretty excited.

baby shoes

Okay, so seriously, these little shoes are the cutest thing ever and Zulily has them on sale for as low as $9.99. Too cute!

Mud Pie Sun Hats

Totsy has Mud Pie Sun Hats on sale for $10 in there Mud Pie Spring Accessories section. I really like the paisley one!

the north face Apex Bionic Jacket

The REI Outlet Deal of the Day is the The North Face Apex Bionic Jacket for $69.93.

dansko shoes

6pm is having a 4- day President’s Day Sale with up to 70% in some categories. Shoes, clothing  bags, accessories, you name it, it’s on sale. Plus you’ll receive FREE SHIPPING too!

golf digest magazine cover

Discount Mags is offering a 2 year subscription to Golf Digest for only $7.99 when you use code 7840 at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 2/15/13 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

$1.00 off any one Orbit or 5 Gum Grab & Go Pack$1.00 off Any One T.G.I. Friday's Frozen Snack$3.00 off any bag of Rachel Ray Food for Dogs$1.00 off any ONE (1) bag of 9Lives dry cat food$0.40 off Campbell's Condensed soups
There are new coupons available for Orbits Gum, TGI Friday Frozen Meals, Cat & Dog Food and Campbell’s Soup.

Alright, I’m off to go make some tea.

Peace Out Girl Scouts, see you back in a bit.

♥ Mavis

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{Gone} 10 Flour Sack Towels $15 | Plus $15 off a $30+ Purchase

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RED ALERT!!!!

One Kings Lane has 10 flour sack towels on sale for $15! This is my FAVORITE deal on this site, and you can find the kitchen towels under the Kitchen Basics section.  These tend to sell out quick, so grab some if you want them!   Weeeeeeee!

Plus, new One Kings Lane members can get a $15 credit off any $30+ purchase just for signing up.  With savings up to 70% on some items, One Kings Lane is totally worth checking out!

Go HERE to get a $15 credit of any $30+ purchase.

Already have an Account? Go HERE to start shopping.

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Chickpeas with Broccoli Raab and Bacon

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2 years ago, I came across a recipe for Chickpeas with Broccoli Raab and Bacon in the March, 2010 issue of Cooking Light Magazine. The photo was beautiful, and I suddenly found myself wanting to make it. Which was odd, because I was not a fan of broccoli. But The Handsome Husband and The Girl were. So I decided to give it a try.

Fast forward 3 years, and not only will I be growing broccoli raab in the backyard this year, but I’ll be counting down the days until we get a giant harvest of this magical green vegetable this spring

If you have never tried broccoli raab, you should. Even if it means paying $2.49 for 1 bunch of the leafy greens at your local farmer’s market this spring. Trust me, it will be money well spent.

Oh, and did I forget to mention this recipe involves bacon?

So what are you waiting for? Go make it!

Ingredients  Recipe Credit {slightly adapted}
1 pound broccoli raab, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 slices bacon, chopped
1 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon fresh oregano
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
5 garlic cloves, sliced thin
1 {15-ounce} can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 ounces Parmesan cheese

Directions

1. Cook broccoli raab in a large pot of boiling water 2 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain and set aside.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat {I used a stir fry pan}. Add oil, then bacon; sauté 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in onion, fresh oregano, and red pepper; sauté 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add chickpeas; sauté 1 minute. Stir in broccoli raab, salt, and black pepper; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, tossing to combine. Serve with Parmesan cheese sprinkled over the top.

BACON shaped Adhesive Bandages ~ Amazon

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DIY {Copy Cat} Old Bay Seasoning Recipe

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Copy Cat Old Bay Seasoning Recipe

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted one of my DIY Spice Mixes, but after finding some halibut in the freezer, I decided to whip up a batch of my copy cat version of Old Bay Seasoning.

This spice mix is perfect with pretty much any kind of seafood and is a must have around here when we have salmon or crab.

Here is my recipe:

Ingredients

2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground celery seed
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg {I like to buy mine whole and grate it as needed}
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl until well-combined. Store in an airtight container in a cool dark place.

Be sure and check out my recipes for Allspice, Ranch Dressing,  Pumpkin Pie Spice, Hot Chocolate Mix, Italian Seasoning, Taco Seasoning as well.

Looking for a way to store your spices? Amazon has plenty of spice racks in stock.

 

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Mavis Garden Blog – Pictures of Tomato, Kale and Artichoke Seedlings

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seedlings grow lights

I thought I would give you an update today on how some of our seedlings are doing. I’m sure you know by now I am a big fan of grow lights. But the thing is, I’m running out of room. I can only fit 6 trays under my 3 lights.

Pretty soon I’ll have to start hardening some transplants off and moving them to the greenhouse. I still need to get some sort of heater set up out there, hopefully I’ll get around to it this weekend, we’ll see. I may also start a few seeds and prop them up against the sunniest windows in the living room too. I’m sure the HH will be thrilled with the news.

tomato seedling

I planted my first bath of tomato seeds on February 1st and the first set of true leaves are just starting to appear. I don’t know what it is about those first set of true leaves, but they sure make me smile. Maybe it’s because I know I’m only about 5 months away from biting in to a real homegrown tomato.

tomato seedling 1 week

I started my second batch of tomato seeds 7 days ago. They are cute too, but it’s not the same as seeing those defined tomato leaves.

kale seedling

This is kale. Whoop t do. After seeing {and later posting} this picture on facebook, I am determined to grow a giant, lush border of kale around the chicken coop. Not only will my hens enjoy pecking at the leafy greens from behind the fence {which I will totally allow them to do} but when the kale garden has reached it’s peak, I think I’ll open the chicken run and let them have one giant kale feast.

Although, I’m not exaclty sure how I’m going to weigh the kale if I do that. Hmmm. I may need to re-think this idea.

artichoke seedling 6 weeks

Any my artichokes! Take a look, they are doing a great job of acclimating to the great outdoors. I set the artichokes out for an hour outside the first day, and two hours yesterday. Today I will bump it up to four hours, and hopefully by the end of next week all 40+ artichoke plants will be living outside in the greenhouse until it’s time to plant.

Yee- Haw! Starting seeds is fun.

So, have you started any seedlings yet?

How is it going? Are you using grow lights or the windowsill this year?

Mavis wants to know.

 

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