Family, Food

Tuna Casserole


Tuna Casserole Pic

In our family, Fridays in Lent means no MEAT!  That is not always an easy sacrifice, however it does allow us to try out some new recipes or in this case….not so new recipes – Tuna Casserole.

Like most kids, I never liked tuna casserole when I was young.  When my mom made it for dinner, I ate a few bites, played with it a bit, but filled up on bread. Now, as an adult, I really enjoy tuna casserole especially the one I grew up eating when I was a child.  If you’ve never liked tuna casserole, try this one out.  It’s a keeper!

The secret to this recipe is the French fried onion rings!


  • 2-3 Cans of White Tuna (broken up)
  • 1/2 box of Rotini Noodles (cooked)
  • 1 Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 Bag of Frozen Broccoli Florets (use 3/4 of bag)
  • I Medium Onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 Cup of Butter or Margarine
  • 3/4 Cup of Milk
  • 1 Can of French’s Fried Onion Rings
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Italian Seasoning
  • Sea Salt (because we love it)
  • Pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Saute the onion in butter over medium heat until tender.  Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions and during the last 4 minutes of cook time, add the broccoli.
  2. Add the cream of mushroom soup to the onions along with the milk.  Slowly stir together while adding salt, pepper, and the Italian seasonings. Continue to simmer on low for a while.
  3. In a large corning ware bowl, add the pasta and broccoli mixture.  Break up tuna and add to the pasta.  Pour the onion soup mixture into the bowl and gently mix all together.
  4. Cover and bake for 20 minutes.  Then, add the fried onion rings on top for another 5-7 minutes.




Peach Birthday Martini

Perfect Martini with a little flavor
Perfect Martini with a little flavor

It was Friday, June 21st.  The first day of summer, the longest day of the year, and my birthday.  Of course, the celebration of my birth has become “just another day”, but I still like to celebrate.  I could not believe that we did not have baseball or dance.  After a very long week of four dance recitals, two baseball games, and work, it was time to relax.

My husband and I enjoy trying different martini’s and different flavored vodka’s.  Tonight was extra special when he mixed up a batch of Peach Birthday Martini’s.  I asked him for the recipe.  He said it was a secret recipe that he could not share so I will have to leave you guessing for this one.  There’s several ways you could make this martini depending on your preference.  Do you like it more sweet?  Do you like the perfect martini?  On the rocks or up? Do you prefer Absolut, Grey Goose, Three Olives and the list goes on?  The options are endless.