Month: January 2014

Tuna Casserole

Tuna Casserole

for a large family

You will need to combine the following items:

2 cups grated cheddar cheese, divided

2 cans tuna in water, drained and flaked into small pieces with a fork

1 12-oz. pkg. frozen peas, cooked until soft, then drained

1 16-oz. pkg. medium egg noodles, cooked in salted water for 7-8 minutes, then drained.

Onion in White sauce: 5 Tbsp. butter melted, 1/2 large onion diced finely, stir together over medium-low heat until onion is soft.  Add 5 Tbsp. flour, stir  over medium heat until bubbly. Add 1 tsp. salt, stir well, then add 2 1/2 cups of milk while whisking. Allow to come to a boil while whisking every few seconds.

Combine everything into a 9″x13″ baking dish, saving 1 cup of the cheese for later.

Bake in a 425° F. oven for 10 minutes (pre-heated oven.)

While that is heating in the oven, take rice crispy type of cereal and crush (place cereal in a gallon bag and use a rolling pin to roll over it, crushing the cereal.) In a large frying pan melt 4 Tbsp. butter then add the cereal and 1 tsp. salt, mixing and turning over medium heat until the mixture is covered with butter and gets crispier, a crunchy golden brown.

When the timer goes off take the casserole out of the oven, scatter the 1 cup of cheddar cheese over the top, then spread the crispy golden brown cereal over the entire top.

Tuna Casserole after 10 minutes in the oven then topped with cheese and crumbs.

Tuna Casserole after 10 minutes in the oven then topped with cheese and crumbs.

(picture is a bit blurry, sorry!)

Put the casserole back into the oven for 15 more minutes.

Tuna Casserole is done!

Tuna Casserole is done!

 

Then it’s time to eat!

Tuna Casserole

Tuna Casserole

Fireplace Update & A/C Forecast

Our fireplace is still in use, and the part was supposedly ordered, but hasn’t come in yet.

It’ll be a couple more weeks of fireplace use, at least. Maybe more. Spring doesn’t look too far away looking at Accuweather data.

Then it’ll be back to the A/C to keep pollen to a minimum and hope for the best that the air will be cool enough throughout the house, but not too cold anywhere, and not too warm or hot anywhere else.

We got a new A/C system a few years ago and they had to repair a leaky outside pipe the next year, which showed us WHY it didn’t function (the A/C) very well the first year. I have more complaints about it though ever since. I despise the multiple digital zones we have. Master bedroom has the upstairs thermostat in it. That room gains so much heat winter or summer, and the attached bathroom seems like no air goes to it, just like before the A/C was fine-tuned (or was it really fine-tooned, that seems more fitting a name for it.)

The rest of the upstairs is much warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter.

The main floor has another thermostat. It’s OK, but the kitchen is still much more dramatically affected by outside weather, making it uncomfortable in their when cooking in the Spring through Fall, and miserable in the winter for the most part.

The basement has another thermostat in the hall. My office has a door and is the first room on the left, another room straight ahead, and the more open space of the basement to the right through french doors. It’s a cold hallway in the winter, with that heat turned on most of the time. My office though, it’s blasting hot in there and I HATE HEAT like that. The other room is a bedroom and kind of cold most of the time in the winter. The main basement is always either warmer or cooler, really not seeming to be much connected to the other parts I referred to before. Summer flips the switch and everything is opposite in the basement. I can tolerate colder in my office in the summer, but not so cold as it has to be to make it chilly enough elsehwhere.

My house needs per room thermostats, I swear it does. I don’t have much faith that it would even work well that way though.

So that’s what’s coming up soon. The no fires, A/C battle of pollen and heat.

Fireplace

We had our chimney swept and the guy was impressed with the lack of … saying we must burn good stuff. Yes. Hardwood, as well Seasoned as can be.

Our back panel will be replaced, the rest of it can get by for another couple of years. He said it’s safe to use it as is for now too. 🙂

It’s more than heat, it’s the flicker and colored light from within that hole in the wall is what I need on any winter day.

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