Happy Anniversary To Us

John & Cara - February 26, 2000

I can’t believe it. Today Hubby and I celebrate our Tenth Wedding Anniversary. In one way it feels like we were married just yesterday. Yet in another way, I feel as if we’ve been together forever.

This morning I was watching him play in the snow with our son and had tears in my eyes. I was filled with such  feelings of love, happiness and pride that I began “welling”. He asked me what was wrong. I told him “Nothing. I’m just having a moment.” In ten years of marriage, I’ve had many of those moments. He just laughs and says “Poor Weepy Girl”.

We’re no different than other married couples. We’ve had our share of troubles – physical, emotional, financial. But as a team we’ve managed to get through them. And I think that’s why our marriage is stronger than it’s ever been: we’re a team.

Don’t get me wrong – there are days I still refer to him as “Jack Ass”. But at the end of the day, I love him. And I wouldn’t change a thing about our life together.

Happy Anniversary Bubbie!

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Cooking With Canned Ingredients

I’m a fan of the can. Easy-peasy beans, veggies and fruits to incorporate into my families meals. Plus, they’re easy to store in my 1950′s-cute-but-small-cape cod house.

TwitterMoms shared a video link with the group from the Canned Food Alliance that I learned lots of good info about canned foods from.

Like, did you know canned tomatoes have more lycopene than fresh, cooked tomatoes? And that protein is not lost during the canning process, so canned chicken and fish are a good source of it.

Who knew?

I’ve previously shared my Pasta e Fagioli recipe that’s made with canned ingredients. But here is my family’s favorite recipe that I make from mostly canned ingredients:

Tuna Casserole Recipe

Ingredients:
1 5oz can tuna (solid white albacore in water), drained and copped
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
8oz sour cream
1 small can of peas & carrots, drained & rinsed
1/2 box of elbow macaroni, cooked al dente
1/4 cup of seasoned breadcrumbs for topping

Instructions:
Pre-heat oven to 350.
Mix everything together and put in a baking dish (9×9).
Sprinkle top with breadcrumbs.
Bake for 20-25 minutes.

This recipe makes about 4 servings. It can be doubled very easily for bigger families.

Are You Free Tomorrow Night?

I’m hosting another free webinar tomorrow night at 8:00 pm (est): The Courage To Purge – click on the link for details!

Hope to “see” you there!

Tuesday's Tip: Cleaning Straws and Sippies

Ever have one of those “DOH!” moments? I had one of those recently when doing the dishes.

I’ve struggled keeping Little Dude’s sippy cups and straws clean. You know how yucky stuff gets caught in every crevice of those things, right? Well I figured it out.

Are you ready for this? It’s so simple, you’ll say “DOH!” too.

Use a pipe cleaner to clean straws and sippy cups.

Yeah, I know – it’s so obvious now isn’t it? I’ve been kicking myself for not thinking of it sooner.

Run to your craft supplies and grab a pipe cleaner and put it by your kitchen sink. I bent-over the tops so they wouldn’t be sharp and poke anything. It works like a charm!

PS: I’m linking to Blog Mommas’ Tuesday’s Tip Jar. Check out the tips over there.

PPS: If you already knew to use a pipe cleaner to clean straws and sippy cups, feel free to make fun of me in the comments :)

Tax Credits For Energy-Efficient Products

So, are you ready to get your taxes done? Tomorrow I’m heading to the accountant to get our taxes done – nice and early this year!

While we didn’t purchase or install an energy-efficient product in our home last year, I’m sure plenty of people did. The US Dept. of Energy has information on the products eligible for tax credit – for free. Be sure to check it out and see if you can take advantage!

Menu Plan Monday

Not much going on this week except that I have a ton of work I’d like to get done. So I tried to create a meal plan that would keep me out of the kitchen as much as possible!

Breakfasts:
baked oatmeal, eggs, cold cereal or frozen waffles

Lunches:
cold cuts, left overs

Snacks:
pop corn, celery & carrots with hummus, yogurt, graham crackers, apples, cheese sticks

Dinners:
Sunday: dinner at my Mother-in-law’s
Monday: fried chicken
Toddler Tuesday: choice of ham steak or tuna casserole
Wednesday: Ground Beef Stroganoff
Thursday: breakfast for dinner (probably scrambled eggs)
Friday: Chicken & Gravy Heaven
Saturday: Grilled cheese & tomato soup

So what’cha got on your menu this week?

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I love Family Circle Magazine. My Mom subscribes, so I steal borrow her copy when she’s done with it. I just love all the tips & tricks the magazine provides!

Well if you’ve ever been interested in subscribing, now is the time! From now until Feb 27th is on sale for just $8 for 1 year on Amazon.com! Renewals are also on special – I told my Mom so I can keep stealing it!

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