One of the things I love about colder weather is crock pots and casseroles! A favorite of mine is tuna noodle casserole.
The first few years of our marriage my wife and I spent perfecting our tuna noodle casserole recipe.
After several years of trial and error we finally came across the perfect tuna noodle casserole recipe for our family. It’s one every member of our family loves!
Rather than keep it in secret I’m going to share it with you!
Our Family’s Favorite Tuna Noodle Casserole
1 – box spiral pasta cooked al dente
2 – 5oz. cans tuna, drained
26-30 oz – Cream of Mushroom soup (1 large can or 3 small cans)
1/2 cup – Mayonaise
1/2 cup – Sour Cream
1/4 cup – Milk
1 tsp – Salt
1/2 tsp – Dillweed
Crushed Potato Chips.
Directions: Mix everything but the chips and put into a casserole dish. Top with crushed potato chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. The first 15 minutes covered. The last 15 minutes uncovered.
That’s how our family likes our tuna noodle casserole. It’s perfect for us. No peas. It’s creamy and delicious!
How does our tuna noodle casserole recipe compare to yours?
My girls are growing up! In the span of less than two weeks my oldest turned 13 and my youngest visited Santa Claus for what might have been the last time.
For several years it hasn’t been “necessary” for my oldest to visit Santa. She told the family she would just send an email to the big guy this year.
For my youngest, though, a face-to-face with Santa was still important. So earlier this week, while her sister was at dance practice, we took her to the local Bass Pro Shop to talk to Santa.
Bass Pro Shop is were you’ll find the best Santa. Not a Santa wanna-be! We’re talking the real deal. Snow white beard and all!
We waited in line. It was fun watching those going before us. Some kids smiled. Some sat on Santa’s lap with a look of indifference on their face. A few cried… and then there was the the infant in the line ahead of us.
He grabbed at Santa’s beard and went in for a hug several times. It made all who saw it laugh… including Santa.
Then it was my daughter’s turn. She marched right up, sat right down, and told him what was tops on her list. It was a toy to go with her American Girl doll.
They smiled for a picture, she got a candy cane, and then it was over!
Many of my daughter’s friends didn’t find it “necessary” to visit Santa this year but I’m glad we got to go. Who knows. Maybe it was our last visit.
What’s your favorite Santa memory?
I’m tired… but it’s a good tired. The last two days the radio station I’m on did a radiothon to raise money to help sick kids and their families. You can read about last year’s experience here. It pretty much mirrors this year.
For 10 hours over the last two days I heard many stories. Real life stories. Some were uplifting. Others heartbreaking.
I got a lump in my throat and teary eyed sitting across from a Mom who lost an infant child after a two week hospital stay.
On the flip side I was grinning from ear to ear hearing the stories of the good the money we raised last year did all year long.
These last two days put a lot into perspective for me. It makes me really thank God for all that I have.
Psalm 106:1 (NIV)
“Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; His love endures forever.”