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Monday, February 13, 2012

Overheard Conversations

The boys were having bonding time with their daddy.

He'd been gone most the night and all of the day plowing.  As he sat on the bed to plug in his phones, the boys bombarded him.  A huge pillow fight ensued.

As they ended up resting and chatting and catching up on their day for a little bit, S4 spoke up.  "Daddy, do you know why we love Moma so much?"

"Why's that?"

"Because she cooks good food," S4 informed him.

Husband laughed a bit and said, "Yup, that's the only reason we keep her around, too."

I am so outnumbered here.

But later as S4 was trying to tell me it was a good thing I was such a good cook, Husband just couldn't resist adding, "When we first got married, your mama couldn't even cook!"

S1's jaw dropped open.  He could not fathom such a thing.

It's true.

When we first got married I was young and didn't know a thing.  I am blessed with an amazing mom who made amazing food.  I imagined I would learn from osmoses, I guess.  It would just, you know, like, come to me naturally.

It didn't.

We lived on hamburger helper.

And that first year it worked kinda handy that we were walking distance to a Burger King and a pizza place in town served the biggest yummiest pizza's we had ever seen.

At some point that first year, I called my mom in tears and begged her for some sort of easy recipe to get me started on.

She told me how to make shepherd's pie and tuna noodle casserole.

To this day, my husband will not eat hamburger helper or tuna noodle.

To this day I only still make a few dishes regularly, but I know how to make those dishes pretty well.  But that the boys think I am great cook makes my heart feel all warm...even if hubs says that is the only reason he keeps me around and then reminds me of how awful of a cook I used to be.


I feel EVER so loved.

Here is the recipe for Tuna Noodle Casserole...a favorite for everyone (ultimate comfort food) except my husband who turns up his nose at this to eat at McDonald's. (Pics of us eating this HERE)

Tuna Noodle Casserole

A bag of wide egg noodles (elbow macaroni works too)
Family size can of cream of mushroom soup (may need a small can as well)
Sour Cream
2 Cans of tuna
1 can of peas
cheddar cheese

Boil the noodles until cooked.  Add the tuna, peas and soup.  Add a good dollop of sour cream. Add more sour cream or soup as needed to make sure the mixture is creamy.  If you are a fan of cheese (we are), add a little shredded cheese and stir it in.

Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly (an hour maybe?)

Top with cheese and return to oven to melt cheese.


We like it with rolls or bread and peanut butter - applesauce and milk to drink makes this taste extra good for whatever reason.



Karen said...

What is it with men and tuna noodle casserole? My husband won't eat it either. And, it's one of my ALL TIME favorite comfort foods. I wait until he's gone deer hunting or something to make it. I make mine slightly different. I use cream of mushroom soup & either American or Velveeta cheese.

Mary Ann said...

Ted still reminds me of the tme I made frozen pizza and left it on the cardboard. :-)

Nicole said...

Jason gave me a similarly back-handed compliment not to long ago. He said, "I never thought you were going to be as good of a cook as you are now.". Haha. I'll never let him live that down. Tuna noodle casserole is a fave at our house too.

Anonymous said...

I will not eat Tuna Casserole...growing up my mom worked overnights and 3 times a week my dad would make tuna casserole and eggs the other two. Nope..can't do it. I will be with Jake having McD's trying to convince him that Adele is wonderful and he is wrong. :)