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Friday, March 28, 2014

Mediterranean Tuna Salad with Tumeric and Cumin

Mediterranean Tuna Salad with Tumeric and Cumin. Zesty and Delish!

Ok, so I keep seeing these posts and reading stuff about the benefits of Tumeric and Cumin (also about a lot of other foods coincidentally that are missing from my diet, but we'll get there). Since they are not spices that I normally use so I had to buy them, but I really wanted to start experimenting with new spices so I figured, why not start with these! First off, if you haven't tried them, they are good, but bold so you'll want to use sparingly. Here is what I did to make a super scrumptious Mediterranean inspired tuna salad.

Main ingredients
One can any brand tuna in water
One tablespoon of mayo (more or less to your liking)
Roughly 1/2 teaspoon brown mustard
One tablespoon dill pickle relish
One tablespoon freshly grated parmesan cheese
One teaspoon chopped red onion (optional)
2-3 small chopped green olives (optional, would be fine on the side too)

Start small, you can always add more. I'm not one to really measure out my spices, but I used about
1/8th teaspoon of tumeric
1/8th teaspoon of cumin
1/8th teaspoon of garlic powder

That's it! You can always play around with the ingredients (maybe add a chopped hard boiled egg) and even double the recipe as needed. I served mine in a sandwich, but it would be great on crackers too!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Green Bean Surprise! My kids love this:) Quick, easy and cheap!

Green Bean Surprise! My kids love this:) Quick, easy and cheap! Feed a family of 4 for $8!

I invented this one night by accident and it turned out pretty tasty. The great thing about this is it's versatile and you can play with options like cutting it in half (choose one between the Chicken a la King or Cream of Mushroom and add only one can of Tuna and one French Style Green Beans) or add onions or other goodies, or even mix it all together and bake it like a casserole, but here are the basics for this dish.

Two cans of any brand tuna in water.
Two cans of any brand french style green beans.
One can of cream of mushroom soup. (Two cans if you don't like the chicken a la king.)
One can of Chicken a la King. (Two cans if you don't like cream of mushroom, OR if you can't find chicken a la king because they always put it on the isle that has the porthole to canned food Narnia apparently.)
Season to taste. Basic salt and pepper is good, garlic salt or garlic powder is delish and a dash of Cheyenne if you're feeling feisty.
Mix it all in a skillet and heat on medium until it starts to bubble, stirring frequently so not to glue itself to the bottom, slap it on a piece of toast and chow!

If you're going to do this casserole style, follow same steps but bake in oven dish for about 30 minutes and top with toast crumbles.

Collage a Table!

Eat, sleep, breathe collage! This table took me about a week to do, but it turned out AWESOME!

I bought a folding solid wood tray table at Wal-Mart for about $15 and really didn't have to do any prep to it at all. After cutting millions (probable exaggeration) of tiny pieces from all my garden and mail order plant magazines, (you can easily get mail order plant magazines by going to their websites and requesting one) and without trying to over think the color coordination and placement, I started to glue...and glue...

The best glue to use is just plain Elmer's school glue, or Mod Podge glue. There are a few tips and tricks that I've learned along the way too.
1.) Spread glue lightly in an even thin layer directly where you want your piece to go, then gently smooth it. If it starts to ripple or bubble try gently smoothing it some more with your finger. This may mean that you've used too much glue so try less next time.
2.) As your working, try to not get one area too soggy as once, jump around if you can or pause to let it dry for a bit and then continue. If you start overlapping and over gluing you're going to have a bad time. :/
3.) If you've never done collage work before and you want to practice before you take on an epic project like this, then try something small on a generally solid smooth surface.
4.) Once you're done gluing the pieces down and you're happy with how it looks then you can apply a top coat of glue once everything is completely dry. You can also apply the top coat as you're working, just make sure not over saturate and allow it to ripple.  This top coat is very important to apply thinly but completely before you spray any kind of sealer, as the sealer will bleed into the magazine and cause it to look permanently wet. The glue will not do this.
5.) Let all the glue dry overnight and then you can apply a sealant clear spray. Follow directions depending on whatever spray you choose.

Have fun and good luck!

Welcome to my BLOG!!!

Welcome to my Blog! I’m so excited! I’ve wanted to do this forever and I finally sat my butt down and did it…started it anyway. In this blog you will find a bunch of randomness that I deem awesome. There will be some personal recipes and some borrowed (totally stolen) recipes. Lots of DIY (Do It Yourself) projects, some DWS (Do With Someone) projects and GSEETDIFY (Get someone Else Entirely To Do It For You) projects.
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