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Cold Tuna Noodle Casserole with Peas and Dill

My Mom’s cold tuna noodle casserole is creamy, packed with tuna chunks, green peas and the brightness of dill! It’s the perfect Friday meal during Lent!

This dish… gosh people this dish was literally served every Friday during Lent in my house growing up. And it didn’t matter if was for lunch or dinner. You see Mom had 4 go-to meals on Fridays during Lent – plain cheese pizza, grilled cheese, baked tuna noodle casserole (which is different than this one) and this dish. Some Fridays we’d have this for lunch and baked tuna casserole for dinner. So needless to say I got “tuna’d” out VERY FAST! When I moved out on my own I quit eating this. There were 3 reasons if you must know why:

  1. I absolutely can’t stand mayo or to touch it. It works in recipes, don’t get me wrong but the actual container of mayo makes me shudder.
  2. I get the heeby-jeebies when mayo is mixed with tube noodles. It’s a specific sound it makes and it makes me cringe. Trust me, I have to seriously be in love with you to make you her macaroni salad. Even now I’m making that “OMG no” face!
  3. I was beyond burnt out from eating it.

It wasn’t until, what, 5 years ago or so when a TKW family member asked if I had any Lent recipes. Immediately I thought of her dishes. And then something happened.. I actually craved this stuff. Since the ingredients are pretty much a pantry stable (fyi… you can use ziti, penne or good ol’ elbow macaroni in this recipe) I decided to make it. I was getting ready to assemble it when I got to the jar of mayo. I seriously had to put the jar down and walk away for a minute. No joke, there’s just something not quite right about it. Yet I have no issues with ranch, sour cream or even when I make homemade mayo. I’m weird, I know. But I sucked it up (not the mayo, God no) and put it in the bowl. Next came the mixing. I knew there was no way around that so I got smart. You’ll laugh (or roll your eyes and think I’m an even bigger dork) but I put my head phones on, turned up my tunes and got to mixing. No squishy noodley sound (as I sit here and shudder as I know that sound!

Now you can eat it right away but it’s best when it chills so into the fridge it went. About an hour or so later it was time for lunch. And just like clock work Mr. Fantabulous came into the kitchen, rubbing his tummy looking to see if I had read his mind and had something prepared. I just smiled, got out the casserole and plated it. Now what was funny was the look he gave me, his plate of food and then me. He said “Ahhhh what’s this??? Did you make macaroni salad??? For real? Wait! Did you gag???”. LOL he knows me so well. I said what it was and why I made it. As we sat down to eat, that first forkful all those wonderful Friday memories came back from my childhood. It literally tasted just like Mom’s. As he ate he said “Oh wow honey, this is really good! How come you never made it before? Oh wait, that’s right you have this issue with mayo and noodles. Yeah, get over it as I want this again… please my darling wife.” LOL

Call it a casserole, call it a salad just don’t call me late for dinner with this!

Memorial Day 2017 Recipe Deliciousness Roundup

Elevate your Memorial Day foods to a whole new level of deliciousness!  Forgot the dogs and traditional burgers, become a cookout STAR with these recipes!

Oh hello, 3 1/2 day long weekend!  Just look how sexy you are with your carefree attitude, your grilling scents and your tempting dishes. So I don’t know about you but this child is most definitely looking forward to time off. Now while most of you will be chillin’ at some cookouts I’ll be in full TKW mode as I NEED to get at least 2 months of posts typed up and ready to go before I have my surgery on the 9th. Thankfully I have a barrage of recipes done, I just need to edit the photos, type up the recipes and posts. It’s all good though. I can’t just abandon you guys for 2 months.

But this weekend we’re keeping it low-key; no plans, no cookouts. I just want quiet time ya know?  But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to have all kinds of yumminess. I’ll definitely make some burgers and dogs but after making that Caramel Infused Apple Cheddar Chicken Burger, I’m not sure I could eat a plain beef burger again.  It’s so flippin’ good people. And of course Deviled Eggs – gotta have deviled eggs. As for what else, who knows. Maybe I’ll make all of the stuff below and whatever we don’t eat, I’ll make freezer meals so while I’m recuperating, Mr. Fantabulous can eat.

Now there are a ton of recipes to choose from and you’ll see, some use the pressure cooker. Seriously why not use it this weekend?  Save yourself a boat load of time and trouble. You could actually enjoy your party instead of slaving over a grill or oven.  But no worries if you want to grill, go for it. You can make many of these on the grill or better, yet finish them on the grill. And yes you can most definitely make pizza on the grill.

Let the LONG weekend begin!

Spring into SPRING with 72 Awesome Ideas!

72 Seriously Awesome Ideas for Spring spanning from recipes to crafts, parties to home decor or fashion to home gardening. This is a must-read to help you SPRING into Spring!

Spring into something new! I am excited to share with you this collection of amazing Spring themed posts from many of our outstanding members here in the Social Fabric community. We know that you will enjoy them and hope that you can create some new spring memories for yourself and the ones you love.


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Top Loved Recipes of 2016

This is one of those posts that always brings a smile to my face and honestly, helps me more than you’ll ever know.  This gives me an idea on what you guys are and are not into.  I get insight on what types of recipes you want to see and maybe less of ones that you don’t. I have a TON of recipes for 2017 already – yes, even 2 days into the year and a bunch of ideas for new recipes thanks to looking at these results.

I’m thinking 2017 you guys are going to be super stoked about these recipes and never at a loss for a great recipe.

Kicking off this past year you guys went NUTS over my Baked Brie with Cranberry Relish.  OMG this thing went viral in just a few short hours after being posted. And my Candied Bacon Brussels Sprouts quickly became the top requested recipe for both Christmas and Thanksgiving for a side dish. And not to say I told you so buuuuuuuut I told you so *wink* that my Buttery Fruit Spread Bars were going to be a huge for Christmas cookies.  And Mom’s Classic Pot Roast recipe that I converted to a Pressure Cooker… OMG you literally brought tears to my eyes. This was such a personal recipe for me and the fact that you guys loved it so much. Thank you!   And that Torta … you made it such a Sunday classic.

Crantastic Healthy Craisins® Dried Cranberries and Turkey Wrap
Candied Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts with Maple Dijon Glaze
Italian Zucchini Rustica – Pasta Pie
Pressure Cooker Mom’s Classic Pot Roast with Savory Onion Gravy
Buttery Shortbread Fruit Spread Glazed Bars

Did your favorite make the list?

Merry Christmas

Dear Santa, my Christmas wish this year is I want every person reading this to know they are loved, cherished, family and appreciated.

TKW Family,

Mr. Fantabulous and I are sending you our love, thoughts and warm wishes not only today but throughout the holiday season and new year.  I am forever grateful to all of you for your love and support over the years.  You are the reason I do this. Thank you again for blessing me with another amazing year here.

With much love,



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