Spinach Casserole

Most folks don’t care for spinach and that’s true for my hubs and kids too; however, I love it!  My mom made this dish several years ago and David and Alex loved it despite the spinach.  I don’t make this often because its high in carbs and calories, but its definitely an easy dish to make that has quite a bit of taste…even for the non-spinach lovers out there. I cannot remember where my mom got this recipe.  I also changed up the original recipe a bit.

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What ya need:

  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened (I let it sit out for half an hour to an hour beforehand)
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups Pepperidge Farm herb seasoned stuffing in cubes
  • 1 package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

What ya do:

  • In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together until blended.
  • Spoon into a greased casserole dish and bake uncovered at 350 for 35-40 minutes.

 

That’s it! Very tasty, easy-peasy to make and great left over too!

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Re-covering a Lamp Shade

So, my parents got Alex this lamp at Christmas and I just got around to recovering the lamp shade. The lamp itself is a horse statue, but the lamp shade was, shall we say, not cute??  I had been looking for a lamp shade all over creation when it dawned on me one day to just recover the one that came with it.

So, first I had to take the ribbon off the top and bottom edges.

The ribbon was also on top.  You can see the holes from where I already took those out.

The ribbon was also on top. You can see the holes from where I already took those out.

Then I traced the shape on some packing paper I had left over from our move. I did have to dig in to the pile a bit to find some that had not been eaten by Charlie!! That cat!

Just roll it as you trace. Do this for both the top and bottom.

Just roll it as you trace. Do this for both the top and bottom.

Then I cut the pattern out and placed my fabric (left over from the blanket my mom made for Alex) face down.  I put double sided tape on the pattern and then stuck it to the fabric so it wouldn’t move while I was trying to cut the fabric. I cut just a tab bit (about a 1/4″) higher than the pattern where the top of the lamp shade was so that I could have some overhang that could be tucked in at the top for a cleaner look.

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Fabric right-side up after being cut to size.

After cutting the fabric I ironed it real well so the creases wouldn’t show.  Then I used fabric glue and put a thin line around the top and bottom of the lamp shade and carefully rolled the fabric onto the lamp shade. I really wanted fabric glue in an aerosol can, but I couldn’t find it. I think that would be much better. You could see the glue even after it dried a bit so I didn’t want it showing through on the lamp shade and knew I’d be covering the edges with ribbon.

After gluing the fabric I trimmed any that was hanging over at the bottom of the shade and folded in the top that hung over into the top of the shade. Then I glued ribbon around the edges.  To hold it in place I used clothes pins, but big mistake. We left to eat dinner at my parents and the clothes pins ended up sticking to the ribbon and leaving a tan color where they were attached.  I should have just hot glued the ribbon instead.  I didn’t want to tear the ribbon off so I just hot glued another layer over the first.  The hot glue doesn’t show through like the fabric glue did. I probably could have used hot glue on the edges with the fabric too instead of fabric glue.

with the clothes pins

with the clothes pins

Funny story – after I got it to this point…with the clothes pins I asked Alex if she liked it. She said, “I don’t really like it mommy. It looks weird.” Ha!  She thought we were leaving the clothes pins on! Crazy kid.

Here’s the final product. The ribbon is a bit wavy from sitting on top of another layer of ribbon, but it works.  I love it. It matches the blanket that sits on the end of her bed.

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Crunchy Baked Flounder and Bacon Mac & Chesse

So, the hubs caught some flounder last week, but we were stumped on how to fix it so he did some googling and found this awesome recipe from MyRecipes.com. Oh my word – this was so good.  It was also super easy and quick to make which is my kind of meal. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  The only things I did slightly different was also added a tad bit of salt and pepper to the breading mix, put the breading mixture on both sides of the filets (not just the top), and baked mine at 420 for 10 minutes because my oven cooks very hot. This recipe would be great on tilapia too, which is cheaper on the wallet at the store.

Pardon the terrible pic and my fork!

Pardon the terrible pic and my fork!

What ya need:

*4 filets of flounder

*1/2 cup of panko bread crumbs

*1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese

*3 tbsp butter, melted

*salt and pepper to taste

 

What ya do:

*Lightly spray a baking dish with non-stick spray.

*Melt your butter.

*Mix your panko, parmesan and butter together with a little salt and pepper.

*Lightly salt and pepper both sides of your filets.

*Place your filets in the baking dish and generously sprinkle the panko/parmesan/butter mixture on each side.

*Bake at 420 for 10 minutes or until breading is golden.

 

We also had our favorite sauteed green beans and then made bacon mac and cheese. We rarely make carbs with our meals and if we do its wild or brown rice, but we wanted to see if we could re-create our favorite restaurant’s (Killen’s Steakhouse) mac and cheese. I used whole wheat Kraft mac & cheese from the box, but added more shredded cheddar cheese and crumbled up bacon to change it up a bit.  Its not as good as Killen’s, but we did really enjoy the bacon flavor with the mac and cheese.

Enjoy!

 

–UPDATE — So, we used the breading mix with tilapia, but it was not as good as the flounder.  It was ok, but we probably won’t use this recipe with tilapia again.  Gotta go catch some more flounder!!