Monday, June 29, 2015


 
Meet Linda Hanna!

 
I’ve known Linda for quite a few years, thanks to the miracles of technology like Facebook and Twitter. She’s a dear lady and I always enjoy her posts, and comments on my posts, so I thought you'd enjoy getting to know her a little better, too!

So Linda, how old were you when you first realized you loved books and reading?  

I was about 4 years old – but it was just picture reading at that point since I couldn’t read real words. 

Do you recall the titles of some of your earliest favorites?

It was a Flash Gordon book about people running through a jungle trying to get away from flying spears and dangling tree snakes. Dad bought it to keep me quiet in the library while he studied. It traumatized this 4 year-old little girl who loved tea parties and baby dolls! The Poky Little Puppy would’ve been a much better choice. However, it didn’t ruin my love of books. Later on I devoured Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and many other mysteries. 

Some of my favorites, too! (Except for the spears and dangling tree snakes! Ewww!) Do you have a favorite genre?  

I enjoy clean inspirational romance and cozy mysteries.  

Something else we have in common! How do you make time to read, with so many other demands on your time?

Sometimes it’s difficult. It takes me a long time to read a book due to injuries from an accident. 

We’re sorry to hear about that, dear Linda, and we’ll pray your injuries will heal 100%! So, do you have a 'Favorites’ bookshelf? How many shelves are filled with books?

Yes, I do have a favorites shelf. Actually, about 16 shelves are filled with my favorite books.
How do you choose a book: Cover? Title?Author’s name?

Author’s name and the first few paragraphs.

And do you read the back jacket of a book before buying it?

Yes, but I still read the first few paragraphs of the story before deciding. 

Do you prefer print books to e-books? Why?

Print books because I really like to hold an honest-to-goodness book.

Yet another thing we have in common! So Linda, do you enjoy interacting with your favorite authors online? Which social networking site is your favorite (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Other)? 

I do enjoy interacting with my favorite authors. Facebook is the only social networking site I’m on now. Twitter made me nervous for some reason. It just wasn’t my ‘thing.’ 

Yeah, a lot of people feel that way…me, included. Took a while, but once I got the hang of it, I liked it quite a lot! But I digress…. (Surprise! LOL) How many book signings have you attended? 

Maybe a dozen – not that many authors visit our little town. I’ve gone out of town, and would do it again, but only for one of my all-time favorite writers. 

What did you like best about it? 

Meeting and chatting with the author during a slow time was pretty cool. 

What did you like least?

One time I checked out the book of a little known author and realized it wasn’t something I wanted to read after all, but we were the only visitors to her signing. Since she was practically drooling and watching our every move, I felt obligated to purchase it. That was a wasted $20.
 

Ugh. A horrible situation to be in, I’m sure! Something more palatable (literally! LOL): Do you eat and/or drink while you read? If so, what’s your go-to snack?
I usually drink iced tea while reading. 

Same here! And do you have a favorite hobby?

I enjoy crocheting. I also like to cook and bake, which is the hobby my family enjoys most.

Oh, I’ve always envied people with the talent and patience to crochet and knit! My mom, aunt, and grandmother made so many beautiful things that way! Speaking of family, can you share a little something about where you live, your work and family? (We’ll press you for a recipe in just a minute… <wink> )

We moved around a lot when I was little, so I’ve called several states “home.” Our last move was to Indiana in 1966.

Bill and I have been married since 1973. We settled our family of three daughters in this little town back in 1989. I’m perfectly happy being rooted right here. We’ve been blessed with six grandchildren – 3 girls and 3 boys, ranging in age from 18 to almost 2.

I was a secretary for several years until we moved to our current location. At that time, a friend (Debbie) and I became the district directors of a senior adult ministry for the northern third of Indiana. We enjoyed every creative minute of it. An accident in 2001 caused my unscheduled retirement, so Debbie (Deborah Dulworth) and I decided to write a cozy mystery we had simmering on the back burner for many years.
 
 

Can you tell us a little something about it?
 
Sure, I’m happy to! This is the back jacket copy:
 
REFLECTIONS OF A STRANGER:
 
Cora and her husband, PGA golf pro Steady Eddie Timms, live in a safe gated community, so when Cora witnesses a murder, she’s shocked and frightened. But without a body, murder weapon, or evidence of a crime, Cora’s sanity is called into question—especially when it comes to light that Cora’s not been dealing well with the stress and grief of losing a daughter, and her memory of late hasn’t been all it should be.

Determined to prove her sanity, Cora bursts into a flurry of danger and unanswered questions as she sets out to find evidence of foul play. With the help of a bumbling security guard, a loyal best friend, and a neighbor's yappy dog, pieces finally fall into place. By all appearance, the mystery is solved...until Cora is kidnapped and implicated in a case of hidden identity and an old embezzlement scheme.

It will take more than the national attention garnered from Steady Eddie’s status to clear Cora’s name, rescue her from the kidnappers, and help find her way back to the peace and sanity found only in God’s loving arms.
 


Sounds so exciting, Linda, and I can’t wait to order my copy!
 
So about that recipe… Is there something in one of your cookbooks that has become a family favorite? 

This is a recipe my grandma made back in the 1930s when my mom was a girl. When I was growing up, we had a lot of company, and this was ALWAYS on Mom’s menu: 

Pineapple Cream Salad
 
 
1 large box orange flavored Jell-O

2- 20 oz. cans crushed pineapple with juice, not syrup

1 c. sugar

1– 8 oz. block cream cheese

1 pint whipping cream

Whip cream and set in refrigerator.

Add undrained pineapple, sugar, and Jell-O to sauce pan. Boil about 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool – but not gel

Add cream cheese, breaking it into small pieces, then set in refrigerator until thoroughly chilled.

Carefully fold in whipped cream and put into a 9” x 13” dish.

Refrigerate to set up for at least 3 hours before serving.

*Lime or Lemon Jell-O can be substituted for the orange
**recipe may be cut in half
 
Omigarsh! That sounds divine! I’m definitely testing this one out on my bunch! 

Thanks so much, Linda, for taking time from your schedule to visit with us for a while! It’s been a genuine pleasure, learning a little bit more about The Lovely Lady Online, and it’s no surprise to me that you’re even nicer than you seem on Facebook! Don’t you agree, friends! <grin> 

Stay tuned, my friends, because I’ll share another interview with another LL&F member, real soon! <GRIN> AND REMEMBER...EVERYONE WHO COMMENTS ON LINDA'S INTERVIEW IS AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED IN A RANDOM DRAWING FOR A SWELL PRIZE!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Just Tryin' to Stay Healthy

Yeah, yeah, I'm a writer. As such, I'm confined to my desk for hours at a time. Literally. And like most authors, I eat quite a few meals here, balancing on my exercise ball. Some are healthy...cucumber sticks. Spoonfuls of peanut butter. Salad. Admittedly, some aren't as good for me: Ice cream. Candy. Chips. Black coffee.

This time of year, though, cold drinks suit me far better than the steamy stuff. But I'm not a big soda drinker, so I reach for homemade lemonade or iced tea, sweetened the old-fashioned way because I don't like the aftertaste of sugar substitutes. Lucky for me, I get to choose, unlike dieters and diabetics.

About a week ago, I read an article about "ASPARTAME DISEASE." I know, right? I felt the same way when I read the headline: Say WHAT?

The question prompted me to remove my novelist's hat (a very jaunty Fedora-type thing) and replace it with my beat-up old reporter's cap. And then I cracked my knuckles and did some serious research....
The term Aspertame Disease was coined by doctor H.J. Roberts, who churned out a couple thousand pages that list the symptoms, side effects, and health consequences of ingesting aspartame, especially for prolonged periods of time.
According to Roberts, aspartame products are responsible for about 80% of all food additive-related complaints registered with the FDA. Headaches, dizziness, moodswings, vomiting and/or nausea, abdominal pain/cramps, alterations in vision, diarrhea, seizures/convulsions, memory loss, fatigue.... The list goes on and on. And on. As if that isn't bad enough, aspartame is also linked to some fibromyalgia symptoms, including (but not limited to) muscle spasms, shooting pains and numbness in the extremities, cramps, tinnitus, joint pain, sudden and/or unexplainable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus, and various cancers!


Okay, so according to the FDA, there isn't sufficient research to PROVE adverse health complications from aspartame. But they don't refute the POSSIBILITY that some of the above-reference symptoms COULD BE related to prolonged aspartame use, either. Meaning...even if I wasn't turned off by the icky aftertaste of those products, I'd reconsider adding them to the foods and drinks I consume. You know, the old 'err on the side of caution' philosophy.
But what if you're a diabetic, or have sensitivities to sugar products? What if these substitutes are IT for you?
Fortunately, a whole bunch of health specialists have weighed in on the subject, and they have plenty to say about sugar alternatives:

Substitute flavored seltzer water for diet sodas.
Use fresh fruit on your morning cereal instead of sugar substitutes.
Read the nutrition facts and ingredient labels on all food products and find tolerable, healthy things that work for you and your lifestyle.

I know, I know, DUH. But that's what the so-called experts say, so I had to include the suggestions.

So now it's up to you. I encourage you to do your own digging. Study everything you can get your sweet li'l hands on, so you can figure out what you can eat and drink -- and what you're not willing to swallow. If, after weighing the pros and cons, you decide to continue using sugar substitutes, more power to you. But at least you'll do so armed with accurate information and facts. 
Because as the sages say, forewarned is forearmed.

Now I'm off to pound out a couple more chapters in my soon-to-be-released novel. No doubt I'll nibble while I'm typing. Fudge, made with processed confectioners sugar, washed down with iced tea, sweetened with the granulated kind.


Hey, I know the risks. If the stuff makes me sick, or fat, or both, I'll have no one to blame but myself, right?

Happy reading, friends. And happy eating and drinking, too! When you get a minute, hop on over to Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest and say hey. Or visit me at http://www.loreelough.com. I'm usally home, because, well, deadlines, y'know?


Thursday, June 11, 2015

MEET TAMMY SHUTTLESWORTH, ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE FACEBOOK PALS!

I'm proud to introduce you to my pal, Tammy Shuttlesworth! What a blessing  it's been, getting to know this delightful, happy-go-lucky lady. There are a lot of reasons to dislike Facebook, but meeting people like Tammy sure isn't one of them! I'm tickled pink that you get to learn a little something more about her, too:

   

So Tammy, how old were you when you discovered a love for reading?

I remember going to the bookmobile to get books when I was probably about 4. I was amazed a vehicle could hold so many books and wanted one for my own driveway.   

What was the first book you remember reading?

A Little Golden Book titled, Tammy. I thought it was written just for me. <g>

Aww! I'll have to look for that one and read it to my grandorables! Speaking of reading, what's the last movie you saw that was based on a novel you read? Do you think the filmmakers did a decent job of telling the story, or are things left out—or put in—that diminished your enjoyment of the story?

I seldom watch a movie if I’ve already read the book. Mainly because I don’t want to be disappointed if something turns out differently. The exception is ‘Gone With the Wind’. It was the first movie my aunt took me to see when it first came out. For years I read the book each summer after school was out. I haven’t read it lately but the memory of seeing that movie on the Big Screen with my aunt is definitely a happy one. Scarlett and Rhett may make an appearance on my end table soon. 

I tend to agree with you: Movies seldom capture the essence of a book. <sigh> Do you have a favorite genre (romance, historical, contemporary, sci-fi, fantasy, action-adventure, thriller)?

Historical romances seem to draw me in faster than any other. Not just the fact that people fell in love ‘back then’ and often had to fight for what they wanted, but reading about the obstacles and crises they lived through which made them stronger as a couple make me appreciate what my ancestors sometimes lived through.

I get that! People 'back then' knew how to make a commitment--and stick with it, didn't they! But tell me...how do you make time to read, with so many other demands on your time?

Since I’m retired there aren’t too many demands on my time anymore.  I do always keep a few books in the car to take with me to doctor appointments, etc.

I carry books everywhere...for the same reason! Do you have a 'Favorites’ bookshelf? How many of those shelves are stuffed to the brim with books?

My Favorite shelf is every shelf I have books on! LOL An estimate of shelves would be 22.

Twenty-two? Wow! You are the type of reader every author loves to meet! And just how do you choose a book: Cover? Title? Author’s name?

Cover art, then title.  I try not to get too hung up on looking for specific authors (Loree excluded, of course) because I’ve found some wonderful romances written by someone I might have overlooked otherwise. 

And do you read the back jacket of a book before buying it?

Absolutely. I think it tells me a lot about the author’s style of writing and whether I think I’ll enjoy it.

What about the way you read? Do you prefer print books to e-books?

I don’t have a preference.  Just let me read!

LOL! Do you enjoy interacting with your favorite authors online? Which social networking site is your favorite (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Other)?

Yes, I do enjoy spending time with authors, and I’d say Facebook better suits me.

How many book signings have you attended?

Five. (One was my own so hope that counts!)

It absolutely counts! Someday, I want to hear all about your writing! What do you like best about book signings?

Getting to see and talk with the author on a personal level.
  
That's my favorite part of book signings, too...meeting readers face-to-face and getting a chance to talk with them, one on one! I always serve food and beverages at the signings...do you eat and/or drink while you read? If so, what’s your go-to snack?

I drink mostly water.  Sometimes those potato chips and French Onion dip scream my name way too loudly though. I’ve learned to allow myself just 10 minutes of the chips/dip combo for health reasons.

Oh, I hear ya, girl! Chips and dip are one of the reasons I'm a lifetime Weight Watchers member! <g> So do you have a favorite hobby?

My three R’s are Reading, Writing, and Relaxing. I used to bowl a lot but had to stop after numerous shoulder surgeries.

Bummer on the surgeries! Can you tell us a little something about where you live, your work and family.

I was born in West Virginia and raised in eastern Ohio. I joined the US Air Force after high school because unemployment was at 26% in my county at the time. The AF gave me assignments in Texas, Mississippi, Florida, Germany, South Dakota and finally Louisiana. I retired after 20 years and taught AF Junior ROTC at a local high school before leaving that after 14 years. I married my husband in Florida at my first duty station, where we also had out first daughter. Our second daughter was born in South Dakota. We’ve lived in NW Louisiana for almost 25 years so I think we’re probably staying. I have a grandson and a granddaughter, both of whom fill my heart with unbelievable love and make me smile when I think of them. I also have a very spoiled 12-year-old miniature long-haired dachshund, who is perhaps the best dog I’ve ever owned. There’s also a 2-year-old cat who likes to use my sofa to sleep on throughout the day.

Do you have a favorite recipe you can share with us?

Strawberry – Sour Cream Salad (Tammy Shuttlesworth)

Ingredients:

2 packages strawberry Jell-o
2 cups hot water
1 bag frozen strawberries
2 ripe bananas (mashed)
1 15 oz can crushed pineapple
½ cup celery (chopped) optional
½ cup nuts (chopped) optional
1 pint sour cream (I sometimes only use ½ of the pint)

Directions:

Dissolve Jell-o in the 2 cups of boiling water, then add frozen strawberries. Stir for a few minutes to let the strawberries thaw.  Fold in mashed bananas, pineapple, celery, and nuts. Put half of the mixture in an 8x8 square pan (or Jell-o mold if you have one) and chill for 2 or 3 hours. Cover and leave the remaining mixture out on the counter. When first half of mixture is chilled, whip the sour cream; by hand is fine. Spread sour cream across the chilled portion, then pour on the remaining mixture.  Chill again until firm.  12 servings.



Omigarsh...that looks like it would be a family favorite at my house, too! Thanks for sharing the recipe and a little of yourself with us, Tammy. These are just a few of the reasons I know we'd get along great if we met in person. Someday, I hope we do! Thanks so much for letting us get to know you better, Tammy! You're the best...and I mean that!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Shh...I've escaped Deadline Hell (and I'm hiding in the kitchen)!

I have to post this quickly, before my Work in Progress realizes I'm away from the keyboard. My best guess...I have until the aroma of this recipe starts to fill the cabin before the characters start complaining:

APPLE COBBLER CRUMBLE


Ingredients:

1 cup flour (divided)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 apples, peeled, cored, cut into wedges
(or 1 large can apple pie filling)
3 pats butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease a 9x9 baking pan
Mix together flour, sugar, butter, and cinnamon
(RESERVE 3/4 CUP OF THIS MIXTURE FOR TOPPING)
Sprinkle flour mixture into baking pan
Layer with apples
Top with remaining flour mixture
Top mixture with evenly-spaced butter pats

Cover loosely with foil for first 10 minutes of baking time
Remove foil and continue baking an additional 30 minutes
Serve warm with ice cream or whipped topping
Enjoy!

Rats! I can hear the soldiers over there on the riverbank, wondering if I'm going leave them on the battlefield, or if I'll send in reinforcements....

Happy baking!


Catching Up (Finally)!

Since it's been so long since I added a new blog post, I thought I'd start with something just for YOU. Seems only fair, since I've asked you to click this link...and you did (thank you for that!).

Tried this oober-easy recipe day before yesterday, and when some of you saw it on Facebook and Twitter, you asked for the recipe. So here goes:


EASY PEACH COBBLER




Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
2 cups sugar (divided)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 large can sliced peaches (drained)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Melt butter and pour into 13x9 baking dish; set aside
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and 1 cup of sugar in a mixing bowl; stir to blend dry        ingredients
Add milk; stir just until dry ingredients are moist;
Pour over butter (do NOT stir)
Bring peaches, 1 cup sugar, and lemon juice to boil, stirring until sugar has dissolved
Pour over batter (do NOT stir)
Bake 40-45 minutes or until crust is golden brown
Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

And now a little something extra...a sneak peek at the cover of my latest books, scheduled for release in January. Once a Marine is Book #1 in Harlequin Heartwarming's "Those Marshall Boys," and Currency of the Heart is Book #1 in "The Secrets on Sterling Street" historical series from Whitaker House. You can read back jacket-type blurbs by visiting my Facebook author page.

Again, thanks for stopping by. The next update of The Lough Down will feature another family-favorite recipe...and Chapter One from my contribution to An Old Fashioned Christmas (historical novella collection from Barbour Publishing)!

Until then, I wish you and yours a safe and happy weekend!








Tuesday, February 26, 2013

BEWARE THE LAZY AGENT

Just got off the phone with a former student, who called to ask my opinion of a rejection letter he'd received from an agent.

"You might have a chance at publication," this so-called author rep wrote, "if you change the whole plot and the era, and write a story that's more formulaic."

Now, before you defend the agent--because yes, they do sift through a lot of garbage in search of The Next Big Sale (they don't call it The Slush Pile for nothin')--let me set the stage: This novel finaled in four reputable writing contests; its writer has 14 short stories published in major market magazines; this was the author's first and only contact with said "agent;" I'd never heard of him (and if a 'been around forever' gal like me doesn't know him...or someone he represents...).



It always riles me when one individual so misrepresents himself that he casts a creepy shadow over every member of his industry. So this is what I told my former student:

This guy did you a favor by rejecting you. Signing a contract with a bozo like that would only invite more snarky, unhelpful, hurtful comments. A real agent knows his biz. And let's face it: Literary agents are salespeople and personal representatives, so a lack of people skills is not a good thing. If he couldn't put some thought into a constructive, professional rejection, he ought to consider the Plain John approach: Thanks for your submission. Good luck placing it elsewhere.

The student wanted to know why would someone whose web site boasts "We're looking for only the best, most well-written stories to represent" would send a letter like that. The answer, in my opinion: Pure, unadulterated laziness.

The agent isn't looking for "a fresh new voice" or "a story that excites me!" What he really wants is a seasoned author who's disgruntled with her agent. Maybe her agent represents too many other midlist authors, and can't pay enough attention to her work. so she's looking to change camps, and sign with a newer, less-busy agent who can focus more on her...and her career. Signing an author who's already 'branded,' who comes to him with a well-developed fan base means he only needs to mention her name, quote some sales stats, and voila! He gets 15% of every publishing deal. If that isn't enough, he also gets to ride Miss Big Name's coattails, meaning lots of all-expenses-paid trips to writers' conferences, where he'll meet with unpublished authors and those with a book or two under their belts...while scoping out other Big Names in the early phases of feeling frustrated by their agents.

When all is said and done, the lazy agent won't pay Miss Big Name any more attention than her 'old' agent did. The difference? When this guy ignores her, it won't be because he has hundreds of other clients' business to oversee, it'll be because...

...you guessed it: HE'S JUST PLAIN LAZY.

What every author needs is an agent who believes in their authors' talent, who is genuinely enthused about their clients' work, and who'll translate that into excitement when he's introducing those clients to editors. Anything less, and authors might as well represent themselves.

In my opinion, the student sidestepped a land mine when the lazy agent rejected him. Because there's no doubt in my mind, a guy like that would peck away at the student's confidence until he considered shelving the book and taking up woodoworking, instead.

Because you don't need an agent to sell toy trains.

P.S. This humble author is pleased and proud to say she has never been represented by a lazy agent.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Day 20 of 31 Days of December Lor-Cipes

My Christmas Gift to You


Only 5 days until Christmas. <sigh> Hard to believe, isn't it! If you're like me, the length of your To Do list is dwindling, but there are still a dozen or items like "What's for Supper?" calling for your attention. Good news: You can cross that one off your list. Better news: I've seen meatloaf snobs turn into meatloaf lovers after eating this one! But time's a-wastin' and that list isn't getting any shorter, so let's get crackin'!

December 20

 

Loree's Really Italian Meatloaf

Ingredients:

1-8 ounce can tomato sauce, divided

1 egg, beaten

½ cup chopped onion

1/3 cup Italian-seasoned bread crumbs

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

½ teaspoon garlic powder (NOT garlic salt)

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 pound ground beef

½ pound ground pork or veal

1 cup shredded Asiago cheese

Directions:

Spray slow cooker with Pam

Make foil handles from three, 18" sheets of aluminum foil, folded lengthwise into 2" strips. Lay on counter so that the strips form a 'star' shape. Set aside. (These will be your "foil handles)

Reserve 1/3 cup tomato sauce in refrigerator

Combine remaining sauce and egg in large bowl

Stir in onion and bread crumbs, Parmesan and spices

Add ground meat

Mix well and shape into loaf

Place meat on foil handles and lay into slow cooker so that the 'handles' stick out of the cooker

Cover and cook on LOW 10 hours

Spread remaining sauce over meatloaf and sprinkle with Asiago cheese

Using 'handles,' lift meatloaf from pan and transfer to serving platter
 
Serve with spaghetti, garlic bread, and a colorful side salad!
 
And yes, if you post a photo of your version of this recipe on my Facebook author page, you could win a gift basket worth $100!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Day 19 of "31 Days of Lor-cipes," My Christmas Gift to You







This was my very first crock pot, which worked like a champ off for more than 30 years. Quite a feat, considering how much I used it! (Its replacement works just as hard, but just between you and me, doesn't have half the personality.)

Today's family-favorite Lor-cipe, like the others chosen to lessen some of December's craziness, is sure to earn high fives from those gathered 'round your table. If you put it to the test, share a photo at my Facebook author page, and you could win a gift basket worth $100.
 
And now, let's get cookin'! 
 

December 19

Loree's Easy-Cheesy Pork 'n' Potatoes

Ingredients:
½ ground pork, cooked and crumbled
½ cup crushed saltine crackers
1/3 cup barbecue sauce
1 beaten egg
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 onion, chopped
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
2/3 cup evaporated milk
¼ teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
chopped parsley (for garnish)
 
Directions:
 
Spray slow cooker with Pam
Combine pork, crackers, BBQ sauce and egg in large bowl
Shape mixture into 6 patties
Heat margarine and oil in medium skillet
Sauté potatoes and onion until slightly browned
Drain and place in slow cooker
Combine cheese, milk, and spices into a small bowl
Mix well, then pour into slow cooker
Layer pork patties on top
Cover and cook on LOW 5 hours, then garnish with parsley

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Day 18 of 31 Days of Lor-cipies
My Christmas Gift to You

 


By now, I'm sure you know the story: I'm posting one slow cooker recipe a day to save you time AND allow you to provide your family with a well-balanced meals, even amid the hustle-bustle of December. And if you try it, and post a picture here, you could win a gift basket worth $100, similar to the one pictured below.

Eat hearty!

December 18: Loree's Hearty Tuna Casserole

Ingredients:

2-12 ounce cans tuna, rinsed, drained and flaked
2 cups celery, diced
1 1/2 cups noodles (your choice; I use rotini), cooked and drained
3 cups crushed potato chips, divided
6 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1-10 ounce can condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1-10 ounce can condensed cream of broccoli soup, undiluted
1 cup mayo
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

Spray slow cooker with Pam
Combine all ingredients (except ½ cup potato chips) into slow cooker
Stir well
Top mixture with remaining chips
Cover and cook on LOW 6 hours