Hello 2018!

Happy New Year!! Here’s to making 2018 a memorable one. For me and my family, I know it will be one to remember. I hope to be back to blogging and writing. I will be back!


Tuna Casserole 

When I think of tuna casserole, its reminiscent of childhood. My mom used to make it often when I was growing up and I remember loving it. I hadn’t had it in a long time until I was pregnant with Markus and was eating fish again. In case you didn’t know, I stopped eating finish 16 years ago after a horrible allergic reaction to shellfish while living in Belgium.

This recipe is very simple, with simple ingredients and probably ingredients you have already at home. You can probably add other vegetables or whatever you have on hand in your fridge or pantry. It’s delicious and quick.

Tuna Casserole

1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni (or any short pasta)

1 can of tuna

1 can mushroom soup plus 1/2 can of water or milk (you can use a small or large can)

1/2 onion, cut in small

2 or 3 stalks of celery, chopped

grated cheese of your choice


salt and pepper

  1. Cook pasta per instructions. While pasta is cooking mix the tuna, mushroom soup, water or milk, onion and celery. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. When pasta is done mix with the rest of the ingredients. Place in a 9 x 13 casserole dish, lightly greased. Sprinkle with cheese and breadcrumbs. You can put a few pieces of butter over the breadcrumbs to make a gold crust.
  3. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes, until cheese is melted and breadcrumbs have a golden crust.
  4. Sprinkle with more cheese on top and enjoy with a salad. Enjoy!

**I added green onions also, but you can add any vegetable you desire.

Summer Reading List 2017

I have done a Summer Reading List for years. I look forward to it every year. The only time I haven’t made a list was last year, when I was pregnant with Markus. I just didn’t feel like reading and basically fell asleep every night at 7:30pm.

I start accumulating the books I want to read almost a month in advance. I go through the books I have in a pile next to my bed, the e-books I have on my Kindle, my “to-read” shelf on my Goodreads account and lists of new books and recommendations I find via my favorite bloggers and Instagrammers. This year it’s a huge list, I have 17 books. Usually I have about 12 books but I could not stop adding books to my summer list, there are so many books I want to read. Mind you, I may not get to all of them but I’ll never be without choices of what to read next.

1. I See You by: Claire Mackintosh 

2. The Perfect Stranger by: Megan Miranda

3. I Found You by: Lisa Jewell

4. Beartown by: Frederik Backman

5. The Harem Midwife by: Roberta Rich

6. Into The Water by: Paula Hawkins

7. Big Little Lies by: Liane Moriarty

8. The Little Paris Bookshop by: Nina George

9. Before I Go To Sleep by: S. J. Watson

10. Pancakes In Paris by: Craig Carlson

11. Invincible Summer by: Alice Adams

12. All The Missing Girls by: Megan Miranda

13. Since We Fell by: Dennis Lehane

14. Come Away With Me by:Karma Brown

15. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

16. The Diplomat’s Wife by: Pam Jenoff

17. Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand

So, there’s my list! I will be reading both books and my Kindle. Not all my books are bought. I will also be going to my local library to borrow some books. And Markus will be doing his own Summer Reading as well, which I will share. Happy Reading!! Happy Summer!!

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Words To Live By #17

Sorry for slacking and not having posted some quotes in a bit. Life got busy. I’m needing a lot of positivity, need to toss those negative thoughts aside. I hope these words help and inspire positive thoughts for you.