Thursday, August 5, 2010

Foodie Friday, A Challenge and an Announcement

The  recipe for Foodie Friday follows, but first, I have some happy news and a challenge for you. 

Sharon Johnson, yes, THAT Sharon Johnson (!) has asked me, yes, me (!) to join her fabulously talented team at No Time to Stamp as Guest Designer for the month of August.  I took about one whole second to think it over, did a little happy dance (out of sight of the dog) and typed "yes" as fast  as my fingers could hit the keyboard.  You have to understand that Sharon as been my stamping idol from the time I found her on SCS years ago.  I think I have a notebook full of her creations that I printed out from the days before we had a laptop and I had to run from the office to my studio to try to case her beautiful work.  So without further ado...

Are you ready?  Here we go:

August 6 - ssnotime151 - One Layer Card - Today's challenge is brought to us by Barbara Anders and here is what Barbara says: I'm challenging everyone to make a one layer card. That means only the card base--not the base + one other layer--no layers allowed, LOL! Embellish however you want--ribbon, buttons, bling, scoring--anything goes, but no layers. layers!, no DP, nothing but your base and whatever you want to put on it but NO layers.
Here are my samples:
and this one from yesterday's post qualifies too. 

I used deckle edged notecards by Fabriano and Savvy Stamps, a bit of ribbon and some stick on pearls.  No sentiment so I can use these for birthdays, thank yous, thinking of you  or get well cards.

Be sure to check out the awesome samples from the Design Team:

Barb Anders - Paper Pursuits
Jenny Groop - One Krafty Kat
Janine Orchard - 2bKrafty
Deb Saaranen - Dream in Color
and of course,
Sharon Johnson - No Time to Stamp

Ok, here's your dinner!


This is Not Your Momma's Tuna Casserole!  Nutritious, creamy and oh, so good!  Easy on the budget, too and not a can of soup in sight. I cut the recipe in half for DH and I...just use 1/2 of each ingredient and bake in a 1 quart casserole (above).

Not Your Momma's Tuna Casserole

2 cans (61/2 oz. each) albabore tuna (you can use canned salmon if you prefer)
6 oz. (3 cups) uncooked egg noodles
1/2 c. chopped celery
1/3 c. sliced green onion (or red onion or any mild onion in your fridge)
2/3 c. regular or  lowfat sour cream or plain yogurt
3/4 c. regular or lowfat mayonnaise
2 tsp. yellow mustard
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. salt
2 small zucchini, scrubbed, sliced (not too thick)
1 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 medium tomato chopped
Optional - fresh parsley, dill, basil or chives may be added in before baking or sprinkled on after baking

Lightly butter a 2 quart casserole.

Drain and break apart the tuna.  Set aside.

Cook noodles until al dente.  (they will continue to cook in the oven...mushy noodles are icky)
Drain and rinse in hot water.

While the noodles are cooking, combine the sour cream, mustard, mayonnaise, thyme, salt and herbs, if using.

Combine the cooked noodles with the tuna and sauce mixture.  Spoon 1/2 the tuna mixture into the casserole, top with 1/2 the sliced zucchini.  Add the remaining tuna mixture and zucchini. 

Top with the shredded cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  Sprinkle with the chopped tomato and bake 5 minutes more. 

Serves 4-6 some for me, please!  I'll be stampin' those one layer cards!

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Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

So glad to have you this month, Charlene! LOVE your trio of cards -- SO pretty!!! And your casserole recipe looks totally YUMMY!!! Thanks for sharing!

Sabrina Jackson said...

You go girl, congratulations!!! I love your CAS no layer cards and that ribbon so yummy!!! Speaking of yummy, that "not your momma's tuna casserole' looks amazing!!! Oh, I am so looking forward to see what you'll be creating for Sharon's challenge this month!! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

Deb Neerman said...

Wonderful to have you joining us, Charlene! And I love these fabulous cards!! Love all the matching ribbon ... these are just wonderful!

Kelly said...

Congratulations Charlene! You've done an fabulous job on these 1 layer beauties. Your Tuna Casserole looks delicious!

Jessica G. said...

Congratulations on your new GDT -- you are a wonderful addtion to Sharon's talented team!

Awesome CAS cards; these are so gorgeous and make the perfect gift set.

Yummy casserole -- this is right up my cooking alley with common, fresh ingredients!!

Deborah Saaranen said...

FABulous one layer designs...oh so pretty!!! They certainly make a gorgeous set!

YUMMY looking dinner too!

So glad to have you playing with us this month!

Deborah Saaranen said...

Delicious looking designs and supper! Loving your fresh and pretty one layer designs here!

So glad to have you playing along with us this month!

Betty Wright said...

Charlene, these are wonderful and that dish looks divine! Congrats on the GDT gig, too! Lovely cards!

papertrails leaver said...

congrats on the GDT! That's great news indeed! Love the cards you made with the no layers challenge. You rocked it!

Mandy said...

Hi Charlene,
thank you for your lovely comment,I've been a bad blogger too as I've been on hols and had no internet for 2 weeks but normal service has returnes so here I am...Gorgeous cards..and the tuna bake looks scrummy it's copied and pasted into my recipe file ready to use,thank you for sharing...
Mandy xx

Janine said...

Glad you could join us this month Charlene!! Love your card and just LOVE that recipe... I adore tuna casserole... This one is a must try!
HAve a great weekend.

Barbara said...

Charlene, it's so great to have you playing along with us this month! I'm so looking forward to your creations! Your one layer cards are gorgeous! What a sweet, sweet set!

Sue from Oregon said...

I have to say I know this famous stamper named CHARLENE! I am so jazzed for you! You really are the queen on this type of card so your DT assignment is a natural!

Riet said...

What a gorgeous cards Charlene.

Hugs Riet.xx

Anonymous said...

Many congratulations Charlene! I love your notecards - perfect one layer cards! I love the deckle edges as well as the pretty design x

Barbara Schram said...

What terrific one layer creations, Charlene! It is such a treat to have you playing along with the Stamp Simply crew this month! My hubster loves I am definitely going to give your recipe a try! Thank you!

Meg said...

Wow, congratulations, Charlene!! I bet it just fills you up with love with an idol asks you to be on their team!!!

And of course you did a fabulous job with the challenge! I love all three colors you chose and that beautiful second generation stamping. Well done!

Jenny Gropp said...

So happy you are with us this month!!!! Love your flowers.... one layers are soooo tough!!! I love the Fabriano notes -- they are perfect for a one layer card!

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