Struggle Meal Solutions (Furloughed Employees Edition): Tuna Broccoli Soufflé

Yields 6 servings

Time 1 hour 20 minutes

4 T butter or margarine

1/4 c all-purpose flour

1 1/4 c milk

1 10-oz package frozen chopped broccoli thawed and squeezed dry

1 6 1/2 can of tuna, drained and flaked

6 eggs, separated

1. Prepare sauce: In 2 quart saucepan over medium heat, melt butter or marinade; stir in flour and salt until well blended; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and is smooth. Stir in chopped broccoli and Tuna. Remove saucepan from heat.

2. In a small bowl, beat egg yolks slightly; beat in a small amount of hot Tuna mixture. Gradually stir egg-yolk mixture into Tuna mixture in saucepan until blended, stirring rapidly to prevent lumping; set aside.

3. Preheat oven to 325°F. In large bowl, with mixer at high speed, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. With rubber spatula, gently fold tuna mixture into beaten egg whites. Pour mixture into ungreased 2 quart soufflé dish. Bake 45 minutes or until soufflé is puffy and brown. Serve immediately.

265 calories per serving. A good source of Vitamin C and A, calcium, iron

*recipe courtesy Good Housekeeping

Wellness Wednesday

The photo is courtesy the art of living

I am currently learning how to truly meditate. I suffer from insomnia. Meditating has helped me to gradually increase my hours of sleep. I have been exploring different tutorials on how to meditate. Now I have to admit some of the meditation music is not my cup of tea. As I research more I am hoping to share it. If meditation is not for you, ensure that you do something special for yourself.

Money Making Monday

(Picture courtesy The Simple Dollar)

I know it can be discouraging when we have money issues and run into money roadblocks. But only you can change your money situation and this may require hardwork and sacrifice. The first step to changing your money situation is to educate yourself about money. Since we can’t all be Trumps, Kardashians, and Hiltons we have to start somewhere. Start with where you are keeping your money and checking your pay stubs EVERY PAYDAY!!! Yes, everyone makes mistakes and payroll employees are not an exception. Also check your bank account for duplicate charges and banking errors. Shop around for banking accounts and discounts!!! Be loyal to your spouse not a financial institution. If you have outgrown what a bank offers you it is okay to move on. Look for bank accounts that pay you back or have rewards programs (they come in handy). Read up on personal finances and keep yourself informed. A 5 minutes personal finances article a week goes a long way.

Blanket Update

Previously I discussed crocheting a Red Heart blanket (Sweet Baby Hexagon Blanket). The pattern was extremely easy to follow. It is a form of the bobble stitch so it uses more yarn than a double crochet stitch. I worked the blanket up fairly quickly and it is very heavy. I have to weave jin my ends and the blanket will be ready for pictures. Now I am moving on to a Woodsock Duster with Caron Simply Soft. Kind of iffy about my colors but 2 of the skeins came from my stash. I am making a big effort to stash bust in preparation for my upcoming move.

Yarn Stash is Still Out of Control

So I found yarn on clearance at Qally World aka Walmart for 75 cents a skein. Only a crafter wouls understand my excitement and the overwhelming feeling that I had to buy all of them. That is exactly what I did. The skeins were a lovely fall ombre color (see picture). Problem one, I have way too much yarn. Problem two, the yarn color change made for a not so pretty poncho/shawl. Three patterns later I decided to do a blanket. To be more specific I went with the Red Heart Sweet Baby Hexagon pattern. Now I have so many skeins that I am going to make it bigger then the pattern (for the sake of using up the yarn). I am loving how this blanket works up. The pattern has been very easy to follow. I can’t wait to share my finished project.