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.

Talk About It Tuesday

Today I would talk about what is in the news but its so sad and dumb I am going to leave it on TV. Today I want to talk about broke by definition. I called a young lady broke and her come back was “I gotta job.” I didn’t know her financial situation so I found her limited capacity to think hilarious. It is sad that you gauge your level of completeness (not sure if that is the right choice of verbiage) on money. I called her broke because she was calling her “boyfriend’s” ex to have a “woman to woman.” Now I have to admit I am a pretty confident woman, so this is beneath me. To me this is the behavior of a broke/broken woman. I am a firm believer that there is someone for everyone and I would never give another woman any satisfaction with the knowledge of any conflict between myself and my man. Now what I would do is have him address any situation that is causing conflict or lose me. The reality is we are all beautiful in our own right and everybody is not for everybody. We are all beautifully and individually made and acknowledging that you are complete allows you to avoid broke behavior. Love yourself the way you want to be loved, so you don’t settle for less than you deserve. #kathiscreations

The Grammys

I love how the day after an awards event everything on tv, radio, social media, etc. Is about the star studded event. I always tell people that I did not grow up with a lot of TV time. To be more specific my grandmother did not allow me to watch tv but 1 hour a day (if my grades were good). That one hour never fell during primetime and so I never took an interest in awards shows. I am of ethnic descent and my grandmother really took the stance that all the awards shows did not pay hommage to our heritage so they were not watched in our house. Now that is no longer the case I still have no interest in ghe who wore what better shows. Does anyone else avoid these shows like the plague? If you have to stop life to watch them, please explain to me why?

Learning to Love

Love is complicated. Its really easy to love someone who loves you. The real hard part is to love people who don’t earn or appreciate your love. The real hard part is loving from a distance. It is also hard to be quiet when I realize someone is not being as humble or appreciative as I would be. Being considerate of others feelings is a big thing for me. Unfortunately, others are not always so kind. How to handle the unkind is my biggest issue. I was the kid that fought the bullies who picked on the weaker kids. Now as an adult I reevaluate that position and ask myself does that make me any better then the bully. I am not diffusing the conflict but replacing it and that doesn’t help create peace and positivity. My adventure in 2018 is to learn to resolve conflict with love and peace.