Thursday, December 6, 2012

Blogger Christmas Swap

A while back I was invited by Leigh to participate in a Christmas swap for Canadian bloggers.  I was paired up with Jen, who I hadn't met before, and who's blog I hadn't yet found.  I was happy to meet a new blogger friend!  We scoped out each others blogs, chatted a bit in email and then exchanged Christmas surprises.

I got mine yesterday and it was wrapped so beautifully!

Jen hit the nail on the head with this gift.  She must know I like to entertain (see my entertaining tab at the top of the page), because she got me this cute little bowl and spreader that I am already planning to use next weekend.

She knows how I feel about New York, and got me cocktail napkins with the Manhattan skyline.  Super cool!  I love ANYTHING that has anything to do with New York. 

Through reading my blog, Jen must have noticed how much ginger and curry we eat around these parts, because the other thing in the package was this sauce:

Thank you so much for the wonderful gifts Jen!  They are perfect!

To see what I got for Jen, click here.

In other news ... friends often comment on the weird food that Christopher and I eat, and I've been asked numerous times if we ever cook anything "normal".  Haha!  Tonight I made a very simple, no fuss, no muss tuna casserole.  Normal enough?  ;-)


Easy Tuna Casserole
(The measurements aren't exact, because the amounts don't matter much, it will still taste the same)

1 can mushroom soup
1/2 cup water
1/2 of an onion (chopped fine)
3/4 cup frozen peas
1 can tuna, drained
A few cups of pasta cooked until almost done, drained
1 cup approx. shredded cheddar cheese
8 or so soda crackers

Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.  In a casserole dish, stir together the mushroom soup, water, onion, peas and tuna.  Stir in the cooked pasta until well combined.  Top with shredded cheese (any kind would be good), and crushed up soda crackers.  Cover and toss in the oven for 30 minutes.  Enjoy!

(This makes about 4-6 servings, depending on the eaters in your home.  It made just over 2 servings here - hehehe!)

Are you participating in any secret Santa type exchanges this year?  Do you like tuna casserole?  Do you make casseroles?


Simply Life said...

oh that swap is such a fun idea and looks like she really gave you some thoughtful gifts!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I LOVE casseroles and tuna casserole is one of my favorites! Mine only yields 2-3 servings in my house, too, because I have no self control!!

I am not participating in any secret Santa exchanges this year. I used to when i worked with more women, but now i work with mostly men so it just doesn't happen!

Anonymous said...

what an awesome gift exchange, i wish I did more of those.

Unknown said...

My life group is doing a gift exchange on the 20th, I can't wait! Looks like you got some great stuff! And that recipe looks easy and yummy!!!

Mom on the Run said...

I love blogger swaps. I did not get to participate in one this year.

I was just in NYC this weekend. I love the city and simply do not get there enough. Next time you visit please let me know so we can meet up!

Leigh said...

Jen got you an amazing package! So glad that you were able to participate and find a new to you blog :)

I must admit that I do not like tuna might be that I don't like tuna though :)

Kacy said...

I don't think what you eat is weird :)
We're doing an office secret santa. it should be fun.
I love casseroles, but I don't normally go for tuna casseroles. Any other casserole though and I'm probably there.