Recipe: Tuna Noodle Salad

Hubby suggested I make a plain tuna salad, so I went looking for a simple one and I found Amelia's.  I made some modifications due to dislikes that we have. 

Here is Amelia's Recipe.  


  • 1 (12 ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 1 (5 ounce) can tuna, drained
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sweet onion
  • 1 (10 ounce) can baby peas, drained
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 hard-cooked eggs, quartered
  • 1 pinch paprika, for garnish 
Modification: I did not use the eggs or the paprika. Used miracle whip instead of  mayo.  Didn't have any sweet onion so used regular onion chopped very finely.  Used Penne as that's what I had on hand.


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the macaroni, tuna, celery, onion and peas. Mix in the mayonnaise, relish, salt and pepper. Garnish with egg wedges and a sprinkle of paprika. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.
 Hubby said "I like it.  It's a good salad hun."
 Me: I like it.
 Son... has yet to be convinced that trying it would be okay.

Books Read in March

The Homeschool Review Crew does word prompts for Instagram fun, I think it's great to have these words prompts for doing quick posts.  :)   I find them fun as sometimes it surprises me where my brain goes.  :)   The word for today is Books. 

Since I haven't done my books read for the month I thought I'd do that up today.    I know I know, hardly innovative eh?  You'll cope I think?

Books that I read just for me.


I loved this book so much I went out and got the second book in the series before I even finished the first one.  

A great series about a lad who crosses two cultures and is not accepted in either one.  He meets a dragon and his life is forever changed.

The second book Avian is just as good.  :)  Now to read Traitor and then Immortal...  I have to know how it all ends  .. I just have to know!!!!

Hubby and I just finished listening to  Balanced on the Blade's Edge. 

I love the story's actually quite fascinating.  I'd rather not have the romance aspect to it as I find that I dislike that aspect in books now, but the story behind the romance has me hooked.  I want to know how the crisis will be worked through.    

Her second book I am liking more as the romance part isn't quite as in my face.  "Deathmaker" It is called.   Definitely a fantasy type series of books, with powers of magic, dragons of old, and fear of magic rampant.

Books Reading with my Lad (in progress or finished)

We have been working through story of the world for quite a while.   I expect we'll be done this book by the end of the month as we are in the last 1/5th of it.

We've learned a whole lot reading through this series.

The Natural World.

We've learned about all sorts of animals and natural phenomena.   
Trees, rainforests, critters of all sorts.

Currently we are in the midst of learning all sorts of fascinating facts about birds.

It will be a spell before we are done this book though.

A Wind in the Door
I loved this book as a child and it stuck with me forever.  

I could hardly wait for my lad to get old enough to share it with him.

He LOVED it.  And often begged me to keep reading through it.  

He was as sad as I was at the end when Progo died. "BUT MOM!!!  HE can't die!!!"   What love will do eh?

Canada's Natives Long Ago.

This book contains stories from early Canadians...both natives and early explorers.   We're learning lots and being amazed often.   

We just finished reading a section about a young explorer trying to cross a river where the current was so strong it bent a tree FOUR FEET in diameter in half!   Can you imagine it?   They gave up trying to cross the river.

We continue to read through "Getting to Know Nature's Children".  This month we are learning about the grouse, last month we learned about otters and the red fox.   There are two animals in each book.

The lad continues to enjoy this series and as long as he does, we'll keep reading through them.   


Irish Chain

I can't say what a great book this is that we are reading.  I would call this a living book about a disaster in Canadian history.. devastated the town and harbor.  Killed 1000's of people.   The lad and I are captivated by the story of Rose and her strength that she didn't even know she had.   She lost so much...and yet..her family and her memories remained strong.

If you this book.  It's a good one.

Books Read for the Purpose of Reviewing Them.

Amazing Animal Adventure.   This was a GREAT seek and find book on biomes located throughout the world.

War Plan Red.    This was simply a fun review to do and I learned so much about the history between Canada and the United States. 

Found - Psalm 23.   A book for young children, a simple, gentle look at Psalm 23 and how the good shepherd cares for us. 

Let's Explore...Mountain.   Want to learn about different mountains throughout the world?   Text plus activities to educate and entertain.  


The Kid from Diamond Street.   A story of women's baseball, which focuses on Edith Houghton.   A very interesting book.   A meaty picture book that I enjoyed. 

A Dog in a Cave.   This was a somewhat different book that I enjoyed none the less.  Less about evolution and more about how two species can influence the development of the other. 

Really Woolly Easter Blessings.  A board board for the youngest children, to teach about Easter with Verse and prayer.

Three Middle School Books: I love you Michael Collins (Learning about the forgotten astronaut through the eyes of a young girl struggling with growing up and family issues), Ten: A soccer Story (a young soccer fan who works to make her dreams come true) and The Journey to Dragon Island (a light fantasy).  

 Books in process.

My son continues to read through the Erin Hunter "warrior cats" series, last I heard he was on the fourth series.   He has also started Shepherd, Potter, Spy...and Star Namer. 

I am currently reading: "Voyage to the Magical North" and "Head First".   Also will be finishing book two, and hopefully book three of the Dragonrider Chronicles.  :)

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Review: Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer

It has been my delight over the past few weeks to read through  Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer by Peggy Consolver - Author.  It's a fascinating book where I got to see biblical history come to life in a creative format.  It was a great book that I would love to have more people read.  :)

I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this book.  I'm sitting here thinking, how do I effectively tell people how good this book is?

Seeing history come to life.
Watching a boy growing up in a volatile time. 
Seeing the horror in the worship of Molech.
Understanding the amazement of the nations in the fall of Jericho.
In the learning how God fights on the side of his obedient people.

This is a book of growth and learning and many ways for a 13 year Gibeonite lad named Keshub.   A story of a lad and his family facing troubled times and how they handled it. 

This is historical fact told with creative license. 

Overarching Themes: 
Obedience, bullying, family, servitude, sibling rivalry, survival, and negotiation.

Here's a quick introduction to the book:

The great biblically based book is told from the point of view of the Gibeonites, with glimpses into life in the Israeli camp, and life under Zedek.   I found it a compelling story that drew me directly into the lives of the people involved.  I found myself so pleased with how Keshub took on his new responsibilities, rejoicing in his new skills, seeing his wonder that the Star Namer is the God of the Israelites.   Just an excellent book.
Peggy Consolver is the third of six children who grew up in Oklahoma.  She graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University where she met her husband George.

She worked various jobs until she had their two children, then was a stay-at-home parent for them. Teaching Sunday school and women’s Bible studies, are some of her loves.  She encourages people to dig deeper into the story of God.

Due to the references to Molech, I would suggest that you gear the introduction of this book to the maturity of your student.  Seeing a young man step up to the plate, risking his life, doing a man's work when his help is needed, oh but THAT is worth any maturing young man reading about.    Young men, reading about other young men doing good things, stretching in a reaching for manhood THAT... is a good thing indeed.  Don't misunderstand me though, it's a good book for the ladies of the world too, it's just that I have a boy and I want him reading this book.  It's a good one.

Did you know this cool fact?  There's a study guide to go with it!  You can learn about braiding, wildlife, do some mapping and so much more. My lad is intrigued by the use of the sling, I wish I had a good place for him to practice it, kinda like with the archery he does already. :)   So many ways to broaden the learning to be found in this living history book.  There are also small group questions in the close of the book.

And for adults reading a book in advance of their children, or just enjoying the book for their own, just read it, learn your history, see God in action, see God preserve a people and call another to himself.   It's a good thing this.  It's bible history combined with creative story telling to create a cohesive whole.  Add in the study guide if you want to increase your awareness of the time and place, the memories, the land and the people in it.  It won't be a waste of your time.  :)

I read it before letting my lad get his hands on it (due to what I know of the time period), he is currently reading it and thus far says "I like it". 

Shepherd, Potter, Spy -- and the Star Namer
Written by: Peggy Consolver
Publisher: Carpenter's Son Publishing
Age: Middle School and Up
Study Guide
Currently on Sale for $3.44.
Available as a paperback for $15.99
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Loonies and Toonies!

Hey there readers! 

Welcome to blogging through the Alphabet with Amanda and myself.    This week we are working through the letter L.   I hope you will hop right on in.  :)  Join us yes?

Today I want to talk to you about Loonies and Toonies... our lovely way to spend money!   :)

This past weekend I went to the states for a wedding.   It was fun.  I had a chance to visit with an old college friend and see her children all grown up.  It was interesting trying to work with American dollars...all green and all bills (except the small change).

Did you know that in Canada we have bills .. coloured according to denomination...and then my favourite.. the Loonie and the Toonie!  :)

Why are they my favourite you ask? 

Well.... Today I find it marvellous to have a bill for $10 and I'm thinking to me-self ACK I don't want to break my $20...and low and behold in my change I find a lovely $10 in's like a birthday present you know?   When you think you've only got small change and find all those dollars hiding in there!  :)  It's a marvellous thing.  :)

Why Loonie?'s got that fine looking bird on it's head.  The well you know...the toonie is called such because well.. bearie would be STUPID (even if it has a bear on the head) and well...Toonie rhymes!  :)   And we are a common sense type of people eh? 

Why do we use coins for the $1 and $2?
Well.. it saves the country money as coins don't wear out as quickly as dollar bills do.  
We've even lost our penny as it costs MORE to make the penny than what it's worth.

Tell me then...what do you like about the money of YOUR country?  (other than the making and spending of it mind).  :)

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