So for my birthday meal to myself, I decided to try 2 new recipes; Tuna Cakes and Down-Home Macaroni and Cheese. (You will be able to tell from MY recipe that I altered the tuna cakes from the original Kraft recipe. Yes, picky me.) Along with an oldie but goodie, candied yams. I have to say, everything turned out excellent. I was nervous because I invited my neighbor, Melissa, and her 15 month old, Easton, over also. And the rule of thumb, never try a new recipe when you are having guest over… totally went out the window. Thank GOD everything turned out great! It actually turned out really great and I can’t wait to make it again!

First off…. Tuna Cakes

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  • 2 cans (5 oz. each) light tuna in water, drained, flaked
  • 6 oz. Pepperidge Farm stuffing
  • 1 c. shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 c. water
  • 1/3 c. mayonnaise
Mix all of the ingredients and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
Heat large non-stick skillet SPRAYED WITH COOKING SPRAY on medium heat. Ball up 1/3 c. of the tuna mixture and place in skillet. (or you can use an icecream scoop for the right amount of the mixture)
Flatten patties with the back of your spatula. Cook for 3 minutes on each side and keep flipping them until theyare golden/brown.
 Makes 6 servings
Now on to my next recipe…Down-Home Macaroni and Cheese
  • 1/4 c. butter or margarine, divided
  • 1/4 c. All-Purpose flour
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1/2 lb. (8 oz.) Velveeta, cut into cubes
  • 2 c. elbow macaroni, cooked
  • 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 Ritz crackers, crushed

Heat oven to 350.
(make sure your noodles are cooking during this process)
Melt 3 Tbsp. butter in medium saucepan on medium heat. Whisk in flour, cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Gradually stir in milk. Bring to boil; cook and stir 3-5 minutes, or until thickened.
Add Velveeta; cook 3 minutes or until melted, stirring frequently.
Stir in macaroni.
Spoon into 2 qt. casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray; sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Melt remaining butter and toss with cracker crumbs. Sprinkle over casserole.
Bake 20 minutes or until heated through.
Makes 5 servings
And last, but certainly not least…Candied Yams
Sorry for no pics, I completely forgot to take any when I took them out of the oven. But here is the recipe. It’s really quite simple.
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 can sweet potatoes
Heat oven to 350.
Drain sweet potatoes and pour into a casserole dish. Cut the pieces up so they aren’t quite so large.
Mix sugar, butter and water in a saucepan and bring to boil.
 Pour mixture over the sweet potatoes and bake for 1 hour.
*Optional: You can place marshmallows on top and stick back in the oven after finished baking and broil for a minute or two until the marshmallows are nice and brown.
 Makes 5 servings
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