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Glenn and I love sushi.  We started going out for it when I was in college, and every time Glenn came to visit me he had to go out for sushi!  And we always try to find some when we go out of town.  No fun when I was pregnant, but going out for sushi is still fun even if you can’t eat any!!  Well…no sushi bars in Likely, or anywhere for 100 miles.  Before we moved here, we actually bought a book on making sushi, as well as a nice set, and we haven’t gotten to use any until now!!  We saw they had fresh sushi grade tuna at our local grocery store, so we tracked down all the ingredients (we had to go to 2 different stores for all of the pieces!) and decided to have a sushi lunch the other day!  It was fun…a lot more prep work than we anticipated, but we weren’t in a hurry and we enjoyed the whole process!  Especially eating it!

The mini cookbook that we have is simply called “Sushi” and it’s by Ryuichi Toshii, Brigid Treloar, and Hideo Dekura (find it here).  We bought our sushi set at Cost Plus World Market, and our rice cooker was a wedding gift!  I really won’t go into details on how to make it, we’re not pros (yet, hee hee!) but I had to share the pictures of our yummy lunch!!

1st attempt -- not too shabby!!

We made some Classic Thin Tuna Rolls (Tekkamaki), but we added some avocado. Mmmm…
Sushi chef

Along with some pink lemonade…that’s Japanese, right?? 🙂
Our homemade sushi lunch

Mmm...I wish it was in focus

We’re definitely going to have to do this again soon! Maybe we’ll make a night of it with some friends!!


A dinnertime staple around here in Likely is a Christensen family dish called Tater Tot Casserole.  Now who doesn’t love tater tots?  Tater Tot Casserole is an easy-to-make, quick all-in-one casserole dinner, which happens to have foods from every food group (except fruits!).  We have the recipe hand-written in the front of a recipe book, but we actually rarely even look at it because we make it so often.  Everyone we know loves it, so I thought I’d share it with all of you!


  • 1 pound ground beef (the leaner, the better, and I’m sure you could substitute whatever type of ground meat you like to use, i.e. turkey, etc.)
  • 1/2 medium white onion (diced)
  • 1 can cut green beans (drained) – we actually use 2 cans sometimes to get some extra veggies in!
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 2-pound bag of frozen tater tots
  • cheddar cheese (grated) – we’ve also used pepper jack, yum!

Tater Tot Casserole
Step 1:  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Brown the ground beef with the onion and sautee until the onions are clear and the beef is browned.  Drain the fat from the mixture.

Tater Tot Casserole

Step 2: Spray a 9″x13″ casserole dish (we use glass ones) with some cooking spray, and then add the ground beef mixture to the bottom of the dish.

Step 3: Add a layer of green beans on top of the meat.

Tater Tot Casserole

Step 4:  In a medium bowl, mix the 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup with a little milk to thin the soup.  Add that to the top of the green beans.

Tater Tot Casserole

Step 5:  Lay the tater tots on top of the soup as shown.  Pop it in the oven for 35 minutes.  During this time, my husband will be busy washing the other dishes as he is a PRO at simultaneously cooking and cleaning!

Tater Tot Casserole
Tater Tot Casserole

Step 6: Take the casserole out of the oven.  Grate enough cheese to cover the tater tots.  Pop it back in the oven for about 10 minutes, until all of the cheese is melted.

Tater Tot Casserole

Step 7: Enjoy!  It’s also great as a leftover for lunch!

Do you have any great (quick, easy and yummy!) recipes you’d like to share?  And don’t forget to let me know if you try our tater tot casserole!  I promise you it will be a family favorite very soon!

Thank you, Martha!

My husband, Glenn, and I did an amazing thing this past weekend – we planned ahead! We found some yummy recipes from and bought everything to make them, along with our old stand-bys (we make a mean Tater Tot Casserole!  Let me know if you want that recipe!).  All fresh ingredients and our grocery bill was actually pretty reasonable for everything we picked up.

Herb-Crusted Salmon with Spinach Salad

Herb-Crusted Salmon with Spinach Salad

We’ve made 2 of them so far (and for some reason they both used dijon mustard??) and they were SSSOOOO GOOD!! We rarely make pork anything, but Tuesday night I made Glazed Pork Chops with Smashed Potatoes and Green Beans, and last night I made the Herb-Crusted Salmon with Spinach Salad.  So yummy and sssooo easy!

Glazed Pork Chops with Smashed Potatoes and Green Beans

Glazed Pork Chops with Smashed Potatoes and Green Beans

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