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T is for Try it on Tuesday, Tuna Noodle Casserole, Tall Bottles of Pumpkin Ale, and a (Ghost) Town

Hello friends.

Posting ny card first so if you are visiting from Try It on Tuesday - Book Pages - you can skip the rest of my post if you want to.  

This card was actually a case of THIS pretty card by Shirl who happens to be this week's Featured Stamper at SCS. I used torn book and music pages to make the main panel. The sentiment is from IO and one of my favorites.  This is going to a friend of mine who lost her mother recently.  

Happy T-Day to the T-Day Gang at Elizabeth's  Blog: Altered Book Lover.  We celebrate drinks of all kinds every Tuesday (you can post on Monday since it is probably Tuesday somewhere in the world)  I am sharing some Pumpkin Ales we drank last night.  This one was an Imperial Pumpkin Ale.  It is seasoned with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves ad allspice.  Yum!

There was a pumpkin coffee flavored ale too. 
They were fabulous and I love the bottles.  Thanks to my sweet daughter, Allie, for bringing them over.  

This weekend, I got to have lunch with my sister, Sharon, at an old classic place deep in the country - Red's Little School House.

This was a one room school house built in Ramer, Alabama in 1910.  In 1985, Red Deese bought it and added on two other rooms so he could open up a restaurant.  It is country cooking at is best.  This was my plate full of fried chicken (including chicken livers), dressing, apple and cheese casserole, green beans and fried cornbread.  Yes, I did gain 2 lbs! Luckily I had a diet drink or it would have been 3 lbs.  We skipped the homemade buttermilk pie....
Afterwards, we visited the little ghost town of China Grove which is very near the restaurant. We found it supposed to be haunted but could never find any stories about it.  

Looks spooky, so we took a picture.

Some people think Tina Casserole is spooky. I made one this week.

My recipe is garden rotini, a jar of Ragu Double Cheese Sauce, 1/2 cup of shreaded cheese, 2 large packages of  Starkist una, two bags of steamed brocolli florets, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Crushed crackers on top, bake at 375 for 20 minutes.  Hubby loves it, and it is very easy. 

Hope you have a wonderful week!


  1. You book page card is fantastic Nancy. Thanks for sharing it with us at Try It on Tuesday. It is much appreciated. Your pumpkin ales sounds wonderful. I haven't heard of coffee flavored pumpkin ale either. I bet it is interesting. I had an apple spice one this past weekend which was delicious. These fall flavors are fantastic, aren't they? And wow, that is sure a lot of food. Apple and cheese casserole sounds interesting. I haven't heard of that. And that building sure does look spooky. I'd hate to be there at night. Smile. Have a wonderful T day. Hugs-Erika

  2. I love tuna salad, but I haven't made any tuna casseroles for years. Yours has an unusual combination of ingredients. Your fried chicken lunch sounds amazing.

    best... mae at

  3. Beautiful card, I love your collage of different typed papers.
    OMG all that food looks amazing, even the beer sounds interesting :)

  4. Hi Nancy. LOVE your beautiful book card, thanks so much for joining us at TIOT, much appreciated! That red restaurant looks so pretty, and that food, oh my! Glad you enjoyed your pumpkin ales, too. Happy T Day, and have a great week, hugs, Valerie

  5. A beautiful card Nancy, I like the muted tones and pretty flower.
    It looks like you had a super weekend with lots of lovely food.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  6. I might buy them for the bottles alone. How clever! The schoolhouse restaurant looks cute, and the food looks delicious. It must've been fun exploring that town and wondering if ghosts were watching ;) Happy T Tuesday

  7. Your card is beautiful Nancy!
    Love those ale bottles and I would especially like to try the second one:)
    I love old buildings and the red school house is so charming- the food would be way to heavy for my stomach but glad you enjoyed your special treat.
    That ghost town place would really fascinate me - and I wonder what the history of this particular place is...
    Never made tuna noodle casserole but have had some really good ones-yum. Happy T day wishes!

  8. What a stunning card. I saw the one you copied, but it is nothing like the original. I am sorry, I have no idea what IO is, but that's a lovely sentiment. Although I've never been a fan of chicken livers, they were a favorite of my grandmother's (grands raised me from birth). Your meal has truly made me hungry, so I'm sure I'll be eating soon.

    That ale looks very seasonal. I'm a fan of stout, but that ale looks like something Jo would LOVE. Thanks for sharing your ghost town, your lovely card, your chicken dinner, your diet Dr. Pepper, your pumpkin ale, and your tuna recipe with us for T this Tuesday. I might have to try that tuna recipe myself, but NO pepper flakes.

  9. Loving those pumpkin beers, I'd love to try them with you this T Day - yum! The card is thinking, I love how you used the book pages with the stamping and pretty flower - amazing 😁. The restaurant looks like a lovely place to visit and the haunted house is so spooky! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Try it on Tuesday and Happy T Day wishes! Hugs, Jo x

  10. Lovely card. Pumpkin anything? Still 15 days left of Summer. 😉 mmm, your lunch sounds good. Minus the fried liver and fried cornbread sounds deliciously decadent. Wonder what haunts that house? Tuna casserole is such comfort food. My girlies used to call it tuna glop. 😺 Happy T Day

  11. Hard to believe it is pumpkin season again. Good thing I like it!
    Your meal looks delicious! Fried chicken is my absolute favorite meal. Great choice and worth every pound, I am sure.
    Your tuna casserole looks yummy!
    Happy Tea Day,


  12. The card is beautiful, Nancy. I like how you mixed book pages and music paper. I have never tried pumpkin ale; I actually like pumpkin only in certain foods. I once tried a coffee stout which was very strong and you could only take sips of it at a time. I still prefer "straight" beer.

  13. Beautiful card, Nancy. I love how you used the book page, just lovely use of it. I envy that you get to go visit all these spooky places. :) Sounds so fun and interesting. My hubby likes tuna, but I am not a fan. I used to make him tuna casserole when we were first married. I think I got burned out. Happy T Day!

  14. Love the card!
    And that beer, OH!Sounds so yum and looks so great! Both!
    And that house is so cute, the food looks great, too.
    Did you go into the spooky-cute house?
    Your Casserole looks good, "Tina" :-)

  15. I'm sorry I'm late again in commenting. Tuesday is a day we usually are away from home and as Blogger doesn't like iPhones or iPads, I cannot do anything until I get back home to my desktop. Sometimes this is quite late, so here I am on Wednesday...
    Your beers look really interesting. I would be first in line to try something like that.
    The country restaurant looks really nice. I bet the meal was delicious. It looks it. I love chicken livers but they are not available in the shops anymore so I can only have some when I eat our own chickens, which hopefully will be a while as we have only just got them.
    Yes, the abandoned village looks spooky. Of course people will say it is haunted as they think it will attract visitors. Very few places are really haunted.
    Your tuna casserole looks yummy. I have never thought of putting broccoli with tuna, but it sounds like a good idea. Here in southern Spain cooking sauces are not available as people don't use them. But I just make a bechamel with lots of cheese, and that's probably healthier too.
    Happy belated T-Day,

  16. Nancy, yummy tuna casserole….love tuna, and your meal out at Red Deese reminds me of food we had in New York…or was it New Orleans lol…..when we visited years ago. It was supposed to be southern food and I’m sure was in NY at a restaurant. It was yummy. Those beers sound interesting and fun bottles. I also love photos of spooky or old run down homes. I wonder what it’s history is. Love your card that you made for Shirl. You know I love your work. Happy week and hugs from Oz jx

  17. Wow what a great post! I love the flower on your card. Lunch at the Red School house looks good and like fun. I love going to ghost towns. Yeah... tuna casserole is just not my thing. Glad you like it though. Have a great week.

  18. Gorgeous card Nancy, I love the different types of torn paper and what a beautiful flower! Thanks so much for joining us at Try it on Tuesday!
    And that beer sounds delicious and the fried chicken looks so good!
    Take care, Tammy

  19. A great post Nancy, the ales look yummy, and your card is beautiful!

  20. You always leave me hungry and thirsty, lol! I adore your CASE of Shirl's card, it is spectacular and what a gorgeous quote! So much admiration!! xx, Autumn

  21. Nancy, your book page card is awesome! Love the addition of the musical sheet and your flower is beautiful too! I always love going to unusual places to eat especially local to the area! Everything looks so yummy!! :)

  22. I happened upon your blog tonight! How fun- and your card for Shirl is beautifully done. Glad you had a fun time out with your sister and enjoyed time together. How wonderful!

  23. A fabulous card Nancy and I love the addition of the music sheet with the newsprint.
    Lunch looks delicious and I like the sound of those beers.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful card with us at TioT
    Avril xx


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