French Onion Beef Casserole


French Onion Casserole with elbow macaroni.

I tried this recipe recently, mainly because I love a good bowl of French Onion Soup. The name of this dish just reached out and grabbed me.

Before I post the recipe, I will say I did substitute the egg noodles for elbow macaroni because that is what I had on hand. Although I don’t think it changed the flavor, I will make sure that I either make the egg noodles ahead of time or have a bag ready to cook.

We all liked the recipe alright. It is not a dish I will make a lot. Maybe every couple of months or so.

I found this recipe on Pinterest. It originated at Life in the Lofthouse by Holly.

French Onion Beef Casserole
 Author: Holly
 Serves: 6
  • 10 ounces egg noodles
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 cans (10.75 ounces each) cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 jar (15 ounce) Lay’s French Onion dip
  • 1 cup French’s fried onions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Cook egg noodles in a large pot of water, according to package directions. Drain.
  3. Cook and crumble ground beef in a large skillet, over medium-high heat, until no longer pink. Drain any grease.
  4. Add soups and French onion dip to beef in skillet. Stir together to combine. Gently fold in cooked egg noodles to mixture.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle fried onions evenly over top.
  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve warm and enjoy!

Have you met my family?

As many of you already know, I have a large extended family. Presently, my husband and I have 4 children, 1 son-in-law and 1 daughter-in-law, 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

And this is just our family.

I have one brother and one sister. My sister is married and with her blended family they have 4 children with 3 in-law children (Is this a term?) and one significant other. There are also several grandchildren and a couple of great grandchildren in that mix.

I have not met them all.

My brother has never married.

Now for the biggest branch of our family. My husband is one of 8 sons. His father passed away several years ago, but his 94 year old mother is still living and going strong.

He recently lost his oldest brother and the brother who is closest to him, both in age and closeness, has recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Although we have a large extended family, which I’m sure you will meet as this blog continues, right now I am going to introduce you to our part of this large family, one section at a time.

This is most of my family. My second daugher, oldest two granddaughters, two older grandsons, and a great granddaughter are missing from this picture. This picture also has my sister and brother-in-law and 1 significant other. It was taken last summer on a hiking, picnic trip. Since then we have gained another great granddaughter and lost the significant other. 

And we are large within our own branch.

First, I am planning on introducing you to the family members that live under the same roof as I do.

First, I want to introduce you to my husband. We have been married 44 years.  He is a hard working man who has always been there to take care of his family. His name is Lyne Baxter. 

There is a funny story behind the name Lyne which I will tell you at another time. His middle name came from his great uncle who had helped raise his dad. Since then, there have been several more Baxter’s come down the line in our family.

Our third daughter Hilary Michelle also is presently living with us along with her three children. You can read more about Hilary’s story by clicking on her picture.

Joshua Dylan, whom we call Dylan, her oldest, son has lived with us since his birth. Dylan has just turned 12.  Tune in next week to see highlights of his 12th birthday party.

His sister, Shyla Perilin, (She was named after me.), is 16 months younger than her older brother. She is a tough little thing who enjoys baton and singing.


Her baton troop recently performed in Disney World.

Last but not  least, is Zayden King. He just recently turned 3. He is a happy and smart little thing who loves Paw Patrol and Spongebob.

He also enjoys playing with legos and any type of truck or car. He mainly likes to take them apart. He also likes to talk …a lot! He can tell the longest and best stories. He always has us laughing at his antics.

That’s who is living under my roof right now.  In the weeks to come I will introduce you to the rest of our large family.

How many are living under roof?

Thankful Thursday – What are you thankful for this week?


Hello Everyone!

What are you thankful for this week?

I am thankful for

  1. Electric

This post will be a little late this morning due to a power outage this morning. This is the second time in two weeks that I have gotten up to get ready for work and did not have any electric. See last week’s post by clicking here.

This problem inspired the first of the Thankful Thursday’s posts. I was so thankful for my cell phone for waking me up with the alarm and its flashlight for illuminating my way around in the darkness of the early morning.

So, needless to say, my cell phone saved the day again. This leads me to that luxury that I’m thankful for today. Electricity!

Many of us, including myself, take this utility for granted. But it is estimated that one quarter of the world’s population lives without electricity today. I feel very humbled and selfish when I complain about my lack of electricity for a few hours.

However, I spent the morning grumbling to myself as I tried to find clothes for me and the two kids. We managed to find what we needed and get dressed within a reasonable amount of time.

My biggest dilemma of the morning had to be taken care of at work. Since I had washed my hair the night before, I had let it drip dry. My plan was to curl and style my hair this morning. I do not look very well kept in the mornings. My daughter-in-law actually refers to her kids uncombed, bedhead hair as mama hair. I had to go to work.

To solve this problem, I packed up my hairbrush, hairspray, and curling iron and fixed my hair in my classroom before the students came rolling in. Thank goodness, the school had electric.

2. Family members who off work

Since my husband, my daughter who lives with us, and myself all work outside of the home, when something comes up, someone ends up having to take a day off work.

My grandson called from the middle school this morning complaining that his stomach was hurting with diarrhea. I was the only one that could have left to get him. I really hated to do that since we already had a teacher out of our unit. Her students had already been distributed throughout the unit.

Luckily, my son was home from his job on the boat, so he was able to go pick him up. I am very thankful that he was not working today and could save the rest of us from missing a day’s work.

The third thing I’m thankful for today is

3. students who have a great artistic ability.

One of my jobs as a teacher is decorating bulletin boards. I try to change these at least once a month. Since I also teach art, I try to involve the students in the process of decorating new boards.

This month the students each made a hot air balloon so they could Fly Into Spring.  After they made their balloons and I printed out pictures of them to put in the balloon baskets, we felt that the board was missing something.

I volunteered our student artist to add to the board. He, on his own, added the Yellow Brick Road, the Emerald City, and the characters from the Wizard of Oz.  He drew the characters, the road and trees, and the characters, free handed.  He really helps with bulletin boards and other artistic endeavors. He made a game for one the aide’s birthday parties.

Now if we can channel his artistic ability into a vocation.

These are the 3 things that I am thankful for today. What are you thankful for?

My life verse.