I recently bought some fresh green beans from a local produce farm and it made me hungry for this Cheesy Ham, Potato & Green Bean Casserole. So I made it for dinner the other night and we all enjoyed it- even the children! My 5 yr. old kept telling me how good it was and asked for multiple servings, which is always a nice compliment!
This dish can be a bit more time consuming to put together than some, but you if you work smart it’s not that bad. I like to cook the green beans and potatoes together in the same kettle to save me dishes. Or sometimes I’ll have baked potatoes earlier in the week and intentionally make extra to use in this dish. You can also save yourself a dish if you melt the butter for the topping in the same pan that you mixed the cheese sauce in. If you are like me, the less you have to clean up and wash the better!
While I think this casserole is delicious just as it is, don’t be scared to tweak it to fit your taste! Add in some basil or onion or up the black pepper for a bit more kick. It’s a great dish to play around with!
Mark your calendars! Next Friday, July 11, is Chick-Fil-A’s Annual Cow Appreciation Day. When you dress head to toe like a cow you can get a free meal or if you just wear a partial costume you’ll get a free entree.
Use this Cow Starter Kit to help create your costume or just use some creativity and cut out white or black spots from paper and tape or safety pin them to the opposite color clothing to get the cow look.
It didn’t work out for us to enjoy the Dress Like a Cow day last year but two years ago I decided last minute to go get in on the fun. I created our “costumes” by using safety pins to attach white spots (cut out of regular paper) to our black clothing. Then I quickly fashioned headbands and attached some black construction paper ears to it. The poor ears wanted to flop a bit but it got us our meal- and my son thought it was a blast!
If you go, definitely be prepared to wait a while. This is a popular event!
Update: As of Thurs. morning, 6/26, the 20% off banner code is still on Abes Market’s site and is still working. I’m not sure how long it will be good. The free shipping is good through 6/30/14 and if the 20% off code won’t work, try code LIVENATURAL for 15% off.
I love a good glass of creamy, rich, chocolate milk- it’s so satisfying! But for the last couple of years I rarely enjoyed that little treat because I couldn’t bring myself to buy Hershey’s syrup with it’s list of 20 some ingredients, many of which I couldn’t pronounce.
So when I discovered that I could easily make my own chocolate syrup from just 6 simple ingredients I was excited! Rich and delicious, this homemade chocolate syrup does not disappoint! It makes a wonderful glass of chocolate milk and it is also tasty drizzled over ice cream for a special treat. You can even use it in the place of caramel syrup in this homemade frappe recipe to make a mocha frappe! And on top of that it is inexpensive, easy and super fast to make. In fact, why don’t you go stir up a batch for yourself? I’m pretty sure you won’t regret it!