Thursday, March 31, 2011

{Coffee Talk}

A few nights ago, we made dinner and I tried out my very first attempt at Green Bean Casserole... of course I've had it time and time again, but I was trying to come up with a different side dish for our dinner and after searching through the pantry, I realized I had all the necessary ingredients.
Check this recipe out--easy and delish:
Ingredients
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 14.5 oz cans drained green beans
1 small jar of button mushrooms drained
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 can of cream of mushroom soup (I use reduced sodium)
1/2 cup of crumbled Ritz crackers
Directions
Preheat oven to 350. Place green beans, mushrooms, and soup in microwave-safe bowl. Mix well and heat in microwave for 3 to 5 minutes until warm. Stir in 1/2 cup of cheese and heat mixture for another 2 minutes. Transfer casserole into dish and sprinkle remaining cheese and crumbles Ritz crackers on top. Bake for 2o to 25 minutes and serve!
Alright, enough recipe talk for now...last day of March and it's still chilly, wet, and all around dreary--I need some sun stat to kick-off April festivities and I'm thinking the good Lord is going to be kind to us Nashvillians this weekend...mid 60s on Saturday and mid 70s on Sunday--bring on the shorts and sandals weather!!
Jeff and I are treating ourselves to a date night Saturday night and I am so excited--we're going to Tavern--a new upscale bar/pub-like eaterie specializing in small bites, burgers/sandwiches, and famous cocktails! I had a friend I work with rave about their menu, especially the lobster hughpuppies so we're excited to try out a new Nashville hangout!
Sunday, I am hoping to get the mister saddled up with running shoes, the dog, and head out to the park for a picnic! I want to be outside as  much as possible these next few weeks and what better way than to pick up some bread, prosciutto, cheese, and wine and pick a spot out to spend our afternoon? Ahhh sounds like a perfect opportunity for a nap to me...

Alright, that's it for now--is it sad I can't wait to get home this afternoon to read some more of 'Water for Elephants'? I am HOOKED I tell you!! And just because we all need a bit of laughter, check this quote out--we all have moments like this, am I right?? ;)

13 comments:

  1. My younger sister just loves green bean casserole...how fun that you gave making it a try! It is wet and cool in the NYC area right now too where I am for a month from LA. Have a lovely time on your picnic if you go on Sunday...I just love them!

    Liesl :)

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  2. That casserole dish looks amazing! I have been DYING to try Tavern ever since Lime moved, but they don't take reservations and I get impatient waiting. Let us know how it is! Might be worth the wait...

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  3. I have read Water for Elephants at least 6 times so I certainly understand wanting to hurry home and finish it! Have you seen the trailer for the movie?? I can't wait! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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  4. Haha love that quote and I want to read Water for elephants!

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  5. I absolutely devoured that book ... can't wait to see the movie! Have an excellent weekend :)

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  6. Those lobster hushpuppies sound amazing! I love green bean casserole. And do you have a dog? I was thinking about getting Water for Elephants for our trip. Should I?

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  7. Picnic's are my husbands and my favorite thing to do in warm weather -- so simple, yet romantic! We've spent Valentine's Day picnicing... we got engaed in Napa on a picnic. I love it. You menu sounds delish! Have fun and post pictures!!

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  8. Oh my, lobster hushpuppies sound divine! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!! :)

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  9. sounds like a fun weekend! a picnic would be so fun-- i hope the weather cooperates for you! it's looking like a grim weekend here...

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  10. what a fun and YUMMY weekend :-) Thanks for the recipe, can't wait to try it

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  11. 1. I love green bean casseroles. They make me think of the holidays. Yum!
    2. Your picnic idea sounds fabulous. I wish it were warm enough here to do that. Probably not for at least another month..
    3. Love that last quote.
    Happy Thursday!

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  12. I LOVE Green Bean Casserole! it's the thing I can cook! LOL

    I just bought Water for Elephants on Tues. Now it's a race to get it read before the movie is released!!! :)

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  13. Oh yes green bean casserole is a must for my Thanksgiving!! Yummm

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