Thursday, July 26, 2012

Christmas in July Blog Hop Party!

This has been an awesome week of sharing Christmas ideas! 

I'm going to share a recipe that I always take to Christmas dinner at my in-laws.  Actually, I always take it to Thanksgiving dinner and Easter dinner, too.  :)

It's Green Bean Casserole, Swiss Style

2 cans or 4 cups of green beans (I use french style if I use canned)
1/2 pound swiss cheese, grated
2 T butter
2 T flour
1/2 tsp onion, grated (I just dump in a bunch of dried minced onions - easy peasy)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 cup cornflakes, crushed
2 T butter, melted

Place green beans in a casserole and sprinkle with cheese.


In a saucepan, melt 2 T butter and blend in flour.  Add onion, salt, pepper, sugar, and sour cream.  Cook slowly for a few minutes, stirring constantly.

Pour over beans and cheese.  (I just stir everything together - once again, easy peasy)

Sprinkle top with crushed cornflakes and melted butter.

Bake at 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Serves 8.  (No way!  Not in my family!)

I love this.  Not only is it good, but it's easy to make and I usually have everything on hand except maybe the swiss cheese and sour cream. 

I'm STILL using my Tupperware cereal storage after all of these years and I love it.   This is about the only recipe I use cornflakes for and it keeps them fresh forever.

Oh, and I would have loved to have had a picture of the finished casserole all tasty looking and ready on a plate... however, that was not happening in my family!  They had dug into it before I ever had a chance to way whoa!  Sorry!!

So now, what Christmas ideas do you have?  Because today we're having our Blog Hop Party!  So pull out those old posts and dig through your files and link up your recipes, crafts, and/or decor ideas and it will show up on 8 blogs!

My partners this week are - 


So what are you waiting for?  Go ahead!  Link up now!  :)

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Christmas in July

Hi all!  Summer has kicked my butt as far as blogging goes, but that's only because I am having to get some REALLY yucky jobs done!!

 A whole bunch of this

and this

and this

  and even this

So unfortunately, blogging has been having to take a back seat to major housework!  bleh!


 But a while back I told Sharon over at mrs. hines class that I would love to participate in a Christmas in July Blog Party with her and several other great bloggers.  So here I am ready to go, the only problem is with all of my yucky jobs going on, I haven't had a chance at all to create anything and since I started blogging in January, I don't have any Christmas posts from last year.  :(

Therefore, I am just gonna showcase some other neat projects I've found out in blogland!

 My area for this week is Homemade Gifts and Crafts so here are a few links from another partner this week, Micki at Confessions of an ADD Housewife.

Micki  came up with these cute little candy canes to keep from getting sticky candy all over her tree.  Now that's smart thinkin'!

She also has a post about a beautiful rosemary Christmas tree.

And last, but not least, a super cute snowflake wreath made from popsicle sticks!  How fun would this be to do with the little ones?!  Well, it would be fun even without little ones!  :)

I also love some easy gift wrap ideas such as this brown paper with a handmade snowflake, that can be found here.

Bright Colored Snow Flake Gift #DIY #GiftWrap #Winter #Christmas #Recycled #SnowFlake #Creative
Winter Pine Tree Scene Cut Out #GiftWrap #Christmas #Creative 

And this neat Christmas tree cutout giftwrap from Martha Stewart.

So there you have it - a few Christmas in July ideas to get you going ahead of the season!!

If you missed the posts from yesterday - Monday, July 23rd -  go back now and check out the Holiday Fare with ADD Housewife, Melissa's Cuisine, and Go Ahead Take a Bite.  They have some awesome recipes that are sure to make your mouth water!

Today, not only do I have handcrafted items, but so does Stone Gable.  Go see what's craftin' at her blog!

On Wednesday, July 25th there will be a Cookie Exchange at Laughter and Grace.

And on Thursday, July 26th, there will be some Christmas Card ideas over at  Scraptastic Memories and Mrs. Hines Class.

The best part is Friday when we have our Blog Hop Party!  So pull out those old posts and dig through your files and link up your recipes, crafts, and decor ideas at any one of the hostesses blogs - 8 hostesses, 1 blog hop!