Dec 192014
 
Morsels of Life - 5 Friday Finds

It's getting close to the end of the year, and Christmas is next week! I'm sharing your favorites throughout December, and I hope you'll have a chance to check them out and maybe even try them in the new year. :) Also, as an admin note, this week's Five Friday Finds will be the last this year. We'll pick back up in the new year on January 9. Hope to see you then!

Hope you enjoy these Five Friday Finds! And please link up your recipes below. You might even get featured! :) (Images come from the recipes and are pinned on Pinterest.)


Starting off with the most popular!


Easy EggNog
Make your own eggnog with just a few simple ingredients!

And continuing with the featured recipes!

Mini Fruit Cake Muffins
Don't these bite size fruit cake muffins look like such fun?

Chocolate Crinkles
Chocolate cookies with a crisp exterior and chewy interior - what more could you ask for?

Chocolate Mendiants
Make yourself some festive mendiants this holiday season!

Ultimate Crumb Apple Crumble
We all know crumble's the best part, so why not top a pie with it?

Hope you all have a fun and delicious weekend!

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Dec 172014
 

Thanks for joining us as we countdown to 2015 with 5 of YOUR favorite recipes this year! Today it’s time for #3 – Cheesy Green Bean Casserole! And no wonder, how can you not like this flavorful and cheesy green bean casserole? Not to mention, it’s so simple to make! In fact, this recipe made the top 5 in 2013 too! Hope you enjoy this dish, and be sure to stop by Friday to share your recipes with us on Five Friday Finds and again next week to see more of your favorite recipes from 2014. (Heck, just stop by everyday! :P)


Morsels of Life - Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

I first found out about Rebekah’s Family Food and Fun when I was assigned her blog previously. I knew I wanted to make this recipe when I saw it, but I didn’t have enough time before I left for Savannah. Well, I finally got to give this recipe a try, and I’m certainly glad I did! This green bean casserole’s definitely not like your usual green bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup and onion strings on top. (Although onion strings on top of this green bean casserole might make for a tasty modification!) This green bean casserole’s got a creamy cheesy filling with bits of bacon mixed in. The bell peppers also added a nice sweet flavor. Next time I make this cheesy green bean casserole, I’m thinking I’ll try it with onion strings on top. Maybe they’ll give me some motivation to finally make some onion strings while I’m at it! I finally made onion strings!

What’s your favorite version of green bean casserole?


Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

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Cheesy green bean casserole baked with peppers and bacon along with a crispy bread crumb (or onion string) topping.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 55 minutes
Total time: 60 minutes
Yield: 12 servings

Materials:
  • 5 slices bacon, crisped and crumbled (or bacon bits)
  • 6 ounces bell pepper, chopped (~1 bell pepper)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded (~4 ounces)
  • 2.25 pounds green beans, trimmed and cut
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 3 cups milk (I used whole.)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 slice bread, crumbs (~3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili pepper powder
  • 1 batch onion strings (optional)
Methods:
Morsels of Life - Cheesy Green Bean Casserole Step 1 - Gather all materials. 1. Gather all materials.
Morsels of Life - Cheesy Green Bean Casserole Step 2 - Cook garlic and onion in a bit of oil until fragrant. 2. Cook garlic and onion in a bit of oil until fragrant.
Morsels of Life - Cheesy Green Bean Casserole Step 3 - In a separate pot, melt butter. 3. In a separate pot, melt butter.
Morsels of Life - Cheesy Green Bean Casserole Step 4 - Add in flour. 4. Add in flour.
Morsels of Life - Cheesy Green Bean Casserole Step 5 - Mix into a paste. 5. Mix into a paste.
Morsels of Life - Cheesy Green Bean Casserole Step 6 - Add milk, and stir into a homogeneous mixture. 6. Add milk, and stir into a homogeneous mixture.
Morsels of Life - Cheesy Green Bean Casserole Step 7 - Add bell peppers to onion and garlic mixture. 7. Add bell peppers to onion and garlic mixture.
Morsels of Life - Cheesy Green Bean Casserole Step 8 - Melt cheese into milk mixture. 8. Melt cheese into milk mixture.
Morsels of Life - Cheesy Green Bean Casserole Step 9 - Add in a bit of chili pepper. 9. Add in a bit of chili pepper.
Morsels of Life - Cheesy Green Bean Casserole Step 10 - Combine the bell pepper mixture and bacon into the milk mixture. 10. Combine the bell pepper mixture and bacon into the milk mixture.
Morsels of Life - Cheesy Green Bean Casserole Step 11 - Stir in green beans. 11. Stir in green beans.
Morsels of Life - Cheesy Green Bean Casserole Step 12 - Place into a 13 x 9 inch baking container. 12. Place into a 13 x 9 inch baking container.
Morsels of Life - Cheesy Green Bean Casserole Step 13 - Top with bread crumbs (or even better - onion strings) and bake at 350F for 30 minutes. 13. Top with bread crumbs (or even better – onion strings) and bake at 350F for 30 minutes.

Morsels of Life - Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

Linked to: Show Me Your Plaid, Try a New Recipe Tuesday, Tasteful Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Friday Food Frenzy

Dec 152014
 

Welcome to Inspire Me Monday! It's such a pleasure to have you join us. :)

Starting off with what I've been up to this week:


http://morselsoflife.com/tomato-salad.html
We're finishing up the year with your favorite recipes! This recipe just brings me back to summer. A quick, light, and refreshing tomato salad with red onions and basil marinated in white balsamic.

Five Friday Finds
Party open until midnight Wednesday - stop by and share some recipes. :)

Now, let's get this party started! Hope you enjoy these posts, and don't forget to link up your posts below, and then link back here. (Images come from the posts.)


Let's start with the most viewed!


Why I Unliked A Bunch of Facebook Pages
Like the pages you interact with, and interact with the pages you like!

And a few of my favorites!


Baking Soda Vs. Baking Powder
Ever wonder what the differences are? Find out here!

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate
I can't eat dairy right now since we're trying to figure out if Bobert has an allergy, but this recipe sure looks yummy!

Be sure to stop by each host to check out their personal favorites! Link up your posts below, and then link back here. :) If you'd like to join us as a co-host, please email me at morselsoflife@gmail.com

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