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22 November 2014

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

After we left Seville, we headed to Merida. Because this is a small city there wasn't much tourist traffic like the other cities. But I think that was one thing I loved about it. The hubby and I originally wanted to go to Italy but needed a destination that was a little more budget friendly. However, Merida gave me a chance to explore ancient Roman ruins.

We saw the Roman Amphitheater! This was, what I thought, one of the more interesting ruins we saw and it was huge, so you got to walk around and up and down the stairs and rows of seats.

We also saw the Temple of Diana. What is neat is that this is randomly seen as you walk around town. It is not a "set aside" monument where you have to buy tickets to enter. It was just a ruin that we stumbled upon trying to figure out how to get to the hotel! Side note: I love wandering the most...I guess that's why they call it wanderlust....it's when you wander that you see the best things. 

My favorite thing we saw in Merida were the Roman Aquaducts. They just looked so grand and neat. And when the hubby explained to me how they worked, I just thought they were so clever!

Merida was HOT. I mean HOT HOT HOT. So, the hubby and I wanted to cool off with some fro-yo. We love fro-yo. We saw this place that seemed really popular and wanted to see why (and we are glad we did). It was traditional, tart fro-yo but the way it was done was cool. It was served in a cup and you picked: what you wanted the cup to be lined with (I got nutella), then picked a filling you wanted (I chose mini chocolate cookies), next fro-yo was placed in, followed by two more toppings (I again chose extra nutella and mini chocolate cookies). I discovered I had a great passion for the flavor pair of tart fro-yo and nutella...mmmm.

The hubby was much more adventurous in his flavor pairings. We went to this place every day we were in Merida :)

The green bean casserole. One of the must have dishes in a Thanksgiving Dinner. One of the few dishes besides the turkey that screas Gobble, Gobble. However, not everyone just loves good old, plain green beans. Thankfully, there are so many variations of this dish that it's easy to find one that matches you and your family's taste preferences. I chose a CHEESY one because cheese is one of my favorite things ever!!! I also love this recipe because I topped with a ton of french fried onions...another food that makes me drool. So if you love cheese and french fried onions as much as I do -- this recipe is right up your alley! Plus, it's EASY!

Adapted from Kraft


Preheat Oven to 350F Degrees

48 oz. frozen french cut green beans, thawed
2 (10.75 oz) cans of condensed cheddar cheese soup*
1.5 lb (12 oz) of Velveeta cheese, cut into cubes
6 oz. can of fried french onion 

*Can substitute with another condensed soup, such as cream of mushroom or mix and match


In a medium bowl combine beans, condensed soup and Velveeta cheese. Grease a 4 quart or 9x13 baking dish. Spoon green bean mixture into baking dish. Bake 40-45 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Garnish with french fried onions and bake for an additional 5 minutes until toasted.


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