The girls and I went on a gnome hunt a couple of weeks ago in our little downtown. This unique little scavenger hunt was organized by the uber-creative minds that make up our local Art Guild. We hunted for glass balls that were hidden in plants, window boxes and flower beds along the main street, each one containing a ticket.
Even though we were novice gnome hunters, I'm happy to report that our inaugural hunt was a success. 😂 Just like Charlie Bucket, we each found a glass ball with a gnome ticket and when we turned them into the Art Guild, we were presented with the cutest little ceramic gnomes I've ever seen. Seriously - the cutest.
What better way is there to spend a chilly Saturday morning than strolling down main street with a cup of coffee, looking for glass balls? I love the out of the box thinking that it took to devise such a fun way to bring more visitors to our little downtown.
The creativity of our Art Guild is inspiring. It inspired me to look for out of the box recipes too. Like this new and interesting take on a traditional green bean casserole. If you're on the lookout for a new and DELICIOUS side dish for your next meal - you NEED to check this out.
Potato, Green Bean and Mushroom Gratin
6 Tablespoons butter
1 pound yukon gold potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4" thick (I used baby potatoes)
3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 shallots, finely chopped
1 pound green beans, cut into 1/4" pieces
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced 1/4" thick
1 Tablespoon oregano
1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup panko
This casserole was so good - we were arguing over who would get to eat the last little bits left in the dish. 😅 Is it too early to start planning my side dishes for Easter dinner?
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