Back to school. I can’t believe it’s already here.
Back to school hasn’t been a big deal around out house. Until this year. Abbi will be starting school soon, and although it’s just pre-school, I’m realizing how much our routines are going to change. Now starts the drop off and pick up. And the activities. We are normally homebodies, so venturing out several days a week is going to be a new thing for us.
I’m seeing some simplifying in our future. Especially when it comes to dinnertime.
Thank goodness for some great ideas from friends. You see – I was talking with my partners in crime, Carrian from Sweet Basil and Kristy from Sweet Treats and More were talking about doing another blog party. (I think I’m loving these blog parties – this might become a monthly thing around here!) We were throwing out ideas, and Carrian had the great idea to do a back to school dinner theme. And let’s face it – when it comes to simplifying, it often means taking some help from the store. We pulled together a group of our favorite blogging friends, and decided to do a back to school dinner party with our favorite Pillsbury products. (Who can resist a crescent roll?)
I’m excited to be partying with Christy from The Girl Who Ate Everything, Ashton from Something Swanky, Nikki from Chef in Training, Kristy from Sweet Treats and More, Carrian from Sweet Basil and Jocelyn from Inside BruCrew Life. I have actually been lucky enough to meet every one of these amazing ladies, even though some of them are across the country from me.
So make sure you click the links or pictures below to see what everyone is bringing to our virtual party. This is a meal I wish we were having in person, because I’m pretty much in love with everything on the menu!
I decided to add the side dish. And after I committed, I realized – I am the worst at side dishes. Seriously. We will usually do a simple green salad, or steamed or roasted veggies. But let’s be honest – the kids usually are not all about the veggies. At least mine aren’t. So that got me thinking – what could I do to jazz up a vegetable side dish? Wrap them in crescent rolls!
Seriously, I think you could wrap anything in crescent rolls and it would make it better. And luckily my idea wasn’t too crazy, because they actually ended up delicious!! I added gouda because I had these green beans on the mind, but I really think you could add your favorite cheese here and it would totally work. And hey – with this side dish, you don’t have to worry about a bread side dish – you’ve got both in one!
I hope you enjoy our virtual dinner party and get some great ideas for making back to school a little easier!
- 8-10 oz fresh green beans
- 4 oz gouda, shredded
- 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Trim the edges of the green beans, and when the water comes to a boil, blanch the green bean for 1-2 minutes. Remove and put in ice water to stop the cooking. Remove to a dish towel or paper towels to dry.
- Preheat the oven to 375F. Unroll the crescent rolls. Place about 5-6 green beans across the center of each roll, then top with about a tablespoon of the grated cheese. Roll up the crescent rolls and place on an ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake for about 10 minutes, until golden brown.
It’s time to party back to school style! Make sure you check out all of these fabulous recipes and blogs!
Main Dish – Chicken Enchilada Pillows by Chef in Training
Dessert – Bomb Diggity Brownies by Sweet Basil