Dec 142016

The holidays are in full swing and whether we want to admit it or not, Christmas will be here SOON. The holidays bring all kinds of family gatherings and I like to be prepared for all of them. My husband is one of seven and all of the out of town siblings (and their families) came back home recently, so that equated to many get-togethers while everyone was in town. It’s been a few years since everyone was in one place, so it was pretty special. There were quite a few parties/gatherings over the time they were all home plus a few on my side (and two more coming up before Christmas) and of course there is no way that I could show up empty handed to any of them. It’s been a busy December for us to say the least so I headed over to Stop & Shop because I knew they would have everything I needed.

The first thing I did when I got to Stop & Shop was to grab all the ingredients I needed to make a couple of green bean casseroles. If I show up to any family event without one, I think it’s safe to say that they won’t even let me in the door. Luckily they are super easy to make and the recipe is right on the back of the French’s French fried onions.

If you don’t have the recipe, here is it:

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 can (10 1/2 oz.) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 4 cups cooked cut green beans or 2 cans (14.5oz each) any style Del Monte® Green Beans, drained
  • 1 1/3 cups FRENCH’S® Crispy Fried Onions

(I also use a couple of secret ingredients)

Here’s what you do:

1. Mix soup, milk and pepper in a 1 1/2 -qt. baking dish. Stir in beans and 2/3 cup Crispy Fried Onions.
2. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until hot. Stir.
3. Top with remaining 2/3 cup onions. Bake for 5 minutes until onions are golden.

See how easy it is? Here’s my first one of the season:

While I was at Stop & Shop, I also wanted to get a Christmasy plant or flower arrangement for my parents. They have the four of us (myself, hubby and the kids) over for dinner every Sunday, so I thought I’d get them something as a little thank you for having us over and feeding us week after week. I have two growing boys, so they always cook big meals to make sure no one leaves hungry.

When I walked into the store, I had every intention of getting my parents a poinsettia. I get them one every year, so I think they’ve kind of come to expect them…..but they’re going to be surprised this year when I show up with this cute little tree. I saw it sitting there in the floral department and knew I had to get it. I actually gasped when I saw it and said to my husband “It’s like a little Charlie Brown tree and I think it needs me to buy it” – so I did. Come on, it’s seriously cute, right?

Did you know that Stop & Shop has a really nice floral department?  They had so many beautiful arrangements and holiday plants there. I knew they had a floral department and have actually purchased many arrangements there over the years, but I was very pleasantly surprised by the selection for the holidays – it was really impressive.

But back to my parents. They are hosting Christmas dinner this year, as they do every year and I want to make sure that I bring a meaningful hostess gift. With that said, here’s a little backstory so that you understand what “meaningful” means in this situation. My mom isn’t well and she’s housebound these days. Honestly, I don’t think she’s been out of the house in months with the last time being for a doctor’s appointment. So, I decided that she would appreciate a little basket full of all her favorite snacks!

I put it all into a Christmas container, slapped a bow on it and boom – awesome hostess gift.

I’m not bringing it over there until Christmas day, but I know she is going to love it. It’s got all her favorite things, so how could she not?

Being so busy this month I am so thankful that I was able to get all of the stuff I needed in one convenient place. On top of the stuff I got, I was able to stock up on all of my Christmas cards and wrapping supplies at Stop & Shop! I’m also happy to report that I’m not only done with all my Christmas shopping, but thanks to all the cool gift bags, tags and bows that I got at Stop & Shop, I am done with my wrapping now, too!  Yay!

  74 Responses to “Stop & Shop Has All Your Holiday Needs Covered”

  1. I love shopping at a store that has everything I need for all the get-togethers over the holidays. It saves so much time. The little Christmas tree is adorable!

  2. You got a lot. Yeah! I go to top & Shop every now and then too. Saves time because you can get everything you need in one trip and not have to go to another place to find things you need. They sell everything.

  3. Funny I am making green bean casserole tonight to take to a function. Wouldn’t be holidays without it.

  4. I wish we had a Stop & Shop in NYC! I have to stop by there when I visit relatives in Staten Island, it is an awesome store!

  5. I love finding a store that has everything I need in one place! No more running all over town for last minute things!

  6. I don’t have one of those near me. It sure looks like they have a lot of options!

  7. I wish we had a Stop & Shop here by us. And I love green bean casserole. We make it for every holiday.

  8. I love a good green bean casserole. It is certainly a holiday staple for us and our family. I don’t think it feels like Christmas without one.

  9. Green bean casserole is a holiday must have, feels weird any other time of the year! What a great store for grabbing everything.

  10. You know I’ve never been into a stop and shop.. i see it all the time though. I am now intrigued to go check it out.

  11. I love it when you can go in one store and get everything! The green bean casserole is a classic and I am glad you shared the recipe again.

  12. I love that little tree. So cute! Stop & Shop is one of my favorite stores and I always stop in when I’m visiting my family.

  13. We have something similar here, it is Giant which it looks like might be the same company. I was just there today picking up things for a recipe lol

  14. I love it when you can get everything you need in one store, including a hostess gift. I’m sure your mom will love that basket of goodies.

  15. Yum, my kids would love this. It looks super easy. That small tree makes me smile!

  16. How awesome that you can get so many different things all in one place! A hostess gift and ingredients for your recipe which btw I’m so going to try and recreate for my kids!

  17. I couldn’t tell you the last time that I had green bean casserole! That recipe looks fantastic, I know what I am making for potluck now.

  18. Those are great gift ideas! I love a good green bean casserole, we have one at every holiday dinner.

  19. We don’t have a Stop and Shop here in the UK but what we do have is Tesco. They too sell almost everything. It’s nice to have stores like these because they’re so convenient.

  20. That store sounds great! I’m totally in love with that little tree, an I’m sure your mom will love her goodies! That casserole looks fab and sounds so straight forward to make.

  21. That is awesome. I always love going to a store that has everything I need. No running from store to store!

  22. This is exactly the type of store I love to shop at. I HATE to shop, so if I can get everything I need in one stop, I’m all about it.

  23. These items make for a great hostess gift basket. Green bean casserole is something that I usually make every year. I love the little Charlie Brown tree for your parents and I think they will love it too. Thanks for sharing the recipe and gift ideas.

  24. Lots of Stop N Shop goodies. Isn’t it nice not to have to go from store to store to get what you need!

  25. You know, I’ve never had green bean casserole! I definitely want to try it! I think I’ll use your recipe and make it this year! We don’t have a stop & shop here but it’s cool there’s such a variety there!

  26. Um this store truly is a one stop shop! I love places where you can get literally everything you need in one go.

  27. We don’t have this store close to us, but it looks like there is a lot there. I LOVE the floral stuff they offer! I wish we had that place here.

  28. This looks so good! Now I’m craving it!!!

  29. Green bean casserole is a staple for the holidays. We make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Your recipe looks so simple!

  30. I love Stop & Shop because they have a lot of natural and organic items. I don’t have one very close to me, but sometimes I make a special trip!

  31. I love to shop there! They always have great deals! And I am making this casserole. Yum!

  32. I love green bean casserole and this recipe looks delicious. I have never shopped at Stop & Shop but sounds like a great option if you want to save.

  33. I drive a bit, but It’s totally worth it! I looove Stop and Shop!

  34. I’m all about easy peasy holiday plans. I love the idea of being able to make a classic favorite with ingredients that are easy to find and quick to buy. Merry Christmas!

  35. I love Stop and Shop!! Thier store brands are great! I am so going to use your hostess gift idea!!

  36. What a nice gift for your mom, I am sure that she will love it. I always look forward to green bean casserole at Christmas.

  37. I love the tree. How fun instead of a poinsetta. Have fun at all your family functions, I wish we had family in town but we do get together for holidays.

  38. My kids love green bean casserole! It makes its way to the table every holiday.

  39. The holidays require so much and I always seem to be running out of one thing or another. Good to know Stop & Shop has it all in one convenient place.

  40. The little basket full of all your mom’s favorite snacks is perfect and we like so many of the same things. 🙂 Great idea.

  41. Yes, the holidays are totally in full swing and I can feel the stress levels getting higher and higher. This casserole looks delish and exactly what my tummy needs right now!!

  42. Oh my goodness! our casserole looks so fantastic! I’m glad that Stop & Shop is convenient.

  43. Stop & Shop seems to be a great place to shop. I wish there was one in my area. I would love to take advantage of these deals.

  44. I love it when Stop Shop has a beautiful flower arrangement, the container of full of stuff are I really love!

  45. Stop & Shop looks like a great place to stock up on your Holiday needs. I will have to try this casserole recipe.

  46. My family loves green bean casserole. I will have to try this recipe on the weekend.

  47. I wish there was a Stop & Shop near me. It looks like a great place to shop. This casserole looks so delicious and easy to make.

  48. Green Bean Casserole is a holiday staple in my family. I live in Texas and I’ve never heard of a Stop and Shop… must just be where you live. What are they comparable to?

  49. I wish I had a Stop and Shop nearby. Sounds like they have it all! Your green bean casserole looks amazing too.

  50. That is such a cute little tree, it would make the perfect gift you the host. That casserole looks fantastic, I hope I get some this Christmas.

  51. I start so early, but still end up rushing close to Christmas. It’s great that you can get such a variety of holiday supplies in one place!

  52. Green bean casserole is my favorite dish! I will add chicken to it to make it a weekday meal and my family loves it. Plus it makes great leftovers.

  53. That looks like a perfect comfort food! I love that Stop and Shop has everything you need for the holidays!

  54. It’s great that you can get everything you need at Stop & Shop. I love using French’s Crispy Fried Onions with my green bean casserole.

  55. Stop and Shop sounds like it’s a great place for one stop shopping. It must be regional because we don’t have them here. Which is a bummer because that little Christmas is adorable.

  56. This sounds like a great place to shop for the holidays, I’ve never seen one around here here though!

  57. i love stores like this. it makes life so easy. especially during the holidays.

  58. I was just thinking this the other day, of how the holiday season is in full swing, like it or not!
    It seems like my family got behind more than usual this year.
    I really like your pictures and your article.

  59. Green bean casserole is one of my favorite holiday recipes. And that Charlie Brown Christmas tree is adorable. I would love to have one in my house.

  60. I love Stop & Shop! You picked up some great holiday finds, especially that little tree!

  61. Love that hostess gift! Looks awesome and has just about everything I’d love in there! Your casserole also looks amazing, never had a green bean casserole before. Stop & Shop sounds pretty awesome!

  62. I love stop and shop! They always have such cool deals throughout the year, and really affordable. Thanks for the share!

  63. I can’t believe it’s only 8 days away!! Looks like a great place to shop!

  64. We have a Stop and Shop right near our house and I love shopping there. They always have all of the ingredients that I need for my holiday recipes and their prices are really great too.

  65. There are no Stop and Shops by me but there’s one by my sister in CT. It is a great store!

  66. I never really go to Stop & Shop because it is a little bit out of the way, but my mom shops there every week. I do really love their selection!

  67. Love that you’ve hand-picked your mom’s favorite snacks from stop & shop – that’s such a lovely and thoughtful Christmas gift! Never knew they have a department for flowers. This is a news for me to use! 🙂

  68. Nothing better than a grocery store that has it all!!! So much easier to go one place instead of 10!!!

  69. I love the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, that was my first thought when I saw it. I love the hostess gift idea, I’m making something similar for my daughters teachers.

  70. I am not a big fan of shopping for necessities. Sounds strange, I know…BUT, when I do I like to go into a store and get it done. This sounds right up my alley!

  71. I always have a list of grocery shopping whenever I go to store so that I don’t over spending. I love that cute tiny tree I’ve seen the same as that in our local store .

  72. It does look like everything you need for sure. You’re all set.

  73. I’ve never actually heard of Stop and Shop, but it sounds like a convenient way to plan meals and get all the ingredients. As always, you’re making me so hungry! xx Adaleta Avdic