Saturday, October 31, 2015

Whats For Dinner Next Week 11-1-15

Happy November

It is really beautiful fall weather here. The leaves are a beautiful color and everyone is ready for a great month. One of my favorites will be on The Menu this week, I can't wait to have the Cornbread Dressing and Chicken Casserole.  It's that time of the year when we get to indulge in our favorite fall foods.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Full Plate Thursday 10-29-15

Where The Greatest Cooks On The Planet Gather

I am so excited to see you today! We have had at this time,over 17 inches of rain in a very short time frame. I thought for a little bit that we would be able to go fishing on the front porch. We are all good here no fear of water coming in our cottage, all the water drains very quick and runs right down to the lake. The little ghost and goblins will be knocking at the door very soon now and the cottage will be a packed with goodies. I always look forward to your treats every week, you bring the best treats of all!  
Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Nutty Pumpkin Bites

These Nutty Pumpkin Bites are just right for little hands and just a bite for all the adults.  The little bites are just packed with fruit and nuts with a crunchy outside and a flavorful inside. I will have these sitting out for my all the folks who stop by to have a little cup of cider and stand by the fire to warm up on a lovely fall afternoon or evening.

Nutty Pumpkin Bites at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Monday, October 26, 2015

West Texas Enchiladas

Enchiladas can be found all over the state of Texas, but each region has it's own claim to enchilada fame. The recipe that I am using today takes me back to my youth and the little cafe's and Mexican Food restaurant's in the panhandle and western part of Texas. When this pan of enchiladas come out of the oven, it brings me right back to all the wonderful sounds and smells of my youth. I remember my Grandmother, Mother and Aunts making this recipe and it is still one of my favorites.

West Texas Enchiladas at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Whats For Dinner Next Week 10-25-15

The Cottage is ready for all the little goblins that will come knocking at the door this week looking for special treats. This is going to be a real busy week so I am planning a week of easy cooking and good food. Sometimes the best food is so easy and that's what we all look for on those busy days. This is where meal planning really pays off, we won't have to spend a lot of time wondering around in the market trying to make a decision whats for dinner, because we have it planned. I hope that you are making your meal plans to save time and money!

Whats For Dinner Next Week at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Full Plate Thursday 10-22-15

Where The Greatest Cooks On The Planet Gather

We have been having so much fun in our community with fall festivals, carnivals and lots of wonderful food. The State Fair of Texas just closed and no more giant corn dogs until next year. Every week all of you have been bringing the most awesome fall dishes to share with us and I can't wait to see what you are sharing this evening so lets get this party started!


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Nana's Macaroni Soup

My Granddaughter called the other day and asked if I would send her the family Macaroni Soup recipe, which I did of course. I hadn't made that soup in a very long time and it sounded so good, and brought back some great memories. I used to make it often for the kids it was really one of their favorites and it was real easy to sneak some vegetables in their meal plan for the day. We really enjoy the soup and so glad she reminded me of one of our favorites.

Nana's Macaroni Soup at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Monday, October 19, 2015

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake

I love this time of the year when the fresh pumpkin's are in all the markets and the flavors of fall abound. I recently had a little morning coffee for a group of friends and wanted to serve them a very special coffee cake to go with the coffee. This is a recipe that I have had for many years and it is one of my favorites, I haven't found it necessary to change a thing in all these years. I am happy to share this recipe with you today and sure hope you enjoy it!

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Whats For Dinner Next Week 10-18-15

A Weekly Family Friendly Meal Plan With Recipes

We are here in the middle of October with some record temperatures, we actually are still in the 80's and 90's some day's.It has given us a little extra time to get ready for the cold weather months that will come. I recently cleaned out the freezer and updated my inventory list. This gives me the opportunity to know exactly what I have on hand without digging in a cold freezer for something that isn't there. Although we are having warm weather my taste is still for fall when I am making my meal plan for the week.


Whats For Dinner Next Week at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Full Plate Thursday 10-15-15

Where The Greatest Cooks On The Planet Gather

I am so excited that you came to the country to spend some time with us today. We have our tables all set up in the Up Stairs Garden today so we can enjoy some of this outstanding fall weather we are having. I know that you'al will be filling those tables with lots of wonderful fall creations.My neighbor gave me a big sack of apples so I've been busy creating this awesome Apple Cider Chicken dish that I will be sharing with you today. Lets get all this delicious food on the table so we can get this party started!



Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Chopped Greens and Fruit Salad

We have fresh greens for salad growing in our garden and lettuce tub almost the year round. There are times in the winter when the temperatures dip so low that most of the greens will die,but some make it the year round. I have sometimes had Collard plants that were two and three years old and still producing. I love going to the garden and gathering a bunch of greens, coming in the kitchen and putting a fresh salad together. I had added some of my favorite fruit to this salad along with a nice Vinaigrette for dressing. This is a perfect salad for any season.


Monday, October 12, 2015

Slow Cooker Pinto Bean Stew with Corn Bread Dumplings

Pinto Beans are a staple here at the cottage, they are a regular part of our meal plan. The first time I made this recipe we just fell in love with the flavors and the dumplings on top are a bonus! This is not just a pot of beans, this is a very special dish that you can serve for any week night dinner, a pot luck, or a great game day recipe!

Slow Cooker Pinto Bean Stew with Corn Bread Dumplings at Miz Helen's Country Cottage



Saturday, October 10, 2015

Whats For Dinner Next Week 10-11-15

Hello, come on back to the Herb Garden, I am gathering some herbs to dry before the winter sets in. I love to gather the herbs and tie them in little bundles, hang them upside down and let them dry, then they are ready to go into a lovely dish. There is nothing like fresh fruits and vegetables on the table. My neighbor gave me a big sack of apples and small pumpkins so guess what I have on the menu this week?


What's For Dinner Next Week at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Full Plate Thursday 10-8-15

Where The Greatest Cooks On The Planet Gather

It is really good to see you today I always look forward to your wonderful recipes. The farmers market is filled with pumpkins, squash, and apples in wonderful fall colors. I love picking up the fresh fall vegetables and coming home to my kitchen and creating a wonderful fall dish.  I am sharing a great Apple Skillet Pie with you today.  I can't wait to see your wonderful dish that you are sharing today. Come on back to the kitchen and lets get the party started!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Spicy Baked Cabbage

The last few weeks the Farmers Market has had the most beautiful fresh cabbages. I just could not resist coming home with some of those cabbages, we love cabbage, boiled, baked, or in a cole slaw. This is a spicy recipe that makes a great side dish for any meal. We love this dish and I am happy to share it with you today.

Spicy Baked Cabbage at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Monday, October 5, 2015

Apple Cider Chicken

I have had this recipe on my note cards for sometime and I continued to add to and take away from the notes. Finally it was ready to try and it certainly did not disappoint, I only wish it could have been ready sooner. A trip to the farmers market for fresh apples and vegetables, pick up some chicken breast, now we are ready to go! The blend of these flavors are wonderful and I can't wait to share it with you.

Apple Cider Chicken at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Whats For Dinner Next Week 10-4-15

What a week we have had here at the cottage, I am barely getting this post out to all of you.  My computer had an application crash, so guess what, I have a new computer. Of course there is a learning curve with any new techie toy, so hope you will be patient with me as I try and get this thing figured out. On the bright side, I am looking forward to some wonderful fall food on the menu next week, so lets go to the kitchen sit at the table, have some coffee and visit for a little bit, I need a break.