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Whats For Dinner Next Week 7-31-11

We are so excited we finally got a little rain. It wasn't a lot but we are grateful for every drop we got. Our little plants are doing the Thanksgiving Dance. Lets get right to this menu and take a look at all the great food we are having next week.

Sunday Country Ribs
New Potato Salad Ranch Style Beans Garlic Buns Melon Slices
Monday Veggie Plate Night Stuffed Tomatoes Dilled Green Bean Salad Left Over New Potato Salad Berry Shortcake
Tuesday Grilled Chicken Ka Bobs Roasted Corn on The Cob Cold Vegetable Salad Cottage Bread Ice Box Chocolate Delight
Wednesday With The Left Over Chicken Slow Cooker Chicken Vegetable Soup Corn Bread Left Over Ice Box Chocolate Delight
Thursday From Full Plate Thursday
Frying Pan Pot Roast  Jenn at The Cake Dish
Chinese Cabbage Salad  Jane at Make Ahead Meals For Busy Moms
Mango Flavored Crepes  Wit,Wok and Wisdom
Friday Going To A Friends Annual Fish Fry I Am Bringing Baked Hush Puppies


Saturday Date Night Honey is Cooking For Me In His New Re Purposed Out Door Kitchen Re Purposed Outdo…


New Potato Salad

Sometimes there is nothing like an old fashioned Potato Salad to compliment a great meal plan. I like many of you have several different recipes that I use, but I want to share one of my favorites with you today.





Full Plate Thursday 7-28-11

Hello, I am so excited to see you today. Welcome to Full Plate Thursday! We are enjoying the wonderful harvest of summer vegetables here at the cottage. We really enjoy all the great vegetable dishes that we create in the summertime. I can hardly wait to see what you have brought to share with us today. Thank you so much for coming today to share with us and I sure hope you will come back really soon!
This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week Breakfast Breakfast with Mommydom  The Mommydom Chronicles
Nutella Blended Coffee Drink  Wendy at Around The Family Table
Snack
Maple Bacon Cupcakes  Amanda at Crumbs and Cookies
Greek Frappe  Kim at The Mediterranean Diet
Lunch
Lunch with The Fajdich Times Family  The Fajdich Times
Mandarin Orange Pie  April at Angel Foods
Snack
Cherry Basil Soda  Jamiejo at Thrifty Veggie Mama
Dinner
Frying Pan Pot Roast  Jenn at The Cake Dish
Chinese Cabbage Salad  Jane at Make Ahead Meals For Busy Moms
Mango Flavored Crepes  Wit,Wok and Wisdom
If You Helped Me Fill My Plate To…


Country Ribs

We just love to spend as much time as we can outdoors in the summer. Of course one of the things we enjoy is a gathering of friends and family just enjoying the evening with a cook out. Today we are grilling Country Ribs. These Ribs are so tender they will fall of the bone and the flavor will have you asking for seconds!


Whats For Dinner Next Week 7-24-11

Hi come on in we are in the kitchen and have just finished canning green beans. They sure will be good next winter when it will hopefully be colder than it is today. Sit down and have a cold glass of tea with us and we will  visit about the menu for next week.
Sunday Green Chilis Enchilada Chicken
Spanish Rice
Mexican Tossed Green Salad
Tortilla's
Key Lime Cheese Cake

Monday
Ham Steak
Fresh Green Beans With New Potatoes
Summer Squash Casserole
Roasted Corn and Tomato Salad
Corn Bread
Left Over Key Lime Cheese Cake

Tuesday
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Tossed Green Salad
Garlic Bread
Fresh Peach Cobbler

Wednesday
Canning Day
Slow Cooker
Pinto Beans
Spicy Oven Fries
Fresh Sliced Heirloom Tomatoes
Hot Biscuits and Strawberry Jalapeno Jam
Of Course We Have To Try It Out Before It Goes In The Pantry
Strawberry Jalapeno Jam


Thursday
Turkey Burgers On The Grill
Grilled Sweet Potato Salad
Pickle Pot Pickles
Sunshine Cookies

Friday
Seafood Casserole
Broccoli with Lemon Sauce
Green Tossed Salad
French Cheese …


The Re Purposed Outdoor Kitchen Part Two

We are going to continue with our journey to the Re Purposed Outdoor Kitchen. When we left our journey in Link Part One Re Purposed Kitchen we were just about to grout the tile.

Since this is an outdoor kitchen we decided to have black grout so it would be easier to keep and it wouldn't yellow like white sometimes does. It was very hot the day we did this so we had to work really fast before the grout got too dry to work with.

We Had A Lot Of Area To Cover
Smoothing In The Grout
The Grout Is All On
Re Purposed Desk Will Serve As A Work Station
All Wiped Down and Glazed
Ready To Use
The Sink With Running Water Is The Greatest!
We Finished The Front With Re Purposed Windows Salvaged From A Victorian Home The Floor Is Concrete Block Tiles
And Of Course The Director of The Project, Jaque'
A Great Work Station
 A New Grill and The Man Of This Kitchen Is Ready To Cook! He Has His Coffee Pot On So Come On Over, We Would Love To See You
The size of the kitchen is 10X15 the cost was as follows: 16…


Full Plate Thursday 7-21-11

I am so glad to see you today and Welcome to Full Plate Thursday! Come on in here and get out of this horrible heat. We have lots of Iced Tea and Lemonade today and some real special smoothies. We actually had a couple of clouds in the sky in the early part of the week, we thought it might rain but it did not. I can hardly wait to see what you brought to share with us today. Thank you so much for coming today and hope you come back real soon!
This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week Breakfast Grilled Breakfast Pizza  Kristen at The Sweet Swiper
Whole Wheat Mocha Nut Muffin  Dole Valley Girl
Morning Snack
Sweet Cherry Frangipane Tarts  Rosemary at Rosemary's Blog Spot
Smoothie For Wednesday  Mary at Passionate Perseverance
Lunch
Cheeseburger Zucchini Boats  Nancy at Real Food Allergy Free
Low Fat Potato Salad  Heidi at  Heidi's Recipes
Easy Blackberry Pie In A Jar  Megan at Megan's Cookin
Afternoon Snack
Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes  The World According to Jiggle
Basil Infussed Sparkling …


Christmas Canning In July

I love to give a little something from my kitchen at Christmas time, but I usually start that process in the middle of the summer. Last year I had Christmas Canning In September  I usually put a loaf of bread or maybe a jar of pickles in the gift basket. Last year I put my new cookbook in the basket. I have started work on this years Christmas and it is going to be so good, Strawberry Jalapeno Jam I can't wait to give my gifts.


One Year Ago Today

The Journey Begins One year ago today I published my first post, The Journey Begins.  When I look back now I am amazed at how fast the time has passed by.  I had published my cookbook Miz Helen's Kitchen Table about a month before I began work on the blog. My daughtercalled and said if you're not busy go to your computer, which I did. She directed me to my new blog that she had set up for me. I just sat there and looked at it. It really looked like an airplane dashboard to me, and I thought she has got to be kidding. She was very encouraging, but I thought I really don't have the time to figure all of this out.  For weeks after that I would just go in and look at it, close it and go about my day. Finally one day I made the decision that I would attempt the blog. Right away I changed everything she had done and made it mine, of course I did. When   the day finally came to publish the first post, I sat frozen in front of the screen, fear of the unknown had taken over, finally…


Whats For Dinner Next Week 7-17-11

I went for a walk this morning and as I walked across the pasture grass it was crisp under my feet. It looks like it could be late November. We still have no rain and none in sight. Come and join me on the nice cool patio and we will have a cold glass of lemonade and talk about the menu for next week.

Sunday
On The Grill Slow Roasted Chicken  Mixed Fire Roasted Vegetables Green Tossed Salad Hot Wheat Buns Chocolate Cream Pie

Monday From The Left Over Chicken
Honey Apple Chicken Salad
Mixed Melon Left Over  Chocolate Pie
Tuesday Skillet Chops Roasted Corn, Black Bean and Pineapple Salad
Mashed Sweet Potatoes Corn Bread Strawberry Shortcake
Wednesday Stuffed Peppers Mashed Garlic Potatoes Green Tossed Salad Hot Biscuits Lemonade Cupcakes
Thursday From Full Plate Thursday Lemon Rosemary and Balsamic Grilled Chicken  Julie at A Little Bit of Everything From The Good Life Mexican Corn Salad  Jennifer at Imitation By Design Mushrooms In Hot Garlic Butter  Red Door Kitchen Chocolate and Hazelnut Toffee Tart  Joy at Kitc…


The Re Purposed Outdoor Kitchen Part One

When we began to develop our little country place we wanted to have an outdoor kitchen because we spend so much time outdoors all year round. Although we knew where we would eventually have the kitchen it has been a work in progress. One of the inside projects we completed this year in the kitchen, was to add some additional custom built cabinets, new counter tops, a back splash, new sink and faucet and of course the new refrigerator, which I am still in love with. We decided that we would re purpose the old cabinet tops, sink and faucet for our outdoor kitchen. This is what we did. The "We" is my wonderful and talented husband Leonard and me.

We Set The Old Cabinet Top On A Base Of Cinder Block's
The Old Sink and Faucet Ready To Set In The Outdoor Cabinet
Ready To Begin
New water lines from the house to the new outdoor kitchen had been run a couple of weeks prior to beginning the final construction. The drain for the sink is filtered with river rock and then re cycled for …


Full Plate Thursday 7-14-11

I am so glad to see you today, Welcome to Full Plate Thursday!  We are trying to stay out of the heat, the temperatures have been unusually high. We have to do all our gardening very early in the morning or very late in the evening. We have been having a great harvest and canning everything that we can get to the kitchen. I am so excited to see what you have brought to share with us today. Thank you so much for coming today and I sure hope you will come back real soon! Stay cool and drink plenty of water during this heat.
This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week Breakfast Cream Of Wheat Pancake With Strawberry Blueberry Sauce  Angie at Successful...Together Morning Snack Raspberry Orange Cooler  Rachel at Simple Girl Lunch Chicken Feta Salad With Cantaloupe and Spinach  Hungry Homebody Pina Colada Cake  Crystal at Crystal and Company Afternoon Snack Whoopie Pies  Jo at Thats My Story and I'm Stickin To It Dinner Lemon Rosemary and Balsamic Grilled Chicken  Julie at A Little Bit of Everything F…


Skillet Chop's

There is nothing better than a dish prepared in the old iron skillet. That well seasoned skillet that we use when we want that certain flavor. My iron skillet is more than 40 years old and is one of the first skillets I ever owned for my kitchen. I have several sizes of skillets and large dutch ovens, but this is the skillet that I reach for the most. I am so glad you stopped by today I am making some Skillet Chops and I sure hope you enjoy them.





Whats For Dinner Next Week 7-10-11

Hi come on back in the back, we are on the Up Stairs Patio this morning shelling black eyed peas. We are canning all the vegetables as fast as we can get them to the kitchen. Just sit right down here and you can help us shell peas, have some iced tea and we will talk about next weeks menu.

Sunday Lakeside A Friends Cook Out I Am Bringing A Fresh Loaf Of Summer Harvest Bread This Bread Is So Good!

Monday
Red Beans and Rice
Tossed Green Salad
Garlic Buns
Homemade Peach Ice Cream

Tuesday
Hamburger Steaks with Onion Gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Fresh Green Beans
Fresh Sliced Tomatoes with Garden Lettuce
Sunshine Cookies With Leftover Peach Ice Cream (if there is any)

Wednesday
Turkey Burgers On The Grill
Oven Fried Sweet Potatoes
Buttermilk Pie

Thursday
From 
Full Plate Thursday
Breakfast My Favorite Granola  France at Beyond The Peel
A Booming Breakfast   Jill at Kitchen fun With My 3 Sons
Morning Snack
Sweet Smoothie Surprise  Laura Beth at A Step In The Journey
Lunch
Chilled Cantaloupe Soup Two Friends at Caroli…


The Garden Gate: The Squash Patch

We just love the different varieties of squash. Squash requires a lot of space, and so we have developed an entire area in our garden just for the Squash Patch.

Working In My Very First Garden I Still Love To Have My Hands In The Dirt

 The Squash Patch
We planted two varities of Trombetta this year. Trombetta is an Italian heirloom summer squash. We planted Trombetta which is dark green and Trombetta de Albenga which is a lime green color. Both have a nutty artichoke flavor and are seedless. They are firm and not watery or mushy like regular Zucchini.

The Climbing Trombetta de Albenga Requires A Lot Of Space


It Is Off And Running

 And Running And Running


The Trombetta di Albenga Beginning To Develop

 Fully Developed Trombetta di Albenga


Enough To Share With Friends


 One For The Saute Pan and The Other For A Casserole



Fully Developed Trombetta


And Here Comes The Yellow Crookneck


And Let The Harvest Begin
Displayed In This Harvest Basket Yellow Summer, Squash Zucchini and Peppers

Here are Some Summer…