Showing posts from July, 2011

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

New Potato Salad

Delicious 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 Mango Flavored Crepes   Wit,Wok and Wisdom If You Helped Me Fill My Plate Today Please Take The Red

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 Brocco

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 Ov

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

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 daughter called 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 ove

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 Choco

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

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 B

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

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,