Saturday, June 16, 2018

Whats For Dinner Next Week, 6-17-18


Its Fathers Day Weekend and the guys get to pick the menu, that may be scary could be we end up with 3 starches or an all carb meal or maybe with my husband it would be just pie and Blue Bell. We will have to wait and see what they end up with, (help)! I have started to do a little canning as we are having a big tomato harvest this year. It is going to be fun planning the meal plans for this week. What will you be making your guys this weekend?

Whats For Dinner Next Week 6-17-18 at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Full Plate Thursday, 384


Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, I am so glad you could come to the country today to enjoy the beauty of the last week of spring in the country. Summer is right around the corner and our recipes certainly reflect the wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables of the season. Every week we feature some of the greatest cooks on the planet so be sure and stop by and check out their awesome recipes. I look forward to our party and all the wonderful recipes you will be sharing!

Full Plate Thursday, 384 at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Grilled Italian Pasta Salad

We have some wonderful garden vegetables right now and some of them are headed for the grill to make this flavorful salad.Grilled Italian Pasta Salad, a garden to grill to table, fresh salad filled with delicious Italian flavor. This is a great fresh salad that takes no time to make and taste like you have been working on it all day. The Italian flavors in this salad with the mix of vegetable and Italian seasons makes it a favorite salad of the season.

Grilled Italian Pasta Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


Monday, June 11, 2018

Peach Hand Pies


I spent a lot of time with my Grandparents on their farm when I was a young person, and one of the wonderful memories I have is going to the peach orchard with my family and picking peaches. My Grandmother would make many different recipes from the peaches but one of my favorites was her hand pies, or her Fried Peach Pie. This recipe is very close to my Grandmothers recipe, but my pies are not fried, they are baked. They could easily be fried but we enjoy them baked and the spice mix for this pie will have you asking for seconds!

Peach Hand Pies at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Whats For Dinner Next Week 6-10-18


We are having a little morning shower and that means we don't have to water the garden today. I was in the garden earlier to check what will be available for my meal plan, it started raining so I have retreated to the screen porch to write my meal plans for the week. I will be including some great fruits and vegetables on the plan this week. Looks like we will need to include a nice indoor meal for a rainy day. Meal planning sure makes my life easier and helps to keep our family organized.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Full Plate Thursday, 383


Welcome to our first party in June! Come on in the cottage and find a place at the table, we are having a party. We have some great features from last week for you to visit and enjoy, plus I can't wait to see what all of you will be sharing with us at the party today. We are all starting to grill and bringing our garden to table recipes to our tables, it is a wonderful time of the year for fresh fruits, vegetables and great times with family and friends!

Full Plate Thursday,383 at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Cobb Salad With Grilled Chicken

I love a cob salad, and when you add some very flavorful chicken it is a delicious meal. I use my Orange Chili Chicken with this Cobb Salad which adds great flavor to this salad mix. It is so nice to go out to the garden and bring back fresh vegetables to go into a great salad, then we are topping this salad with our delicious House Buttermilk Dressing.

Cobb Salad With Grilled Chicken at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Monday, June 4, 2018

Grilled Orange Chili Chicken With Salsa

Heading out to the grill with this fantastic Orange Chili Chicken, this recipe is delicious! Not only is there a great flavor in the chicken but there is a very special salsa that we top the chicken with. This recipe is a combination of tropical and Mexican that comes together for fabulous flavor. I have served this recipe to guest a couple of times, I promised them the recipe, hope you enjoy!

Grilled Orange Chili Chicken With Salsa at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Whats For Dinner Next Week, 6-3-18

I am taking a break sitting on the porch and sipping sweet tea, while I work on this meal plan. It is good to sit down for a bit, we are harvesting onions from the garden today and it is quiet a process. We pull the onions, then clean them, than hang them in the barn to dry and then we will use them. I rarely have to buy onions from the market. With all the fresh vegetables available right now it sure is easy to make a meal plan, I just love the vegetables.

Whats For Dinner Next Week 6-3-18 at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Full Plate Thursday,382


Welcome to our last party of the month of May! We always feature our Top Ten Views from last weeks party at our last party of the month. Be sure and stop by to see these awesome blogs and tell them hi. We are enjoying time in the garden and lots of fresh vegetables for our dishes, I just love this time of the year. I am looking forward to all the wonderful spring and summer recipes, table decor and food related post, that you will be sharing today. Thanks so much for visiting with us and hope to see you again soon!

Full Plate Thursday,382 at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Southern Sausage and Grits Brunch Casserole


I am expecting a group of friends and family to stop by for brunch over the weekend and wanted an old favorite brunch casserole to serve. This is a casserole that my Aunt made for her ladies club spring brunch and passed the recipe on to other family members and eventually to me. I have changed it a little, but it still has the great flavor for this southern combination.  This is a very easy casserole to make and is ready in no time to set on the table for folks to enjoy!

Southern Sausage and Grits Brunch Casserole at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Monday, May 28, 2018

Tex Mex Pasta Salad


I love a salad that can be the star of lunch or dinner and that is exactly what this recipe is. It has a wonderful base of pasta and chicken filled with Tex Mex flavors. This is a great salad to take to a Pot Luck lunch or dinner and it is a winner at the family dinner every time!  I used chicken that I keep on hand in the freezer, I grill or poach the chicken, cut it up, package it in 3 cup bags, then freeze it. I can always put together a great chicken dish from the little freezer bags.

Tex Mex Pasta Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Whats For Dinner Next Week, 5-27-18


Fresh vegetables, fried chicken and picnics a really fun time to make a meal plan. It's Memorial Day Weekend, opening weekend for the season at the lake. I will be looking to some recipes for the meal plan  that will be easy and will feed a crowd.  We always celebrate with friends and family and we take the time to remember the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.


Whats For Dinner Next Week 5-27-18 at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Full Plate Thursday, 381

Hi everyone, so glad you could come to the party today, it is always good to see you. The cottage is busy this week as we get everything ready for the Memorial Day Weekend, which is always a big opening weekend for the lake here. Hope that each of you will have a great weekend full of safe activities. Be sure and stop by to visit some of the great blogs that are featured today. Now lets get this party started!

Full Plate Thursday, 381 at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Spring Garden 2018


When we pick the first green onion and first green tomato from the spring garden, then all that planting we did on a cold day in January pays off!  There is nothing like taking a walk out to the garden and coming back to the kitchen with a basket full of fresh vegetables for the evening meal. We have had a great spring garden this year with just the right amount of rain to have wonderful green vegetables and weeds of course. We are trying a little different garden space approach this year in a smaller area with maybe not so much to maintain, but with great production.


Spring Garden 2018 at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Monday, May 21, 2018

Slow Cooker Green Beans, Potatoes and Sausage


When we have fresh green beans and potatoes in the garden I can't resist making this flavorful Slow Cooker meal for my family. If my vegetables are not ready to hit the Slow Cooker, then I can always pick up the ingredients at my local farmers market. When you walk in the front door in the evening the aroma of this dish announces a great dinner ahead. This is a full meal and all you will have to add is a nice salad and dessert for a delicious meal.



Slow Cooker Green Beans, Potatoes, and Sausage at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Whats For Dinner Next Week 5-20-18


What beautiful spring weather we are having, just perfect for taking a walk to the garden and bringing back wonderful fresh vegetables for our meal plans. It seems that everyone has a since of renewal in the spring as the weather is warmer and we can enjoy being outdoors. I will be including some of my garden finds on the meal plan this week plus I am hosting a very special Ladies Luncheon. 

Whats For Dinner Next Week, 5-20-18 at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Full Plate Thursday, 380


Hi everyone, I am so glad to see you today, what a great day to take a drive to the country. Come on back to the Up Stairs Garden area we are having our party by the beautiful bird area where we can enjoy our wonderful recipes and watch the beautiful birds. Be sure and stop by the awesome blogs that we have featured today and we look forward to seeing what you are sharing with us today!

Full Plate Thursday, 380 at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Asparagus and Berries Flatbread Salad


This Flatbread Salad is one of my favorite salad's to have for lunch. I love the combination of vegetables, salad greens and fruit, then topped with a little cheese. All of this goodness is heaped on a cheese covered flatbread, then drizzled with a wonderful vinaigrette. Relax at your favorite table and enjoy!



Monday, May 14, 2018

Fried Green Tomatoes with Buttermilk Dressing


I get so excited when the green tomatoes start showing up on the vines. Most of our very first green tomatoes every year will be turned into Fried Green Tomatoes, it is a treat that we look forward to and just love. My recipe is a family recipe that was handed to me by my Grandmother and it has been changed very little since that time.  Lets get these green tomatoes in the frying pan.

Fried Green Tomatoes at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Whats For Dinner Next Week 5-13-18

Making a meal plan this week is so much fun, my husband told me to make the plan for Mothers Day and he would cook it for me, I will be so happy to do that. We are having such beautiful spring weather this week it will  be a perfect time to be outdoors. I always check the weather along with a check of staples and produce on hand before making my meal plans for the week. Meal plans help us stay organized here at the cottage and save us time and money.


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

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Full Plate Thursday, 379


It is great to see you today,and we are so excited about our party today. We have some awesome features to check out from last weeks party so be sure and stop by to say hello to these great bloggers. 

This is the time of the year that we have added our 
Canning and Preserving Features and
 we will have them through Canning Season

We are having some beautiful spring days here in the country so we have our tables set up by the garden today. We have beautiful squash blooms to decorate our tables thinking about the upcoming Mothers Day this coming weekend. I can't wait to see what you are bringing to share with us for our Spring Mothers Day Table.

Full Plate Thursday ,379 at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore


My Chicken Cacciatore is one of those recipes that can be made for a special dinner with friends or a week night family meal. I have been making this recipe for years and my recipe card is about worn out. The dish is full of flavor and very easy to prepare. Just put it together and come back later in the day to a fantastic meal. Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore has  wonderful Italian flavors with a special blend of vegetables. Our friends and family love this dish and hope you will to.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


Monday, May 7, 2018

Italian Brunch Casserole

Sometimes we have a lot of weekend guest with family and friends coming out to the country and the lake to play and just relax. I like to have a nice brunch dish that I can serve that doesn't take a lot of time and yet has a great flavor. I love this Italian Brunch Casserole because it is real easy to make and has outstanding flavor combination. It is a little different than the regular breakfast bake. I recently took it to a morning brunch and the dish was empty in no time.

Italian Brunch Casserole at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Whats For Dinner Next Week 5-6-18


It's really spring and we can think about more fresh vegetables and grilling for our meal plans.  The first week of May so that means we are getting that grill out, I can't wait to start cooking outdoors. I just spent the most amazing weekend at a spiritual retreat with a group of women that have come  together every spring for the past 25 years. Every year I think how could it get any better, but then it does! Now I need to get back to my work and plan some awesome meals for my family for the next week.


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

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Full Plate Thursday, 378


It is great to see you today,and we are so excited about our party today. We have some awesome features to check out from last weeks party so be sure and stop by to say hello to these great bloggers. 

This is the time of the year that we have added our 
Canning and Preserving Features and
 we will have them through Canning Season

I am excited about this week of Cinco de Mayo and coming up this weekend I am off to my annual spiritual retreat. I always look forward to my retreat weekend for a time of rest and renewal, plus this year we are celebrating our 25th year together for a annual retreat.  I can't wait to see what you are sharing with us today so lets get the party started!

Full Plate Thursday, 378 at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Asparagus & Pea Salad


When the vegetables are plentiful in the garden and at the Farmers Markets it is time to make some wonderful fresh salads. One of my favorite garden to table salads is this delicious Asparagus & Pea salad. This salad is a great side for any meal or would be a fantastic salad for a luncheon. This is a very special salad with a  flavorful Lemon Dressing.


Asparagus & Pea Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Monday, April 30, 2018

Nana's Tres Leches Cake


Tres Leches Cake has been one of our family favorites for as long as I can remember. Tres Leches is a light sponge cake that has been soaked with a mix of 3 different kinds of milk. I have found through the years that the secret to a great Tres Leches Cake is very moist but not real mushy. This recipe came from my Mother and I have tweaked it to the recipe it is today and one that we just love. 


Nana's Tres Leches Cake at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Whats For Dinner Next Week 4-29-18


What a fun week to make meal plans for Cinco de Mayo and Mexican celebrations. We love Mexican food here at the cottage so we really enjoy this week of celebration. I am heading to the barn to check my cold bins which are almost empty this time of the year, then I will be heading to the garden to check out the fresh produce that may be ready. I am pretty sure that we will have some spring onions, Swiss Chard and other fresh veggies in the garden, I really love fresh veggies and so happy that I can include them in our meal plans.


Whats For Dinner Next Week 4-30-18 at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Full Plate Thursday #377


It is so good to see you here today on this beautiful spring day. I have been in the garden this morning and hope you will join me on the patio, it is so good to be outdoors again. Today we feature our Top Ten Post with the most views from last weeks party, we sure and stop by these awesome blogs and say hello. I am always so excited to see what each of you will be bringing to the party, so lets get started!


Full Plate Thursday # 377 at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Green Chili Vegetable Enchiladas


Our family loves this recipe and is a great dish for a meatless meal. Our Green Chili Vegetable Enchiladas are full of Tex Mex flavor and take no time to get them on the table. I have also used the filling for these Enchiladas in a casserole and it is delicious. Once baked these Enchiladas can be frozen for up to 3 months, a great dish of Enchiladas right out of the freezer for a busy day.

Green Chili Vegetable Enchiladas at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


Monday, April 23, 2018

Strawberry Dessert Chalupa

I wanted to create a new Tex Mex dessert for some upcoming Mexican themed parties. Of course my official taster is my husband and he says this is his new favorite and I agree, it is delicious. This is a recipe that you can prepare all the ingredients ahead of time then put it together right before you serve. These flavors are amazing with a creamy filling and a crunchy base, to serve one or a crowd.

Strawberry Dessert Chalupa at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Whats For Dinner Next Week 4-22-18

When I make my meal plans one of the first things I check is the weather, especially in the spring when we have so many storms. We love to cook outdoors but the weather does not always cooperate with our plans. This week looks like I will have to bring my grilling indoors for just a little longer. Sometimes I notice folks walking up and down the supermarket isles saying Whats For Dinner, I hope that is not you and we can inspire you somehow to start making meal plans.

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Full Plate Thursday #376


We are so excited to see you today for Full Plate Thursday! We have had freezing temperatures one day and the next may be a beautiful spring day. I am a seasonal cook so one day it is a nice soup for a cold rainy day and the next is a wonderful salad that just says spring. I know that some of you are still having snow as we are starting our party. We have some awesome post from last week that are featured today, so be sure and stop by these blogs to check our their post.  No matter what season you are cooking today, we can't wait to see what you will be sharing with us for the party today.

Full Plate Thursday #376 at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Texas Wild Flower Chest

Some years ago we had house guest just about every weekend during the water sport season. When you live at the lake folks just love to come see you. Although we had plenty of space for sleeping, I found we needed a special space for the weekenders to have a space for their personal items that would be out of the way. That's when I had the idea of the chest and a different drawer for each person. I started with a raw wood chest and the project had it's own life  after that. It was such a rewarding project that is still enjoyed to this day. 

Hand Painted Texas Wild Flower Chest at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Monday, April 16, 2018

Old Fashioned Carrot Cake

I was walking from the garden to the house the other day with handful of fresh carrots that I had just pulled from the garden and I thought about my Aunt and her love of carrots. She loved carrots and made the most delicious Carrot Cake so I decided to make an updated version of my Aunts Carrot Cake. Our family loves this cake and it never last very long. This recipe is very rich and moist with great flavors.

Old Fashioned Carrot Cake at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Whats For Dinner Next Week 4-15-18


I am just coming in from the garden with some fresh greens and can't wait to make my meal plan for next week. We love fresh fruits and vegetables and always try to include them in our meal plan to give us a healthy balance in our diet. We have had some lovely spring weather this past week and have really enjoyed our time outdoors in the garden and sitting on the screen porch once again after our long winter. I think we will just sit right here on the porch while we make this meal plan and have a cup of tea.

Whats For Dinner Next Week 4-15-18 at Miz Helen's Country Cottage



Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Full Plate Thursday # 375


Hello everyone, I am so happy you could come to the country on this beautiful spring day. We have had spring rains, what we call a "cold spell", and now at last we are having some warmer spring weather. We always have wonderful entries from our blogger community and feature some of those every week in our feature section. Please stop by these awesome blogs and take a look at the great recipes, table decor and food related post. I can't wait to see what you will be sharing today so lets get the party started!

Full Plate Thursday #375 at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Casserole


I love to have a go to casserole that I can put together in no time and it taste like you have been slow cooking it all day, this is definitely one of those casseroles. I keep 3 cup bags of cooked chicken in the freezer for salads, soups and casseroles, it really does speed the prep time along. This casserole has fresh broccoli with a great Alfredo sauce giving this recipe a delicious flavor!

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Casserole at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Monday, April 9, 2018

Asparagus & Pea Casserole


The asparagus is wonderful right now and when we add some fresh peas to the mix it is a winner every time. I love the fresh vegetable combination with the rice and the flavorful cheese sauce that makes this casserole a great side dish. I have served this casserole with a nice salad for a luncheon and it was delicious. This is a great garden to table casserole that is packed with flavor.

Asparagus & Pea Casserole at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Whats For Dinner Next Week 4-8-18


It is so nice to sit on the screen porch and make this meal plan for next week. It has been raining just a little and everything looks so fresh.  Our garden looks great and we are already getting some awesome fresh vegetables. We will have a busy week coming up so I will be looking at that plus the weather. It looks like the weather will be clearing for the cook out we are planning for next Saturday, so happy to be having some special friends over for a the evening.

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

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Full Plate Thursday # 374


Hello everyone, I hope you had a great Pass Over and Easter season. The cottage has been a little quiet this week after all the preparation for visitors and now it's back to normal,(what ever that is). We have had so much wonderful food at our parties, you'al are truly the most talented folks in blogger land. Each week  we have some amazing features and I sure hope you are taking the time to visit these blogs and check out their recipes, decor and food related post. I am so happy to see you here today and can't wait to see your awesome post!

Full Plate Thursday #374 at Miz Helen's Country Cottage



Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Italian Ricotta Cake


I love a cake recipe that is light and can be paired with some mixed berries and that is exactly what this cake is. This is a simple recipe that is very smooth and delicious garnished with fresh fruit. I have made this cake for ladies luncheons, and family dinners, it is a great recipe that we really enjoy!

Italian Ricotta Cake at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


Monday, April 2, 2018

Chicken Tetrazzini

This Chicken Tetrazzini was and still is today a family favorite at the cottage. It is a great dish that is layered with flavor. It is easy to put together and freezes well for a later warm up. I asked my son the other day what he wanted me to make for him when he came to see us and he said "that Chicken Tetrazzini", and of course I made it for him, and this one is just for YOU!

Chicken Tetrazzini at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Whats For Dinner Next Week 4-1-18


Welcome April!

Our cottage has been all a buzz this past week getting ready for this Easter weekend. It is great to make meal plans for holiday times when so many friends and family will be in and out of the cottage enjoying a real time of fellowship. We will have some things in our garden that will be ready for the big day so I will be sure and include those fresh vegetables when we can. We will be doing our marketing early for this meal plan so we will have plenty of time to spend with our guest.

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

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Full Plate Thursday # 373

Our cottage is all a buzz this week as we prepare for the Easter Weekend. I am so excited that you could take out time from your busy schedule to stop by the party today. This is our week for the Top Ten Views From Last Week, try to stop by and say hello to these awesome bloggers! I can't wait to see what you are sharing with us, so lets get our party started.

Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Retro Kitchen Stool


When I was a young girl in high school our kitchen step stool sat right under the telephone that hung on the wall. Like many other teens in that time I would sit for long periods of time on the kitchen step stool while talking on the phone. Many long years later, we had to relocate my Mother to a senior community and we put all of the household goods in storage. When Mother passed away and we began to go through the household goods. The kitchen step stool was one of the items that I would not part with. It was beat up and battered, but held so many memories for me.

Retro Kitchen Stool at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Monday, March 26, 2018

Bar B Que Brats & Beans


When the weather permits we head for the grill, but there are times when those best laid plans get rained out, then we head for the oven with our dish. Today I am heading to the oven with my Bar B Que Brats & Beans which has been developed as a result of the rain which we really need. This recipe turned out so delicious that we will be making it over and over rain or shine. It is so easy to put together, full of great flavor and a big hit with friends and family.


Bar B Que Brats & Beans at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Whats For Dinner Next Week 3-25-18

The first week of spring has been great and now we are well underway. We will be planning some great meals to fit in with our busy week coming up. This is one of the ways that meal planning really pays off with giving me more time to spend on my other projects. I will be looking to the slow cooker this week to help me in and out of the kitchen a little faster. I love spending time in the garden this time of the year so I can put something in the slow cooker and off to the garden I go.

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

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Full Plate Thursday #372


Welcome Spring!

Spring is here, our wild flowers are starting to bloom, the pear trees are in full bloom and just beautiful. Come on out on the screen porch we are having our party out on the porch today, and I am so excited to see what wonderful spring dishes you are bringing to share with us today. We have some very special features from last week that you will want to check out,  stop by these awesome blogs and say hello!

Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen's Country Cottage