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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!



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!



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.




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.




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!


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.



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.




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. 


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!


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!




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.



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.



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.


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.



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.



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.




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!


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.