Showing posts from 2019

Full Plate Thursday,441

Hello everyone,  we are out on  the screen porch today, sipping some cold tea, come on back and join us. It is starting to get hot here and we retreat to the coolest spots we can find in the heat of the day. We are having a great harvest from our garden right now so we are very busy canning, preserving and enjoying fresh vegetables from the garden. We have some awesome features this week from the party last week and I hope you will take the time to visit these talented bloggers and say hello! Thanks so much for coming to the party today, I always look forward to seeing you every week!

Greek Salad Boat

Our Greek Salad Boat is a fresh light combination of vegetables and served in a crusty bread boat. I love the Greek flavors in the combination of herbs and vegetables with a fantastic dressing, and then there is the bread. Oh yes that crusty bread to this bread lover is a perfect partner for this salad. This is a great way to serve a salad that becomes a meal and one of my favorites. The salad is great to serve as an appetizer, side dish or as the entree. This is a great garden to table dish that is great any time of the year!

Mediterranean Chicken Skillet

Mediterranean Chicken Skillet is a delicious light skillet of goodness. This is a recipe that goes together quick and is ready to go on the table with very little effort, and for busy days that is a plus! The combination of flavor in this recipe is just a perfect blend of spice for a big hit here at the cottage.  This is a great meal, served with a vegetable, or maybe a salad and some crusty bread, I am hungry just thinking about it!

Whats For Dinner Next Week, 7-14-19

What a wonderful week we had visiting with our Granddaughter and Great Granddaughter, a very special time. They live a very long way away from us so when we get to see them it is so special! Now the cottage will be so quiet this week, but we will be enjoying some great meals and who knows who will  be dropping by. Our meal plan this week will have some special garden to table recipes that we really enjoy this time of the year! So come on out to the garden with me and we will gather a basket of vegetables and see what recipe it leads to.

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Hope all of you had a fantastic holiday weekend, and are ready to enjoy this beautiful summer day. We are enjoying very special house guest this week at the cottage, that is the awesome thing about summer we get to see some of our family and friends that live so far away. We had some great post last week that are featured for our party today. I sure hope you will take the time to visit these talented bloggers and take a look at their post. Leave us a comment and let us know what you are doing this summer, I always love hearing from all of you!

Nana's Garden Casserole

I love going out to my garden early in the morning and coming back to the kitchen with a basket full of awesome vegetables. Our family really enjoys a great vegetable recipe and often times we enjoy meatless meals. This is one of those garden creations that came together out of a wonderful garden harvest basket of vegetables, and is so simple to prepare. I have added some herbs and a little cheese to give it a very special flavor. This Garden to Table Casserole is a great side dish a delicious surprise for a covered dish and will even be a stand alone dish for lunch.

Monday Cob Salad

Sometimes after a really busy weekend I will open the refrigerator on Monday Morning and see all the "Little Bit's" of the weekend past. Today I have some left over grilled rib eye steak, a great grilled chicken breast, some roasted corn and chilies, along with some other wonderful flavor, this makes a great cob salad. The "Little Bit's" are used up and I have a day off in the kitchen, who doesn't like that.

Whats For Dinner Next Week,7-7-19

The cottage is filled with wonderful energy this time of the year, with family, friends and lots of activities at the lake and our community. It sure makes planning meals even more important, it is not a good time to wonder up and down the supermarket isle and not have a clue what is going in the shopping cart for dinner. We are looking forward to some very special house guest that are coming to the cottage this week, and I am so excited to plan some of their favorite recipes on the meal plan.

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The Party Is Open Early Today!
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We Are Opening The Party Early Today 
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More Time To Spend Enjoying Your Celebrations!

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday and the 4th of July Celebration! We are all ready for a 4th party here at the cottage and so glad you could stop by today to enjoy some of the awesome dishes that we are sharing at the party! We have some great features from last week and sure hope that you will enjoy the post from these talented bloggers.
Wishing each one of you a safe and fun 4th of July celebration.  I want to thank all the folks who make it possible for us to enjoy this freedom, especially our family members who are currently deployed.

Retro Macaroni Salad

The first time I remember making this salad was in my homemaking class, back in the day when we still had homemaking classes in our school system. I am still making the salad and still serving it in my Covered Pyrex Dish. It is a delicious salad and has gone to many a picnic, and covered dish dinner. When our family gets together it is always one of the favorites, truly a classic comfort salad!

Strawberry Jam Cake

This strawberry cake recipe is so moist and delicious with a secret that makes it very special. We can get strawberries most all year in our super market but the best berries are when they are in season. The berries are so sweet and juicy I just can't resist putting them into a great dessert. This Strawberry Jam Cake looks beautiful on the cake plate and each bite is full of flavor!

Whats For Dinner Next Week, 6-30-19

We are busy at the cottage this week, getting ready for the 4th of July celebrations around our community. Our little community has an annual parade with all the kids on their bikes and all the Grandpas pulling little wagons behind their riding mowers with the grands waving the flags. It truly is an All-American day. Our ladies club sponsors a country store and I will be taking some of my jelly to donate and of course a cherry cobbler. When we are enjoying holidays and house guest it is a very important time to make sure that we have a meal plan in place. I am going to finish this plan and head to the garden to gather some of the produce that I will be needing.

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It is our last party for the month of June and it is time for the Top Ten Post from last weeks party. Every month we feature the Top Ten Post with the most page views on the last week of the month and this month we have some great post that you have picked! I really look forward to this party every week to see all of you and enjoy all the wonderful post you share with us. We are out on the garden patio today to enjoy the beautiful vegetables that are in the garden right now, so grab a basket and help yourself! I can't wait to see you at the party!

All-American Hot Dog

We all love our hot dogs here in American and for some of our patriotic celebrations we just have to have our hot dogs! Lots of times when we host an event it is burgers and dogs and it's not just the kids that have the dogs. My favorite way to serve the hot dogs is to present many different toppings and let everyone build their own hot dog. I can't wait to build one of my favorite hot dogs!

Very Berry Ice Cream

Ice Cream Ice Cream We All Scream For Ice Cream! That is sure the chant that goes up from some of our family. As a matter of fact my husband's nick name is "Blue Bell Man" he has to have his Ice Cream for his special treat everyday. This is a very special berry filled ice cream, that our entire family enjoys. This recipe is so easy and takes no time and it is in the freezer, it is sure worth the wait while it freezes!

Whats For Dinner Next Week,6-23-19

Summer has arrived and the cottage is buzzing with activity. We are busy in the gardens and enjoying fun activities around the lake. Meal planning becomes even more important to me when life is so busy, because it saves me so much time and gives me extra money to play on. We are using some of our garden vegetables in recipes this week and I just love the freshness that brings to a meal. I sure hope that you are able to enjoy a garden or farmers market this time of the year and bring home the freshness!

Full Plate Thursday, 437

Hi everyone, so good to see you today! Hope all of you had a fun Fathers Day, we sure had a great time here at the cottage. We are sitting on the screen porch today just sipping sweet tea and so glad you are here to share with us. Just come on back to the porch and make yourself at home I can't wait to see what you will be sharing with us today. Thanks so much for coming to the party today and hope you will take the time to visit with some of the awesome bloggers who gather here every Thursday!

Roasted Corn ,Chilies and Peppers

Roasted Corn, Poblano Chilies, Green Chilies and Peppers are a great combination for a Tex-Mex recipe that is a big hit here at the cottage. We love to roast the corn it just gives a very special flavor that you can't get any other way. We have combined that delicious roasted corn with some Poblano and Green Chilies then added Peppers to make this amazing dish.This recipe has all those special Tex-Mex seasons that lets you know it's just a little on the warm side, but just right! This is a vegetable side dish that will compliment any meal for any occasion.

Grilled Chicken With Garden Relish

We are heading to the garden to harvest the relish that will top this delicious marinated grilled chicken. This recipe uses the great flavors of the vinaigrette in the marinate for the chicken giving this dish a very special combination. This is a great grilling recipe when you are having guest it really is a meal on a platter from garden to table, now it doesn't get much better than that!

Whats For Dinner Next Week,6-16-19

Happy Fathers Day To All The Great Dad's!
I have been out in the gardens today gathering fresh vegetables for our very special meal that we will be having to celebrate the Fathers in our family. You may remember how much rain we had earlier in our season and the late plantings we had for the garden, well all that rain has made everything so green, lush and bountiful. Planning meals for special people in our life and special holidays is always a fun project for me. It is at busy times like this that I am so grateful that my meals will all  be planned out, the marketing done and even some of the prep and cooking already done. Life is good and I am so happy you are here to share it with me today!

Full Plate Thursday, 436

I am so happy to welcome you to the cottage for our Full Plate Thursday! We have been making a few plans for Fathers Day here and I wonder what you are planning for this special day. We had some really great features from last week that I hope you will take the time to visit. It is a privilege to be a part of such a special community of bloggers that we have here on Thursday! Thanks so much for coming to the party today and hope you have a very special week!

Garden Fresh Fritatta

It is so nice to  be able to have a really nice brunch dish on the weekend when we can just take our time to really enjoy some time together with friends and family. This Garden Fresh Fritatta is a great recipe that takes you from the garden to the table with lots of fresh vegetables. I love to invite our guest to come to the garden and help harvest some of the ingredients for the dish that we are about to make, we have so much fun. The combination of flavor in this recipe is really delicious and is so fresh. For the off season when the garden is no longer producing most of these vegetables can be found at your local farmers market of your supermarket. I often times make this recipe and freeze it in individual servings for up to two months, it is a great grab and go breakfast!

Nana's Lemon Pie

Through my many years of cooking I have acquired several go to recipes for special occasions. Nana's Lemon Pie is just one of those recipes, when you get a call and one of the kids has invited 2 or 3 of their buddies home for dinner, or maybe the hubby is bringing one of his office buddies for dinner. This is the greatest go to pie recipe.This recipe has amazing flavor and it very easy to put together  and it serves up like you have been working on  a dessert all day!

Whats For Dinner Next Week,6-9-19

Hello everyone, we are so glad to see you today, we are headed out to the garden to see what might be available to harvest for our meal plan this week. Although we planted our gardens late this year, we are beginning to have a great harvest of spring and summer vegetables. I always love to use our fresh produce in my meal plans when at all possible. After the garden we will take a break on the screen porch to work on this meal plan. It doesn't get much better than this, just sitting on the screen porch sipping sweet tea!

Full Plate Thursday,435

So excited to see you here for our first party of June! Everyone I talk to is so happy for that calendar to turn in the hope that our weather will begin to improve. Don't you just love this time of the year when we can include so many fresh fruits and vegetables in our recipes and have fun picnic tables to set them on. I love getting to visit each one of your blogs every week, we have so many talented folks who link to this party. I sure hope that you will take the time to visit each other, make some new friends and try some new recipes! Thanks so much for coming today and come back to see us real soon!

Garden Vegetable Soup

We love our garden vegetables and there is nothing better than to go out to the garden gather a bunch of vegetables and bring them back to the kitchen to create a delicious soup. This is one of those recipes that we have used over and over in our kitchen and on a chilly rainy day there is nothing better than a bowl of this fresh vegetable soup. The combination of fresh vegetables and herbs can't be beat for a great flavor and it is a perfect garden to table bowl of goodness!

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Brats

We are grilling Brats and they are stuffed with great flavors then wrapped up with a nice strip of bacon. Oh my, these brats are so delicious when you bite into that great stuffing with the special sauce and the crisp bacon outside. These brats are easy to prepare but sure do deliver in flavor. The special sauce is very versatile and can be used as a dressing on many different dishes. Our friends loved these brats!

Whats For Dinner Next Week,6-2-19

It is so exciting to turn the calendar and it's June! We are really looking forward to the summer months here at the cottage. I love making meal plans this for this season with all the fresh fruits and vegetables. We actually picked our first ripe tomato yesterday, it was a Roma, they always come early and are great producers. We will be gearing up to make our homemade salsa before to much longer. So glad you could join me today, sitting on the screen porch, sipping sweet tea, planning meals with great recipes!
To All Our Friends  Who Have Been Ravaged By Tornadoes and Flood Waters Lost Your Homes, Farm Land, Animals, and Businesses Please Know That You Are In Our  Thoughts and Prayers We Love You!

Full Plate Thursday,434

I sure hope that you had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend and you got to try lots of new spring and summer recipes that you will be able to share with us today. We had a great holiday with friends and family right here at the cottage and lakefront for some of the festivities. Summer is officially open and we are in the last week of May which brings our Top Ten Post Views from last weeks party. I always look forward to see the post that you choose to view the most from a party. Many thanks for sharing your amazing talents with us and lets get this party started!

Old Fashioned Strawberry Pudding

I love the comfort that most old fashioned desserts bring. This Old Fashioned Strawberry Pudding recipe traces back in our family to one of my great Aunts. I really enjoy finding the root of the recipe in our family so that as I pass it down to my family members they will know exactly where it came from. Of course we have added to and changed the recipe as time has gone along and tried to bring it into the society that we live in today which means it is easy! This recipe will go together real fast and will be delicious and very comforting!

Layered Picnic Salad

This is a great layered salad to take to a picnic or a covered dish event. It is so easy to make and take, just layer the vegetables and toppings, cover and you are ready to head out to your event. A layered salad is always to pretty to look at in a nice round glass bowl, but really not to practical for a picnic or a backyard event. You can make this salad with as many or as few layers as you like, just have fun with it and make it yours. I love this layered picnic salad and the blend of vegetables and toppings making this recipe a real winner!

Whats For Dinner Next Week,5-26-19

We are planning a great memorial day weekend, with family and friends. Making a meal plan for a week like this is so much fun, because we get to include some of the awesome recipes that we don't make every week. We will have all of our marketing done and some of our recipes prepared in advance, it will all be delicious and I can't wait! We always want to take the time out of our busy activities to remember the sacrifice of the men and women that have made it possible for us to enjoy our freedom here in the USA!

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What a week we have had here in our area, really bad storms and they went across the states all the way to the coast. We are so blessed that the tornadoes that were only 6 miles away did not come to the cottage, we are so grateful.

Photo Credit Texas Storm Chasers Community Group Three Tornadoes Trying to Form Just Outside of Gun Barrel City, Texas This Is About 12 Miles From  Our Cottage
We are sure glad to see you today and so happy that we can have this party today! I always look forward to Thursday's and the amazing recipes, table decor, and food related post that we have at the party! Thanks so much for coming today and hope you have lots of fun at the party!

Asian Broccoli Slaw

We are  slaw lovers here at the cottage and love many variations of slaw. One of the newer variations that we enjoy is the broccoli slaw that is ready to go at the market, and who doesn't like that slaw already shredded. I am adding some awesome extras to this convenient product that puts it over the top in the flavor department. This slaw will be a lovely addition to any meal and it is really good with our Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich.

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich

This recipe brings together so many wonderful flavors that just make this a very special grilled chicken sandwich. I love to be able to grill out side, but if it is bad weather this recipe can always be made on a table top or stove top grill. This recipe can be made for two or twenty, its that easy and so very delicious! We recently served the sandwich to a crowd and it was a big hit!

Whats For Dinner Next Week,5-19-19

We are expecting house guest here at the cottage this week so I will be keeping that in mind when making my meal plan. I love meal planning because it gives me so much freedom and just keeps an organized flow in the kitchen while enjoying my friends that are coming to visit with us. We don't have to interrupt our visit with going to the market, walking up and down the isle and wondering what everyone wants for dinner. By the time my guest arrive, the marketing is done and even some of the recipes have been made ahead, freeing all of us to enjoy our time together. With the busy summer months coming I encourage you to try meal planning, you will love it!

Full Plate Thursday,432

Hello everyone, we are so glad to see you today. Hope each of you had a great Mothers Day Weekend and are excited to get back to your routine. I am always happy to get back to the comfort of my routine after a holiday, and seeing you on Thursday is sure a part of that routine. We had some awesome features from last weeks party and I hope you can take the time to visit these fantastic bloggers. Thanks so much for coming to the party today I always look forward to the wonderful recipes, table decor and food related post that you bring every week to help make this party so successful!

Spring Garden Blooms and Plantings 2019

We finally had a break in the rain so we could get our spring garden planted and we are so excited! We are planting real late this year because our area has been having historical rain breaking weather records. Some of the plants have loved all the water and others have had delayed growth while some have died because of to much water. Because the planting has been so late this year, we completely changed our garden plot plan. That's the fun of gardening it is ever changing and never a perfect science, we learn new methods all the time and will continue to pass that along to all of you.

Tomato Basil Soup Plus Dumplings

We love tomato soup and this recipe has a bonus of dumplings. The flavors in this soup and dumplings will have you talking about this soup until you can get seconds. A nice blend of vegetables and add some fresh basil from the herb garden then it is a hit here at the cottage. I made this special recipe for a ladies committee luncheon meeting and the ladies gave us rave reviews. My husband always ask for double dumplings, they are so delicious, I can sure understand why!

Whats For Dinner Next Week,5-12-19

Today I am writing the meal plan and watching the rain coming down so hard I can't see across the pasture. We are planning on Mothers day here at the cottage and some of our family is coming for the day which we will sure enjoy! I am going to make the plan, then sit back and let them follow it, just taking the day off. That is one of the advantages of having a meal plan, just about anyone can take over the plan and make it happen, because the recipes are gathered, marketing done, all that's left is to cook it and serve it. So as a Mom I am going to be looking forward to the being served part of this plan!

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Thanks so much for coming to Full Plate Thursday, I am so happy to see you today! Come on back to the screen porch and enjoy some of this amazing spring weather we are having. Take a look at our vegetable garden, we have some blooms on the tomato vines with one of the vines setting on little green tomatoes, I am so excited and can't wait for some fried green tomatoes. I know that many of you are planning very special Mothers Day celebrations for this coming weekend. I am looking forward to all the lovely Mothers Day inspiration that you will be sharing with us today!

Retro Peach Salad

This peach salad could be found on my Mothers and my Aunts table just about anytime there was a special family dinner. Some of the family would sometimes make a similar salad with pears, but we always made our recipe with peaches. I think we used peaches because my Grandparents had a peach orchard on their farm and they canned a lot of peaches during the peach harvest. Everyone always called this a salad but to me it was more like a delicious dessert that I loved back in  the day and I still do!

Orange Cornmeal Cake

A cornmeal cake is really a very primitive cake but dressed up can be quiet elegant. We really enjoy a cornmeal cake and one does not last very long here at the cottage. The recipe is very versatile and several different fruits, juice or even wine can be used, but our favorite is orange. I like to use the little "Cuties" from the market, they are very plentiful this time of the year and lend a great flavor to this classic cake.

Whats For Dinner Next Week, 5-5-19

We have been celebrating Cinco de Mayo this past week and finish it out this Sunday. We are so excited here at the cottage, we finally got to plant our garden, harvest will be a little late this year but at least we got to plant. We made sure that we have all of the ingredients planted for our Salsa that everyone loves to get at Christmas. I love making the meal plan with a special holiday, especially when it involves Tex-Mex which is one of our favorites. So many great recipes, sometimes it is hard to make decisions!

Full Plate Thursday,430

I am so excited to see you here today for our Full Plate Thursday party! Come on in the cottage and find a place at the table, we will have a table full of wonderful food that all of you are bringing to share at the party today. I hope you noticed on your way in that we have finally got our garden planted, we are so exited to get the vegetables in the ground. The rain finally stopped long enough for us to get it done. I hope you take the time to visit the great blogs that are featured here today and say hello! Thanks so much for coming today, it is always very special to have you sit at the table with us!

Chicken Taco Lettuce Wraps

I just love lettuce wraps and this Chicken Taco Lettuce Wraps is one of my favorites. The use of the chicken in the recipe gives it just a little lighter calorie count. The recipe has all the seasons of a great taco just without the tortilla. This makes a great wrap and chopped up together makes a fantastic taco salad. Either way you have this recipe it will keep you coming back over and over. This is one of my favorite go to lunches. I keep some of the chicken taco mix in the freezer in individual serving bags, so it is a grab n go any time!

Miz Helen's Slow Cooker Brisket

This is one of my favorite Slow Cooker Brisket recipes. The flavors in this recipe are delicious and allows you to use the brisket in several different ways.The brisket is perfect for street tacos, or just sliced and served with sides. For this post we are serving brisket on a bun with Cole slaw and topped with the onions from the brisket pot. Serving on the side Marinated Veggie Salad and Grilled Corn with Dill Butter, what a delicious meal!

Whats For Dinner Next Week, 4-28-19

I just got a cup of tea and settled in on the screen porch to make my meal plan for the week. It is raining, not hard but just a nice slow spring rain, it is really cozy sitting on the screen porch when it is a nice slow rain. I am looking at the garden plot that is ready to plant and we can't get a break in the rain so we can get it planted for this year, maybe soon. We will be enjoying some Tex Mex recipes this week leading up to the Cinco de Mayo weekend.  I checked on my pantry and freezer inventories earlier and I do have some fresh spring greens growing in garden tubs, now we are ready to get started.