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Full Plate Thursday,424

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, come in the cottage and find a special place at the table. We are looking forward to a great party today with a table full of great recipes to enjoy. Spring is arriving here at the cottage, we have put the humming bird feeder's out, and the pear tree is budding and starting to bloom, I am so excited to see the first signs of spring! We have some great features from last week and I sure hope you will stop by and say hello to these great bloggers. Thanks so much for coming today, we always look forward to your visits!


Sheet Pan Roasted Veggie Frittata

I love roasted vegetables, roasting the vegetables brings out such great flavors. This Frittata is a simple blend of roasted vegetables with herbs and ham. We are making it on a sheet pan that keeps it real simple and informal. We have found this to be so convenient for feeding a brunch crowd and a wonderful way to cook for the freezer. We have recently used this recipe to feed a very large crowd for brunch and the folks really loved it. At the cottage we make the recipe and enjoy it for brunch then take the rest and freeze it in serving sizes for the freezer. It is a great grab n go for a busy life style and who doesn't have a day like that from time to time. The combination of vegetables and herbs makes this a delicious brunch dish that I hope you enjoy as much as we have.


Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

If you are a Buffalo Chicken lover you are going to really enjoy this recipe for Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs. These meatballs are just delicious and can be used as an appetizer, on a sub roll making a great sandwich with a sharp dressing that completes this flavor fest! It takes no time to make the balls then put them into a slow cooker filled with Buffalo goodness and walk away for the magic to happen. When you come back later the balls are ready for you to use for your party, or a covered dish, they will be a hit at any event! A recipe bonus lets you freeze the meatballs up to 3 months and the dressing can be used as a spread, dip or dressing for a salad.


Whats For Dinner Next Week,3-17-19

We will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day with family and friends this weekend, looking forward to great food and fellowship. When I make meal plans for this celebration it is hard to choose which favorite recipes to make. I have asked a couple of family members for their ideas so we will see what ends up on the plan. We are coming into the spring storms and rains now, so I will sure have an eye for the weather when planning the meals. As I write this post it is pouring down rain, so we sure won't be planning a cookout for today.


Full Plate Thursday, 423

Hello everyone, we are so glad to see you today. We are planning a great party filled with wonderful food with a nod to the Irish and a celebration of St. Patrick's Day foods and decor. We have Spring Breakers at the cottage and we are having a week of Irish Food this week, enjoying the food and fellowship. Be sure and stop by the great features these bloggers are some of the greatest cooks on the planet!


Irish Brown Bread Pudding

The Irish make wonderful soda and brown breads and like many others they will gather up the old stale bread and made a lovely dessert. Often times it is a bread pudding, that is filled with not only the wonderful spice from the bread but put into a custard with some lovely sauce and then they serve you the most delicious dessert, from the left over bread. Our Irish Brown Bread Pudding is a recipe that uses the day or two old brown bread, then soaked in a custard base and baked. After it cools just a bit it is cover with a very rich sauce and later served with the sauce on the side. Oh my goodness this is a very special treat that I am proud to serve my family and friends and share with you today.


Braised Pork Chops With Cabbage & Mustard Sauce

We had Pork Chops on sale at the market and the cabbage was just beautiful and really fresh. Pork Chops and cabbage make a great combination for a delicious new dish. I really wanted to make something different but full of the flavors that we love with this combination. I had a lot of fun developing this recipe and was very excited about the way it turned out. It has the wonderful flavor of the cabbage and topped with the seasoned braised Pork Chops then we added a thick Mustard Sauce that puts this recipe over the top. I can see this recipe going to some potlucks and diffidently family dinners.


Whats For Dinner Next Week

It is spring break time and we are planning some great meals for the breakers. When planning our meals this week we are giving a big nod to our Irish heritage that we will be sharing with the spring breakers. Lots of interesting things going on at the cottage, we are waiting for the weather to clear a bit and then we will hopefully be planting some of our gardens for the year. I have a couple of decorating projects going that I will be sharing with you later. We of course are looking forward to seeing some spring breakers and having some great Irish food and fellowship.


Full Plate Thursday,422

March has arrived with a lion and we sure hope it will go out as a lamb, we are ready for some good spring weather. We are already seeing signs of spring in our recipes that you are sharing. Last week we had some great recipes, that I know you will want to check out. Hope all of you had a great Fat Tuesday, I can't believe that today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of lent already and we have one of my favorites coming up, St. Patrick's Day! Many thanks to all of you for sharing your amazing recipes, and food related post with us, you truly are the greatest cooks on the planet!


Bangers & Mash With Onion Gravy

If you are walking into an Irish home after a long days work or an Irish Pub, one of the Irish comfort dishes being served would be Bangers & Mash With Onion Gravy. This is a table favorite of our Irish friends and family, just pure comfort with a great flavor. The Bangers simmered in a flavorful onion gravy then served a top a mound of mashed potatoes, it just doesn't get much better than this. This is one of our family favorites.


Irish Apple Cake

This Irish Apple Cake is a very old and primitive, but delicious recipe. I actually found it in some of my Aunt's recipes that had been handed down to me from my Irish Grandmother. The outside of the cake has a nice sweet crust and the inside is a wonderful crumb of spices and lovely bites of apples. I have made the cake for years and it is a hit every time I make it. What better way to celebrate being Irish than with a slice of this fantastic cake!


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 3-3-19

I am so excited March is here, it has been a long winter. We are looking forward to fresh garden vegetables and spring dishes on the table. This week is Mardi Gras with parades and celebration's in many of the surrounding communities, it is a fun time with fantastic Cajun food. We will sure be tipping our hat to the Cajun food this week.  We should be able to be in our garden by this time but it is to wet to plow, you can read all about our Garden Forecast: To Wet To Plow. We are very excited to to get started on everything spring!


Full Plate Thursday,421

It is already the last few days of February and we are so excited that spring will be right around the corner. This week brings us to our Top Ten Viewers Post from last weeks party. These are all the post that you the viewers have choose to feature this week and you sure did a great job, we have some delicious recipes! We still have some cold  weather to get through and it is pretty cold today, so come on in the cottage and find a place at the table with us, it is warm and cozy here plus we are expecting to have a table full of wonderful food from the greatest cooks on the planet, and that is YOU!!


Garden Forecast: To Wet To Plow

Usually by this time of the year, our onions have been planted along with our early greens, peas and potatoes, but not this year. We have had more rainfall than ever in recorded history, the ground is completely saturated and there is literally no place for it to go. Our lakes and rivers are all full and we haven't even come into the spring rainy season. When we try to start our spring gardening we just bog down in the would be rows, this year it is just "to wet to plow".


Slow Cooker Chicken Chowder

I recently had a friend driving out from the city to have lunch with me and I knew that she loves chicken soup so I made her this delicious Chicken Chowder. This Chicken Chowder has a great base with tender chicken and wonderful vegetables in a very creamy soup with lots of flavorful herbs. I put it in the Slow Cooker allowing the flavors to develop and the vegetables are so tender. This is a delicious soup and is even better the next day plus it can be frozen for up to 3 months. My friend and I had a great visit and didn't have to worry about cooking because it was already cooked, and by the way she loved the soup!


Whats For Dinner Next Week,2-24-19

We have spent a week of cold rainy days and we are ready for some sunshine here and we are supposed to have some next week. When I started to make my meal plan for this week, I realized that we would be in the last week of February already and that means that spring will be right around the corner. I am already thinking of some awesome spring meals that we can have. We are trying to take advantage of the rainy inside days we have. I have re-organized and cleaned my entire pantry and of course I updated my pantry inventory. My pantry inventory really helps in making my meal plans plus helps at the market so I don't end up with 5 jars of the same ingredient or get into a recipe and have to run to the store before I can finish the recipe. Meal planning really helps me stay on track and organized.


Full Plate Thursday, 420

Hello everyone, come on in this cottage and get by the fire it is cold outside. We have some great snacks and a nice pot of cider on simmer. I sure hope all of you had a great Valentine Day, we had some wonderful special Valentine treats here at the party last week. We have some great features today and I hope you will take the time to visit some of these very talented bloggers. Every week we pin our features on a special board and some of the features are on my meal plan every week, Whats For Dinner Next Week. I really appreciate you coming today and can't wait to see what you will be sharing for the party!


Retro Salmon Patties

My Mother always kept a can of Pink Salmon in the cabinet. If we had unexpected company you knew the can of Salmon was coming down and Salmon Patties would soon be on the table. We lived inland so fresh fish was Catfish, Crapie, and mostly any other fish caught in the river or lake, fresh fish like Salmon would not have been on our table and wasn't. I love Salmon Patties, and every once in a while I really get hungry for them. There are hundred's of recipes for Salmon Patties, but this is our families recipe and I am happy to share it with you today. When I start making these patties, I can remember my mother standing in the kitchen with her apron on top of her "house dress" with her hair ever so carefully curled. A great memory to enjoy as I make up these delicious Salmon Patties with my apron over my yoga pants and top, wearing my running shoes, time move's on, but our Salmon Patties remain the same.


Creamy Beef and Shells Skillet

We really enjoy a great pasta dish and putting it all in one skillet is even better. I was having a really busy day and needed to get something on the table fast so this recipe for Shells With Creamy Beef Sauce Skillet was developed. This recipe can be ready to go on the table in no time and it is a very hearty dish. Great Italian flavors and a creamy sauce packed with cheese makes this dish very special. Just have a nice salad and a piece of crusty french bread and it is a great family meal, you will love this one!


Whats For Dinner Next Week

Hope you all had a very loving Valentine Day, my husband outdid himself with beautiful roses and special little gifts, he is such a sweetie! Our meal plan is always contingent on who plans on being at the cottage for meals, the weather, outside plans, the food inventory, wow that's a lot to look at, but it is so worth it. I hope you are inspired to begin making meal plans at your cottage, it will show up in your extra time to spend with loved ones, and a savings on your food bill, both of those well worth the investment to make the meal plan.


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Happy Valentine Day
I am excited to see you today as we begin our Valentine Day celebration together. We have some great features from last weeks party that will help you have very special Valentine foods on your table. It is really cold here and we are so happy to gather round the fire and enjoy our time together. Thanks so much for coming today, and hope to see you at the party with your very special recipes, and food adventures!


Beef Pozole Soup

Pozole is Spanish for hominy, which is a product that is made from corn. The Corn is soaked in an alkali solution then the corn is washed removing the alkali solution and most of the outside husk, then it is dried and we have hominy. We love hominy and once had it right from the farm where the corn had been raised. The traditional Pozole Soup has meat and vegetables, but the meat is usually pork. Today we are changing it up just a bit and adding beef, to give it a whole new flavor and one that our family loves. This recipe has southwest seasons that makes it a real hit here at the cottage!


Instant Pot Waldorf Chicken Salad

When I get a call to bring something over to someones home for a luncheon, or an impromptu gathering of friends, I don't always have a lot of time to put something together. When I got a call asking me to bring my Chicken Salad, I said sure and then thought this is a job for my Instant Pot. The Waldorf Chicken Salad turned out delicious and everyone at the luncheon just loved it. It took no time to prepare the chicken and it was so much better than the Grocery Store Rotisserie Chicken. The mix of the Waldorf Salad and chicken is a great combination and made a fantastic salad!


Whats For Dinner Next Week,2-10-19

One day this week we enjoyed a wonderful 70 degrees and we grilled out, the very next morning it is 39 degrees and the temperature is still falling, that's Texas. We can have summer one day and winter the next which makes meal planning a real challenge sometimes and we learn to be very flexible with our meal plans. If we have a chicken stew planned we can easily go to the grill with the chicken. As I begin this meal plan I am checking the weather and hoping it holds true for my meal plans. This is Valentine week so I want to plan a special dinner for my sweetheart, how about you are you planning a special Valentine meal?


Full Plate Thursday,418

Welcome February
It is time for Full Plate Thursday and its February, as we move right along with great recipes for the season. This month we will be celebrating Valentine Day and Presidents Day, both are great holidays for delicious recipes! Every week I get to select an entire menu based on your page views, and you'al share so many wonderful recipes, it is very hard to make those selections, that's why I often rely on your page views for those selections. I encourage you to visit other blogs in this community that we gather in every Thursday! I look forward to the party every week to see what you will be sharing, so enjoy the day and enjoy the party!


Cherry Pecan Dump Cake

I told my husband that I wanted to make him a special dessert and what would he like to have, he said, ummm, I would really love to have that thing you know that is a cake and it is really a pie, and oh I want ice cream on it. Do you ever get answers like that from your family and friends, you gotta love it! After a bit of thinking I came back to him and told him I would be making him a Cherry Pecan Dump Cake and did that sound like the one he wanted, he said yes that's it, that's the one! So here it is, fresh out of the oven with a big dip of ice cream to top it off, and it is delicious! There is just something about the old classic's that bring back good memories and great comfort.


Sheet Pan Lemon Rosemary Chicken With Butternut, Brussels Sprouts

A sheet pan meal is  just perfect for a day when you don't have a lot of time to prepare a large family meal. This flavorful sheet pan meal is ready all at the same time and you don't even have to find a platter to serve it on, just garnish and serve. I love the flavor combination of lemon and rosemary and the butternut squash with the Brussels Sprouts are perfect to share this sheet pan.


Whats For Dinner Next Week 2-3-19

If you live where the temperatures have been below 0 then I really hope that you are a meal planner and that you are your family are safe and warm with great meals during this cold weather. This is Super Bowl Weekend, and although none of our teams will be playing, we are still planning on having a fun game day here at the cottage!  This is one of those times when checking the weather and making the meal plan really helps. It is very cold here but not nearly like what some of you are having. I am going to check my inventory for the cold bins in the barn and the pantry and then see what the meal plan will look like, I sure don't want to have to go to the market in this weather. Lets just sit together and have a cup of this delicious cocoa and make the meal plan.


Full Plate Thursday,417

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday and our Top Ten Features From Last Weeks Party! We always feature our Top Ten Page Views For The Last Week of the month, taken from the last weeks party and we sure do have some good ones this week. I hope that you are staying warm and cozy no matter where you are and if you are here with us, come in by the fire, have a warm cider and lets enjoy some of the great recipes that you will be sharing today. Now lets get this party started!

The Link Party Begins At 5:00 P.M. CST Today!


Instant Pot Italian Stew

It finally happened, I got a Instant Pot for Christmas, and I have been having fun! I have used a pressure cooker for years and really wasn't afraid of the pressure and love the fact that I can set the pressure and the cooking time then walk away, whereas with the pressure cooker, it requires a constant watch. It is cold weather here so I thought I would start out with a very simple Italian Stew, it was delicious and sure didn't take very long to prepare, plus it gave me a lot of freedom to take care some something else in the kitchen while it cooked. Thanks so much family, I sure am enjoying this new kitchen toy!


Vintage Sour Cream Pound Cake With Raspberry Sauce

A slice of this vintage sour cream pound cake recipe is the most moist slice of cake that you would every want. I am topping each slice with a nice raspberry sauce making it a very special dessert. Our family vintage recipe came from my Mothers recipe notes, she loved a great pound cake and this one was one of her favorites and one of mine. The raspberry sauce can be served drizzled on top of the cake, it is just delicious!


Whats For Dinner Next Week 1-27-19

Here we are in the last week of January already and it is mighty cold, and will get colder.  When the weather gets this cold I just want to find indoor projects to be involved in. We are still working on our DIY bathroom project and we are almost finished. I have also started going through some of my books, mercy I sure read a lot, but have been reminded that I really don't have space in this tiny cottage for all these books. I will soon  be finished with my January organization projects, in the mean time I get to sit and have a nice cup of tea with you while I make next week's meal plan, so tell me what are you hungry for?


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Oh my goodness it is cold outside, and we need to gather up around the fire to stay warm and cozy. We have some hot cider and hot cocoa to enjoy while we enjoy the fellowship and new recipes that everyone will be sharing today. We really do have some of the greatest cooks on the planet and we enjoy featuring the recipes that you find outstanding every week. I really appreciate you coming to share with us today and hope you will visit some of the other awesome blogs.

The Party Opens At  5:00 p.m. CST Today!


Classic Waldorf Salad

Classic Waldorf Salad I often times receive requests for classic, vintage and old fashioned recipes. I have found that families are pretty much the same all over the world, the Grandma, a favorite Aunt, a Mom or Mother In Law made a favorite family recipe and never wrote it down, we have sure had that situation in our family. One of the most requested recipes that I am asked for is "that old fashioned fruit salad recipe that someone in that family made, and would you happen to have one that might be that recipe. I mentor a group of young homemakers and recently this is one of the recipes that they were asking for. Part of the purpose of Miz Helen's Kitchen is to preserve the integrity of our recipes that have been handed down though all of our families, as we help our younger generations become the kind of cooks they aspire to be.


Pizza Casserole

This Pizza Casserole has seven layers of Italian flavor. This casserole is great to serve on a big game day or a Sunday Fun Day. I have taken this casserole to parties and served it to family, everybody loves this casserole. One of the things I love about the casserole is that it freezes well up to three months. I usually put it into serving portions and freeze for individual meals, they are a perfect size for the lunch bag gang. This casserole is a great go-to recipe for a crowd.


Whats For Dinner Next Week 1-20-19

We are expecting some really cold weather this week, so this will sure be a consideration in planning my meal plan this week. I want to get all my products together before the storm comes, I sure don't want to walk to the barn in the middle of the storm for a sack of potatoes from the cold bin. We are so blessed to have our wonderful garden vegetables that provide us with fresh produce the year round. We are just about finished with our bathroom project, and ready to move the things back in, it sure has been worth it, it looks great! Now I will get busy with my garden plot for the season, can't wait to get started on the garden! What are you doing at your cottage this time of the year, when we mostly have to be indoors?


Full Plate Thursday,415

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, we are so glad that you could come to the party today. Come on in a find a nice warm chair, have some hot cocoa and enjoy the wonderful food that will be shared today. It is good to get back into a regular routine after all the holidays, and we are sure into a busy one here. We are in a DIY bathroom project, so much fun! I sure hope that you enjoy all the fantastic features from last week, these are great blogs that you will enjoy visiting. I can't wait to see what you will be bringing to share with us today!


Ham and Sweet Pepper Crustless Quiche

I love a great quiche and sometimes can do without the crust. This is a great crustless quiche that is easy to prepare with a delicious flavor. I had a luncheon for a committee meeting the other day and made this quiche. I served it with a simple bowl of homemade tomato soup, lunch was a hit and the ladies loved the quiche. I actually used some of my leftover ham bags from the freezer, with some great sweet peppers, onions and some great seasons, then topped it with some rosemary oranges, it was delicious!


Crock Pot Buttermilk Chicken

I remember eating a smothered buttermilk chicken at my Grandmothers when I was a young girl,it was so tender you could cut it with a fork, and the flavor was amazing. I was to young to think to write the recipe down, but I do recall her mixing some vegetables together with fresh buttermilk and pouring it over the chicken. It would be in the oven of a wood burning stove for hours, then finally she would take it from the oven and bring it to the table, it was delicious! This is an attempt to make my Grandmothers recipe that none of the family recorded, and to all my daughters and Granddaughters now we have one right here.


Whats For Dinner Next Week 1-13-19

I am busy getting this meal plan under way this week, looking forward to using some of the pantry and freezer products that I have on hand. We are busy here at the cottage with a little face lift for our bathroom, just a little paint, tile and new flooring to brighten it up a bit. Like any DIY project in a small space, we have "stuff" everywhere, but it will be worth it once it is finished and I am loving it already. We are having a very easy menu plan this week to give me more time to work on the project. My husband just ask What's For Dinner Next Week, after I told him he said, let's eat!


Full Plate Thursday,414

Come on in the cottage, get you a place at the table we are sitting near the fire today, it is really cold outside. We are looking forward to seeing all of you today and enjoy some of the wonderful recipes that you will be sharing. It is really good to get back to a routine after the holidays. We have some great features from last week that I have sure enjoyed and hope you will to. I am looking forward to all of the delicious dishes we will share together in 2019!


Slow Cooker Ham and Wild Rice Soup

There is really nothing better on a rainy day than a hot bowl of soup, and our Ham and Wild Rice Soup will sure make the day better. No matter if it is a cold winters rainy day or a lovely spring rain, this soup will sure give you a warm cozy feeling and fill the tummy with a healthy soup. This soup has layers of flavor that will produce a delicious soup filled with wild rice, vegetables and country ham, it is a complete meal! Slow Cooker Ham and Rice Soup just simmering all day to develop fantastic flavor and ready for the family at the end of the day!


Sweet And Sour Cabbage With Smoked Sausage

When we spent some time in Germany one of the dishes that I loved was their sweet and sour cabbage, it was just delicious. My recipe for sweet and sour cabbage with sausage has a southern twist to this classic recipe. We love this dish and I don't have to talk about left overs because there are rarely any left overs. This is one of those southern comfort dishes here at the cottage, that I usually serve with or over mashed potatoes and it is really good with no sides at all.


Whats For Dinner Next Week 1-5-19

Welcome to our meal plans for 2019, a whole new year of planning together every week. Meal planning will allow us to give our families a better quality meal while saving on the family budget and giving us more time to enjoy that family. This week I am taking an inventory of the pantry, it seems to be somewhat depleted after the holiday cooking. We have had so much rain in our area that some of our neighbors have had to temporarily leave their flooded homes. We are very close to the lake here and the water table is very high, the lake is full and there is no where for all that water to go. We are still dry here in the cottage, thank God! Grab a cup of cider and lets get this plan started so we can make a shopping list for the market!


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Welcome to Full Plate Thursday 2019! I am so excited to kick off this year with all of you. I am looking forward to all the wonderful parties we will be having with all of you in the coming year. It is always a lot of fun to see where the blogger food trends for the year will go and more and more bloggers are setting the tends in the food world. We will be having a very special party today with some great features from last weeks party so lets get this party going!


New Years Traditions

As we begin a new year, I begin to reflect on family and social traditions that we enjoy here at the cottage. We have several recipes that we have come to enjoy every New Years Eve and New Years Day, those recipes that have been passed on through the generations. We gather up on New Years Day and watch the parades and big games, just a fun casual day. We will take a look at goals we may want to set for the New Year and reflect back on the year just passed.