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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!


Full Plate Thursday,431

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.


Full Plate Thursday,429

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday and our Top Ten Week! On The last Thursday of the month we always feature our Top Ten Post from the week before and this is that week already! We are having a great week here at the cottage, enjoying a slower pace after the holiday rush. We are actually able to be outdoors and to spend some quality time on the screen porch. Come on in and have a nice cup of tea we are on the screen porch today and I can't wait to see what you will  be sharing with us today!


Salsa Chicken Skillet

Salsa Chicken Skillet is one of those recipes that goes together in no time and your family can be enjoying the meal on a very busy day. The chicken has a very special rub that gives it lots of Tex Mex flavors. After cooking, it simmers with some salsa and cheese, to top off a great recipe. Just add some lime and cilantro with a sliced avocado and this is a plate full of goodness. I have added one of my favorite rice casserole recipes to the meal that really compliments the chicken.


Green Pea and Ham Couscous Salad

This is a great recipe to use up some left over ham and enjoy some green peas and couscous. Our Green Pea and Ham Couscous Salad is perfect for a luncheon, covered dish event or a family get together. The salad is really better if you make it ahead of time and let it sit overnight if possible or as long as you can before serving. The combination of flavor in this salad makes it very special and one that your guest will ask for over and over. We love this salad here at the cottage and through the years it has become one of those go to recipes.


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 4-21-19

Hope that all of you are having a wonderful Passover and Easter weekend with lots of good food and fellowship. When I think about making this meal plan I want to use some of the left overs from the weekend, sometimes the left overs are the best. I am looking forward to a very restful week after being so busy getting ready for the holiday's. I am headed out to the gardens to see what veggie I might be able to use this next week in the meal plan.


Full Plate Thursday,428

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday and a very busy week with Pass Over and Easter. We are very busy here at the cottage getting ready for all the festivities. We sure had some fantastic recipes and decor post last week that I hope will help you with your holiday plans. I am very excited for the party today and want to thank you so much for coming by to enjoy it with us. The Party Links are open nowso go ahead and link up your favorite recipes, table decors and food related articles, I can't wait to see what you are sharing today!


Mini Fruit Tarts

These are very special Mini Fruit Tarts that can come to any party. They will be great for a dessert buffet,a shower, a special luncheon or just a fun night for the family. A perfect one or two bites and they are so easy to make. The crisp little tart shell is filled with a very creamy filling and topped with delicious fresh fruit. They do come with a warning, just slightly additive, we usually can't stop with just one or two, they are just so good!


Sausage and Biscuits Breakfast Casserole With Pepper Gravy

There is nothing like sausage, biscuits and gravy for a very southern breakfast. This casserole has all those wonderful elements rolled into one casserole that is absolutely delicious, then we drizzle Pepper Gravy over the serving to top off the flavor. This is like sitting down to Grandma's table with everything in one nice baking dish. A breakfast casserole is always a great way to feed a large group for breakfast or brunch. We will be serving this casserole next weekend to a large group and I know they will love it.


Whats For Dinner Next Week,Plus Easter

We are getting the cottage ready for the Easter weekend with all the special feast and events of the season. Easter Egg hunts, with the bunnies hopping all around to the Easter Dinner that we always look forward to. We usually have around 20 to 25 on Easter and this year that number is greatly diminished. It is a really busy time of the year for family that live so far away. I am including the Easter Dinner Plan with this meal plan so that we can all get our marketing done and know exactly what we will be having over the big weekend. There will be some desserts and dishes that can be made ahead of time and that will really help with the meal preparation and we can achieve that by simply making  a meal plan, which I hope you will be doing along with me.


Full Plate Thursday,427

We are so happy to welcome you to Full Plate Thursday, where the greatest cooks on the planet gather on Thursday's to celebrate food and great recipes. You brought some really great spring dishes last week that everyone really enjoyed and they are featured here today. I encourage you to stop by these great blogs to check out the recipes and say hello. I can't wait to see what you will be bringing to the party today, so come on in and make yourself at home!


Marinated Veggie Salad

Our Marinated Veggie Salad is a fantastic salad recipe that is limited only by your imagination. I love to keep some of this salad in the refrigerator during a busy week, Just take some from the jar, spread it on some greens, add a little feta and it is a delicious salad. The jar of marinated veggies will easily go into any picnic basket to give you a great side for the special picnic. This will also be a great bowl of salad for a covered dish, or a side dish for a family dinner. This is a great make ahead recipe that you will want to use over and over. We love this recipe and you can find it in my refrigerator most of the spring and summer for sure.


Egg Nest Cupcakes

Egg Nest Cupcakes can be a very special little treat for any Easter function, brunch, lunch or a special Easter Egg Hunt. These are very simple but delicious cupcakes with a delicious buttercream frosting. We are topping them with some toasted coconut and having fun hiding little candy Easter eggs in the coconut. The kids will have fun helping you decorate the cupcakes and they are so good! A really good thing about these cupcakes, they can be frozen until time to use, a great make ahead treat!


Whats For Dinner Next Week,4-7-19

It has been a rough week here in our little community, there has been this awful virus going around and it came to the cottage. For the first time in 8 years I wondered if I would be able to make the meal plan for publication this week, but here I am at the last possible minute giving it a try. I know that many of you really look forward to the meal plan each week for inspiration and I will always go the extra mile for all of you!


Full Plate Thursday,426

My goodness it is April already and I am so excited that spring is finally here and so are you! Come on in we are all on the screen porch today and it is so nice to be able to set up our tables and have our party on the porch. I can't wait to see the wonderful food that you will be bringing to the party today. We have some great blogs that we have featured today and hope you will be able to visit them and say hello. Hope you enjoy the party today and we look forward to spending time with you!


Slow Cooker Confetti Potatoes

Our Slow Cooker Confetti Potatoes will  be a great side dish for any occasion and so easy to put together. This potato dish has great flavor from a combination of seasons and vegetables. We are adding some special cheese and little bacon bits to top it all off.  These Confetti Potatoes will be a great hit at any covered dish gathering. Our crew here at the cottage just loves this recipe and I am hoping that all of you will enjoy this pure comfort recipe.


Chocolate Lemon Bites

These Chocolate Lemon Bites are just perfect for an afternoon tea with a friend. Rich little bites of lemon and chocolate for a perfect size little treat. Several little pieces of white chocolate in every bite with a hint of lemon plus the size of our Chocolate Lemon Bites will let you have more than one. What a great way to enjoy a special day with a very delicious little treat!


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 4-1-19

The pear trees are in full bloom and look so beautiful and I was able to pick my first salad from the lettuce bucket today. I just love stepping just outside my kitchen door and picking a fresh salad. I am looking forward to a great spring meal plan for the week with some new recipes and some old classics. Our spring ladies luncheon is this week I have been requested to bring everyone's favorite Ladies Club Salad. I am making some very special cookies today that you will  be seeing on the blog very soon. I need to get this meal plan finished so I can get those cookies done.


Full Plate Thursday,425

Hi everyone and welcome back to Full Plate Thursday! We are so excited here at the cottage to be enjoying some spring weather and to welcome your wonderful spring recipes to the party today. This is the week that we feature our Top Ten Post Views from last weeks party and you the readers have picked some good ones. Be sure and stop by to say hello to these great bloggers! Thanks so much for coming to the party today and being a part of this special community of foodies!


Nana's Crab Cake Sliders With Dill Dressing

Crab Cakes are a real favorite here at the cottage. I love the serving size of a slider and wanted to make these awesome Nana's Crab Cake Sliders, then added a delicious dill dressing that we will be using for many other recipes. The basic recipe for the Crab Cake Sliders is my Crab Cake recipe that I have used for years, we just made it smaller for the sliders. We used a toasted slider bun and started the foundation with a great Cole slaw with the dill dressing drizzled on top, then the delicious crab cake with more of the dressing drizzled on top, last we topped it with the toasted bun top. The crab cake can be served with or without the bun and would make a great appetizer served with the dill dressing. Our family loves this recipe!


Instant Pot Bar B Que Country Ribs

We had planned to cook these country ribs on the grill and enjoy being outdoors, and here came the spring rain. It was the Instant Pot to the rescue, and rescue indeed, these ribs are amazing! The ribs have a great rub and are so tender they were falling apart. I will sure be using this recipe over and over rain or shine!


Whats For Dinner Next Week,3-24-19

The sun is shinning and the ground has dried out enough for us to get in the yard and enjoy the beginning of spring. It is fun to make meal plans this time of the year with so many wonderful vegetables that will be coming to our gardens and all the farmers market. We started the spring clean on our screen porch this week and hope to be spending some quality time out there in the months to come.  Hope you are in an area of the country that you can enjoy a little bit of spring that will inspire you to have a wonderful spring meal plan for the week.


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!