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Full Plate Thursday,458

I am so excited to see you today at Full Plate Thursday! Come in and find your place at the table we are sharing some fabulous fall recipes today and will be enjoying great table decor and information from talented bloggers. We have one of the best linky communities on the web and are grateful you are a part of it! Be sure and visit the awesome features today and we can't wait to see what you will be sharing today.


Baked Pepper Jelly Brussels Sprouts

Often times when I am developing a recipe, it just comes together, from what I have on hand. The day I put this recipe together, I had a basket of Brussels Sprouts from the farmers market, some bacon, and green onions. I always keep a well stocked pantry for my meal plans, so I had several items that would give great flavor. This is the recipe that I came up with and it is just delicious! I have made it several times since that day and it has been a big hit with friends and family.


Pumpkin Roll Breakfast Bake

This recipe for Pumpkin Roll Breakfast Bake will give your guest something real special to wake up to. When we have weekend guest or just a very special brunch I love to serve a nice breakfast bake, I like to serve it with a little fruit, syrup or a very special sauce. This recipe will have your family and guest coming back for seconds, it has wonderful warm flavors and is so easy to put together, it will be on your table in no time.


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 11-10-19

It is time to make our meal plan for the week, and we will not be out on the screen porch today. We are going to be sitting by the fire sipping a cup of hot chocolate, it is cold here and when the temperatures are down I look to warm and cozy meals for my family. We will be having some out of town guest this coming week so we are excited about making a meal plan so I will have more quality time to spend with my friends. I have checked all of the inventories and have gathered the recipes, lets get started on the meal plan.


Full Plate Thursday,457

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, we are so happy to see you today! Come on back and grab a cup of apple cider and gather round the fire with us while we enjoy all the wonderful dishes that you are sharing today. Be sure and take a look at all the delicious food, and exciteing tips from some very talented blogers that we have featured today. Thanks so much for coming today, I always look forward to seeing all of you at the party!


Crock Pot Mixed Potato Gratin

The color and flavor of this mixed potato gratin recipe is divine. This is a recipe that you will definitely want to serve for your special occasions. We have used a mix of sweet potatoes and gold Yukon potatoes with a decadent herb sauce for the potatoes to slowly bake in. I have used my buffet style crock pot which allows a great presentation for such a beautiful side dish. This is a great dish to take to a covered dish event or a family gathering. You can do other things while this is slowly cooking and will be ready to set on the table with very little effort. This is on the top of my list for any holiday meal.


Nutty Cranberry Pumpkin Poke Cake

Just a few of my friends dropping over this evening for a Grateful Gathering. I am serving this delicious Nutty Cranberry Pumpkin Poke Cake. It is a new recipe and sure hope that they like it. I often times test my new recipes on my Gathering Group, what better way to have a true taste test. I will let you know what they think at the end of the post.


Whats For Dinner Next Week,11-3-19

November is here, the month of gratitude and food. I am always excited to make the meal plans for November with the wonderful fall foods that our family really enjoy. The fall festivals are abundant in our area with all the local organizations featuring the hand crafts of their membership hoping to raise funds for each of the chairtable causes. I am personally involved with an organization that provides food from a food pantry all year round. We are so blessed and consider it joy to be able to give back in some small way.


Full Plate Thursday,456

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday and our Top Ten Views from last week. We feature the Top Ten Page Views on the last week of the month. It is always my pleasure to feature all of your wonderful post and the great talent that we have in this community. We are having lots of fun here at the cottage this week and are ready for all the little spooks that will come to the door to enjoy some of the treats! Thanks so much for being a part of our special gathering and hope you will find that special treat that you will just love!


Sheet Pan Roasted Squash

We love roasted vegetables here at the cottage. As we harvested the last of the garden for this year we are enjoying these wonderful squash in a delicious recipe. I have combined a very flavorful marinate for the vegetables that is packed with herbs that enhance the squash. We don't usually have any left overs from this sheet pan recipe, but if you should it is great the next day in a salad or a delicious pot of soup.


Honey Apple Skillet Chops

We had a recent visit to the apple orchard and couldn't resist using some of the wonderful apples in this great fall recipe. I love the flavors of fall and the combination of spices that bring warm and cozy flavors and our Honey Apple Skillet Chops is defiantly one of those recipes. This skillet of goodness takes very little time to put together and your family will love the combination.


Whats For Dinner Next Week,10-27-19

What a week we had here at the cottage, it was just one storm after another. According to the national weather bureau we had 10 tornadoes in our area on Sunday night ranging from and EF1 to a EF3. Thank God we are all fine here and the cottage property was spared. I am happy to sit down with a cup of tea and look forward with a new meal plan for next week. We will  be getting ready for the trick or treaters this week so we will be including some special treats just for them. The pumpkins are carved and the decorations are ready, when I finish the meal plan we will just sit back and enjoy the week!


Full Plate Thursday,455

Welcome To Full Plate Thursday I am so happy that you are here at the party today! We are featuring some very special fall decor, recipes and food related post today and hope you will visit these talented bloggers. I am sure looking forward to the wonderful post that you are sharing today, you are a very special part of our community and thanks so much for coming today! Our North and East Texas area was hit with 10 tornadoes on Sunday night. They ranch from a EF1 to EF3, according to the National Weather Bureau. I want to thank all of you who inquired as to our safety. We are just fine and our property was spared, as most of the damage was several miles from us and we are so grateful for being spared. I hope you will join me in our thoughts and prayers for those who were affected and the rebuilding journey ahead.


Retro Chili Pie

Our Retro Chili Pie recipe has evolved from a sack of Frito's with Chili to this baked casserole that our family loves. When I was in High School mercy me, (that was a very long time ago), we would go to the concession stand at half time and get a Tiger Special, then when my kids were in High School it was called a Bulldog Special. That special was a small bag of Frito's with a couple dips of chili poured over it a sprinkling of onions and cheese with a plastic spoon. We would walk around eating our special, which some people began to call a walking taco. We had to be in formation (I was a twirler with the band) at the half way mark of the 3rd quarter,) so we would eat fast! In our family the recipe has evolved to a casserole that we call Chili Pie.


Instant Pot Pinto Bean Soup

Pinto Beans are a staple here at the cottage and I love this recipe for the Instant Pot. I don't always remember to soak the beans overnight and this recipe allows me to cook the dry beans and have them on the table in a very short time. The blend of flavors for these beans are a combination of the region that we came from and are a part of our family. My Grandmother had a pot of pinto beans on the back burner of her wood burning stove most of the time and we have come a long way since that time, but the flavor has not changed.  Our Pinto Bean Soup is very versitle as a soup, side dish and addition to several other recipes.


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 10-20-19

I am so glad you have stopped by today to help me plan this weeks meal plan. It is always so much fun to research and brainstorm recipes with a friend. When my daughter was visiting recently we were researching some recipes to pass along to another family member. It is beautiful weather here so we are able to really enjoy sitting on the screen porch, working in the garden a bit and getting our home ready for the winter months. I am headed out to the barn to check some of my inventory before completeing this meal plan.


Full Plate Thursday,454

Hello everyone, we are so happy to see you today and hope you enjoyed your drive to the country. We are enjoying beautiful fall colors right now and at last some cooler fall temperatures. The recipes are full of fall flavors and the tables are beautifully decorated with pumpkins and fall leaves. We have some lovely features from some very talented bloggers this week that I hope you will enjoy. I am looking forward to the party today and what you will be bringing to share with us. Thanks so much for coming to the party and being a part of our very special Full Plate Community!


Baked Candied Sweet Potatoes

We love Sweet Potatoes and our Baked Candied Sweet Potatoes are simply delicious, making this recipe a favorite. These fresh sweet potatoes are baked in a maple syrup and gives this a very special flavor. This is a side dish that will go to a covered dish event or be the star of a family dinner. This is a recipe that can be made ahead of time and heated up right before serving.


Slow Cooker Chicken and Cornbread Dressing

Our Slow Cooker Chicken and Cornbread Dressing recipe is one of our favorites this time of the year. We love Chicken and Dressing here at the cottage and this is a great recipe that give's you a lot of freedom while it cooks. My Grandmother used to make a dish very similar to this and I have rolled in all together for the slow cooker.  I like to have this for Sunday Dinner, when we come home from church and open the front door, that amazing smell of warm cozy dressing is slowly following you back to the kitchen.


Whats For Dinner Next Week,10-13-19

I am sitting on the screen porch just reflecting on the awesome visit we have had with our daughter in the last 2 weeks, so glad she got to come see us and sad that she had to get back to her life.  Meal planning this time of the year may cover a game day, coverdish events and slow cooking comfort food. I have gathered all my recipes and checked my inventory to make a great meal plan for the week and so happy that I can share it with you!


Full Plate Thursday,453

I am so glad to see you today, fall is such a beautiful time to take a drive to the country. In the fall we have so many fun events in our area, Friday Night Football, Game Days, Fall Festivals and lots of wonderful food. I can't wait to see what foods you have for special events in the fall and the wonderful recipes, table decor and food related post that you will be sharing for the party today. Many thanks for coming to the party today and sharing your amazing talent with us!


Sheet Pan Sausage and Vegetable Hash

All in one pan a flavor filled pan of Kielbasa with a mix of vegetable hash for this Sheet Pan Sausage and Vegetable Hash recipe. This recipe has a very special dressing that makes it a little different. We love this recipe and very rarely have any left overs that's how good it is. The preparation time is short and it takes a very short time in the oven then serve up this pan of goodness!


Instant Pot Tex-Mex Chili

When my family wants a great pot of chili and my day is to busy to let it simmer all day, I head for the Instant Pot. I converted this recipe for the Instant Pot and it is every bit as good as the one that simmers all day. This is a Tex-Mex Chili that has all the wonderful Tex-Mex seasons made the Texas way. No we don't put beans in authentic Texas chili, however this is Tex-Mex so yes we did use the beans. We will be serving this for a family dinner, game day gatherings, and it is great for a friendly chili cook off!


Whats For Dinner Next Week,10-6-19

We are having so much fun at the cottage, our daughter is visiting us. We love to look through recipes, make meal plans, cook, brunch on the screen porch and of course we have to do a little shopping. We had a lot of fun putting this meal plan together and taking inventory of whats on hand to make the recipes that we choose, then of course we will have to go into the village and do a little shopping. We have a trip planned for the Apple Orchard and can't wait to use some fresh apples in a recipe.


Full Plate Thursday,452

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday we are so happy to see you today! We having been having so much fun here at the cottage, our daughter has been visiting us and we have enjoyed every minute. We are going to really enjoy looking at all the awesome post that you will be sharing today. Fall is a beautiful time of color, festivals and wonderful food so we are looking forward to your recipes, table decor and food related post. Many thanks for coming to our party today and hope you will come back real soon!


Oktoberfest Pie

October brings so many delicious recipes, fairs and festivals. Oktoberfest is one of my favorite festival's and our Oktoberfest Pie is perfect for that celebration. This recipe has all the flavors of a great German dish with an American twist. It takes no time to put this recipe together and have it on the table for your family. Have your own Oktoberfest with your family and make it a very special time!


Slow Cooker Pepper Steak

If you are coming home from a busy day, the smell of this Slow Cooker Pepper Steak will greet you at the door. This is a easy recipe to put into the cooker and let it do the work for you while you are busy with other task. The flavor of this recipe is delicious with a perfect blend of spice and liquid. The steak is so tender it can be cut with a fork and the gravy, oh my goodness it is fantastic!


Whats For Dinner Next Week,9-29-19

We are going to have a very special week here at the cottage. Our daughter from Colorado will be here for a visit. I have already asked her for some of her favorite recipes that will go on the meal plan. It is really a lot of fun to cook the favorites when family and friends come for a visit. Meal Plans are very important when we are expecting guest, it just helps to keep everything more organized so I can spend more quality time with our special guest.


Full Plate Thursday,451

Welcome To Full Plate Thursday And Welcome Fall! 
I love it when we transition into fall and begin to enjoy all of the favorite fall recipes. The decorations on the tables turn to pumpkins and fall leaves, and the fall colors are just beautiful as the trees show off their colors. We are showing off our Top Ten from last weeks party today, the readers have made the choice with page views. There are ten wonderful post from some very talented bloggers so be sure and stop by to say hello to them. Thanks so much for coming today, I always look forward to this party time with you and can't wait to see what you will be sharing today!


Tex Mex Breakfast Skillet

Tex Mex Breakfast Skillet is a perfect skillet full of Tex Mex flavor that will satisfy any breakfast or brunch lover. We often times have a late breakfast or brunch on the weekends especially when we have guest. This skillet has a great potato base, with Tex Mex spice, some eggs, tortilla's and it's delicious! This is a recipe that goes in one skillet and everyone needs to get to the table because it sure won't take long before it is served.


Pumpkin Blondie's

My Pumpkin Blondie's are a very special treat. This could easily be a snack cake, it is so moist and the flavors of pumpkin and special spices make this a great recipe. I made this batch of Blondie's for a committee meeting and did not have a single one left, they really are that good. So if you are serving them for a function be sure and put one back for yourself, you may not have enough.


Whats For Dinner Next Week,9-22-19

We got some nice rain, certainly not the 43 inches that Winnie Texas has had. We have friends that have gone to the coast to help evacuate folks. The rain has brought cooler temperatures giving us a true feel for fall. According to the calendar tomorrow is officially fall. I have been looking at Slow Cooker recipes, Instant Pot recipes and some delicious fall recipes to go on or meal plan for the week. I am starting my fall pantry inventory, making sure that I am stocked up with the staples that I use the most in the fall. We live in the country so we can't always just run up to the store on the corner, the store on the corner is several miles away, next I will inventory the freezer to make sure that we will have plenty of the frozen foods that we use the most of in the fall. 3 major items that I check out before starting a weekly meal plan is the weather, pantry and freezer inventory.


Full Plate Thursday,450

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, I am so happy you came to the party today! We are so excited that we got some rain and it has cooled down a bit, so you can join me on the screen porch today for the party. We are going to have so many great fall recipes, table decor and food related post today and I can't wait to see what you will sharing with us. Thanks so much to the talented bloggers who are featured today and I sure hope you will stop by and visit their blog. It is always good to see you here at the party and thanks so much for coming today!


Kyleighs Cinnamon Cookie Bites

My Great Granddaughter Kyleigh recently came for a end of summer visit with my Granddaughter Tiffany. We thought it might be fun to create a new recipe and do a little baking. Kyleigh is 15 years old and although she is a native daughter of Texas she has lived most of her life in New York. She lives about 1-1/2 hour from New York City. She will be a sophomore in High School and a star soccer player. When she gets home from soccer practice and school she usually has very healthy snacks, however you know what happens at Grandma's (Gigis, that's me) house, sure thing you get cookies if you want them!


Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

I can't think of to many recipes that bring as much comfort as Chicken and Dumplings. This recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings gives the same flavor as old fashioned Chicken and Dumplings without the labor intensive preparation of that recipe. Just put this in the slow cooker and later in the day the magic happens, just add the dumplings and before to long you have a bowl of delicious goodness! This is a perfect family meal and goes great to a covered dish event.


Whats For Dinner Next Week,9-15-19

I get to sit on the screen porch today in a nice cool breeze to make this meal plan. Not only is it cooler we got RAIN and I am so excited about that! It sure helps to get in the mood for fall when it starts to cool off a bit and more of a taste for some awesome fall meal plans. Even Max got excited about the rain and found the nearest mud whole to inspect, keeping in mind that Max is all white, yes it was fun. I need to get busy on this meal plan or I won't have it ready for you!


Full Plate Thursday,449

I am so excited to see you today at Full Plate Thursday! We are beginning some of our fall canning and end of summer preserving. We are having to irragate the grounds and gardens as we need rain and cooler tempartures. We are thrilled every week to present these wonderful talented bloggers post as features at our party. I sure hope that you will take the time to stop by and tell them hello! Thanks so much for coming to the party, I can't wait to see what you will be sharing with us today, I look forward to our party every week, we have such a special Thursday community, each one of you are very special to me!


Apple Zucchini Bread

Apple Zucchini Bread gives me a chance to use some of the beautiful Zucchini from our garden and mix with some apples, makes this wonderful recipe. This bread is very moist and we added some pecans to bring in that nutty flavor to make this a very rich bread. This is a delicious garden to table recipe that will be a hit in any season, but is a great transition into fall and winter. Make an extra recipe for the freezer, it will keep for about 3 months.


Slow Cooker Asian Broccoli and Beef

This recipe for Slow Cooker Asian Broccoli and Beef is a perfect Asian dish for a very busy day. I have been a meal planner since my early days of homemaking and publish our cottage meal plan every week on this blog. I can look at my calendar and know that on a certain day I will need a great recipe like this one to lighten the load in the kitchen and have dinner on the table for my family before midnight. We serve our flavor filled recipe in one bowl which makes it even better.


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 9-8-19

Welcome September and it is coming in with a hurricane and a very busy time. All the kids are back in school now and Friday Night Football will be underway this week, a really big event in our part of the country. Just like the calendar change, our menu's begin to change as well with a little more of a taste for those warmer spices and cozy food. The calendar say's fall is here but our temparture says it is still summer. I can't wait to have some of the old favorites this week as we move into a new season.


Full Plate Thursday,448

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday and Welcome September! Hope you had a great Labor Day weekend and enjoyed lots of delicious food. We have some fantastic features from last weeks party and I sure hope you will have the time to visit these talented bloggers. I am ready for fall and all the great fall flavors and colors and we always look forward to all of the recipes, table decor, and food related post that you share with us each week. Thanks so much for coming to the party and lets get it started!
If You Are In The Path Of Hurricane Dorian We Are Thinking Of You and Sending You Our Prayers Stay Safe!


Cheesy Potato Bake

My Cheesy Potato Bake recipe is made from the boiled potatoes that I keep on hand in the refrigerator. I love to keep products like boiled eggs, chopped fresh vegetables, boiled potatoes and other ingredients prepared and ready to go in the refrigerator. It sure helps speed the recipes and meal preparation time along. This recipe is so easy to prepare and is just delicious with a cheesy and crispy outside and a nice soft inside. This is a dish that will make a great side for any meal, just be sure and make enough because they will all want seconds.


Retro Pork Chop Dinner

This was one of my Mothers favorite Sunday recipes. She would put her recipe together in the heavy dutch oven. bake it then it would be ready to set on the table when we came home from church. I can still remember the smell when we would open the door, it was wonderful! It is the ultimate one pot meal with all the flavor of a delicious blend of ingredients. As time went along I made this dish for my family and I still make the recipe, it is just one of those Retro meals that we grew up with and passed on to our family. We recently had dinner with our daughter and guess what we had, it was the Pork Chop Dinner, I guess you could say it is a favorite at our house!


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 9-1-19

September has arrived and we are celebrating the last big weekend here at the lake of the summer of 2019! Of course we are having the big Labor Day Picnic with lots of great food on the meal plan. The week has been busy here as we had our family from New York here for a summer visit, of course we loved every second of it and made sure they enjoyed lots of southern food! 
Wishing Each Of You A Great Labor Day Weekend Stay Safe!
To Our Friends In Florida Who Are Gearing Up For  Hurricane Dorian  You Are In Our Thoughts and Prayers!


Full Plate Thursday,447

Welcome to each and everyone of you today. Oh my goodness we have had family visiting this week, getting our last minute visits in before all the kids go back to college and some of our New York family goes back to school after labor day. We are so grateful that we all got to see each for summer visits. I have tried to stop by your blogs in the past two weeks, but I may not have always been able to leave a comment, please forgive me, sometimes there is just not enough time in the day! Thanks so much for sharing with us today, I can't wait to see what you are bringing. This is the week for our TOP TEN FEATURES from last weeks party that you have picked from your pageviews and you did a great job! There are some wonderful features that I sure hope you will stop by to see and say hello to these talented bloggers!

Wishing You A Safe and Entertaining Labor Day Weekend!


Ella's Cookies and Summer Fun

Our Great Granddaughter Ella June Bug had so much fun making our families favorite cookie recipe. One of the fun things we do in the summer is cook together and really enjoy some very simple fun summer activities. We are very blessed to be able to visit with family off and on all summer and are so grateful that they come to visit with us. The memories that are made through these simple activities are a lifetime treasure. I still remember the simple activities that I did with my Grandparents as a child, priceless summertime memories!


Chicken Parmesan Patty With Spaghetti

Chicken Parmesan Patty With Spaghetti is a great family recipe that is so full of great Italian flavors. We really enjoy these Chicken Parmesan Patties, with a salad and vegetable, or even on a sandwich, but our favorite way to serve them is with spaghetti. This is a very easy recipe to prepare and in no time it is on the table ready to serve the family.


Whats For Dinner Next Week,8-25-18

We are going to be having so much fun here at the cottage this week. Our New York Granddaughter and Great Granddaughter are here for a visit. The meal plans for this week will sure allow me spend more time with our special guest plus we were able to plan some of their favorites recipes. We will having a large group on Sunday so we will be making some double recipes. I love a large gathering with lots of wonderful food and fellowship.


Full Plate Thursday,446

I am so excited to see you today, the cottage is all a buzz with excitement. One of our Granddaughter's and Great Granddaughters is coming next week and we can't wait for their visit. We sure had some amazing post from last weeks party that we are featuring today, we have some of the most talented folks that visit and are a part of our community here at Full Plate Thursday. Someone ask me recently how I picked the features and believe me it is a hard job to choose sometime. I will have to do a post on that subject one day soon. I am so happy you are here today and lets get the party started!