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Green Chili Chicken Burgers With Green Chili Sauce

We really enjoy the addition of Green Chilis in any Tex-Mex recipe, they just have such a special flavor. Our Green Chili Chicken Burgers are very flavorful with a touch of fresh cilantro and other great spices. The Green Chili Sauce sets this burger apart from others. This is one of my husbands favorite Chicken Burgers, so I am going to spoil him a little bit today and make it very special just for him!
My husband tested positive for Covid 19, 3 days ago, he is at home and doing very well. We are very grateful that he is able to stay at home so we can take really good care of him and spoil him a little.


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 7-12-20

I had started this meal plan post earlier in the week and now I am hoping to get it finished on time to share with all of you.  As I sit here in my office it is very quiet now and it reminds me of doing work after the kids were in bed when they were still home. My husband is very ill, he has been diagnosed with Covid 19, so our life will be a little different now for a bit, until he is healed and feeling good again. He is still at home and we are grateful for that, I am trying to protect my self as best I can and still be his caretaker. He has a journey ahead but he is a strong man and we know that he will overcome the virus. We will sure appreciate your kind thoughts and prayers as we take this journey.


Full Plate Thursday,492

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday! We had a very quiet but fun 4th of July here at the cottage and sure hope your holiday was good.  As I am writting we are having a nice little summer rain which is fantastic for the yard and gardens. So much good food coming from our gardens right now, tis the season. We sure have some great features from last week and I know that you will want to visit them and say hi! I can't wait to see what you will be bringing to the party today, we always look forward to the party and seeing all of you, thanks so much for coming today!


Mid-Summer's Garden

I love my Garden Gate which is an old fashioned screen door painted in bright colors giving the garden just a bit of whimsey. We have have some really good rains this year so our vegetable garden is looking really pretty right now and we are sure enjoying some of the bounty of the harvest. I thought you might enjoy spending some time in the garden with me today so please join me for a little garden tour of our Mid-Summer's Garden.


Coca-Cola Sheet Cake With Coca-Cola Frosting

I find it very difficult to have just one slice of this cake, it truly is that good! This recipe has been around our family and friends for years and still comes up as one of our all time favorites. The balance of sweetness with the cocoa and the blend of spice with the Coca -Cola, what a great recipe. This is a recipe that will serve a large crowd or a very hungry family. I can't tell you how many times this cake has gone to pot-luck suppers, picnics or gatherings with friends and family. You can't go wrong with this old stand by!


Whats For Dinner Next Week,7-5-20

Welcome To July and Happy 4th! The lake is very quiet for the 4th of July this year with no parade's and no large gatherings in the community. We are still going to enjoy some great food and looking forward to planning this meal plan to include some awesome recipes from the garden this time of the year. The garden really has some beautiful produce right now so you will see what I will be using in some of our recipes.  Hope you are enjoying this time of celebration in our country.


Full Plate Thursday,491

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday and can you believe it is July already! We are really enjoying this week of the 4th of July here at the cottage although it is very different this year. Our usual community parade and celebrations have all been cancelled due to the virus, but we are still having a small family celebration and picnic. We have some awesome features from last weeks party, I hope you will visit these very talented bloggers. I am looking forward to see what you will be sharing with us today, I always get so excited to see what all of you will bring to party! Thanks so much for stopping by today, wishing each of you a safe and enjoyable 4th of July!!


Blackberry Ice Cream Dessert

Our Blackberry bushes are giving us a great harvest this year so we enjoy using them in different recipes. I enjoyed developing this recipe for Blackberry Ice Cream Dessert and it is absolutely delicious. It has layers of cake and layers of ice cream with a special swirl of blackberries. This dessert is very special and can be served for an informal occasion or a formal dinner. This is truly a garden to dessert recipe!


Slow Cooker Southern Pulled Bar-B-Que Chicken

This is truly a great southern recipe that can slow cook all day and be ready for a great meal in the evening. We are taking the pulled chicken today and making very special sandwiches and topping them with some extra Bar-B-Que sauce and some of Grandmothers Chow Chow, with some of the cooked onions on the side. No other sides will be necessary with this recipe, it is a full meal and delicious!


Whats For Dinner Next Week,6-28-20

It is unusually quiet here at the cottage this week. It is the week of the 4th of July and this year is very different, that the other years have been. Our community usually has a parade and our ladies club has a bake sale with a little farm stand for fresh fruits and canned goods. None of that is happening and there won’t be any large gatherings because we are still social distancing because of the Virus. This year will be very quiet, we do have a very small number of family who live close by that will be coming to enjoy the lake and stopping in to enjoy a meal with us so we are sure looking forward to that. We will be having a few fire-works and a small celebration right in our own backyard.


Full Plate Thursday,490

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday and Our Top Ten Week! This is the week that we feature our Top Ten Views from last weeks party and we really have some good ones this week! I sure am glad to see you here today, it is starting to get a little warm now in the last week of June already. We have made a big pitcher of Lemonade and have some ice cold watermelon for everyone today, so come on back to the screen porch and help yourself, doesn't that sound good? I can't wait to see what you are bringing to share with us today, I always look forward to all of your visits and thanks so much for stopping by today!


Spicy Brat Dogs

This recipe for Spicy Brat Dogs has everything you need for a great flavor. These Brats are girlled then put into a bath of heavenly spices and cooked slow to  perfection. Then we take them out and put them on a wonderful bed of cole slaw sitting on a bun. For a picnic, cook out, or a special family dinner this is a great recipe to try. We just love these Spicy Brat Dogs here at the cottage, they are a real winner!


Whats For Dinner Next Week,6-21-20

It is going to be a great Fathers Day Weekend here at the cottage. The weather is beautiful and we are planning some great food for my precious husband who is a great Dad, Husband, Grandpa and Great Grandpa, we are so blessed to be able to celebrate him and all the other Great Dad's out there! I am really glad that I am a meal planner when it comes to holidays, we have lots more time to really enjoy the day because the meal plan allows us to have the meals organized and some of the dishes cooked ahead of time. I am headed to the garden to see what is available for the week, it doesn't get any better than from garden to table!


Full Plate Thursday,489

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday and a great Fathers Day Party. We had some really awesome post last week that are featured at the party today. Come on in and join us we are sipping sweet tea on the screen porch, just get you a glass of  iced tea or a lemonade and enjoy the party with us! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us today and I can't wait to see what you are sharing at the party today. I really care about each one of you and hope that life is good for you today!


Banana Cake With Espresso Frosting

Our Banana Cake with Espresso Frosting is a very special cake and makes a fabulous dessert for any occasion. I really could just have a small bowl of the frosing and call it dessert, that frosting is amazing, nice and creamy with a hint of espresso, for a coffee lover it is a little bit of heaven. The Banana cake has a perfect blend of spice and is a great cake for the frosting. There is a little banana and a little nut in just about every bite. This is a very rich cake and has really been a hit here at the cottage and serveral covered dish events.


Slow Cooker Peach Barbecue Chicken

Our Slow Cooker Peach Barbecue Chicken is so delicious and easy to prepare. Our family loves a great peach recipe and this is one of our favorite peach recipes. This is a very simple recipe and one that you can walk away from, come back later and it is ready to serve. If you are serving 2 or 20 this will be a great recipe to have on hand for a real winner on the table.


Whats For Dinner Next Week,6-14-20

Hello everyone, come join me I am sitting on the screen porch sipping sweet tea, working on the meal plan for next week. It is a beautiful time of the year to plan fresh foods to come to the table. I have been out in the garden earlier to check out the fresh foods that will be ready to work with this week and I still have a well stock freezer so I don't think I will have to go to the market this week. I always stop off at the farm stand to check on the newest arrivals, I drive by on my way to church so just have to stop by. My husband just walked through and ask Whats For Dinner Next Week?


Full Plate Thursday,488

We are so excited to see you for our party today and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by. We have some great features from last weeks party for you to enjoy today, be sure and stop by to say hi to these very talented bloggers.  I have so many calls for canning recipes these days. Folks are enjoying the harvest from Victory gardens more and more. Be sure and bring some of your canned goods to share with everyone, we have a canning and preserved feature that will be here for the season. Thursday is a bright spot in my week and I always look forward to seeing what you will share with us for the party.


Squash Salad With Basil Vinaigrette

It is always fun this time of the year to go out to the garden and come in to the kitchen and create a new recipe. Today I had a few squash, tomatoes and peppers. I always have herbs on hand so we can create some very tasty vinaigrette. When I finally got it into the salad bowl it was just delicious and a salad that we will just love. I took it to a ladies covered dish luncheon and all the ladies loved the salad, so to all you ladies that wanted the recipe it is here today!


Grilled Jalapeno Pork Chops

I was at the market doing my weekly shopping when I saw these awesome pork chops and they just called out to me, so they ended up coming home with me. I had just harvested some jalapeno's from my garden so why not put all that together. These pork chops are marinated with a jalapeno marinate and the grilled with some onions and more jalapeno's. This is a delicious recipe for these pork chops, and it is a great grilling recipe!


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 6-7-20

Hello everyone, I was in the garden late last evening and got a basket full of Roma tomatoes, so I will sure be looking at making some homemade salsa this week. You can look for that canning recipe on this post. It is so much fun to make a meal plan and use the harvest from the garden. I love a great salad during this time of the year and we love to use the grill and outdoor kitchen as much as we can. It is just a fun time of the year to enjoy some really great food on our meal plans.


Full Plate Thursday,487

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday and our first party of June! We are having the party today out by the garden, it is so pretty right now with lots of fresh vegetables for our recipes. I just love all the fresh vegetables to cook with this time of the year and we are beginning to plan for our canning and preserving for the season. 


Southern Chicken Gravy & Dill Biscuits

Our Southern Chicken Gravy and Biscuits recipe is truly straight from Grandma's kitchen. This skillet is full of pure southern comfort and we very rarely have any left overs. The recipe has chicken, vegetables and is smothered in a creamy chicken gravy. This recipe is a great way to use some left over chicken and vegetables and takes very little time to make. A great dish for a family dinner any time of the year. I am so glad you are here to enjoy it with me!


Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

All of my favorite flavors all rolled into one cookie and it is so good! This cookie is crisp just the way I like them with a chocolate or peanut butter morsel in every bite plus a little touch of walnuts, it really doesn't get much better than this for a cookie. I am having one of these awesome cookies with a cup of coffee while I am working on this post and it is a great recipe that I am so happy to share with you!


Whats For Dinner Next Week,5-31-20

I am back on the screen porch today, just enjoying sitting here and watching our birds, thinks about the meal plan that we are about to make for the week. More and more farmers are beginning to bring products into the markets now and we have a new little pop up market about a mile from the cottage. I checked my inventory this morning before I began this meal plan and I have some great fresh products on hand from the garden and the pantry to have a great meal plan for the week. I am ready to get started on this food, I'm hungry!


Full Plate Thursday,486

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday,486 and our Top Ten Features! We had a great holiday weekend, it was very quiet but my husband and I had some really great food, that I shared on our Whats For Dinner Next Week.


Vegetable Rice Chicken Bake

Vegetable Rice Chicken Bake is a great one pot meal that will feed and satisfy the whole family. There is really something very comforting about this flavorful recipe. I just love the flavor combination of this recipe, it one of those recipes that we just can't get enough of. This is a great one pot meal that can be on the table in no time or take it to your favorite covered dish dinner. I just took this pot of goodness to a friend who was in a quarantine at her house, I just left the pot on the porch for her. No it was not a cure, but she said it sure made her feel better.


Memorial Day Quiet Time 2020


Whats For Dinner Next Week,5-24-20

Memorial Day Weekend meal planning will sure be different this year. Memorial Day is the opening day of "summer fun" here at the lake and ordinarily we have a packed cottage with family and friends kicking off the season, but that is not the case this year. Although our state is in stage 2 of opening back up we are not at the point of celebrations for large groups of folks. Our community put out a newsletter that the pool will not open this season, our community 4th of July Parade will not happen this year, we are in a different time. Although we won't have large crowds of folks we will still be enjoying some of our all time favorites along with some new recipes.


Full Plate Thursday,485

Thursday's are very special here at the cottage, we always look forward to all of you stopping by and sharing your amazing post with us. Sometimes it is so hard to pick features from all the talented bloggers that come every week. We do have some awesome features that I hope you will check out! What are your plans for Memorial Day Weekend, will you be making some special foods for the annual picnic or will you be able to have the picnic this year? Let us know what you will be doing this year!  Congratulations to all the graduating seniors, you are a very special group of young folks that will have a strength in leadership because of the courage that you have had in your final journey this year. Our very best wishes to each of you and God Bless You!


Garden Veggie Cornbread Casserole

Garden Veggie Cornbread Casserole is one of those recipes that could actually be dessert, it is that good. This casserole will be great to serve as a side dish for any occasion. I have taken this dish to covered dish dinners, family get to-gethers and picnics,it is always a hit with folks who love food. The recipe is packed with fresh garden vegetables and a great blend of seasons making it a very sought after recipe.


Ultimate Tex-Mex Burger

There is something special about getting out in the back yard, having some time with the family and just grilling some really good food. Our Ultimate Tex-Mex Burger is just that, some really good food. This is a combination that my husband and I have put together through the years and from time to time we add or take away, but it really is the ultimate burger that we have. This burger has great Tex-Mex flavors and seasons that will leave you saying when can we do this again?


Whats For Dinner Next Week,5-16-20

We are staying very busy here at the cottage, and we are starting to have some visitors from time to time. I love getting to have folks here at the cottage for a visit and it is so much fun making meal plans for our special guest. We will be having more and more guest as time moves along here. It is really nice for some things to begin to return to a little normality. 

Grilled Herb Pork Chops
Fresh Asparagus Casserole
Mini Heirloom Tomato & Rice Salad
Lemon Ice Box Pudding Cake Slow Cooker Cream of Squash Soup
Jalapeno Bread
Left Over Lemon Ice Box Pudding Cake From Full Plate Thursday,484 Culinary Flavors Sharing Smothered Chicken Tex Mex<