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Full Plate Thursday,504

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday and our Top Ten Features Week! We are having a great week here at the cottage, I am able to unpack some of the boxes from the storage where the construction has been completed, it just like Christmas! The Ranch House Soup that I served last week is posted on the blog this week if you would like to have the recipe. We have a great Top Ten Features List which is put together from your page views. We present the Top Ten on the last post of the month, every month and it is so much fun! Thanks so much for coming today, it is great to see you here!


Italian Flatbread Pizza

I love these little individual pizza's, I have made them up for many different functions and they are always a hit. The pizza's that I have made today are coming from an abundance of basil in our herb garden, there is nothing better than picking a basket of fresh basil and having it on a great pizza. This pizza is easy to assemble and you can be serving your guest in no time. The Italian flavors are great with the fresh basil!


Ranch House Soup

Our Ranch House Soup is a soup that could be found in a lot of ranch houses around our part of the country when we were growing up. My husband grew up on a cattle ranch and he remembers a soup like this that his Mom would make for all the ranch hands, he said that it would just be simmering away on the burner of the stove and you could smell it the minute you came in the door. The soup is full of wonderful hearty vegetables with a full range of Tex-Mex flavors. One bowl of this soup is never enough.


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 9-27-20

Fall arrived here at the cottage with a nice chilly rain and a feeling that the season was changing. We are about half way through with our construction project so I am still looking for recipes that I can cook in a small space and still be delicious. Actually my kitchen here at the cottage is very small, so I am used to cooking in a small space. That is the fun part of meal planning meeting the challenge that life brings to us and still making great meals for our family.


Full Plate Thursday,503

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday and Welcome Fall! We are having cooler temperatures with nice rain, the colors are just beginning to turn and I have a pot of Ranch House Soup (posting soon) on the simmer. I can't wait to see what you have been cooking up for this fall weather, keeping us warm and cozy. We have some great features this week and hope you will enjoy them, stop by and say hi to the very talented bloggers. Come on in to the cottage get a bowl of soup and we will sit back visit and enjoy our food, thanks so much for coming to the party today!


Tex-Mex Enchilada Bake

Our Tex-Mex Enchilada Bake is a great recipe to serve for a family dinner or take to a covered dish event. A well seasoned beef and vegetable casserole covered in gooey cheese and a nice salad on top. A complete meal all in one baking dish and ready to serve a crowd. This recipe is so easy to put together and in no time it can be on the table to serve the hungry folks. 


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 9-20-20

The first day of Autumn is this week and we are ready for it here at the cottage. The leaves on our pear trees are already beginning to turn and some are falling. Each week our meal plan reflects a little more of fall as we ease into this beautiful time of the year. I love taking the time to look through recipes and find just the right recipe for a special day or event. We are kicking fall off this weekend with a great Roast Pan Chicken Dinner, I can't wait!


Full Plate Thursday, 502

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, fall is definetly in the air and it is very welcome!We are in the middle of a construction project here at the cottage so we are in a mess, but it will be great when finished. I still have a tiny space in the kitchen that I can do some cooking and enjoy some of the great recipes that you share every week. We have some great features from last weeks party that I am sure you will want to stop by and visit. Thanks so much for coming to the party today,I always look forward to seeing you here!


Roasted Chicken & Vegetable Casserole

We recently roasted a chicken with vegetables in a large roasting pan and when I made that meal I had planned leftovers to make this casserole. What a great way to save time in cooking, I just love making enough food in one meal to get at least one more meal. This casserole is pure comfort and absolutely delicious, roasted chicken with roasted vegetables in a creamy crust that will have you coming back for seconds. Our Roasted Chicken & Vegetable Casserole is easy to put together and will be on the dinner table in no time, hope you enjoy it!


Roast Pan Chicken Dinner

Our Roast Pan Chicken will give us a great meal with a flavorful roasted chicken and tender vegetables. In addition to the great meal from the pan, there will be enough for a very special chicken casserole the next day with the planned left overs. I love using my roasting pan for a nice chicken dinner where I can elevate the chicken over the vegetables to catch all the flavor from the roasting chicken, with space enough to have some planned left overs. This is a great meal plan with 2 in one and we love a great meal plan like this.


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 9-13-20

We are so busy here at the cottage getting ready for a construction project that requires us to pack up the breakables, oh my what a job. I am going to be making meal plans around the construction project that will  be going on for the next two weeks. No matter what is going on in our life we still have to eat and I am so happy to get it planned out ahead of time. I am making my shopping list and checking it twice, I won't be having time to run to the store,for that one must have ingredient.


Full Plate Thursday,501

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, so excited to see you here today! Hope all of you had a safe & fun weekend and now we are looking forward to a wonderful fall. I have been looking over fall recipes and I get hungry just thinking about all the wonderful cozy food that we will be enjoying in the next few months. We have some great features from last week that I sure hope you enjoy, these are such talented bloggers for you to get to know. I can't wait to see what you will  be sharing today and thanks so much for coming to the party today!


County Fair Funnel Cakes

It is that time of the year when we begin to think of the county and local fair's and festivals. I love going to all of these events and one of the main reasons I enjoy them so much is for the fun fair food. This year many of those events have been cancelled and we won't be able to enjoy those special fair treats like our Funnel Cakes. Instead we are enjoying our special treats right here at home. We had so much fun making these Funnel Cakes and even more fun eating them, they really are as good as the ones we get at the fair.


State Fair Corn Dogs

We love to go to the State Fair Of Texas, one of the reasons I love the fair is the food. Corn Dogs are one of the special treats that I always have at the fair. This year the fair has been cancelled and we will not be able to enjoy our wonderful corn dogs from the fair. My corn dogs are not the same as the fair, but they will run them a close second and we really have enjoyed these corn dogs. If your fair is cancelled this year, you to might enjoy having a corn dog, it sure makes you feel better and brings back some awesome memories!


Whats For Dinner Next Week,9-6-20

We are getting ready for the Labor Day Weekend and the last big weekend here on the lake. It will be a downsized get together, as most of our family members won't be traveling at this time. We are making some great meal plans and looking forward to having some fun, closing out the season. I always look at this weekend as a transition to fall and we are already having some cooler weather and some nice rains. If you have been coming here to the cottage for awhile you know I really get excited about the change of seasons. There is something about each season that I just love, fall has so many beautiful colors and such a nice cozy feeling with great foods. Happy to transition to Fall Foods!


Full Plate Thursday,500

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, September and our 500th Full Plate Thursday! That's a lot of Thursday's that we have filled our plates together, and I have enjoyed everyone of them and look forward to what each of you will be sharing with us. Each week we have some amazing features that I hope you will stop by and say hello to these very talented bloggers. I want to thank each of you for coming through all these years and helping to make this party so special and I hope you will continue to be a part of our party as we continue to enjoy our Thursday's together, love & hugs to each of you!


Peach Fizz

My husband and I love to have a late evening treat before we call it a day. Our Peach Fizz is one of those very special treats that we enjoy. This is like a very thick peach shake or malt, some might even say a smoothie, we call it a Peach Fizz. We like to make this treat with fresh peaches when they are in season and of course it has some of our favorite ice cream in the recipe. We have been know to have this treat even for breakfast, whenever you serve it is perfectly delicious!


Monte Cristo Sliders

Our Monte Cristo Sliders are delicious with every flavor of the Monte Cristo Sandwich. It takes no time to make this recipe and these sliders will be on the serving table. We make these with ham, turkey, a gooey cheese, special sauce,a delicious fruit preserve on a special little slider bun, baked in the oven and topped with confectioners sugar, no wonder they are so good! These sliders will be great to serve for any gathering where we want to serve a little something. We have served these for many occasions and they are really a big hit everytime.


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 8-30-20

I remember when I was a young homemaker and began making meal plans for the week, I would keep them in a book with my recipes. I laughed at myself this week as I realized that I still do the same thing. I make my meal plans then gather the recipes and keep them all in the same book, so they are ready to go. The only difference is that today, I am sharing them all with you and sure hope that you are finding some kind of inspiration for your meal plans!
This week as I write this post we are so grateful that our Granddaughter and her family made it through Hurricane Laura. They were unable to evacuate from their location about 65 miles outside of Lake Charles, LA. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost so much in this storm.


Full Plate Thursday,499

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday and our Top Ten Week! On the last week of the month we always feature the Top Ten Views from the last weeks party and this is it! Wow this month has flown by doesn't seem possible for us to be going into our last party of the month. We are busy here at the cottage starting to get ready for the fall projects, and beginning to transition to fall with decor and our food. I love watching the transition to a new season here at the party as all of you begin to bring more foods for the new season. I sure look forward to seeing you each week and can't wait to see what you will be sharing with us. Hopeing All Of Our Friends On The Coast Will  Stay Safe In The Coming Storms!


Retro Lemon Ice Box Pie With Nilla Wafer Crust

This Retro Lemon Ice Box Pie with Nilla Wafer Crust is a very common pie in the south. Just about every family has their own recipe and all of them will vary somewhat. My Mother made this recipe and as a young homemaker I continued to make the same recipe. As time went along of course we would tweak the recipe somewhat, but this is the recipe that we finally called "The One"! We have a great Nilla Wafer Crust, lovely lemon filling and our mile-high meringue. Our family loves this pie and hope you will like our recipe, it will most likely be very close to the one you have.


One Pot Chicken Piccata Spaghetti

One Pot Chicken Piccata Spaghetti is a delicious creamy chicken piccata with delicate seasons and a great flavor. Prepared in one pot makes this a great recipe for a family dinner that is easy to prep and cooks up in a short time to get on the table for a hungry group. When I was a young homemaker and beginning to cook for my family we called these recipes one dish dinners, and it is still a one dish dinner. We just add some garlic bread and a salad and it is a great dinner.


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 8-23-20

Meal Planning for many of you has taken on a whole new look this week with school starting and some of your beginning home-schooling. I know that some families are really struggling with how to manage all of these changes and still make good meal plans for the family. When we had kids in school one of the things that helped me save time and money was being able to make my meal plans for the week. I am still making those meal plans and sharing them with you each week and hoping that you may find a new recipe or an idea that you can use for your family.


Full Plate Thursday, 498

Welcome To Full Plate Thursday! With just 2 weeks left in August some folks are getting in some last-minute R&R before the fall rush begins, others are getting ready to start school. This year our school starts are very different, starting at different times, some not starting at all and others attending virtual classrooms at their home. Some of our food ideas begin to turn to weeknight family meals, afterschool snacks and food budgets to help feed the family. We have some great features from last weeks party that we are sharing with you and hope that you will stop by these talented bloggers and say hello! I can’t wait to see what you will be bringing to share with us at the party, Thursday’s are so special!


Garden Vegetable Biscuits

We really enjoy a nice skillet full of biscuits and our Garden Vegetable Biscuits bring a special addition to that recipe list. A basket full of late summer vegetables will help produce these very tasteful rustic biscuits. This recipe will make you think your Grandmother made the biscuits just for you and your family, they are delicious. This biscuit recipe is so light and fluffy with a nice light brown top and vegetables hiding on the inside. These biscuits have lots of surprises and can be served with any meal to make it very special!


Retro Chicken Fried Steak & Gravy

Retro Chicken Fried Steak & Gravy has been a favorite in our family as long as I can remember, (which is a very long time). Today when we have this recipe it is a real treat, since we don't eat that many fried foods anymore.  This steak is very crispy on the outside with a tender inside with some creamy gravy over the top, just delicious. The South is full of recipes for Chicken Fried Steak & Gravy, but this is our recipe that we have come to love through the years. This recipe takes us down a real memory lane with lots of good times with family and friends.


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 8-16-20

Meal planning early today, it is 7:00 am and already 82 degrees on the screen porch. The little birds are really busy getting seeds from the feeder and bathing in the bird bath, I just love watching them. Our garden is just about done for the summer season, not much survives in this heat that will be well over 100 degrees by this afternoon. It may be time to head to the lake for a cool dip and catch a few fish for dinner, we will see what I can catch, sometimes it even gets to hot for the fish.


Full Plate Thursday,497

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, it is always so good to see you here. We have been celebrating here at the cottage, my husband is Covid Free and was able to go back to work this week. He was so excited to be able to put all this behind him and move forward. We want to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers during the 28 days that we were quarantined with his Covid 19 virus. Thank you God I did not get the virus; I am so grateful! We have some great features here today from last week’s party and hope that you will stop by these talented bloggers to say hi! I can't wait to see what you are bringing to the party today so let’s get this party started!


16 Favorite Peach Recipes

I always look forward to peach season and all the wonderful peach recipes to use with fresh peaches. I grew up going to the peach orchard with my Grandmother and standing in a chair next to her in the kitchen while she created the most delicious peach recipes. Some of those same recipes are still some of our favorites today and we are including them in our collection of peach recipes today.


Easy French Toast Recipe

We just love French Toast here at the cottage, but we don't always have a lot of prep time to make it. I really like this recipe because it has a custard base that is very rich and delicious. You and your family will be sitting down to enjoy this French Toast in a short time. We always try to garnish with fruit in season to give it a very special topping. For a quick breakfast or a weekend brunch this is a great recipe to try for French Toast.


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 8-9-20

Making meal plans this week with a little more spice because we don't have to be so careful about my husbands diet, he is Covid free at last!!We are still celebrating here at the cottage he finally got a negative Covid 19 test and will be returning to work next week. We are so grateful that he never did have to go to the hospital and although it took him 4 weeks to heal, he finally did. We want to thank all of you for your positive thoughts and prayers these last 4 weeks, we really appreciate all of you!


Full Plate Thursday,496

It sure is good to see you today, we are all out under the fans staying cool in the August heat. We have some great features from last weeks party today that I hope you will take the time to visit, these are great bloggers that you will want to get to know. We have moved right into August mode here at the cottage which is to seek cool spaces and sip iced sweet tea or maybe a lemonade so come on back and join us. I can't wait to see what you will be bringing to the party today, we always look forward to see you at the party!


Old Fashioned Peach Crisp

When I was a young girl I remember going to the orchard with my Grandmother to gather fresh peaches. I still remember the wonderful fresh smell of the peaches  as we would gather them into the basket. Then back in my Grandmothers kitchen she would make the most delicious peach crisp, oh my goodness the smell of that crisp. Then that first bite of crisp just out of the oven, my Granmother would pour a little fresh cream from the morning's milking onto the crisp. Thinking back on it now, it was a little piece of heaven. This is the recipe that has been passed down to me through the years and although it didn't come out of my Grandmothers wood burning stove, it is still a delicious recipe!


Lemon Chicken & Veggie Kabobs

Lemon Chicken & Veggie Kabobs is a very special grilling recipe that we really enjoy preparing at the cottage. It is almost the entire meal right here on these skewers. We have a great marinate for the chicken and one for the veggies that makes this combination such a special flavor. One fun thing about preparing a ka bob is that whatever you have on hand will work, because it will taste amazing! This is a great recipe that we sure hope you enjoy!


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 8-2-20

It's August and time to look for a cool spot to get out of the heat, just sit in the shade and sip some sweet tea. We still have some garden vegetables that will harvest, but the harvest is slowing down as the heat will just be to much for the vegetables. I always think of my Grandmother when planning meals this time of the year. She would have great fresh vegetables on the table for every meal. We are still working hard to preserve as much of our harvest as is possible, and those vegetables taste really good when the snow is on the ground in the winter.
Pork and Peach Kabobs
El Rancho Corn Salad
Zucchini & Caramelized Onion Galette


Coca-Cola Sheet Cake With Coca-Cola Frosting
Garden Chili
Left Over Coca Cola Cake With Coca Cola Frosting
Tex-Mex Tuesday Slow Cooker Mexican Pot Roast Tacos

Garden To Table Canned Salsa