Posts

Showing posts from 2020


Full Plate Thursday,479

It is so good to see you today at Full Plate Thursday! The sun is shinning today, it is a great day to sit out by the garden and see whats new in the herb and vegetable garden, we even have a couple of roses on the bushes. We sure had some great post at the party last week that are featured on this post today, and hope that you will be able to stop by and say hello to these very talented bloggers.


Lemon Pudding Bundt Cake

This is not just an ordinary bundt cake, this is a very special recipe that will give you a big surprise with the first bite. This Lemon Pudding Bundt Cake has a very moist cake plus two, yes two pudding's, that make it so special. I love the lemon flavor for sweet or savory and this cake sure fills that favorite flavor in a bundt cake. Not only is the cake fabulous, then we top it with a great lemon glaze. We have enjoyed this cake for many special occasions, a causual dinner or even a picnic.


Sausage-Potato Brunch Casserole

We love a great breakfast or brunch casserole to serve a crowd here at the cottage. Our Sausage-Potato Brunch Casserole is one of the recipes that we really enjoy serving our family and friends. I have often times taken this casserole to a covered dish brunch function and everyone always love it. This recipe is filled with a very special flavor with a little kick with lots of potatoes, veggies, cheese and eggs, it is a delicious combination. If we don't have a crowd, I divide the casserole in indiviual servings and freeze them, these indiviual servings are a great grab and go.


Whats For Dinner Next Week,4-5-20

If April showers bring May flowers, we will be having a bumper crop of beatiful flowers in May. I am sitting out on the screen porch to work on the meal plan this week and everything is starting to look so green and fresh. Everything always smells so fresh after a rain. We are having a little bit of a different life right now, my husband is in a high risk group and has taken leave from his job and will be here at home with me for a little while, until he feels like it will  be safer for him to return to work. We have stocked up the pantry, cold bins, and freezer plus our fresh garden vegetables that will be coming on as we move along. Our Swiss Chard is ready in the garden, so I am making an amazing recipe that I can use the fresh Swiss Chard. We may be staying home but we sure are going to eat good and I am excited to share that with all of you!


Full Plate Thursday,478

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday,478 and April! We are so excited to be gathering for this party with so many amazing bloggers from all over the world. We have some great features from last weeks party and I know you will enjoy them as much as I have. I always look forward to Thursday's to see all of you and certertainly can't wait to see what you will be bringing to share with us at the party.Spring is such a wonderful time of the year for fresh foods, family feast and special celebrations. We are living in different times just now, but we are trying here to help all of us continue to have the same quality food on all of our tables as we always have and encourage you to stay as healthy as you can be. I really care about your welfare and have you in my prayers each day. Be sure and leave us a comment and let us know that you are ok and what you may be doing to get through these uncertain times.


Family Meal Plan Scavenger Hunt

When the family is all home and its meal time, sometimes it can be very hectic to get a meal on the table. Often times the kids are hungry and will walk around the kitchen just waiting for the meal to be ready, just turn around to head to the stove and just about step on one. Meal Plan Scavenger Hunt is a really fun and very productive family game that we used to play with our kids and still use the concept when they all come home still today.


Strawberry Skillet Cake

Our Strawberry Skillet Cake is just like the one that my Mother made when I was a young girl. I just took her basic recipe and dressed it up a little to make it a delicious dessert that can be a dessert for a casual family dinner or a dinner party for friends. Strawberries say spring and summer fresh, although today we are fortunate to be able to get strawberries most of the year round. We love this dessert and hope you will enjoy it with your friends and family. To honor my Mother I am using her old black iron skillet that I got after she passed away, of course I treasure that skillet.


Whats For Dinner Next Week,3-29-20

Spring is really here, I am able to go to the screen porch to write the meal plan this week, it is wonderful to be able to sit outdoors for a bit. I really love making spring food and am looking forward to using some of my favorite recipes this week. Our garden that we planted recently is doing great and it won't be much longer and my Swiss Chard will be going into a dish, I was able to harvest some asparagus from the asparagus patch, it is so fresh. I know that many of you are at home just now and maybe don't have an opportunity to go outdoors or to the garden. I am going to be passing along a little food game that you might enjoy playing with your kids that will involve them in the meal planning and preparation of the meal, be sure and watch for that post. I am thinking about all of you and would love to hear from you in the comments!


Full Plate Thursday,477

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, we are so happy to see you today. This is our Top Ten Features Week, our Top Ten Views from last weeks party. Some really great recipes and other food realated post to help us out with our family needs. I hope that you will take the time to visit these talented bloggers. We are in very uncertain times and many of us are sheltered in place which means that we need these awesome recipes that all of you create for us. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and we are praying that you and your family will stay healthy. Please leave us a comment and let us know that you are ok, I really care about you!


Retro Grape and Celery Salad With Sour Cream Dressing

Our Retro Grape and Celery Salad With Sour Cream Dressing is a great salad for any occasion. This is a recipe that goes together really fast and has the most delicious sour cream dressing. The fresh taste of the grapes combined with the crunchy bite of celery brings back all those memories when we used to make this salad in our homemaking class. This is one of my favorite salads and brings a lot of comfort to any meal and we have used it for a snack many times.


Beef Stroganoff Casserole

Our Beef Stroganoff Casserole is a combination of a great tasting stroganoff blended with some ground chuck, vegetables and a sauce that is fabulous. We add some Cellentani pasta to the mix to produce a very special casserole. This is a casserole that can feed a very hungry group of folks at a covered dish or a family. If you are not feeding a group or a large family it will freeze for up to 3 months. Sometimes we will eat half of it and freeze the rest, then sometimes I just share with a friend.


Whats For Dinner Next Week,3-22-20

I am excited to just sit down for a little bit and plan next weeks menu. I have been really busy here at the cottage, taking advantage of staying at home. I have taken the at home time to organize closets, pantries, refrigerator's and freezer. I usually do all that general re-org in the fall and spring so I am getting an early start on the spring clean and re-org. I will be planning the meal plan this week from the products that I have on hand. I am so glad that I stocked up before all the shelves in the markets are empty and now being rationed on some products. How are your markets where you live and what kind of meals will you be planning this week, leave us a comment and let us know. I really care about you and your family and sincerely hope you will remain safe and healthy.


Full Plate Thursday,476

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, I am so happy to see you here today! We have had some major re-arangements in our lives in the past week, with the announcement that we are in a world wide Pandemic due to the Corona-19 Virus.   We have an amazing blogging community that has developed through the years and many folks out there will be looking to this party for ideas with food, meal planning and just fun ideas to help them get through this.  Depending on where you are located we are all living in a different way today. One of the new phrases we are using today is "social distancing". Folks are staying home and will be cooking more than ever. I hope that all of you were able to stock your pantries before the shelves have begun to empty in so many area's. I posted a Stock Your Pantry, Stay Calm, Be Ready, I hope this has been a help to you and it is still a good tool as we move along in this Pandemic. I invite you to take the time to let us hear from you in the comment's…


Pistachio Ice Box Pie

Our Pistachio Ice Box Pie is one of those recipes that is a real go to. This pie is a great combination of a creamy filling in a ready made graham cracker crust topped off with some whipped topping and fresh fruit. This is almost a pantry staple here at the cottage. I like to keep some of these ready made graham cracker crust on hand for just such a pie that I can make on short notice for a husband who wants a special dessert tonight!


Chicken Noodle Casserole

I was asked last week to bring a casserole to a family in our comminity who were just having a really hard time in life right now. As I was making this Chicken Noodle Casserole for them I was thinking about so many of you who may be having a really hard time in life right now and could just use a special touch or a little extra love. This is one of those casseroles that will bring a lot of comfort with homemade style noodles, nice size bites of chicken breast and some amazing vegetables to assemble a great dish filled with flavor. If you lived close to me this one would be for you!


Whats For Dinner Next Week,3-15-20

Meal plans are very important right now in our state of emergency here in the USA as it is with many countries, due to the Coronavirus-19. We could be and are being asked to spend more time in our homes so meal plans will be a great help to keeping our families on track and healthy during this trying time. I had posted a pantry list, Stock Your Pantry, Stay Calm,Be Ready and you may find it helpful. Some products, like hand santanizer, and paper goods are already in short supply. I haven't seen any short supplies here in food yet, so it is wise to stock up before that happens. I pray that all of you will be safe and healthy, you are all very special to me and I care what happens to you. Leave me a comment and let me know what your family will be doing during this time.


Pistachio Bundt Cake

This Pistachio Bundt Cake will melt in your mouth. This recipe is very light and yet rich in flavor. Covered in a very thin glaze that collects on the bottom of the cake then sprinkled with some confectioners sugar. We like to serve this cake with some fresh fruit and whipped cream. A delicious cake that happens to be one of my husbands favorite's!


Full Plate Thursday,475

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday and The Week Of The Irish! We are so happy to see you today and to know that we are going to have such a great party today. We had some awesome post last week that we are featuring today and sure hope you will take the time to stop by and say hello to these very talented bloggers. We are so excited here at the cottage, we got to get most of our spring vegetables and herbs planted in the gardens this past weekend. We are already excited to have our first veggies from the garden. Many thanks to each one of you for stopping by to have fun with us today, you are very special to us!


Irish Banger Skillet

If you don't have a lot of time to prepare a special Irish recipe this is the one you have been looking for. Irish Banger Skillet is so full of great Irish flavors and takes very little time before it is on the table for a hungry family. I love going to the garden for a fresh cabbage to use in this recipe, making it a great garden to table delight.  We are an Irish family with lots of family favorites, but this is a great go to recipe that our family loves!


Whats For Dinner Next Week,3-8-20

I look forward to making the meal plans for this week. I want to be sure and include some real comfomt food and some garden to table recipes we have some great vegetables in the garden that I really want to use. It has been a week for all us around the globe, the spread of the newest Corona 19 Virus and an E-4 tornado in Tennessee. My heart goes out to all of you who have been affected in some way by these events.  I posted a pantry list to help you stock your pantry for emergenices, Stock Your Pantry, Stay Calm, Be Ready: Emergencies, I hope you find it helpful.


Full Plate Thursday,474

March has arrived, and feels like spring here already. A perfect time to start looking at our St. Patricks Day Plans for food and fun. We sure had a great party last week with our Top Ten Features and this week we have a whole new group of features from very talented bloggers that I hope you will stop by and see. Every week I Tweet this party several times, put it on facebook, pin it to a special board and then the features are pinned to a special features board. We really try to see that your post are seen by as many folks as possible. I look forward to seeing what you will be sharing with us this week, it is so good to see you here!


Old Fashioned Creamed Cabbage

I get real excited when the cabbage heads in the garden are ready to harvest, so we can enjoy some of our favorite cabbage recipes. One of our favorite recipes is our Old Fashioned Creamed Cabbage, it is a very simple dish but has amazing flavor that comes through with a creamy sauce. There is no doubt that this is a delicious comforting vegetable dish.


Stock Your Pantry, Stay Calm, Be Ready:Emergencies

How do you prepare your pantry for disasters or emergencies? We never know when we will have to face a natural disaster such as a storm or perhaps some other emergencies that will keep us away from the market. There are are even times when that market may  have empty shelves or be closed all together. In the past week the CDC (Centers For Disease Control & Prevention) has strongly suggested that we prepare our homes in the event of a health emergency that could possibly come to our country. It has been suggested that we prepare for a 2 week or 14 day stay inside our home if need be.


Whats For Dinner Next Week,3-1-20

Oh my goodness, here we are about to move into March! I love the food of March, we start to get into some of the awesome fresh vegetables from the winter gardens. We use a lot of cabbage during this month, it is so fresh and delicious, and some other root vegetables to enhance our March recipes. We have had early rains so our grounds are getting green earlier that usual, making me think that we need to get started on spring planting, and we will be doing that very soon. It is always so exciting to get back in the garden and continue to bring my family and all of you our very special garden to table meal plans and recipes!


Full Plate Thursday,473

Welcome to our Top Ten Full Plate Thursday,473! The last week of the month we always feature our Top Ten Views from last weeks party and you sure picked some great post for the features this week. We are having company this week here at the cottage so we are all a buzz, cleaning and cooking looking forward to some down time with our guest. I can't wait to see what you will be sharing with us today, it is going to be a great party and I am so happy that you are here!


Veggie Burger Soup

Our Veggie Burger Soup is one of those comfort soups that will make you feel oh so good after a long days work. It is a light but hearty soup, it is easy to put together and the flavor really delivers. We are serving it with a scoop of rice in the center of the bowl as the rice slowly soaks up some of the soup broth, it is really delicious!


Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Our Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies will bring back memories of Grandma's Cookie Jar and afterschool treats with the kids, that is only some of the memories these cookies bring back for me. This cookie recipe is a chewy cookie with the flavors of the oats and cranberry combination. Cookie making can be a fun family activity with the reward just a few minutes away, and they are out of the oven, on a cooling rack and ready to eat.


Whats For Dinner Next Week,2-23-20

Our meal plans this week are going to say Madri Gras and Cajun giving a big nod to our Cajun friends and family members. It is that time of the year again and I can't believe that we are going into the last week of February already. We are busy at the cottage this week getting ready for some family to come for a short visit. We are really looking forward to their visit so we are making some special meal plans just for them! I sure look forward to sharing our family meal plans with all of you every week and hope that we will inspire you to get busy and make some meal plans for your family.


Full Plate Thursday,472

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday we are so excited to see you today. I sure hope that each of you were able to soak up lots of love on Valentines Day last week, we sure have some great features from our Valentine party. We are having another rain soaked week here and the lake lovers are very excited to get the lake full for spring. There are little signs that spring will be coming soon, I have some little tulips peaking their heads up through the ground. Thanks so much for coming to the party today, it is always good to see you here!


Cajun Cornbread

Cajun Cornbread has a blend of Cajun seasons blended with some stone ground corn meal, this makes a slice of cornbread you wont forget. We love our cornbread here at the cottage and this cornbread recipe is a spicy blend that will kick up any meal. I am often ask to bring my Cajun Cornbread to a covered dish event, one skillet full doesn't last very long.


Slow Cooker Sausage and Shrimp Jambalaya

Sausage and Shrimp Jambalaya is a regional favorite here in east Texas. We are only about 2 hours from Louisiana so we have some cajun overtones in some of our favorites and this recipe is surely one of them. A very good friend of ours recently brought us some beautiful gulf shrimp from her visit to the gulf. We decided that we would use them in our favorite Sausage and Shrimp Jambalaya recipe and I am so happy to share it with you today.


Whats For Dinner Next Week,2-16-20

Lets get this meal plan started, we have had such a great week. We had a "just the two of us" very special Valentine evening, it was great, thanks to my loving husband! It has been very cold and rainy, we have had 6.5 inches of rain here at the cottage, it is great for the lake, but the crawfish are crawling up out of my yard. I will have to make some crawfish pie. Looking forward to a great meal plan for next week!


Full Plate Thursday,471

Happy Valentine Everyone! Welcome to Full Plate Thursday and Valentine Week! We have activities going on all week that are all about Valentine's Day. I really enjoy all the food for this season, lots of sweets and chocolate, oh my! We have some great features today from some very talented bloggers and I sure hope you will take the time to stop by and say hello to them. Thanks so much for coming to the party today and I really can't wait to see what you are sharing today!


Basic Tex-Mex Taco Bowls

BasicTex-Mex Taco Bowls are a very easy and fast way to make a delicious lunch or dinner. You can choose the toppings of your choice, sour cream, salsa, pico de gallo, you can add beans, corn and other vegetables. This is a basic bowl that most kids will love, or at least my kids love this basic bowl. The Taco meat is loaded with Tex Mex flavors, that are a staple here at the cottage.


Italian Stuffed Peppers

This recipe for Italian Stuffed Peppers started with the beautiful colors of the peppers that I found at the market recently. Those peppers were just placed so carefully in the display, I just could not resist taking some to my kitchen and developing a new delicious recipe. These peppers are stuffed with a very flavorful Italian mix of herbs and seasons, baked with a creamy Italian sauce and topped with a special mix of cheese. I planned on freezing the peppers that were left, however there were none left to freeze.


Whats For Dinner Next Week,2-9-20

We woke up to snow, it is so pretty,not much snow but certainly enough to make me want some real cozy food. Keeping the weather in mind when planning a meal plan is very important, when there is snow on the ground I won't be planning a cook out on the patio. I get excited about making those meal's that let you know whats cooking when you walk in the front door and your family says, oh that smells so good, whats for dinner?


Full Plate Thursday,470

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday the month of Love and Madi Gras. A really fun month with lots of fun things to explore with our recipes, table decor, food and fun related post. We are expecting some ice and snow while our party is going on, so come on in get a great cup of hot chocolate and find a place a the table, enjoy the fun and food. We have some great features today and hope you will stop by and say hello to these very talented bloggers. I can't wait to see and enjoy what you are sharing for the party today and thanks so much for sharing with us!


Oven Grilled Rosemary Rib Eye Steak

We really enjoy a great steak sometimes and a Rib Eye Steak seems to be our favorite. It is not always favorable conditions to cook the steaks on the grill, so this is how we make these delicious steaks in the oven. Today we have paired the oven grilled Rib Eye Steaks with rosemary flavors. The Rosemary Butter just finishes these delicious steaks.


Cherry Cheese Tartlet Dessert

Our Cherry Cheese Tartlet Dessert is a very easy dessert recipe to make and it is just delicious. It is the perfect little dessert to complete a special meal, a ladies luncheon, or tea. When I set the tarlets in the refrigerator and my husband spots them, I know that there will be a least 2 missing, so I always make just a litte more. This is one of those great go to recipes that I use over and over.


Whats For Dinner Next Week,2-2-20

The cottage is all a buzz getting ready for the big super bowl game this weekend. Making meal plans with a party in the week is a lot of fun and after all the food is a really big part of the party. I have a couple of friends coming over today to help out with the party plan, and I can't wait to share what we come up with. This is a great time of the year to seek out some comfort food and that is sure what we will be doing.


Full Plate Thursday,469

Full Plate Thursday is all a buzz this week, some of our readers are getting ready for the Big Super Bowl Game on Sunday while others are preparing for a romatic and fun filled February that is coming up already! We have some great features this week from some very talented bloggers and hope you will take the time to visit them and say Hi! I always look forward to seeing all of you at the party and thanks so much for coming and sharing with us today!


Mississippi Cheesy Beef Sandwich

Mississippi Chessy Beef Sandwich is a recipe that came as a result of standing over the sheet pan of pulled Mississippi Pot Roast and wondering what I could do that my husband would really love, and this is it. He did indeed love the new sandwich and so did I, just wait until you see how this sandwich goes together with all the ingredients. This is a delicious sandwich and we are serving it with some great herb roasted baby potatoes.


Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast

Mississippi Pot Roast is a flavor filled roast that has been in my recipe box more than a few years. The Instant Pot has made it possible to have that roast in a much shorter time. I changed my original recipe just a bit to make it even better in the Instant Pot if that was even possible, which I found out it was. Be sure and check out my recipe to see what has been changed, that made it even better.


Whats For Dinner Next Week,1-16-20

I look forward to sitting down and planning my meals everyweek and then being able to share with with all of you is a big plus. I always check the weather before making meal plans, if it is cold weather our family always want something warm and cozy to eat. We have had a cold and rainy week and are expecting the same next week, I am hungry already! I have gathered my recipes that we will be  using this week so we are all ready to go.


Full Plate Thursday,468

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, I am so glad that you could come to the party today. This is our Top Ten Week from last weeks party and we have some really great features for you to enjoy. We have had some family visiting us here at the cottage and we had so much fun and enjoyed some great food. They are moving to another state and we are sure going to miss them. I am looking forward to seeing all of your recipes, table decor, and food related post that you will be sharing with us today, thanks so much for coming!


Herb Roasted Baby Potatoes

I had planted some of these little baby potatoes last year in the garden to try them out, and we loved them. The only thing was I didn't plant enough to get us through the whole winter. I found these near the large potatoes in the market, there are white, red and purple fingerling's in this assortment. I have added some herbs and onions to the mix and roasted them. This is a great side dish for any occasion and they are delicious.


Nana's Spice Cake Recipe

I was recently asked to bring a spice cake to a function in my community and this is my go to Spice Cake recipe. For years, I made this cake for family gathering's and some of our family just love this recipe so we call it Nana's Spice Cake. This recipe is very moist and the blend of spices are a perfect balance that makes this a great cake to have for any occasion. I like to frost the cake with a creamy Cream Cheese Frosting and top it with chopped pecans, and sometimes to make it really special we will garnish with fresh fruit.


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 1-19-20

We are having cold rainy weather, a good time to take care of inside projects, so I have been busy organizing my pantry. When I keep an organized pantry it makes meal planning much easier, I can quickly look in the pantry to see what items are on hand that I don't have to pick up at the market. I have gathered the recipes that look good to me for the week and the tea is ready so lets sit for awhile have our tea and make some meal plans.


Full Plate Thursday,467

Hello everyone, come into the cottage and get warm by the fire, it is very cold outside. Winter has truly arrived and we are enjoying warm and cozy recipes and cheerful surroundings. I love setting a cheerful table for a great recipe that has been prepared. We have some great recipes and post from last weeks party that are featured today, and we invite you to stop by and say hello to these talented bloggers. Thanks so much for stopping by the party today, I can't wait to see what you will be sharing!


Pear Salad With Blue Cheese Ranch Dressing

I really enjoy this salad, but the dressing is amazing, and a perfect combination for this mix of greens, nuts and fruit. This Blue Cheese Ranch Dressing recipe has a delicious combination of spice and cheese, add the fruit and nuts with the salad greens and you have a real winner. I have added grilled chicken to this salad to dress it up a bit and served it for a luncheon, but it is a great salad without the grilled chicken. Served with or without the grilled chicken it is a winner every time.