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Whats For Dinner Next Week, 3-3-24

  Hello everyone and welcome March! Planning meals this month is always a joy, we get to honor our Irish heritage. I always look forward to enjoying some of my families Irish recipes that have been passed down through the generations. Then on the last day of this month we celebrate Easter. This  month will be packed with amazing foods that our family just loves. 


Full Plate Thursday, 683

  Hello everyone and welcome to Full Plate Thursday, 683! Here we are in the last week of February already and it is time for our TOP TEN POST from last weeks party. I am always excited to see the entries our readers have given the most views to during the week. You really have some good ones this month so I hope all of you enjoy them. We have actually been able to be out in our yard and gardens doing some work for several days and now we are back in the house by the fire, and that's Texas weather folks. Thanks so much for coming to the party today and being a part of this great blogging community that we have here!


Irish Shepherd's Pie

  This is our Irish families recipe for Shepherd's Pie. We use ground beef rather than lamb with a mix of vegetables that is simmered in a rich gravy. We top it with creamy cheesy mashed potatoes then bake it in the oven. It is a heavenly casserole and will serve a hungry family with a very satisficing meal.


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 2-25-24

Hello everyone it is so good to see you today. I am actually able to sit on the screen porch and write this post. The weather is just beautiful, and we are getting a little taste of spring. Looks like we will have some great weather next week. It will be fun to make some spring like recipes. I know for sure that I will be going to the market looking for some fresh vegetables and maybe some salad products. I do have some fresh greens in the winter garden that will be good for some recipes. I am off to find some recipes and then we will create the meal plans that will hopefully keep my family happy!


Full Plate Thursday, 682

  Hello everyone and welcome to Full Plate Thursday, 682! I am so excited to see all of you today. We are still having some really cold days, but the temperatures are starting to warm enough that all the weeds are starting to get green. I actually have some flowers that are starting to peak through with little tiny bits of green. Spring is definitely on the way. We had a fantastic party last week with some really talented bloggers. The features are amazing and I sure hope you enjoy them. Come on in the cottage, we have saved a place at the table just for you!


Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole

If you love stuffed cabbage and don't have time to make it, then this is the recipe for you. This unstuffed cabbage will give you the same full flavors of the old fashioned stuffed cabbage in a simple casserole. We use the same flavors and the basic ingredients to present this delicious casserole. This is a winter garden to table recipe for us. We take a walk out to our winter garden and cut the fresh cabbage that we use in this recipe.


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 2-18-24

  Hello everyone, I sure hope you survived our Super Bowl, Madri Gras and Valentine Day events! When I begin to think about planning for a week of meal plans, the first thing I do is check out my inventory in the pantry, freezer's and cold bins in the barn. The second thing I do is check the weather and we will be having some low temperatures jumping to grilling weather at the end of the week. Now I am going for  the recipes, checking what will work well for all of those factors. I am hungry just thinking of all the possibilities.


Full Plate Thursday, 681

  Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, 681! I am so excited to see you here today. Wow, we have survived three big events in a row this week, with the Super Bowl, Madri Gras and Valentine's Day! Last week we had a gala party with so many great post. Some of those post are featured today and I sure hope you enjoy them! Thanks so much for coming to the party today and I hope you enjoy being here!


Twenty Sweetheart Cakes, Cobblers and Pie Recipes

I recently ask my husband to pick out some special cakes, cobblers and pie recipes that he loves the most. I was very surprised at the long list that he gave me and it had some recipes that I had no idea he liked that much. Some of the recipes are very old and family favorites, others we have developed through the years. When I first made the list, there were to many for one post, so this is the top of the list, the very best!  I have had so much fun with this collection of recipes and I sure hope that you will enjoy them .


10 Madri Gras Recipes

We really enjoy Madri Gras celebrations and especially the amazing Cajun Food. We have several relatives including a granddaughter that are native of the Louisiana culture and cuisine. We have a collection of recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. I have put together some of our favorites to share with you in this collection.


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 2-12-24

What a week we are about to have, three big events in one week. Planning the meals for this week will be so much fun. Then next week we may just have left overs all week! I have been looking at some of our favorites for these holidays, and have selected some that I know will work for us. I can't wait to hear what some of you will be planning for these big events.


Full Plate Thursday, 680

  Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, 680, it is great to see you today for the party! We are going into a very unusual week, Super Bowl, Madri Gras, and Valentine all in the same week. Ordinarily we have the month of February  to celebrate these events, but not this year. Our features this week will reflect all the wonderful post that we had at last weeks party and we are tipping our hat to all the events! 


Raspberry Poke Cake With Marshmallow Frosting

This Raspberry Poke Cake is so moist and delicious, it will just melt in your mouth. The marshmallow frosting just tops this cake recipe and makes it very special. This is one of the cakes I like to make for a very special occasion or a simple celebration for family. I love being able to garnish the cake with fresh raspberries, what a perfect ending to a lovely luncheon or dinner.


The Lemon Harvest Recipes & Tips: Tuesday Tips

  We recently had  The Winter Lemon Harvest , which produced some great lemons. My friend had stopped by and ask what will you do with all those lemons? I told her I would not have any problem putting them to good use. I have some delicious recipes for my fresh lemons and a few other ideas for different uses. I will be very interested in your ideas and suggestions for fresh lemons.


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 2-4-24

Welcome to the love month of February, it is here already. What a fun month to make meal plans. Madri Gras Valentine and the Super Bowl this month, no boring plans here. None of those big events will be happening this week, so we can just get our taste buds ready for the big events next week. I am looking at some favorite recipes for this week and so glad I will be able to go out to the winter garden for some of my ingredients. There is nothing like fresh food with a good meal plan to make a great evening with friends and family.


Full Plate Thursday, 679

  Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, 679 and a big welcome to February! The month of hearts and love with some very cozy dinners for two. We are starting this week with some great feature post from last weeks party. I hope that you will take the time to visit some of the talented bloggers that come to this party every Thursday! We have actually enjoyed the sun and some higher temperatures this week, giving us a chance to begin getting the spring garden ready to plant. Come on in the cottage and find your place at the table, we are saving you a seat!


Hummingbird Bread

If you are a fan of Old Fashioned Hummingbird Cake you will love this Hummingbird Bread! The bread is layered with toasted coconut, pecans and blended seasons. The crumb is moist with outstanding flavor and topped with a special glaze.  The bread can be served for brunch, or dessert, it is perfect with afternoon tea. 


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 1-28-24

  Hello everyone, come on in the cottage I have the coffee ready and I am ready to get started on the meal plan for next week. We will be reaching out for some good game food this weekend. We are looking at some warmer temperatures, but still expecting more rain. We will be continuing to search for some warm and cozy meal plans. I had a really good laugh today, I found a couple of small Christmas decorations that didn't make it back in the Christmas packing box. Do any of you ever find things like that after the holiday has long since passed?  I am so grateful that I can still laugh at myself! Lets see what kind of yummy recipes we can come up with for our meal plan!


Full Plate Thursday, 678

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, 678! This is our last party of the month where you the readers have picked the Top Ten Page Views for our features today! I am always so excited to present these features and find out what was trending this month! I sure am happy to see you today and good to see that you made it through all of the cold rain that we are having. The rain is great for our water table, the lake and eventually our garden. Thanks so much for coming to the party today, I can't wait to see what you will be sharing with us today!


The Winter Lemon Harvest

Three years ago I purchased 2 small lemon trees. The little trees were very pretty with green shiny leaves all over them. The instructions said to leave the trees in their original cans for two years then to transplant them to the ground. Now at the end of the third year, I have a harvest. I am so excited to harvest these lemons!


Haystack Chicken Casserole

  This delicious casserole comes together in a short time and gives you lots of flavor. I am using one of my frozen bags of cooked chicken that I keep in the freezer. This recipe has very simple ingredients and is a great combination to give us a win with this casserole. We have served this to family and took it to a covered dish supper recently, everyone loves it! 


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 1-22-23

Hello everyone, I am so excited to see you today and chat about our meal plans for the week. We survived last week with no power for over 30 hours and a couple of those days without water as well. It was very cold, and we were so grateful to have a generator to help keep the heaters going and the refrigerator and freezer going. We actually had some pretty good soups from the freezer. I just put them in the Slow Cooker and plugged the cooker into the generator, in no time we had hot soup! 


Full Plate Thursday, 677

Hello everyone and welcome to Full Plate Thursday, 677! I am always excited to see all of you on Thursday. As I am writing this post it is 16 degrees and that is very cold! Please come in the cottage and find a place by the fire we are going to have a great party today with some delicious food and fellowship. We have some fantastic features from last weeks party that I sure hope you will enjoy. We are so blessed to have so many talented bloggers in our Full Plate Thursday community! 


Texas Ranch Casserole

A Texas Ranch Casserole recipe is very common where we grew up. Every family seems to have their own variation of this delicious casserole. Our version of this recipe has come down to me through the generations and I have added my own adjustments here and there. It is certainly one of our families favorites and we are happy to share it  with all of you!


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 1-14-24

  I am all curled up with a lap quilt and lots of recipes, ready to make this meal plan for next week. Oh my goodness folks, it is very cold outside. We have as many plants as we could get under cover and nice and warm. We are expecting 8 degree temperatures and our hope is to save as many yard plants as is possible. I asked my husband what he would like for comfort food this week and he gave me some great ideas. Play the game with me and tell me which recipes he wanted for this artic cold.


Full Plate Thursday, 676

Hello everyone and welcome to Full Plate Thursday, 676. So many of us across America are having winter storms and we are wrapped up trying to stay warm. Come in the cottage and find a warm spot by the fire, we will be serving all the wonderful food that you are bringing very soon. We had a great party here last week and some of the links are being featured today. I sure hope that you will enjoy the features. Thanks so much for coming to the party today and sharing your amazing talent with us and we sure hope you will come back again!


Texas Trail Mix Pie

  Texas Trail Mix Pie is so rich and delicious.  A small slice is all you want for a very special dessert. A crunchy and soft texture with a sweet and salty season, a perfect combination. I love serving this pie for a small group of folks with a nice cup of coffee and some great after dinner conversation.


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 1-7-24

Hello everyone, I am looking forward to planning some warm and cozy meal plans for this week, it is really cold here. This is the time of the year when we look to do projects on the inside. We are going to start some touch up projects in the bathroom and a couple of other rooms. Nothing major (thank goodness) just a few touch ups. I have got some of my winter time recipes out and they all look so yummy, I can't wait to see which ones will be the winners this week.


Full Plate Thursday, 675

  Hello and Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, 675, our first party of 2024! I sure hope that all of you are recovering or have recovered from a fantastic holiday season! I am so excited to see you here today to kick off 2024 and I can't wait to see all the amazing post that y'all will be bringing to the party this year! We had a great party to close out the year last week and some features that I know you will love! Come on in the cottage and find your place at the table, you know we saved you a seat!


Stuffed Italian Spaghetti Squash

  We grew the Spaghetti Squash in our garden and harvested it in the fall. I just wanted to do something special with it so I made the Stuffed Italian Spaghetti Squash and I am so glad I did, it is delicious. I used a micro wave short cut to cook the squash which cuts down on the cooking time. The flavorful stuffing is so versatile I plan on using it with pasta. This makes a beautiful presentation and will be a winner for any occasion.


Easy Microwave Spaghetti Squash Recipe : Tuesday Tips

Welcome to our Tuesday Tips where you will find tips from our kitchen, recipes, garden, and sometimes even a craft or two. I hope you will have as much fun with this as I intend to have as well as giving you some of the tips I have learned along the way! So happy to see you here today and happy New Year!