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Whats For Dinner Next Week, 6-16-24

Hello everyone and a special greeting to all the Fathers on this Fathers Day weekend. We are expecting a full house this weekend to honor my husband and some other fathers in our family. We are planning on a fantastic time with delicious food. Great food requires careful attention. Meal planning allows me to have a more organized meal time and gives me more time to enjoy family and friends at the event. 


Full Plate Thursday, 698

  Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, 698. I am so excited to see you here today, we have some really great features to share with you today. We are having some beautiful days and our little plants are loving it. We are actually planting some late garden that we feel sure will make harvest. It will be fun to watch the crops and even better to enjoy the harvest on our table. We are having our party on the garden patio where we can really enjoy the great outdoors. I have saved you a place at the table and thanks so much for coming to the party today!


Potluck Pasta Salad

  Our Potluck Pasta Salad is a perfect salad for any potluck gathering. This salad is easy to put together and has fresh garden vegetables which makes it a very healthy salad to take. We live in a country lake community, our lake shore line touches several small communities. We interact with several of those communities and participate in great potluck gatherings during the course of a month. This has been one of my favorite salad's to take. I rarely ever bring any back home with me.


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 6-8-24

Hello everyone, it is so good to see you here on this sunny morning! We are actually going to be able to have a cook-out and enjoy being outdoors with no rain for a few days. I have made a inventory of our pantry and freezers, unfortunately we don't have that many fresh vegetables in our garden. We will be making a trip to the local farmers market to fill the order for our meal plan for the week. It will be fun to see what the market has to offer this week. 


Full Plate Thursday, 697

  Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, 697 and the month of June. We are going to have a great party today with the beginning of the summer season. We have some awesome features from last weeks party that I sure hope you enjoy. I love the summer food season from so many garden to table recipes and beautiful photo's of fresh foods. It is so good to see you here today, we have saved you a place at the table!


June Food and Recipe Basket: 2024

    This month we have some great foods in season that go from garden to table in the very best of fresh food. We get to spend a lot of time in the garden but if we are not growing the fresh fruit or vegetable that is in season, then we are off to the nearest farmers market. Some farmers markets are open year round now, but most are open by now. I love to carry all these fresh foods into my kitchen to create wonderful recipes for my family and friends.


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 6-1-24

Good morning, it is a beautiful June day to enjoy planning a great meal plan for next week. I am so happy you can join me here on the screen porch today, ya'll know how I love the screen porch. We have had some pretty weather around our part of the world this spring, and we are so grateful for the rain, and the fact that we have not had any damage from surrounding storms. The weather looks like we will be able to do a little grilling this week and enjoy some fresh vegetables from the garden and the farmers market.


Full Plate Thursday, 696

  Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, 696 and our Top Ten Features edition. On the last party of the month we feature your top ten views from last weeks party! You sure picked some great post for this weeks Top Ten, I hope you enjoy them.  I hope that all of you had a safe Memorial Day with lots of good food and fellowship. Thanks so much for coming to the party today, we always look forward to your visits!


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 5-25-24

Hello everyone, I am posting the meal plan early this week in hopes that it will help you with your meal plan for the Memorial Day Weekend. We have got a great meal plan for our remembrance day picnic here at the cottage. I am so grateful to be a meal planner so that I don't have to run around at the last minute trying to figure out what to feed the folks. Our stores are so crowded on the holiday weekends that often times the shelves will be empty if you don't get there early. I have already done my shopping and have even completed some meal prep, we are all ready to enjoy our friends and family along with some great food!


Full Plate Thursday, 695

  Welcome to Full Plate Thursday 695, come on in and find a place at the table. We are having our party on the main patio today so find your place at the table, we are saving you a seat! We have some great features for you to enjoy today from last weeks party. We are celebrating Memorial Day here at the cottage this coming weekend. We often times have a time of remembrance for all of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms that we enjoy here in our country. I really appreciate you coming to the party today. Please have a safe Memorial Day weekend with great food and fellowship!


Memorial Day Bar-B Que Recipes

Memorial Day is a great day of remembrance here in our lake community. There are many festivities to mark the day, with personal picnics and community food fest. Through the years we have had cook-outs and picnics here at the cottage. These are some of the Bar-B-Que Recipes that we enjoy when we have a Memorial Day remembrance picnic. 


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 5-19-24

  Hello  everyone, I sure hope you are having a fantastic weekend. I have been working on the meal plan for this week and had a draft. Somehow the draft was lost in all the lighting storms we had. So this week is a little late, but I am determine to post this meal plan today! We are so grateful for all the spring rains that have filled our lake and rivers, and equally so we are so grateful to have a few days of sunshine to dry us out just a bit. I have already started my meal plan for today and it is going to be delicious! 


Full Plate Thursday, 694

  Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, 694. I am so happy to welcome you to the party today. Please join me on the garden patio, we can enjoy our party and look at the beautiful wild flower garden and enjoy some fresh vegetables. We have some very talented bloggers that are a part of our blogging community here and I am always so happy to feature their post every week. Be sure and stop by their blogs to check out their great post! Thanks so much for coming to the party today, your visits are always so special to me and others!


Chicken With Broccoli and Rice Casserole

This Chicken With Broccoli and Rice Casserole recipe is a little unusual. Through the years I have learned to save and repurpose every morsel of food that could be saved or used in some way. This casserole is made up with mostly left overs and you would never know that it wasn't made fresh today. In today's economy the food prices are very high and still climbing. I try and help young families with growing their own vegetables, planning the meals and economizing wherever possible. This is a recipe that I made for a study group for young homemakers.


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 5-12-24

Hello everyone, glad to see you here on the Mothers Day weekend. I have been so blessed to be able to hear from so many of my  friends and family already. My daughter is planning a lovely luncheon for me and her Mother-In Law, it will be so nice. My husband has finished his project of restoring our flagstone patio and it is beautiful, we just love that area of our property. I am checking the weather and reviewing my freezer and pantry inventories. I am about to make some meal plan decisions with some great spring recipes.


Full Plate Thursday, 693

  Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, 693! I am so excited to see all of you on this upcoming Mothers Day Weekend. We are planning a great party for you today and surely hope that you will love all the features from last weeks party. I always look forward to all the wonderful post that you will be sharing at the party today. Thanks so much for coming to the party, you are a very important part of our blogging community!


Lemon Surprise Cake

  Lemon Surprise Cake is a very easy recipe to make. This is a lemon lovers dream dessert. The cake has a great lemon surprise on the inside and is topped with a creamy marshmallow topping. This is one of those recipes that can be served for a special occasion or a weeknight family meal. 


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 5-5-24

  Hello everyone and a big welcome to May! Meal planning is going to be so much fun this month. We get to plan for Cinco de Mayo which is this weekend, Mothers Day which is next weekend, and then Memorial Day at the end of the month. We are pretty excited here at the cottage, we actually have plants growing in our garden and soon will have more. There is nothing like those wonderful garden to table recipes that we all enjoy.


Full Plate Thursday, 692

  Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, 692 and open the door to May. I love the month of May with some very special holidays in May. We had a great party last week to close the month out. Some of those post are featured here today and I sure hope you enjoy them. Come in and make yourself at home, I can't wait to see what you will be sharing with us today. Thanks so much for coming to the party today, I always look forward to seeing you here.


May Food and Recipe Basket: 2024

  May is such busy month with spring in full swing, wild flowers blooming, garden vegetables being harvested and planted. We have a special basket full of fun celebrations where we will find some really great fresh food. The seasonal foods that we will be talking about this month are currently  harvested in our area. Most of the products can be found in Farmers Markets across the area. Our recipes have been handed down though the generations of my family and are linked on this blog.


Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

  Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas recipe is simple and delicious, full of Tex-Mex flavor. This is a perfect busy day recipe when you need something special in the evening.  These Fajitas are tasty and tender enough to take to a great covered dish dinner. Just add a little lime wedge, some cilantro and cheese, and you have a fantastic Chicken Fajita!


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 4-28-24

Last week while planning our meal plan for the week, I was having a lovely spring morning on my screen porch and enjoying looking through my recipes. This week I am getting a really late start on writing this post. We have been having storms all afternoon and are still under a tornado watch until late tonight. There have been some really bad storms in our area, but thank God we have been spared so far. I am going to finish this post so I can make sure that you get it first thing in the morning. 


Full Plate Thursday, 691

  Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, 691 and our Top Ten Feature post for the month!   The last Thursday of every month we feature the Top Ten Views from last weeks party. We have some great features that you picked and I sure hope that you enjoy these talented bloggers! We  are having so much fun here at the cottage, we have had abundant rainfall and everything here is green, blooming and beginning to look like a beautiful spring day. It is my pleasure to welcome you to our party each week and I always look forward to see what you will be sharing with us. Come on in and make yourself comfortable, we have saved you a place at the table!


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 4-20-24

  My little dog Cody is chasing a squirrel up the tree, the birds are signing and it is a beautiful spring day here at the cottage. They moved the cattle in the pasture across from the cottage today and it is always so peaceful to watch them graze in the pasture. It is great to be sitting on the screen porch again with all my recipes, my food inventory and a cup of coffee. I am ready to get started on this meal plan for the week, and I sure am glad you can join me today.


Full Plate Thursday, 690

  Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, 690! I am so excited to see you here today. We are having a beautiful spring day here at the cottage, we invite you to come back to the garden patio to join us for a big party today. We had a great party last week and have some great features today that we hope you enjoy. Be sure and stop by these talented bloggers site and say hello. We have a great party planned today and can't wait to see what you will be sharing, come on in we have saved you a seat at the table!


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 4-14-24

Hello everyone, it is sure good to be back this week with all of you sharing our meal plan for the week. Spring time has arrived with beautiful sunny days and then some rainy days which gives us lots of weather choices.


Full Plate Thursday, 689

  Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, 689! It is so good to see you here today. I sure hope you have had a great week. Did you get to participate in the Solar Eclipse on Monday, it was such a special event. We have some awesome features from last weeks party today and I sure hope you will enjoy them. Don't you just love this time of the year when there are so many wonderful recipes to make with such fresh ingredients. Thanks so much for coming to the party today, we saved you a seat and can hardly wait to see what you will be sharing!


Totality In Texas-Part Two

  We are never really able to predict the outcome of any event in our life, but the outcome of this solar eclipse was very unexpected for me. I went into the event with many questions which I expressed in  Celebrating Our Path Of Totality, Texas Style .


Celebrating Our Path Of Totality, Texas Style

We have been reading about and hearing about the total solar eclipse for well over a year now. It was about 6 months ago that some of the news sources here began to report that our community was in fact in the Path Of Totality. Plans were underway by the commercial and private communities to provide lodging and food sources for the thousands of people that were going to be converging on our little country and lake communities. 


Full Plate Thursday, 688

  Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, 688 and welcome to April! We had some great links last week at the party and I have a surprise for you today. The viewers are helping me pick the features with the most views.


April Food and Recipe Basket, 2024

  What is in season now and how can I use it? That is the question that started our Food and Recipe Basket. This month we are looking at some wonderful April fruits and vegetables that are in some of our gardens and also in the markets. I love looking forward to all the fresh fruits and vegetables that we will be having in the spring and summer months.


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 3-30-24

We will be welcoming April in just a few days. I love making meal plans this time of the year, with new green life everywhere. We will be having a large family gathering this Easter Sunday so we will have lots of traditional foods that our family loves for that special meal. We have actually been working in the yard and doing a little planting in the garden. I love the transition of the season .


Full Plate Thursday, 687

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, 687 and our Top Ten Features. On the last post of the month we always allow our readers to chose the features by the most views from last weeks party. Our readers have very good taste, they picked some great features for the party this week! 


Dill Pickle Dip

We grow and can our own dill pickles every year, and we love adding our pickles to this delicious appetizer. It has very few ingredients and takes very little time to make. We have even made it with sour pickles and it is just as good.  It is a great dip to serve for any game day, a party, or just a movie night. I have used it as a sandwich spread and it is fantastic! A garden to table recipe.


Spicy Oyster Snack Crackers

  We enjoy a great snack on occasion. These crackers are one of our favorite snack crackers. If I have a few of these delicious crackers I want the whole bowl. The recipe for the crackers is very simple with a few ingredients. They are great to serve for big game days, holidays, movie nights or a bowl just for yourself.


Whats For Dinner Next Week 3-24-24

I am looking forward to Easter week and a celebration of our faith and hope in a new life. We are planning on having family here for some of the festivities which I am sure will include some amazing meal plans. We have been having some really cold weather for this time of the year, so certainly we won't be planning any outdoor activities. We will hope to  be planting some vegetables in the garden next week on the sunny days. I think that we  will also be hiding some Easter Eggs for the little ones in the grass along the way. I am excited to make the meal plans and share them with you.


Full Plate Thursday, 686

  Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, 686 and and an official Welcome To Spring 2024!! I sure hope that you had a great St. Patrick's Day celebration. We had some great features from our celebration here at the party last week. This month is moving so fast with Good Friday and Easter just around the corner. I am already getting ready for Easter and will be hosting our study group here at the cottage this week. It seems that we are traveling at light speed sometimes. I know one thing for sure, we have some amazing cooks and creative folks that come to this party every week and I can't wait to see what you will be sharing with us this week. Thanks so much for coming to the party and being a part of this great blogging community!


Broccoli, Bacon & Fruit Salad

This is a Broccoli salad that checks all the boxes. It is a great year round salad that can be served for a special holiday dinner, a summer picnic or a simple family dinner. I have brought this salad to ladies luncheons and it is always a winner. This salad is packed with apples, red onion, raisins, toasted pecans, broccoli florets, and topped with crisp crumbled bacon. The salad can be served with or without the delicious dressing. 


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 3-17-24

Happy St.  Patrick's Day everyone! We have been enjoying our Irish food for the last week and celebrating the big day this week. Meal planning sometimes takes me down memory lane and it can be a very special time. Spring has arrived here in our area and we are busy with spring plantings and cleaning out the dead vines and plants from the winter. I am a seasonal cook and sure looking forward to transitioning to wonderful fresh spring recipes, and continuing our tradition of garden to table meal plans.


Full Plate Thursday, 685

  Welcome to Full Plate Thursday, 685! We will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day on Sunday along with many of you. We have some great features for you today from last weeks party. Next week we will be looking forward to Easter which is March 31st this year. Our grass is getting so green, we have some vintage roses that are blooming and spring is certainly arriving. Thanks so much for coming to the party today, I always look forward to seeing you here on Thursday!


Slow Cooker Bread Pudding

  This is the most delicious bread pudding and makes a wonderful dessert for any occasion. The recipe is very easy to put together with very few ingredients. It is definitely one of my favorite go to desserts when I don't have a lot of time to spend on a fantastic dessert. 


Whats For Dinner Next Week, 3-10-24

Hello everyone and welcome to my week of the Irish. I love to set aside the week of St. Patrick's Day as my week of the Irish to celebrate my Irish heritage. This week we will be having Irish food, with our great family recipes that mostly have been handed down through the generations. I am so excited to enjoy the meal plans for this week and I am so happy to share them with you!


Full Plate Thursday, 684

Welcome March to Full Plate Thursday, 684! I am so happy to see you today and to begin to open the door to spring. We have spring recipes popping up all over the party from last week that we will be featuring today. I sure hope you enjoy the features and stop by to give these bloggers a big hello! Come on back to the garden patio where we will be today, it is a beautiful day to enjoy the great outdoors. Thanks so much for coming to the party to share with us today, you are very special to us and we have saved you a seat at the table!


March Food and Recipe Basket 2024:

  I am so excited to share the March Food and Recipe Basket with all of you today. Weather is such a big factor in March as to weather we will have a early spring planting season or late. So far this year it looks like we will be able to plant early because we are having some real consistent warm days with some rain which is what we look for when planting.   We grow our own vegetables here at the cottage, which allows us to have either fresh, home canned or frozen vegetables available the year round. What we don't have available here, we usually find at one of our local farmers market. I have always been a seasonal cook and enjoy the transitions of the seasons so I hope you will enjoy these ideas and inspirations as we transition into another season.


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.