Saturday, July 26, 2014

Whats For Dinner Next Week 7-27-14

I sure am glad to see you today, come on in the kitchen and sit with me while I take a break. We are really enjoying our summer with friends and family coming to spend time with us. It is so important to make meal plans when expecting house guest, that way you have more time to enjoy your guest. I always like to cook as much ahead as I can. Do you cook ahead when expecting guest? Give us some of your tips for preparing your meals for house guest.


Roasted Potatoes
Left Over
Peach Pie

French Bread


Gone Fishing
(Hoping For Bass, But Will Settle For Catfish)
To Be Grilled
Campfire Potatoes
Left Over
Rosemary and Lemon Infused Cake
Key Lime Ice Cream

I have sure enjoyed our visit today your visits are always very special to me.Hope you have a wonderful week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Full Plate Thursday 7-24-14

Full Plate Thursday Where The Greatest Cooks On The Planet Gather

I am so excited to see you today, so come on back to the patio we are setting up our tables here by the rose garden today, it is such a beautiful day to be outdoors. We have been enjoying the fruits and vegetables of the season and hope you have an opportunity to enjoy some of the wonderful fruits and vegetables from your own garden, a farmers market or a CSA. I am sharing my favorite Peach Pie with all of you today and can't wait to see what you are bringing to share. Lets get all this food on the table and lets eat!

This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week
Morning Snack
Afternoon Snack
Preserving and Canning
Your Favorite Plate Last Week

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Back Ground Story On Full Plate Thursday
When we were young and just starting out in life sometimes we did not have a lot of money. Most of our friends were having to stretch the dollars at the end of the month just like us. My girlfriends and I decided that we would pool our food for some of the evening meals right before payday... the last week of the month. I have some of the fondest memories from those days. We would all bring our food together and we had some great food and great fellowship. We would get the food on the table and everything ready, someone would bless the food and then the hostess would say "come fill your plate".
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pickled Beets

Some of my fondest memories of summer are spending time with my Grandparents on their farm. My Grandmother canned and preserved the fruits and vegetables that they grew on the farm. One of my Grandmothers favorite was her Pickled Beets, she loved her beets and would have them on her plate for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Although I don't eat them as much as my Grandmother, I do love my beets and there is nothing like fresh canned Pickled Beets. I rarely open a home canned jar of Pickled Beets that I don't remember my Grandmother in her kitchen making the wonderful food and memories of summer.

Pickled Beets

Pickled Beets
Miz Helen's Kitchen
Makes 6 to 8 pints
1/2 peck small to medium beets
2 cups water
1 cup vinegar
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 Tablespoon pickling spices
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
Wash and clean the beets.
In a large stew pot cook the whole beets until tender. Drain the beets and place in ice cold water and let cool.Peel the beets.
You can pickle the beets whole or cut them in half or quarters.
In a large stew pot bring water, vinegar, sugar and spices to boil. Add beets and cook for 10 minutes.
Pack beets into sterilized pint jars and seal.
Process in hot water bath for 8 to 10 minutes. 

Beets From The Garden
I Like To Clean and Wash All The Garden Vegetables In The Outdoor Kitchen

Cooked and Peeled Ready For The Pickling Jar

Canned Pickled Beets Cooling On The Shelf

This Jar Is Just For You!


Hope you are able to enjoy some of your favorite summer fruits and vegetables, making memories with friends and family or recalling memories of loved ones and fun times. Have a wonderful week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nana's Peach Pie

Its peach season here in Texas and the peaches are really outstanding this year, maybe because we have been blessed with cooler weather. One of my Grandsons was planning a summer visit with his family and I asked him if he had a special food request, without even a second he said oh yes, I want Nana's Peach Pie. So of course, you know how us Grandma's are, I made the pie for him and his family, there was not one bite left for the photo's for the blog, so guess what I made another one, and it didn't last long either.

Nana's Peach Pie

Nana's Peach Pie
Miz Helen's Kitchen
6 medium size ripe peaches
2 nine inch pie crust
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons corn starch
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg, beaten
In a large pot of boiling water, drop the peaches in the water for 1 minute.
Remove the peaches and place in a large bowl of ice water with ice cubes.
Let the peaches cool for a minute then peel the skin off the peaches.
Slice the peaches and place them in a large stew pan.
Pour the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt onto the peaches and stir.
Mix the cornstarch with 3/4 cups off water and set aside.
Stirring, heat the peach mix on medium heat until the mix starts to boil, do not let it boil, reduce the heat. If you let the mix boil, it will break the peaches up.
Add the butter and stir until melted. Add the corn starch mix and stir constantly until the mixture thickens, remove from heat immediately. Set aside and let the mixture cool to room temperature.
Prepare a bottom pie crust in an iron skillet or pie pan.
Bake the crust in a preheated 375 degree oven for 8 minutes.
Let the crust cool for about 10 minutes.
Pour the peach mixture into the bottom crust.
Put the top crust on the pie or decorate the top with the dough in a design.
Brush the top of the crust with the beaten egg wash.
Bake the pie in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
Let the pie set to cool for at least 1 hour, so it will slice nicely.

The Peaches Smell So Ripe

Slice The Peaches

Add The Spices and Cook The Mixture

Pour The Cooled Peach Mixture Into A Par Baked Cooled Crust

Put The Top Crust or Design On The Pie

Bake and Cool

Ready To Serve

Serve The Pie

Did You Say Where's The Ice Cream?

Without Ice Cream

With Ice Cream

There Is Pie For Everyone To Enjoy!

It is so nice to have friends or family stop by and enjoy a special dessert with us and I sure am glad that you could stop by today. Hope you have a fantastic week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Whats For Dinner Next Week 7-20-14

Come on back to the garden with me, we are in the middle of harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, green beans and corn. It is so much fun to pick the fresh vegetables from the garden then head straight to the kitchen and create a delicious summer dish. We will just sit for a little bit and have some nice Herb Tea and talk about the menu for next week. When you are making you meal plan for the week do you try to include some fresh vegetables from your garden, or a farmers market? Have you ever participated in a CSA where the farmer or grower will deliver a box of seasonal fruits and vegetables to your home each week?


Left Over


Left Over
Blackberry Cobbler



Cooks Day Off
"Kitchen Closed"
Going Out With Family

I am so glad that you were able to stop by today and spend some time in the garden with us. I have a lovely basket of vegetables for you to take home with you. Hope you have a wonderful week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen

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