Sunday, July 31, 2011

Whats For Dinner Next Week 7-31-11

We are so excited we finally got a little rain. It wasn't a lot but we are grateful for every drop we got. Our little plants are doing the Thanksgiving Dance. Lets get right to this menu and take a look at all the great food we are having next week.

Sunday
Ranch Style Beans
Garlic Buns
Melon Slices

Monday
Veggie Plate Night
Stuffed Tomatoes
Dilled Green Bean Salad
Left Over
New Potato Salad
Berry Shortcake

Tuesday
Grilled Chicken Ka Bobs
Roasted Corn on The Cob
Cold Vegetable Salad
Cottage Bread
Ice Box Chocolate Delight

Wednesday
With The Left Over Chicken
Slow Cooker
Chicken Vegetable Soup
Corn Bread
Left Over
Ice Box Chocolate Delight

Thursday
From
Full Plate Thursday
Frying Pan Pot Roast  Jenn at The Cake Dish
Chinese Cabbage Salad  Jane at Make Ahead Meals For Busy Moms
Mango Flavored Crepes  Wit,Wok and Wisdom

Friday
Going To A Friends Annual Fish Fry
I Am Bringing

Saturday
Date Night
Honey is Cooking For Me In His New Re Purposed Out Door Kitchen
Re Purposed Outdoor Kitchen Part One
Re Purposed Outdoor Kitchen Part Two

I sure am glad that you stopped by to have tea with us today and I hope you have a fabulous week! Be sure and stop by on Thursday for Full Plate Thursday, we will see you then.
Peace and Joy

Saturday, July 30, 2011

New Potato Salad

Sometimes there is nothing like an old fashioned Potato Salad to compliment a great meal plan. I like many of you have several different recipes that I use, but I want to share one of my favorites with you today.

Ice Cold Potato Salad

This is a real creamy and crisp salad with lots of different textures and a unique flavor from The Pickle Pot.

Lots of Fresh Garden Vegetables

New Potato Salad
Miz Helen's Kitchen
4 cups New Potatoes skin on chopped
1 cup celery chopped
1 cup red onion chopped
2 hard boiled eggs chopped
1/2 cup pimentos
1/2 cup green bell peppers chopped
1/2 cup Pickle Pot Pickles chopped Link Pickle Pot Pickles
1/2 cup Pickle Pot Pickle Juice
1 teaspoon dill weed
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup whole grain mustard
Boil the potatoes and cool completely before chopping. After chopping the potatoes add the Pickle Pot Pickle juice to the potatoes and mix well. Boil the eggs and cool completely before chopping. In a large mixing bowl add the chopped new potatoes, celery, red onion, boiled eggs, pimentos,pickles and bell pepper then mix well. Add the dill weed, dried basil, salt and pepper and mix well. Mix the mayonnaise,  yogurt, and mustard then add it to the potato and vegetable mixture, mix well. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving. 

Enjoy!
I am so glad you stopped by to visit with us today. I always just love having someone in the kitchen to visit with while I am cooking. I sure hope you will stop by again real soon!
Peace and Joy

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Full Plate Thursday 7-28-11

Hello, I am so excited to see you today. Welcome to Full Plate Thursday! We are enjoying the wonderful harvest of summer vegetables here at the cottage. We really enjoy all the great vegetable dishes that we create in the summertime. I can hardly wait to see what you have brought to share with us today. Thank you so much for coming today to share with us and I sure hope you will come back really soon!
This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week
Breakfast
Breakfast with Mommydom  The Mommydom Chronicles
Nutella Blended Coffee Drink  Wendy at Around The Family Table
Snack
Maple Bacon Cupcakes  Amanda at Crumbs and Cookies
Greek Frappe  Kim at The Mediterranean Diet
Lunch
Lunch with The Fajdich Times Family  The Fajdich Times
Mandarin Orange Pie  April at Angel Foods
Snack
Cherry Basil Soda  Jamiejo at Thrifty Veggie Mama
Dinner
Frying Pan Pot Roast  Jenn at The Cake Dish
Chinese Cabbage Salad  Jane at Make Ahead Meals For Busy Moms
Mango Flavored Crepes  Wit,Wok and Wisdom
If You Helped Me Fill My Plate Today Please Take The Red Plate Home
The Code Is On The Side Bar

Full Plate Thursday Background Story
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 26, 2011

Country Ribs

We just love to spend as much time as we can outdoors in the summer. Of course one of the things we enjoy is a gathering of friends and family just enjoying the evening with a cook out. Today we are grilling Country Ribs.




We start these ribs with a nice rub and finish them with a nice sauce. They are so tender and tasty.
Country Ribs
Country Ribs
Miz Helen's Kitchen
The Rub
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix the rub together and rub on washed and dried meat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before grilling. Let come to room temperature before placing on the grill. Just before the meat is ready mop with BBQ Sauce.
BBQ Sauce
Miz Helen's Kitchen
1 medium yellow onion chopped
3 cloves minced garlic
1 cup Ketchup
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire
1/2 cup Honey
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Method For Bar B Q Sauce
In a medium sauce pan sweat the onions until clear. Add all the remaining ingredients mixing well. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to medium low and cook for 15 minutes. The Sauce will be ready for use at that point.
Country Ribs

We Are Serving Our Ribs With A Nice New Potato Salad
Enjoy!

I am so happy that you were able to come and have dinner with us this evening, we just love spending time with you. Come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Whats For Dinner Next Week 7-24-11


Hi come on in we are in the kitchen and have just finished canning green beans. They sure will be good next winter when it will hopefully be colder than it is today. Sit down and have a cold glass of tea with us and we will  visit about the menu for next week.

Sunday
Green Chilis Enchilada Chicken
Spanish Rice
Mexican Tossed Green Salad
Tortilla's
Key Lime Cheese Cake

Monday
Ham Steak
Fresh Green Beans With New Potatoes
Summer Squash Casserole
Roasted Corn and Tomato Salad
Corn Bread
Left Over Key Lime Cheese Cake

Tuesday
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Tossed Green Salad
Garlic Bread
Fresh Peach Cobbler

Wednesday
Canning Day
Slow Cooker
Pinto Beans
Spicy Oven Fries
Fresh Sliced Heirloom Tomatoes
Hot Biscuits and Strawberry Jalapeno Jam
Of Course We Have To Try It Out Before It Goes In The Pantry
Strawberry Jalapeno Jam


Thursday
Turkey Burgers On The Grill
Grilled Sweet Potato Salad
Pickle Pot Pickles
Sunshine Cookies

Friday
Seafood Casserole
Broccoli with Lemon Sauce
Green Tossed Salad
French Cheese Bread
Chocolate Icebox Delight

Saturday
From
Full Plate Thursday

Pepper Steaks with Sauteed Zucchini  Aimee at Shugary Sweets
Waldorf Deluxe Salad  Jamie at Everyday Art
Chocolate Banana Cream Cake  Lisa at Flour Me With Love

I am so happy that you could stop by and take a break with us today. Be sure and stay cool and drink plenty of water in this heat.  I have some Green Beans for you  to take home with you today so don't  forget them.
Peace and Joy

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Re Purposed Outdoor Kitchen Part Two

We are going to continue with our journey to the Re Purposed Outdoor Kitchen. When we left our journey in Link Part One Re Purposed Kitchen we were just about to grout the tile.

Since this is an outdoor kitchen we decided to have black grout so it would be easier to keep and it wouldn't yellow like white sometimes does. It was very hot the day we did this so we had to work really fast before the grout got too dry to work with.

We Had A Lot Of Area To Cover

Smoothing In The Grout

The Grout Is All On

Re Purposed Desk Will Serve As A Work Station

All Wiped Down and Glazed

Ready To Use

The Sink With Running Water Is The Greatest!

We Finished The Front With Re Purposed Windows Salvaged From A Victorian Home
The Floor Is Concrete Block Tiles

And Of Course The Director of The Project, Jaque'

A Great Work Station

 A New Grill and The Man Of This Kitchen Is Ready To Cook!
He Has His Coffee Pot On So Come On Over, We Would Love To See You

The size of the kitchen is 10X15 the cost was as follows:
16X16 Floor Blocks         $150.00
Cinder Blocks For Base        18.00
Tile and Grout                        52.00
Water Lines  PVC                  20.00
Windows Free                         Free
Grill                                     Fathers Day Gift From A Very Loving Family!
Total                                   $230.00
We sure are enjoying our new Re Purposed Outdoor Kitchen, it was a very low cost project and we had so much fun completing the project. We will be happy to answer your questions if you have any.  I am so happy that you stopped by to see our new kitchen and come back to see us soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen
This Post Is Linked To:
Workshop Wednesday
Earth Day Celebration Challenge 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Full Plate Thursday 7-21-11

I am so glad to see you today and Welcome to Full Plate Thursday! Come on in here and get out of this horrible heat. We have lots of Iced Tea and Lemonade today and some real special smoothies. We actually had a couple of clouds in the sky in the early part of the week, we thought it might rain but it did not. I can hardly wait to see what you brought to share with us today. Thank you so much for coming today and hope you come back real soon!

This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week
Breakfast
Grilled Breakfast Pizza  Kristen at The Sweet Swiper
Whole Wheat Mocha Nut Muffin  Dole Valley Girl
Morning Snack
Sweet Cherry Frangipane Tarts  Rosemary at Rosemary's Blog Spot
Smoothie For Wednesday  Mary at Passionate Perseverance
Lunch
Cheeseburger Zucchini Boats  Nancy at Real Food Allergy Free
Low Fat Potato Salad  Heidi at  Heidi's Recipes
Easy Blackberry Pie In A Jar  Megan at Megan's Cookin
Afternoon Snack
Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes  The World According to Jiggle
Basil Infussed Sparkling Lemonade  Kalinda at Wheat Free Meat Free
Dinner
Pepper Steaks with Sauteed Zucchini  Aimee at Shugary Sweets
Waldorf Deluxe Salad  Jamie at Everyday Art
Chocolate Banana Cream Cake  Lisa at Flour Me With Love
If You Helped Fill My Plate Please Take This Red Plate Home

The Code Is On The Side Bar



Full Plate Thursday Background Story
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".
I have just a few suggestions before you leave your dish and fill your plate.
  • Link directly to YOUR RECIPE  and not to your web page.  
  • Scroll down to the button that says "click here to enter"
  • You will be asked to give your URL ( which will be your direct link to your post), the name of your recipe, and your email which we will not be able to see.
  • Then you will be asked to select a thumbnail from your post that will be uploaded to your entry.
  • Please include a link back to Full Plate Thursday, somewhere on your post. We will give you a gentle reminder if you forget...
  • Please leave me a comment before you leave the page and let me know that you are here, I want to be a good hostess.
  • Don't forget to visit with all the others, after all that is part of the fellowship that makes it so much fun, in addition to all the good food of course...
  • Grab The Full Plate Button if you like and take it home with you.
  • Now God Bless you and your food and everyone fill your plate!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Christmas Canning In July

I love to give a little something from my kitchen at Christmas time, but I usually start that process in the middle of the summer. Last year I had Christmas Canning In September  I usually put a loaf of bread or maybe a jar of pickles in the gift basket. Last year I put my new cookbook in the basket. I have started work on this years Christmas and it is going to be so good, Strawberry Jalapeno Jam I can't wait to give my gifts.

From A Kettle Full Of Strawberries

To Mouth Watering Jam

Strawberry Jalapeno Jam
Miz Helen's Kitchen
4 pints of Strawberries 
7 cups sugar
2 tablespoons Jalapeno seeded and chopped fine
1 packet of Sure Jell
1/2 teaspoons butter
Be Sure and Read The Directions In The Sure Jell Box Before Beginning This Process
Wash, and remove the stems from the berries. Mash the berries with a masher. Place 5 cups of mashed berries into a heavy sauce pan. Mix in the seeded Jalapeno that has been chopped fine. Stir in one packet of the Sure Jell and mix throughly. Add the butter. The butter will reduce the foaming. Bring the berry mixture to a full rolling boil stirring constantly. Quickly stir in the sugar stirring constantly and return to a full rolling boil. Boil for exactly 1 minute stirring constantly and remove from heat. Skim off any foam.
Ladle into prepared jars and seal. Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes. Remove jars and let cool . Make sure that the lid has sealed before storing in a cool dry place.
 
Merry Christmas!

It is really nice when the holidays come to have all this sitting in the pantry ready to go. Of course I will dress the jar up with a pretty little ribbon and a nice tag. Let me know what you are doing to get ready for Christmas in July. Thanks for stopping by today your visits are very special to me. Come back soon!
Peace and Joy

Monday, July 18, 2011

One Year Ago Today

One year ago today I published my first post, The Journey Begins.  When I look back now I am amazed at how fast the time has passed by.  I had published my cookbook Miz Helen's Kitchen Table about a month before I began work on the blog. My daughter called and said if you're not busy go to your computer, which I did. She directed me to my new blog that she had set up for me. I just sat there and looked at it. It really looked like an airplane dashboard to me, and I thought she has got to be kidding. She was very encouraging, but I thought I really don't have the time to figure all of this out.  For weeks after that I would just go in and look at it, close it and go about my day. Finally one day I made the decision that I would attempt the blog. Right away I changed everything she had done and made it mine, of course I did. When   the day finally came to publish the first post, I sat frozen in front of the screen, fear of the unknown had taken over, finally I garnered enough courage to push that publish button. A great door opened  up for me that day! 

I have had so much fun with this blog. It has been a challenge for me learning and trouble shooting "Blogger Problems" along with all of you.  Every week I look forward to seeing all of my new friends all over the world. I have some great new friends that I would never have had the opportunity to get to know any other way. I could not have come this far without the help and support of some very special people. Many thanks to my daughter  for getting me started and your unlimited support. Many thanks  to my dear friend Amy Green at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free  for your love and support in sharing the journey, Brent at Linky Tools for his never ending kindness. Many thanks to all the blog parties that I visit every week and all of you who host them and the wonderful encouragement that you have given me this year. A big thanks to all my followers who have signed up to go along on this journey with me, thanks for your support and all your kind comments! A great big thanks and a hug to all my friends who come to my blog party Full Plate Thursday, you are all awesome!

I have loved having you in the kitchen with me this year, and inviting you to my table to share a meal. It has  been great to take you along on a Day Trip. It has been so much fun to have you come along for our Garden Gate experience and my great joy to share a Quiet Time with all of you.  Sometimes when we look back we often times think that we would like to have changed something, I would not change a thing I have loved every mile of this journey with all of you. I can't begin to tell you how much you have given to my life this year. I love it so much I think we will just keep on going and I invite you to continue the journey with me.
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Whats For Dinner Next Week 7-17-11

I went for a walk this morning and as I walked across the pasture grass it was crisp under my feet. It looks like it could be late November. We still have no rain and none in sight. Come and join me on the nice cool patio and we will have a cold glass of lemonade and talk about the menu for next week.

Sunday
On The Grill
Slow Roasted Chicken 
Mixed Fire Roasted Vegetables
Green Tossed Salad
Hot Wheat Buns


Monday
From The Left Over Chicken
Honey Apple Chicken Salad
Mixed Melon
Left Over 
Chocolate Pie

Tuesday
Roasted Corn, Black Bean and Pineapple Salad
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Corn Bread
Strawberry Shortcake

Wednesday
Stuffed Peppers
Mashed Garlic Potatoes
Green Tossed Salad
Hot Biscuits
Lemonade Cupcakes

Thursday
From
Lemon Rosemary and Balsamic Grilled Chicken  Julie at A Little Bit of Everything From The Good Life
Mexican Corn Salad  Jennifer at Imitation By Design
Chocolate and Hazelnut Toffee Tart  Joy at Kitchen Flavours

Friday
Grilled Salmon
Grilled Sweet Potatoes
Steamed Asparagus
Sliced Fresh Tomatoes with Basil Sauce
Hard Rolls
Fresh Blackberries with Spicy Vanilla Sauce

Saturday
Brats On The Grill
German Cole Slaw
Oven Baked Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
Homemade Peach Ice Cream

I am so happy you stopped by to spend some time with me today, I always look forward to your visits. We will look forward to seeing you here for Full Plate Thursday, see you then.
Peace and Joy

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Re Purposed Outdoor Kitchen Part One

When we began to develop our little country place we wanted to have an outdoor kitchen because we spend so much time outdoors all year round. Although we knew where we would eventually have the kitchen it has been a work in progress. One of the inside projects we completed this year in the kitchen, was to add some additional custom built cabinets, new counter tops, a back splash, new sink and faucet and of course the new refrigerator, which I am still in love with. We decided that we would re purpose the old cabinet tops, sink and faucet for our outdoor kitchen. This is what we did. The "We" is my wonderful and talented husband Leonard and me.

We Set The Old Cabinet Top On A Base Of Cinder Block's

The Old Sink and Faucet Ready To Set In The Outdoor Cabinet

Ready To Begin

New water lines from the house to the new outdoor kitchen had been run a couple of weeks prior to beginning the final construction. The drain for the sink is filtered with river rock and then re cycled for use in the up stairs garden.
 Preparation For Tile

 Measure Measure Measure

The Mastic

Trowel Marks To Help The Tile Stay In Place


Starting To Lay The Tile

Tile Is Laid

Now Its Is Time To Grout

This has been such a fun project for us. You will want to come back next week for Part Two of The Re Purposed Outdoor Kitchen. Thanks for stopping by today we really had fun telling you all about our project. Come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy
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