Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Full Plate Thursday 10-31-13

Full Plate Thursday Where The Greatest Cooks On The Planet Gather

Trick Or Treat Ya'll

I am so excited to see you at my door this Halloween.  Come on in we have some really special treat bags for you and a nice cup of hot of apple cider to warm you up a bit.  I can't wait to see the wonderful treats that you are bringing to share today, so lets get into those treat bags and see what we have!
Be Safe and Have Fun
Thanks So Much For Stopping By
This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week
Breakfast
Croissant Brunch Casserole  at The Painted Apron
Morning Snack
Spooky Halloween Candy Trees  at Around My Family Table
Lunch
Hood River Fresh Apple Cake  at Cookin' For The Seven Dwarfs
Afternoon Snack
Halloween Pretzel Spider Webs  at One Little Project
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds  at Robyn's View
Dinner
Apple Glazed Pork Loin  at Melissa's Cuisine
Pear Salad with Candied Pecans  at On The Home Front
Quick Homemade Dinner Rolls  at Mindfully Living
Apple Pecan Cake with Maple Glaze  at The 21st Century Housewife

If Your Recipe Is Featured Today Please Take The Red Plate Home
The Code Is On The Side Board
Back Ground Story For 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".
 Guidelines
When you link to Full Plate Thursday, you are giving me permission to use a photo or link from your Post in a feature post on this blog, on Pinterest, or Face Book and other social media. Every Week, I feature many of your Recipes on the next Full Plate Thursday, What's For Dinner Next Week, and I pin the entire party to a dedicated page and many of your individual recipes to Pinterest. 
Please include a link back to Full Plate Thursday somewhere on your post. 
Please 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.
 Thank You For Coming Today and Come Back Soon!
 

2013 Winner's Texas Star Chili Cook Off



2013 Winners
Texas Star Chili Cook Off

I want to thank each and every one of you that entered your awesome bowls of Chili.  My friends and I have tried just about all of them and can't wait to try the rest.  This was a very close contest as some were just a few votes apart.  Without further delay, drum roll please!

First Place
Winner
$50.00 Amazon Gift Certificate
Playoff Chili  From Anita at Aunt Nubby's Kitchen

Second Place
Winner
$25.00 Amazon Gift Certificate
Chili and Cornbread In A Jar From Yvonne at Stonegable

Third Place
Winner
$25.00 Amazon Gift Certificate
Mamals Chili In The Slow Cooker  From Diane at Mamal Diane

Please Check Out The Other Great Entries Here

I sure hope that you ladies enjoy your Gift Certificate's and my deepest THANKS to all of you for bringing your awesome bowls of Chili to share with us!
Keep that Chili going until next year for the 2014 Cook Off!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen


Monday, October 28, 2013

Country Chicken and Biscuits

I always sit down with my calendar every week when I plan my menus.  When we are going to have one of those cozy nights at home all curled up in our comfy clothes, I like to plan a real comfy and cozy meal to enjoy.  Country Chicken and Biscuits is one of our favorite meals to cozy up with on a stay at home night. 

Country Chicken and Biscuits


Country Chicken and Biscuits
Miz Helen's Kitchen
Ingredients
3 cups cooked chicken, chopped
1 1/2 cups frozen peas and carrots, steamed
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
3 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup pimento's, chopped
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon poultry season
salt and pepper to taste
dash Cayenne
Directions
Add poultry season, salt and pepper to the cooked chopped chicken
Steam the peas and carrots
In a large stock pot or skillet on medium heat, melt the butter and add the flour, chicken broth and milk, stirring until smooth, add the dried thyme, salt and pepper to taste stir until blended
Add the chicken, peas and carrots and pimento's and mix well
Add more milk if your sauce is to thick
Cook on low for 10 minutes until the dish is heated through
Tips
 This Country Chicken freezes well, we like to bag it in individual servings and then you have a great little meal for one or more.

This Is Good Just Like It Is


Serve On These Great Cheesy Dill Biscuits


Plate The Country Chicken and Biscuits



Enjoy!


Cozy evenings in your home are so special and I hope you have one very soon.  Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon, your visits are always so special to us!
Peace and Joy

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Whats For Dinner Next Week 10-27-13


  Fall is everywhere and we are having so much fun enjoying the season.  We will be really busy this week with the events in the community and our church, we will even be having a little special surprise for some of our little spooks this week. 
Sunday

Monday
Left Over
Cranberry Apple Cobbler

Tuesday
Green Beans
Spinach Salad with Berries
Spicy Baked Apples

Wednesday
Guacamole

Thursday
The Winning Chili
From
Texas Star Chili Cook Off 
The Chili Winner
Trick or Treat
Special Treat Bags

Friday
Friday Night Football Game
Chili Dogs
Chips
Left Over Treats

Saturday
Brunch
Anything Goes Omelet  at Simply Keep Breathing

Sweet Potato Biscuits  at The Free Range Life
Fresh Homemade Apple Butter  at Sweet Southern Blue

I sure am glad that you could stop by today, I always look forward to your visits.  Be safe and have a really fun week, I look forward to seeing you again real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Full Plate Thursday 10-24-13

Full Plate Thursday Where The Greatest Cooks On The Planet Gather

I am so excited to see you today, it is such a beautiful time to take a drive to the country.  Our Farmers Market and all the little fruit stands along the way announce that fall is truly in the air with their many displays of Apples and Pumpkins.  I was making an Apple Pie the other day and thought I better make another one because all of you are coming today, so get a slice of this pie and enjoy the day.  Lets get your food on the table I can't wait to see what you brought today.



This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week
Breakfast
Anything Goes Omelet  at Simply Keep Breathing
Sweet Potato Biscuits  at The Free Range Life
Morning Snack
Pumpkin Caramel Coffee Cake   at Just Short Of Crazy
Lunch
Creamy Wild Rice and Cranberry Soup  at Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Asian Chicken Slaw Salad  at Not Missing A Thing
French Bread Pain Ordinaire  at Kitchen Flavours
Apple Crumble Ice Cream  at Five Brothers One Sister
Afternoon Snack
Pumpkin Sugar Cookies  at Shopgirl
Dinner
Pumpkin Angel Food Cake  at Cook With Sara

If You Are Featured Today Please Take The Red Plate Home
The Code Is On The Side Bar
 Background Story For 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".
 Guidelines
When you link to Full Plate Thursday, you are giving me permission to use a photo or link from your Post in a feature post on this blog, on Pinterest, or Face Book and other social media. Every Week, I feature many of your Recipes on the next Full Plate Thursday, What's For Dinner Next Week, and I pin the entire party to a dedicated page and many of your individual recipes to Pinterest. 
Please include a link back to Full Plate Thursday somewhere on your post.

Please 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.
Thank You For Coming Today and Come Back Soon!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Soup

I love coming home after a busy day to a great soup simmering away in the Slow Cooker.  This is a real simple and flavorful Potato Soup that we just love, a real stick to your ribs comfort soup.  We just love to cozy up for the evening with this awesome bowl of soup.

Slow Cooker Potato Soup


Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Soup
Miz Helen's Kitchen
Ingredients
1/2 lb bacon
1 bag Frozen Southern Style Hash Brown Potatoes
3 cans chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
Dash cayenne pepper to taste
Salt and Pepper to taste
Directions
In a medium size skillet fry 1/2 pound bacon until crisp, reserve the rendered fat and drain the crisp bacon on a paper towel
Saute the chopped yellow onion in the bacon fat, remove the onion and reserve the remaining fat
In a mixing bowl mix the chicken broth and chicken soup until blended well
In a large 6 QT Slow Cooker, combine the hash browns, 1/2 of the crisp bacon, the sauteed onions, minced garlic, and 1 tablespoon of the rendered bacon fat, mix well
Add the chicken broth and chicken soup mix , cayenne pepper, salt and pepper, mix well
Cook in the Slow Cooker on low for 4 1/2 hours
Add the softened cream cheese and mix well
Continue to cook on low for another 30 minutes
Keep on warm until ready to serve
Garnish with the chopped green onions and remaining crisp bacon

Cook In The Slow Cooker


Cozy Up With The Soup


Enjoy




I am really looking forward to another bowl of this awesome soup! Thanks so much for stopping by to visit with us, your visit is always very special to me, come back soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Whats For Dinner Next Week 10-20-13

We have had so much fun here at the cottage this week, putting out our hay bales, pumpkins and placing those mum plants and pansies in just the right place.  We just put our scare crow family out a little bit ago and it really looks like fall here.  We are ready for the trick or treater's and the gala family thanksgiving.  I will be trying out several new recipes between now and thanksgiving to add some new dishes to the menu for Thanksgiving.  I am already so hungry for Turkey and Dressing and all the trimmings.  My friend stopped by this morning and we sat on the porch sipping our hot apple cider, it was really chilly out this morning and a perfect day to chat with a friend sip cider in front of the fire. 

Sunday

Kale and Apple Salad


Monday
Planned Left Overs
From
The Left Over Roast and Vegetables

 
Roast Beef Hash
on 
Toasted Bread
Green Tossed Salad
Left Over
Caramel Apple Blondie Pie




Tuesday

Green Tossed Salad

Wednesday
Left Over Cookies

Thursday
Full Plate Thursday

Better Than Fried Chicken  at Ragdoll Kitchen


Roasted Nacho Potatoes  at Mostly Homemade Mom

Parmesam Roasted Green Beans  at The Salty Kitchen

Almond Squash Pie  at Wine and Plum

Friday
Salmon Cakes

Garlic Bread

Tropical Cupcakes 

 

Saturday

Tasting The Great Chili At
The Texas Star Chili Cook Off

 


I hope that you are enjoying this beautiful fall weather and I am so happy that you were able to stop by and visit with us today.  Have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Full Plate Thursday 10-17-13

Full Plate Thursday Where The Greatest Cooks On The Planet Gather

It sure is good to see you today, it has been raining for 3 days now and we are just loving every minute of it.  Come on in the kitchen and gather round the table we are tasting the great Chili from  The Texas Star Chili Cook Off  with some of my Jalapeno Bread, sure hope you enjoy it.  I can't wait to see what you have brought today to share with us, don't you just love gathering round the table with friends for good food and conversation on a rainy day.  
Be Sure and Stop Over At The Chili Cook Off
Click on your favorite Chili and help someone win the Cook Off
or 
Bring Your Best Bowl of Chili and Enter 

This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week
Breakfast 
Breakfast Nacho's   at Soup Spice Everything Nice
Morning Snack
Jelly Doughnut Muffins  at Living The Gourmet
Pumpkin Spice Apple Cider  at Carolina Heartstrings
Lunch
Rotel Soup Recipe  at Lamberts Lately
Honeycrisp Cobb Salad  at I Thee Cook
Lemon Zucchini Bread  at Penny's Vintage Home
Afternoon Snack
Monster Brownies  at Making Memories With Our Kids
Dinner
Better Than Fried Chicken  at Ragdoll Kitchen
Roasted Nacho Potatoes  at Mostly Homemade Mom
Parmesam Roasted Green Beans  at The Salty Kitchen
Almond Squash Pie  at Wine and Plum

If You Were Featured Today Please Take The Red Plate Home
 The Code Is On The Sidebar
Background Story For 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".
Guidelines
When you link to Full Plate Thursday, you are giving me permission to use a photo or link from your Post in a feature post on this blog, on Pinterest, or Face Book and other social media. Every Week, I feature many of your Recipes on the next Full Plate Thursday, What's For Dinner Next Week, and I pin the entire party to a dedicated page and many of your individual recipes to Pinterest. 
Please include a link back to Full Plate Thursday somewhere on your post.
Please 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. 
Thank You For Coming Today and Come Back Soon!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Bar B Que Meat Balls with Sauce

We were invited to a little covered dish event last week and I was asked to bring a meat dish. It was a casual event so I made my Bar B Que Meat Balls. They are great to have on hand in the freezer or to make fresh, they are always a hit with a crowd. We really enjoy these little Meatballs and hope you will enjoy them.

Bar B Que Meat Balls



With Or Without Noodles


Bar B Que Meat Balls
Miz Helen's Kitchen
The Meat Ball 
10 to 12 Meatballs
Ingredients
1 pound Ground Chuck ( We Use Grass Fed Beef)
1/2 cup Onion, chopped fine
2 pods Garlic, minced
3/4 cup Bread Crumbs
1/2 cup milk
2 Tablespoons Parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
Dash Hot Sauce (or more to your taste)
Directions
Mix the Ground Chuck, Onion, Garlic, Bread Crumbs, Milk, Parsley, Salt, Pepper and Hot Sauce, mix until the mixture is blended really well
Roll the Meatball until smooth and round
Place the Meatballs on a shallow baking sheet
Bake the Meatballs uncovered at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, remove the baking sheet and drizzle the Sauce on top of each Meatball then return the sheet to the oven
Continue to bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes 
Serve the warm Sauce on the side
These Meatballs freeze well for up to 3 months

The Sauce
Ingredients
1 cup Ketchup
4 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup Brown Sugar or Honey
2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste
Dash Hot Sauce (or more to your taste)
Directions
Mix all the ingredients until blended really well 
Pour the Sauce into a saucepan and heat until very hot do not boil
Keep warm 
Print Recipe



With Or Without Noodles


 Enjoy!

We really enjoyed our event and happy that you could stop by and enjoy a visit and some of these Bar B Que Meat Balls with us. I am always so excited to see you and really look forward to your visits. Hope you come back soon!
Peace and Joy

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