What’s for Dinner? Sunday link up #280

OK 2020 – We’re ready for life to settle down!  This last week has been a week of fear and tension and anxiety.

It all started with high winds on Monday. A huge branch fell, hit the back stoop and then fell across one of the ponds.

Yes – there is a pond under there!

It did some minor damage but made a huge mess and had to be cut up before we could move it. Unfortunately those winds fueled wild fires and we have devastation all around us.

By Tuesday they started evacuating areas. Everything was bathed in an eerie red glow.

My home is right on the edge of the evacuation zones. We talked about what we would take, how we would pack the cats (we have four) and where we would go if we need to leave.

Gratefully, we have been able to stay in our home, but so many people have had to evacuate – and so many homes and lives have been lost – and still the fires rage!

Our air quality is the worst in the world!! Yes, the WORLD! So I’ve been staying inside, trying not to exert. (The smoke even finds it’s way inside.) We can’t go outdoors without coughing. But there is rain in the forecast for Tuesday. We’re praying for a deluge! Our hero fire fighters could use the help!

No visibility this morning

It’s days like these that what’s for dinner is on the bottom of the list of priorities. So thank you to everyone that has shared. Your ideas and amazing recipes have kept me interested in preparing meals. Thank you to everyone who comes every week – who supports other bloggers by visiting posts. And it’s another week to share your ideas of …

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Share as many as five of  YOUR OWN RECIPES you haven’t shared in the last month!

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Wow – a lot of visits last week. I’ve never put the same blog in the features two weeks in a row, but our top most visited post had so many it needed to be featured!!

SO – the top, most MOST visited post was from Miz Helen’s Country Cottage. Feast your eyes (and let you taste buds imagine) these amazing Monte Cristo Sliders! Bet you can’t eat just two!

dinner Monte Cristo Sliders at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


Pears are starting to come into season. These beautiful fruit are as versatile as apples! So many delicious treats use pears, like these Autumn Pear and Walnut Brownies (Gluten Free) from the Gluten Free Alchemist. Just look at them!! Don’t you want one?

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Do you like shrimp? Well feast your eyes on this amazing Spicy Sweet Sheet Pan Shrimp recipe from Homemade on a Weeknight! I’m getting hungry just looking at it!



We keep snacks around all the time, but the old standards start to get boring. The Kitchen is my Playground shared this amazing recipe (and it’s easy!) for Taco Potato Sticks Snack Mix. Just look at it. Don’t you want a bowl full right now? I do!

dinner Taco Potato Sticks Snack Mix with French Fried Onions Image


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29 Responses to What’s for Dinner? Sunday link up #280

  1. Keeping my fingers crossed, and good thoughts your way, that you remain safe and out of evacuation / fire danger! This must be so very stressful!

    • HelenFern says:

      Thanks. Fires are backing off but we still have hazardous air from all the smoke. Thanks for the good thoughts. And thanks for sharing your great recipes at the party!

  2. Niky says:

    Thinking of you and all the others stuck in this horrendous situation. Prayers for your safety, and an end to the devastation.
    Wishing you peach and comfort,
    The House on Silverado

    • HelenFern says:

      Thanks Niky – things are better for us except for bad air, but so many people lost everything. I feel so heart sick. Thank you for your kind thoughts.

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  7. Melissa says:

    So sorry to hear about the fires in you area, that is awful. Hope the rains come to clear the air. Take care!
    Melissa | Little Frugal Homestead

    • HelenFern says:

      Thanks – no rain for a few more days. The air is thick, but I have a cozy house to stay in. I’m far better off than some. Thanks for the kind words – and thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party.

  8. Miz Helen says:

    What a nice surprise and thanks so much for the awesome feature for my Monte Cristo Sliders, sure hope you all enjoy them! With one daughter & family in Portland and another in Beaverton we are watching the Or. fires very close. So very sorry that you all are going through this horrible tradgey in such a beautiful state. Praying that all of you will be safe and that your property will be spared.
    Miz Helen

    • HelenFern says:

      Thank you so much Helen. We were within 15 miles of the fire at one point but it’s moving east now. I’m so sad for the people that lost everything. But I’m so proud of how everyone pulled together to help each other. As for your sliders – boy they were popular with visitors and you made them look so easy to do.

  9. Leslie says:

    Wow Helen, I’ll be thinking of you this week and I join you in your prayers for rain!

  10. Thank you so much for including the Spicy Sweet Sheet Pan Shrimp recipe – it was so yummy and it’s really simple to put together! Hope you enjoy it.

  11. 2020’s definitely been a unique year! I hope things start to improve. Thanks for hosting! I brought by some Shrimp with Creamy Tomato Basil Sauce. Hope you enjoy. :)

  12. Irene says:

    Dear Helen, stay safe; thank you so much for hosting in spite of all the devastation and risk around you. I am sharing #25 Quesadillas from corn dough – Grilled or Deep Fried. I hope you get the so needed rain, and the situation improves quickly.

    • HelenFern says:

      Thanks Irene. Although it’s still quite smoky, I’m very lucky we are safe. So many people lost so much. Thanks for bringing your amazing recipes to the party.

  13. Marilyn says:

    How awful Helen!! So many things happening all at once. The stress must be awful. I will keep you in my thoughts. Please keep us informed and let us know if there is anything we can do.

    Thank you for hosting! This is what I featured the week of 9-7 to 9-11 on my blog. On Tuesday was Broasted Chicken. Wednesday was American Goulash. Thursday was Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake. And winding up this week was 30 Minute Flaky Chicken Pot Pie. Enjoy!

    • HelenFern says:

      Thank you Marilyn. You are such a sweet lady. The fires are moving east now. Except for way too much smoke, we are safe and in our home. I am heartbroken for the people who have lost everything. It’s sad and scary. Thank you for sharing your great food at the party! I look forward to seeing what you bring every week.

  14. Marilyn says:

    How awful Helen!! So many things happening all at once. The stress must be awful. I will keep you in my thoughts. Please keep us informed and let us know if there is anything we can do.

    Thank you for hosting! This is what I featured the week of 9-7 to 9-11 on my blog. On Tuesday was Broasted Chicken. Wednesday was American Goulash. Thursday was Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake. And winding up this week was 30 Minute Flaky Chicken Pot Pie. Enjoy!

    Strange thing happening. The last few times I visited and clicked to another page I get redirected to another site. And now my comments keep saying duplicates.

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  16. Tamy says:

    You and I must live close together based on our similar fire experiences this past week. Then again there are so many fires going… Another GREAT party though – THANK YOU for hosting and continuing to keep some normalcy for us during these trying times. I’m always finding inspiring ideas and recipes. I’m bringing some CREAMY RUSTIC TOMATO SOUP with GRILLED CHEESE ROLL UP DIPPERS, HOISIN GLAZED PORK CHOPS & PINEAPPLE SALSA AND SLOW COOKED SWEDISH MEATBALLS. I hope you have a GREAT week.

    • HelenFern says:

      I’m in the Upper Willamette valley in Oregon. I’m one of the lucky ones I’m in my home and never had to evacuate. I’m so sad for all those people that lost everything. It’s just so crazy. You stay safe Tamy. Thanks for sharing your great recipes – especially right now. Have a good week.

  17. deb Newton says:

    I feel for you, that smoke is just awful. Not only is it hard to breathe but it just makes you feel ill too. We were surrounded by some of the fires in the central valley of CA. They have burnt so many acres they are much further away so the air is getting better. My sister’s looks just like yours, she’s in the bay area. 2020 is really putting us all through the wringer! Take care and be safe!

    Thank you for the invite! Love your blog♥


    • HelenFern says:

      I’m in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. We’ve had it pretty bad, but things are improving. Glad you joined the party!! THanks.

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