The Shady Porch: 2012

5.15.2012

Rock 'N Share #29

Welcome to the Party!
 
This will be the last Rock 'N Share for the foreseeable future,  as I mentioned in the past two Sunday Porch Parade posts, I am taking some time this summer to regroup and do some projects with the hubby. I highly recommend that you link up each Wednesday at Mrs. Hines Class and her Show & Tell party at 8am Central time. She'll make you feel Welcome! 

Here are The Rock 'N Share basics:

Follow The Shady Porch! 
Join me on Facebook, GFC,  Google+ or Twitter!
 I always FOLLOW BACK; just leave me a note so I'll know!
Please place my party button on your post or your sidebar 
OR add a text link back-The Shady Porch 
OR give a shout out on Facebook/Twitter to be eligible for features!

(No button/link back/or shout out = No features)
Also
*Be family friendly!
*Link up your own projects...something that you've created.
*Please only post projects new to the Rock 'N Share.  Please no repeats. 
* Link to a specific post  - NOT your Home page, Etsy shops, Linky parties or Businesses!
* Mingle! Introduce yourself (comment) on other party projects! Be kind! Make new friends!
I reserve the right to remove links that are in violation of these requests!

   ***PARTY BENEFITS***
1.  I share some of the posts on my  Facebook & Twitter page throughout the week!
2.  Posts with the "most views" will be added to the Rock 'N Share Pinterest Gallery!  
By linking to the Rock 'N Share, you are giving me permission to post your photos in feature posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and/or Google+. 
Featured photos are grouped on the Sunday Porch Parade Feature Post to discourage Pinning from my page!
Rock 'N Share Features
 You can see the Rock 'N Share featured (most page views) posts each Sunday in the
 Congrats to last weeks features!!

Party Links are in Random Order so everyone
 has the chance to be at the top! 









5.13.2012

Porch Parade: Rock 'N Share Faves & more #14

Operation Organization - Me & The Shady Porch

The great thing about organizing anything for me is that it leads to organizing other things. Organizing my work area led to organizing my storage area; organizing my pots and pans led to organizing my cooking utensils. As I have made progress, "Operation Organization" has brought me to a point of organizing my priorities in some unexpected areas, like the role "The Shady Porch" will have in the coming months.
When I started this blog - nearly one year ago - I had some apprehension about it because of the time I knew it would take to make it what I wanted it to be. Plainly put, I woefully underestimated the time commitment. My schedule was already filled with taking care of our home and working as my hubby's aide for the classes he teaches and takes. Additionally, in the spring, I am the track statistician for his boys and girls teams. Add to that all
that blogging entails and I am no longer feeling like I do anything well. Everything feels frenzied and I do not like that feeling.


The fun of blogging has diminished as my duties increased and I have decided to take the summer off starting May 25th now. I need to reevaluate priorities and, while the hubby has summer off from school as a teacher (not as a student, unfortunately), I want spend time with him and focus on projects that we want to accomplish together.










Unfortunately, I will not be able to continue the weekly Rock 'N Share linky party after all.  In light of this late announcement, I will put it up on Wednesday but that will be the last Rock 'N Share party while I'm on summer break.
 
This is hard for me because I hate feeling like I am disappointing anyone. I am not saying goodbye because I hate those, too. I must say thank you to all of you that have been so kind and helpful to me. I am thankful for all of the wonderful friends and acquaintances this past year. Many I believe are God-ordained friendships that bless me richly. I hope in some way I have been an encourager to you as you've been to me. I will still be accessible via my email account, in the event you want to talk and you will always be in my prayers.


 Rock 'N Share Feature Gallery
Thanks everyone for making The Rock 'N Share such a fun party, I will miss it! We always had lots of great stuff! You are a gifted, and talented group and I have enjoyed seeing the fruits of your labor! Thanks for making this a fun and inspiring place each week.

Congrats!
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Rock 'N Share Gallery Inductees here! 
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5.09.2012

Rock 'N Share #28

Links to the Crazy Cooking Challenge or Get Your Chef On...both going on now.
 
Welcome to the Party!

My 1st GUEST POST! - Before I begin, I wanted to let you know I'm doing my 1st guest post today at Recipes We Love! It would be great if you would stop by and say hello! I'm sharing one of my favorite recipes!

I also wanted to mention that I was so happy to see the amount of page views per post was way up last week! I'm glad everyone is getting their posts seen after all the hard work that goes into it! Yea!! Buckle up and have fun 'cause here we go again!
Here are The Rock 'N Share basics:

Follow The Shady Porch! 
Join me on Facebook, GFC,  Google+ or Twitter!
 I always FOLLOW BACK; just leave me a note so I'll know!

Please place my party button on your post or your sidebar 
OR add a text link back-The Shady Porch 
OR give a shout out on Facebook/Twitter to be eligible for features!

(No button/link back/or shout out = No features)
Also
*Be family friendly!
*Link up your own projects...something that you've created.
*Please only post projects new to the Rock 'N Share.  Please no repeats. 
* Link to a specific post  - NOT your Home page, Etsy shops, Linky parties or Businesses!
* Mingle! Introduce yourself (comment) on other party projects! Be kind! Make new friends!
I reserve the right to remove links that are in violation of these requests!

   ***PARTY BENEFITS***
1.  I share some of the posts on my  Facebook & Twitter page throughout the week!
2.  Posts with the "most views" will be added to the Rock 'N Share Pinterest Gallery!  
By linking to the Rock 'N Share, you are giving me permission to post your photos in feature posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and/or Google+. 

Rock 'N Share Features
 You can see the Rock 'N Share featured (most page views) posts each Sunday in the
 Congrats to last weeks features!!

Party Links are in Random Order so everyone has the chance to be at the top! 





You can also party today with Sharon @ Mrs. Hines Class 
at 8 am Central time!

5.08.2012

Lemon Creme Bars

My thoughts turn to lemony foods and beverages when the weather begins to warm up and the sun shines bright. I guess it's the bright lemon yellow color and the refreshing coolness of lemonade that cause that.  I turned to this particular recipe due to it's simplicity. You start with a oatmeal cookie mix and add the delicious lemon layer make a wonderful Lemon Creme Bar. 
Lemon Cream Bars #dessert #recipe #lemon
Lemon Creme Bars
I've already shown that we love lemons at our house with my Lemonade Bundt Cake and Lemony Sour Cream Pie.  Since I had already shared a cake and pie recipe, I thought I would do something different opting to make a bar recipe.
I don't know if you can find an easier recipe to make! Thankfully, the ease of making does not sacrifice taste because these bars are full of yummy oatmeal cookie and sweet lemony flavors. 

5.07.2012

Garlic-Toasted Grilled Cheese BLT

We love sandwiches at our house so I was glad to see this month’s Crazy Cooking Challenge would afford us another opportunity to try some new sandwich recipes, specifically grilled cheese sandwiches!  It was my favorite challenge so far!

It came down to two great sandwiches, we loved the Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese Recipe  and a Garlic-Toasted Grilled Cheese BLT! Although both sandwiches were awesome, we decided the Garlic Grilled Cheese BLT was our favorite.

Garlic-Toasted Grilled Cheese BLT #sandwich #easy #cheese #bread
Garlic-Toasted Grilled Cheese BLT

5.06.2012

Porch Parade: Tips, Menu, Faves & Pins #13

Operation Organization - Tips

The great thing about organizing anything for me is that it leads to organizing other things. Organizing my work area led to organizing my storage area; organizing my pots and pans led to organizing my cooking utensils. As I have made progress, "Operation Organization" has brought me to a point of organizing my priorities in some unexpected areas, like the role "The Shady Porch" will have in the coming months.
When I started this blog - nearly one year ago - I had some apprehension about it because of the time I knew it would take to make it what I wanted it to be. Plainly put, I woefully underestimated the time commitment. My schedule was already filled with taking care of our home and working as my hubby's aide for the classes he teaches and takes. Additionally, in the spring, I am the track statistician for his boys and girls teams. Add to that all
that blogging entails and I am no longer feeling like I do anything well. Everything feels frenzied and I do not like that feeling.
The fun of blogging has diminished as my duties increased and I have decided to take the summer off starting May 25th. I need to reevaluate priorities and, while the hubby has summer off from school as a teacher (not as a student, unfortunately), I want spend time with him and focus on projects that we want to accomplish together. I will continue the weekly Rock 'N Share linky party and will pop on from time-to-time to share some of our summer with you, but I will not have regular posting besides the Rock 'N Share...and that will be only if you continue to participate.
This is hard for me because I detest feeling like I am disappointing anyone. I am not saying goodbye because I hate those, too. I must say thank you to all of you that have been so kind and helpful to me. I have made some wonderful friends and acquaintances this past year. Many I believe are God-ordained friendships that bless me richly. I hope in some way I have been an encourager to you as you've been to me. I will still be accessible via my email account, in the event you want to talk and you will always be in my prayers.
Blessings, my friends, D

Dinner Menu for the Week of 5-7

Chicken Italiano Skillet
Stuffed Sole & Potatoes Au Gratin
Italian Sausage Pasta Bake
Crock Pot Turkey Breast & Dressing
Chicken Salad Subs, Chips & Dill Spears
Breakfast for Dinner
Calzone Rolls



    Baked Calzones by The Shady Porch

    Rock 'N Share Feature Gallery

    Please DO NOT pin the following images from my blog. Simply click on the  links provided to pin from the original source.

    We had another great party this week, thanks to each of you! I shared several projects on my Facebook page this week. I also shared some recent recipes in the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta post I did yesterday. Of course, the reason we're here now is to reveal the most viewed projects this week - drumroll, please - and they are -

    [Photo-center] Upcycled Pickle & Olive Jars from Artsy VaVa
    [Photo-right] Dresser to TV console from Confessions of An ADD Housewife

    Congrats!
    Check out all of the Rock 'N Share Gallery Inductees here!
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    5.05.2012

    Cinco De Mayo Fiesta - Celebration of Cuisine

    A big part of the Cinco de Mayo celebration is about the food. There is no better way to celebrate and experience a culture than through their cuisine. So I thought in honor of Cinco de Mayo Day, I would share some of the recent Mexican or Mexican-influenced recipes from the Shady Porch link up parties.  Buenos días!

       BEEF EMPANADAS
    BEEF EMPANADAS
    Beef Empanadas @ Crumbs & Chaos

     

    ROASTED TOMATO-JALAPENO SALSA
    Roasted Tomato-Jalapeno Salsa @ The Shady Porch
    Roasted Tomato-Jalapeno Salsa @ The Shady Porch

     

    CHICKEN PARMESAN QUESADILLA
    Chicken Parmesan Quesadillas @ What's Cooking Love?
    Chicken Parmesan Quesadillas @ What's Cooking Love?
    QUESO BLANCO DIP

    Queso Blanco Dip @ Aunt Nubby's Kitchen

    Queso Blanco Dip @ Aunt Nubby's Kitchen

    TACO SALAD
    Taco Salad @ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen
    Taco Salad @ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen
    CHEESY CHICKEN ENCHILADAS
    Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas @ Couponing & Cooking
    Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas @ Couponing & Cooking  
    CREAMY "PINTO-CADO" DIP

    Creamy "Pinto-Cado" Dip @ Go Ahead...Take A Bite!

    Creamy "Pinto-Cado" Dip @ Go Ahead...Take A Bite!

    Disfrute de la Fiesta
    Enjoy the Celebration!


    Thanks for stopping by!
    The Shady Porch

    5.03.2012

    Our Spring Show - Blooms & Buds

    White Azalea
    I feel like I've been a little remiss about sharing the wonderful signs of spring and our garden progress. We've had seedlings growing for
    awhile and the forsythia blooms have come and gone, so I will no longer delay.
    Here's a glimpse of Spring in our little patch of grass.
    First, the beautiful flowers, then the vegetable seedlings.

    Happy growing fellow farmers and green thumbs!
    Red Azalea Blooms
    Hyacinth
    Forsythia
    Pink Azalea buds and blooming bearded irises
    This is the front garden just getting started; wait until July or August!


    These are corn seedlings! I can't wait to roast 'em on the grill!
    Do you know what this one is? Watermelon! We've been able to harvest
    one or two a year.
    A few of the veggies we have planned for the garden this year: Roma tomatoes, Cucumber, Butternut Squash, Lettuce, Carrots, Cauliflower, and, in the back, Cannas, a longtime favorite flower.
    "God almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures."-- Francis Bacon



    Thanks for stopping by!
    The Shady Porch

    5.01.2012

    Rock 'N Share #27

    Welcome to the Party!

    Thanks everyone for being here! Last week was the biggest Rock 'N Share to date! What a fun party it was too! I shared over a dozen of the projects on my Facebook and Twitter pages and of course, we added the Top 3 most popular projects to the Rock 'N Share Pinterest Gallery!  I appreciate you all and am thankful that you choose to party here each week! 

    Here are the Rock 'N Share basics:

    Follow The Shady Porch! 
    [Not required but greatly appreciated!]
    Join me on Facebook, GFC, or Google+ 
     I always FOLLOW BACK; just leave me a note so I'll know!

    Please place my party button on your post or your sidebar 
    OR add a text link back-The Shady Porch 
    OR give a link back shout out on Facebook (@)/Twitter (#) to be eligible for features!

    (No button/link back/or shout out = No feature)
    Also
    *Be family friendly!
    *Link up your own projects...something that you've created.
    *Please only post projects new to the Rock 'N Share.  Please no repeats. 
    * Link to a specific post  - NOT your Home page, Etsy shops, Linky parties or Businesses!
    * Mingle! Introduce yourself (comment) on other party projects! Be kind! Make new friends!
    I reserve the right to remove links that are in violation of these requests!

       ***PARTY BENEFITS***
    1.  I share some of the posts on my  Facebook & Twitter page throughout the week!
    2.  Posts with the "most views" will be added to the Rock 'N Share Pinterest Gallery!  
    By linking to the Rock 'N Share, you are giving me permission to post your photos in feature posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and/or Google+. 
    Featured photos are grouped on the Sunday Porch Parade Feature Post to discourage Pinning from my page!

    Rock 'N Share Features
     You can see the Rock 'N Share featured (most page views) posts each Sunday in the
     Congrats to Rock 'N Share #26 featured projects!
    (feature button is on my button page)

    Party Links are in Random Order so everyone has the chance to be at the top! 


    You can also party today with Sharon @ Mrs. Hines Class 
    8am central on Wednesday

    4.30.2012

    Easy Chicken Alfredo & Broccoli Dinner

    When I began cooking most of the family meals due to my mom's RA, I was her hands so Mom taught me lots of simple, easy-to-follow recipes. My dad worked for Kraft Foods for many years; so it was just natural that one of my first recipes was Alfredo sauce from the cream cheese box. I haven't seen it printed on the box in a long time even though the boxes still feature recipes on them. Nevertheless, this was one of my favorites to make because I felt like a real cook and it always got rave reviews. 
    Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo  #homemade #alfredosauce #pasta #chicken #broccoli


    4.29.2012

    Porch Parade: Tips, Menu, Faves & Pins #12

    Operation Organization - Tips

    Magazine Reed Picture Frame

    Early in my Operation Organization project, I canceled unwanted catalogs, junk email, and magazines. I still get a couple of catalogs in the mail and they tend to stack up if I am not diligent to rotate in the new and throw away the old. Recently, I intentionally held on to a couple back issues to see if I could put them to use. (Earth Day Challenge, still on my mind, I guess) Anyway, I ran across a project at Craftstylish that used magazines (I am using catalogs) to make paper reeds and then you can use the reeds to make boxes, cover picture frames or oatmeal canisters. I am not going to do a full tutorial; I'll just refer you to the Craftstylish tutorial I used in the event you want to give it a try. It was a fun project, and it really didn't take all that long once I got the hang of it.

    I had some beginners issues like trimming the edges but all-in-all this is a fun craft that younger ages could easily do too.

    First I ripped the pages out of the catalog. Then I folded the pages in half and started rolling them up on the skewer and gluing them.

    I chose to cover one of my Dollar Tree picture frames that I had on hand. I have a picture from a high school basketball game during the West Virginia Class AAA tournament. My cousin's a senior at Hedgesville and his team won the state title. I am making him a dorm room gift bag for a graduation gift, and this game picture made the sports page of the local paper so I'm putting it in the new magazine reed frame and adding it to his gift bag. That way he can have it out in his dorm room and folks can ask about it and it won't seem like he's bragging. haha!

    Photo-left - The Dollar Store Frame and the rolled magazine reeds.
    Photo-center -I started at the corners of the frame first.
    Photo- right - Here is the frame about half way finished.

    The project used a little over half of the catalog (approx 100 pgs) I had. As the tutorial instructed, I ripped out each page, folded it in half, and, using a kebab skewer, I rolled up the page and glued it to itself so it wouldn't unfurl. Then it was just a matter of trimming and adding it to the frame. Once I had them attached, I gave it a Mod Podge finish. I think it looks much more interesting than the original black frame. It kinda reminds me of the Partridge Family bus...kinda funky...but kinda cool. haha!

    **Remember magazines can be donated to nursing homes, women shelters, hospitals, and schools**

    Dinner Menu for the Week of 4-30


    • Twice Baked Potato Casserole & Crunchy Garlic Chicken
    • Fish Wraps & Slaw
    • Stuffed Burgers
    • Salad & Garlic Breadsticks
    • Loaded Baked Potatoes
    • Homemade Pizza
    • Italian Sausage Sandwiches

    Rock 'N Share Feature GalleryWell, we should have a party to celebrate our latest party! ha! It was the biggest Rock 'N Share to date! Thank you so much for joining in and sharing with us all! You are the party! I enjoy reading about your projects, homes and your families! One thing is certain we are blessed, and we all have much for which to be thankful! In the event you missed the latest Rock 'N Share, you can still check out all of the projects HERE.

    Please PIN from the original source(s) below.

     
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    4.26.2012

    Spring Wreath - Paper Napkin Flowers

     I started this Spring Wreath in February and it kept getting pushed aside for other things... and then Spring arrived, and I still had a naked door! Egad! Well, I can happily report that my door has been appropriately decorated for a couple of weeks now, so I thought I would show you what I made. It was a new thing for me!

    I made paper napkin flowers! I've seen scads of posts and tutorials on how-to make flowers using everything and I really liked how the paper flowers looked delicate like a real flower, so I chose to use paper napkins to make mine. 
    Colorful Spring Wreath - Paper Napkin Flowers
    Welcome Spring...Welcome Friends!

    My wreath is a mix of two different styles of flowers. I'll show you how I made what ended up being my favorite flower by the end of the wreath. I used napkins that I purchased at the Dollar Tree and some I had left over from another, now forgotten occasion. 

    folding the paper napkin

    To make the biggest flower on the wreath,  I folded the napkin like you would if you were making a fan. 


    adding a wire to the middle fo the folded paper napkin

    Then I attached floral wire in the middle of the napkin. 

     peeling the napkin layers toward the center where the wire was attached
     
    Next, I started peeling the napkin layers toward the center where the wire was attached. First, one side and then the other, until the flower had bloomed! 

    hold the wire -pull the napkin flower up and I squeeze it tight then re-fluff until you like the flowery look

    Finally, holding it by the wire, I pull the napkin flower up and I squeeze it tight. Then I re-fluff it until I like the look. This process crinkles the paper more and makes it appear more realistically flower-y.
    Once I had my flowers finished, I trimmed the wire ends off and hot glued the flowers to a  grape vine wreath I already had on hand.

    Finally, I had a wood banner from an old wreath that read "Welcome Friends" and I decided to add it to my wreath. Of course, I had to spruce it up a little first! I freshened the paint with colors that matched my paper flowers and it looked great. [There was nothing I could do about the crack in the wood, but I didn't think it mattered that much anyway.]

    wood banner from an old wreath that reads "Welcome Friends"

    This project really did not cost me anything except a dollar for the napkins and that was some time ago. I don't usually use pastels, but I love how this wreath captures Spring for me...bright and cheery! 
    Spring Wreath - Paper Napkin Flowers