The Shady Porch: Porch Parade: Faves, Pins, Menus & Tips #4


Porch Parade: Faves, Pins, Menus & Tips #4

What a great party we had this week! It was the biggest Rock 'N Share party we've had so far and the diversity of projects was impressive. No matter your interests, there was something for everyone.  As always, thank you for making the Rock 'N Share such a fun party! You are all amazingly talented and I enjoy reading your posts. Thank you!

Rock 'N Share Gallery

The Rock 'N Share party projects that had the most page views this week, and are now entered into the Rock 'N Share Pinterest Gallery are....

[A Word About Pinterest If you would like to Pin any of the Rock 'N Share Featured projects below, please go directly to their link (given in the photo captions ) & post from their site, this insures the Pin will have the proper source!]

Vintage Transformation:Baby or Beach Cottage by
You Are Talking Too Much
Size Matters...with Fabric Rosettes by Miss Kopy Kat
Blinds, Drapes, Occasional Table..Oh My! by Little House in the Big D
Check out all of the Rock 'N Share Gallery Inductees here!
(Don't forget your feature button! (see button page)

Dinner Menu for week of 3-05
  • Omelets w/Waffle Iron Hash Browns (yep...cook 'em in the waffle iron!(the shredded kind))
  • Flat bread Pizza & Salad
  • BBQ Chicken Breasts & Roasted Cauliflower, Garlic & Onion
  • Build your own Deli Sandwich & Macaroni Salad
  • Cheesy Ham Pasta
  • Chicken Quesadillas & Black Bean & Corn Salsa
  • Sloppy Joes & Slaw 
  • Sweet & Sour Pork Chops/Garlic & Bacon Green Beans

    Roasted Cauliflower, Garlic & Onion
    De-Clutter & Organization Quest
    This was my worst year EVER for filing and organizing our paperwork for tax season. Basically, I didn't do it at all. I usually keep everything organized in a notebook with pocket pages and when tax time rolls around I pull it out and just get to work on our taxes. I am ashamed to share the BEFORE picture of the paper mess fire hazard I cultivated in 2011! 
    BEFORE - This is the  pile of receipts and other paperwork we accumulated in 2011, by neglecting to purge, sort and file regularly.
    AFTER - 50 Minutes later...after purging all of the non-essential paper. This is all that's needed to do our taxes! 
    About the AFTER picture [above], I went through the manilla envelopes and various bags of receipts and statements, etc. purging and this is what I had left. Now I have all of the necessary receipts, invoices and other documents needed for tax preparation, I just need to sort them into categories like; medical, giving and educational, after that it's just a matter of doing the math. 

     This photo [left] is of my tax notebook. I dusted it off and am already using for it for 2012.  It will now hold the various tax related receipts, etc. we will accumulate this year.  I have it alphabetically indexed and each section has clear pocket pages to hold the documenting paperwork the IRS requires. 

    Favorite Pinterest Pins of the Week!

    SOURCE: HOUZZ by Wendy Resin via Pinterest
    [if you'd like to REPIN - CLICK here]
    I'm hoping this summer we can build our own fire pit in the backyard. This pinned photo is similar to what I have wishfully envisioned. I found this picture on a really cool site that has over 16,000 landscaping ideas broken down by category...such as modern, eclectic, Asian, contemporary and traditional to name a few. The photos are conveniently presented in slide show form and they even offer a 3D view. It's scary fun just how many ideas you can get from a site like this!  By the way, they have interior home ideas too! 

    SOURCE: ETSY by LivingSewBeautiful via Pinterest
    [if you'd like to REPIN - CLICK here]

    I saw this clever desk caddy a while back and thought it would be handy in so many places besides the office...for instance, in the kitchen to hold utensils, the bathroom for cosmetics or shaving items or even the garage for the rulers, pencils, etc. It looks rather easy to make and the decorating possibilities are endless to match any decor!  Of course, if you would rather purchase it, I tracked down the original source of this creative desk caddy and finally found it on the Etsy site (kinda like Ebay but they sell handmade items).