The Shady Porch: 02.13

2.27.2013

Rock 'N Share #30

The Rock 'N Share Reunion ! Welcome to Rock 'N Share #30

This is the return of the Rock 'N Share linky party...since I took a lengthy but much needed sabbatical. Although my time away was complete, meaning I dropped out of blog world completely, I did miss my friends!  Now I hope you will come back, join the party and we can catch up with each other!  Well now I'm eager to get this party started, so here are the basics...be sure to mingle and HAVE FUN!

The Rock 'N Share will run from Wednesday to Sunday, so be sure to share all your new projects as you finish them! 

  The Rock 'N Share basics:
  • Follow The Shady Porch! (optional but very nice!)   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) (pick at least one)
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+.   

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

Thanks for stopping by!

The Shady Porch


2.23.2013

Slow Cooker Chocolaty Red Velvet Cake

I love my crock pots! I know Crock Pot is a brand of slow cooker, but, like many folks, that is what we've always called our slow cookers. It's what I got used to, and, as I get older, I realize this is what they call getting "set in your ways.' Guilty! Anyhow, I am always looking for new crock pot recipes, and I realized the other day that I had never baked a cake using my crock pot. I remembered pinning (see Pinterest) some dessert recipes for the crock pot, so I decided now is the time to try one! 

Slow Cooker Red Velvet Cake #redvelvet #crockpot #cakemix #cake

One of the recipes was for a Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake by girlwhoateeverything that looked wonderfully easy and, of course, who doesn't like chocolate?  I didn't have a chocolate cake mix on hand so I decided to improvise with the cake mix I did have...Red Velvet. 
Red Velvet cake is essentially a chocolate cake colored red, so I knew this should work out well...and, as expected, the cake was great! It was so moist and a scoop of vanilla ice cream complemented it perfectly. You just can't beat the ease of crock pot cooking...and now baking!  

2.15.2013

One Dish Dinner - Chicken, Potatoes & Green Beans

All cooks know the pleasure of the delicious and budget-friendly home-cooked meal, but the lure of take-out with its easy, fast service is hard to pass up sometimes. Here is a recipe that has the best of both - delicious, budget-friendly, easy and fairly fast! It's comfort food in one dish - chicken, potatoes and green beans, flavored with butter and dry Italian Salad Dressing and Recipe mix. It takes just a few minutes of preparation, an hour to bake and voila! ...a hearty, savory dish for the whole family.
One Dish Dinner - Chicken, Potatoes and Green Beans #chicken #dinner #best

2.09.2013

My Favorite Ideas for Valentine's Day Fun!

Valentine's Day is almost here! It is so much fun to celebrate romantic love and I've been working on a few ideas to share with you and help celebrate the day. The hubby and I have been married 33 years and, while we've never really made a BIG deal about Valentine's Day, it is nice to acknowledge the one day set aside for affairs of the heart as well as affirming our love for each other. This year I indulged my inner crafter and created a few artsy items to serve as my Valentine gifts instead of some mass produced card. 




Framed 3D Valentine
First, I made a little framed Valentine for the hubby's desk or office wall. I used MDF wood cut into a 4-in. square and painted black with chalkboard paint. I attached a glitter heart with a string to look like a balloon and wrote, "My [glitter heart] belongs 2 You XOXO" The "balloon" heart adds a fun 3D effect to the framed Valentine and I think it's sweet! I think the hubby will, too!

 

String Art Heart

After seeing so many string art projects, I decided to leap in by creating a string art heart plaque. Again, using MDF board painted black and cut into a square (11x11 this time), I printed out a heart to use as a pattern for the nail placement. Once I placed the template, I tapped in nails at regularly spaced intervals along the edge of the pattern. Make sure your nails have heads so the twine doesn't slip off!)  I used fluorescent pink multi-use nylon twine and strung it from nail-to-nail until I was happy with the design and coverage. For my first attempt, I am tickled with the results! It was an easy project and I plan to make more in the future. 


Red Burlap Valentine Door Wreath

My final project was a Valentine door wreath. I made a red burlap wreath some time ago and I have reused it on several occasions (the Hugs & Kisses door decoration from last Valentine's Day, as the base for a Game Day wreathand finally as a Christmas wreath) This year, I thought "Why reinvent the wheel? Use what you have... right? I took a package of table scatter glitter hearts from the Dollar Tree and attached them to the wreath along with a couple of heart picks. I think it looks nice. It only took minutes to prepare. I recommend a versatile red wreath for everyone!

I hope your Valentine is special and sweet, too, and you are able to spend it with the one you love. 

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

Thanks for stopping by!
The Shady Porch

2.04.2013

Fresh Bread to Party Loaf in a snap!

To make events feel festive at our house, I like to try new recipes on my family and friends..., especially on big occasions. Add to that my wish to do a post for the Super Bowl since it has become such a popular event...did you know they are talking about making it a National Holiday? Unfortunately, time sorta got away from me and I didn't get to post this as early as I had hoped, but it was STILL too good not to share for the next gathering you may be planning!

Slice of Baked Party Loaf

I ran across this recipe the other day and it seemed perfect for a party. It's called (drumroll, please...) Party Loaf! I knew my family would love it since fresh baked bread is high on the fav list!  The hardest part of the recipe for me was remembering to set the frozen dough out to thaw and rise. After that, it was easy breezy.