The Shady Porch: 04.13

4.29.2013

Icebox Cake - Perfect for Summer!


One of the sweetest memories of childhood  Summers is a dessert that usually arrived as the days lengthened and the nights filled with fireflies. Mom and I found this recipe in the reader contribution section of the local newspaper; she called it Summer's Delight, and the name fit...it's a chilled, light dessert, perfect for summer. If you use the instant pudding, it takes very little time and effort to make. The hard part is waiting for the graham crackers to soften! 

Icebox Cake #dessert #cake #layered #icebox

 "Summer's Delight" aka Icebox Cake
 
Ingredients
1 lg box Instant Chocolate Pudding*
1 lg box Instant Vanilla Pudding*
2- 8-oz - frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip), thawed
graham crackers
 * [Note - we made it using the cook pudding when I was growing up but you must wait for the pudding to set before adding the next layer!]


Directions
Icebox Cake #dessert #cake #layered #icebox
1. Layer graham crackers into the bottom of a 9x12 in. pan. I use a glass casserole dish so you can see the layers. The graham crackers will shortly soften to form the crust layers.
2. Prepare pudding according to the box directions; then add 1/2 of 1 container of frozen whipped topping, mix until incorporated. Now spread the pudding mix over the bottom layer of graham crackers. It is up to you if you do vanilla or chocolate first. 
3. Now add another layer of  graham crackers. 
4. Prepare the next box of pudding in the same manner as the first box...following pudding directions on the box and then adding the 2nd half of the container of frozen whipped topping
5. Now take the second container of frozen whipped topping and spread it over the top layer of pudding as the topping.   Cover and chill (about 4 hours, if using instant pudding / 8-10 hours if using cooked pudding, before serving.
[Note - If we have it on hand, I like to drizzle Chocolate Shell over the frozen whipped topping to finish it off and make it look pretty!]    

Icebox Cake #dessert #cake #layered #icebox
Icebox cake is an American variation of the Zebra cake
and Chocolate Ripple log.

4.23.2013

Rock N Share Wednesday #38

Welcome to Rock 'N Share Wednesday! We had so many great projects last week, I am excited to see what you're sharing today! This week's featured projects are posted below as well as the Pinterest Rock 'N Share Feature Gallery so you can go see all of the previous features too
You are appreciated! Thank you to everyone that links up here at the Shady Porch! Have fun! 
  

 Last week's most popular projects were -  

Mason Jar Lights at Family Home and Life
Umbilical Cord Baby Hat at My Life Adventures
Papermache Letters by Through My Creative Mind

 Congratulations!  Thanks again to everyone for linking up! 
If you were featured this week feel free to grab a Rock 'N Share feature button.
The Rock 'N Share party basics:
  • Please place my party button OR add a text link back to -The Shady Porch ORGive a shout out on Facebook/Twitter! The more party visitors/participants to more opportunities your post will be visited!
  • Link up your own projects. 
  • Link to a specific post - NOT your Home page, Etsy/business pages, or Linky parties!
  • Mingle! Make new friends! Comment on other party projects!    
·         By linking your project, you are giving me permission to feature your posts here or
on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and/or Google+.   
 I reserve the right to remove links that are in violation of these requests!
 The Rock 'N Share will run each Wednesday to Sunday midnight. 
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 Time to Shine, Share & Inspire!

4.22.2013

Empty Oatmeal Containers Make Useful, Decorative Decor and more

At the last minute, I decided I could not let Earth Day pass without doing something to show my support. We are to be good stewards of all that we have been given....that certainly applies to home-sweet-home...Earth! 
Last year, I hosted an Earth Day Challenge which asked posters to take something from their trash and make something useful or pretty out of it! It was a fun week!
 
Today, I grabbed an empty oatmeal container from my stash of empties (holding on to "project materials" is NOT hoarding...no matter how many times the hubby tries to throw them away! :)) and started brainstorming. I landed on 'bathroom storage container' after I found that a large oatmeal container will hold two rolls of toilet paper. It could also hold brushes and combs, hair accessories, almost anything.
This is an easy project. I simply took some of my scrapbook paper and glued it onto the oatmeal container. I used tape to hold it down in strategic spots so that it could dry without curling up.Then it was simply a matter of embellishment to make it pretty as well as practical! I used complementary colors of scrapbook paper and a pink ribbon. The bathroom is not the only place that needs great, portable storage ideas. This could make storage for dog treats, small toys, kitchen accessories...the possibilities are wide open! It certainly is a project that you could get the kids involved with,  too!
 
Upcycled Oatmeal Container - Bathroom Storage by The Shady Porch
Make an empty oatmeal container into decorative bathroom storage (holds 2 rolls)
other great ideas...
DIY Headband Holder by  CraftCrazyMom.com
Paintbrush Holder by  CraftersInDisguise.com
Gift/Treat packaging by  Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts
Caterpillar Keepsake Box by kids.sandiegozoo.org
Oatmeal Container Lamp by hotpotatoes.com

Here are last years Earth Day (week) projects! 
Bird Cabin aka Bird House - Earth Day Challenge 
 
Thanks for stopping by!
The Shady Porch

4.16.2013

Rock N Share Wednesday #37

Hey Everybody, I hope your week is going well. We're at a busy time of year at our house.
My hubby, the coach, is in the midst of his track & field season with a huge invitational coming up Saturday. Of course, it's nearing end-of-year for school and that means finals and review games. Over the years, I have taken the role of meet statistician, meet program designer, and PowerPoint review game developer, and thanks to years of practice, it runs like a well oiled-machine around here...(not!) For some reason it's always hectic! Oh, I forgot to mention we're also getting our garden set up for the year and training our 4-month-old pup Sophie, too! Fun! I've posted a little picture of Sophie at the end of the post so you can see the newest member of our family. 

Anyway, I ramble. I want to thank you all for choosing to link here at the Shady Porch each week! You are a really talented, and inspiring group! 

Here are this week's most viewed projects! 
Fairy Garden In A Container  by Danni at Silo Hill Farm
Creamy Chipotle Dressing  by Mary at Mary’s Kitchen
Spring Tablescape  by Penny at Penny's Vintage Home
How to Make Hemp Bracelets – a Tutorial by Rena at Jewelry Making Journal

Congratulations!
Thank You for joining the party!
Be sure to get your Rock 'n Share Feature Button! (on button page)
You can see ALL the inductees to the Rock 'N Share Gallery below.

Now Let's Party!


The Rock 'N Share basics:

Link up your crafts, recipes, DIY projects, or anything else you created.

  • Link back to The Shady Porch somehow (button or text link) OR
    • Give a shout out on Facebook/Twitter to be eligible for features
  • Please be a follower, although not mandatory. 
  • Please do not link up anything for sale, giveaways, parties or advertisements.
  • Mingle! Be kind! Make new friends! Comment on other party projects!  
  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+.   
 I reserve the right to remove links that are in violation of these requests!
  (No button / link back / or shout out = No features) (pick at least one)

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

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Time to Shine, Share & Inspire!

Meet Sophie, our 4-month old Lab-Golden mix.
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Cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta with a spicy kick!

I love cooking quick, delicious meals in one skillet or pot! It makes cooking dinner seem so much easier and clean-up is a snap! We love pasta at our house; this is a nice simple dish that has a little spicy kick to it, AND you can cook it start-to-finish in one large skillet! 

Smoked Sausage Pasta by The Shady Porch
Cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta with a spicy kick! 

4.13.2013

Loaded Baked Potato Medallions


I worked outside our home for years, and, as a result, my grocery list morphed from a list of ingredients into a list of prepared foods. The prep work was done for me, which was a time-saver. Little did I realize that I was paying lots of extra dollars for that convenience. 
Take potatoes for instance. We love steak fries, french fries, tater tots, hash browns...essentially anything that can be made from a spud. Now that I work from home, I've learned that a bag of regular potatoes costs very little, and with no more than a rinse and a chop,  you can have them prepped yourself in just a few minutes! 

Needless to say, I've learned now what I wish I had realized back then...I can do this much cheaper and better than the food manufacturers can...and no additives to preserve frozen-ness, or color, or to add flavor. 

Baked Potato Medallions by The Shady Porch
Baked Potato Medallions taste even better dipped in sour cream! 

4.09.2013

Rock N Share Wednesday #36

Wa-hoooo! It was over 80 here today and the hyacinth and forsythia bushes are in full bloom. It really is spring after all!  Looking forward to the azalea bushes and bearded irises blooming next! When it's warm and sunny I just feel better! Does weather affect how you feel?  I hope you're getting sunny days now too!
We had a great party last week!  Thanks to you it continues to grow!    
                                  You are appreciated! 

This week's featured projects were - (most popular projects)



Meatball Subs by Margo at Joyful Homemaking
Kitchen Reveal by  Lindsey at Todd & Lindsey
My Mom's Shepherd Pie by Jessica at Green PB&J’s
Decorative Tray from a Recycled Cardboard Box by Sharon at Lilikoi Joy
Easy Goulash! by Judy at Judy's Handmade Creations

The weekly featured projects are added to the Rock 'N Share Pinterest Gallery (see below)!
 Congratulations!  Thanks again to everyone for linking up! 
If you were featured this week grab a Rock 'N Share feature button.
  
 The Rock 'N Share will run each Wednesday to Sunday midnight!
 

The Rock 'N Share basics:
  • Please place my party button OR add a text link back to -The Shady Porch OR…  
  • Give a shout out on Facebook/Twitter to be eligible for features 
  • Be family friendly! 
  • Link up your own projects.  
  • Link to a specific post - NOT your Home page, Etsy shops, Linky parties or Businesses!  
  • Mingle! Be kind! Make new friends! Comment on other party projects!    

·         Follow The Shady Porch! (optional, but very nice!) Join me on Facebook, GFC, Google+, BlogLovin, or Twitter!  I always FOLLOW BACK; just leave me a note so I'll know! 
·         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+.   
 I reserve the right to remove links that are in violation of these requests!
  (No button / link back / or shout out = No features) (pick at least one)

***PARTY BENEFITS***
I share some of your posts on my Facebook & Twitter page throughout the week!  (980+ followers)  
Post(s) with the "most views" are added to the Rock 'N Share Pinterest Gallery! (2325+ followers)


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

Thanks for stopping by!

    The Shady Porch