The Shady Porch: 02.14

2.28.2014

Baklava Crescent Rolls

I never really understood the term "happy accident"...until it happened to me the other day. My "happy accident" - the purchase of Flaky Honey Crescent Rolls - was the catalyst that helped me create this recipe for Baklava Crescent Rolls.
On a recent after school grocery run, the hubs inadvertently purchased Flaky Honey Butter Crescents instead of the classic variety. After dinner and a brief conversation that revealed his surprise that he had NOT bought regular rolls, I had to figure out what to do with the second can (yes, he bought two; I think there was a sale;) I set to studying on the problem (country term for thinking about it) when I  had a vision that solved the issue...Honey Butter Baklava Crescent Rolls. It was easy really since the crescents already had the honey and butter flavors that define authentic Greek baklava. This re-working of the classic dessert - a long-time favorite, especially of the hubby's - was a great hit due to its authentic flavor and finger food handling. WIN!


Baklava Crescent Rolls
An easy-to-make version of the famous Greek dessert!
You can skip the endless layers of Phyllo pastry and still enjoy the famous honey-butter flavor with cinnamon sweet walnuts!


2.25.2014

Party On The Porch: Colorful Signs of Spring - Food, Wreaths, Jewelry & more…

Hey Everybody!
The party was a great success last week. It appears, too, that the InLinkz move was a good one, thankfully. It was an especially colorful party and I attributed that to Spring fever (Come ON, Spring!). I was really dumbstruck when I realized it would be March when this party closed for the week. Holy smoke; Time's a-flyin'! The hubby and I were just talking last night how amazing it is that we are approaching the last grading period of this school year. Honestly, it feels like we just got started. Does anyone else feel like time runs faster these days? I suppose it is a sign of getting older...or so I've heard. Nevertheless, I have so much for which to be thankful. For one, I am thankful for you. I enjoy our meeting here each week, and I genuinely enjoy reading your posts and sharing them. I hope you have a good time here and it is beneficial to you and your efforts as well. I would love to hear from you if you have ideas or suggestions to make it a better party. Please share them; I really want to know. Be sure to check out this week's features and invite a friend to the party. Have a good time!

 Colorful Signs of Spring - Food, Wreaths, Jewelry & more…

2.24.2014

Hasselback Potatoes

I really cannot go wrong serving potatoes as a side dish to almost any meals for my family, no matter what form I serve them...tater-tots, mashed, chips, twice-baked, salad,…you get the idea. So, when I saw the popular photos of Hasselback Potatoes on Pinterest. I decided to add that to my menu arsenal. It's really little more than a baked potato, although preparation allows for a unique and appealing presentation and, because these are not foil-wrapped during cooking, crispiness is an added treat.
In case you're wondering, what's with the name? Evidently, this recipe originated in Sweden and the name comes from the restaurant (Hasselbacken) that first served it.

Baked & Seasoned Hasselback Potato
Delicious any way you slice it!

2.23.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #25

Snowy Scene - Job 37:5-6 God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend.

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Slow Cooker French Toast



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 Baked Hot Dogs: old dogs; new tricks!

 

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2.21.2014

Easy Homemade Chicken Taquitos

We have enjoyed frozen taquitos as a tailgating or movie night snack, but, like so many things...nothing beats homemade! The store-bought variety just lost a household and we can make the filling any way we want! Our version - Homemade Chicken Taquitos. Tasty, easy to make, and SO versatile - can be served as a snack, appetizer or a meal (We went meal for this one!). I used soft taco-sized flour tortillas (traditionally, this is a corn tortilla preparation) because I was making a dinner portion. The corn tortillas are smaller and not quite as ready-to-roll as the flour ones,  so you can choose what you prefer. We served ours with white corn chips, cheese, and salsa as a side but re-fried beans or a Spanish rice are also great options. 
Easy Homemade Chicken Taquitos
Homemade Chicken Taquitos

2.18.2014

Party On The Porch: Remedies, Motivation, Pithy Quotes... & more!

Hey all- 

I hope the weather has improved in your neck of the woods. Ours has taken a pleasant turn this week, we've had sunshine everyday and (finger-crossed) they are forecasting 67°F (!) for us on Thursday. SMILE. I hope you get some sunny days and warm temps, too. I know we all could use a break from this wild winter. 

When I first started blogging, I used InLinkz for my parties; as time went by, I thought I should compare services, so I switched to Linky Tools, initially to see what another service could offer. My subscription is nearly up and my comparison is sending me back to InLinkz. I know from partying myself that the new InLinz is nice. I like the ability to do multiple link ups without leaving the page, and I also like the name default for the projects I'm linking. So, tonight's party is a little different. I hope everyone is familiar with InLinz and it won't be a hardship switching.

Last week's party had a lot of fun and helpful links. I love the diversity and, judging by the page views, we have a diverse viewing group as you will see from the these popular features! Thanks for being here! You are appreciated more than you can know.

 

Party On The Porch: Remedies, Motivation, Pithy Quotes & more!

2.17.2014

Slow Cooker French Toast

Many people have a favorite breakfast. The hubby's is the classic farm breakfast - eggs, bacon, gravy, biscuits. Other family members swear by pancakes and sausage. Mine? French toast. So, when I heard of folks using a Slow Cooker to make French Toast, I was in line to give it a try. I've really appreciated being able to hook up the slow cooker for some of our other breakfast recipes (Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal & Crock Pot Morning Casserole) and let it do the work so my breakfast duties are light. So, I took our favorite French toast ingredients, arranged them in what I thought made sense for a slow cooker recipe, and off we went. The experiment with Slow Cooker French Toast was an attempt to add my favorite to the list, and it turned out really well.

Slow Cooker French Toast with bacon and OJ
Slow Cooker French Toast with white corn syrup and crisp bacon.

2.16.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #24

The Lord Has His Kingdom Set In Heaven, and His Kingdom Rules Over Everything. Psalm 103:19 NCV


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Fry Bread Breakfast Sandwich
Fry Bread Breakfast Sandwich





 Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff
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 Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff


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2.14.2014

Vegetable Fried Rice

Chinese take-out is popular for a reason...it's so good and there is plenty of it. There is a wonderful thing that I've learned over time... I can make all our favorite Chinese dishes at home. Honestly, the recipes are straightforwardly simple, and, in addition to the savings, the kitchen is SO aromatic when cooking with a wok! One of our long-time favorites is Homemade Egg Rolls, and, when coupled with this Vegetable Fried Rice recipe, it becomes a fun and filling dining experience. Adding chicken, pork or shrimp to the Fried Rice provides another dimension to this classic that will make it a favorite in your kitchen, too.
Vegetable Fried Rice served with Homemade Egg Rolls
Vegetable Fried Rice with Homemade Eggs Rolls

2.11.2014

Party On The Porch: Spicy, Simple & Sweet for Valentine's Day

The Party On The Porch announcement
Hey all! I hope your week has started off as well as ours has. We are back-to-school, and the water woes are over. I don't think I will ever take ready access to fresh water for granted again. It is hard to live without touching those taps, but we did and I'm thankful for the experience because now I am truly thankful for water. My itch for Spring is being aggravated by all of the seed catalogs coming in; I have been planning my veggie and flower gardens. My hubby has started his track & field conditioning for the upcoming season and the major league baseball players are heading to spring training camp soon, so Spring is getting closer! 
The party last week was much smaller than the week before, but it still had loads of awesome projects. I appreciate all the new faces at the party (Welcome!) and I'm especially thankful for the faithful that have been to most, if not all, 72 (can you believe it?) Porch parties. You rock! 
Thank you all for joining The Party On The Porch!
Party On The Porch: Spicy, Simple & Sweet for Valentine's Day
Party On The Porch: Spicy, Simple & Sweet for Valentine's Day
 - Featured Projects - +Miz Helen , +Living Almost Naturally , +Tara Lafemina , +Arathi Maganti , +anyonita green +Condo Blues 

2.10.2014

Fry Bread Breakfast Sandwich

Fry bread has European roots, I'm told and after trying this recipe...I say hats off to the them! We love breakfast sandwiches - on toast, on English muffins, on bagels, and on biscuits - so, when I ran across this recipe for Fry Bread Breakfast Sandwiches, I knew we would love it. It's really easy to make and the dough fries faster than you can bake it...which is handy when you're in a morning rush for breakfast. 

Fry Bread Breakfast Sandwich
This fry bread breakfast sandwich was prepared using thawed roll dough.

2.09.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #23

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2.07.2014

Homemade Potato Chips

One of the most common accompaniments to a sandwich is potato chips. Over the years, we have tried this chip and that chip and, for a while, we would have favorites (The hubster has always been a fan of the thicker, darker chips that looked like actual potatoes), but, regardless of the variety, we would roll our eyes at the price of a bag of chips and say, "We should try to make these at home." As we have gotten older, we have become more avid ingredient readers. Once we did that, we said, "We have to make these at home." So, we did. The cost of a large bag of whole potatoes is not much different from a bag of chips, and can be used in many ways. So, cost - handled. Ingredients in these chips - potatoes, peanut oil. So, ingredients - handled.
Most importantly (because everything depends on this) they taste better! More potato flavor; less salt and NO additives. You can prepare them as thick or as thin as you want and cook them to your preferred crispiness.

A Serving of Homemade Potato Chips
An ideal side for your sandwiches, burgers and dogs! 

2.04.2014

Party On The Porch: Tasteful Winter Projects from Palate to Pallets

Welcome!  The ideal winter features fluffy snow, sleds, snowmen, and bright sunny skies. The actual winter can - and this year does - include water main breaks that occur in the wake of the Polar Vortex and other winter storms. As a result, we're on our second week of limited water availability and a apparently endless boil-water advisory. Local schools have been closed more than they have been open. I have really enjoyed the extra hubby time, and I jokingly told him that he may still be in school on the 4th of July...he didn't care for my joke. Although my mom always said, "don't wish your life away." I must say I am eager for Spring! I pray that your winter is full of wonder and not woes.

I really enjoyed the party last week. There were projects for the body, mind, and spirit...just what I needed during this bout of cabin fever I'm experiencing. Thank you for bringing your talents to the party and sharing them! I am so happy you're here. Big time welcome to all the newcomers...make yourself at home, hang around, and let's get to know each other!

Party On The Porch: Tasteful Winter Projects from Palate to Pallets

2.03.2014

Slow Cooker Cannellini Florentine: A Hearty Bean Soup

For the past few winters, hubby has groused about the lack of deep cold (I know, right?); well, thanks to the brutally low temps and recent snows we've been experiencing, he is now a happy fella...who now wants some 'belly warming' dishes. In this weather, I will take the warmth from anywhere I can get it - heaters, blankets, hot cocoa - it is all good. But, to satisfy my man, I went looking for 'chill killing' dishes. Well, I have a chill-killer here with this recipe for Cannellini Florentine. A hearty soup loaded with great ingredients like beans, tomatoes, onions, garlic and spinach (the spinach is why it's called Florentine), this is one of those easy-to-make recipes that brings fragrance and flavor greater than other dishes you work on all day. You will come to rely on for your menu planning...it's that good!

serving of cannellini florentine with crispy french-fried onions
A serving of Cannellini Florentine with crispy french-fried onions and Parmesan cheese


2.02.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #22

Hebrews 11:6 - To please God have faith, believe and seek Him.

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Party On The Porch: Valentine's Day recipes, crafts & DIY ideas!
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Party On The Porch: Valentine's 
Pork Sliders with Honey-Mustard Aioli
Pork Sliders with
Honey-Mustard Aioli




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