The Shady Porch: 04.14

4.29.2014

Party On the Porch: Spring Is Green - food, decor & gardening!

Hey All -
I hope everyone is well and unscathed by this stormy weather that's hanging around. Thankfully all is well here. Our prayers are with everyone in the midst of the destruction. Obviously, spring brings much more than flowers, green lawns and sunshine so we should all try and be as prepared as we can be for the unpredictable.

I am excited about the party this week. Last week's party had lots of cool posts. I love seeing all of the delicious food, pretty decor, crafts, and garden tips. Great job and thanks for sharing!

Party On the Porch: Spring Is Green - food, decor & gardening!
Party On the Porch: Spring Is Green - food, decor & gardening!

4.28.2014

Best Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad

Most folks would agree that food and memories have a close relationship. This old fashioned macaroni salad takes me back to my childhood days. This was a recipe my mom prepared in her healthy years, which takes me back to when I was around 8 years old. Further, this recipe was family-wide - regardless of which relative prepared it, this was the recipe they all used. It was/is a common side dish at the dinner table and a must have for the holidays and BBQs!
Best Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad
Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad

4.27.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #34


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Easy Delicious Scalloped Potatoes
Easy Delicious 
Scalloped Potatoes



Easy Chicken Alfredo & Broccoli
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Easy Chicken Alfredo
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4.25.2014

Slow Cooker Ham with Mustard Glaze

When the weather warms, I like to keep my kitchen cool. The slow cooker allows me to cook without turning on the oven, which is a big deal at my house. Each year, I play a game with myself to see how long we can keep the house comfortable without having to use the air conditioner. I simply want to keep our utility budget from continually going up. We installed a whole house fan a couple of years ago,  which has helped a great deal, but keeping the oven off is equally helpful! 


Anyway, this weekend I cooked a bone-in, spiral cut ham (ask your grocery meat counter or local butcher; he'll be happy to cut and tie it for you) for 7-8 hours on low. It was so tender and juicy. I think the mustard glaze really made this ham special, so I am sharing the recipe with you today. Don't worry...it's an easy-to-make recipe that takes few ingredients and just as few minutes!

4.22.2014

Party On The Porch: Helpful Projects for the Hungry, Hurting, Hairy & More

I hope you had a lovely Easter. We had a great day...from beginning to end, feeling blessed and thankful! A feeling I aspire to maintain every day of the year.  
I count you among my blessings and I'm thankful that you are here. We had another diverse party (my favorite kind) with lots of recipes, crafts, DIY, advice, hints, and tips. Although I tried to be somewhat funny in the blog title, I was touched by the overall theme of thoughtfulness and compassion in the party posts. You guys rock! So let's do it again...party on.
 
Party On The Porch: Helpful Projects for the Hungry, Hurting, Hairy & More
Party On The Porch: Helpful Projects for the Hungry, Hurting, Hairy & More


4.21.2014

Easy Delicious Scalloped Potatoes

It is always a surprise when a supporting performer outshines the star of a show. This recipe is one of those side dishes that steals the show, as they say. These easy, cheesy scalloped potatoes are the perfect accompaniment to any dinner menu. It makes a great addition to a holiday table, or a hearty one-dish weeknight supper with the addition of some cubed ham. No matter how or when you decide to serve it, you will have happy diners.

A serving of Easy, Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
Easy, Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

4.20.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #33



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Skillet Cookie: Chocolate Chip


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Grape Salad...creamy and crunchy too!
 


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4.18.2014

Our Favorite Tex-Mex Recipes for Cinco De Mayo

Today I am sharing our collection of spicy Tex-Mex recipes that we enjoy on a regular basis. I wanted to celebrate the flavors that the Mexican cuisine has added to our menu (that is worthy of celebration!). These may not be authentic Mexican meals with lots of cilantro or avocados but they each have that spicy flare and we love them! They are all easy-to-make meals that can become weeknight favorites. Fiesta! Fiesta!

Cinco De Mayo Recipes from The Shady Porch

4.15.2014

Party On The Porch: Spring - Easter Projects & Recipes

I don't know about your neck of the woods but here in KY we had taken some lovely sunny steps forward into Spring just to fall back into the cold muck (ice, sleet, flurries) of what appears to winter. Criminy...will it ever end? Just the other day I was reminding the hubby to put on sunscreen before heading out to his track meet. Tonight's meet has been rescheduled due to the freezing cold.  You know what? ...It makes me feel doubly blessed to have had such a wonderful spring break, otherwise I might have cracked. lol!  

We had lots more cute Spring - Easter projects and recipes this week. There is truly no lack of inspiring  subjects at the #partyontheporch thanks to each of you! I am grateful for your willingness to share here each week! I hope you're reaping benefits of all the pins, stumbles, tweets and shares! Thanks for being a porch partier! Now let's party!!


4.14.2014

Skillet Cookie: Chocolate Chip

Sometimes the making of cookies is as much fun as eating them and...sometimes it's not. Have you ever wanted a chocolate chip cookie but didn't want to linger near a hot oven cycling cookie trays in and out. I have and that's why I think the Skillet cookie is a brilliant alternative. One pan in - one pan out you're finished and you have a giant chewy cookie as your reward!
Obviously, the prudent thing is to slice it in wedges and share it with others so you're still the hit in the parade even though you really didn't have to work all that hard. WIN - WIN! 

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
Skillet Cookie: Chocolate Chip

4.13.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #32


You willingly forgive, and your love is always there for those who pray to you. Psalm 86:5 Contemporary English Version

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Tex-Mex Chicken Corn Tortilla Casserole
Tex-Mex Chicken Corn Tortilla Casserole



Pizza Casserole - Double Crust, Deep Dish Style
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Pizza Casserole - Double Crust, Deep Dish Style

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4.11.2014

Easy Side Dish: Onion Fritters

The other day I ran across a recipe for onion bhajis, an Indian snack, that has, since the first attempt, made traditional onion rings obsolete at our house. I didn't actually follow the bhaji recipe; it was more the concept of chopping the onions, mixing them in the batter, and frying them to make bite-sized onion fritters that appealed to my easy-to-make sensibility. 

a serving of Onion Fritters
A serving of Onion Fritters
We always have onion at the ready since we love them in nearly everything and whipping up the batter and dumping in the chopped onions seems so much simpler to me than traditional rings. Batch size is more flexible, allowing for smaller or larger batches and, since there is none of the flouring, then batter dipping individual onion rings, this recipe is quick, too. The onion fritters have the great onion flavor in the same crispy coating as traditional onion rings. Enjoy.


4.08.2014

Party On The Porch: Beauty, Bunnies & Bites

Hey All-
I can't tell ya how much better I feel about everything thanks to answered prayers and spring break (which is another answer to a prayer)! I didn't really realize how badly I needed sunshine, the hubby home, and just simple down time. We got LOTS done, but it was not according to any clock... and I think that really helped. Anyway, I highly recommend lots of sunshine, naps, good reads, and hubby time.
We really had a nice party last week. Lots of new faces... Welcome! ...with lots of inviting recipes and interesting, inspiring posts, too. I hope you'll check out the features and share your latest creative ventures. 
THANKS for being here and sharing with us!

Party On The Porch: Beauty, Bunnies & Bites
Party On The Porch: Beauty, Bunnies & Bites

Tex-Mex Chicken Corn Tortilla Casserole

This is a simple, weeknight, no-time supper that is delicious and satisfying. Easily adapted to satisfy spicy or mild preferences (based on the temperature of the diced tomato blend and how many jalapenos are used), this is a recipe that allows for individual tastes to be pleased. If someone likes it spicier, use a higher heat Picante sauce instead of salsa. 
I love to cook, but there are times when quick and convenient are the best way to go...and it's always healthier and less costly than eating out. The leftovers are great for lunches, too!

serving of Tex-Mex Chicken Corn Tortilla Casserole



Ingredients:
3 chicken breasts
1 pkg frozen peppers and onions
2-3 c. Salsa or Picante sauce
4 c. Mexican cheese blend, shredded
1 can diced tomatoes with peppers and onions
1/4 c. sliced jalapenos, optional
1 pkg. Corn tortillas
sour cream and guacamole, optional

Directions:
  1. Cook 3 chicken breasts and a bag of frozen peppers and onions in slow cooker for 4 hours on High*. 
  2. Shred the chicken and blend with the peppers and onions. Stir in the can of diced tomatoes with peppers and onions.
  3. Coat bottom of 9x13 casserole dish with a layer of your favorite salsa or picante sauce.
  4. Place a layer of corn tortillas over the salsa, covering the bottom of the dish.
  5. Now spread a layer of the chicken/peppers/onions evenly over the tortillas.
  6. Add a layer of cheese.
  7. Now repeat - salsa, tortilla, chicken and cheese layers.
  8. Finish the casserole by adding jalapenos on top, if desired.
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees.
  10. Remove from oven. Slice and serve with sour cream or guacamole.
[*Note - you can boil the chicken or purchase a rotisserie chicken or, as I did in this recipe, use a slow cooker. The hubby suggested that even canned chicken would serve! Just remember...you have options when it comes to selecting and preparing the chicken.]  

Tex-Mex Chicken Corn Tortilla Casserole


Other Tex-Mex Style recipes you might like - 

I'm sharing at these great parties... Anyonita Nibbles, Miz Helen's Country CottageThe Country Cook,
Tatertots & Jello

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4.06.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #31


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Our Homemade Pizzeria-Style Pizza
...Saves money!

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Baked Hot Dogs: old dogs; new tricks!


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4.04.2014

Easy Classic: Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie

Some years ago, on my hubby's birthday, the phone rang and, Ellie, a sister from our church, said she was coming over to make some peanut butter pies, his favorite. She said she had all the ingredients and just needed a kitchen. I was excited because she was one of the best cooks at our church (church folk know who that is at every church) and among the best cooks I have ever known. As she cooked a custard and we baked the crusts, I kept wondering, "Where's the peanut butter?" This was not like any peanut butter pie I had ever known (my experience was more peanut butter and cream cheese blended, but that is another recipe!)


Slice of Easy-to-Make Classic Peanut Butter Pie
Easy Classic: Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie


4.01.2014

Party On The Porch: Eats, Easter & Everything Else

Hey All -
Party On The Porch ButtonHope you've had a great April Fool's Day! The first of April was my grandmother's birthday and her celebration always overshadowed the April foolery for me. Nan was one of those people that made everyone else laugh when she laughed. It was precious. She always got tears in her eyes like she was trying to contain herself and not lose it completely, but it was such fun to see her tickled and worth gold to be the one to make her laugh! So today, I hope everyone had a good laugh, Nan would have liked that. 

All of the great projects that you shared last week shows that we have finally cleared the Winter hurdle and are sprinting into Spring. Easter eggs, bunnies, t-shirts and recipes are plentiful. We're also talking about taxes, vacations, and gardens now too. I love this time of year! We're on spring break this week and I am hoping to get out and soak up some sun. They are forecasting temps in the 80's for the rest of the week. Yippee! 

Thanks for being here, and I hope you have a great week too. 
WELCOME to all the new Porch Partyers too! 

Party On The Porch features: Eats, Easter & Everything Else
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