The Shady Porch: 11.14

11.30.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #65

For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for those by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God. Hebrews 6:7

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Bacon Cheese Dip...an easy appetizer or snack
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11.28.2014

Apple Lime Punch

One of the family favorites of the holiday season is punch. We love punches! Through the holidays, we look forward to making as many varieties as we can manage. I am always looking for new recipes to try, and, this year, I saw an apple cooler recipe that is a combination of apple and lime, which is new to us, but I thought a green punch would be nice for the season. I sweetened up the punch with lime sherbet and it's now a perfect one-two (sweet-tart) kick! (Betcha thought I was gonna say punch!)  

Apple Lime Punch in punch bowl and serving cup

11.26.2014

Bacon Cheese Dip...an easy appetizer or snack

If this seems unusual, well, so be it...We have been a cold dip family. Chips, veggies, what have you...the dips have been cold...the way we thought they were intended. No more. Thanks to this warm Cheesy Bacon Dip, we have learned how to embrace the warmth. The heat needed to melt the cheese really allows the ingredients to blend until the flavor profile is literally outstanding! The bacon and green onions provide a comfort food element to complete the dip, which pairs well with everything we've tried. It is a perfect dish for the holidays, game days, or any cold day in between. If you're making it for a crowd, you can use a small slow cooker to keep it warm throughout the event. You'll get rave reviews for this easy-to-make dip!  
 
Bacon Cheese Dip...an easy appetizer or snack
Bacon Cheese Dip...an easy appetizer or snack

11.24.2014

Easy Thanksgiving Recipes...delicious dishes for the holidays

The hubby is on Fall Break this week, and we're busy preparing for family and the Thanksgiving feast (We may even get some pre-Christmas stuff started! fingers crossed!). As a result, I've decided to skip the regular Monday menu post, and, instead, share some of our Easy Holiday Recipes. It really doesn't matter if it's Thanksgiving, Christmas, or the Fourth of July, many of these dishes are regulars on our menu. When reading the recipes, you will see I use every advantage I can to make the meal preparation easy by using the trusty slow cooker(s). They're also invaluable when it comes to keeping things warm for the grazing phase of the day. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you'll find something here that treats your taste buds. 

Easy Thanksgiving Recipes...delicious dishes for the holidays


11.23.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #64

Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;  Colossians 1:11 (KJV)


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Ham & Cheese Stromboli



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11.21.2014

Mac and Cheese Chili

Is there such a category as double comfort food? Since it combines two classics - chili and macaroni & cheese - Mac & Cheese Chili may be staking out new ground. With cheesy deliciousness and spicy heartiness in a single bowl, how could it be anything but great? We prepared this for one of our Game Day gatherings and it was a big success (and we won the game!). This Mac & Cheese Chili is the ultimate one-pot meal, which means prep and clean up are as easy as the dish is delicious!

Mac and Cheese Chili
Mac & Cheese Chili

11.19.2014

Ham & Cheese Stromboli

We've been having Soup on Sundays for a couple of weeks now. Sometimes the savory richness of a slow-simmered soup is enough... and sometimes it needs an additional bite to go with it. That's how this Ham & Cheese Stromboli came about. It is a light, easy-to-make recipe that can stand alone as a sandwich, or be served as a side dish. It only takes a few minutes to put together, but, after it bakes, the flavors seems like this had to have taken all day to create. Amazingly flexible, this hot sandwich can become ANY sandwich...even if you want to stay within the Ham & Cheese model - cheddar cheese instead of Swiss, marinara sauce instead of Dijon - the limits of the sandwich fillings are limited only by your tastes and your imagination.

11.17.2014

What's For Supper: Menu November 17, 2014

I am using up some leftovers again this week. I have leftover chicken (unseasoned boneless, skinless breasts cooked in my slow cooker), which will be used in the Cobb Salad and in the Fajitas; I also have already-cooked ground beef that I plan to use in the Taco Soup. This week's menu is making me hungry just planning and writing about it.
We are expecting a light snow tonight which will be our first of the season...if it happens (the latest weather is now pushing it back a day.) Next week, the hubby's school will be on fall break, so I have a BIG To-Do list for myself this week to free up time so we can work on some Christmas projects together over Thanksgiving week. I love this time of year...we've done Homemade Christmas gifts for years now, and it makes it much more fun for us....we don't have to walk through stores, going aisle-to-aisle, asking each other "What do you think about (this)?" over and over again. The best part of all...I think those that receive the gifts realize that we thought about them throughout the process! Stay warm and have a blessed week! 
What's For Supper: Menu November 17, 2014
What's For Supper: Menu November 17, 2014

11.16.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #63

Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.  Psalm 50:23King James Version (KJV)

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        Cheesy Ranch Corn Dip
Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge

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11.14.2014

Cheesy Ranch Corn Dip

I looked around the room the other day, during a game day gathering, and folks were eating the dip with forks - like it was a side dish - because the veggies, chips, and crackers did not hold a big enough bite. That, my friends, is a gooood dip! This Cheesy Ranch Corn Dip, full of fresh flavor from the corn and peppers with the savory addition of Ranch seasoning, is a great complement to crunchy fare, or (apparently) just as a snack itself. This quick delight comes together so easily that the cream cheese requires more time to soften than is needed to actually make the dip. 

Cheesy  Ranch  Corn Dip
Cheesy Ranch Corn Dip...goes great with crackers, chips, and veggies!

11.12.2014

Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge

This Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge recipe is almost as easy as the No Fail 3-Ingredient Chocolate Fudge recipe I use...which could spell trouble! This delicious fudge will quickly satisfy that sweet craving and requires only a few staple ingredients. Although the recipe should be chilled for storage, it would make a great fudge for the holiday season as well...especially if you need to whip up something festive in a jiffy.
Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge
Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge...quickly satisfies that craving & it's perfect for the holidays!

11.10.2014

What's For Supper: Menu November 10, 2014

I keep a pretty close eye on the weather (it helps with the gardens!), but it seems that, over the last several years, the weather forecasters introduce a new weather phenomena every year. The Polar Vortex is frozen into our memories from last winter, and the newest, the (I could NOT make this up) Bombogenesis or Bomb Cyclone, will affect much of the U.S. this week. The Bombogenesis (a vast drop in atmospheric pressure) will again cause our temperatures to plunge dramatically; essentially, our autumn is now going to feel like winter, so bundle up and find a good soup recipe
Last week, a friend mentioned that my menu had an international flair. This week's menu again features a few dishes that may have roots outside the US, but have been American-ized. My prayer this week...May peace and plenty bless our world.


What's For Supper: Menu November 10, 2014

11.09.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #62

 Colossians 3:15-1721st Century King James Version (KJ21)  15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also ye are called in one body, and be ye thankful.  16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father by Him.

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Asian Chicken Noodle Soup:  Slow Cooker
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11.07.2014

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup: Slow Cooker

I found this Asian Chicken Noodle soup recipe in a mailer from my local grocer and I thought that is looked really good. I turned it into a slow cooker recipe since that just makes my day easier when I have a long to-do list. It's inexpensive, easy-to-make, and has all the comforting flavors of traditional chicken noodle soup with an Asian twist. This is a good way to shake things up from the routine.  We served ours with grilled cheese sandwiches and it was a perfect meal for a frosty fall day.

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup: Slow Cooker
Asian Chicken Noodle Soup: Slow Cooker...perfect for a frosty fall day.

11.05.2014

Baked Ham & Swiss Sliders

We are enjoying this (mostly) warm early fall weather, and a successful season for our favorite Game Day team. Our Game Day menu is nearly as fun, for me, as the actual game. I love finding new recipes, and, recently, I decided to try my hand at a version of the Kings Hawaiian Ham and Swiss Sliders. Sliders just seemed like the perfect Game Day fare and I was not wrong. The first batch, while quite successful in the prep and presentation areas, was not a flavor favorite... the original poppy seed dressing took away from the savory ham and cheese; the second attempt was a resounding victory...I made a brown sugar, butter, and yellow mustard dressing that added a sweet zing that took the treat from tasty to special. These Baked Ham & Swiss Sliders will be a reoccurring item in our future Game Day celebrations.
Baked Ham & Swiss Sliders

11.03.2014

What's For Supper: Menu November 3, 2014

The feeling around the Porch is a bit more excited than usual this week - We're expecting family to visit this weekend, and, with a big college football gameday coming up, the atmosphere around the house is charged with anticipation. I am posting this menu knowing the weekend menu plans may end up being altered. We all know that plans can change and it's good to be flexible so there is no stress. 
I am cooking a large package of boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the slow cooker this week for shredding. I will use the shredded chicken in the Gyros and Chilaquiles and freeze any leftovers.  We are preparing soup beans and we made enough that we'll have some leftovers for a future chili recipe as well. Have a great week and I hope you'll find something yummy for you and yours to share. 

What's For Supper: Menu November 3, 2014
What's For Supper: Menu November 3, 2014

11.02.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #61

I pray that God will open your minds to see his truth. Then you will know the hope that he has chosen us to have. You will know that the blessings God has promised his holy people are rich and glorious. Eph 1:19 ERV


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Creamed Chicken a la King


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