Southern Porch Accessory

Submitted by Christi

I wanted to share with you a picture of a little garden bench that was given to me. It was unassembled and plain wood when I got it. I painted it and hung it on the wall of my porch.

I like the check and floral thing so that is how I painted it.

I like the check and floral thing so that is how I painted it.

It comes in really handy for my garden gloves and other things that I can just drop off on my way in the house.

It comes in really handy for my garden gloves and other things that I can just drop off on my way in the house.

I think this little bench was originally intended to be used to set plants on as an accent. I like finding a different way to use things. This makes a nice little shelf for my porch.

Isn’t it sometimes the small things that make us smile? This little bench is one of those things. Really, in times like these, it is good to notice little things like how the grass is now green and the birds singing and the flowers blooming. These things make the big things not seem quite so bad.

Stay tuned tomorrow for an update on the robin’s nest – new eggs with pics!

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Today’s Lagniappe: Key Lime Bars
Something  refreshing to serve on the porch.

1 cup finely ground graham cracker crumbs
2 1/2 tablespoons finely ground graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 large egg yolks
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
2/3 cup fresh Key lime juice , (about 23 Key limes total)
1 cup sweetened condensed milk, (14 ounces)
2 Key limes, thinly sliced into half-moons

Make crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a small bowl. Press evenly onto bottom of an 8-inch square glass baking dish. Bake until dry and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.(Leave oven on.)

Make filling: Put egg yolks and lime zest in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Mix on high speed until very thick, about 5 minutes. Reduce speed to medium. Add condensed milk in a slow, steady stream, mixing constantly. Raise speed to high; mix until thick, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Add lime juice; mix until just combined.

Spread filling evenly over crust using a spatula. Bake, rotating dish halfway through, until filling is just set, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate at least 4 hours (or overnight).

Cut into 2-by-2-inch bars. Garnish bars with whipped cream and a slice of lime.

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8 Responses to “Southern Porch Accessory”

  1. [email protected] Picture is Worth Says:

    Hi Christi,
    I love that bench! The colors are great, and it looks perfect for the spot you have it.

    Thanks so much for linking to 2nd Time Around!
    Diane

  2. Martha Says:

    Cutest bench – ever!

  3. Fifi Flowers Says:

    That bench is ADORABLE!!!
    ENJOY your week!
    Fifi

  4. bj Says:

    This little bench is precious. What a fabulous job you did on the painting of it.

  5. Gloria Says:

    Just darling my friend…I also love to take things and made them useful..Thanks for sharing…hugs and smiles Gl?ria

  6. KayC. Says:

    A very cute bench! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  7. Brenda Kula Says:

    So right! It’s the small things I acquire that seem to mean the most to me. Unique things that are simple but have a little sparkle to them. That is really cute!
    Brenda

  8. Lynn Guinn Says:

    I love the bench/shelf and the way you painted it! Aren’t porches wonderful!
    I can see why that makes you smile!

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