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Homemade Hot Dog Sauce & Weekend Potluck #224

The Recipe with the Most Clicks Was  
Grandpa Bob's Homemade Hot Dog Sauce by Grandma Honeys House 

Today is Friday and time for Weekend Potluck!!!! We're so glad you stopped by because we have some delicious features for the week as well as some wonderful potluck dishes. If you're new to weekend potluck we're so excited you could join us!!! I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend now, let's take a quick peek back at last week's favorites.

Recipes that caught our attention
Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake by Big Rigs N Lil Cookies
 
Toffee Pecan Dream Bars  by Living on Cloud Nine 


Featured Hostess Recipe 

Ice Cream Pie by The Better Baker 


Your Hostesses

The Better Baker - Marsha
The Country Cook - Brandie
Sweet Little Bluebird - Mary

Served Up With Love - Melissa
Mommy's Kitchen - Tina


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Holy - Moly Chicken & Weekend Potluck #223

The Recipe with the Most Clicks was  
Holy Moly Chicken  by The Best of Long Island & Central Florida Recipes

Good morning and Happy Friday!!!  We're so glad you stopped by for Weekend Potluck!  We have some delicious features for the week as well as some wonderful potluck dishes. If you're new to weekend potluck we're so excited you could join us!!! Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week's favorites.

Recipes that caught our attention
Chicken Bacon Ranch Potato Casserole by Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen



 
Featured Hostess Recipe ♥ 
The Best Steak Marinade & Steak House Butter by The Country Cook


Your Hostesses: ♥ 

 The Country Cook - Brandie
The Better Baker - Marsha

Sweet Little Blue Bird - Mary
Served Up With Love - Melissa

Mommy's Kitchen - Tina 

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Couscous Salad with Grilled Chicken

A quick and easy couscous salad with grilled chicken, fresh veggies, and locally grown tomatoes tossed in a light balsamic dressing.  #locallygrown #wmtmoms

As the weather warms up here in North Texas I find myself turning to lighter meals and foods that can be cooked on the grill. Fajitas, ribs, chicken, steaks, pizza and even desserts are some of our favorite things to prepare on the grill.

 
We also love summer dinner salads because they're quick and easy, require minimal or no cooking. Who wants to heat up the house by turning on the oven or load up on a heavy meal when it's blazing hot outside. Not me! 


If we grill chicken I usually grill a few extra pieces so I have some on hand for recipes. Since we're taking all about salads, you guessed it today's recipe is for a Couscous Salad with Grilled Chicken that my family loves.  

This salad recipe is super easy and perfect for a light summer dinner, especially if you don't don't want to cook, but you still want an easy home cooked meal. This dinner salad is also bright, colorful and uses a variety of fresh veggies which I love. 

On my last grocery trip to Walmart, I picked up a package of Village Farms true rebel tomatoes to use in this couscous salad. The true rebel tomatoes are locally grown here in Texas and add a bright pop of color (red, orange and yellow) to this delicious salad.  I also grabbed a package of their sweet grape tomatoes because they're perfect for snacking.

Did you know that Walmart carries locally grown in season produce? 
My local Walmart carries a pretty good variety of locally grown tomatoes, fresh corn, onions, green beans, cabbage, red cabbage, yellow squash, zucchini squash, potatoes, and watermelons. As summer quickly approaches hopefully local berries and peaches will start popping up in my store as well. 

If you're not sure which fruits and vegetables are locally grown in your area, just look at the produce storage bins. Any locally grown item will display a "Locally Grown" label or a state symbol right on the bin. You will even find that some of the bagged fruits are from local farms in your area as well. 

I love our summer garden, but I also like having produce from local farmers available at my Walmart as well. If you want to support local farmers in your area, look at the produce labeling and packaging on your next shopping trip, and help support farms in your area.   

I hope you enjoy this salad as much as my family does. 



Couscous Salad with Grilled Chicken 

3/4 - cup Couscous, cooked 
1 - cup low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
3  - tablespoon olive oil, separated 
salt and pepper, to taste
garlic powder, to taste  
2 - 3  Havestland, organic boneless skinless chicken breasts or (leftover grilled chicken) 
1 - 10 oz container locally grown True rebel tomato mix or grape tomatoes, sliced in half
2 - English or regular cucumbers, diced
1/4 - cup purple onion, chopped 
1 - 6.5 oz jar artichoke hearts, drained
1/4 - cup Balsamic Dressing (my favorite is Panera Bread)
1/4 - cup fresh parmigiano - reggiano cheese, additional for garnish

Cook couscous according to package instructions, substituting broth for the amount of water called for on package.

Fluff with a fork, then add one tablespoon of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, and 1/4 cup parmigiano - reggiano cheese. Mix to combine and set aside.

Season both sides of the chicken breasts with, garlic powder and pepper to taste. Using an indoor grill pan (or outdoor grill) over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil.

Add the chicken breasts and grill on both sides until cooked through and the juice run clear.

I like to grill the chicken breasts on both sides to get a good sear, then cut into smaller pieces and continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through. Set aside.

Chop and cut up the cucumbers, tomatoes, onion, and drained artichoke hearts. In a large bowl add the fluffed couscous, grilled chicken, and vegetables.

Add the balsamic dressing (1/4 - 1/2 cup). Lightly mix to combine and top with additional cheese. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. Refrigerate any leftovers.


cook time: 20 - 25  minutes
servings: 6 



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Amish Country Casserole - Weekend Potluck #222

The Recipe with the most Clicks was....
Amish Country Casserole by With a Blast 

Good morning and Happy Friday!!!  We're so glad you stopped by for Weekend Potluck!  We have some delicious features for the week as well as some wonderful potluck dishes. If you're new to weekend potluck we're so excited you could join us!!! Now, let's take a quick peek back at last week's favorites.

Recipes That Caught our Attention


Crazy Barbecue Chicken by Big Rig's n LiL Cookies


Our Hostess Recipe


Broccoli Salad  by Served up with Love 


Your Hostesses

Served up with Love ~ Melissa
Mommy’s Kitchen~ Tina


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DIY Porcelain Owl Vase & Distressed Burlap Mason Jars

DIY project have always been a favorite hobby of  mine. When it comes to anything DIY I usually tend to stick to projects that are simple, affordable, and use recycled materials. I'm the type of person that doesn't throw anything away, especially jars, bottles, cans and wood or wood pallets. 

I'm also totally addicted to Pinterest, so most nights I find myself scouring through boards till all hours of the night pinning and planning my next DIY craft or project. I call it the Pinterest Frenzy, what in the heck did we all do before Pinterest!!!    

Today I have two simple and fun paint crafts to share with you. As a Walmart Mom I've teamed up with Walmart and Rust-Oleum paint and stain to take part in a mystery paint challenge. What is the Mystery Paint Challenge? Well, Walmart mailed me a random mystery item and the ask was to transform the item into something special using  Rust-Oleum products.

When my mystery package arrived I totally did not expect to get a ceramic owl vase. My immediate thought was "what in the heck am I gonna do with this". My first idea was something for the garden, but that would of only worked  for me if I could keep the owl as is, because I loved the brown coloring, but again my task was to paint or stain the vase.

I put on my thinking cap and came up with an idea to make a DIY (Faux) White Porcelain Owl Vase for our master bathroom. Porcelain owl vases are so pricey that making a  DIY one is the next best thing. Our bathroom desperately needed a little DIY inspiration and the owl vase turned out perfect!!!   

In fact I had so much fun creating the white porcelain vase that I found myself poking around my house to find even more items to transform. That's where these Distressed Burlap Mason Jars come into play which I will show you how to make (using spray paint) at the end of this post. Aren't they so cute????? Well, back to the task at hand, transforming this cute brown owl vase below into a beautiful DIY (Fux) White Porcelain Vase.
HOW TO MAKE A FAUX WHITE PORCELAIN OWL VASE

This vase was easier to make than I initially thought. I purchased a package of fine sand paper thinking I would have to sand the vase down a bit, but there was no need for that or the need to use a primer. I used Rust-Oleums American Accents 2xx Ultra Coverage Spray Paint in (Flat White).

If you want to use a primer Rust-Oleum has a white flat + primer spray paint in one if you want to go that route. I love the American Accents 2xx the coverage paints because you get twice the coverage with each layer, and it bonds to wood, paint, metal, glass, wicker and other surfaces.  

Supplies Needed for this project: 

  • Newspaper or disposable paint drop cloth 
  • 1 - Ceramic Owl Vase (found in floral dept) $8.97
  • Rust-Oleum American Accents Flat White Spray Paint $3.86
  • 1 - 2 oz bottle white matte acrylic paint .50
  • Fine Sandpaper (ended up not needed it, but used it for the mason jars)
  • Flowers of your choice $5.00
  • small paint brush 
  • rubbing alcohol and cotton balls 

1. To start add some rubbing alcohol onto a cotton ball and clean the outside of the owl vase. Painting the inside of the vase is optional, but the vase looks really pretty and it only takes a couple minutes. 

2. To paint the inside squeeze some of the white acrylic paint on the inside of the vase. Swish the paint around and use the paint brush to even the paint out inside. It doesn't have to be perfect. Just enough to lightly coat the inside.  

3. Invert the vase on newspaper or on a paper towel until it is completely dry on the inside.  

1. Spread newspaper or paint cloth out in a well ventilated area and set the owl vase top side up on the newspaper or drop cloth. In quick small bursts, spray the outside of the vase

2. Allow the first coat to dry, then add a second coat of paint (again in small bursts). Add a third and final coat to even all the paint out and to make sure the owl vase is completely covered in white spray paint.


3. Allow the the painted vase to dry for at least 3 hours. 

4. For the final step, spray a light coating of Rust-Oleums Matte Clear finish to help seal the paint, as well as for easy clean up if the vase needs to be wiped down. I already had some in my garage so that was a freebie.  

Place you White Porcelain Owl Vase in any room you like, add artificial flowers and enjoy. 

HOW TO MAKE DIY DISTRESSED BURLAP BURLAP MASON JARS 

As I mentioned above, we had some Ole Tennessee Moonshine jars in the garage. I grabbed the jars and some Rust-Oleums Colonial Red spray paint I had on hand along with the matte white from the owl vase, and got to work making these adorable DIY Distressed Burlap Mason Jars. 

Supplies needed for this project:   


1. To start spread the newspaper or paint cloth out in a well ventilated area and set the jars open side down on the newspaper or drop cloth.

2. In quick small bursts, spray the outside of the jar. Allow the first coat to dry, then add a second coat of paint (again in small bursts). Add a third and final coat to even all the paint out.

3. Once the jars are dry, set the jars upright and lightly spray the top rim of each jar. Let the painted jars dry for at least 3 hours.


4. Using a small piece of fine sandpaper, sand a few spots on the jar, around the rim, and on any lettering to give the jars a distressed look.

5. Cut a piece of the burlap ribbon about 12-13 inches long and hot glue around the middle of each jar.

6. Cut an additional piece of burlap (the lace removes easily from the burlap) into the shape of a heart and glue over the burlap ribbon.  

Tie raffia ribbon into a bow around the rim of the jar and fill with flowers.

Notes: I painted one jar matte white and the second jar colonial red for the first coat, then white for the second, and third coat to make a red and white distressed jar. You can also spray paint and distress mason jars rings and add those to the jars, but that's optional.



What can you transform using everyday items and Rust-Oleum Paint & Stain Products?


     

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