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Southern Fried Okra & Weekend Potluck #228

The Recipe with The Most Views Was
Southern Pan Fried Okra {Granny's Recipe} by Cooking with K

Today is Friday, so you know what that means, it's time for Weekend Potluck! We're so glad you could stop by because we have some delicious features for the week as well as some wonderful potluck dishes to share. If you're new to weekend potluck we're so excited you could join us, so everyone find a seat at the table and let's take a quick peek back at last week's favorites.

Recipes That Caught Our Attention
Strawberry Shortcake by Don't Sweat The Recipe



Featured Hostess Recipe
Grandma B's Cucumber Salad by Sweet Little Blue Bird


Your Hostesses  

The Better Baker - Marsha 
Served Up With Love - Melissa 

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Thrifty Decorating: Refreshing Old Patio Furniture

Get your outdoor area ready for summer with this easy budget friendly patio furniture refresh.  
Summer is definitely here, so it's time to get your outdoor area summer ready. I don't know about you, but after a long winter our outdoor patio furniture is looking pretty shabby. We have a wooden deck in our backyard, but it isn't covered, so the Texas sun can be very unforgiving to say the least. 

We plan on building a cover for our deck in the near future, but currently it's just not in our budget. My family spends a lot of time outdoors in the spring and summer cooking out, so what I can do is a simple summer refresh to make our outdoor area a little more inviting. 

The Wrought Iron Patio set that we have is still in really good shape considering it's 6 years old. The table and chairs have some fading, but really all it needs is a small face lift and a few decorative items to bring it back to life.  

Today I'm sharing my simple summer patio refresh while still keeping my budget in check. I pulled this summer refresh together for $25 with products I picked up at my local Walmart. I'm so happy with how awesome this project turned out, and now our patio set looks brand new again!!!!!

This is the before photo which looks pretty bad and faded. So does the deck, but that's a project for another day. The best inexpensive option to refresh this type of patio set is to use spray paint. A can of spray paint can go a long way at taking just about anything from sad to fab! Plus the color choices are endless which means you can change the colors every couple years or keep it the same. 

I chose to keep our set black and went with Krylon's Supermaxx Black/Satin Spray Paint. There is no sanding or priming needed which makes this project even simpler. Just wash down the patio set with soap and water and let it air dry before starting. I purchased 4 cans priced at $3.86, but it only took a little over 3 to complete the project.

The Kyrlon Supermaxx has a rust protectant and a fast dry time which I needed, so this is a good paint choice. Once I got started it took me just one day to get the whole set painted. Keep in mind that is painting on and off throughout the day since we are already in the heat of summer. Once I started painting, I could already see a major difference. 

Another thing I love about the Krylon and Rust O Leum Spray paints is that they bond to metal, wood, glass, ceramic, plastic and more. Our umbrella holder is made of a thick plastic and the spray paint adhered so smooth and dried quickly. It used to be tan, but I think it looks so much better painted black to match the table and chairs. 

I spotted these Mainstay Red Outdoor Resin Seat Pads on clearance for $1.50 each in the garden center, so I grabbed 4 for a total of $6! Each cushion has a soft foam inside, is UV treated, fade and weather resistant. I chose red, but they come in a variety of colors and patterns. 

My plan is to just bring the cushions outside as we need them, because it gets super toasty here in Texas. We also have a Basset Hound that chews everything, so it isn't a good idea to leave anything in his reach. 

I think the cushions add the perfect pop of color to the chairs. If you want to add even more of a decorative touch Walmart has outdoor throw pillows on sale for $5 each in a variety of colors and patterns to easily mix and match with your cushion choice. 

To finish off the look I added a Cutter Red Tin Citronella Candle and planted some red and white impatiens in my Texas planter which was a purchase from last summer.    

So there you have it my $25 Budget Friendly Summer Patio Set Refresh!!! If you look to the left of the table you can also see our DIY Outdoor Brick Fire Pit that I made back in 2011. If you have been wanting a fire pit, but don't have big budget to purchase one, check out the link at the end of this post and you too can make an easy DIY outdoor brick fire pit.  

Next on our summer to do list will be staining the deck and painting our picnic table. For more outdoor inspiration using products from Walmart check out the following posts. 


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program I've been compensated for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions stated above are my own. #sponsored #wmtmoms

     
 


Easy One Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Spaghetti and meat sauce cooked together all in one pot. It doesn't get much easier than that!
One pot meals have always been on the top of my dinner list, especially if pasta is involved. Just toss all your ingredients into a stock pot or dutch oven, and just like that you have an easy no fuss meal. 

Spaghetti is one of my family's favorite meals, so I love the idea of making spaghetti in one pot. Anything that simplifies dinner time is always a plus, and the less pots and pans I have to wash the better.  

I've been trying to prefect this one pot spaghetti recipe for quite some time, and I think I'm finally happy with the end result.  The first time I made this the spaghetti noodles did not cook all the way through and it turned out chewy and a bit bland.

On my second attempt, I used the Barilla Pronto spaghetti and added the noodles first along with the meat and water. I cooked the noodles until they were al dente, and then added the remaining ingredients. 

This gave the spaghetti noodles ample time to cook before the sauce thickened up. I also used half broth and half water instead of all water and it made all the difference in the world flavor wise.

 
If you're looking for an easy recipe to get dinner on the table in 30 minutes this is the recipe for you. Trust me it's too easy not to try, and clean up is a snap.

In  a large pot or dutch oven, add onion, garlic and ground beef; cook for about 10 minutes until the meat is browned and cooked through (break the meat up as it cooks). Drain off any grease.

Add the green bell pepper, mushrooms (if using), water, broth, and dried pasta. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 5 minutes or (until the pasta is al dente). 


While the pasta cooks add one can of tomatoes to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Add the diced and blended tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices to the pot, and mix to combine.

Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the spaghetti is cooked through and the sauce has thickened. Stir in Parmesan cheese just before serving.  

Serve immediately topped with additional grated Parmesan or Parmesan reggiano cheese. 



Easy One Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

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1 - pound ground lean ground beef or ground turkey 
1 - small onion, chopped
1 - garlic clove, minced
1/4 - cup green or red bell pepper, chopped 
1 - cup fresh mushrooms. sliced (optional) 
2 - cups water 
1 - 14 ounce can low sodium vegetable, beef or chicken broth
1 - 12 ounce package Barilla Pronto one pot spaghetti
2 - 14.5 ounce cans red gold diced tomatoes (basis, garlic and oregano), separated
1 - 6 ounce can tomato paste
1 - teaspoon oregano 
1/2 - teaspoon dried basil or use fresh chopped basil
black pepper to taste 
1/4 - cup Parmesan or Parmesan reggiano cheese 

  1. In  a large pot or dutch oven, add onion, garlic and ground beef; cook for about 10 minutes until the meat is browned and cooked through (break the meat up as it cooks). Drain off any grease.

  2. Add the green bell pepper, mushrooms (if using), water, broth, and dried pasta. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 5 minutes or (until the pasta is al dente).

  3. While the pasta cooks add one can of tomatoes to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Add the diced and blended tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices to the pot, and mix to combine. 

  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the spaghetti is cooked through and the sauce has thickened.

  5. Stir in Parmesan cheese just before serving. Serve immediately topped with additional grated Parmesan or Parmesan reggiano cheese. 

Servings: 6 


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Pineapple Pretzel Fluff & Weekend Potluck #226

The Recipe with the Most Clicks was
Pineapple Pretzel Fluff  by Living on Cloud Nine

Today is Friday, so you know what that means, it's 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 to share. If you're new to weekend potluck we're so excited you could join us!!! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend now, let's take a quick peek back at last week's favorites.


Recipes that caught our attention
Not your Usual Lasagna by With a Blast

Loaded Baked Potato Salad by Everyday Made Fresh 

 Featured Hostess Recipe 
Creamsicle Fluff by Served up with Love

 Your Hostesses  

The Better Baker - Marsha 
Served Up With Love - Melissa 
Mommy's Kitchen - Tina 

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Shortcut Pani Popo - Sweetend Coconut Buns

Pani Popo is a soft, semi sweet, Samoan coconut bun, baked in a delicious creamy coconut sauce. This shortcut recipe is super simple to make using Rhodes  Frozen Dinner Rolls.  
Today I'm sharing a yummy recipe that has quickly become a family favorite in our house. Ever since I was a kid, I have always loved just about any type of ethnic cuisine. My dad was in the Air Force and we were lucky enough to be stationed on Hickam Air Force Base in Oahu, Hawaii for 10 years! 

Hawaii really was one of the most beautiful places a kid could call home. For me Hawaii was like summertime all year round. Besides the beautiful weather and scenery, Hawaii also has the most delicious food.

Living in Hawaii meant that I was exposed to a variety of different foods, Samoan, Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Polynesian and even Portuguese dishes. I learned to eat so many different dishes and I loved all of them. 

On the weekends, I would go with my dad to all the different island bakeries and get fresh Pan de sal, Portuguese sweet bread, Malasadas, steamed rice cakes, Penuche fudge, Pork Manapuas, red bean buns, coconut custard buns and so much more.

Even though I lived in Hawaii for quite some time, I don't recall ever enjoying Pani Popo, so that needed to change. If you're not familiar with Samoan Pani Popo it's a soft, semi sweet coconut bun, baked in a delicious creamy coconut milk sauce. "Pani" means bun (not bread) and "Popo" means coconut. 

After the Pani Pop buns are finished baking you will see all the sweetened coconut sauce pooled in the bottom of the baking dish. This ooey-gooey custard sauce gives each of these buns a sticky, sweet underside. All I can say is these delicious coconut buns really are a little piece of heaven in a pan. 

Since finding this recipe I've made these buns twice in 2 weeks and my daughter is already asking me to make them again. This Pani Popo recipe is super simple to make using this shortcut recipe that I found on the Rhodes Baking Blog.  

If you would like to bake up these delicious coconut buns, stop by the Rhodes Out of the Oven Blog where I'm guest posting today, and sharing the full recipe and instructions on how to make Shortcut Pani Popo. 



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