Spotlight Saturday – Sonya from Parga's Junkyard!

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Hi There! My name is Sonya Parga and I am the owner/writer for the blogsite Pargas Junkyard!   The title “Pargas Junkyard” is actually one I borrowed from my father in law’s junkyard which he owned in Southern California many years ago.  Parga’s Junkyard covers various parts of life as it relates to myself, my family and my faith.  Throughout my life I have worn many hats. I have been a daughter, sister, mother, wife, grandmother, teacher, cook, chauffeur, coach, banker,  housekeeper, cook, laundress, gardener, designer, …….I could go on and on!  I worked for many years as a Registered Nurse in ER’s and ICU’s until  being diagnosed with Auto-Immune Rheumatoid Arthritis and it became clearthat I needed to retire!  I originally started my blog in April of 2011 just for fun and for ‘something to do’.  However, over the past year, Parga’s Junkyard has evolved into a way to share not only tidbits about my family and my favorite recipe’s but also has become a way to share about budgeting, couponing, and living life on a shoestring.  AtParga’s Junkyard I try to pass on some of the secrets I have learned over the years on how to take your life from just being a little frugal to living large! It is not how much money you make or how much you have in the bank, it is all in how you use (and how you spend) what you have!  I love seeing how far I can make my money go! Don’t you just love it when you have something left at the end of the week? 

What do you do when you have leftovers? A few days ago we had some leftover pork shoulder blade and I wanted to do something other than the usual with it. This is an easy thing to do…. but you can’t have just the main dish, you have to serve a secondary dish too so this time I made my Homemade Potato Salad to go along with our Bar-B-Q Pork Sandwiches! Here are my recipe’s and I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!


Leftover Bar-B-Q Pork Sandwiches

1. Plug Crock-Pot In.

2. Remove any bones from leftover Pork and place pork into Crock-Pot.

3. Add Any Bar-B-Q Sauce of your choice to cover the Pork.

4. Let cook on High til tender and you can shred the pork easily with a fork.

5. Pile the shredded Pork on a hamburger bun and enjoy!


Homemade Potato Salad

All Ingredients are variable in this recipe….

  • Potato’s – (peeled, diced and boiled about 20min til cooked) I used about 10 this time
  • Hard Boiled Eggs (I use around 6)
  • Miracle Whip – amount varies due to amt of potatoes, etc… but I used about 1 1?2 to 1 3?4 cup this time (can use regular mayonnaise but if you do you will need to add a tsp or two of sugar to make up for the taste difference)
  • Mustard – approx. 2 Tablespoons
  • Bar-B-Q Sauce – approx. 2-3 Tablespoons
  • Seasoned Salt (use to taste)
  • Pepper (use to taste)
  • Celery Flakes – approx. 1 1?2 Tablespoon (You can dice up regular celery instead and use about 3/4cup but I don’t like it that way myself)
  • Diced Onions (optional) 1?2 medium onion
  • Sweet Pickle Relish – approx. 3/4 cup
  • Cajun Seasoning – 1 teaspoon

Mix all ingredients until well blended. Place in covered container and keep in refridgerator. Usually tastes better after allowed to sit for a few hours in the fridge and is always even better the second day!



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  1. Thanks for sharing, I love this type of meal on a nice summer day! Thank you for the potato salad recipe.

  2. This sounds yummy, I am starting to use my crock pot alot more. I’m going to try this the next time I have pork left. I don’t use the crock pot much other then pot roast, I’m pretty new to using it even though I’ve had it for years, lol. Thank You for sharing.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by! This week I’ll post some crock pot recipes just for you! 🙂

  3. Wow you have worn many hats. I bet it was exciting in the ER.

  4. I just got back from a BBQ and you still have my mouth watering! Will have to try the first recipe with the chicken in my fridge. Yummy! Can’t wait for all the crock pot recipes too!

    Warmest regards,

  5. I am always stuck with what to do with leftover pork. I am going to have to give this a try!!

  6. Leftovers are never wasted to me, I always tend to search for a recipe that would utilize the food that has been left. This is a good idea, thanks for sharing!


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