Frugal Foodie Mama

Friday, July 22, 2016

Lunchbox Pizza Rollups

These quick & tasty Lunchbox Pizza Rollups are not only kid approved, but they also get the mom seal of approval for being healthy & filling too...
These quick & tasty Lunchbox Pizza Rollups are not only kid approved, but they also get the mom seal of approval for being healthy & filling too.
This delicious recipe was created in partnership with the ADA Mideast. As always, all thoughts & opinions expressed below are 100% my own.
This recipe is also appearing on the Drink-Milk site.

I know it is still July & I am in no way trying to rush summer break here, but school starts back for my son in less than a month, folks. In about 3 weeks to be exact. And my youngest? She is starting Pre-K a week after him. Did I mention that this coming school year will also be my son's senior year of high school? Yep. I am fully prepared to be a hot mess for most of this upcoming school year. I still can't quite wrap my head around the fact that my youngest will be starting school and my oldest will be embarking on his last year of school. Hold me for the next 10 months, k?

While I may not be emotionally and mentally prepared just yet to tackle the 2016/2017 school year, I am already thinking ahead to those school lunches I will be packing up for the kiddos in less than a month. The challenge is to come up with delicious & easy lunch ideas that are not only fun & kid approved, but that also get the mom seal of approval for being healthy & filling. These quick & tasty Lunchbox Pizza Rollups are sure to receive a double thumbs up from both the kiddos and the parents... :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Peach Shinesicles

These 3 ingredient Peach Shinesicles are the perfect frozen boozy treat for summertime...
These 3 ingredient Peach Shinesicles are the perfect frozen boozy treat for summertime.
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With peach season in full swing now, I am always trying to concoct new delicious ways of enjoying one of my favorite summertime fruits. As I was looking through my fridge the other day, I spied a bottle of peach moonshine (not the backwoods stuff, folks) we had picked up a few months ago & the wheels started turning. I have always wanted to try my hand at a boozy popsicle, so I thought why not a peach one?

These Peach Shinesicles literally have just 3 simple ingredients in them- fresh pureed peaches, peach juice, and peach flavored moonshine. Many liquor stores now carry moonshines or cordials cut with moonshine, but if you cannot find a peach flavored shine feel free to use a peach liqueur like Schnapps instead. Or if you happen have a bottle of the homemade stuff laying around, you could totally use that too. ;)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Watermelon Mint Gin Fizz

Your favorite gin comes together perfectly with fresh watermelon, sweet mint, & some bubbly club soda to make this simple & refreshing Watermelon Mint Gin Fizz...
Your favorite gin comes together perfectly with fresh watermelon, sweet mint, & some bubbly club soda to make this simple & refreshing Watermelon Mint Gin Fizz.
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So I made a shocking revelation the other day as I browsing through some of my recipes on my blog looking for watermelon recipes for a collection that a food blogger friend of mine was working on- I didn't have a single recipe using watermelon on my blog! In my 5 years or so of blogging, I have never once posted a watermelon recipe?? Immediately my brain said WHAT?!?! I mean, how could that be? I love, love, love watermelon- especially during the summer months. I set out right away to remedy this food blogging injustice I had inadvertently committed and got to brainstorming. The result? A refreshing, tasty cocktail perfect for summertime! :)

My newest liquor obsession for summer has been gin. I had never really considered myself much of a gin drinker before, but there is just something about it's clean, crisp flavor that lends itself well to refreshing cocktails that are perfect for beating the heat. I paired my favorite gin with fresh watermelon, sweet mint, and some bubbly club soda to make these simple, yet gorgeous Watermelon Mint Gin Fizzes...

Friday, July 15, 2016

20 S'mores Inspired Recipes~ No Campfire Required

From ice cream to breakfast treats to a boozy cocktail, you are sure to find a recipe to satisfy your s'mores addiction in these
20 S'mores Inspired Recipes...
From ice cream to breakfast treats to a boozy cocktail, you are sure to find a recipe to satisfy your s'mores addiction in these 20 S'mores Inspired Recipes.

One of my favorite summertime treats is s'mores. I mean, who doesn't like a good classic s'mores with fire roasted marshmallows & ooey, gooey chocolate? And while I could probably enjoy s'mores every evening of June, July & August (and beyond!), sometimes Mother Nature has other plans in store. Like the strings of thunderstorms & downpours that always seem to happen when we plan to light the fire pit that evening. And sometimes it is just too darn hot! I mean, who wants to sit in front of a roaring fire when temperatures are 80+ degrees and the humidity is at 100%?? Not me. Not even for some tasty s'mores. ;)
And then there are the evenings when we are just too lazy to gather the firewood and get the fire going. 

If you sometimes find yourself in the same spot, then you are going to love today's collection of 20 S'mores Inspired Recipes! Each of these delicious recipes have all the elements of a fireside s'mores that you love, but there is no campfire required to make these. From ice cream to breakfast treats to even a boozy cocktail, you are sure to find a recipe below to satisfy your s'mores addiction... 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Apricot Sriracha Pigs in a Blanket

A childhood favorite gets a sweet & spicy makeover perfect for the adults in these Apricot Sriracha Pigs in a Blanket...
A childhood favorite gets a sweet & spicy makeover perfect for the adults in these Apricot Sriracha Pigs in a Blanket.

Who else loved pigs in a blanket as a kid? I remember squirting out an equal dollop of ketchup and mustard side by side on a plate, and then dipping in each flaky crescent wrapped hot dog making sure to get the perfect ratio of ketchup to mustard with each bite. At almost 40 years old (I am cringing just a tad even typing that), I still love a good pig in a blanket. It is one of those childhood favorites you just never outgrow, but that's not saying that we can't give them a sweet & spicy makeover that even the most discerning of adults can enjoy. ;)

By adding just two simple ingredients- a little apricot preserves and a tad of spicy sriracha sauce, this childhood classic is magically transformed into a party-ready appetizer for the grown-ups. Okay, well maybe there really isn't any magic involved. However, some may argue that sriracha sauce is pretty damn magical in and of itself. ;) 

Whether you are hosting a cocktail party, a little back deck get-together, or a backyard barbecue, these Apricot Sriracha Pigs in a Blanket are a fun and delicious way to start off your shindig...


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Hiking the Maryland Heights Trail

The Maryland Heights Trail, a 4 mile hike just off from the Appalachian Trail, is a challenging hike with rewarding views of Harpers Ferry and the Potomac & Shenandoah Rivers...
The Maryland Heights Trail, a 4 mile hike just off from the Appalachian Trail, is a challenging hike with rewarding views of Harpers Ferry and the Potomac & Shenandoah Rivers.

Since my son & I's visit to Harpers Ferry last fall, we have been talking about hiking the Maryland Heights trail that takes you across the Potomac River and up rocky & steep paths to Overlook Cliff in Maryland. Harpers Ferry in West Virginia is to not only mere minutes from the Maryland and Virginia borders, but it also happens to be at almost the halfway point of the Appalachian Trail that spans 14 states between Maine and Georgia.

We are about a 3 1/2 hour drive from Harpers Ferry, so my son & I decided to drive in the day before our hike and stay overnight at a local bed & breakfast on the hillside just above Lower Town. The photo below was taken on the deck of the B&B right before my son & I left on our trek. Our destination? The cliff you see above and just to the right of my head... 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Cherry Limeade Mojito Floats

Meet your new go-to cocktail for summertime! Refreshing lime, fresh mint, & sweet cherry come together perfectly in these frosty Cherry Limeade Mojito Floats... 
Meet your new go-to cocktail for summertime! Refreshing lime, fresh mint, & sweet cherry come together perfectly in these frosty Cherry Limeade Mojito Floats.

When it comes to summertime, my cocktail of our choice is a crisp & refreshing mojito. I love the muddle of fresh lime and mint added to a little rum and finished off with some bubbly club soda. So when I saw this set of 4 Mojito glasses at my local thrift store for a whopping 50 cents a piece, I snatched them right up! ;) I mean, I have more cocktail and wine glasses than I know what to do with in my cupboard, but seriously. How could I resist these, folks? It was just fate that my mojito-loving self stumbled upon these a few weeks ago. Who am I to deny fate?

And while I can always go for a classic mojito, I thought my new thrift store find deserved something a little more celebratory. Something a little more summer festive, and what says summer has officially arrived better than a frosty float, right? :) I kept all the elements of a classic mojito with these Cherry Limeade Mojito Floats, but I added something a little extra to it- a scoop of cherry sorbet!