Frugal Foodie Mama

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Farmers Market Frittata

This hearty Farmers Market Frittata is brimming with locally raised pork sausage, bell pepper, & fresh rainbow chard...
This hearty Farmers Market Frittata is brimming with locally raised pork sausage, bell pepper, & fresh rainbow chard.
This recipe first appeared on Bridgeport Farmers Market's Let's Get Fresh blog.

One of my favorite times of the year is the outdoor farmers market season here in my hometown. From the end of May through mid-fall, I can visit the local market each Sunday and stock up on freshly picked vegetables and pasture raised eggs & meats. 

And I just so happen to be on a mission this outdoor farmers market season to show you all how you can create a delicious meal purchasing only locally grown & raised produce and meats at your local farmers market this summer. Each month I will be sharing a recipe here to the blog inspired by and featuring some of my own personal favorite fresh & local finds from my local market. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

10 Weekend Brunch-worthy Cocktails

Raise a glass to the weekend with one of these 10 Weekend Brunch-worthy Cocktails...
Raise a glass to the weekend with one of these 10 Weekend Brunch-worthy Cocktails. From tasty twists on the classics to unique concoctions that are sure to kick you out of that brunch cocktail rut!

If you ask me, the weekends were just made for brunching. For starters, you don't have to get up early to enjoy brunch. You can sleep in AND still get to enjoy the best of breakfast & lunch. And when I think of a weekend brunch, I also picture inviting a few friends over and sharing plates of bacon, pancakes, & made to order omelettes. In fact, there is nothing I love more than preparing a tasty brunch spread at home on a Saturday or Sunday morning and kicking back with a brunch-worthy cocktail.

I know that when most of us think of brunchy cocktails that Bloody Marys & mimosas usually come to mind. And while I have definitely included a few unique twists on both of these classic libations in this collection of weekend brunch-worthy cocktails, there are also a few boozy concoctions featured below that are sure to kick you out of that brunch cocktail rut. It isn't all about the vodka & champagne, folks! Tequila, gin, Kahlua, & even beer are the stars of some of the tasty cocktail recipes you will find below. 

Ready to get your brunch on this weekend? ;) Let's get you started with this collection of 10 Weekend Brunch-worthy Cocktails... 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

French Onion Roasted Potato Salad

Your backyard BBQ guests will love this lightened up & flavor packed French Onion Roasted Potato Salad...
Your backyard BBQ guests will love this lightened up & flavor packed French Onion Roasted Potato Salad.
This delicious recipe was created in partnership with the ADA Mideast. As always, all thoughts & opinions expressed below are 100% my own.

It always seems like Memorial Day weekend is the weekend that officially kicks off summertime. It is the start of BBQ season. The first long holiday weekend of summer. The beginning of summer break from school for many of the kiddos. The first weekend that the local pool is open for the summer season. It also marks the start of summertime entertaining season for me.

The husband & I love to have family and friends over for a cookout or to celebrate summer holidays. We fire up the grill, break out the cornhole set, and prep the fire pit for s'mores making once the sun goes down. My husband often grills burgers & hot dogs or smokes baby back ribs to perfection in his smoker. And I am always in charge of the side dishes for our little summertime get-togethers. ;)

We almost always serve a traditional mayo based potato salad at our BBQ's, but I decided to change it up for the cookout we hosted for my son's high school graduation over the weekend. I lightened up our usual potato salad with a little Greek yogurt, but amped up the flavor by oven roasting the potatoes instead of boiling them & mixing in a packet of onion soup mix...

Friday, May 19, 2017

10 Disney Trip Must-Haves for Kids

Planning a family vacation to Disney World soon? Then you will definitely want to check out this collection of 10 Disney Trip Must-Haves for Kids...
Planning a family vacation to Disney World soon? Then you will definitely want to check out this collection of 10 Disney Trip Must-Haves for Kids.
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Can you all believe that summer break is already here? My youngest just graduated from Pre-K this week, and my oldest will be walking across the stage to receive his high school diploma next weekend. Both of the kiddos are out of school for the summer, and we are looking ahead to lazy days by the pool and of course, a couple of family vacations. One possible trip that is currently on our radar is a Walt Disney World vacation. We are still looking at dates and crunching the numbers, but we might be taking our daughter to Disney for the first time some time this July (fingers crossed we can make it work!). 

With Disney on the brain as we chat about the details with our favorite Pixie & Pirate Destinations travel agent, I have found myself browsing Amazon lately looking for the must-haves that I have to buy before our daughter's first trip to Disney. After adding a few to my wish list, I thought why not share some of my favorite Disney finds with you all? ;) Be sure to scroll down once you have finished checking out my list of 10 Disney Trip Must-Haves for Kids, & get entered to win an incredible Disney luggage giveaway...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Slow Cooker Soup Beans & Ham

Not only is this Slow Cooker Soup Beans & Ham recipe super flavorful & simple to make, but it also happens to be budget friendly as well... 
Not only is this Slow Cooker Soup Beans & Ham recipe super flavorful & simple to make, but it also happens to be budget friendly as well.

Let me introduce you all to the only way I can get my husband to eat beans- this Slow Cooker Soup Beans & Ham recipe I am sharing with you all today. As long as I serve it alongside a slice of fresh baked cornbread, he dives right in. But beans in chili? Nope. He picks them out. A three bean salad at a backyard BBQ? The man won't go near it. Refried beans at our favorite Mexican restaurant? It's never going to happen. But somehow homemade soup beans & cornbread is a whole other ball game for him. 

Maybe it is the nostalgia factor. I think most of us (at least most of here in West Virginia) grew up eating some variation of soup beans. In fact, many local diners and family owned restaurants around here often have a daily special of soup beans & cornbread on their menu board. 

And yes, I do think that the cornbread is essential, folks. I am not saying that you can't be perfectly content with a bowl of these soup beans and ham on their own, but the sweet cornbread just pairs so well with the creamy beans and the saltiness of the ham. It is definitely worth the extra 30 minutes or so to bake up a little homemade cornbread. This Cast Iron Skillet Corn Bread recipe happens to be one of my personal favorites... :)

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Mexican Martini

The Mexican Martini is a kicked up version of your traditional margarita with a little extra booze & the perfect balance of sweet & salty...
The Mexican Martini is a kicked up version of your traditional margarita with a little extra booze & the perfect balance of sweet & salty.

Whew! I am getting this recipe up on the blog just in time for your all's Cinco de Mayo celebrations later today and this weekend. Talk about cutting it close, but I pulled through for you all. ;) Now I know some of you all are already scratching your heads wondering just what in the world is a Mexican Martini. Let me enlighten you all for second or two. 

I had my first sip of a Mexican Martini when I traveled to Austin, Texas last month for a food blogger conference. The first night of our stay at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Downtown Austin, the conference attendees were treated to a tasting menu from the hotel's in-house restaurant, @SOCO Bars + Bites. As we munched on BBQ rubbed pork belly & gazpacho shooters, servers walked around with trays offering us some of the bar's signature cocktails. The cocktail I happened to fall hard for was their version of the Mexican Martini. Of course, I only wish I had known what a boozy kick that they packed before I drank three of them (yes, three of them). Let's just say that the first morning of the conference was just a little rough for me... ;)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Antipasto Bloody Mary

Inspired by a favorite Italian appetizer, this Antipasto Bloody Mary is a tasty twist on the classic brunch cocktail...
Inspired by a favorite Italian appetizer, this Antipasto Bloody Mary is a tasty twist on the classic brunch cocktail.
This post was created in partnership with Drizly as part of their Top Shelf Blogger program. All opinions expressed below are 100% my own.

When it comes to weekend brunches, I am a Bloody Mary gal all the way. Sure, I can sip on a mimosa or a screwdriver, but you put a Bloody Mary bar in front me and I am in heaven. I think that Bloody Mary bars have to be like the best ever addition to a brunch menu- am I right? While the bartender shakes up your Bloody Mary to your spice & heat preference, you can peruse all the delicious ways that you can top your cocktail. From the traditional olives & celery stalks, to thick cut bacon slices, pickles, cocktail onions, and more, you can create a cocktail and a snack all in one. And if you ask me those are the best Bloody Marys- the ones that come with a built-in snack. ;)

This Antipasto Bloody Mary recipe that I am sharing with you all today is inspired by my love for Bloody Mary bars and after one of my favorite Italian appetizers, an antipasto platter. Traditional antipasto platters are the Italian version of a charcuterie board. They are usually brimming with hard cured Italian meats like salami, pepperoni, & proscuitto, olives, various peppers, and fresh mozzarella. With this Antipasto Bloody Mary, you get the cocktail with a bonus personal sized antipasto snack skewered right on top....