Frugal Foodie Mama

Monday, September 29, 2014

7 DIY Budget Friendly Home Decor Accents

7 DIY Budget Friendly Home Decor Accents via #HavertysRefresh
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We may be a family on a budget, but we are also a family who knows the value of good quality... especially when it comes to pieces of furniture for the home.
I mean, let's be honest. Home furnishings is definitely one area of the home that you do not want to sacrifice quality for in order to save a few bucks. A good piece of furniture can last a lifetime and beyond as it is handed down from one generation to the next! :)
A good, quality piece of furniture has the potential to become a family heirloom, and you cannot put a price tag on that.

But when you are a family who happens to be on a budget, you do have to find ways to save money elsewhere in order to free up your home decor budget for those important quality furniture pieces. That is why I searched the web and found 7 of the best DIY budget friendly home decor accents for you all. Most of these do not require a crazy amount of "expert" DIY skills (which is a relief for this craft/DIY challenged mama here!). And most of these can be done for around $30 or less, freeing up more of your home improvement budget for beautiful furnishings like those you can find at Havertys! :) And I happened to match each of these little hands-on decor projects with some of my favorite furniture pieces from Havertys...

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chunk Snickerdoodles

Soft, pillowy cookies with a hint of sweet pumpkin & chunks of dark chocolate are baked within a sugary spiced crust in these Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chunk Snickerdoodles...
Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chunk Snickerdoodles via - Soft, pillowy cookies with a hint of sweet pumpkin & chunks of dark chocolate are baked within a sugary spiced crust
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Once upon a time, I turned my nose up at the thought of pairing pumpkin with chocolate. Typically I live by the cardinal rule of "don't knock it until you have tried it" when it comes to food and recipes, but I just knew I would absolutely not like pumpkin and chocolate together...
That is until I finally tried it. ;)
And from that first taste, I was hooked, my friends.

Come November I will be attending my very first in-person food blogger conference, Mixed. I went with a smaller, more intimate gathering for my first blogger conference so as not to overwhelm me and send my anxiety into high gear. (Plus, I am slightly stoked that the conference is being held at the same resort that many scenes of Dirty Dancing were filmed at. Yes, I am a child of the 80's. ;) )
I am sure some of you all are wondering what in the world a food blogger conference and my new found love for pumpkin and chocolate have to do with each other, right? Well, the good folks at Dixie Crystals are not only one of the many amazing sponsors of Mixed this year, but they are also hosting a pre-conference baking contest for the attendees! And three of us will earn a free ticket to Mixed. You all know that I just had to enter. ;)

My entry are these perfect for fall, amazingly delicious Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chunk Snickerdoodles...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Family Friendly Fun in Columbus, Ohio

Plan a trip to the family friendly city of the Midwest with my guide to Family Friendly Fun in Columbus, Ohio...

Family Friendly Fun in Columbus, Ohio via #familytravel
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As some of you who have been following me a while may already know, I was once a very content resident of the city of Columbus, Ohio.  In fact, my son and I lived there for over 8 years until we moved back to our hometown in 2010.  Columbus is a bigger city with a small town feel to it.  I fell in love with the city, all it had to offer, and made lasting friendships that draw me back there to visit at least a couple of times each year. 
Whenever we do visit we usually spend 2-3 days there, but with all that the city of Columbus has to offer we could easily spend an entire week.

If you have always wanted to check out Columbus with the family or are planning a trip there soon, then let me share with you a few of our favorites from our most recent trip to the capitol of Buckeye nation to help you plan...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Latte Layer Cake

A big thank you to the folks at LorAnn Oils for providing me with high quality ingredients that helped make this moist, slightly buttery, & perfectly spiced Pumpkin Spice Latter Layer Cake possible. All opinions expressed below are my own...
Pumpkin Spice Latte Layer Cake via - your favorite fall coffee drink in a moist, decadent cake form!
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Although I am a huge fan of both pumpkin and coffee, one thing that I am not a big fan of is the ever popular pumpkin spice lattes that start popping up on the menus of coffee shops all over the country this time of year.  Maybe I am in the minority & maybe I am just weird, but I have tried them more than once & I don't get the hoopla. But before you all start forming a mob to burn me at the stake, one thing that I do love and can't enough enough of are any and all desserts inspired by the popular fall must-have coffee drink.  This moist & decadent Pumpkin Spice Latte Layer Cake is a prime example of my pumpkin/coffee dessert obsession this time of the year. ;)

This cake is amazing, you all. Fan of the PSL or not, this may become your new favorite sweet treat for fall...

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Angel Food Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

I hope you all are ready for everything pumpkin because I am not holding back with this simple, yet delicious Pumpkin Pie Angel Food Cake...
Pumpkin Pie Angel Food Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting via for Real Housemoms
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I know today is technically the start of the last weekend of this summer, but honestly? I have been ready for all the pumpkin things since like.... last month.  I broke out the cans of pumpkin puree around mid-August and started whipping up some perfectly pumpkin recipes for you all.  First up? These airy, yet moist Pumpkin Pie Angel Food Cake with a Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting...

Friday, September 19, 2014

Blueberry Zucchini Cream Cheese Muffins

These moist and flavorful Blueberry Zucchini Cream Cheese Muffins are not only the perfectly tasty way to use up that end-of-season zucchini, but they are also the perfect way to celebrate the last official weekend of this summer... 
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This is it folks. These Blueberry Zucchini Cream Cheese Muffins are my very last ode to summer 2014.  Fall will officially be here in just 4 short days.  And while I know everyone has pumpkin and apples on the brain already (don't worry... plenty of fall yummy recipes are on their way here very soon, folks!), I also know that everyone is still picking those end-of-season zucchinis from their gardens and snatching them up at super cheap prices at their local farmers markets and grocery stores.

Not only are these moist, tasty muffins the perfect way to use to up that fresh zucchini, they also happen to be a lightened up version of one of the all-time most popular recipes on this blog, my Blueberry Lemon Cream Cheese Muffins.  Plus, this is another one of my infamous hidden veggie recipes. ;) And you all know how much I just love hiding veggies in my recipes from my husband and son...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

30 Game Day-Approved Slow Cooker Recipes

Don't miss a single play of the game this weekend with these fix-it & forget-it 30 Game Day-Approved Slow Cooker Recipes...
30 Game Day-Approved Slow Cooker Recipes via - from appetizers to chilis to sandwich fixings & more!
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With college and NFL football season in full swing now, I am always on the lookout for delicious recipes perfect for game day.  But while some of us are only in it for the food, there are still others of us who would like to make tasty treats to serve their guests at their next football party or tailgate while still be able to catch just about every single play of the game. ;)  That is where your slow cooker can become your best friend, folks.

I searched all of my favorite food blogs for the tastiest fix-it & forget-it slow cooker game day grub recipes just so I could share them with you all! :) From chili's to bite-sized appetizers to perfect slow-cooked meats for sandwiches, you are sure to find a recipe here that will soon become your new go-to, must-make for every football weekend.