Frugal Foodie Mama

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The 15 Best Christmas Advent Calendars for Kids on Amazon

From the LEGO enthusiast to the creative & crafty one to the Disney obsessed kiddo, there is a fun advent calendar for every child in your family in this collection of the 15 Best Christmas Advent Calendars for Kids on Amazon...
From the LEGO enthusiast to the creative & crafty one to the Disney obsessed kiddo, there is a fun advent calendar for every child in your family in this collection of the 15 Best Christmas Advent Calendars for Kids on Amazon.
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It is inevitable that the second the first day of December has arrived that my youngest will incessantly ask me each & every morning this very same question- "Mommy, how many more days until Christmas?". Can I get a show of hands from all the parents out there who go through this very same thing each & every December? But I have the perfect solution for you all, my friends- get them an advent calendar! :)

Advent calendars are the perfect way for your kiddos to visualize the countdown to Christmas on their own, plus they get a little bonus treat each day leading up to the 25th. And for us parents, it is fun to get to see their excitement build each day as they open another door of their advent calendar & move one step closer to the big day. Bonus? They don't ask us "the question" every morning either!

Now I know some of you all may be scratching your heads right now & wondering why I am sharing a list of kid friendly advent calendars in October. I mean, we haven't even did the whole Halloween thing yet, right? But let me tell you my reasons for sharing these all with you now- November will be here before we know it, & these things start to sell out, get put on back order, & the prices may go up as well. So save yourself the headaches & stress (& the possibility of starting the calendar late because of a back ordered item), and snag one of these for each kiddo in your family now! Seriously you all, don't wait. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

13 Essentials for Your Halloween Cocktail Party

Each of these 13 Essentials for Your Halloween Cocktail Party come in at under $20, & they are all available via Amazon Prime!
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So let's talk Friday the 13th for a moment, shall we? Do you all buy into the hype that it is supposedly one of the unluckiest days of the entire year? Are you extra cautious- avoiding black cats crossing your path & tossing a little salt over your shoulder if you happen to spill some? Or do you think it is all just a bunch of superstitious hoopla & go about your day as usual? 

Regardless of where you happen to stand when it comes to Friday the 13th, today is definitely your lucky day if you have been tossing around the idea of hosting a cocktail party to celebrate Halloween later this month. ;) Why? Because I did all the hard work for you all & rounded up 13 (See? Not unlucky!) of the best deals on Halloween cocktail party essentials on Amazon!

Each of these ghoulish & creepy cocktail party must-haves come in at under $20 (with most being under $15!), & they are all available via Amazon Prime (can I get a woot-woot for free 2 day shipping?)...

Monday, October 9, 2017

Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt Pancakes

 Enjoy all the deliciousness of a slice pumpkin pie for breakfast minus the guilt with these healthier Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt Pancakes...
Enjoy all the deliciousness of a slice pumpkin pie for breakfast minus the guilt with these healthier Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt Pancakes.

When it comes to the flavors of fall, pumpkin is by far my favorite. Now, don't get me wrong. I also happen to love all the apple things & chai spiced goodies (especially when those chai spices happen to be paired with pumpkin ;) ), but pumpkin has always held a special place in my heart. 

While I do love a good pumpkin donut or ice cream, classic pumpkin pie has always been my favorite pumpkin treat. Nothing fancy- just a creamy pumpkin filling nestle inside a homemade pie crust topped with a dollop of whipped cream. 

I could probably eat a slice of pumpkin pie everyday during fall, but I don't think that my waistline would be very pleased with that choice. Luckily, I have come up with a way I can enjoy all the deliciousness of a slice pumpkin pie for breakfast, but still keep it on the healthier side with these Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt Pancakes...

Monday, October 2, 2017

Easy Pizza Kabobs

Bite-sized pieces of crispy cheese & pepperoni pizza are skewered with your favorite pizza toppings in these Easy Pizza Kabobs... perfect for game day entertaining!
Bite-sized pieces of crispy cheese & pepperoni pizza are skewered with your favorite pizza toppings in these Easy Pizza Kabobs... perfect for game day entertaining!

This post is sponsored by Red Baron Pizza and The Women's Blogger Network. As always, all opinions & thoughts expressed below are 100% my own.

When it comes to game day entertaining, I like to keep things simple & fun. I start some chili or a dip in the slow cooker, throw together a cheese & meat board, & I usually try to come up with some kind of self-serve/DIY dish that my football party guests will love. Fun, self-serve game day recipes happen to be some of my favorites because it means very little prep work on my part and more time out of the kitchen & in front of the TV watching the game for me. ;)

This easy game day recipe I am sharing with you all today is a fun twist on one of everybody's favorite football foods- pizza! Bite-sized pieces of crispy cheese & pepperoni pizza are skewered with your favorite pizza toppings in these Easy Pizza Kabobs...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Where to Eat & Drink in Fort Wayne, Indiana

From ice cream stuffed donuts to pizza by the slice to locally brewed beer, here is Where to Eat & Drink in Fort Wayne, Indiana... 
From ice cream stuffed donuts to pizza by the slice to locally brewed beer, here is Where to Eat & Drink in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
This post was created in partnership with Visit Fort Wayne. As always, all opinions & thoughts expressed below are 100% my own.

When my family & I visited Fort Wayne, Indiana this past summer, I wasn't sure what to expect from this Midwestern city. It hadn't necessarily been a destination that had been on our radar for a family getaway. After spending 3 days there exploring the sites & the local food scene, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that Fort Wayne was a pleasant surprise- definitely a family friendly destination that far exceeded my expectations. 

Even though there is much to do in and around the city (think baseball games, art museums, science centers, zoos, kayaking, & more), I was most excited to discover & dig into the some of the best local food & booze that the city had to offer. And Fort Wayne certainly did not disappoint, folks! ;) 

We got to experience a true taste of Fort Wayne during our 3 day stay in the city. From kid friendly to pizza by the slice to decadent sweet treats, Fort Wayne's local food scene ended up being way more diverse & delicious than I could have ever possibly imagined prior to our a little family road trip to the Midwest.

Friday, September 22, 2017

12 Touchdown Scoring Dessert Recipes

Score a touchdown at that next tailgate or game day party with these 12 football themed dessert recipes...
Score a touchdown at that next tailgate or game day party with these 12 football themed dessert recipes.

My most favorite time of the year is officially here, folks! Fall has arrived, the leaves are starting to turn, & college football season is in full swing. The start of college football season also means plenty of tailgating & game day parties on the weekends. And what is a tailgate or football party without the food- am I right? ;)

Can I get a woot-woot from all of you out there who only watch the game for the food & the beer? (Woot-wooting over here! ;) )

I know that most of us have it covered when it comes to the savory stuff. Nachos, buffalo wings, & pizza are usually staples on any respectable game day menu. But what about the sweet treats to celebrate that win or to ease the blow of a big loss? No worries because I have got you covered with these 12 touchdown scoring dessert recipes that I sharing with you all today! :) Each & every one of the sweet treat recipes below are either football shaped or football themed making them the perfect addition to your next game day spread...

Monday, September 18, 2017

Slow Cooker Chicken & Veggie Soup

Enjoy your favorite flavors of late summer in this comforting & nourishing soup that is perfect for fall...
Enjoy your favorite flavors of late summer in this comforting & nourishing soup that is perfect for fall.

As you all may recall from the recipe I shared for my Italian Steak Sandwiches with Roasted Vegetable Tapenade last month, I am on a mission this outdoor farmers market season to show you all how you can create a delicious recipe 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. 

For the month of September, I am sharing the recipe for this comforting & nourishing Slow Cooker Chicken & Veggie Soup with you all. This soup is the perfect dinner idea for making the transition from late summer to early fall with. It fully takes advantage of the late summer veggies that are still in season like sweet corn, okra, & fresh basil. But this soup is so cozy and satisfying that it will have you wishing for crisp fall days.