Frugal Foodie Mama

Monday, November 20, 2017

15 Foodie Gifts for the Star Wars Fan

Whether you are a huge Star Wars fan yourself or you happen to have one on your holiday gift list this year, you are going to love this collection of 15 Foodie Gifts for the Star Wars Fan...
Whether you are a huge Star Wars fan yourself or you happen to have one on your holiday gift list this year, you are going to love this collection of 15 foodie gifts for the Star Wars fan.
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Who else is excited as I am for the release of The Last Jedi next month?
Having been born in the late 70's, I grew up watching the Star Wars trilogy. The heroic tales of Princess Leia, Luke, Han Solo, & Chewbacca were intertwined throughout my childhood. 

In the late 90's, the Star Wars trilogy was revisited & remastered and I anxiously awaited the release of each one at the movie theaters. Then in the mid-2000's came the prequels. We finally had the back story of Luke & Leia's parents. We found out how Darth Vader came to be. It was revealed just why Obi-Wan & Yoda went into seclusion. And we also got a few things that we didn't bargain for or ask for (ahem.. Jar Jar Binks, lol). 

Fast forward to 2015, and we now have a whole new generation being introduced to the magic of Star Wars. I took my daughter to the theater to see both The Force Awakens & Rogue One, and we are already making plans to see The Last Jedi in a few weeks. 

Whether you are a huge Star Wars fan like myself or you happen to have one on your holiday gift list this year, you are going to love this collection of 15 foodie gifts for the Star Wars fan! I mean, what hard core Star Wars fan & foodie isn't going to love a pair of light saber chopsticks or Death Star shaped waffles?? ;)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Pumpkin Ginger Shandy

This quick and easy two ingredient Pumpkin Ginger Shandy is the perfect cocktail for fall or Thanksgiving entertaining...
This quick and easy two ingredient Pumpkin Ginger Shandy is the perfect cocktail for fall or Thanksgiving entertaining.

When it comes to Thanksgiving entertaining, I am all about keeping things easy. I have hosted dinner for my family almost every year for the past five years, so I definitely have a system down by now that keeps my Thanksgiving morning running smoothly and virtually stress free. 

The house is cleaned top to bottom by the whole family the day or two before Thanksgiving. Pies get baked the day before. I break out both of my slow cookers to prepare side dishes so I can keep the oven free for the real star of the Thanksgiving dinner table. 

The only thing I really have to worry about the day of the big dinner is roasting the turkey. Keeping our annual family Thanksgiving dinners fuss free and simple makes the turkey day more enjoyable for not only the guests, but for the dinner hostess as well. ;) Even the cocktail I will be serving to my dinner guests this year will be quick and easy, requiring only two simple ingredients to make!

Friday, November 3, 2017

25 Cozy Chai Spiced Recipes for Fall

Enjoy the warm & comforting blend of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, & cloves in these 25 Cozy Chai Spiced Recipes for Fall...
Enjoy the warm & comforting blend of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, & cloves in these 25 Cozy Chai Spiced Recipes for Fall.

I know that when most of you all think of chai spices that you automatically think of lattes, but this warm & toasty blend of spices is absolutely amazing in some of your favorite fall recipes as well. Chai spices make the perfect addition to soft & fluffy cinnamon rolls, warm & cozy cocktails, perfectly spiced desserts, and so much more. The spicy & comforting blend of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, & a touch of black pepper complements your favorite flavors of fall (think apple, pumpkin, pears, even chocolate) perfectly.

Each & every fall, I whip up a jar of my DIY Chai Spice Mix & use it in place of just plain ole cinnamon for the entire season. I sprinkle it over toast with butter & a little sugar. I add a teaspoon of it into pancake & waffle batter. I stir a little bit of it into into my morning oatmeal. This warm blend of spices instantly gives everything a tasty fall makeover. This DIY spice blend will also work perfectly in each of these 25 cozy chai spiced recipes for fall that I am sharing with you all today. :)

From breakfast to dessert to happy hour, I got you covered with the most cozy & comforting chai spiced recipes to enjoy all throughout fall & the holidays...

Monday, October 30, 2017

Apple Chai Mug Cakes for Two

Brimming with chunks of fresh apple & warm chai spices, these Apple Chai Mug Cakes for Two are ready in less than 10 minutes...
Brimming with chunks of fresh apple & warm chai spices, these Apple Chai Mug Cakes for Two are ready in less than 10 minutes.

Have I ever mentioned to you all that fall happens to be my favorite season of the year? (I am pretty sure you guys have probably heard about my love of all things autumn at least a hundred times since I started this blog, but humor me, okay? ;) ) One of my favorite fall family traditions is our annual pilgrimage to a farm/apple orchard/pumpkin patch in Pennsylvania to go apple & pumpkin picking. We have been going to this very same farm each October for 6 years now. In fact, my daughter's first visit there is while she was still in utero. 

Flash forward 6 years later to the weekend before last when we once again visited our favorite farm to go apple picking. Except this time my sweet daughter happens to be smack dab in the middle of the Ferocious Fives. I am not even sure that the ferocious fives is technically a thing, but let me tell you all that my husband & I experienced the full brunt of it's wrath a couple of Sundays ago. And if it isn't already a thing, it totally should be. 

I won't get into all of the sordid details, but let's just say that we ended up leaving after only being there for an hour with my daughter screaming bloody murder the whole way back to the car. Did I mention that this farm is an hour & a half drive away? Yep.

Friday, October 27, 2017

3 Easy Steps to a Crowd-Pleasing Homegating Platter

Whip up a snack platter that is sure to score a touchdown at your next game day get-together with these 3 Easy Steps to a Crowd-Pleasing Homegating Platter...
Whip up a snack platter that is sure to score a touchdown at your next game day get-together with these 3 Easy Steps to a Crowd-Pleasing Homegating Platter.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.


When it comes to game day snacking & entertaining, I go for easy & fuss-free every single time. I never want to be the hostess that is stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is enjoying the big game. I mean, what fun is that anyways? ;)

One of my favorite homegating dishes to throw together for a football party is an easy, yet crowd-pleasing platter. A tasty snack platter almost always serves as the star & the centerpiece of my game day spread. Once I have the platter made & ready to go, I can easily build the snack table from there with all the goodies that my party guests bring.  

Building the perfect homegating snack platter doesn't have to be complicated or time consuming. In fact, you can whip up a platter that is sure to score a touchdown at your next game day get-together in just 3 easy steps...

Friday, October 20, 2017

Charlottesville, Virginia: The Perfect Couples Getaway for Foodies

Breweries, wineries, & a growing local food scene in the picturesque foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains makes the historical city of Charlottesville, VA the perfect destination for a foodie couples getaway... 
Breweries, wineries, & a growing local food scene in the picturesque foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains makes the historical city of Charlottesville, VA the perfect destination for a foodie couples getaway.
This post was created in partnership with Visit Charlottesville. As always, all opinions & thoughts expressed below are 100% my own.

Even though my husband & I love to take trips with the kiddos to explore new destinations, every once in a while we like to get away- just the two of us. We try to sneak in a couples getaway at least 2-3 times a year. These one-on-one trips don't have to be far away or even lengthy. Sometimes a 3-4 hour road trip with a few days to explore a new (or long time favorite) city on our own is all that we need. 

When Visit Charlottesville reached out to me about coming to visit their city & the surrounding Ablemarle County for a few days with just my husband, we jumped at the chance. The Charlottesville area of Virginia had been on our travel list for well over a year now. We were drawn to the history of the area (hello, Thomas Jefferson's breathtaking estate is located there!) as well as to the city's culinary scene & the growing number of wineries & breweries popping up all throughout the 700 acre county.

During our 3 day visit to Charlottesville, we discovered that the local food & drink scene permeates just about every area & place that you visit in the city and in the surrounding Albemarle County. Even the two historical sites we visited had a foodie focus to them...

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.