Frugal Foodie Mama

Friday, April 29, 2016

Easy Nonpareil Kettle Corn

This Easy Nonpareil Kettle Corn combines two movie time favorites into one sweet & salty (& practically guilt-free!) treat...
This Easy Nonpareil Kettle Corn combines two movie time favorites into one sweet & salty (& practically guilt-free!) treat.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Weight Watchers®. The opinions and texts are all mine. 



I have chatted with you all a little before about how I am trying to make healthier swaps happen here and there on the daily lately. With the weather warming up, there is no denying that shorts and swimsuit season is bearing down on us all, right? But one thing that I have learned over the years when trying to eat healthier and better is that denying my cravings completely is just a recipe for disaster. Why? Because I end up binge snacking, and that is slightly counterproductive with my summertime goals, you know? ;) So instead of denying my cravings, I choose to go ahead and indulge them. But in more guilt-free ways. Like this Easy Nonpareil Kettle Corn recipe that I am sharing with you all today. 

My biggest guilty pleasure when going to the movie theater is to sit down with a bag of buttery popcorn and a box of nonpareils (aka, Snow Caps) and enjoy them together by the handful. I just love the sweet & salty combo! Thanks to Weight Watchers® Endorsed Jolly Time Healthy Pop microwave Kettle Corn I have found a way to enjoy my favorite movie time treat minus much of the guilt (and the extra calories and butter). You too can whip up this Easy Nonpareil Kettle Corn in less than 5 minutes using only 4 simple ingredients...

Monday, April 25, 2016

5 Unique Things to Do In & Around Harpers Ferry

Get off the beaten path and do something a little different during your visit with these 5 Unique Things to Do In & Around Harpers Ferry
And bonus? Most of these are free to do!
Get off the beaten path and do something a little different during your visit with these 5 Unique Things to Do In & Around Harpers Ferry. And bonus? Most of these are free to do!

The first time I visited Harpers Ferry, West Virginia was in May 2011. My husband & I had just got married, and we decided that a weekend getaway to this quaint, historical town would make the perfect little honeymoon. From our very first visit there almost 5 years ago, I think it is safe to say that I fell in love with the town, the breathtaking scenery, and the historical charm of Harpers Ferry. I have been back three times since, and I have two more trips to the area planned for this coming summer. Harpers Ferry is located at the confluence of the Potomac & Shenandoah Rivers making for breathtaking views and scenery from just about any viewpoint in the town. It is also conveniently located within walking/driving distance of three different states- Virginia, Maryland, & of course, West Virginia. The town is rich in American history serving as the site of the infamous John Brown's Raid in 1859 and playing a key role in the Civil War, changing hands between the Union & Confederate forces 8 times in 4 years.

If you have never been to Harpers Ferry before and are planning a visit soon, here are a few things you need to know about the town ahead of time:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Double Berry Tea Smoothie

This Double Berry Tea Smoothie combines your favorite berry flavored tea & frozen berries to make a delicious low calorie frosty treat...
This Double Berry Tea Smoothie combines your favorite berry flavored tea & frozen berries to make a delicious low calorie frosty treat.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Equal®. As always, the opinions and text expressed below are 100% my own.

The weather has really started to warm up around here, and it seems like I am suddenly realizing that the season of shorts, cute summer dresses, and swimsuits is right around the corner. (Please tell me I am not the only one who is panicking just a little over this. ;) ) We literally went from one weekend of temperatures in the 30's with 2 inches of snow on the ground to the next weekend being sunny with temps hitting over 70 degrees! So now that I am realizing that soon I won't be able to hide the extra "padding" I have acquired over winter inside my big comfy sweaters anymore, I have been making a few changes to my diet and to my exercise routine. And yes, I end up doing pretty much this exact same thing every. single. spring.

One change that I am making right now is cutting back on calories by making little swaps here and there. A glass of iced water with a squeeze of lemon instead of pop. A piece of fruit instead of a cookie. And swapping my usual sugar in my morning coffee, evening tea, and smoothies with 0-calorie Equal® packets. One of my favorite ways to get in my servings of fruit a day and stay cool as the temperatures start to get warmer is with a refreshing, frosty smoothie. This Double Berry Tea Smoothie combines your favorite berry flavored tea & frozen berries to make a delicious low calorie frosty treat...

Monday, April 18, 2016

Pina Colada Pull-Apart Bread

If you are looking for a sweet tropical treat that will feed a crowd, you can't wrong with this easy to make Pina Colada Pull-Apart Bread...
If you are looking for a sweet tropical treat that will feed a crowd, you can't wrong with this easy to make Pina Colada Pull-Apart Bread.

In case you haven’t noticed, pull apart breads are all the rage right now. Most of the versions I have seen have seen happen to be ooey, gooey, cheesy savory ones (think pizza inspired, game day ready, etc.). And I have seen quite a few breakfast versions of pull apart breads. But even though they are not as popular (yet), I am calling it now, folks- dessert pull apart breads are about to be the next big thing in easy to make dessert recipes.

The pull apart dessert bread recipes that I have come across recently though seem to have one thing in common- almost all of them are made from scratch with actual dough making and rise times and all that jazz. And while I have absolutely nothing against homemade, sometimes you just need a few quick, easy, yet impressive go-to dessert recipes that don’t require hours of your time. Am I right? Cue this Pina Colada Pull-Apart Bread! You use a ready-made sweet loaf of bread that you pick up from your local grocer or bakery and in 30 minutes you have an amazing, perfectly shareable pull-apart dessert bread.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Easy Diet Dr Pepper® Brownies

You only need 3 simple ingredients to whip up these fudgy & practically guilt-free Easy Diet Dr Pepper® Brownies...
You only need 3 simple ingredients to whip up these fudgy & practically guilt-free Easy Diet Dr Pepper® Brownies.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Diet Dr Pepper®. The opinions and text are all mine.

I think we all deserve a sweet reward every now & then. Don't you all think so too? ;) Diet Dr Pepper® and Walmart definitely think that we all deserve a sweet treat, so that is why they are teaming up to bring you all the SWEET SPRING FUND SOCIAL CONTEST with the chance to win a $50, $500, or $5,000 Walmart e-Gift Card! I mean, who couldn't use an ice cold Diet Dr Pepper® & a little extra spending money too, right?

Entering is easy, peasy. Just head to your local Walmart and pick up any Diet Dr Pepper® item to get started (spend $10 or more on Diet Dr Pepper® items & you'll receive two entries!). Then head over to the DIET DR PEPPER® #SWEETFUND SITE & sign up in seconds using your Facebook account or email address. From there, you could instantly win a $5 Walmart e-Gift Card by clicking on the Scratch & Play button. (Psssstttt... you can totally do this first, and then if you win a $5 e-Gift Card you can take that to your local Walmart to buy your Diet Dr Pepper® with! ;) ) Once you have picked up your Diet Dr Pepper®, grab your Walmart receipt & simply upload it to the site now through 4/30/16 to get entered to win a $50, $500, or $5,000 Walmart e-Gift Card. It is that simple, folks.
And though I love treating myself to a Diet Dr Pepper® served over ice every now & then, I have also discovered a little secret about my new favorite diet soda- it makes practically guilt-free fudgy brownies! Seriously, folks. You only need 3 simple ingredients to make these moist & thick brownies! And the best part? They are packed full of that Diet Dr Pepper® flavor that we love...

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Orange Creamsicle Danish Muffins

These easy to make, 4 ingredient Orange Creamsicle Danish Muffins can be on your breakfast table in less than 30 minutes...
These easy to make, 4 ingredient Orange Creamsicle Danish Muffins can be on your breakfast table in less than 30 minutes.

So, I told you all last week when I posted my recipe for an easy to make Cara Cara Orange & Vanilla Bean Curd that I would also be sharing a recipe or two with you all using this creamy, dreamy yumminess. I wasn't lying, folks. In fact, I went right to work on these irresistible & moist Orange Creamsicle Danish Muffins! :) They are a take on one of my more popular recipes on the blog- my Cherry Cream Cheese Danish Muffins, but I simply switched out the cherry preserves for my orange & vanilla bean curd. The results? Quick & easy 4 ingredient muffins that taste just like an orange creamsicle! 

These muffins pair perfectly with a cup of your favorite tea or a light roast coffee, and they would make a delicious addition to your spring breakfast or brunch table. From start to finish, these muffins only take around 30 minutes to make, so need to save these just for the weekend! They are totally weekday morning friendly too... 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Where to Eat in Gettysburg

Gettysburg isn't just for history buffs! This city also offers its visitors a very delicious and vibrant local food scene making it the perfect getaway for die hard foodies as well...
Gettysburg isn't just for history buffs! This city also offers its visitors a very delicious and vibrant local food scene making it the perfect getaway for die hard foodies as well.
This post was created in partnership with Destination Gettysburg. As always, all opinions & thoughts expressed below are 100% my own.

Food happens to be a big part of our family travels. I genuinely believe it is one of the best ways to get a true feel for the flavor & local vibe of any new city or area that we visit. We do have a few rules in place when dining out while we are traveling though...
  1. No fast food restaurants or national chains, aka nothing that we can eat back in our hometown on any ole day of the week.
  2. Locally owned & operated. Bonus points if most or all of their menu happens to be locally sourced as well.
  3. And they must be family friendly (a decent kids' menu, friendly atmosphere), but still appeal to the adults (aka, the hard core foodies) and the almost adult in the family. ;)
During our recent visit to Gettysburg a few weekends ago, not only did we get to immerse ourselves in the rich history and Civil War heritage of the city, but we also got a taste of the city's local food scene largely thanks to our friends at Destination Gettysburg. From local coffee spots to dining in buildings where history was created to locally crafted brews, Gettysburg is not just for history buffs, folks. Gettysburg also has a very delicious and vibrant local food scene making it the perfect getaway for die hard foodies as well...