Frugal Foodie Mama

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.... 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Foodie's Guide to Magnolia Market

Magnolia Market isn't just for the DIY addicts & HGTV fans. With a delectable bakery & food truck park, this market in Waco, Texas is a must-visit destination for foodies too...
Magnolia Market isn't just for the DIY addicts & HGTV fans. With a delectable bakery & food truck park, this market in Waco, Texas is a must-visit destination for foodies too.

I will be the first to admit it- I don't watch HGTV all that often, and I have never caught an entire episode of Fixer Upper. (I know- GASP, right?) I mean, I know who Chip & Joanna are. I have seen parts of Fixer Upper a few times (my parents are HGTV addicts & love the show, so I have caught bits & pieces of it when visiting them). So when I tacked on the day excursion to Magnolia Market with my ticket to the Indulge Conference earlier this month, it wasn't because I am a fan girl or wanted to make the ultimate DIY pilgrimage to the home decor mecca of Texas. I wanted to go for one reason & one reason only- the food, folks. ;)

While the food was my main goal of visiting Magnolia Market, I came away with an unexpected fun & laid back experience as well. There is much more to Magnolia Market than just the food. And home decor & DIY inspiration is not all you will find when exploring this famous pair of silos. But let's chat about the food first, shall we?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Sweet Bourbon Salmon with Caramelized Onion & Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

This flavorful & easy to make Sweet Bourbon Salmon with Caramelized Onion & Parmesan Mashed Potatoes makes the perfect dinner for two any night of the week...
This flavorful & easy to make Sweet Bourbon Salmon with Caramelized Onion & Parmesan Mashed Potatoes makes the perfect dinner for two any night of the week.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.

My 5 year old daughter and I are the only seafood lovers in the house. Which sadly means that I don't get to make seafood for dinner as often as I would like since half of my household won't eat it. However on evenings when my husband is working late & my son is over at his dad's, I like to treat my daughter & I to a special seafood dinner just for the two of us without a lot of prep and fuss. That is why I am loving the new Easy for You! Oven-Ready Seafood options at the seafood counter at my local Kroger! :)

Choose from seafood options such as shrimp, tilapia, & salmon, and choose your favorite seasoning and garnishes like Lemon Pepper, Asian BBQ, Nashville Hot, & more. Then watch as they prep, garnish, and then seal your seasoned seafood into an oven-ready bag right at the counter at no extra charge! The flavor possibilities are pretty much endless. My daughter & I opted for the wild caught sockeye salmon with Sweet Bourbon seasoning and a couple of pats of butter. I whipped up a side dish of homemade Caramelized Onion & Parmesan Mashed Potatoes to go with our super easy & flavorful salmon, and we were ready to dig into our seafood dinner for two in no time at all...

Friday, March 31, 2017

15 Easter Bunny Approved Desserts

From no-bake creations to easy treats the kids can help with to bunny shaped confections, you are sure to find the perfect sweet treat for Easter in these 15 Easter Bunny Approved Desserts...
From no-bake creations to easy treats the kids can help with to bunny shaped confections, you are sure to find the perfect sweet treat for Easter in these 15 Easter Bunny Approved Desserts.

Spring has finally arrived here in my part of the world, and we are starting to gear up for Easter. The youngest already has her Easter dress picked out. The kiddos' Easter baskets are starting to come together (yes, even the 18 year old gets a visit from the Easter Bunny each year). The daffodils are blooming, the world is turning green, and I am ready to whip up some of my favorite springtime treats. 

I think that Easter & spring just brings out something whimsical and fun in my baking and recipe creations. From pretty pastels to classic Peeps and malted milk eggs, Easter has to be one of my favorite holidays (other than Christmas... and maybe Thanksgiving ;) ) to bake for. This year, I hopped around to a few of my favorite food blogs to find some new Easter dessert recipe inspiration for this year. And boy did I find some fun ones, you all! I would like to think that the Easter Bunny would personally approve of each and every one of these. 

From no-bake creations to easy treats the kids can help with to bunny shaped confections, you are sure to find the perfect sweet treat for Easter in these 15 Easter Bunny Approved Desserts...

Friday, March 17, 2017

Easy Thin Mint Stuffed Brownies

These Easy Thin Mint Stuffed Brownies are stuffed with your favorite Girl Scout cookies & a double dose of Andes mints. A chocolate & mint lover's dream come true...
These Easy Thin Mint Stuffed Brownies are stuffed with your favorite Girl Scout cookies & a double dose of Andes mints. A chocolate & mint lover's dream come true.

If you are in need in a last minute dessert idea for St. Patrick's Day weekend, then you all are in luck! Because I made the most perfect chocolaty mint brownies to share with you all today. These easy to make brownies were just meant for the ultimate chocolate/mint lover out there (ahem... like my teenage son). Plus, chocolate & mint is always a winning flavor combination for St. Patrick's Day, am I right? ;)

Not only did I stuff each of these fudgy brownies with a whole Thin Mint cookie, but I also tossed in some Andes baking chips just for good measure. In fact, there are Andes baking chips IN the batter & ON top of the baked brownies. Say what?!? Yeah, I know. Absolute chocolate/mint brownie perfection, folks...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

17 Boozy Recipes Using Baileys Irish Cream

From dreamy cocktails to booze infused desserts to a decadent breakfast recipe, you will have all the bases covered for your St. Patrick's Day celebration with these 17 Boozy Recipes Using Baileys Irish Cream...
From dreamy cocktails to booze infused desserts to a decadent breakfast recipe, you will have the bases covered for your St. Patrick's Day celebration with these 17 Boozy Recipes Using Baileys Irish Cream.

I think by now that it is no big secret to you all that I love me some Baileys Irish Cream. ;) I love adding a splash of it to my coffee or hot cocoa on a cold winter night or drinking it straight over ice after a particularly long day. And I always seem to find a way to sneak a little Baileys into some of my dessert recipes & boozy concoctions for the blog. It is smooth and creamy and pairs perfectly with everything from chocolate to caramel to coffee.

Of course, one of my first experiences with Baileys is when I was challenged to do an Irish Car Bomb on one particular St. Patrick's Day some years ago. Let's just say that is NOT my favorite way to enjoy a little Baileys Irish Cream. ;) I am not much for chugging, and that is a drink that must be chugged. If you have ever happened to have had one, then I think you will know exactly what it is that I am talking about. 

While I am a fan of Baileys all year round, I especially get excited about Irish cream as we near closer to St. Patrick's Day. And with St. Patrick's Day just a couple of days away, I decided to scour some of my favorite food bloggers' sites to find the best Baileys spiked recipes to share with you all. From dreamy cocktails to booze infused desserts to a decadent breakfast recipe, I got all the bases covered for your St. Patrick's Day celebration with these 17 Boozy Recipes Using Baileys Irish Cream...

Friday, March 10, 2017

Chocolate Raspberry Truffletini

This decadent Chocolate Raspberry Truffletini is a smooth & creamy combination of Bailey's Irish cream, Godiva liqueur, raspberry vodka, & muddled fresh raspberries... 
This decadent Chocolate Raspberry Truffletini is a smooth & creamy combination of Bailey's Irish cream, Godiva liqueur, raspberry vodka, & muddled fresh raspberries.

St. Patrick's Day happens to be just one week away, folks! And guess what? I made you all a creamy, decadent cocktail just for the occasion. Now I know it isn't green (who really likes green beer anyways?), & it doesn't have any whiskey in it. But it does have Bailey's Irish Cream in it, so that totally makes it St. Patty's Day worthy, right? ;) (Everyone just nod your head in agreement, okay?)

This Chocolate Raspberry Truffletini is actually inspired by a cocktail that I had at a local Italian restaurant where I live. My husband & have seriously upped our date night game over the last month (go us!). Life had did that thing that it sometimes does, and we found ourselves only making date night a priority once or twice every couple of months. But over the past month and a half, we have had a date night almost every week. During one such date night last month, we decided to hop over to the bar at this Italian restaurant for a cocktail or two after dinner. I asked the bartender to whip me up a martini that tasted just like dessert, and this truffletini is more or less what he made for me- a smooth & creamy combination of Bailey's Irish cream, Godiva liqueur, raspberry vodka, & muddled fresh raspberries. I knew I was going to have to recreate that boozy deliciousness at home and share it with all of you...