Frugal Foodie Mama

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Strawberry Muffin Breakfast Cookies

You only need 4 simple ingredients & just 25 minutes to whip up these filling & budget friendly Strawberry Muffin Breakfast Cookies...
You only need 4 simple ingredients & just 25 minutes to whip up these filling & budget friendly Strawberry Muffin Breakfast Cookies.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Save-A-Lot. The opinions and text are all mine.

With back to school season in full swing over here, I am always looking for quick & budget friendly breakfast ideas for those busy school mornings. My daughter needs something quick and filling that she can enjoy before we head out the door to drop her off at Pre-K. And my high school senior son needs a filling breakfast that he can grab and take on the go since he rarely has the time in the mornings to have a sit-down breakfast. These easy to make Strawberry Muffin Breakfast Cookies fill the bill for both of my kiddos! :)

Not only are these breakfast cookies quick & easy (think just 4 ingredients & 25 minutes of your time), but they are also crazy budget friendly too. Would you believe me if I told you it cost me less than $2.50 at my local Save-A-Lot (prices may vary by location) to bake up this batch of kid-approved muffin cookies? With savings of up to 40% from conventional grocery stores, Save-A-Lot is the perfect headquarters for your family's back to school breakfast, snacks, & lunch shopping...

Monday, August 15, 2016

Oven Dried Strawberries

These easy Oven Dried Strawberries are the perfect way to preserve those sweet summer strawberries...
These easy Oven Dried Strawberries are the perfect way to preserve those sweet summer strawberries.

One of my favorite things about summertime is all of the fruits and berries that come into season. Not only are they sweet & ripe, but since they are also plentiful so you can usually pick them up for a pretty good price too. Though I am pretty much a huge fan of all the summertime fruits and berries, I think that I most look forward to strawberry season each summer. But strawberry season & those low prices only last so long. My solution to that little predicament? Picking up an extra pint at the store or farmers market each week and oven drying those babies to preserve some of those sweet summer strawberries just a little longer.

So why oven dry your strawberries at home versus just picking up a bag of dried strawberries at the store? For starters, it is MUCH cheaper to make your own dried strawberries at home. Have you seen the prices on a tiny bag of store bought strawberries?? Another reason is because I know exactly what is going into my dried strawberries when I make them at home. Most often store bought dried strawberries contain a bunch of unpronounceable preservatives and unnecessary added sugar. There is just one drawback to these homemade dried strawberries that I am sharing with you all today- they won't last as long as conventional store bought ones since we have nixed the preservatives and chemicals in this recipe. But that shouldn't be a problem seeing as how these Oven Dried Strawberries rarely last more than a few days in my house. ;)


Friday, August 12, 2016

Unicorn Yogurt Pops

These magical Unicorn Yogurt Pops are the perfect frosty & healthy treat for back to school...
These magical Unicorn Yogurt Pops are the perfect frosty & healthy treat for back to school.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon, Silk, & So Delicious. The opinions and text are all mine.

We are in full-on back to school mode over here. My son starts his senior year of high school in less than a week, and my youngest will start her first day of Pre-K the week after. To say I have my hands full over here getting them both ready for the new school year would be an understatement. ;) The biggest challenge for me right now is making sure that they both get a healthy start to the year. It is trying to find that balance between making sure they have healthier, more real food snacks on hand to enjoy after school while still making sure that those same snacks are also fun for the kiddos. I think I successfully accomplished both of those goals with these magical Unicorn Yogurt Pops.

These frosty pops are a creamy blend of bananas, protein-packed Greek yogurt, and our favorite almondmilk. But what makes them magical for the kids are the swirls of bright colors and the fun star-shaped sprinkles... ;)

Monday, August 8, 2016

Guesthouse Lost River- A Mountain Getaway

Gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a chance to unplug and unwind, and nearby access to the great outdoors makes the Guesthouse Lost River the perfect weekend getaway...
Gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a chance to unplug and unwind, and nearby access to the great outdoors.
The Guesthouse Lost River graciously hosted my husband & I for a weekend getaway. All opinions & thoughts expressed below are 100% my own.

Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia just south of the eastern panhandle lies a tranquil & picturesque getaway from everyday life. Though the Guesthouse Lost River has been welcoming guests since 1982, innkeepers Gary Robinson & Jesse Halpern have been taking this bed & breakfast to a whole other level of relaxation & sophistication since 2012. They have expanded the original 6 room inn into a 16 room lodge with 3 separate cottages, as well as opened Lost River Valley's first fine dining restaurant within the main building.

When my husband and I were offered a chance to stay at the Guesthouse for a weekend getaway, we jumped at the chance. We had not visited the quaint mountain town of Lost River before, but found ourselves intrigued as we were browsing the Guesthouse's website. Gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a chance to unplug and unwind, and nearby access to the great outdoors were more than enough to convince us to make the 2 1/2 hour drive.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Easy Banana Cinnamon Peanut Butter Waffles

You all won't believe how incredibly easy it is to whip up these Easy Banana Cinnamon Peanut Butter Waffles...
You all won't believe how incredibly easy it is to whip up these Easy Banana Cinnamon Peanut Butter Waffles.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

One of my longtime favorite flavor combinations has always been peanut butter with banana. I love adding them both into smoothies or enjoying them together over toast for a quick snack. But I am here to tell you all that Jif has managed to take my peanut butter/banana obsession to a whole other level of peanut butter happy with their new Jif Cinnamon Peanut Butter. :) You heard me right, folks. Cinnamon + peanut butter + bananas= my new #peanutbutterhappy.

You all won't believe how incredibly easy it is to whip up these Easy Banana Cinnamon Peanut Butter Waffles using my new favorite Jif flavored spread...

Friday, July 22, 2016

Lunchbox Pizza Rollups

These quick & tasty Lunchbox Pizza Rollups are not only kid approved, but they also get the mom seal of approval for being healthy & filling too...
These quick & tasty Lunchbox Pizza Rollups are not only kid approved, but they also get the mom seal of approval for being healthy & filling too.
This delicious recipe was created in partnership with the ADA Mideast. As always, all thoughts & opinions expressed below are 100% my own.
This recipe is also appearing on the Drink-Milk site.

I know it is still July & I am in no way trying to rush summer break here, but school starts back for my son in less than a month, folks. In about 3 weeks to be exact. And my youngest? She is starting Pre-K a week after him. Did I mention that this coming school year will also be my son's senior year of high school? Yep. I am fully prepared to be a hot mess for most of this upcoming school year. I still can't quite wrap my head around the fact that my youngest will be starting school and my oldest will be embarking on his last year of school. Hold me for the next 10 months, k?

While I may not be emotionally and mentally prepared just yet to tackle the 2016/2017 school year, I am already thinking ahead to those school lunches I will be packing up for the kiddos in less than a month. The challenge is to come up with delicious & easy lunch ideas that are not only fun & kid approved, but that also get the mom seal of approval for being healthy & filling. These quick & tasty Lunchbox Pizza Rollups are sure to receive a double thumbs up from both the kiddos and the parents... :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Peach Shinesicles

These 3 ingredient Peach Shinesicles are the perfect frozen boozy treat for summertime...
These 3 ingredient Peach Shinesicles are the perfect frozen boozy treat for summertime.
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With peach season in full swing now, I am always trying to concoct new delicious ways of enjoying one of my favorite summertime fruits. As I was looking through my fridge the other day, I spied a bottle of peach moonshine (not the backwoods stuff, folks) we had picked up a few months ago & the wheels started turning. I have always wanted to try my hand at a boozy popsicle, so I thought why not a peach one?

These Peach Shinesicles literally have just 3 simple ingredients in them- fresh pureed peaches, peach juice, and peach flavored moonshine. Many liquor stores now carry moonshines or cordials cut with moonshine, but if you cannot find a peach flavored shine feel free to use a peach liqueur like Schnapps instead. Or if you happen have a bottle of the homemade stuff laying around, you could totally use that too. ;)