Frugal Foodie Mama

Friday, May 19, 2017

10 Disney Trip Must-Haves for Kids

Planning a family vacation to Disney World soon? Then you will definitely want to check out this collection of 10 Disney Trip Must-Haves for Kids...
Planning a family vacation to Disney World soon? Then you will definitely want to check out this collection of 10 Disney Trip Must-Haves for Kids.
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Can you all believe that summer break is already here? My youngest just graduated from Pre-K this week, and my oldest will be walking across the stage to receive his high school diploma next weekend. Both of the kiddos are out of school for the summer, and we are looking ahead to lazy days by the pool and of course, a couple of family vacations. One possible trip that is currently on our radar is a Walt Disney World vacation. We are still looking at dates and crunching the numbers, but we might be taking our daughter to Disney for the first time some time this July (fingers crossed we can make it work!). 

With Disney on the brain as we chat about the details with our favorite Pixie & Pirate Destinations travel agent, I have found myself browsing Amazon lately looking for the must-haves that I have to buy before our daughter's first trip to Disney. After adding a few to my wish list, I thought why not share some of my favorite Disney finds with you all? ;) Be sure to scroll down once you have finished checking out my list of 10 Disney Trip Must-Haves for Kids, & get entered to win an incredible Disney luggage giveaway...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Slow Cooker Soup Beans & Ham

Not only is this Slow Cooker Soup Beans & Ham recipe super flavorful & simple to make, but it also happens to be budget friendly as well... 
Not only is this Slow Cooker Soup Beans & Ham recipe super flavorful & simple to make, but it also happens to be budget friendly as well.

Let me introduce you all to the only way I can get my husband to eat beans- this Slow Cooker Soup Beans & Ham recipe I am sharing with you all today. As long as I serve it alongside a slice of fresh baked cornbread, he dives right in. But beans in chili? Nope. He picks them out. A three bean salad at a backyard BBQ? The man won't go near it. Refried beans at our favorite Mexican restaurant? It's never going to happen. But somehow homemade soup beans & cornbread is a whole other ball game for him. 

Maybe it is the nostalgia factor. I think most of us (at least most of here in West Virginia) grew up eating some variation of soup beans. In fact, many local diners and family owned restaurants around here often have a daily special of soup beans & cornbread on their menu board. 

And yes, I do think that the cornbread is essential, folks. I am not saying that you can't be perfectly content with a bowl of these soup beans and ham on their own, but the sweet cornbread just pairs so well with the creamy beans and the saltiness of the ham. It is definitely worth the extra 30 minutes or so to bake up a little homemade cornbread. This Cast Iron Skillet Corn Bread recipe happens to be one of my personal favorites... :)

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Mexican Martini

The Mexican Martini is a kicked up version of your traditional margarita with a little extra booze & the perfect balance of sweet & salty...
The Mexican Martini is a kicked up version of your traditional margarita with a little extra booze & the perfect balance of sweet & salty.

Whew! I am getting this recipe up on the blog just in time for your all's Cinco de Mayo celebrations later today and this weekend. Talk about cutting it close, but I pulled through for you all. ;) Now I know some of you all are already scratching your heads wondering just what in the world is a Mexican Martini. Let me enlighten you all for second or two. 

I had my first sip of a Mexican Martini when I traveled to Austin, Texas last month for a food blogger conference. The first night of our stay at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Downtown Austin, the conference attendees were treated to a tasting menu from the hotel's in-house restaurant, @SOCO Bars + Bites. As we munched on BBQ rubbed pork belly & gazpacho shooters, servers walked around with trays offering us some of the bar's signature cocktails. The cocktail I happened to fall hard for was their version of the Mexican Martini. Of course, I only wish I had known what a boozy kick that they packed before I drank three of them (yes, three of them). Let's just say that the first morning of the conference was just a little rough for me... ;)

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...