Frugal Foodie Mama

Friday, July 25, 2014

Frozen Lemonade Colada

This Frozen Lemonade Colada is what happens when you blend a lemonade stand with the beach- a perfect frosty sip of summer...
Frozen Lemonade Colada via #limoncello #rum #cocktail
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Am I the only one who feels like summer is being rushed away already?
At a visit to my local crafts store last week, I was bombarded with fake leaves in the deep shades of autumn and the scent of cinnamon spiced pine cones.
Just step inside any local department store and you will find back-to-school supplies already being shoved into our faces.  
They all seem to be jeering at me... Tick-tock, tick-tock. Your summer is almost up!

And granted, my son starts back to school on August 14th (August 14th, you all) so maybe I shouldn't be so bitter about the whole back-to-school supplies displays.
But come on!  What ever happened to school starting back in September? Do you all remember that? 
And technically speaking, I have to point out that we actually have until September 22nd before summer officially gives way to fall.
So can we just all slow our roll here for a second?

This Frozen Lemonade Colada is the perfectly frosty way to savor summer a little longer... with tart lemon and creamy coconut, every sip is like prolonging those summer days for just one more minute. And I will take every extra sun kissed, summery minute that I can get my hands on (or lips on, in this case)... ;)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Why You Need a POPSUGAR Must Have Box Subscription...

POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.
July 2014 POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review + $10 Discount Code! (Good til 7/31/14) #MustHaveBox #Spon
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Okay, friends. You all know that I do not very often post reviews of product boxes that I receive due to blogging.  But after receiving my first ever POPSUGAR Must Have Box this month, I really felt that it was my duty to share this awesome (and crazy affordable!) subscription box with you all.  
I mean, I was seriously blown away by the contents of this fun box!  

And after opening and perusing everything, my first thought was "I am so glad I got this for free because this is something I would not normally be able to afford!".
But then I actually went to the site and looked up the price for a single box and then a 3-month Must Have Box subscription- $39.95 & $109.85, respectively! 
And when you factor in the $10 discount code you can use on a 3-Month subscription (a-hem... I will be giving you that at the end of this post ;) ), that comes to about $33 a month!
Did I mention that shipping is free??

There were no sample sizes in this box, friends! Everything provided in my July Must Have Box were full sized products...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Roasted Spinach & Garlic Hummus

This simple, flavorful, & budget friendly homemade hummus is packed full of the good stuff & is ready in minutes...
Roasted Spinach and Garlic Hummus via
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I sort of have a thing for homemade hummus now.   
Once I discovered how incredibly easy it is to make at home and how crazy budget friendly it is, I was hooked. 
I mean, seriously folks.  I can pick up a can of garbanzo beans for less than 70 cents at my local ALDI.  
And it is crazy versatile.  It lends itself to all kinds of flavor profiles- from the mild to the flavor packed.
This Roasted Spinach & Garlic Hummus definitely errs more on the side of flavor packed. And you get all this rich, delicious flavor from just a few minutes of roasting in your oven! From start to finish, you can be dipping your baby carrots and pita chips in this tasty & fresh dip in around 20 minutes...

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cream Cheese Chicken Quesadillas

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Sometimes the most loved family dinners come about when you decide to tackle a new dinner recipe, get lazy, and then improvise.
Such was the case with these amazingly simple and delicious Cream Cheese Chicken Quesadillas.

I had made these Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos from Dimples & Delights a couple of times before when I set out to make them for a third time one fall evening.  
But it had just been one of those days where baby girl insisted on doing the very opposite of just about everything that I had asked her to do, and this mama was running out of juice... and most importantly, patience. 
The thought of rolling taquitos and heating oil, and trying to prevent the frying taquitos from burning while a wild child toddler was on the loose just didn't appeal to me that evening.
The husband had just got home from work and unbeknownst to me, he happens to be a world class quesadilla flipper from his years of working the grill at a restaurant during his college years. ;)
I was more than happy to hand off dinner cooking duties to him that evening.  So instead of fried taquitos, the chicken mixture and flour tortillas became pan toasted quesadillas.
And the result was some of the best quesadillas that have ever landed on our dinner table... or any table for that matter!  Yes, folks. Even restaurant chicken quesadillas pale in comparison to this creamy, tasty make-at-home version...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Almond Joy Green Smoothie

Almond Joy Green Smoothie via for Jellibean Journals
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I would venture to say that it is no secret to my regular readers and followers that I have a crazy mad sweet tooth.  I have been making strides to eat healthier more often, but I do try to live by a moderation and not deprivation rule as far as my daily diet goes. To curb and satisfy those frequent sweet tooth cravings, I like to create a few lower calorie and lower fat versions of some of my dessert favorites. 
And one of my fave ways to do this is with simple & creamy green smoothies. 

While there are a handful of candy bars that I crave, Almond Joys often top my list.  Creamy coconut & crunchy almonds coated in sweet milk chocolate...
I am pretty happy to report to you all that my Almond Joy Green Smoothie comes pretty close to the real deal. ;)
Perfect for when you need a sweet treat without overindulging...

Friday, July 18, 2014

Mini Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes

Mini Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes via #skinnydessert #lowfat #Greekyogurt
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My husband and I made a startling discovery over the past couple of weeks...
Our two year old daughter does not like cheesecake!

It first started when we were at our local Sam's Club doing a little shopping. One of baby girl's favorite things about going to Sam's is the little sampling stations.
And who am I kidding?
It is definitely one of my fave perks as well. ;) 
On this rare occasion, my husband was off from work and joined us on our shopping trip.
They were passing out New York cheesecake samples at one of the stations, and my husband grabbed three little paper cups of cheesecake- one for each of us.
Now you see, my husband and I just love cheesecake. 
But baby girl? 
Not so much. She took one bite, immediately made a gagging sort of noise, and then spit it out.
Yes, folks- she spit it out!
My husband and I just looked at each other in wide-eyed disbelief. The little girl who eats and likes just about anything doesn't like cheesecake??

Maybe it is an acquired taste that she will learn to appreciate with age, but for the meantime I am going to fully enjoy and take advantage of the one dessert that my two year old doesn't actually want to share with me.
Yes, the cheesecake is mine all mine... for now.

I certainly had no desire to share this creamy & delicious Mini Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cheesecake with anyone anyways. ;)
I adapted this recipe from the Mini Cheesecakes recipe I found in my Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System recipe booklet and made my own lightened up version- no butter in these babies and I subbed some of the cream cheese with healthy, nonfat Greek yogurt...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

20 Slow Cooker Dinners with 6 Ingredients or Less

20 Slow Cooker Dinners with 6 Ingredients or Less via #crockpot #weeknightdinners
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The only thing that I love more than a good slow cooker recipe is a slow cooker recipe that requires just a handful of ingredients and very little prep. ;)
That is why I went on a quest to find some of the best slow cooker dinner recipes out there that need only 6 ingredients or less.  And most of these recipes are just dump it in, give it a mix, and forget it! 
I mean, can it really get any better than that when it comes to a tasty slow cooker dinner? 

You will find it all in this slow cooker recipe collection- from sandwiches to chili to chicken to whole pork loins! :)