Frugal Foodie Mama

Friday, December 9, 2016

Snowman Pull-Apart Rice Krispies Treats

These Snowman Pull-Apart Rice Krispies® Treats are already cut & ready for sharing making them perfect for that holiday party or get-together... 
These Snowman Pull-Apart Rice Krispies® Treats are already cut & ready for sharing making them perfect for that holiday party or get-together.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kelloggs® Rice Krispies®. 
As always, all opinions are my own. 

We got our first snow fall a couple of weeks ago. It was just a dusting of maybe a half inch, but my daughter insisted on getting all of her snow gear on and heading outside to play in the snow. Luckily her dad bundled up and joined her because even though I love Christmas and the holiday season, I have never been a big fan of the cold. In fact, if we could just have a couple days of snow right around Christmas day each year and that was it, I would be a happy camper for the rest of winter.

The how-to for these Snowman Pull-Apart Rice Krispies® Treats that I am sharing with you all today is definitely more my speed when it comes to wintertime and snow. I mean, how can you possibly go wrong with a cute edible snowman the whole family can enjoy? And bonus points since you get to stay inside warm and cozy to make this kind of snowman... ;)

Monday, December 5, 2016

6 Holiday Perfect Cookbook Gift Sets

If you happen to have a foodie, an aspiring home cook or baker, or a wanna be pit master on your gift list this holiday season, you are going to love this collection of 6 Holiday Perfect Cookbook Gift Sets...
If you happen to have a foodie, an aspiring home cook or baker, or a wanna be pit master on your gift list this holiday season, you are going to love this collection of 6 Holiday Perfect Cookbook Gift Sets.
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If you happen to have a foodie, an aspiring home cook or baker, or a wanna be pit master on your gift list this holiday season, then you are going to love today's post! I polled my food blogger friends to find out what are the must-buy cookbooks this year, and then matched each one up with the perfect gift to ensure that the your gift recipient actually puts that brand new cookbook to good use. Because let's face it- oftentimes when you give a cookbook for a gift, it finds it's way onto a shelf in the kitchen and then proceeds to collect dust. But pair that cookbook up with a baking pan set or a shiny new slow cooker, and bam! They have a little motivation to actually crack open that cookbook, am I right? ;)

Most of these cookbook gift combos I am sharing with you all today come in at under $40 making them totally budget friendly gift giving ideas, but I included a couple of splurges in this gift guide as well for those of you with more generous gift giving budgets this holiday season. Whether you have a loved one who is looking to up their pie making game or a friend who is interested in getting in on the Instant Pot craze, I have the perfect holiday cookbook gift set for you... 

Friday, December 2, 2016

5 Reasons to Plan a Family Vacation to Amelia Island

Located on the northeast coast of Florida, Amelia Island is the perfect family friendly travel destination brimming with historic charm & miles of pristine beaches...
Located on the northeast coast of Florida, Amelia Island is the perfect family friendly travel destination brimming with historic charm & miles of pristine beaches.
This post was created in partnership with Amelia Island tourism. As always, all opinions & thoughts expressed below are 100% my own.

Last month I had the pleasure of spending 4 amazing days exploring Amelia Island on the northeast coast of Florida. In addition to discovering the amazing beaches, the fresh from the sea local food scene, & the historic charm of this seaside destination, I also had the chance to stay at not one but two of the island's premier family friendly resorts. To say that I was utterly impressed by what all Amelia Island has to offer as a family vacation spot would definitely be an understatement. 

Amelia Island quite literally has something to offer every member of your family- from the foodie to the history buff to the outdoor enthusiast. And many of the resorts on the island offer programs and perks specifically tailored to the kiddos in your family whether they are 3 years old or in their teens. While I could probably rattle off at least 100 reasons why you should plan your next family vacation to Amelia Island, here are my top 5... ;)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Ale Beef Stew

Stay warm & cozy even when it is cold & blustery outside with this hearty & flavorful Slow Cooker Pumpkin Ale Beef Stew...
Stay warm & cozy even when it is cold & blustery outside with this hearty & flavorful Slow Cooker Pumpkin Ale Beef Stew.

I know that most of you all are ready to get into that holiday mode now that Thanksgiving is over and done, but bear with me for just a second, okay? It is still officially the month of November, and I am not ready to give up on all things fall quite yet. I am determined to squeeze in just one more pumpkin recipe before going all-out Christmas on here starting next week. ;)

So, say hello to what is probably my very last fall recipe of 2016- this hearty & flavorful Slow Cooker Pumpkin Ale Beef Stew! Because even though the fall season is just about over, a lot of us still have some pretty cold and wintry days ahead of us, right? This slow cooker beef stew happens to be a tasty way to stay warm and cozy on even the most blustery of days...

Friday, November 25, 2016

Buffalo Fried Okra

A classic southern dish gets a spicy makeover perfect for game day in these Buffalo Fried Okra...
A classic southern dish gets a spicy makeover perfect for game day in these Buffalo Fried Okra.

Buffalo sauced foods are pretty much a staple in my house all year round, but even more so when football season rolls around. I mean, what is a game day menu without something Buffalo sauced? Wings and Buffalo flavored dips are my usual stand-by's for game day feasting, but I decided to take my Buffalo sauce game up a notch or two by giving a classic southern appetizer an unexpected spicy kick. I soaked fresh sliced okra in egg and then coated them in a traditional cornmeal breading, fried them up golden brown & crunchy, and then tossed them in a foolproof homemade Buffalo sauce- game day perfection, folks!

Up until a couple of months or so ago, okra was one of those vegetables that I hadn't cooked with much, and was I actually a little intimidated by it. It wasn't until my aunt started growing fresh okra in her garden that I realized just how easy and versatile this vegetable is. It grows like crazy, so you can easily freeze quite a few batches to use in gumbos, jambalaya, or to simply bread and fry throughout football season and well into the winter months. Which is a good thing because I have a feeling that these Buffalo Fried Okra are going to be requested quite often for game days this season. These crunchy, spicy nuggets of Southern goodness are perfectly poppable and absolutely irresistible! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

10 Gift Ideas for the Frequent Flyer

From the organized packer to the techie traveler, you will find a little something for all your favorite jet setters this holiday season with this collection of 10 Gift Ideas for the Frequent Flyer...
From the organized packer to the techie traveler, you will find a little something for all your favorite jet setters this holiday season with this collection of 10 Gift Ideas for the Frequent Flyer.
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While I am not sure I have earned the title of a jet setter quite yet, I do think I have established a little bit of a frequent flyer status over the past year and a half or so. When you travel by plane, you are faced with some unique challenges and restrictions. After a few flights in as many months, you realize that you would like just to streamline everything as much as possible to make getting to your gate and boarded on your flight as quick, painless, and smooth as possible. 

I figured out that I hated juggling a large rolling suitcase through the airport parking lot to the shuttle while also lugging a laptop bag and a tote or purse on one shoulder. I discovered that purchasing a bottle of water once you made it out on the other side of security gets pricey. I found out that sitting towards the back of the plane is well, noisy and loud. And I figured out just what I needed to change and bring along with me to avoid all of these inconveniences of flying that I found irritating.

If you happen to already have a frequent flyer on your nice list or have a loved one on your holiday gift list that is planning on embarking on quite a bit of plane travel in 2017, then this list of 10 Gift Ideas for the Frequent Flyer is for you! :) You will find a little something for everyone here- the obsessive packers, the frugalistas, the techies, and those frequent flyers who just like to sit back, relax, and enjoy their flight...

Monday, November 21, 2016

Pumpkin Chai Tiramisu

Combining the flavors of a creamy pumpkin latte & warm chai spices, this no-bake Pumpkin Chai Tiramisu is a must-make dessert for fall...
Combining the flavors of a creamy pumpkin latte & warm chai spices, this no-bake Pumpkin Chai Tiramisu is a must-make dessert for fall.

In case you all haven't noticed it already, I have been on a little bit of a chai spice kick the past week. ;) I updated a long-time reader favorite, my Overnight Pumpkin Pie Chai French Toast, with pretty new pics. And I posted a delicious and creamy Chai Tea & Pear Oatmeal recipe to the blog last Friday. I mean, when it comes to chai spices, 'tis the season! 

The toasty flavors in warm chai spices not only make me think of cozy fall recipes, but this mix of comforting spices is something I can incorporate into my holiday baking and cooking right on through to Christmas. That is why I decided to whip up my own DIY Chai Spice Mix last fall. I always have a jar of it in my pantry ready to go for my holiday baking, or to mix into my oatmeal or a warm cup of hot cocoa.