Frugal Foodie Mama

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Toasted Pecan Pie Crust Mix Gift with Free Printable

Get a head start on those holiday hostess and teacher gifts now with this easy to make Toasted Pecan Pie Crust Mix Gift...
Toasted Pecan Pie Crust Mix Gift Jar with Free Printable Tag- an easy to make, delicious holiday gift!
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I am sort of a sucker for fun foodie gifts for the holidays.  I love making and giving them. And I love receiving them.  
I mean first of all, food is universal. We all eat it, right? ;)
So you can whip up cookie mixes or make fudge (or this Toasted Pecan Pie Crust Mix), and they make the perfect gifts for anyone on your holiday list. 

Everyone has seen the layered cookie mixes in jars by now, right? I mean, you really can't even open Pinterest these days without at least seeing one or two on that first page. Baking cookies is always synonymous with the holidays.  
But pie baking is too! Except that it usually takes a little more effort to make pies. But gifting this Toasted Pecan Pie Crust Mix takes a little of the work out of that holiday pie making for those favorite hostesses, teacher, and foodies in your life... :)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Skinny Fried Chicken

Skinny Fried Chicken- flavorful fried chicken with less fat and far fewer calories
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One thing that I am a sucker for is good fried chicken.
Another thing that I am sucker for? Cookbooks.
I have half a counter top full of them lined up in my kitchen, two shelves full on a bookshelf in another room, and two more box fulls of them in a closet...
Yeah, I need another bookshelf or two. ;)

So when I was offered a chance to review the In the Kitchen with David® cookbook AND I saw that he had a recipe for Skinny Fried Chicken I could test out in it, I jumped at the chance!
I do seriously have a weakness for fried chicken. Every time we travel south, I go on a mission to find the best fried chicken. And though I have tasted some really good fried chicken, I know it isn't always the best dinner option for me. Being baked & not deep fried and coated with cornflakes and lots of spices, I just had to give David's Skinny Fried Chicken go. You all, myself and my family were not disappointed with this one at all... ;)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sharing Gratitude & Giving Back with Kenwood Vineyards

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Kenwood Vineyards. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Sharing Gratitude and Giving Back This Thanksgiving with Kenwood Vineyards #ShareYourTable #MC
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Thanksgiving is meant to be a day of reflection and a day of gratitude.  A day that we as a nation sit around our family dinner tables, share a meal, a glass or two of wine, and each other's company.  We think of all we have been blessed with, how grateful we are for the loved ones in our lives, and give thanks for always being able to provide for our families. 
Not that this should happen just one day out of each year. Practicing and expressing gratitude should be something we try to do each and every day, but sometimes the life that we are so grateful to have gets in the way of that. 

This Thanksgiving I am asking each and every one of you to take in every person, every moment, every thing that you are grateful for, and then hold onto and remember that feeling of gratitude every day of the year...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bacon & Beer Bread Drops Biscuits

These Bacon & Beer Bread Drop Biscuits are ready in the fraction of the time of traditional beer bread and are even more delicious with the addition of bacon...
Bacon and Beer Bread Drop Biscuits via for Real Housemoms
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If there are two things that you all know that I love, it is bacon and craft beer.  And bread.
I love bread too. ;)
And yes, I know that they are not necessarily always the healthiest options, but as I always say- all in moderation, folks.

I love, love, love beer bread. (See my Homemade Peanut Butter Beer Bread for a tasty example of my adoration for it.)  But what I don't love is how long it takes to bake... close to an hour! Sometimes I just can't wait that long for some beer bread goodness, so I took matters into my own hands and came up with these beer bread drop biscuits.  And I threw some crispy bacon in there just for good measure...  ;)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danish Muffins

These creamy, soft Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danish Muffins can be on your breakfast table in less than 30 minutes...
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danish Muffins- these creamy, soft muffins can be on your breakfast table in less than 30 minutes!
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I have to tell you all- I am feeling sort of bad that it took me this long to share this recipe for these super easy and delicious Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danish Muffins with you all.  Some of you all who have been following me on Instagram may remember me posting a little sneak peek of these... way back in August.  
Again, my sincerest apologies to those of you who may have been patiently waiting all this while for this recipe.  It was never my attention to hold out on you all this long. 
But reassured that the recipe for these tasty danish muffins will be in your hands in just a few moments. ;)

I have been wanting to make a fall version of my long-time reader favorite Cherry Cream Cheese Danish Muffins recipe for quite a while.  I am hoping that you all love these Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danish Muffins just as much. While I cannot boast that my latest version of these muffins can be made with just 4 ingredients (this version requires 7 total ingredients), they can be made just about as easily and in almost the same time making them perfect for Thanksgiving morning or for a quick & impressive breakfast before heading out for those Black Friday sales... :)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Buttery Fresh Herb Smashed Potatoes

Buttery Fresh Herb Smashed Potatoes- a fresh, bright, & lighter mashed potatoes recipe! #TimetoBelieve #CleverGirls
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My mother's creamy (and very buttery) mashed potatoes have been a staple at our holiday dinners for years now.  And I can't lie- it was always the side dish that I most looked forward to each Thanksgiving.  I always had a big ole scoop at dinner, and then maybe a second helping later during dinner. And I never argued when she wanted to send me home with a nice sized container of them. 
While those comforting mashed potatoes of my mama's will always have a special spot in my heart, I have been making a few menu changes since I took over the Thanksgiving dinner responsibilities.  Namely, I have been trying to take some of our longtime favorite recipes and have been making healthier, yet just as tasty versions of them.  When I came across this recipe for Buttery Fresh Herb Potatoes from I Can't Believe It's Not Butter's recipe page, I knew with just one minor tweak that I had found my new go-to potato recipe for Thanksgiving dinner. 

With the addition of fresh parsley, lemon zest, and capers, these Buttery Fresh Herb Smashed Potatoes have a bright, fresh flavor. And since these are made with the new and improved (and better for you!) I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, there is no need for cream or milk to get that creamy, buttery flavor that you love in traditional mashed potatoes...

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Blogger's Morning Made Better With Honey Nut Cheerios & Usher

A big thanks to the folks at General Mills  for sponsoring and providing the tasty and fun inspiration for today's post.  All opinions expressed below are my own.
A Blogger's Morning Made Better with Honey Nut Cheerios and Usher #sp #breakfast
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Have you all ever wondered what the morning of a blogger really looks like?
I am here to tell you all that even us food bloggers are not up at the crack of dawn baking perfectly domed muffins for our family.  I mean, sometimes we are... but that is usually when we have a recipe post deadline. ;)

Most of my mornings actually look exactly like what you see pictured above.  A cup of hot coffee and a bowl of cold cereal... and my laptop. Almost every breakfast for me is a "working" breakfast.  I enjoy a few cups of coffee while returning emails, scheduling social media posts for the day, checking in with my blogger friends on Facebook, editing photos, and whatever else happens to be on my blogging to-do list for that morning.

But recently my morning routine got shook up just a little thanks to Honey Nut Cheerios and Usher...