Frugal Foodie Mama

Friday, May 27, 2016

Frozen Peach & Cara Cara Orange Margarita

Ripe peach and sweet Cara Cara oranges come together in this refreshing Frozen Peach & Cara Cara Orange Margarita...
Ripe peach and sweet Cara Cara oranges come together in this refreshing Frozen Peach & Cara Cara Orange Margarita.

So, can we chat about Cara Cara oranges for a second? I literally just discovered the existence of this navel orange hybrid last month, and I have been hooked ever since. Like I want to make all the Cara Cara orange things now. And why you might ask? Well, they happen to be a little sweeter and milder in acidity than traditional navel oranges. They also happen to be seedless which makes them perfect for juicing. And just look at what is on the inside when you slice one open. Such gorgeous color, folks!

Since patio sipping weather has just about arrived here, I thought why not use my new favorite citrus fruit in a frosty margarita? I combined fresh Cara Cara orange juice with ripe peach and fresh squeezed lime juice to make the perfect frozen peach margarita. You can rim your margarita glasses with salt or sugar depending on your taste preference. Personally, I am all for the sweet & salty combo, so I opted for a salt rim with mine. But if you prefer a sweeter margarita, go for the sugar rim. I found that the natural sugars from the orange juice and fresh peach were just right for me, but my husband who prefers all things syrupy sweet went for the sugared rim for his frozen margarita...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sweet & Spicy BBQ Stuffed Jalapenos

Stuffed with a creamy cheese filling and topped with sweet pineapple, these Sweet & Spicy BBQ Stuffed Jalapenos are the perfect way to start your backyard barbecue...
Stuffed with a creamy cheese filling and topped with sweet pineapple, these Sweet & Spicy BBQ Stuffed Jalapenos are the perfect way to start your backyard barbecue.
This content was created in partnership with Kroger Family Stores using free products provided by Kroger.

Who else is excited that barbecue season has finally arrived? I have two reasons for my love of grilling season: 1) I adore barbecued food! and 2) My husband is the primary tender of our grill, so this lady gets the evening off from cooking when we decide to cook out. While I love a good rack of ribs or a juicy grilled steak, sometimes it's hard to wait that long for that delicious grilled flavor. That's why I like to have a couple of simple and quick summer barbecue finger food recipes on hand like these Sweet & Spicy BBQ Stuffed Jalapenos that I am sharing with you all today.

A few tips for these stuffed jalapenos ... Buy the straightest jalapenos that you can find! If your jalapeno pepper has a curve in it, it will not lay flat on the grill rack, and that cheesy goodness will spill out. Just remember- a flat pepper lies flat. The most time-consuming part of this recipe is the halving and seeding of the jalapenos, so if you're planning to whip these up for an evening barbecue, just cut and seed them a few hours before, cover, and refrigerate. Stuff them right before throwing them on the grill.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Sweet Honey BBQ Peach-Ginger Pork Chops

Sweet, juicy peaches come together perfectly with the bite of a good ginger beer and the smoky sweetness of KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce Mix & Dry Rub Sweet Honey in these tender, flavorful slow cooked pork chops...
Sweet, juicy peaches come together perfectly with the bite of a good ginger beer and the smoky sweetness of KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce Mix & Dry Rub Sweet Honey in these tender, flavorful slow cooked pork chops.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of KC Masterpiece. The opinions and text are all mine.

While I have been grateful for the warmer weather here lately, we just can't seem to catch much of break with the rain. I seriously think it has rained almost every day of the week for the past few weeks save a day or two here and there. Needless to say, it has put a slight damper on our springtime grilling. Ever tried barbecuing in a downpour? It never works out very well for the person grilling or for the meat being grilled. ;) 

So what is a girl to do when it just. won't. stop. raining, and I am craving some good BBQ? I break out my slow cooker and one of my new favorite KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce Mix & Dry Rubs, & get down to work creating a slow cooked dish that has all the smoky goodness of backyard barbecue without the outdoor charcoal grill. Everyone stays nice & dry, and we still get to satisfy our barbecue cravings. I call that a win-win, folks. For these Sweet Honey BBQ Peach-Ginger Pork Chops, I went all sweet and smoky with these babies. Sweet, juicy peaches come together perfectly with the bite of a good ginger beer and the smoky sweetness of KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce Mix & Dry Rub Sweet Honey in these tender, flavorful slow cooked pork chops... :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Strawberry-Raspberry Lime Chia Jam

This easy to make & low-sugar Strawberry-Raspberry Lime Chia Jam is the perfect combination of fresh strawberries, sweet raspberries, and tart lime... 
This easy to make & low-sugar Strawberry-Raspberry Lime Chia Jam is the perfect combination of fresh strawberries, sweet raspberries, and tart lime.

I want to preface today's recipe post with the fact that I do not make homemade jam on the regular. I can probably count on one hand just how many times I have whipped up a batch of homemade jam in my whole entire lifetime. ;) But after seeing recipes for super simple chia jams popping up everywhere, I finally decided to give it a whirl and see what all the fuss was about. I am no stranger to chia seeds. In fact, I have several recipes on the blog already that feature chia seeds as one of the main ingredients. Chia seeds are amazing at absorbing liquids so it totally makes sense to use them in homemade jams as a thickening agent. And it doesn't hurt that they happen to provide a nice little nutritional boost as well.

I think there are like a million recipes out there for simple strawberry or raspberry chia jams, but I wanted to create my own version that would really capture the flavors of summer. I think I achieved just that in this super simple jam with the combination of fresh strawberries, sweet raspberries, and tart lime. And since we are using naturally sweet, in-season berries & chia seeds to thicken it up this jam, you hardly need to add any kind of sweetener to this making it lower in calories and sugar than your traditional berry jams... :)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Berry Patriotic Poke Cake

Incorporating the flavors of black cherry, fresh raspberries and blueberries, this easy-to-make Berry Patriotic Poke Cake is the perfect addition to your summer celebration...
Incorporating the flavors of black cherry, fresh raspberries and blueberries, this easy-to-make Berry Patriotic Poke Cake is the perfect addition to your summer celebration.
This content was created in partnership with Kroger Family Stores using free products provided by Kroger.

With Memorial Day weekend and long summer days quickly approaching, we all need easy, crowd-pleasing dessert recipes to have on hand for holiday get-togethers and backyard cookouts. One of my favorite desserts to make, especially during the summer months, is a good old-fashioned poke cake. Poke cakes are so easy to make, yet they are impressive and pretty. They also lend themselves well to all the sweet fruits of summer.

While I created this Berry Patriotic Poke Cake with Memorial Day weekend in mind, this is also the perfect dessert for a Fourth of July celebration. You just can't beat a light and fluffy white cake spiked with black cherry gelatin, then topped with creamy whipped topping and fresh raspberries and blueberries. You can have your red, white and blue, and eat it too!

Friday, May 13, 2016

15 Tasty Recipes that Put the Lime in the Coconut

Sweet, creamy coconut and tart lime come together perfectly in these 15 Tasty Recipes that Put the Lime in the Coconut...
Sweet, creamy coconut and tart lime come together perfectly in these 15 Tasty Recipes that Put the Lime in the Coconut.

I am sure you all are probably familiar with these lyrics...
"You put the lime in the coconut and drink them both together
Put the lime in the coconut and you feel better
Put the lime in the coconut and drink 'em all up
You put the lime in the coconut and call me in the morning..."

There is no hidden, mystical meaning behind the lyrics. It's just a fun, catchy song that celebrates something that I think most of us already know- that lime and coconut go damn good together, am I right? ;) There is just something about that combo of creamy, sweet coconut and tart lime that screams summertime to me. 

To celebrate my love for all things coconut & lime, I have scoured some of my favorite food blogs to put together this collection of 15 Tasty Recipes that Put the Lime in the Coconut to share with you all today... 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

How to Spend 24 Hours in Portland, Oregon

From where to eat, must-see sights, and local festivals, this is How to Spend 24 Hours in Portland, Oregon...
From where to eat, must-see sights, and local festivals, this is How to Spend 24 Hours in Portland, Oregon.

I have to admit that this post has been long overdue, you all. I actually visited Portland, Oregon for the first time when I attended the Indulge conference last May, but this post kept getting pushed to the back burner. Not only was this trip my first time visiting the city of Portland, but it was also the first time that this East coast gal traveled all the way to the West coast. I ended up spending about 53 hours in the city before catching an overnight flight back to Pittsburgh. Can I just say that the 3 hour time difference is sort of brutal?? I didn't think that 3 hours could make such a profound difference, but I came back home exhausted. Like I crashed on the couch for a solid 3 hours. In the middle of the day. And I don't nap during the day, folks. Like ever.

But enough about the trials and tribulations of traveling across the country and through 3 different time zones. Let's talk about Portland, shall we? ;) Let's just say that you happen to find yourself with only 24 hours to spend in the city- an unexpected or planned layover, or maybe a free day during a work conference, or maybe you live within driving distance and want to spend the day in the city. I have gathered some of my best ideas for how to spend a whole day in Portland, Oregon, & I am sharing them all with you in today's post. Granted, I do not think that for 5 seconds that my 2 day+ experience in the city makes me an expert on all things Portland. But I will say that I was amazed at how much you could pack into a day while visiting there....