Frugal Foodie Mama

Friday, August 28, 2015

Easy Pumpkin Cream Biscuits

I am partnering with King Arthur today to bring you all this 4 ingredient recipe for soft & fluffy Easy Pumpkin Cream Biscuits. As always, all opinions expressed below are 100% my own.
You just need 4 ingredients & 30 minutes to make these soft and fluffy Easy Pumpkin Cream Biscuits. Serve savory with your favorite soup or chili, or drizzle with honey for a sweet treat. #betterbiscuits

Brace yourself, my friends. The season of all things pumpkin is almost upon us! And quite frankly, I have been having a hard time not sharing this recipe for Easy Pumpkin Cream Biscuits with you all sooner. But I figured I should at least wait until it was almost September. ;) August 28th is close enough, right?
I have actually been in the kitchen for a couple of weeks now creating and then photographing a few pumpkin recipes to share with you all on the blog a little later on. Granted, it felt a little strange whipping up pumpkin recipes in the middle of August, but deadlines are deadlines and often brands want recipes for Halloween & Thanksgiving a couple of months ahead of the curve. But I haven't been complaining! I adore pumpkin... and fall... and baking for the fall holidays. :)

First up for Fall 2015? These super simple, soft & thick Easy Pumpkin Cream Biscuits. And when I say easy, I really mean easy, folks. Thanks to the good folks at King Arthur, I just became a self-rising flour convert. I brushed off self-rising flour before simply because I thought how hard could it be to add a few ingredients to flour myself and be done with it? But I found something out real quick after receiving and using my first bag of King Arthur Self-Rising Flour- the right self-rising flour makes THE BEST homemade biscuits...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

How Do You Treat Yourself To More?

Making time for yourself can be hard during the busy school year. See how I am treating myself to more during back to school with a little help from Target. Post Sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are 100% my own.
Making time for yourself can be hard during the busy school year. See how I am treating myself to more during back to school with a little help from Target. #MoreTreats #partner

I know that for most stay-at-home moms that when the school year starts back up they battle with some mixed emotions. They are glad for a little alone time and some peace & quiet during the day, but also are sad that the summer fun with the kiddos has come to an end. In fact, the house can sometimes become painfully silent during the 7-8 hours that the kids are in school each day. But at this point in my SAHM journey, I am not battling with that predicament just yet. In fact, with a little one at home (all day, 24/7) and my teenage son back in school and running cross country, any alone time or peace & quiet that I somehow managed to enjoy here and there during the summer months comes to an abrupt end. I have to make those moments to treat myself to a little peace and relaxation happen.

Last week I headed to my local Target to treat myself to some end of summer/back to school goodies. This mama hasn't purchased new make-up for herself in a good while, so I decided it was about time for a pretty new blush and a perfect-for-fall eye shadow palette. And for those rare days when I would be able to sneak away for a few moments of me time, a relaxing lavender facial mask and some Magnum Double Caramel Ice Cream Bars... ;)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Salted Caramel Almond & Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

As a Blue Diamond Tastemakers blogger, I am sharing with you all this recipe for soft & thick Salted Caramel Almond & Chocolate Chip Oatmeal CookiesThis post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.
These soft & thick Salted Caramel Almond & Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are chock full of hearty oats, mini chocolate chips, and crunchy salted caramel almonds. The only thing that is missing is you and a glass of milk. #ad

I have to admit that when a little package from Blue Diamond showed up in the mail a couple of weeks ago I was pretty excited. You see, I knew that they were sending me a container of their Salted Caramel Almonds. Salted Caramel, folks. I have pretty much had a thing for salted caramel since the first time I tried salted caramel ice cream from a pretty well-known local ice cream shop in Ohio years ago. If it has anything to do with salted caramel, then count me enthusiastically in. ;)

While I think that these Blue Diamond Salted Caramel Almonds are perfectly delicious straight from the can, I knew that I wanted to bake with them. It has been a good while since I have shared a homemade cookie recipe with you all, so I thought why not a soft & hearty oatmeal cookie chock full of these crunchy Salted Caramel Almonds? And just to take them slightly over the top, I threw in some mini chocolate chips for good measure...

Friday, August 21, 2015

10 Must-Do's in Pittsburgh Before Summer's End

My family & I traveled to Pittsburgh as part of a Kidsburgh press tour with Visit Pittsburgh. All opinions and thoughts-as always- are 100% my own.
Looking to plan a little end of summer getaway to the Steel City soon? Then you definitely need to check out my 10 Must-Do's in Pittsburgh Before Summer's End. #kidsburgh #lovepgh

A couple of weeks ago, my family and I had the pleasure of joining five other travel bloggers and their families for three fun filled days in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Any of you all that have been following me now for a while probably already know of my family and I's love for the Steel City. We make the 2 hour drive to the city several times throughout the year, so when I received the invitation to attend the Pittsburgh is Kidsburgh press tour I knew that we would all be there with bells on. :) The wonderful thing about Pittsburgh is that no matter how many times my family and I have visited there we always seem to discover something new and exciting to do there, and our most recent trip there was definitely no exception. 

For many of us, the summer is winding down and the first day of school is just around the corner or maybe it has already arrived for you and your kiddos. But that doesn't mean we should throw in the towel and declare summer over! Not when there are plenty of warm weekends left until the chill of fall arrives. 
Looking to plan a little end of summer getaway to the Steel City soon? Then you definitely need to check out my 10 Must-Do's in Pittsburgh Before Summer's End...

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Slow Cooker Chipotle Ale Chili

This flavorful Slow Cooker Chipotle Ale Chili with a little kick of heat is the perfect dinnertime solution for a busy weeknight...
This flavorful Slow Cooker Chipotle Ale Chili with a little kick of heat is the perfect dinnertime solution for a busy weeknight. #RHFood

We are full swing back into the new school year here. My son actually started back last Thursday, and his cross country season officially started last Monday. In fact, he has his first meet of the season this coming weekend. Though I am a loyal slow cooker user all year round, I really stat ramping up my slow cooker game when school starts back up. There is just so much going on almost every day between homework, after school practices, parent meetings, and weekend meets that it is essential for me to break out my trusty slow cooker at least 3 times a week. I mean, you just can't beat having a delicious, home cooked meal ready and waiting when everyone walks in the door. And everyone does not walk in the door at the same time in this house, so the warm setting on my slow cooker's dial gets used quite a bit during the school year. ;)

One of my favorite meals to make in the slow cooker, especially during the fall months, is a good and hearty chili. Serve a bowl of it with a side of homemade cornbread, and you have the perfect after school/game day/busy weekend dinner plan. Traditional chili is good and all, but you all know me by now- I had to take my slow cooker chili game to the next level. And I did just that with this hearty and flavorful Slow Cooker Chipotle Ale Chili. Let me tell you all- this chili has amazing flavor with a little kick of heat...

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Fresh New Look for Frugal Foodie Mama & Let's Chat Yummly...

The Frugal Foodie Mama site got a new & freshened design. Plus let's chat a little about why you need to be on Yummly now.

You all may have noticed that things look a little different over here at Frugal Foodie Mama over the past week. :) A few months ago, I feel in love with Always in Bluhm Designs when I happened to discover Theresa & her talents thanks to an online auction on Instagram. I found myself clicking over to her site often, oohing & ahhing over her fresh & pretty designs. Some of you all may not know this, but I happen to be one of the few bloggers still using the Blogger platform. Most bloggers have already migrated over to WordPress. Call me stubborn or "old-fashioned", but I have dug in and decided to stay with Blogger. I figure if it isn't broke then why fix it? ;) And lucky for me that I decided to stick with Blogger because that is all that Theresa does- gorgeous and clean designs for Blogger blogs. If you happen to be on Blogger and have been pondering a new site design or even just a few design updates, I can't recommend Always in Bluhm Designs enough, friends. I am in love with my new design from Theresa, and she was so easy to work with & included me in each and every step of the process.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

5 Simple Tips for Sticking to a Travel Dining Budget

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I am partnering with the Visa Clear Prepaid program and the Green Dot® Reloadable Prepaid Visa® Card to share with you all easy ways to stay on a dining budget while traveling.
Staying on a dining budget while traveling is easy with my 5 Simple Tips for Sticking to a Travel Dining Budget & a little help from Visa and Green Dot. AD VisaClearPrepaid

If you happen to travel at all- whether it be once a year for a family vacation or you take multiple road trips throughout the year- you probably already know that dining out while traveling can really eat up (pun intended ;) ) most of your travel budget pretty quickly. Being a foodie and food blogger, experiencing the local food scene in a new city ranks right up there in my top priorities when traveling. And because of that, the dining out expenses can really start adding up. Mainly because I want to try it all. Since my family and I love traveling, we have had to find ways to keep our dining budget in check because going over it one too many times means less trips throughout the year as our annual travel budget is depleted. Savvy savings and sticking to a budget with our travel dining = more trips as a family for the year! :)

So what are my best tips for staying on a travel dining budget? I am sharing my top five with you all below...