Frugal Foodie Mama

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NatureBox- Easy & Healthy Snacking for the Entire Family

NatureBox- Easy & Healthy Snacking for the Entire Family via #natureboxsnacks
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The start of the school year always means the end to the lazy days of summer and the ushering in of the busy days of fall.
The days start earlier, but we seem to have less time as each day is now jam-packed with lunch packing, homework conquering, cross country practice, team photos, and more.  
Needless to say, a lot of rushing out the door and chauffeuring the oldest from here to there with a toddler in tow takes place.

It is all too easy to just grab whatever and toss it in in my purse or in my son's backpack as we walk (scratch that, run) out the door.  And we often end up grabbing something that is not all that healthy for us just because it is convenient.
But what if convenient could also be healthy? 

Let me introduce you all to NatureBox, this mama's new game changer in making sure every member of my family stays fueled with healthy and tasty snacks that are quick & easy too...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cucumber-Mint Green Tea Sangria

This Cucumber-Mint Green Tea Sangria is a refreshing & minty twist on a summer cocktail classic...
Cucumber-Mint Green Tea Sangria via #cocktail
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Does anyone else feel like Labor Day weekend is the last hurrah of summer?
It is usually the last big BBQ of the summer.  The last weekend that the public swimming pools and water parks are open. The last three day weekend with warm temps and summer sunshine.

Well if you are planning a little get-together or a huge cookout for the long holiday weekend, I have the perfect pitcher of deliciousness to serve up- this Cucumber-Mint Green Tea Sangria! 
It is refreshing & packed with all kinds of good stuff from the fresh mint, cucumber slices, and green tea.  I mean, I am not trying to tout this as a "healthy" cocktail.  But it is WAY better for you then some of those other summer cocktails out there. ;)
Plus, it is just so easy to make! You can start infusing the green tea with the mint and cucumber the morning of your BBQ, and then simply add the chilled Moscato about 30 minutes before serving...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bacon & Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Super soft & thick pudding cookies are jam-packed with crispy bacon, crunchy pretzels, and chocolate chips in these Bacon & Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies...
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Ready for more bacon for dessert action?
If the Candied Bacon S'mores Pizza recipe I posted yesterday didn't convince you of the merits of having a little bacon for dessert, then these Bacon & Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies certainly will!  ;)

The secret to these cookies being so soft and thick? Cake mix and pudding mix, folks. 
Some call it cheating.  I call it genius.
And then when you throw in some gooey chocolate chips, salty bacon, and crunchy pretzel pieces? 

These cookies pair perfectly with a cold glass of milk.... or maybe a good beer. ;)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Candied Bacon S'mores Pizza {& A Core Bamboo Giveaway!}

A soft, graham cracker pizza crust is topped with gooey marshmallow cream, chocolate chips, crunchy graham pieces, and smoky candied bacon in this Candied Bacon S'mores Pizza...
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Today marks the fourth and final week of Bacon Month 2014, folks.
But don't you all fret because I have happened to save the best for last...
Bacon for dessert.
For the entire week.

Some of you all may already know what I am talking about. How perfectly salty & smoky bacon pairs with sweets.
And some of you may be balking at the idea at the moment.  But I only ask that you do try not to knock it until you have tried it. ;)
And a good place to start your adventure with bacon for dessert would be with this Candied Bacon S'mores Pizza...

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Chocolate Chip Waffle Cone Ice Cream

Chocolate Chip Waffle Cone Ice Cream via for Real Housemoms #nochurn
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Can we talk about ice cream makers for a sec, folks?
I own one. When I first bought it, I used it religiously every time I wanted to make a batch of homemade ice cream.
Then one day a very important and necessary piece went missing. 
After a good amount of online researching (and actual searching of every nook & cranny in my kitchen), I came to find out that it would just be cheaper to buy an entirely new ice cream maker than just purchase the missing part.
I put off buying a new ice cream maker.  And the one with a missing a part went to a back corner of my kitchen cabinet to gather dust.
No homemade ice cream was enjoyed in our home for months.  
(Cue the sad violin music.)

And then one day, I was done with it. I sought out homemade ice cream recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers- ones that did not require an ice cream maker, aka no churn ice creams.
From my first batch, I was hooked and never looked back. 
I even miraculously found the missing piece to the dusty ice cream maker a couple of months ago. But yet the ice cream maker still sits, gathering dust.
The moral of the story?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bacon Guaca-Hummus

How can you make your three favorite chip dips even better? Combine them together and then throw some bacon in there, like in this Bacon Guaca-Hummus...
Bacon-Guaca Hummus via #appetizer #dip
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Okay, folks. Football season is just about here.  Soon everyone will be hosting or attending game day parties and tailgates.  
Finger foods and dips will be a-plenty.
But the dip that YOU bring will stand out and above the rest when you bring this simple & flavorful Bacon Guaca-Hummus!
Did I mention that it requires just 5 easy ingredients and can be ready to go in under 30 minutes? ;)

Seriously, all. There was no way that I could go wrong with this one.
How could I when combining the tasty flavors of guacamole with spicy salsa, creamy hummus, and crispy, smoky bacon? 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bacon Cheeseburger Tatchos

These Bacon Cheeseburger Tatchos are a fun and delicious combination of two of your favorites- a classic bacon cheeseburger and nachos- minus the bun and the tortilla chips...
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These Bacon Cheeseburger Tatchos are about to totally shake up your weeknight dinner plans, folks. ;)
What exactly are tatchos, you may be asking?
Some people call them totchos. Some people call them tatchos.
But they both start with the same thing- crispy, golden tater tots!
Think nachos, but tater tots are taking over the role of tortilla chips. 

For this tasty take on tatchos, I steered away from the traditional Mexican nacho toppings and went 100% American classic with all the flavors of one of everyone's favorite burgers- the bacon cheeseburger.
Golden brown tater tots are smothered with perfectly seasoned ground beef, melty shredded cheese, mustard, ketchup, chopped tomatoes and pickles, shredded lettuce, and crispy bacon.  Of course, you could add whichever toppings you like and omit the ones you do not like.  
These Bacon Cheeseburger Tatchos are sure to be a hit with everyone in your family and weeknight friendly too since you can have these on the table in about 30 minutes...