Frugal Foodie Mama

Saturday, December 20, 2014

RawSpiceBar- The Perfect Last Minute Foodie Gift!

Looking for a last minute gift for the favorite foodie or home cook in your life? I got you covered with a RawSpiceBar monthly subscription...
Need a last minute gift for your favorite foodie or home cook? Order a RawSpiceBar monthly subscription box!
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Okay, you all. It is crunch time. 
As in Christmas is just five days away!
Seriously, folks. I am scratching my head here wondering how in the world that happened.  I still have gifts to wrap, and a few more last minute gifts to figure out and get ordered asap.

If you happen to be in the same boat as me and one of those last minute gift recipients is a foodie or a budding or established home cook, a RawSpiceBar gift subscription just might be the perfect holiday gift giving solution for you! :)  
RawSpiceBar offers amazing monthly subscription boxes that include 3-4 hand-picked, small batch, freshly ground spice blends. I am not talking common, run-of-the-mill cinnamon and chili powder here, folks. Each of these unique spice blends are created in collaboration with some of the top chefs in the business, aka spice masters.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Why You Need An AeroGarden {& The Winner of the AeroGarden Giveaway!}

I am partnering with The Scotts Company to share with you all how year-round gardening is possible with the MiracleGro AeroGarden. All opinions expressed below are 100% my own.
Why You Need An #AeroGarden (Product Review) + a 20% Off Discount Code #ad
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If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen my updates on my AeroGarden gourmet herbs' progress.  Seriously, you all... I was blown away by how amazing this thing is! :) My herbs went from tiny seed pods to full grown fresh herbs in a matter of weeks.  It seemed as if I was adjusting the height of the grow lamps every other day or so to accommodate my rapidly growing basil.

The set-up of my AeroGarden was insanely easy and with a little water, the provided Miracle-Gro nutrients and a lot of love from the AeroGarden's grow lamps, I was cooking and baking with fresh herbs within 6 weeks....

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Cheese Platter {& How to Throw a Wine Tasting Party on a Budget}

I am partnering with ALDI today to bring you all this fun & delicious Holiday Cheese Platter and to share my tips for hosting a budget friendly wine tasting party...
How to Create a Holiday Cheese Platter + tips and ideas for hosting a budget friendly wine tasting party #ALDIPairings
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I think by now most of you all who have been following me for any number of months (or even weeks) have figured out that I have much love for the ALDI grocery store chain.  I do have to admit though that there was once a time in my life when I turned up my nose to the very thought of shopping there. (Can you all even believe that??)  That all changed when I made the decision that I wanted to stay at home with my daughter after she was born.  I was searching for ways to cut down on our budget when I decided to give ALDI another chance. And folks, I have never looked back since... ;)

You may already know that ALDI has fabulous deals for your everyday grocery shopping, and that their ALDI brand products almost always stand up to and even surpass their name brand counterparts.  But did you know that ALDI can also help you throw a swanky wine tasting party for the holidays without totally emptying your wallet?  Today I am going to show you all how.

Just about everything I used for my holiday wine tasting party that I am sharing with you all today was purchased at my local ALDI. From the wine to the cheeses to the grapes and baby carrots, even the fun slate cheese platter (around $10!) you see below was bought there.
The focal dish for my wine tasting party was this fun and simple Holiday Cheese Platter. I created mine in the shape of a Christmas tree, but you could certainly get even more creative and try a wreath or a candy cane shape...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Monopolizing A Little Family Time During the Holidays

Check out Hasbro Game Channel and experience MONOPOLY for a new era!
Take time for a family game night this busy holiday season with the help of Hasbro Ubisoft #ad
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While the holiday season is supposed to be all about spending time with and enjoying our loved ones, we can often find ourselves doing anything but spending quality with our families as the busy holiday season goes into full swing. With family gatherings, parties with friends, company holiday parties, pageants and dance recitals, it seems that we are doing everything but carving out quality time to spend with our family members.

This holiday season with a little help from Hasbro Ubisoft my family and I are vowing to include more family game nights into our busy holiday schedule.  Hasbro Ubisoft has brought one of our favorite family board games, Monopoly into the new era with the Hasbro Game Channel...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Easy Cranberry-Almond Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

This Easy Cranberry-Almond Cream Cheese Cake Coffee Cake is so simple to make yet so impressive- perfect for your holiday morning breakfast...
Easy Cranberry-Almond Cream Cheese Coffee Cake for Real Housemoms- this simple, yet impressive coffee cake starts with a can of refrigerated cinnamon rolls!
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Am I the only mother who happens to have this far fetched fantasy of having her family sit down to a perfectly prepared holiday breakfast before the gift unwrapping frenzy begins each Christmas morning? I mean, honestly it is a fantasy. And maybe just a little cruel to the kiddos to do so too. ;)

But even when I know that I will be up before the crack of dawn on the 25th.  And I know that there is no way my kids (and perhaps even my husband) would sit down to a nice family breakfast without scarfing their food down just so they could get to those presents quicker, I still would like to prepare a special breakfast for Christmas morning without missing all of the gift opening to do so.
Enter this delicious and holiday perfect (and easy to make!) Cranberry-Almond Cream Cheese Coffee Cake...

Monday, December 15, 2014

White Chocolate Dipped Cherry Shortbread Cookies

These buttery, crispy cookies are studded with sweet & tart dried cherries and then dipped in white chocolate- perfect for the holidays... 
White Chocolate Dipped Cherry Shortbread Cookies- buttery, crispy cookies are studded with sweet & tart dried cherries and then dipped in white chocolate
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This year was my first time participating in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  Last year I remember seeing food blogger friends posting all the fabulous cookies they were receiving from other food bloggers and wanting to kick myself for not signing up. So this year as soon as the sign-ups went up, I headed over and registered. :) What is the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap? To participate, each food blogger donates just $4 to Cookies for Kids' Cancer. Then you receive the addresses of 3 other food bloggers that you will bake cookies for and send off at least a dozen to each. In return, you will get 3 different dozens of homemade cookies from 3 other food bloggers. Helping a great cause and getting to try cookies from other food bloggers? That is a win-win in my book, folks. ;) And this year's cookie swap raised over $12,000 for Cookies for Kid's Cancer! 

If you follow me on Instagram, you already got a peek at the delicious cookies that came my way during this year's swap. 
My cookie swap recipients received these crispy and buttery dried cherry studded shortbread cookies that I dipped in white chocolate and finished off with some holiday festive sprinkles...

Friday, December 12, 2014

Biscoff Gingersnap Brownies {& A Cookbook Giveaway!}

Chocolaty, fudgy brownies get a chewy gingersnap crust and are then topped off with a creamy Biscoff buttercream in these Biscoff Gingersnap Brownies...
Biscoff Gingersnap Brownies- fudgy brownies with a chewy gingersnap crust are frosted with a creamy Biscoff buttercream
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I think by now you all are well aware of my obsession with and love for Biscoff spread, aka cookie butter.  It started with that very first spoonful. And trust me.... that is all it takes to begin the addiction, folks. ;)

So, you all can probably guess at how thrilled I was to discover that there is a cookbook out there filled with just recipes that use Biscoff spread and cookies!  As soon as I made this discovery, I ordered my copy from Amazon- The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook from Katrina Bahl of Katrina's Kitchen.  It was also pretty nice to know that there happens to be another food blogger out there who shares my affinity for all things cookie butter. 

I had been kicking around an idea for a gingersnap crusted brownie for a couple of weeks now. I just love the combination of rich chocolate with spicy ginger.  But it needed something just a little more... As I was flipping through my copy of The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook, I came to the recipe for Biscoff Buttercream and I knew that I found the missing component for my brownie recipe idea.  The creamy buttercream with it's spiced buttery cookie flavor turned out to be just the icing on the cake (ahem... brownies) I was looking for for this new sweet treat recipe...