Frugal Foodie Mama

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Grands! Snowmen Cinnamon Rolls


Transform your favorite refrigerated cinnamon rolls into fun and easy to make edible snowmen with these Grands! Snowmen Cinnamon Rolls...
Transform your favorite refrigerated cinnamon rolls into fun and easy to make edible snowmen with these Grands! Snowmen Cinnamon Rolls.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by General Mills through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Pillsbury™ Grands! Cinnamon Rolls, all opinions are my own.

For years, Pillsbury™ Grands! Cinnamon Rolls has been a go-to of ours for lazy weekend mornings, snow days from school, and holiday breakfasts. They are so simple to make (the kiddos often help), they get on the breakfast table quick, and my entire family loves them. They have become a family breakfast tradition, and often-times they are the quickest way to get my late riser of a son out of bed earlier on the weekend. ;)

Typically I don't mess too much with a good thing, but we do like to change things up just a little here & there. My youngest (who is now 4 years old) loves to "help" her mama in the kitchen. So on one Saturday morning a couple of weeks ago, I thought why not turn our favorite Pillsbury™ Grands! Cinnamon Rolls into some fun Grands! Snowmen Cinnamon Rolls that Little Miss could help me decorate once they were done baking? The results were not only delicious, but they also totally left my daughter tickled pink! :) She was so proud to present our very well decorated snowmen shaped cinnamon rolls to her sleepy head daddy and brother...

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

12 Perfectly Romantic Desserts for Two

From chocolate to cupcakes to cobbler, you are sure to find the perfect dessert in just the right portion size for a date night-in with these 
12 Perfectly Romantic Desserts for Two...
From chocolate to cupcakes to cobbler, you are sure to find the perfect dessert in just the right portion size for a date night-in with these 12 Perfectly Romantic Desserts for Two.

Even though I put together this little round-up of delicious desserts with a certain upcoming romantic holiday in mind, I am here to tell you all that this collection of desserts for two isn't just for the love birds or romantic date nights at home. I mean, recipes for desserts for two can have so many other perfectly acceptable uses. Like, you have had a really long week. Like really long. And you want to splurge on a sweet treat, but find the idea of eating an entire pan of brownies or a dozen cookies a little ridiculous. Or maybe you are in the mood for a sweet treat, but don't feel like having a ton of leftover cake or cobbler tempting you all weekend long. I mean, it is hard to let such tasty goodies just go to waste, right? Or forget the husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc altogether! How about a dessert perfect for a girls' night in with your bestie? So please banish the idea from your head that you must be part of a couple in order to truly appreciate and enjoy these 12 Perfectly Romantic Desserts for Two! ;)

I carefully collected these dessert for two recipes from some of my favorite food blogs to make sure there was a little something in here to please just about everyone's sweet tooth. From chocolate (because duh!) to cupcakes to cobbler, you are sure to find the perfect dessert in just the right portion size for a date night-in, to smooth over a rough week, or to round out that upcoming girls' night...

Monday, February 8, 2016

Coffee Tenderloin Steaks with Scallop Tarragon Sauce

Juicy tenderloin steaks are marinated in a flavorful coffee marinade and then topped with a simple yet elegant scallop tarragon cream sauce...
Juicy tenderloin steaks are marinated in a flavorful coffee marinade and then topped with a simple yet elegant scallop tarragon cream sauce.
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Newsflash, folks- My husband and I are self-proclaimed homebodies when it comes to Valentine's Day. (I know, I know... I may have mentioned this little fact to you all about 100 times by now. ;) ) While I do love getting all dolled up for a fancy dinner out every once in while, I would much rather avoid the chaos and crowds on Valentine's Day and stay home with my sweetie. We always pick up a good bottle of wine, a movie and maybe some chocolates, and then together we whip up a splurge-worthy romantic dinner for two.

This Valentine's Day, we've made plans for a surf & turf dinner-in. I know most people think of steak and a lobster tail or steak topped with a crab bĂ©arnaise sauce when they hear the words "surf & turf," but when I spied these perfectly bite-sized scallops at the seafood counter at my local Kroger, I knew I had to make them into the "surf" in our surf & turf dinner. We marinated these juicy tenderloin steaks in a flavorful coffee marinade and then topped them with a simple yet elegant Scallop Tarragon Cream Sauce. My husband grills the steaks while I whip up the sauce, and voila! — Valentine's Day dinner is served in no time at all.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Conversation Heart Frosted Brookies

Fudgy & chewy brownie cookies are topped with an easy to make conversation heart frosting in these Conversation Heart Frosted Brookies...
Fudgy & chewy brownie cookies are topped with an easy to make conversation heart frosting in these Conversation Heart Frosted Brookies.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

I know that when most people think of Valentine's Day that they think of it as a romantic holiday filled with roses and fancy dinners out with your significant other. But Valentine's Day has always been more of a family holiday to me. When I was growing up, my parents always made sure that my younger sister and I were included. We always received a card, a little red foil heart filled with chocolates, and other little goodies from them. And this is a tradition that I have continued on with my kiddos as well. In fact, I have already went out and bought all their Valentine's Day goodies for next Sunday. ;)

My youngest is now finally old enough to give her mama a helping hand in the kitchen, so this Valentine's Day we decided to whip up some special cookies for our family and her preschool classmates. At first we were thinking brownies, but then she suggested cookies. I happened to have a box of our favorite Pillsbury™ Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix in the pantry, so I thought why couldn't we have both? With just a few simple ingredient tweaks, you can turn your favorite Pillsbury™ boxed brownie mix into fudgy & chewy cookies or what I like to call brookies (Get it? Brownies + cookies = brookies). ;) And to make these brookies perfectly festive for the Valentine's Day holiday, we topped them with a simple frosting made from Pillsbury™ Creamy Supreme® Frosting in Vanilla & crushed conversation hearts. I mean, what says Happy Valentine's Day better than pastel colored candy conversation hearts?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Roasted Garlic Boneless Buffalo Wings

Perfectly breaded & fried chicken nuggets are tossed in a flavorful & spicy sauce in these Roasted Garlic Boneless Buffalo Wings...
Perfectly breaded & fried chicken nuggets are tossed in a flavorful & spicy sauce in these Roasted Garlic Boneless Buffalo Wings.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Persil Proclean 2in1. All opinions (& messy stains) expressed below are 100% my own.

If you happen to read my blog pretty regularly, you might have already noticed this by now- But when it comes to game day, I am in it only for the food, folks. Period. And with the biggest game of the year happening later on this week, I have been in full-on game day menu planning over here. Personally, I do not have a stake in this year's game. But no matter which team you may or may not be rooting for this coming Sunday, one thing is for sure- there is no reason in the world why your football party menu can't be the MVP of the day. ;)

One item that is always a must-make for game day in our house has to be something Buffalo sauced. Whether it be my Buffalo Parmesan Hummus, or this Creamy Buffalo Ranch Potato Salad, or these flavorful Roasted Garlic Boneless Buffalo Wings that I am sharing with you all today, my game day menu isn't complete without something spicy & saucy. And let me tell you all about these boneless wings for a sec- they are pretty much ah-mazing. Like lick your fingers clean amazing. And I am not saying that just because I made them, folks. My son even went so far as to suggest that I patent this recipe & then sell the rights to a certain restaurant chain that is well known for their wings. ;) These boneless "wings" are perfectly breaded & fried until crispy & golden brown (I may or may not have posted a video of this golden frying goodness on my Instagram), and then they are tossed in a rich roasted garlic Buffalo sauce...

Monday, February 1, 2016

Cherry Cordial Chocolate Skillet Cookie for Two

This ooey, gooey Cherry Cordial Chocolate Skillet Cookie is the perfect dessert for two...
This ooey, gooey Cherry Cordial Chocolate Skillet Cookie is the perfect dessert for two.
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I am going to let you all in on a little secret here... The way to your honey's heart is through their sweet tooth. No, seriously. I know the old adage says the stomach (and I do believe that there is some validity to that claim), but if you really want a direct line to their ticker than you need to focus on that sweet tooth, folks! ;) Luckily for you all, I happen to be expert on how to satisfy that sweet tooth. And I know of no better way to do that than with ooey, gooey desserts meant just for two.

This Cherry Cordial Chocolate Skillet Cookie for Two starts with boozy maraschino cherries that have been soaked overnight in chocolate vodka. Then they are folded into a decadent homemade double chocolate cookie dough & baked up until warm & gooey. The warm cookie is then drizzled in a rich glaze that reminds you of the creamy filling in a chocolate covered cherry. I call this Valentine's Day (or any day!) dessert perfection for two... ;)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Chocolate Fudge Football Brownie

This easy to make & fudgy Chocolate Fudge Football Brownie is the perfect family friendly sweet treat for the big game... 
This easy to make & fudgy Chocolate Fudge Football Brownie is the perfect family friendly sweet treat for the big game.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

Game day happens to be family time in our home. It doesn't matter which teams are playing or who wins or loses (okay, my husband just may disagree with me on that one depending on who is playing exactly ;) ), the big game is always the perfect opportunity to invite family over and to hang out. It also happens to be the perfect excuse to whip up a tasty game day menu, and what game day menu is complete without a sweet treat to share like this very appropriate Chocolate Fudge Football Brownie?

Not only is this fudgy football brownie the perfect dessert for your game day party, it is also crazy easy to make thanks to a little help from Pillsbury™'s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix & Creamy Supreme® Frostings! :) So easy in fact, that I got my husband and daughter in on the brownie making fun. Usually it is just me in the kitchen prepping the game day menu, but we thought why not mix it up a little & start the game day fun a little early with a family baking session?