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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

8 Quick & Easy Instant Pot Soups & Stews

Whip up a pot of hearty & comforting soup or stew in a fraction of the time with this collection of 8 Quick & Easy Instant Pot Soups & Stews recipes...
Whip up a pot of hearty & comforting soup or stew in a fraction of the time with this collection of 8 Quick & Easy Instant Pot Soups & Stews recipes.
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Is it just been here in West Virginia, or have any of you all also been experiencing a roller coaster of weather lately? Within a week, we have had temps in the 50's and 60's with spring like weather and then the very next day it has dropped down into the 20's with snow flurries. We keep alternating between heavy winter coats and light spring jackets. And these ups and downs in the temperatures have been doing a number on everyone's immune systems. My son's sinuses have been going haywire, and our youngest has been battling a head cold with a cough and sniffles for the past 3 days. 

Weather like this calls for warm bowls of comforting & hearty soup- am I right? And lately, the quickest way to whip up a batch of homemade soup happens to be in an Instant Pot. Have you all jumped on this newest culinary bandwagon yet? An Instant Pot is basically an electric pressure cooker with a few extra bells and whistles. ;) You can cook meals up to 70% quicker while using less energy to do so.

Friday, February 10, 2017

10 Kid Approved Valentine Treats

From cute to easy to just plain sweet, you are sure to find the perfect dessert to say "I love you" to your kiddos in this collection of 10 Kid Approved Valentine Treats...
From cute to easy to just plain sweet, you are sure to find the perfect dessert to say "I love you" to your kiddos in this collection of 10 Kid Approved Valentine Treats.

Is it just me or does Valentine's Day take on a whole other meaning after you have kids? Pre-kids, it was all about the roses, and a fancy dinner out, followed by champagne by candlelight (not that you still can't do all of those things after you have kids, but it is definitely a bit more challenging to coordinate the romantic theatrics. ;) ). Post-kids, you find yourself elbow deep in perforated Valentines for the classroom party while simultaneously trying to wrap a shoe box in red cardstock. If that isn't true love, then I don't know what it is, folks.

When the Valentines are all finally addressed and the last heart shaped sticker has been attached to that shoe box, I like to turn my attention to making a sweet treat for Valentine's Day for the kiddos. Sometimes I whip up a little something that is perfect for sharing with the whole family, and sometimes I like to make an easy dessert that my daughter can help me with. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Creamy Mushroom & Lentil Soup

Packed full of fiber rich lentils & meaty mushrooms, this vegetarian and vegan friendly Creamy Mushroom & Lentil Soup is comforting and filling without the extra fat and calories...
Packed full of fiber rich lentils & meaty mushrooms, this vegetarian and vegan friendly Creamy Mushroom & Lentil Soup is comforting and filling without the extra fat and calories.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.

Just like many of you all may have also done, I made goals to eat healthier at the start of the new year. I have really been trying to make strides to rotate in at least two new healthy recipes into my meal plan each week to keep things fresh. And like many of you all, I often find my inspiration for new recipes to try from Pinterest. In fact, I created an entire board to dedicated to just Healthy & Tasty Recipes.

One of my favorite sites to browse for new recipes is Kroger's Inspired Gathering site. Recently, I was searching for some hearty and healthy soup recipes and came across the recipe for this Creamy Mushroom & Lentil Soup on their site. Packed full of fiber rich lentils & meaty mushrooms, this vegetarian and vegan friendly soup is comforting and filling without the extra fat and calories.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Moroccan Sour Cream Dip

Score a touchdown for the big game with this budget friendly & flavorful Moroccan Sour Cream Dip...
Score a touchdown for the big game with this budget friendly & flavorful Moroccan Sour Cream Dip.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Save-A-Lot. The opinions and text are all mine.

So, who all is looking forward to the big game this coming weekend? I have to admit that I have never been much of a professional football fan. (My husband, on the other hand, happens to be a whole other story. But only when a certain team that sports the black & gold is playing. ;) ) But one thing I can always get behind for the big game is the game day food. No matter which team you happen to be rooting for this Sunday, I believe that is one thing we can all agree on- everyone loves the football food!

While I love playing hostess and putting together a tasty game day spread, it can get expensive to feed a team of hungry fans. When it comes to planning my menu and sticking to a budget, Save-A-Lot is my Big Game headquarters. My local Save-A-Lot has everything I need to throw an epic football party without breaking the bank because their prices are often 40% lower than conventional grocery stores! :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Winter Vegetable Ratatouille

A classic French dish gets a hearty wintertime makeover with the addition of beets & turnips in this easy to make Winter Vegetable Ratatouille...
A classic French dish gets a hearty wintertime makeover with the addition of beets & turnips in this easy to make Winter Vegetable Ratatouille.
A big thank you to Hamilton Beach for partnering with me today to bring you all this recipe & for sponsoring the giveaway.
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Have you ever watched a movie and came away from it just craving a dish you have never tried before? Like you literally wanted to run out to the store the minute the credits hit and go get everything you needed to make it. For me, that movie was Ratatouille. ;) Yes, the Disney movie about a rat who became a critically acclaimed chef.

There was just something about the way that those thinly sliced & roasted vegetables evoked childhood memories for Anton Ego that had me entranced. But one thing stopped me in my tracks- those perfectly sliced veggies. I mean, I know that ratatouille can be made a little more rustic, but I wanted to make the ratatouille from the movie. The ratatouille with the beautiful layers of evenly sliced vegetables. But seeing as how I didn't want to spend an hour thinly slicing eggplant and zucchini by hand, I put this little culinary fantasy of mine on the back burner. That is, until now... ;)

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Top 6 Traveling Frugal Foodie Mama Posts of 2016

From travel tips to historical destinations to amazing family dining, here are the Top 6 Traveling Frugal Foodie Mama Posts of 2016 as clicked on & shared by you...
From travel tips to historical destinations to amazing family dining, here are the Top 6 Traveling Frugal Foodie Mama Posts of 2016 as clicked on & shared by you.

When I decided to publish my first ever travel post on Frugal Foodie Mama in 2013, I really didn't set out with the intention of merging my predominantly food & recipe blog with a family friendly travel blog. My family and I had stayed at a bed & breakfast in Virginia for a little weekend getaway, and I was impressed with how the innkeepers had went above and beyond to accommodate us. I wanted to show my appreciation and gratitude, so I thought why not write up a little review of our stay on my blog and share it with my social media followers as a way to thank them for their generous hospitality? I had no idea how my loyal readers would react to a travel piece, but I figured it was just one post so why not?

Luckily for me, my first ever travel review was well received by you all. But I wasn't entirely convinced that I should delve head first into travel writing, so it took me over a year to write and publish my second ever travel post. When that post was also pretty well received, it dawned on me that I might be onto to something here and Traveling Frugal Foodie Mama (or #TravelingFFM, as it is known on social media) was born! :)

Since that time, I have published a total of 39 travel posts to the blog- 16 of those being from 2016 alone. Yep, I really upped my travel game in the past year, folks. While I am not sharing all 16 travel posts from last year with you all here today, I am sharing my top 6 travel posts from 2016. Hopefully, you all will find a little family travel inspiration for 2017 below... 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Top 16 Recipes of 2016

These are the Top 16 Recipes of 2016 on Frugal Foodie Mama as clicked on, pinned, and shared by you...
Looking for recipe inspiration in the new year? These are the Top 16 Recipes of 2016 on Frugal Foodie Mama as clicked on, pinned, and shared by you.

I am still finding it hard to believe that we have just flipped the page to the start of a new year a few days ago. In fact, I just now bought a brand spanking new binder with tabs and calendar sheets for my blogging editorial calendar. Yes, I am a little old-fashioned like that. No Google calendars or a streamlined online planner for me. There is just something about putting the ink to a fresh calendar page that is so personally satisfying to me. Even though I have definitely went full-on digital in many other aspects of my life, I have a feeling that I will always stay low-tech when it comes to my yearly planner and stick to paper & ink. ;) Can anyone else relate to me here?

I think the start to a new year always prompts most of us to look back on the year past. Which goals did we meet and which ones did we fall short of in the past 365 days? Blog-wise, I had set 3 goals for myself at the beginning of 2016- 1. To grow to 10,000 followers on Instagram. 2. To foster more of a community with my readers and followers on social media by becoming more engaged & present. & 3. To learn & embrace Snapchat. The first one I fell short of by a little less than 2,000. With the second goal, I feel that I have made great strides with it, but I do feel I can still improve on this community of ours even more over the next year. And the last goal? Well, let's just say I didn't even start it. As much as I tried, I just couldn't make myself love Snapchat. And then Instagram came out with their Stories feature, and I didn't see much of a point in learning yet another social media platform. ;)