Frugal Foodie Mama

Friday, August 10, 2018

10 Pickling Recipes You Need to Try This Summer

Savor that fresh garden goodness just a little bit longer with these 10 Pickling Recipes You Need to Try This Summer...

Savor that fresh garden goodness just a little bit longer with these 10 Pickling Recipes You Need to Try This Summer.


Can you all believe that summer is already starting to wind down? My daughter starts back to school next week, and I am just flabbergasted that this coming weekend is our last full weekend of summer break. I mean, where does the time go anyways? I wish I could preserve those last little bits of summertime & save them for later when the cold months of winter come around. 

While I may not be able to make the warm days of summer last any longer, I can stretch out the fresh yummy goodness from those backyard gardens & local farmers markets with these 10 pickling recipes that I am sharing with you all today.  From tried & true homemade pickle recipes to pickled peppers & even peaches, there is a recipe below that will help you savor that summer goodness just a little longer. Maybe even right up until the leaves start to change color & fall off of the trees. ;)

If you are hesitant about canning your pickled creations, no worries. Most of the recipes I am sharing with you all below are refrigerator recipes, meaning no canning is necessary. But if you would like to try your hand at canning any of these pickling recipes, then be sure to check out my canning tips for beginners & snag a basic canning set by CLICKING HERE

Monday, August 6, 2018

Summer Veggie Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Put all of those fresh garden & farmers market veggies to tasty use with this recipe for Summer Veggie Stuffed Poblano Peppers...

Put all of those fresh garden & farmers market veggies to tasty use with this recipe for Summer Veggie Stuffed Poblano Peppers.
This recipe first appeared on the Bridgeport Farmers Market Let's Get Fresh site.


I am on a mission once again this outdoor farmers market season to show you all how you can create a delicious recipe purchasing mostly locally grown & raised produce and meats at your local farmers market. I started this locally inspired recipe series last summer, and I am thrilled to be continuing the series this year as well. Each month I will be sharing a recipe here to the blog inspired by and featuring some of my own personal favorite fresh & local finds from my local market. 

For the month of August, I am sharing the recipe for these Summer Veggie Stuffed Poblano Peppers. I spotted some gorgeous poblano peppers at the market, and I knew I had use them in my next farmers market inspired recipe for you all. Poblanos happen to be perfect for stuffing, & what better to stuff them with than a bunch of fresh veggies from the other farmers at the market? ;)

Friday, July 27, 2018

Exploring the Local Brewery Scene in Columbus, Ohio

With over 40 breweries & microbreweries, Columbus, Ohio is quickly becoming a must-visit destination for craft beer enthusiasts...

With over 40 breweries & microbreweries, Columbus, Ohio is quickly becoming a must-visit destination for craft beer enthusiasts.
This post was created in partnership with Experience ColumbusAs always, all opinions & thoughts expressed below are 100% my own.


When I moved back to my home state of West Virginia after living in the Columbus, Ohio area for 8 years, Columbus was just then starting to experience a growing craft beer movement. While local breweries were very few in number (think maybe Barley's, Columbus Brewing Company, & Elevator Brewing downtown), craft beer tap takeovers in local bars had started to become more & more popular. In fact, these tap takeovers is how I first experienced and fell in love with craft beers.

Fast forward 8 years later, and the craft beer scene in Columbus has totally evolved into a full-fledged local brewery movement. In fact, there are now over 40 breweries & counting in the Columbus area alone! I knew I had to get back to C-bus to explore the local brewery scene. I spent two days in the city- even embarking on a guided brewery tour- and I didn't even get to a fourth of the breweries in the city!

Even though I didn't get to experience everything Columbus's local brewery scene has to offer on this most recent visit, I did get a good taste of what the city has been brewing up since I moved away. Today I am sharing a few of my favorite craft beer gems from Ohio's state capital...

Friday, July 20, 2018

Farmers Market Breakfast Pizza

Brimming with bacon, pork sausage, & farm fresh eggs, this hearty Farmers Market Breakfast Pizza is sure to be a crowd-pleaser...

Brimming with bacon, pork sausage, & farm fresh eggs, this hearty Farmers Market Breakfast Pizza is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
This recipe first appeared on the Bridgeport Farmers Market Let's Get Fresh site.

I am on a mission once again this outdoor farmers market season to show you all how you can create a delicious recipe purchasing mostly locally grown & raised produce and meats at your local farmers market. I started this locally inspired recipe series last summer, and I am thrilled to be continuing the series this year as well. Each month I will be sharing a recipe here to the blog inspired by and featuring some of my own personal favorite fresh & local finds from my local market. 

For the month of July, I am sharing the recipe for this hearty & tasty Farmers Market Breakfast Pizza. Yes, I did say a breakfast pizza! I mean, why should just lunch & dinner get to have all the pizza fun? ;)

Friday, July 13, 2018

Chocolate Stout Blackberry Brownies

With ooey, gooey chocolate & ribbons of sweet blackberries, these decadent & rich Chocolate Stout Blackberry Brownies are a chocolate lover's dream...
With ooey, gooey chocolate & ribbons of sweet blackberries, these decadent & rich Chocolate Stout Blackberry Brownies are a chocolate lover's dream.

If there is one summertime flavor combo that I feel is overlooked all too often, it is most definitely the combination of juicy blackberries with rich dark chocolate. But let me tell you all this- it is a flavor combo that you need to make happen asap. Like this week if possible. Or even today. I mean, why wait for this deliciousness? ;) And luckily for you all, I have just the recipe to accomplish this- these ooey, gooey Chocolate Stout Blackberry Brownies!

I have taken this incredible combination of flavors just one step further by throwing a good chocolate stout beer into the mix as well. But no worries if you don't happen to be a beer fan. The beer flavor mostly bakes out leaving these decadent brownies with an extra level of richness.

Monday, July 9, 2018

15 Fun & Unique Popcorn Recipes

From sweet to savory to salty & sweet, these 15 Fun & Unique Popcorn Recipes are sure to be a hit at your next movie night-in, family get-together, or party...
From sweet to savory to salty & sweet, these 15 Fun & Unique Popcorn Recipes are sure to be a hit at your next movie night-in, family get-together, or party.


If there is just one universal snack that I think just about everyone can agree on, it has to be popcorn. Am I right? Popcorn can be served just about anytime, anywhere, and for any occasion. A movie night in? Check! A family game night? Check! Birthday parties? Check! (In fact, I have made a themed popcorn recipe for just about every one of my daughter's birthday parties.) An easy afternoon snack? Check!

And while I am always down for a good microwave popped kettle corn or a super buttery bucket of movie theater popcorn, I also love fun & unique popcorn recipe ideas. Sweet & salty flavor combos are usually my absolute fave, but I haven't been known to turn down a handful or two of the savory varieties. ;)

So whether you are planning a move night-in, a little get-together, or inviting everyone over to watch the big game soon, you are sure to find the perfect crowd-pleasing popcorn recipe to whip up in these 15 Fun & Unique Popcorn Recipes I am sharing with you all today...

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

How to Save Money on Your Next Road Trip Before You Even Hit the Road


Expenses for family road trips can add up quick! Find out my #1 tip for How to Save Money on Your Next Road Trip Before You Even Hit the Road...

Expenses for family road trips can add up quick! Find out my #1 tip for How to Save Money on Your Next Road Trip Before You Even Hit the Road.
This post was created in partnership with Kroger. As always, all opinions & thoughts expressed below are 100% my own.


The end of the school year & the beginning of summertime always means one thing for my kids & I- it is the official start of road trip season in our home. Whether we are driving just an hour or two to spend the day hiking or embarking on a 6+ hour drive to a cabin in the Tennessee mountains, we are always game for a good family road trip. But when you factor in gas, stops for snacks, road tolls (ugh- am I right?), the expenses for those family road trips can start adding up pretty quick. That is why our local Kroger store has now become our first official stop on our road trips before we even hit the road.