Frugal Foodie Mama

Friday, October 12, 2018

Apple Cheddar Pull-Apart Bread

Sweet apples, mild cheddar, warm spices, & a touch of maple sweetness come together perfectly in this easy to make Apple Cheddar Pull-Apart Bread...

Sweet apples, mild cheddar, warm spices, & a touch of maple sweetness come together perfectly in this easy to make Apple Cheddar Pull-Apart Bread.


I know that when most people think of their favorite fall flavors to pair with crisp apples that caramel and cinnamon & sugar probably come to mind first. But for me, I prefer the sweet & savory combination of apples with a good white cheddar cheese. In fact, fresh apple slices & creamy cheddar are a staple on my charcuterie boards during the fall months.

I decided to take this delicious combo and wrap it up into a warm & cozy pull-apart bread that would be perfect with a warm cup of chai tea on crisp fall afternoon or as part of a weekend brunch menu. Sweet apples, mild cheddar, & a touch of maple sweetness & warm spices come together perfectly in this easy to make treat...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Chocolate Raspberry Layer Cake

With its rich & chocolaty cake layers frosted with a fresh raspberry buttercream, you certainly cannot go wrong with this crowd-pleasing Chocolate Raspberry Layer Cake for your next party or celebration...

With its rich & chocolaty cake layers frosted with a fresh raspberry buttercream, you certainly cannot go wrong with this crowd-pleasing Chocolate Raspberry Layer Cake for your next party or celebration.


Let me start this post off by first offering an apology to any of my Instagram followers who may have seen the teaser photo I posted back in August for this insanely decadent cake. You all have been waiting almost two months for this recipe, and I didn't mean to make you all wait that long for this one. But you know, life & work & the kids starting back to school got in the way. But today the wait is finally over, my friends!

I actually whipped up this cake for my son's 20th birthday party in August. And yes, I did say TWENTY. I mean, how does that even happen anyways? When they say the years go by fast, they are not exaggerating, you all. One day you are planning a Blue's Clues themed party for their first birthday, and then the next thing you know they have officially left their teen years and are in their twenties. I can't even wrap my head around it sometimes.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Sip Your Way Through Pittsburgh with City Brew Tours

Discover Pittsburgh's favorite neighborhoods by sipping your way through the city with City Brew Tours...

Discover Pittsburgh's favorite neighborhoods by sipping your way through the city with City Brew Tours.
This post was created in partnership with TripAdvisor. As always, all opinions & thoughts expressed below are 100% my own.


One of my favorite ways to explore a new city (or as in this particular case, different & new to me parts of a city I already love) is to book a culinary tour with a local tour group. I have hopped on winery tours & the occasional local foods tour, but brewery tours just may be my personal favorite. 

Local breweries have just recently started making a comeback from the days of Prohibition in many cities & areas of the country, popping up in once was industrial neighborhoods of towns & cities. They bring with them not only some tasty & creative local brews, but also have restored a revitalized sense of community & pride in these once forgotten parts of the city. 

Recently, myself & one of my girlfriends booked a brewery tour through TripAdvisor & hopped on with City Brew Tours in Pittsburgh to explore & get a small taste of the local brewery & microbrewery scene in a city that was once the heart of the steel industry of America...

Monday, September 24, 2018

Chai Tea Latte French Toast for One

This single serving Chai Tea Latte French Toast for One is sweet & spicy, yet comforting & creamy. A perfect breakfast idea for a crisp fall morning...

This single serving Chai Tea Latte French Toast for One is sweet & spicy, yet comforting & creamy. A perfect breakfast idea for a crisp fall morning.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Oregon Chai®. The opinions and text are all mine.




My youngest has been back in school for a few weeks now, and we have finally settled into a good routine. The spontaneous craziness of summer break is behind us, and the chaotic business of the holiday season hasn't arrived just yet. As a work at home mama, this little lull between the start of the new school year and the hectic & busy whirlwind of the fall & winter holidays is my time to breathe in deep and exhale. My time to carve out a little time for myself and recharge.

Once I have sent my daughter off to school in the morning, I like to take a few moments to relax and get centered before diving head first into my blog work. One of my favorite ways to do just that is to whip up a quick & easy breakfast treat like this Chai Tea Latte French Toast for One. This single serving French toast recipe is sweet & spicy, yet comforting & creamy. A perfect breakfast idea for a crisp fall morning!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Slow Cooker Peach Habanero Short Ribs

These sweet & spicy Slow Cooker Peach Habanero Short Ribs are the perfect fall comfort food & would make a tasty addition to that game day menu...

These sweet & spicy Slow Cooker Peach Habanero Short Ribs are the perfect fall comfort food & would make a tasty addition to that game day menu.
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 September & for my final recipe for this year's outdoor market season, I am sharing the recipe for these sweet & spicy Slow Cooker Peach Habanero Short Ribs with you all today. These hearty & saucy short ribs are the perfect comfort food for a crisp fall day. They would also make a tasty addition to your next game day menu! :)

Friday, September 7, 2018

4 Reasons to Attend a Local Farm to Table Dinner

If you have never attended a farm to table dinner before or have been on the fence about whether or not you should attend one, then be sure to check out these 4 Reasons to Attend a Local Farm to Table Dinner...

If you have never attended a farm to table dinner before or have been on the fence about whether or not you should attend one, then be sure to check out these 4 Reasons to Attend a Local Farm to Table Dinner.
This post was created in partnership with Taste of Blue Ridge. As always, all opinions & thoughts expressed below are 100% my own.


Through my work as a food & travel blogger and my involvement with the local food & culinary scene in my area, I have been fortunate to have been able to attend a handful of farm to table dinners over the past few years. Although each featured a different venue & highlighted different local chefs & farms, one theme remained the same- a love for & focus on locally sourced, grown, & raised ingredients. 

If you have never attended a farm to table dinner before or have been on the fence about whether or not you should snag a ticket to your next local food event, then today's post is for you! :) Below I am sharing my 4 top reasons why a local farm to table dinner is well worth your time & the price of admission...

Friday, August 31, 2018

3 Reasons Why You Need a DreamCloud Mattress ASAP

Luxurious sleep awaits you with a DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress! Check out my 3 Reasons Why You Need a DreamCloud Mattress ASAP below...

Luxurious sleep awaits you with a DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress! Check out my 3 Reasons Why You Need a DreamCloud Mattress ASAP.
This post was created in partnership with DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid Mattresses. As always, all opinions & thoughts expressed below are 100% my own.
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Some of you all who have been reading & following along with me for a while have probably already heard about my struggles with insomnia in the past. I used to be that person who took 30+ minutes to fall asleep every night & then found it next to impossible to get back to sleep if I happened to wake up in the middle of the night. Notice how I just spoke about my life as an insomniac in the past tense there? ;) 

That's right, folks. Insomnia no longer plagues me on a nightly basis. In fact, I can go entire weeks without suffering from it now and that is thanks in large part to my new secret weapon against the sleeplessness- my DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress

If you have been struggling with insomnia or often find yourself waking up not feeling rested, then today's post is for you. I am sharing my top 3 reasons why you need a DreamCloud Mattress ASAP below...