Frugal Foodie Mama

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. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

The Best Way to Book Your Favorite Attractions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Looking to save time, money, & a little sanity when planning that Pigeon Forge, Tennessee family vacation? Then be sure to check out The Best Way to Book Your Favorite Pigeon Forge Attractions...
Looking to save time, money, & a little sanity when planning that Pigeon Forge, Tennessee family vacation? Then be sure to check out The Best Way to Book Your Favorite Pigeon Forge Attractions.
This post was created in partnership with TripAdvisor. As always, all opinions & thoughts expressed below are 100% my own.


When you think back on some of your favorite family vacations & road trips, what is it about those particular trips that set them apart from the others? What made those vacations more memorable for you and your family? For myself & my kids, it is always about the experiences we had there- the things we did & saw, the one-of-a-kind attractions at that particular destination, and the memories we made while enjoying them all together. 

Obviously the getting there (road trip? plane ride? train ticket?) and booking a place to stay are also important when planning a memorable family vacation, but as soon as I have those two things squared away I start turning my attention to the must-do's & must-see's at that particular destination. That is where TripAdvisor's Things To Do tab comes in handy! :) 

Just last week my kids & I headed to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for a 3 day cabin getaway. A week or so before our trip date, I clicked on over to TripAdvisor to check out the reviews on some of the most popular attractions in the area & to book tickets for a couple of them in advance...

Friday, June 22, 2018

Slow Cooker Jalapeno & Beer Cheddarwurst Sandwiches

Break out your slow cooker for your next summer get-together and make these easy & flavorful Slow Cooker Jalapeno & Beer Cheddarwurst Sandwiches...
Break out your slow cooker for your next summer get-together and make these easy & flavorful Slow Cooker Jalapeno & Beer Cheddarwurst Sandwiches.
This post is sponsored by Tyson, Unilever, & Bimbo. As always, all opinions & thoughts expressed below are 100% my own.


I don't know about you all, but we are finally enjoying some warmer weather & sunshine here in my neck of the woods. And warmer weather means that summer is just around the corner. And the arrival of summertime means hosting lots of BBQ's & outdoor get-togethers for our family & friends! 

Inviting friends & family over for a little cookout in the backyard is probably one of my favorite things about summertime. My husband usually grills some hot dogs or smokes a couple of racks of ribs while I have a second tasty main dish simmering away in my slow cooker. We'll throw down a few friendly games of corn hole, and then we'll light the fire  pit for s'mores making once the stars come out.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A Family Friendly Travel Guide to Butler County, Ohio

Spanning five different cities across the county, this a family friendly travel guide of where to go, what to see, and where to eat while visiting Butler County, Ohio with your family...
Spanning five different cities across the county, this a family friendly travel guide of where to go, what to see, and where to eat while visiting Butler County, Ohio with your family.
This post was created in partnership with the Butler County Visitors Bureau. As always, all opinions & thoughts expressed below are 100% my own.


If you have been searching for the perfect unexpected family destination in Ohio, your quest is over! Butler County, located just to the north of Cincinnati & about 2 hours southwest of Columbus, may just be the place you have been looking for. With a famed donut trail, a thriving hands-on art scene, and plenty of quirky & family friendly attractions, Butler County has a little something to satisfy and thrill every member of your family. 

If you and your family haven't visited the Butler County, Ohio area before, let this travel guide serve as a little taste of what all you have been missing. Spanning five different cities across the county, this is where to go, what to see, and where to eat while visiting Butler County with your family...