Frugal Foodie Mama

Friday, March 15, 2019

10 Out of the Box Cake Mix Cookie Recipes

Transform your favorite boxed cake mix into a batch of soft & chewy cookies with these 10 Out of the Box Cake Mix Cookie Recipes...

Transform your favorite boxed cake mix into a batch of soft & chewy cookies with these 10 Out of the Box Cake Mix Cookie Recipes.


It is no secret that I have a love affair with using boxed cake mixes in my baking. I like to doctor them up to use in my semi-homemade cake recipes, like my Chocolate Raspberry Layer Cake & my perfect for spring Lemon Layer Cake with Lemon Curd Buttercream.  I am also a fan of using my favorite cake mixes to bake up a batch of sweet rolls  or my moist & fluffy Banana Spice Streusel Muffins on a weekend morning. There is absolutely no shame in my store bought cake mix game, you all. ;)

But perhaps one of my favorite things to use boxed cake mix in is cookie recipes. You can transform just about any flavor of cake mix into a batch of perfectly baked, soft & chewy cookies. And there is no need to waste your time with measuring flour, and baking soda, and sugar. The cake mix has done all the hard work for you!

Since I can't get enough of cake mix cookies, I decided to visit some of my favorite food blogs to find some of the most creative, out of the box (I know.... punny, right? ;) ) cookie recipes made from a cake mix. Whether you are a chocolate addict, a strawberry lover, or are into more traditional cookie flavors, you are sure to find the perfect cake batter cookie for you in this collection of easy recipes I am sharing with you all today... 

Friday, March 8, 2019

Magical Essentials for a Unicorn Themed Party

Planning a unicorn themed birthday party soon? Here are all the magical essentials you will need for throwing an unforgettable unicorn themed party... 

Planning a unicorn themed birthday party soon? Here are all the magical essentials you will need for throwing an unforgettable unicorn themed party.
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Like most girls in grade school, my youngest is obsessed with all things unicorn. So it didn't surprise me in the slightest when she told me that she wanted a unicorn themed party for her 7th birthday last month. A magical unicorn themed party with all things purple & a fancy unicorn birthday cake.

Funny enough, I had a purple unicorn party myself for my 8th birthday many, many years ago. Maybe her obsession with unicorns & the color purple is hereditary? ;)

As soon as my daughter has settled on a birthday party theme each year, I get to work browsing Amazon for party supplies & decorations. You can find just about everything on Amazon, and you just can't beat the two day free shipping with Amazon Prime. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Strawberry Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Inspired by the classic flavors of a PB&J, this Strawberry Peanut Butter Banana Bread is sure to quickly become a family favorite...

Inspired by the classic flavors of a PB&J, this Strawberry Peanut Butter Banana Bread is sure to quickly become a family favorite.


Strawberries are in peak season in Florida right now, and that means spring is just around the corner, folks. (Thank goodness!) That also means that you can pick up strawberries for pretty cheap at your local grocery store. I have been snagging fresh strawberries for about $2 a package for the past couple of weeks now.

In season, cheap strawberries is the perfect motivation for me to get in the kitchen and create. My family & I love anything that is inspired by the flavors of a PB&J, so I decided to take my recipe for Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Banana Bread & give it a peanut butter & jelly spin by leaving out the chocolate chunks & adding in sliced strawberries & strawberry jam. The results definitely got my family's seal of approval. :)

Friday, February 22, 2019

Easy Chocolate Buttermilk Donuts

These moist & fluffy Easy Chocolate Buttermilk Donuts start with a "secret" ingredient- your favorite chocolate cake mix! 

These moist & fluffy Easy Chocolate Buttermilk Donuts start with a "secret" ingredient- your favorite chocolate cake mix!
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Anyone else experiencing a case of the winter blahs? The cold, wintry weather has set back in here this week, and I am just so ready for spring already. I mean, I do like spending an afternoon cuddled up on the couch under a cozy blanket with a warm cup of tea while I binge watch old episodes of Grey's Anatomy on Netflix. But I am starting to get a serious case of cabin fever, and I am itching for warmer weather & to get outside again.

While I certainly can't make spring arrive any quicker, I can try to brighten up these remaining days of winter with sprinkles.... lots & lots of rainbow sprinkles. And chocolate! I mean, who can be all blue & down when you have a moist chocolate glazed cake donut topped with rainbow sprinkles staring you in the face? ;)

Friday, February 15, 2019

Chicken Marsala Noodle Soup

This Chicken Marsala Noodle Soup incorporates all the flavors of the classic chicken dish- sauteed mushrooms, crispy prosciutto, & rich Marsala wine- into a comforting, cozy soup your entire family will love...

This Chicken Marsala Noodle Soup incorporates all the flavors of the classic chicken dish- sauteed mushrooms, crispy prosciutto, & rich Marsala wine- into a comforting, cozy soup your entire family will love.


The crazy weather we have been having here lately has been wreaking havoc on my immune system. We went from arctic-like, below zero temperatures one week to Florida-like weather the next week. And the weather is still see-sawing here between rainy spring & snowy winter this week. I ended up with a sinus infection over the weekend that quickly morphed into a full-on case of laryngitis. Let me just say that I am glad that I have a job where I work from home & do not have to talk on the phone very often. ;)

Feeling under the weather has me craving some of my favorite comfort foods like the recipe for this Chicken Marsala Noodle Soup I am sharing with you all today. This soup is a classy, flavorful take on my classic homemade chicken noodle soup recipe. It incorporates all the classic flavors of Chicken Marsala- sauteed mushrooms, crispy prosciutto, & rich Marsala wine- into a comforting, cozy soup your entire family will love...

Friday, January 18, 2019

15 Fun Recipes for a Snow Day

From snowman themed treats to homemade snow ice cream, make the most out of that next wintry day at home with these 15 Fun Recipes for a Snow Day...

From snowman themed treats to homemade snow ice cream, make the most out of that next wintry day at home with these 15 Fun Recipes for a Snow Day.


Your cell phone dings, & you get the notification that your kids have been pining for all morning- school is cancelled for the day due to snow!  Yay, a snow day! You & your kiddos can just spend the morning snuggled up together with a cozy blanket on the couch & watch movies.  Later on, you all will head outside for a little bit to build a snowman or have a snowball fight. You head back inside after wards with pink cheeks & noses and warm up with mugs of hot cocoa topped with marshmallows. 

Reality check: This will be the snow day that ends up dragging into 2 or 3 or heaven helps us all, 4 or more days at home. When you have heard for the umpteenth time about how bored your kids are (even though they probably have a mountain of toys & books to keep them occupied). And building that snowman isn't going to happen with temperatures in the lower 20's. 

Now I am not saying that the snow day in scenario #1 is just a fantasy and can never happen. My kiddos & I have definitely enjoyed a snow day here & there that lived up to these idyllic expectations. But in reality, snow days can sometimes make us cranky- both parents & kids alike. 

While I don't possess the formula for a perfect snow day at home with your kids, I do have an arsenal of super fun, snow themed recipes to share with you all today. Most of these recipes also happen to be kid friendly making them great boredom busters for little hands...

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Venison & Bacon Chili

This hearty & comforting homemade chili recipe has two unexpected ingredients in it- ground venison & smoky, thick cut bacon... 

This hearty & comforting homemade chili recipe has two unexpected ingredients in it- ground venison & smoky, thick cut bacon.


Well, the holidays are over & we have officially entered the dreariness of the winter season. Not that I think that winter is all bad. I do enjoy the occasional snow day when I can look at the sparkling white stuff from my window while wrapped up in a cozy blanket & sipping on something warm. ;) 

It is definitely no secret that this girl hates being cold. I mean, I can count on one hand how many times I have given skiing a go only to find myself parked inside the lodge drinking a hot toddy within an hour. A snow bunny, I am not! 

Wintertime is when I want to be snuggled up on the couch under a blanket watching Netflix while enjoying cozy comfort food. And what says comfort better than a bowl of hearty homemade chili?