Frugal Foodie Mama

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?

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

12 Festive Holiday Morning Breakfast Recipes

From simple & easy to impressive & well worth the extra effort, you are sure to find the perfect Christmas morning breakfast idea for your family in this collection of 12 Festive Holiday Morning Breakfast Recipes...

From simple & easy to impressive & well worth the extra effort, you are sure to find the perfect Christmas morning breakfast idea for your family in this collection of 12 Festive Holiday Morning Breakfast Recipes.


In case you all didn't get the memo yet, Christmas is less than one week away! And surprisingly, I am not in panic mode right now. For once, I was on top of it all this month. The gift shopping & cookie baking are all squared away. The Christmas cards were sent out over a week ago (pssssttt... usually I don't get around to getting cards sent out at all, so this is truly a Christmas miracle!). I have even met all of my holiday deadlines for the blog. In fact, this *might* be my last blog post of 2018. But I may end up churning out at least one more post for you all before we say hello to 2019. ;) Stay tuned, folks...

Today's post is about a little something that I hold dear & near to my heart every holiday season- Christmas morning breakfast. Once the chaos & excitement of the gift unwrapping is done & over with and we are on our second viewing of A Christmas Story on TNT, I like to whip up a special breakfast for the family. Like these 12 Festive Holiday Morning Breakfast Recipes I am sharing with you all today.

From pancakes to french toast casseroles to cinnamon rolls, you are sure to find the perfect holiday morning breakfast idea for your family in this collection of festive recipes...

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Holiday Meatball Wreath Appetizer

This easy to make, yet elegant Holiday Meatball Wreath Appetizer is sure to steal the show at your next holiday party or get-together...

This easy to make, yet elegant Holiday Meatball Wreath Appetizer is sure to steal the show at your next holiday party or get-together.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carando®. All opinions are entirely my own. 



One thing that I really love about the holidays is being able to host & entertain. I love to invite over a small group of family & friends for a little cookie baking party or maybe for hot cocoa & to watch Christmas movies. I always seem to host at least one cocktail or wine party before the start of the New Year. 

I prefer my holiday get-togethers to be casual, simple yet elegant, & as fuss-free as possible for me. I mean, what holiday hostess wants to be spending all her time in the kitchen & not mingling with her loved ones? (Not me! ;) )

That is why my new go-to for holiday appetizers this season is the tasty selection of Fresh Italian Style Carando® Meatballs that I can pick up in the refrigerated meat aisle at my local Food Lion. Not only are Carando meatballs easy & convenient (you only have to brown them in the oven for 20 minutes!), but they are also authentically crafted for the perfect texture & amazing flavor without you having to do any of the work...

Friday, November 30, 2018

Reconnect With Your Kids at Massanutten Resort in Virginia

Relax, have a little fun together, & reconnect with your family with a stay at Massanutten Resort in Virginia...

Relax, have a little fun together, & reconnect with your family with a stay at Massanutten Resort in Virginia
This post was created in partnership with Massanutten Resort. As always, all opinions & thoughts expressed below are 100% my own.


Earlier this month, my daughter & I set out on a girls only road trip to spend the weekend at Massanutten Resort located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. This two day mother/daughter mountain getaway was the perfect opportunity for the two of us to relax, have a little fun together, & reconnect before the craziness of the holiday season had officially set in. 

With 6000 acres of the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop, Massanutten Resort has something for everyone in your family. From snow sports to shopping to an expansive indoor water park, a stay at Massanutten is the perfect way for your entire family to enjoy each other & do a little good ole fashioned bonding (maybe over ooey, gooey skillet s'mores or while racing each other down the water slides? ;) ), all while creating fun family memories together.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

15 "Hop"pening Gift Ideas for Craft Beer Lovers

Whether you have a craft beer lover, a home brewer, or a self-proclaimed beer snob on your gift list, they will be sure to appreciate these 15 "Hop"pening Gifts for Craft Beer Lovers...

Whether you have a craft beer lover, a home brewer, or a self-proclaimed beer snob on your gift list, they will be sure to appreciate these 15 "Hop"pening Gifts for Craft Beer Lovers.


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I don't know about you all, but I definitely have a few craft beer lovers on my gift list this holiday season. (I just may be a self-proclaimed beer snob myself. ;) ) Whether you have a home brewer you are shopping for or a friend that just has to check in every beer that they drink on the Untappd app, you are definitely going to appreciate the gift guide I have put together & am sharing with you all today.

I scoured Amazon to find the best gift ideas (with free 2-day Prime shipping!) for your brewery touring, hop seeking friend or loved one. Yep, I did all the hard work for you all. I only ask that you click on & use the links below to purchase that perfect "hop"pening gift (see what I did there?) that happens to catch your eye below. ;) Yes, they are affiliate links. And yes, I get a small kickback at no extra cost to you. It's a win-win.