Frugal Foodie Mama: October 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Reese's Stuffed Peanut Butter Mug Cake

This moist, perfectly portioned peanut butter cake for one is ready in under 3 minutes and is the perfect excuse for stashing away a few of the Reese's cups from the kids' trick or treat loot...
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Every Halloween there always seem to be a few different candies that I covet from the bowl we have been handing out to trick-or-treaters or from my kiddos' orange plastic pumpkins- Reese's peanut butter cups always make that short list for me.  Typically, I prefer them frozen.  I pop them in the freezer for at least 10 minutes, sometimes longer.  Then unwrap and enjoy...
Perfection. ;) 

There is only one other way that I really love eating them & that is all melty and ooey, gooey.  Yes, two extremes- frozen solid or messy melty.  There is no in-between with me when it comes to Reese's cups.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Frosted Candy Corn Oreo Cookie Bars

Stuffed with Candy Corn Oreos & topped with a rich candy corn buttercream, these soft, thick Frosted Candy Corn Oreo Cookie Bars are fall perfect...
Stuffed with Candy Corn Oreos & topped with a rich candy corn buttercream, these soft, thick Frosted Candy Corn Oreo Cookie Bars are fall perfect.
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Am I the only one who cannot walk past a shelf of candy corn in the store and not pick up a bag?  It is the smell that gets me every single time.  I can be 5 feet away from the aisle that has the candy corn in it and follow the scent to that orange, yellow, and white deliciousness.  
And there is nothing like picking up that first bag of candy corn each fall and breaking into it before you have even pulled out of the parking lot of the store. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Project Mummy- A Halloween Couture Party Game

"This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Cottonelle, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #CottonelleTarget”

Grab a few rolls of Cottenelle Triple Roll, some dollar store and craft store spooky finds, scissors, and tape and get ready for a fierce game of Project Mummy...
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Every Halloween my parents throw a costume party for family and friends.  It is a Halloween holiday tradition that started in my grandparents' garage many years ago and has now been taken on by my parents each year.  They deck out their garage in ghoulish decor, serve spooky party food, and play frightful games.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Marvelous Mondays Link Party #70

Good evening everyone!  I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! We are so happy to have you all here for another edition of Marvelous Mondays!   Each week you impress us all with your culinary creations, your craftiness, and your clever DIY projects.  Seriously.  You all rock! :)
Please feel free to spread the word about the party to your blogging buddies- the more, the merrier in my book!

95+ HalloWonderful Ideas {A Round-Up of All Things Spooky}

Need last minute recipe, craft, decor, & DIY ideas for Halloween?  I have you covered with my round-up of 95+ HalloWonderful Ideas...
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Halloween is almost here! :) Does anyone else get as excited about Halloween as I do?  It is a time of the year to let your imagination go wild and the one night (or 2 or 3) that you can be anything that you would like to be!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Pie Fudge {A Guest Recipe from Love in the Kitchen}

I am sad that HalloWonderful Week is coming to a close, but so excited for this Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Pie Fudge Recipe from Love in the Kitchen!  It looks absolutely amazing...
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Happy Hallowonderful Week Frugal Foodie Mama readers!  I'm Susan from Love in the Kitchen where I share my passion for cooking easy and tasty homemade food with fresh ingredients with you.  

Friday, October 25, 2013

A Mad Scientist Party {A Guest Post from Simply {Darr}ling}

I am happy to have Kendra from Simply {Darr}ling on the blog today sharing her fun ideas for a Mad Scientist Party for HalloWonderful Week!  Being a Big Bang Theory fan myself, I find this idea to be pretty cool.... ;) 

Hello Frugal Foodie Mama Fans! I'm Kendra from Simply {Darr}ling and I'm happy to be joining in with HalloWonderful week! I've gotten to know Carrie over the past year or so and she always comes up with such fun ways to celebrate the various holidays throughout the year!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Slow Cooked Chinese Five Spiced Pot Roast

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and WonderBag, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #WonderBag

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I think you all are pretty aware by now of my love for slow cooking.  It isn't a secret that I break out my slow cooker at least twice a week all year round.  When I was presented with the opportunity to try the WonderBag, I about jumped for joy! :) A slow cooker that is portable and requires no electricity??  Sign me up!

The Top 3 Halloween Must-Do's at Walt Disney World Resort {Guest Post}

I am so thrilled to have Erica of Pixie and Pirate Destinations on the blog today chatting with us all about what is on her short list of must-do's when visiting Disney around Halloween.   After reading through her recommendations, I may be hitting her up to help us plan a little trip to the Magic Kingdom for next Halloween... ;) 
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Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year at the Walt Disney World resort.
We’ve been lucky to have had great weather for the trips we’ve made in the fall- it’s a great time of year!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

DIY Easy Jet Packs {A Guest Tutorial from Busy Mom's Helper}

Hey Ya'all! I'm Dani from over at Busy Mom's Helper, and I'm so glad to be here again at Frugal Foodie Mama. Carrie is, seriously, one of my absolute FAVORITE bloggers, and her stuff is always just top notch - so I know you're all here expecting something amazing. Hopefully you'll love what I have to share with you today.....
Easy Jet Packs
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Yup, these are so EASY, and just so dang adorable. Plus, the kids LOVE them! So come on over to visit me at Busy Mom's Helper today (or anytime, I love visits!), and check out how to make them really quick!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Scones with Pumpkin Spice Coffee Glaze

These Pumpkin Spice Scones are the perfect partner for a warm cup of coffee & for sharing a few smiles with friends and family...
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In my pre-husband, pre-baby girl days, catching up used to mean meeting up with a girlfriend or my sister at one of the many nearby coffee shops in the large Midwestern city we used to live in.  Meeting up for coffee was always the perfect way to catch up when you hadn't connected in a couple of weeks- it could be planned on a whim, it could be budget friendly (meet up for coffee versus meeting up for dinner or drinks- yep! Coffee is cheaper. ;) ), & typically you could linger all day at a coffee shop laughing and chatting without a barista giving you the stink eye.  

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Marvelous Mondays Link Party #69

Good evening everyone!  I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! We are so happy to have you all here for another edition of Marvelous Mondays!   Each week you impress us all with your culinary creations, your craftiness, and your clever DIY projects.  Seriously.  You all rock! :)

Welcome to HalloWonderful Week! {& A Giveaway!}

Welcome to the official start of HalloWonderful Week on Frugal Foodie Mama!! :) All week, myself and a few of my favorite bloggers will be sharing HalloWonderful recipe, craft, & DIY posts with you all- just in time for Halloween the week after!

We are starting off HalloWonderful Week with a HUGE Halloween themed link party & a giveaway for a $50 Target or Walmart gift card (winner's choice) to help you all get all the candy you need for those trick-or-treaters, those goodies for that costume party, or maybe those last minute details for that Halloween costume (or costumes) you have been working on. ;) 

Get entered below in the giveaway! Make sure you read all those giveaway terms & conditions below- I am a stickler for them! 

*This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  All entries for the winner will be checked and verified, so please make sure you are doing what you are claiming in the Rafflecopter or all your entries will be voided.  No funny business, folks. ;)By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. Number of entries received determines the odds of winning. One winner will be selected. The winner will be notified via the email they provide, and will have 48 hours to reply to the email.  If the winner does not reply back within the 48 hours, they forfeit the prize and a new winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter.  This is a giveaway sponsored as a group buy, which means the bloggers pooled their money together to purchase this product for you.  Target & Walmart are not sponsors of this giveaway.  The gift card prize will be sent via email directly from Carrie of Frugal Foodie Mama.  Entries must come from your MAIN social media accounts, not accounts that have been set up separately just for entering giveaways.  Entries from these types of accounts will be disqualified.  Protected tweets do not count as an entry method for tweeting. Tweets must come from a public account. Bloggers in this group giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.
Please see the Rafflecopter widget below for additional Terms & Conditions.  Good luck, all! 

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Friday, October 18, 2013

12 Apple Butter-Licious Recipes

Ready to expand your love of apple butter past the biscuits and butter?  Here are 12 Apple Butter-licious Recipes to get you on your way...

You all love apple butter.  There is no doubt about it.  
How do I know?  ;) 

Here are the top Google search terms that are leading people to my blog presently...

Yep! You all do really love homemade apple butter... especially if it can be made in your crock pot. 

What my readers want, my readers get! :) I check often to see which searches and posts are most often bringing people to my blog time and time again.
Presently, my most popular post of the past two months has been my Homemade Crock Pot Apple Butter...

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Your favorite peanut butter cereal is transformed into a crunchy, chocolate coated treat in my Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars...
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Did you all know that this week is National Cereal Lovers Week?  I didn't either until I was watching an episode of The Chew a couple of days ago, and their entire episode was all about recipes using their favorite cereals!
I knew this was the perfect time to finally break out and share my super simple and tasty recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars.

These no-bake bars are peanut buttery gooey, perfectly crunchy, and just what the doctor ordered  for all you chocolate peanut butter lovers out there!  I used Peanut Butter Captain Crunch in my version here, but I have also used Peanut Butter Toast Crunch to make these and they were just as delicious.  Reeses Puffs or the new Peanut Butter Cheerios would be perfect in this too! :)  Any crunchy peanut butter flavored cereal will do really...  
Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 3-4 minutes
Ingredients (12 bars)
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter- divided into 3 tbsp and 5 tbsp
  • 1 (10)oz package of mini marshmallows
  • 1 1/4 cups peanut butter (creamy or crunchy depending on your personal preference- I did half of each.)
  • 6 cups peanut butter flavored cereal
  • 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a dutch oven, heat the 3 tbsp of butter over medium heat until melted. Stir in the mini marshmallows and continue stirring and heating for another 30-35 seconds.
Remove from the heat and stir in the peanut butter. Stir until all the marshmallows are pretty much melted and the peanut butter is incorporated. Add in the peanut butter cereal and stir until all the cereal is well coated with the peanut butter/marshmallow mixture.

Turn out in the prepared pan and pressed the cereal mixture into the pan evenly. Allow to cool completely.

Once cooled, melt the chocolate chips and the remaining 5 tbsp of butter in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each 30 second interval. It only took 1 minute for the chocolate chips and butter to completely melt. Stir until smooth.

Evenly pour the melted chocolate/butter mixture over the cooled cereal bars and spread out with the back of a wooden spoon or spatula. The chocolate will seep down into the cracks and crevices between the pieces of cereal.
Pop the chocolate covered bars in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to help the chocolate layer set.

Once the chocolate is set, feel free to cut into bars.
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These Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars are a perfect quick dessert or after school snack.  And since they have cereal in them, I give you all full permission to have 1 or 2 of these bars with your morning coffee for breakfast. ;) 

Which cereal are you celebrating National Cereal Lovers week with this morning?  

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Butter

Made with fresh pears & a pinch of cardamom, this Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Butter is a delicious way to celebrate the flavors of fall...
Made with fresh pears & a pinch of cardamom, this Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Butter is a delicious way to celebrate the flavors of fall.

A few weeks ago, my grandmother called me to ask if I would be interested in taking any pears.  A former neighbor of her's had called telling her how their pear trees in their yard were just overflowing with ripe fruit, and they hated to see all of it just fall to the ground and rot.  So my grandmother had already planned to head over with my grandfather and do a little pear picking when she had called me.

Did I want some??  Ummmmm.. yeah!

Now what to do with an overabundance of pears?  Do what I do when I have a lot of apples after apple picking- make slow cooker fruit butter! :)
My Homemade Crock Pot Apple Butter is my #2 all-time most viewed post, so I figured I couldn't go wrong by coming up with a pear version of my most popular slow cooker recipe. I kept most of the recipe the same, but tweaked a few of the spices.

Can I tell you all a secret?

I actually like this Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Butter better than my Crock Pot Apple Butter.
I know... gasp.
I really think it might be the different texture... and the addition of the cardamom.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Marvelous Mondays Link Party #68

Good evening everyone!  I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! We are so happy to have you all here for another edition of Marvelous Mondays!   Each week you impress us all with your culinary creations, your craftiness, and your clever DIY projects.  Seriously.  You all rock! :)
Please feel free to spread the word about the party to your blogging buddies- the more, the merrier in my book!
After checking out this week's featured posts below, be sure you stop on over to My Marvelous Mondays Faves Pinterest board!  Just because your post wasn't featured this week doesn't mean that it didn't catch my eye. ;) 

Just a few things I was up to on the blog this past week...
I shared some different kinds of recipes on the blog this week!  I whipped up a few DIY budget friendly & eco-friendly products for the kitchen and your complexion using doTERRA Essential Oils...

Don't forget to download your coupon for up to $2 off your next bag of Snickers or Milky Ways Bites!  They are GREAT for using in recipes (like my MVPeanut Butter Snickers Popcorn ;) ) or just for snacking! We brought a bag to a Pirates baseball game earlier this week- WAY better than peanuts!

Now, let's move on to the party...

Be sure to stop by This Gal CooksCall Me PMc, and Cooking on the Front Burner to check out their favorites from Marvelous Mondays #67! :)

Party Rules
  • Please follow your hosts and co-hosts via Twitter, Bloglovin, Facebook or RSS Feed. Please leave a comment stating how you followed so your host can follow you back. Your host and co-host links can be found at the top of the party post.
  • Please visit at least 2 other links. I suggest leaving a comment to let them know that you stopped by.
  • Grab a button. It’s not mandatory but it helps get the word out about the party.
  • Link up your recipes, crafts or DIY projects. Please link something that you made. No giveaways or shops, please.
  • Please only link up posts that you have not linked up to Marvelous Mondays before!  Repeat posts will not be featured.
  • Please note that by linking up your posts and projects you are giving This Gal Cooks, Frugal Foodie Mama, Call Me PMC, & Cooking on the Front Burner permission to use your photos in the featured posts and possibly on our social media outlets. All photos will be linked back to your sites and your posts.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Homemade Peppermint & Lemon Face Wash and Peppermint & Honey Facial Toner

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If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you have probably at least once witnessed one of my rants about my ongoing battle with my complexion.  At the age of 36, I have bouts with acne that rival & surpass anything I suffered as a teenager.  

And I have tried it all... every over the counter acne line ever made.  
Even the ones that combine the anti-aging with acne control.  
The breakouts just keep on coming.

About 6 months ago, I finally broke down and shelled out the money for one of those fancy anti-acne lines you purchase online.  I put down my foot and said it ends now.  
Well... yeah.  It didn't work any better than the other facial care lines I had been using from the drug store that costs a third of the pricier line.

I had been wanting to try some homemade remedies because at that point I was tired of pouring money into the store bought lines & really didn't feel that I had anything to lose but hopefully the breakouts at that point.  
I was hoping that I could post before and after photos for you all, but I chickened out.  I just couldn't put the complexion I try so hard to cover up out there on the internet for all to see. Call it vanity or what not, but I just didn't have it in me.

I have been using this Homemade Peppermint & Lemon Face Wash and the Peppermint & Honey Facial Toner for a couple of weeks now.  While my skin isn't perfectly clear, I have noticed a lot less breakouts since using it.  The jury is still out as to whether this is my permanent solution yet for my adult acne, but I cannot complain about the results so far.
Peppermint & Lemon Face Wash

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 3-5 minutes
  • 1 cup water
  • About 1/5 of a bar of unscented glycerin soap (chopped)
  • 5 drops of  Lemon Essential Oil
  • 5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the glycerin soap pieces. Stir until the soap completely dissolves.
Set aside to cool completely.

Once cooled, add the lemon and peppermint essential oils. Stir gently to incorporate.
Using a funnel, pour into a pump bottle. (I found mine at my local dollar store.) I stored the additional facial wash in a covered glass jar.
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** This facial wash recipe is inspired by THIS ONE from Homegrown & Healthy.
Just a couple of quick notes about this facial wash- #1 It smells AMAZING!
And #2, this facial wash will not be sudsy and foamy like other face washes you may be used to.  The glycerin soap doesn't do the sudsy thing.  So no, there is nothing wrong with your facial wash- it isn't supposed to suds up. ;)

Peppermint & Honey Facial Toner
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: None
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 6-8 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
In a small bowl, mix together the warm water & honey until the honey completely dissolves.
Then stir in the water, apple cider vinegar, and peppermint essential oil.

Funnel into a small bottle. I stored the remaining toner in a small glass jar.

Apply the toner to your skin using a cotton ball after washing with the Peppermint & Lemon Facial Wash. Do not wash off.
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**This facial toner recipe is inspired by THIS ONE from Mommypotamus.

When I first made this toner recipe, I only put in 5 drops of the peppermint essential oil.  I would recommend adding a few more drops.  By week two, my toner has lost most of it's peppermint essence.  And now smells pretty much 100% like apple cider vinegar. 
I think I will be adding a few more drops of peppermint oil to the jarred reserve toner I have when I need to refill my toner.  It also may be a good idea to start out with the 5 drops & then add a drop each week to keep the toner more pepperminty and less vinegary. ;)

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