Frugal Foodie Mama: 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Frugal Foodie Mama's Top 14 Recipes of 2014

Which Frugal Foodie Mama recipes were you clicking on, making, and pinning the most the past year? Find out now in my Top 14 Recipes of 2014...
Frugal Foodie Mama's Top 14 Recipes of 2014- the recipes you were clicking on, making, and pinning the most in 2014
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I have to say that 2014 was an amazing year for the Frugal Foodie Mama blog.  At the beginning of the year, I set five rather lofty blog goals for 2014 and I am happy and thrilled to say that I met all but one of them. :)  I wanted to reach 15,000 Facebook fans (check!), 30,000 Pinterest fans (check!), attend my first in-person blogger conference (check!), make a certain income from my blogging for the year (check!), and reach an average of 200,000 page views a month for the year. I knew that last one was super ambitious for me, but even though I didn't reach my goal number I did come pretty darn close. 

While I haven't set my blog goals for 2015 quite yet, I do know that one thing I will definitely be focusing on more is creating a better balance between my blogging and my home & family life.  Just like with any business you build yourself, a blog requires a lot of time, effort, and determination... and a certain degree of stubbornness up front. ;)  I would have never dreamed that when I really buckled down and got serious about this blog of mine in the summer of 2012 that it would be where it is today. And a lot of that has to do with each of you.  If it wasn't for you all coming back here day after day for my recipes, budget savvy tips, and family travels, Frugal Foodie Mama wouldn't be where it is on this last day of 2014. You have allowed me to stay at home with my sweet girl, be there for so many cross country and track meets for my son, help provide for my family, & all while doing something that I absolutely love.  For that, I say Thank you, friends. :)

And now without further adieu, here are the top 14 recipes from 2014 that had you all clicking back for more...

Monday, December 29, 2014

Hoppin' John Dip

A big thank you to Hamilton Beach for providing me with their Stack and Snap™ 10 Cup Food Processor and helping me bring you all this delicious recipe for a Hoppin' John Dip perfect for serving at your New Year's Eve get-together...

Hoppin' John Dip- a traditional Southern New Year's Eve meal turned into a party perfect appetizer!
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Anyone else just a little superstitious when it comes to what you eat on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day? Growing up, I remember my mother making pork chops and sauerkraut every New Year's Day (and she still does). I am not sure really when or why my mama started this tradition of pork and sauerkraut for New Year's dinner, but it originally started as a German & Pennsylvania Dutch custom. Eating both together brings good luck for the New Year. 

And even though I was not a fan of sauerkraut at all, I sucked it up and took ONE bite with my pork chops each year. I mean, I wasn't going to risk an entire year of bad luck over some silly sauerkraut. ;)

Looking for a more tasty and just as good fortune inducing dish to replace my mother's traditional pork chops and sauerkraut, I came across the classic southern dish of Hoppin' John. Hoppin' John is basically pork, greens, onions, and black-eyed peas all cooked together and then served over rice. The peas represent coins and wealth, & the greens represent paper money. It was thought that to eat "poor" on New Year's would be bring wealth the rest of the year. 

Hoppin' John is a dish that is usually served on New Year's Eve, not on New Year's Day. Since I typically only serve appetizers and nibbles for my New Year's Eve get-togethers, I decided to transform this delicious southern dish into a dip perfect for serving at a party or small gathering.

This Hoppin' John Dip starts out the same way as the traditional southern main dish, but then everything is put into a food processor and pureed together to make a tasty hummus-like dip...

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Sparkling Champagne Cookie-wiches

A rich champagne buttercream is sandwiched between two thick & soft sparkling sugared cookies in these Sparkling Champagne Cookie-wiches...

A rich champagne buttercream is sandwiched between two thick & soft sparkling sugared cookies in these Sparkling Champagne Cookie-wiches


Ever since I made my White Chocolate Peeps Cookiewiches for Easter earlier this year, I have kind of had a thing for coming up with decadent cookiewiches just for special occasions and holidays. My Easter cookiewiches were followed up a few months later by the Blue Velvet & Raspberry Buttercream Cookiewiches I made for the 4th of July. 

And since it has been over 5 months since I have posted a new cookie-wich recipe, I thought why not come up with one that would be perfect for celebrating New Year's Eve with? ;)

I had a vision in my head for exactly how I wanted these cookie-wiches to look, but I ran into one tiny snag- I couldn't find the exact sparkling gold and silver sugars I had pictured in my mind! I searched my local craft store and all the area grocery stores. I even searched Amazon to no avail. 

Then I remembered my good friends over at Chocoley and thought why not click on over there and take a look? And sure enough they had exactly what I was looking for in their Gold & Silver Sheen Metallic Sugar Crystals Set! Sparkling perfection, folks.

These Sparkling Champagne Cookie-wiches are rich, decadent, and fun, just like how every New Year's Eve celebration should be... :)

Friday, December 26, 2014

French 7UP5 Champagne Cocktail

This French 7UP5 Champagne Cocktail is a crisp, refreshing, & bubbly champagne cocktail perfect for ringing in the New Year!

French 7UP5 Champagne Cocktail- a crisp, refreshing, & bubbly champagne cocktail perfect for ringing in the New Year!
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.


It is hard to believe that Christmas is done and over with and New Year's Eve is just right around the corner! Where did the time go, you all? 

Just because Santa has made his annual visit here, it doesn't mean that holiday entertaining is over in this house, folks. ;) 
We often host  one or two impromptu (and sometimes planned) end of the year get-togethers with friends and family.

To make sure we are always at the ready to entertain last minute or unexpected guests, I stock up on a few of the essentials... like cheese and crackers, chocolates, and of course bubbly mixers that are perfect for festive cocktails and fun mocktails for the kiddos. ;)

The frugal hostess in me was thrilled to see our favorite 2 liter bottles of mixers- 7UP and Canada Dry Ginger Ale on sale at our local Walmart for just $1 each this past week.
Of course, I had to stock up on these entertaining essentials when I find them at such a great price! :) In addition to the traditional 7UP and Canada Dry Ginger Ale, I also grabbed a 2 liter of the Cranberry Canada Dry Ginger Ale for a festive touch for drinks.

Every New Year's Eve, I try to come up with a new cocktail to serve my guests. The inspiration for this French 7UP5 Champagne Cocktail actually comes from the French 75, a champagne cocktail that was created in France during World War I.  This cocktail with a kick got it's name from a popular and powerful French field gun used during the war. 

The traditional cocktail is concocted using lemon juice, simple syrup, Champagne, and gin. I simplified the cocktail a bit and made it a little more bubbly by using 7UP instead of the lemon juice and simple syrup...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Cranberry White Wine Sauce

Forget the canned stuff for your holiday dinner! This classy Cranberry White Wine Sauce takes just 4 ingredients and 15 minutes to make...

Cranberry White Wine Sauce- Forget the canned stuff for your holiday dinner! This classy homemade cranberry sauce takes just 4 ingredients and 15 minutes to make.




In case you all have been too busy to notice, Christmas is just two days away.
Two days, folks. Who all is ready? ;)

I can honestly sit here and say for once that I am ready. I did just finish wrapping up the last of the gifts last night, but I am done. Everything is ready to be placed under the tree and then ripped open in less than 48 hours. 

I believe this may be a first for me, friends. 

So now that the whole gift wrapping business is done and crossed off my holiday to-do list, I am focusing on my Christmas dinner menu. I actually wasn't planning on hosting a big family dinner for Christmas this year, but my husband kind of changed all that thinking when he came home from work the other day with a 20 pound ham in a bag.  

This thing is huge. So naturally, I decided that hosting family for a big Christmas dinner would be in order. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Invite the BOSS to a Cake Decorating Party

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Cake Boss. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for participating.
Invite the BOSS to Cake Decorating Party- fun party ideas featuring Cake Boss products! #CakeBossParty #sponsored #IC
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If any of you all happen to be a huge fan of the Cake Boss show on TLC, you are going to love today's post! Not only am I am going to be sharing some fun ideas for hosting a cake decorating party for friends and family, but I am also going to be sharing some of my favorite Cake Boss products available at Michael's.

I have to admit- I have only watched the Cake Boss show a handful of times.  But I was always blown away by the cakes that they create and in awe of how they get them from one place to another without the cake totally toppling over. Buddy and his family and their staff has some serious cake skills, folks. ;)

When I saw a huge array of the Cake Boss Fabulous Fondant in my shipment from Michael's, I knew I had to set up a little station for my party just for fondant rolling and cutting...

Saturday, December 20, 2014

RawSpiceBar- The Perfect Last Minute Foodie Gift!

Looking for a last minute gift for the favorite foodie or home cook in your life? I got you covered with a RawSpiceBar monthly subscription...
Need a last minute gift for your favorite foodie or home cook? Order a RawSpiceBar monthly subscription box!
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Okay, you all. It is crunch time. 
As in Christmas is just five days away!
Seriously, folks. I am scratching my head here wondering how in the world that happened.  I still have gifts to wrap, and a few more last minute gifts to figure out and get ordered asap.

If you happen to be in the same boat as me and one of those last minute gift recipients is a foodie or a budding or established home cook, a RawSpiceBar gift subscription just might be the perfect holiday gift giving solution for you! :)  
RawSpiceBar offers amazing monthly subscription boxes that include 3-4 hand-picked, small batch, freshly ground spice blends. I am not talking common, run-of-the-mill cinnamon and chili powder here, folks. Each of these unique spice blends are created in collaboration with some of the top chefs in the business, aka spice masters.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Why You Need An AeroGarden {& The Winner of the AeroGarden Giveaway!}

I am partnering with The Scotts Company to share with you all how year-round gardening is possible with the MiracleGro AeroGarden. All opinions expressed below are 100% my own.
Why You Need An #AeroGarden (Product Review) + a 20% Off Discount Code #ad
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If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen my updates on my AeroGarden gourmet herbs' progress.  Seriously, you all... I was blown away by how amazing this thing is! :) My herbs went from tiny seed pods to full grown fresh herbs in a matter of weeks.  It seemed as if I was adjusting the height of the grow lamps every other day or so to accommodate my rapidly growing basil.

The set-up of my AeroGarden was insanely easy and with a little water, the provided Miracle-Gro nutrients and a lot of love from the AeroGarden's grow lamps, I was cooking and baking with fresh herbs within 6 weeks....

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Cheese Platter {& How to Throw a Wine Tasting Party on a Budget}

I am partnering with ALDI today to bring you all this fun & delicious Holiday Cheese Platter and to share my tips for hosting a budget friendly wine tasting party...


How to Create a Holiday Cheese Platter + tips and ideas for hosting a budget friendly wine tasting party #ALDIPairings




I think by now most of you all who have been following me for any number of months (or even weeks) have figured out that I have much love for the ALDI grocery store chain.  I do have to admit though that there was once a time in my life when I turned up my nose to the very thought of shopping there. (Can you all even believe that??)  
 

That all changed when I made the decision that I wanted to stay at home with my daughter after she was born.  I was searching for ways to cut down on our budget when I decided to give ALDI another chance. And folks, I have never looked back since... ;)


You may already know that ALDI has fabulous deals for your everyday grocery shopping, and that their ALDI brand products almost always stand up to and even surpass their name brand counterparts.  But did you know that ALDI can also help you throw a swanky wine tasting party for the holidays without totally emptying your wallet?  Today I am going to show you all how.


Just about everything I used for my holiday wine tasting party that I am sharing with you all today was purchased at my local ALDI. From the wine to the cheeses to the grapes and baby carrots, even the fun slate cheese platter (around $10!) you see below was bought there.


The focal dish for my wine tasting party was this fun and simple Holiday Cheese Platter. I created mine in the shape of a Christmas tree, but you could certainly get even more creative and try a wreath or a candy cane shape...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Monopolizing A Little Family Time During the Holidays

Check out Hasbro Game Channel and experience MONOPOLY for a new era!
Take time for a family game night this busy holiday season with the help of Hasbro Ubisoft #ad
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While the holiday season is supposed to be all about spending time with and enjoying our loved ones, we can often find ourselves doing anything but spending quality with our families as the busy holiday season goes into full swing. With family gatherings, parties with friends, company holiday parties, pageants and dance recitals, it seems that we are doing everything but carving out quality time to spend with our family members.

This holiday season with a little help from Hasbro Ubisoft my family and I are vowing to include more family game nights into our busy holiday schedule.  Hasbro Ubisoft has brought one of our favorite family board games, Monopoly into the new era with the Hasbro Game Channel...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Easy Cranberry-Almond Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

This Easy Cranberry-Almond Cream Cheese Cake Coffee Cake is so simple to make yet so impressive- perfect for your holiday morning breakfast...
Easy Cranberry-Almond Cream Cheese Coffee Cake for Real Housemoms- this simple, yet impressive coffee cake starts with a can of refrigerated cinnamon rolls!
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Am I the only mother who happens to have this far fetched fantasy of having her family sit down to a perfectly prepared holiday breakfast before the gift unwrapping frenzy begins each Christmas morning? I mean, honestly it is a fantasy. And maybe just a little cruel to the kiddos to do so too. ;)

But even when I know that I will be up before the crack of dawn on the 25th.  And I know that there is no way my kids (and perhaps even my husband) would sit down to a nice family breakfast without scarfing their food down just so they could get to those presents quicker, I still would like to prepare a special breakfast for Christmas morning without missing all of the gift opening to do so.
Enter this delicious and holiday perfect (and easy to make!) Cranberry-Almond Cream Cheese Coffee Cake...

Monday, December 15, 2014

White Chocolate Dipped Cherry Shortbread Cookies

These buttery, crispy cookies are studded with sweet & tart dried cherries and then dipped in white chocolate- perfect for the holidays... 

White Chocolate Dipped Cherry Shortbread Cookies- buttery, crispy cookies are studded with sweet & tart dried cherries and then dipped in white chocolate


This year was my first time participating in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  Last year I remember seeing food blogger friends posting all the fabulous cookies they were receiving from other food bloggers and wanting to kick myself for not signing up. So this year as soon as the sign-ups went up, I headed over and registered. :) 

What is the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap? To participate, each food blogger donates just $4 to Cookies for Kids' Cancer. Then you receive the addresses of 3 other food bloggers that you will bake cookies for and send off at least a dozen to each. In return, you will get 3 different dozens of homemade cookies from 3 other food bloggers. 

Helping a great cause and getting to try cookies from other food bloggers? That is a win-win in my book, folks. ;) And this year's cookie swap raised over $12,000 for Cookies for Kid's Cancer! 

If you follow me on Instagram, you already got a peek at the delicious cookies that came my way during this year's swap. 

My cookie swap recipients received these crispy and buttery dried cherry studded shortbread cookies that I dipped in white chocolate and finished off with some holiday festive sprinkles...

Friday, December 12, 2014

Biscoff Gingersnap Brownies {& A Cookbook Giveaway!}

Chocolaty, fudgy brownies get a chewy gingersnap crust and are then topped off with a creamy Biscoff buttercream in these Biscoff Gingersnap Brownies...
Biscoff Gingersnap Brownies- fudgy brownies with a chewy gingersnap crust are frosted with a creamy Biscoff buttercream
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I think by now you all are well aware of my obsession with and love for Biscoff spread, aka cookie butter.  It started with that very first spoonful. And trust me.... that is all it takes to begin the addiction, folks. ;)

So, you all can probably guess at how thrilled I was to discover that there is a cookbook out there filled with just recipes that use Biscoff spread and cookies!  As soon as I made this discovery, I ordered my copy from Amazon- The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook from Katrina Bahl of Katrina's Kitchen.  It was also pretty nice to know that there happens to be another food blogger out there who shares my affinity for all things cookie butter. 

I had been kicking around an idea for a gingersnap crusted brownie for a couple of weeks now. I just love the combination of rich chocolate with spicy ginger.  But it needed something just a little more... As I was flipping through my copy of The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook, I came to the recipe for Biscoff Buttercream and I knew that I found the missing component for my brownie recipe idea.  The creamy buttercream with it's spiced buttery cookie flavor turned out to be just the icing on the cake (ahem... brownies) I was looking for for this new sweet treat recipe... 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Breyers Apple Pie A La Mode

In partnership with the folks at Lunchbox, I am sharing this recipe for a holiday dessert classic- Apple Pie A La Mode. All opinions expressed below are my own.
Breyers Apple Pie A La Mode- a classic apple pie made with a toasted pecan crust and topped with creamy Breyers Vanilla Caramel Gelato #ad #spon #MySweetHolidays
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When it comes to holiday baking and hosting guests for the holidays, you can just never go wrong by serving the classics. From hot cocoa with marshmallows to frosted sugar cookies to classic apple pie, the holiday classics are always sure to please and to disappear quickly. 

Homemade apple pie happens to be the most requested dessert in my home no matter what time of the year it may be.  For this holiday season, I am taking the classic apple pie and kicking it up just a notch by using my Toasted Pecan Pie Crust Mix for this and then topping it with a creamy, decadent surprise- Breyers® Gelato Indulgences in Vanilla Caramel... :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cinnamon-Sugar English Muffin Casserole

This simple & delicious Cinnamon-Sugar English Muffin Casserole can be made the night before making it the perfect breakfast for a busy weekday morning or a laid back weekend brunch...

This simple & delicious Cinnamon-Sugar English Muffin Casserole can be made the night before making it the perfect breakfast for a busy weekday morning or a laid back weekend brunch.



Post updated 9/4/19- This crowd-pleasing Cinnamon-Sugar English Muffin Casserole deserved some updated photos. I did leave one of the originals down below just so you all can see for yourself why this recipe so desperately needed a little face lift. ;)

I have to admit that the creation of this recipe came about because of a package of English muffins that somehow got pushed to the back of our bread box and then was buried by a couple of loaves of bread. About 5 or 6 days later as I was finishing up one of the loaves of bread making sandwiches for lunch, I spotted that package of English muffins stuffed back there in the corner. 

I let out an immediate sigh, grabbed the package, and started to head to the trash can with them. I mean, they weren't bad but they were definitely far from being fresh at this point. 
As I started to push the door of the trash can open, a light bulb went off...
What do I do with day old loaves of French or Italian bread??

I make french toast casseroles! So, why couldn't I do the same with less than fresh English muffins? I figure it couldn't hurt to give it a go, and the results were absolutely delicious, folks! :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Basil, Garlic, & Mozzarella Focaccia


Basil, Garlic, & Mozzarella Focaccia- this simple, yet flavorful Italian bread is baked in a cast iron skillet #FleischmannsYeast
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Over the weekend I got to cross two items off of my culinary bucket list...
1. Make homemade focaccia.
2. Bake in a cast iron skillet.

Honestly, I hadn't tried either one before out of a fear of what I did not know. Up until about a year ago, I had never really baked with yeast. I don't care how amazing a recipe looked, if yeast was listed as an ingredient I was immediately turned off by it.
Why?
Because I was super intimidated by anything that involved using yeast, and rise times, and such. Most of the time any recipe that I tried that required yeast almost always failed for me. Almost a year ago, I shared my recipe for French Vanilla Chai Cinnamon Rolls on the blog- it was my very first self-developed recipe using yeast that was a hit out of the park success. Ever since then I have been hooked on baking with yeast.

And recently I discovered Fleischmann's® RapidRise® Yeast and found myself even more hooked on developing baking recipes using yeast...

Sunday, December 7, 2014

$500 Christmas Shopping Spree Giveaway! {& 10 of My Favorite Holiday Gift Guides}

Get entered to win $500 in Visa Gift Cards in the Christmas Shopping Spree Giveaway! Plus, check out my 10 Favorite 2014 Holiday Gift Guides.
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So, what would you do with an extra $500 in your holiday shopping budget this month? 
You just may find out when you enter and win the $500 Christmas Shopping Spree giveaway that I am hosting this week with a few of favorite food blogger friends. ;)
That's right, folks. We all pitched in to help make one of your all's Christmas mornings just a little brighter and a tad bit easier on your wallet as well.  

Need a few ideas on what to spend that $500 on should you win?  Well, you are in luck, friends! I gathered up a few of my favorite holiday gift guides to share with you all today... :)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Apple Crisp Sweet Rolls

These Apple Crisp Sweet Rolls are what happens when fluffy homemade cinnamon rolls meets comforting apple crisp...

Apple Crisp Sweet Rolls- what happens when fluffy homemade cinnamon rolls meets comforting apple crisp



Okay folks. I may just have done like the best thing ever for your weekend breakfast table. Yes, I combined one of your favorite desserts- a homemade apple crisp with soft & fluffy cinnamon rolls.  When I made these and told my husband what they were, his eyes may have rolled back into his head slightly. ;)  

And let me tell you all- they were amazing.  It was like having dessert for breakfast... and then later on that same day, breakfast for dessert. 

I used my basic fool-proof cake mix cinnamon roll recipe, but rolled up a simple apple filling into the dough and then topped it all with a traditional apple crisp topping.  The baked sweet rolls are then finished off with a super simple glaze that you can whip up in mere minutes...

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Printable Holiday Leftovers Recipe Tags


Send your guests home with dinner & party leftovers & tasty recipe ideas too with these free Printable Holiday Leftovers Recipe Tags...

Send your guests home with dinner & party leftovers & tasty recipe ideas too with these free Printable Holiday Leftovers Recipe Tags.
This post is brought to you by Glad. Freshness, wrapped up.


Anyone who knows me personally already knows two things about me-
1. I love hosting holiday dinners and get-togethers. And...
2. I hate for anything to go to waste, so I always send my dinner & party guests home with leftovers and goodies to enjoy later.

Did you know that each Thanksgiving Americans throw out around $282,000,000 worth of turkey?  Yep. I cringe at the very thought, folks.
If you happened to gasp as well at reading that number up there, then you will love the fun little solution I am sharing with you all today to help reduce food waste this holiday season.

Armed with Glad Press N’ Seal® Wrap and some free printable recipe tags I created, you can do your part to help reduce food waste and keep holiday foods fresh while sending your holiday dinner guests home with some fun and tasty leftovers and recipe ideas...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

25 Waistline Friendly Holiday Treats

Treat yourself this holiday season without the guilt with these 25 Waistline Friendly Holiday Treats...
Treat yourself this holiday season without the guilt with these 25 Waistline Friendly Holiday Treats
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The holiday season is definitely upon us, my friends. It seems to get ushered in each year with the start of the Black Friday sales and keeps right on going until the New Year. 
And while it is definitely one of my favorite times of the year, it is also that one time of year when I can be guaranteed to gain a least a few pounds before that ball drops on New Year's Eve. Honestly, it is hard not to.  With all the home baked cookies, and holiday dinners, and extra cocktails, and homemade fudge... well, we can all see how it adds up pretty quickly. 

But the holiday season is also no time for self deprivation.  I am all about moderation. So while I will still be treating myself to a few of my holiday guilty pleasures, I will also be balancing it out a bit with some of these waistline friendly holiday treats that I gathered to share with you all. Think of this as the "nice list" of Christmas sweets. ;) 
From quick desserts for one to homemade truffles to creamy dessert dips, you are sure to find a lower calorie, less guilt treat to curb those naughty holiday cravings a bit... 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Menu Planning Made Easy With Alexia Foods

Meal Planning Made Easy With Alexia Foods- 5 tasty & convenient weeknight dinner ideas! #sp
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Even though I feel like an old "pro" at making a weekly menu plan, there are definitely weeks when I need a change.  When I need something that will add a new tasty spin on some of our usual family favorites.  And bonus if these new tasty additions also happen to be quick and easy!

Recently I discovered the Alexia Foods line of frozen foods, and it has been a game changer for my weekly menu planning. Alexia offers a delicious selection of frozen potatoes, appetizers, breads and side dishes made with real ingredients. Each of Alexia's gourmet products are made with premium, natural ingredients in creative and delicious flavor combinations. They are the perfect addition or complement to any of your family's favorite dishes. Best yet? Most can be ready in 25 minutes or less! :)

Armed with three of my family's Alexia favorites- the BBQ Sweet Potato Fries, the Crispy Onion Rings, and the Spicy Sweet Potato Fries, I set out to make a tasty and easy menu plan for the week for my family...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Clover Yeast Dinner Rolls

These soft, pull apart Clover Yeast Dinner Rolls need to make an appearance on your dinner table asap...

These soft, pull apart Clover Yeast Dinner Rolls need to make an appearance on your dinner table asap.
I am partnering today with Fleischmann's Yeast & Karo Syrup to bring you all this recipe for my mama's family favorite Clover Yeast Dinner Rolls.



When it comes to the holidays, I think we all have that one recipe or two that when made always bring back memories of our childhood.  For me, that is my mama's clover yeast dinner rolls.
They were made for almost every special occasion, including holiday dinners like Thanksgiving and Christmas.  

I remember watching her mix the dough, and then kneading it, and punching it down, and then placing it in a well oiled big green Tupperware mixing bowl to rest and raise.  And when it was ready, she would roll the dough into little balls and then arrange them 3 to a tin in a muffin pan.

The whole process fascinated me and intimidated me all at the same time.  But there was nothing like pulling apart one of her warm clover yeast dinner rolls and smearing some butter on it, and popping each third in my mouth as the butter melted...

Monday, November 24, 2014

Chocolate Peppermint No-Bake Cookies

A classic cookie gets a minty makeover perfect for the holidays in these Chocolate Peppermint No-Bake Cookies...

A classic cookie gets a minty makeover perfect for the holidays in these Chocolate Peppermint No-Bake Cookies.
This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias , Inc. and Quaker. All opinions are mine alone.




If there is one thing I can count on each and every holiday season, it will be my teenage son's love for anything and everything chocolate and peppermint.  This has been going on for years now... you know, back when he was actually much shorter than me. ;) 

So each and every holiday season, I strive to create a new chocolaty, minty sweet treat that I just know that he will love. 

But this year I took it just a tiny step further and added his favorite flavor combo to one of his all-time favorite cookies- no-bakes!

And after making these, I kind of had to step back and scratch my head and wonder why this was the first time I had ever thought to make Chocolate Peppermint No-Bake cookies...

As soon as I had the idea for this recipe churning in my head, I headed out to my local Target to pick up a package of Quaker Quick Oats...

Sunday, November 23, 2014

6 Holiday Treats for Easy Christmas Gift Giving

Make gifts from the heart (and straight to the tummy) with these 6 Holiday Treats for Easy Christmas Gift Giving...

Six Holiday Gifts for Easy Christmas Gift Giving- start checking off that holiday gift list with these easy DIY edible gifts!




Go ahead and get started on your holiday gift list with these 6 Holiday Treats perfect for easy Christmas gift giving! :) And after you have checked out all 6 of these easy and tasty DIY gift ideas, be sure to scroll down and get entered to win the HUGE Bake Your Holidays Gifts Giveaway below... :)


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Toasted Pecan Pie Crust Mix Gift with Free Printable

Get a head start on those holiday hostess and teacher gifts now with this easy to make Toasted Pecan Pie Crust Mix Gift...

Toasted Pecan Pie Crust Mix Gift Jar with Free Printable Tag- an easy to make, delicious holiday gift!


I am sort of a sucker for fun foodie gifts for the holidays.  I love making and giving them. And I love receiving them.  

I mean first of all, food is universal. We all eat it, right? ;)

So you can whip up cookie mixes or make fudge (or this Toasted Pecan Pie Crust Mix), and they make the perfect gifts for anyone on your holiday list. 

Everyone has seen the layered cookie mixes in jars by now, right? I mean, you really can't even open Pinterest these days without at least seeing one or two on that first page. Baking cookies is always synonymous with the holidays.  

But pie baking is too! Except that it usually takes a little more effort to make pies. But gifting this Toasted Pecan Pie Crust Mix takes a little of the work out of that holiday pie making for those favorite hostesses, teacher, and foodies in your life... :)