Apr 162014
 
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Red Potato Soup Recipe

It was a little cool out the other day, and it put me in the mood for Potato Soup.  As always, I decided to use what I had on hand, so I put together a dish with Red Potatoes. I even threw in some Green Onion from my garden.

This is a hearty soup that could be served as a side or as a meal. If it is any indication of how good it turned out, my 5-year-old daughter asked for seconds.  I ended up eating it 2 days in a row.

Red Potato Soup Recipe!  An Easy Side or Dinner Idea!

If you would like to recreate this dish, here is the recipe and directions:

Red Potato Soup Recipe

Estimate, Serves 5-6 as a side.  Serves 3-4 as a meal.

5 cups of chopped Red Potatoes (Skin left on)

1/4 Cup of Diced Green Onion

1 /4 Tsp of Garlic Powder

1/2 Tsp of Salt

1/8 Tsp of Pepper

1 Cup of Milk

1 1/2 Cups of Water

Optional: Shredded Sharp Cheddar

Red Potato Soup Recipe!  An Easy Side or Dinner Idea!

Directions:

First chop up the Red Potatoes and put them on to boil for 30 minutes. Dice the Green Onion while waiting.

Red Potato Soup Recipe!  An Easy Side or Dinner Idea!

Then, drain the potatoes and mash.  I just used a hand masher and left it a little chunky.

Red Potato Soup Recipe!  An Easy Side or Dinner Idea!

Next, add the garlic, salt, pepper, milk, water, and Green Onion.

Red Potato Soup Recipe!  An Easy Side or Dinner Idea!

Combine and cook on Medium for 5 to 10 minutes stirring occasionally (watch to avoid burning). Then move to a low setting, continuing to stir occasionally for 20 minutes.

Red Potato Soup Recipe!  An Easy Side or Dinner Idea!

While waiting, shred the sharp cheddar. When the soup is ready, serve plain or top with cheese.

Red Potato Soup Recipe!  An Easy Side or Dinner Idea!

The soup turned out yummy, and is so simple to make.  I love that it has all kinds of great texture. 

Do you make a potato soap as well?  What ingredients do you include?

If you try this out, let me know what you think.

FFM

Apr 112014
 
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EASY Easter DIY With A Mason Jar or Spaghetti Sauce Container

If you are wanting to make an inexpensive Easter Decoration using items you already have, check out this Spaghetti Jar Craft my family made.

Of course you can always use a Mason Jar for this, but I decided to upcycle a couple of glass spaghetti jars I had saved.  In addition, I used left over grass from Easter Baskets, Eggs from the Dollar Store, and T-shirt Material that came from a pair of old shorts.

To recreate this craft, you will need:

1 Glass Jar with a lid

Easter Grass

4 Easter Eggs

Spring Material

Scissors

As always, safety first!  I closely observed this craft with my 5-year-old to avoid any accidents with the glass or scissors. Depending upon your child’s maturity, you may have to do more or less.

EASY Easter DIY With A Mason Jar supplies

Tip: This is a really easy craft to create, however before you start, you will need to remove the label from the Jar. To remove it, tear as much as you can off and then soak in cold water for a couple of minutes. Then, rub dish soap on it, and scrap it off with your nails. It should come off pretty easy.

EASY Easter DIY With A Mason Jar with grass and eggs

First, place some Easter Grass in the jar.

Second, add an egg.  Then repeat this step until all the eggs are all in the jar.

Making EASY Easter DIY With A Mason Jar supplies

Next, cut a square of material out that is enough to overlap the top of the jar. I did this part as well since I had to use utility scissors.

Finally, put the lid on, add the material, and tie this on with a piece of Easter Grass. When you are finished find a visible area with lighting so all the pretty colors can shine through.

EASY Easter DIY With A Mason Jar

Do you make a similar craft at home?  What supplies do you use?

I think these look great in groups of 3, and would be perfect for a shelf or a table centerpiece. My daughter and I had fun making them and now we have decorations that can be used over and over again.

If you decide to make this craft, let me know how it turns out.

Enjoy!

FFM

Apr 072014
 
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Florida-Blueberry-Cheesecake_recipe

I love this time of year because all types of yummy fruits are coming into season here in Florida!

One of our family favorite fruits are Blueberries, and I turn these into all types of goodies including muffins, parfaits, and of course the best (which is my kid’s favorite) is simply dipping them in a little sugar.

If you are looking for a great resource for Blueberry Recipes, Fresh From Florida has an awesome variety of ideas. I just check out the site and one of the dishes that jump right off the page at me, was an EASY Florida Blueberry Cheesecake.

FYI, what is great about this treat is it is based on using a premade cheesecake or your favorite plain cheesecake recipe!  I am all about the short-cuts. 

If you would like to recreate this dessert, details are below.

Florida Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe! Serves: 6 to 12

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole cheesecake (homemade or store bought)
  • 4 pints Florida blueberries, rinsed
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup natural Florida sugar
  • Fresh mint sprigs for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a small sauce pot, combine 2 pints blueberries, sugar, lemon juice and water.
  2. Place sauce pot over medium high heat.
  3. Stir contents of pot as it comes to a boil, reduce heat to simmer.
  4. Cook blueberry mixture for 20 minutes or until it coats the back of a spoon.
  5. Strain blueberry sauce through a sieve if desired.
  6. Let blueberry sauce cool to room temperature, and store in the refrigerator until needed.
  7. Top the cheesecake with some of the cooled blueberry sauce, leaving extra for garnish.
  8. Place fresh leftover blueberries on top of the cheesecake and garnish with fresh mint.
  9. Serve the blueberry topped cheesecake with extra blueberry sauce.

What is your favorite recipe featuring fresh blueberries? (Of course the Fresh From Florida ones!)

Fresh From Florida also has recipes for Florida Berry Snack Bars, a Florida Blueberry Smoothie, Florida Blueberry Cobbler, Blueberry Biscuit Cookies, and Florida Blueberry Key Lime Pie.  Visit their website for complete details.

Looking for additional Florida inspired meals and dessert ideas? For updates, be sure to like Fresh From Florida on Facebook and also follow them at Fresh From Florida on Twitter.

FFM 

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Mar 122014
 
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Pineapple Coleslaw Recipe

If you are looking for a great side for fish, hamburgers, or pulled pork, check out this Pineapple Coleslaw Recipe I created. It tastes great, and it looks pretty as well.

Pineapple Coleslaw Recipe!

This dish is really simple to make, and all you need is the following ingredients:

2 Cups of Shredded Red Cabbage AKA Purple

4 tbsp of Crushed Pineapple

2 tbsp of Shredded Carrots

1/8 tsp of Garlic Powder

4 tbsp of Mayo

Pineapple Coleslaw Recipe!

Simply shred your cabbage and carrots and add in all the rest of the ingredients. Combine, Chill, and Serve.

Pineapple Coleslaw Recipe!

This recipe serves around 6 and I paired this batch with Breaded Fish and Zucchini Noodles. All the colors really popped off the plate.

Pineapple Coleslaw Recipe!

This slaw has a sweetness to it and it is delicious, I think it is a keeper.

Do you make anything similar?  If so, do you add any additional ingredients?

If you try this recipe out, let me know what you think.

FFM

Mar 112014
 
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Zucchini Noodles Recipe

I had eaten thin slices Zucchini at a restaurant not too long ago and it gave me an idea to slice the Zucchini even thinner to make a noodle like dish.  I tried it out once and it was a hit with my kids, so I did it again with the same results.

I decided to call this side, Zucchini Noodles.

Zucchini Noodles Recipe

If you would like to recreate this dish, you will need:

2 Zucchinis Shredded

1 tbsp of Olive Oil

1/4 tsp of Garlic Powder

1/8 tsp of Onion Powder

1/4 tsp of Salt

The dish serves around 4 to 5 people.

Zucchini Noodles Recipe

First shred the zucchini with a peeler and use the skin as well. (Be careful not to cut to close to your hands) Add all of this to a pan.  FYI, I end up with a middle piece of Zucchini and the kids like to eat this raw.

Zucchini Noodles Recipe

Next, add the Olive Oil, Garlic, Onion, and Salt. Stir and cook this on Medium Heat for around 7 minutes. Move to low until ready to serve.

Zucchini Noodles Recipe

That is all its takes to make this dish, and it cooks up quick. I also like it because it is yummy, a vegetable, and my kids gobble it up.

I also think they like the idea of eating “Zucchini” Noodles.

Do you make a similar dish?  If so, do you add any additional ingredients?

If you try this out, let me know what you think.

FFM

Mar 042014
 
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Milk Jug Easter Bunny Craft!

Easter is right around the corner and it is always fun to do crafts with the kids according to the season. After looking at the supplies I had on hand, I decided we would work on a milk jug upcycling craft.

My daughter and I ended up transforming our containers into Easter Bunnies.

Milk Jug Easter Bunny Craft!

To make this craft you will need:

A Milk Jug

Markers

Utility Scissors

2 Fuzzy Sticks AKA Pipe Cleaners

A Screwdriver

Milk Jug Easter Bunny Craft!

To recreate the craft you will first need to draw the ears.

Tip: To remove the label from the milk jug, tear as much as you can off and then soak in water for a couple minutes.  Then, rub dish soap on it, and scrap it off with your nails. It should come off pretty easy.

Milk Jug Easter Bunny Craft!

An adult should then cut the ears out. Safety first so you may want to wear protective gloves as well.

Milk Jug Easter Bunny Craft!

Next, poke 2 holes on each side of the face for whiskers, and run 2 pipe cleaners through the holes.

Milk Jug Easter Bunny Craft!

Finally, decorate the bunny’s face with markers. I actually drew part of the face for my 5-year-old and she filled in the eyes, nose, and ears.

Milk Jug Easter Bunny Craft!

This craft is super easy and can be done in one day.  What is really awesome is it can be displayed immediately!

Milk Jug Easter Bunny Craft!

My daughter also wanted to put eggs in hers, so we picked up grass and decorative eggs at a Dollar Store.

Milk Jug Easter Bunny Craft!

I decided to turn mine into a Milk Jug Planter for previously rooted geraniums, (I poked about 6 holes in the bottom to create drainage) and put it by the front door as an Easter decoration. It is cute and practical.

Have you made a similar craft with your own family?  Do you do anything different?

If you make this with your children, have fun, and ENJOY!

FFM

Feb 282014
 
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Cinnamon Bun Flautas Dessert

We were having tacos for dinner last week, and I wanted to make a dessert for afterwards. I ran to the store to pick up a few items and grabbed an extra package of flour tortillas.

I knew that I wanted to make something with cinnamon and sugar, and I ended up creating a dessert that my family really liked. (I even heard hubby bragging to my mother-in-law about it.)

Needless to say it tasted great, and my crew wants me to make it again. Thankfully, I took pictures and this is how I did it.

Cinnamon Bun Flautas

To make Cinnamon Bun Flautas you will need:

1 – 8 count package of Large Flour Tortillas

Butter or Margarine

1 tbsp of Cinnamon

1/4 cup of Sugar

1/2 cup of Powdered Sugar

2 tsp of water

Cinnamon Bun Flautas Dessert

First preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Then make the filing by combining the 1 tbsp of cinnamon and 1/4 cup of sugar .

Cinnamon Bun Flautas Dessert

Next, spread a thin layer of margarine or butter across the tortilla.

Cinnamon Bun Flautas Dessert

Sprinkle 1 tsp of the cinnamon sugar mix on each one.

Cinnamon Bun Flautas Dessert

Then, roll the tortillas tightly. FYI, you will have left over cinnamon sugar mix and will use that in the end. 

Once you have made all eight flautas, place them into the oven for 10 minutes.

Cinnamon Bun Flautas Dessert

When they are cooked, they will start to brown at the ends. Move these to a plate (careful they will be hot) and prepare the drizzle.

Cinnamon Bun Flautas Dessert

For the drizzle, combine the 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar and 2 tsp of Water. With a spoon, lightly spread this in a back and forth motion across the flautas.

Cinnamon Bun Flautas

When you are finished, sprinkle the rest if the cinnamon and sugar mix across the top.

Cinnamon Bun Flautas Dessert

That is all it takes to make this, it is easy and cooks super fast.

I cut these in half and after they cooled down a bit, we ate one serving each for dessert (2 halves). I saved the rest for breakfast in an airtight container, and they worked out great.

Do you make anything similar? If so, what ingredients do you use?

If you try it out, let me know what you think!

FFM

Feb 122014
 
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Apple Sauce and Stuffing Meatloaf Recipe

If you are ever in a bind and don’t have bread crumbs, or just in the mood to try something different, check out this Applesauce and Stuffing Meatloaf Recipe.

The stuffing gives it flavor, and the applesauce helps keep it moist. It is now a favorite of my family.

Applesauce and Stuffing Meatloaf Recipe

Applesauce and Stuffing Meatloaf Recipe

(Serves 4-6)

1.25 – pound of Ground Chuck

1 – 6 oz Package of Stuffing

1 – Egg

1 – 4 oz container  or a 1/2 cup of Applesauce

Optional: Ketchup

Applesauce and Stuffing Meatloaf Recipe

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients.  You will need to get your hands in there and work it all in completely.

Applesauce and Stuffing Meatloaf Recipe

Place this into a loaf pan and cook in a preheated oven at 350° degrees for 45 minutes. At 45 minutes spread the ketchup on top and place it back into the oven for 5-10 more minutes.

If you skip the ketchup, leave the meatloaf in for a total of 50-55 minutes.

Applesauce and Stuffing Meatloaf Recipe

As always confirm that it is cooked through by following the USDA Guidelines for Cooked Meat and use a thermometer. It should reach an internal temperature of 160 ° degrees F.

Applesauce and Stuffing Meatloaf Recipe

This meatloaf is easy to create and it looks pretty.  I paired it with green beans and hash browns, and it was a perfect meal for our family.

Do you make anything similar? What ingredients do you add to your meatloaf?

If you try this out, let me know what you think!

FFM

Jan 272014
 
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The following is a sponsored post on behalf of El Monterey. Opinions expressed are that of my own.

Mango Salsa  Paired With El Monterey Taquitos

To get ready for this years “BIG GAME” El Monterey, a company known for Frozen Mexican Food, sent my family packages of Taquitos and also asked me to create recipe pairings inspired by the flavors here on Frugal and Fun Mom.

The products we sampled were Southwest Chicken TaquitosJalapeno Ranch Shell Shockers TaquitosCheesy Pepper Jack TaquitosTaco Seasoned Beef and Cheese Taquitos, and the Nacho Cheese Shell Shockers Taquitos.

Varieties of El Monterey Taquitos

El Monterey Taquitos alone have an amazing flavor.  They have a little spice to keep things interesting, plus they also offer flavored shells to give each their Taquitos some variety in taste.

Since the level of spiciness was different with each Taquito, I decided to make Mild Salsa, Mango Salsa, and Guacamole. Not only did these dips taste great, but they complimented the flavors and offset some of the heat.

The Mango Salsa and the Guacamole recipes really stuck out to me, and I want to share them below so you can also give them a try.

Ingredients for Homemade Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa

Serves Approximately 4-6

1 Mango

1 tsp of Lemon Juice

1/4 cup of Finely Chopped Sweet Italian Red Onion

2 tbsp of Fresh Cilantro

Mango Salsa Recipe Combined

Directions:

Chop the Mango and Onion into very small pieces and then add chopped Cilantro and Lemon Juice.  Stir to combine and serve.

Southwest Chicken Taquitos El Monterey

The Mango Salsa pairs well with the Southwest Chicken Taquitos, Jalapeno Ranch Shell Shockers Taquitos, and Cheesy Pepper Jack Taquitos.

Ingredients for Homemade Guacamole

Guacamole

Serves Approximately 4-6

1 Ripe Avocado

1 tsp of Lemon Juice

1 Seeded Medium Tomato Chopped

1 tbsp of Cilantro

1/8 tsp of Salt

1/8 tsp of Garlic Powder

1/4 cup of Chopped Sweet Italian Red Onion

Guacamole Recipe Combined

Directions:

Mash the Avocado and stir in the Lemon Juice. Add the Salt and Garlic Powder, then stir. Finally chop the Onion and seeded Tomato into very small pieces and then add the chopped Cilantro. Stir to combine and serve.

Taco Seasoned Beef & Cheese Taquitos El Monterey

The Guacamole pairs well with Taco Seasoned Beef and Cheese Taquitos and the Nacho Cheese Shell Shockers Taquitos.

Varieties of El Monterey Taquitos getting ready for the oven

Once I finished making the dips, I placed them in the refrigerator and preheated the oven.  I placed each variety of El Monterey Taquitos on metal baking sheets and put them in from 13-15 minutes. (Heating and time vary for Taquito products)

They were so simple to prepare, I just pulled them out and let them cool for a few minutes before serving. Between the recipes and the Taquitos, my house smelled amazing!

Football Game Table Set-up with Decorations and El Monterey Taquitos

To make our dinner festive, the table was arranged with Homemade Football Centerpieces. Also, earlier in the week I had picked up football platters along with bowls for the dips.

To compliment our main dishes, I added fruit with chocolate, veggies, and tortilla chips. 

Guacamole Paired with El Monterey Taquitos

Just as the playoff game was showing and I told hubby and the kids that dinner was ready.  I put out dishes and napkins, and we all dug in.

We sat around and watched the game as a family and enjoyed our meal together. It was a relaxing evening with easy to prepare dishes.

My plate of El Montery Taquitos paired with Salsa and Guacamole

It is really hard to say if I have one particular favorite El Monterey Taquito, but I do like the batter on the Southwest Chicken Taquitos and the flavor is amazing on the outside of the Jalapeno Ranch Shell Shockers.  

My husband sampled and ate a couple of each, and I am pretty sure that the kids were big fans of the Taco Seasoned Beef and Cheese Taquitos.

The Kids enjoy El Monterey Taquitos as well

I could tell my daughter was enjoying the Taquitos because she looked at me and said, “Yum Yum, these are GOOD!” and proceeded to fill her plate up with a second helping.

Have you tried El Monterey Taquitos before? Which of these varieties are you most excited to try?

To learn more about El Monterey and their other products visit elmonterey.com. You can also check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/ElMonterey and Twitter at @elmonterey.

Plus, for a limited time PRINT.75 cents off El Monterey Taquitos & Mini Chimis Coupon.

If you try out any of these recipes, let me know what you think!  If you have a larger party, always feel free to double the ingredients!

FFM

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