Category Archives: breakfasts

Apple Cinnamon Cake

I have had this recipe  for Apple Cinnamon Cake printed out and ready to be made for years.  I saw this cake with globs of apple pie filling in the middle and it screamed “MAKE ME!!!”  Like many of you, however, I printed the recipe and then it slowly made its way into a pile and then to a shelf and then was forgotten.  Then recently, I made up some apple pie milkshakes (and no, there are no milkshake recipes here, sorry), but I only used about 2 Tbsp of a whole can of apple pie filling.  Suddenly, I remembered this cake.  I dug through a few files, found it, made the cake and then promptly lost the recipe.  Luckily, it was only yesterday and my memory extends that far.

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#SnacktoSchool Oatmeal Clusters with Raisins #LoveYourRaisins


It has always been really important to me that my kids love raisins.  From the time they were little, I pushed California raisins as snacks because I knew they were full of fiber, potassium and iron.  Also, I loved the portability of a super naturally-sweet snack.  We could eat raisins anywhere and the kids wouldn’t have smudges on their cheeks or stains on their clothes.  Now that they are mostly older (only one is still in elementary school, while three are in high school and one has flown the coop), they still love them.  While eating them plain is fine, it’s fun to “fancify” them into fun snacks like these Oatmeal Clusters with Raisins.

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#Cookbook Review Idiot’s Guides: the Mediterranean Diet Cookbook

I have long been a fan of Mediterranean cooking.  I love fruit, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, nuts and yogurt.  When the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance to review Idiot’s Guides: The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook.  This series of books breaks the subjects down to the nitty gritty.  I read the whole book while sitting by the community pool one afternoon.  I knew the first recipe I wanted to make from it was Garlic Scrambled Eggs.  They sounded like something my entire family would devour.

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Cheesy Sausage Biscuit Skillet

A recipe similar to this Cheesy Sausage Biscuit Skillet is pictured on my kitchen calendar.  All month, fourth son has been staring at it and mentioning it as he walks by it.  When I told him that I was actually going to be making it for dinner, he  was a happy camper.

Cheese and Sausage Biscuit Skillet #bread #breakfast***ANNOUNCEMENT*** I have started a new blog that is called Just Me, Gluten Free.  From now on, that is where all my gluten free recipes will live and where new ones will be published.  Frugal Antics will be the home of any full gluten foods I make. Continue reading

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

No matter how old I get, I show no signs of outgrowing my love and adoration for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  These days they are served up on toasted gluten free bread with unsweetened peanut butter and all-fruit jam.  As I was making up smoothies this week, I got to thinking that a Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie would taste pretty good.  I was SO right!

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Peach Cobbler Smoothie

Have you noticed healthy foods sound more appealing if they have a dessert in the title?   Case in point: would you rather drink something entitled Rabbit Food Healthy Drink or Carrot Cake Smoothie?  Exactly.  You will totally understand, then if for the next few weeks, I throw some healthy smoothies at you with desserts in their names like today’s Peach Cobbler Smoothie.

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Gluten and Refined Sugar Free Cinnamon Rolls Version 1.0

My brother was recently diagnosed with adult onset Type 1 Diabetes.  It’s a bit of a shock, because I always thought it would be me or my other brother that got it, because our body types run more like my father’s side of the family and that’s where the Diabetes lurks.  As he starts adjusting to what this means for him, I want to help make some of the transition easier for him.  Gluten and Refined Sugar Free Cinnamon Rolls Continue reading

Oatmeal Cookie Smoothies

In about a month and a half, my family is having its first family reunion.  We settled on Galveston for the location.  One of my brothers lives in Houston, so it is close enough that we can pop over to his house if we need anything important, you know,  like a slow cooker or griddle.  I am very excited to spend a week with my whole family.  There is just one problem:  I need to lose a few unwanted pounds that I have gathered since January.Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie Continue reading

#Cookbook Review: The Healthy Slow Cooker

The Healthy Slow Cooker by Judith FinlaysonAnother cookbook review for you!  This time it’s all about easy and healthy meals made in the slow cooker.   Whether the temperature is cold or hot outside, your slow cooker can be your best friend, saving you time in the kitchen.  With the help of The Healthy Slow Cooker: 135 Gluten-Free Recipes for Health and Wellness, it can also help you produce delicious, healthy, gluten free meals, too. Continue reading

Sausage, Mushroom and Spinach Crustless Quiche

Sausage, Mushroom and Spinach Crustless QuicheWhere did the last month go?  It’s Improv Challenge time again and this time we are cooking up Sausage and Mushrooms.  This was an extra fun theme for me because I have a few mushroom haters in my family, so I got to make something just for the grown-ups!  In a big family, it’s a treat not having to share. Continue reading

Raspberry Oatmeal Parfait

Raspberry "Cheesecake" Oatmeal Parfait with Walnuts and HoneyI cannot think of a more boring meal than plain, old oatmeal.  Called mush, porridge, hot cereal, none of those names spark the least bit of excitement.  However, if you mention the word “parfait,” my ears perk up.  If you add something about cheesecake or nuts or fruit, I am all over it.  Combine all of those terms and I am ready to bang on the table with a spoon and yell, “Gimme, gimme, gimme!” Continue reading

Egg and Red Pepper Breakfast Skillet

Egg Roasted Pepper Breakfast SkilletDo you eat breakfast for dinner?  In my house, it’s one of the most popular dinners I can make.  Considering that “breakfast” is an umbrella term that encompasses a plethora of dishes, that means I can make anything from waffles to fritattas or from quiche to pancakes. Continue reading

Jimmy Dean Pancakes and Sausage on a Stick: Yum On the Go

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Jimmy Dean, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #onthego http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.

Jimmy Dean Pancake and Sausage on a StickIt’s another crazy day in my house.   The alarms start going off at 5:20am when my two high schoolers drag themselves out of bed and head toward wakefulness.  By 5:50 they are out the door.    My goal is to make sure they eat a good breakfast, but 20% of the time, they are unable to roust themselves enough to spare a minute for a meal.  Those are the days that a quick, delicious on-the-go breakfast isn’t just nice, it’s downright necessary. Continue reading