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Easy Cassoulet

Easy Cassoulet: a streamlined version of the classic French peasant stew.

Easy Cassoulet: a streamlined version of the classic French peasant stew

If you are familiar with traditional cassoulet, you know that it doesn’t necessarily look like the dish I have posted above.  Yes, I know it is usually made with big pieces of duck and whole sausages.  Yes, I know that it is usually packed with beans.  Yes, I know that it takes a whole day or longer to make.  Yes, yes, yes, I know.  This is the “one hour” version and it is still delicious and I am sticking with it. Continue reading

Pulled Pork Pimento Cheese Smothered Fries #GameDayGrub

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Southern Style Smothered Fries: sweet potato fries topped with barbecue pulled pork and melted pimento cheese #GameDayGrub #ad

I live in the South where football is king and food is a close second.  Every chance we get, we combine the two!  There is nothing like a huge spread of #gametimegrub and a big crowd gathered to watch the exciting games leading up to the big game next week.  My husband was born and raised in one of the cities whose team is playing, so without naming which, I can tell you we are very anxious for another win for the home team.  One of our favorite things to eat while waiting for a first down is smothered fries.  Alexia Foods helps us do just that with their sweet potato and crinkle cut French fries. Continue reading

Seafood Curry over Spaghetti Squash #BeeHealthy #CG

It’s the new year and with remembering to write 2015 on my checks also comes a wave of personal goals that I want to accomplish.   My family purchased a gym membership in December so we could all do more exercising.  My husband has requested that I serve more fish and seafood for dinner.  For my own personal health, I am stepping closer and closer to a grain-free lifestyle.  With an eye still on my food budget, I am adding meals of seafood without grain by using Bumble Bee® seafood products like their Fancy Lump Crab and Tiny Shrimp Seafood Curry with crab and shrimp over spaghetti squash #BeeHealthy #CG Continue reading

Beef Lombardi

Beef Lombardi is a hearty casserole with ground beef, egg noodles, cream cheese, tomatoes and tons of flavor.

Beef Lombardi: this could become your favorite beef-tomato-pasta casserole!

I know it’s almost Christmas and everyone is anxious to read about the latest fudge or cheese filled appetizer, but let’s face it folks, we all have to sneak in a little dinner here and there.  And is this ever a dinner to remember!  Oodles of oniony cream cheese layered between egg noodles and a beefy tomato sauce will have you saying, “What plate of holiday cookies?” and going back for seconds and thirds. Continue reading

Aunt Jemima Frozen Waffle Breakfast Sandwich Olè

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Waffle Sandwich Olè featuring Aunt Jemima Frozen Waffles, eggs, sausage, cheese and salsa butter #breakfastonthego #4morewaffles #shop

Sometimes I wish I could drive a little mini front loader into my kids bedrooms, scoop them up when their alarms go off and drop them onto the ground.  Nothing seems to wake them up!  Well, I take that back.  Second Son, who is a senior, gets himself up all by himself.  However, Third and Fourth Sons and lately, even Only Daughter, seem to have no ability to get up on time.  So we rush and rush through the morning with me calling out, “10 minutes!”  “5 minutes!”  “Your ride is here!”  “You are late…again!”  Thank goodness for Aunt Jemima frozen waffles, now with #4morewaffles. Continue reading

Basic Roast Turkey with Root Vegetables

I had the most interesting conversation with a Canadian friend the other day.  I said something about her celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving this week and she told me it wasn’t until next week.  I “hmmm’d” to myself and went home to Google it.  It appears she will be eating her feast a week after the rest of Canada…  Any-hoo, I thought I’d get a jump on the U.S. Thanksgiving by posting a roast turkey on our northern neighbor’s holiday.Roast Turkey with Root Vegetables Continue reading

Simple Dinner: Barbecue Grilled Cheese and Turkey Sandwiches #RollIntoSavings

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My kids are all about big flavors.  It doesn’t matter if I am making steak or beans, if the dish has enough flavor, they will like it.  With a big family like mine, I try really hard to make meals for less than $20.  It just isn’t feasible to spend oodles of money on big ticket food items for every single dinner.   We are big on budget meals…as long as they taste good.  It almost doesn’t matter what I serve, as long as it is tasty.

 Barbecue Grilled Cheese and Turkey Sandwich: a lot of flavor without having to spend a lot of moola #RollintoSavings #shop Continue reading

#Manwich Sloppy Joe Lasagna Brings the Family to the Table

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Ah school; I love it and I hate it.  I love that the kids are busy, but I hate that the kids are busy.  That busyness floods the family’s schedule with homework, unscheduled trips to stores, school meetings, sports and so much more.  I have to pack up my summer laziness and find my inner organization mojo for another year.  It also means that I need to start making hearty, delicious meals that will bring the family to the table. Manwich is one of my little helpers. With its kid-stopping power, my family is sure to put down their homework, get up from the computer and come in from the yard to sit down to a #Manwich meal, especially if its a sloppy Joe lasagna.

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Pork Grillades

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I believe in diving into local cuisine.  When I moved to Florida a little over three years ago, I started making all things Southern.   It wasn’t too  long before I made grillades (pronounced Gree-Yahds).   They are seared meat medallions served in a spicy gravy over grits.  Because I moved to Florida from Arizona, there is still a lot of Mexican influence in my cooking.  It should be no surprise that I opted for El Yucateco habenero hot sauce when I made the grillades gravy.

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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

King’s Ranch Pasta and Cheese

Time is rushing on toward summer. It seems like we were complaining so much that winter wouldn’t leave and now there are only two weeks left until summer vacation starts! With time spinning crazily out of control, I turn to simple dinner recipes. I found a cookbook on clearance called Southern Living Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook (brought to you by Winn Dixie) a while ago. It is full of convenient recipes like this King’s Ranch Pasta and Cheese.
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Tried and True Marinated Grilled Pork Chops

Tried and true recipe for grilled pork chops marinated and seasoned to perfection.When my kids asked what meal I’d like for Mother’s day, I said grilled pork chops.  They looked at me a little blankly, because they were hoping I’d say something like frozen pizza and boxed macaroni and cheese.  I rolled my eyes at them and said, ” Don’t worry, I’ll make it myself!”  They let out breaths of relief and said, “Thanks, Mom, you’re the best!  Happy Mother’s Day!”  They let me make my own birthday cakes, too.  Aren’t they great?

Grilled pork chops marinated and seasoned to perfection.

In my mind, there is nothing like marinated, grilled pork chops.  This particular marinade came about because my husband and I realized we had 5 open bottles of mustard in our refrigerator.  Desperate to use up the two Dijon’s , I created this concoction.  It  was such a hit that I had to go out and buy more Dijon.  We eventually ate the 2 bottles of regular  yellow mustard up with hot dogs and hamburgers, so I can proudly say that we only have three open bottles of mustard now.  (don’t ask me to give up my Saucy Mama Smoky Garlic mustard; it stays no matter what).

Tried and True Marinated Grilled Pork Chops
  • ½ cup Dijon mustard
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil (or any kind of oil that doesn't solidify in the fridge)
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 6-8 pork chops
  1. Whisk together the marinade ingredients.
  2. Place pork chops in a glass 9x13 pan.
  3. Pour the marinade over the chops, moving the meat around to coat both sides.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30-60 minutes.
  5. Heat up the grill and cook the chops about 7 minutes on each side (longer if thicker meat, less if thin).


Sweet Potato and Chicken Burritos

Chicken and Sweet Potato Burritos, a lighter style burrito with beans, caramelized onions, chicken, sweet potatoes and cotija cheese.

This “burrito” recipe is more of a modern interpretation of Mexican food.  I am not sure it would pass any authentication tests, but it sure is delicious.  If you are looking for something light and different, this is just the thing.

Chicken and Sweet Potato Burritos, a lighter style burrito with beans, caramelized onions, chicken, sweet potatoes and cotija cheese.

Sweet Potato and Chicken Burritos
  • corn tortillas
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, cut into small cubes
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 15 oz can beans, rinsed and drained (use black, pinto, white, or whatever you like)
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp cayenne
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup cojito crumbles
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled, cooked and cubed
  1. Cook the onion in the oil until browned,softened or caramelized (or just the way you like it)
  2. Add the chicken, beans, sweet potato and herbs.
  3. Heat through, stirring little, so as not to mash the sweet potato.
  4. Heat the corn tortillas on a griddle or pan so they are softened.
  5. Spoon some chicken/bean mixture onto the tortillas and sprinkle with cheese.
  6. Fold over the tortillas or serve open-faced.


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Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin Roast

My son’s motto is “bury me in bacon.”  He would eat it every day, if it weren’t for his mama.  When he sees a package of bacon on the counter and me getting pots and pans out to make dinner, he asks if we are having bacon.  He has learned, however, to follow that question up with, “is it going in something?”  It is the bane of his existence that I use bacon as an ingredient instead of as a focal point.Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin Roast Continue reading

Breakfast Sausage Meatballs and Rotini and Cookbook Giveaway

This month’s Pass the CookBook Club book is Breakfast for Dinner by Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth of Love & Olive Oil.  As an added bonus this month, we are also able to giveaway three copies of this wonderful cookbook!  As always, three recipes were chosen for us to pick from, each of us made one.  You can see the dishes in the linky at the bottom of the post.Breakfast Meatballs and Rotini
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