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on October 10, 2018

Halloween Prep with PlateJoy

October is such a fun month… spooky decorations, kids in cute costumes, and just all the Halloween fun in general.

However, with all the great things that come with Halloween, there’s also the processed candy and temptation to indulge that sweet tooth with unhealthy sweets.

Too much sugar can cause havoc on the body; causing fatigue, weight gain, and headaches. It also increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Read more...

Easy DIY Fall Leaf Garland

on September 27, 2018

Fall is my favorite season and I decided our mantle needed some fall color this week!

So, of course, I headed to the Dollar Tree for some craft supplies on the cheap. It is definitely my favorite place to get frugal crafting supplies.

I would NOT consider crafting to be my expertise, but I was pretty pleased with how this leaf garland turned out. I only spent $1 out of pocket to make this and it took less than 30 minutes to make! Read more...

Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake

on September 2, 2018

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I think it’s fair to say that September is officially the start of pumpkin season, right?

I am a pumpkin lover year-round but I can’t get enough of it this time of year. Yesterday I made this easy pumpkin cheesecake and it turned out incredibly good. Move over pumpkin pie.

The best part? It took about five minutes to throw it together using my stand mixer.

Don’t be misled, it still takes 50-60 minutes to bake (it is an actual cheesecake) and about another hour to cool. Read more...

Easy Pumpkin Zucchini Bread

on August 19, 2018

 Quick & easy pumpkin zucchini bread with reduced sugar and oil! An easy recipe for extra zucchini that is budget friendly, too. #easyrecipe #pumpkinrecipe

Our neighbor shared some zucchini from his family’s garden with us this week and I immediately wanted to make some zucchini bread.

I had a can of pumpkin hanging around so I decided to use it in place of some of the large quantity of oil that my zucchini bread recipes usually calls for. The result was this delicious pumpkin zucchini bread!

I love pumpkin recipes year-round and am a firm believer that you shouldn’t have to wait until fall to enjoy some pumpkin goodness. Read more...

5 Perfect Recipes for Your Labor Day Cookout

on August 16, 2018

I’ve rounded up some recipes from my closest blogging friends that are perfect for your end-of-summer cookout!

Labor Day is quickly approaching and many are celebrating the close of the summer season – unless you live in the South and summer weather drags on until October. I’d love to bring out those Fall sweaters but that is months away!

Hopefully, you’ll have many more opportunities this year to get together with friends and enjoy some nice weather. Read more...

Easy Lemon Raspberry Ricotta Cake

on August 13, 2018

An easy and delicious Lemon Raspberry Ricotta Cake that great for dessert or brunch! #easyrecipe

If you need a cake that is easy to make AND impressive, look no further than this super moist and delicious Lemon Raspberry Ricotta Cake.

This Italian dessert has a pound cake-like texture and is pretty rich, thanks to the stick of butter and whole milk ricotta. The lemon and raspberries complement the richness nicely.

I’m not at all ashamed to admit I eat this for breakfast. It is good for an afternoon snack, too! Read more...

Budget Luxury: 7 Tips For Self-Respecting Foodies

on August 2, 2018

I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own.

If you are a food lover like me, meal times are the highlights of your day.

Although food is life, it’s also expensive. The best joints and the tastiest treats cost tens, and sometimes hundreds of bucks.

For a person with a family to care for, this is too much to fork out on meals. Sorry, but you’re going to have to stick to a budget and grin and bear it. Read more...

Easy $2 DIY Cupcake Stand

on July 2, 2018

Cupcakes with cookies and cream frosting

I was gearing up for a little kiddo party and was in need of something to hold these yummy cupcakes. Of course I’m not going to shell out $20+ for a fancy cupcake stand, so I checked Pinterest for DIY cupcake stand ideas!

I found lots of ideas for homemade cupcake holders, like these from Sarah with an H. On my next trip to the Dollar Tree, I was on the lookout for supplies. Read more...

Asian Veggie Peanut Noodles – Easy & Kid-Friendly

on June 3, 2018


Give me some rice noodles and veggies slathered in spicy peanut sauce and I am a happy girl.

When I saw Andrew Zimmern’s Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles I wanted to make it for my family but needed a version that isn’t “numbing and spicy” so my two-year-old can enjoy it, too.

I’ve been working on a version that is kid-friendly while still full of flavor and goodness. Here are the results with some pictures of my version and my recipe! Read more...

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

on April 22, 2018

Like many of you, I am IN LOVE with my Instant Pot (generic version, not-sure-what-brand but it works). This Instant Pot ham and bean soup might be the best thing I’ve made yet!

Instant Pot Ham and bean soup

I’ve been trying out tons of recipes I used to make in my crockpot and I get a huge thrill when what used to take half a day is ready in 30 minutes.

The recipes that have turned out best so far have been soups and chilis. Read more...

Easy Homemade Fresh Salsa

on March 19, 2018

Cheap, easy, and delicious homemade fresh salsa that you can make in 5 minutes! #easyrecipes

I go through phases of being totally obsessed with chips and salsa. I’m not the only one… right??

I’ve been on a salsa kick recently and dragged this fresh recipe out of the archives. It’s super fresh and tastes like summer in a jar – even though you could make it any time of year because it uses all canned ingredients!

The best part is that this homemade fresh salsa takes five minutes or less to make. Read more...

Easy Veggie Fried Rice

on February 19, 2018

This post is sponsored by Harris Teeter, but all opinions are my own.
Easy Veggie Fried Rice Recipe - Get a healthy dinner on the table in 20 minutes with this organic fried rice recipe #sponsored @harristeeter

Homemade veggie fried rice is one of my all-time favorite things to eat. I swear I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and sometimes I do!)

Today I’ve partnered with Harris Teeter Organics to show you how to make a super-easy organic veggie fried rice at home.

This veggie fried rice is WAY healthier than take-out and uses frozen veggies to cut down prep time. Read more...

Easy Snickerdoodle Cookies Without Butter

on December 1, 2017

Last week I was craving some yummy cinnamon-and-sugar-coated Snickerdoodle cookies like my grandparents used to make.

I was all excited to make some when I discovered I was out of butter, one of the main ingredients in my recipe. Arggghh.

I’m a determined sort of gal so I scoured the web for a recipe for Snickerdoodle cookies without butter.  It wasn’t easy, but I eventually tracked one down!

I’m sharing my no butter adapted version with y’all below because they turned out so soft and delicious, you really would never guess they are no butter cookies.  Read more...

Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Waffles

on October 26, 2017

I have no shame about being a pumpkin junkie. I have a board dedicated to pumpkin recipes on Pinterest, which I consult when I am in the mood for something pumpkiny. The mood can strike at any time of year, but it strikes most often in the fall – like right now.

Today I’m sharing my recipe for Pumpkin Spice Waffles with you because they are my current obsession.

The past two weekends I have made a batch on Sunday, threw the rest in the fridge, and enjoyed them warmed up in the toaster for breakfast all week! Read more...

12 Cheap & Easy Snacks for New Moms

on September 9, 2017

Guest Post by Natalie Michele from Maternity at Home

New motherhood comes with the huge challenge of feeding yourself as you keep up with the demands of your newborn baby. As a new mom, you will be sleep deprived, and your body will need nutritious foods as you recover.

Here’s the good news – there are plenty of ways to make certain that you eat healthily while you care for your baby! Read more...

10 Weeks of Easy & Budget-Friendly Dinner Recipes

on August 14, 2017

Lots of inspiration for getting dinner on the table! Easy and budget friendly recipes for dinner on the cheap.

Readers often ask for easy, budget-friendly dinner recipes here at The Frugal South. So today I’m sharing LOTS of recipes in one post!

For a year I shared my weekly dinner meal plan here on the blog. I made affordable, healthy, and easy dinners a habit, so now I have a huge collection of go-to dinners that I make regularly!

So here’s ten weeks’ worth of my favorite dinner recipes from my year of meal planning… I hope you find some inspiration for planning meals! Read more...

Disney Blue Glowtini Recipe

on March 8, 2017

This post was originally published on June 24th, 2015.

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I took this picture with my old cell phone on the first trip my husband and I took together to Disney World in 2010. I had this amazing Blue Glowtini at the Victoria Falls Lounge at Animal Kingdom Lodge. It was such a memorable drink that I tried to replicate it when we got back home when we had some friends over. Read more...

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract {Photo Tutorial & Tips}

on February 19, 2017

This post was originally published June 19, 2015 and has been updated. 

Seven years ago my friend Brooke gave me a jar of homemade vanilla extract. I haven’t bought any vanilla extract from a grocery store since then! I discovered that homemade vanilla extract tastes so much better in recipes and is WAY cheaper than store-bought.

So here are the simple instructions for making your own. All you need are some glass jars, vanilla beans, cheap vodka and time. Read more...


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