Two recipes – one brand! Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies Pigs in Blanket and Sweet and Spicy Smokies

Halloween little mummies recipe

It’s football season and holiday season is just upon us. Now is the time that I head for my “go to” ingredients for quick and easy football party snacks or appetizers for holiday parties. The first thing on that list is the Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies. Disclosure: This is conversation is sponsored by MomItForward and (Continue Reading…);

This drink dispenser got me galvanized to throw a party – or two!

brylane homes drink dispenser on stand

It’s summertime in Texas and that means nice days out by the pool and party season in full swing. If you’ve thrown a party you know a beverage dispenser is pretty important unless you want people running in and out of your house or you want to be a waitress. Disclosure: I was provided with (Continue Reading…);

Review and recipes featuring the fruity flavors of Ivanabitch Vodka


  Spring has sprung here in Houston! And, not a day too soon.  Yes, I know we are great big babies when it comes to cold weather but there is something to be said for mild days, sunshine and getting the pools open. For us that also means it’s time for the annual “Spring Fling” (Continue Reading…);

Chicken Salad with Apples and Craisins recipe

chicken salad

I LOVE Chicken Salad, so of course when showing my Disney Side I wanted Chicken Salad sandwiches. This recipe was was easy since I had everything in it in the house, but there is quite a bit of chopping that must be done before you can mix. Best served chilled. Print Chicken Salad with Apples (Continue Reading…);

Frozen Trail Mix Recipe

frozen trail mix

  This easy to make recipe was so popular at our Disney Side party that I had to make some more for my daughter to take for snack to school. Print Frozen Trail Mix Recipe Author: Lisa Carey Recipe type: Snacks Cuisine: American Prep time:  5 mins Total time:  5 mins Serves: 15   Quick and easy, this sweet (Continue Reading…);

Recipe: Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip

spinach artichoke dip

  As we prepared for our Disney Side party, of course I had to wonder about what foods to share with my friends and family. What could be a delicious dish and could have a fun, Disney theme to it too?  Spinach Artichoke Dip, AKA Incredible Hulk Dip. After all spinach makes you big and (Continue Reading…);

Limited time: Save $5 each on your next visit to Mountasia Houston

Spring is just around the corner and with it I know we are very ready to get out and about and play. Mountasia is one of the girls favorite places in Houston because it makes celebrating a birthday, having a party, doing corporate parties, events and team building, or spending quality time with family and friendseasier (Continue Reading…);

Honey Baked Foods: Party trays sandwiches, salads and desserts

honey baked ham sandwiches

  It seems like not a month goes by without  a few friends gathering at our house or we gather at theirs.  Of course recently there was the Super Bowl party, but Easter is just around the corner.  Sure,  I could make a great big ham, but why should I do all that work when (Continue Reading…);

Cajun Buffalo Wings recipe

cajun buffalo wings

CAJUN BUFFALO CHICKEN WINGS Prep Time: 5 mins; Cook Time: 20 mins 2 ½  lbs.           chicken wing pieces ½  cup              any flavor FRANK’S® REDHOT® Buffalo Wings Sauce 1/3 cup            ketchup 2tsp.                 Cajun seasoned spice blend 1.   BAKE wings in foil-lined pan at 500 °F on lowest oven rack for 20 to 25 min. until crispy, (Continue Reading…);

Jalapeno Popper Dip recipe

frenchs jalapeno popper dip

Score big at your next party, get together or Super Bowl Sunday with this delicious snack featuring 100% natural French’s Mustard! Disclosure:  Recipe shared by permission. According to Food Business News, jalapeno-flavored appetizers grew 22% over the past year and entrees featuring the moderately-spiced pepper rose about 10%. Requiring only five simple ingredients, including 100% natural French’s (Continue Reading…);

Living the good life: Pura Vida Fizz drink recipe makes every occasion a special one

pura vida

Start off the new year living Pura Vida, roughly translated “The Good Life.”   Here at Money Saving Parent we are all about saving for tomorrow and living for today.  We enjoy finding and sharing ways for everyone to do that and with the approach of a New Year our newest opportunity to live for (Continue Reading…);

Hit the road with your next birthday party! Rolling Video Games with Road Warrior Games

road warrior rolling game truck

  This year we really wanted to do something different for our daughter’s birthday.  We wanted it to be fun, unique, unusual and hopefully something we could do at home, even if that did mean about 40 people at the house.  But with grades K-3 , boys and girls what could we possibly host in (Continue Reading…);

Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

reese's mini peanut butter cup brownies

  “Kids, (and Mr. Money Saving Parent – you especially) don’t touch my candy I’m saving it for recipes for the blog!”  Yes, that is what life with a blogger is like.   So, the other day my children took out my candy stash and said “Mom!  We are ready to bake!”  Now how can (Continue Reading…);

Halloween sweet treats: Witches Hat Cookies #HersheysHalloween

witches hat cookies #hersheyhalloween

  It’s no secret at Money Saving Parent Central that we like cooking with the kids and these were fun to make.  As you can see my daughter was so proud of herself and wants to make a whole tray of them to take to school! Start with fudge round cookies.  We used the store (Continue Reading…);

Rocktober: 31 Days of Fall, Harvest and Halloween crafts and recipes

october crafts and recipes

As soon as Oct. 1 arrives I’m ready for the fall, harvest and Happy Halloween’s.   It seems like each and every day we find something new and exciting to do and discover. Things to do, places to go and pumpkins to pick! Do you rush out immediately and pick our pumpkins?  We do!  We (Continue Reading…);