The Frugal Girl

I'm a child of God, wife to my husband, mom to my 4 kids (ages 13, 11,8, and 6), photography, baking, and money-saving nut, and piano player, among other things.

How to Make a Spatchcocked, Salted, Pan-Roasted Chicken

What in the world is a spatchcocked chicken? Welp, it’s actually just a fancy word for a butterflied chicken and it means you cut the backbone out of the chicken and flatten it out before roasting. This helps the bird to cook more evenly, and also greatly reduces the overall cooking time (For a chicken, 45 minutes in the oven and boom! ...more

For the love of Betsy McCall

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I post a picture and just a few words. Sonia and Zoe have gotten into cutting out paper dolls this year, mostly from Betsy McCall....more

Swedish Meatballs

Since Swedish Meatballs have popped up in my menu plan posts more than a few times, several of you have been asking for the recipe. I first gave this recipe a try because the last side of beef we bought came with a lot (a LOT) of ground beef and I was trying to figure out more ways to use it....more

So, I tried out an AdoramaPix photo book (and I’m giving 10 away!)

You guys, I’m so jazzed about today’s giveaway because I know that all ten of the winners are going to be over the moon about their prize. I tried out Adoramapix’s photo books this month and was honestly blown away. You can read all about it and enter the giveaway by clicking right here ....more

Five Frugal Things

As always, hat-tip to my friend Katy for the post theme. One A while back, Mr. FG and I bought a Schlage handle for our front door, on the premise that a Schlage would last for a looong time ....more

A fridge photo, butternut squash soup, and a little bit of waste.

Every week, I post a picture of the food that has gone bad over the last seven days. Why do I do this? Because in March of 2008, I finally got fed up with the amount of food I was wasting, and I thought that showing my waste to other people would motivate me to use up my food instead of wasting it ....more

Factor in the gas cost, Kristen!

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I post a picture and just a few words. That’s what I have to remind myself of when I have a book or two overdue. ...more

Win a $50 Toys “R” Us gift card!

Since Christmas is approaching (I checked out library books yesterday and the due date was in December. What the what???), Toys “R” Us has just sent out their Great Big Christmas Book. Aaaaand they’re also having several special events at their stores, called Ultimate Wish Saturdays ....more

In two weeks…

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I post a picture and just a few words. …the dogwood went from this: to this: Bummer. But hey, at least there are still some leaves hanging around, and the dreary brown/gray scenery of January is a ways off ....more

You don’t need whiskers to do that.

Whenever my sister-in-law and I do a stereotypically male task, that’s what we say. She lays flooring, calls me, and says, “I didn’t need whiskers to do that.” I fix my dryer, call her, and say, “I have no whiskers, but I did it!” This phrase was inspired by hearing one too many women say things like, “Oh, I’ve been waiting for Bill to paint the front porch railing for months, and I just wish he would get around to it!” Whenever I hear something like that, I always think to myself, “Um, you don’t operate a paintbrush with your whiskers....more