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A Toast to 2008

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As I read other food blogs’ year in review posts, I kept telling myself to stop and start mine or I’ll run out of time!  Of course, I do have almost 9 more hours until the clock turns and 2009 is here. Last year I gave you a list of my favorite recipes from the […]

Chicken Scaloppine with Saffron Cream Sauce

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This is another recipe I made from the book my sister bought me for Christmas, Giada’s Kitchen.  Ben and I both loved the flavor of the saffron and creamy sauce.  It was a light meal for us, which is always nice so that we didn’t (as we have grown to say) feel like ‘death’ afterwards.  […]

Organica Deluxe Cookies

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Now that Christmas is over, I feel like I can back up and post a few things where I fell behind.  So, the next couple of posts will be to catch up.  Forgive me for the lack of posts this last week, as I spent Christmas on an island in the Chesapeake Bay (my in-laws’ […]

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas!  I hope you all are able to spend the day with loved ones while eating splendid treats!  Here’s one treat I gave my mother-in-law for Christmas.  She shares my love of dark chocolate, and right now this TCHO chocolate is my favorite.  It is the Mini Gift Collection from TCHO with their brand […]

Chocolate Biscotti

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I brought these treats to Emily’s Holiday Open House Sunday night.  They were delicious!  Joelen, from Joelen’s Culinary Adventures, was also at the party and said they tasted like a rich brownie…except crunchy!  It was also a great opportunity for me to use my Roasted Cacao Nibs that TCHO sent to me for a tasting. […]

VanVoorhis Holiday Open House

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Our friends who live in California (Aaron and Emily) were in town visiting family for the holidays.  Each year they host a Holiday Open House, and this is our chance to see them!  This year, I was excited to meet a mutual friend of ours (and fellow Nestie), Joelen, who is a part of a […]

Garlic and Sun-dried Tomato Corn Muffins

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My sister gave me my Christmas presents over Thanksgiving, since I won’t actually see her during Christmas.    She was pretty sneaky in buying my gift while we were out shopping together on Black Friday.  We were in Williams-Sonoma and I was drooling over the cookbooks and cookbook stand…little did I know she was soaking […]

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party & Vote for Your Favorite Candy House

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We started co-leading a small group this year for church.  Wednesday was our Christmas party and the group decided to do an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.  Everyone brought an appetizer and I served this cake for dessert.  (Got the idea from this site.) Our activity for the party was to do a guys vs girls […]

Jeweled White Chocolate Lollies

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This year’s Christmas basket included lollypops, which is a first for me!  I found these in the December/January 2009 issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray.  They added a little healthier flavor with the nuts and raisins.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t even get to eat one as every single lolly needed to be used for […]

Two Toned Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

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This was my first attempt at making fudge (if you don’t count this), and I will admit it was very successful!  I loved this fudge and will make it again very soon.  In fact, I’m think of baking again next weekend to make goodies for work.  If I do, this fudge is definitely going to […]

Candy Cane Biscotti

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I’m in love with these biscotti.  If I make them for myself, I probably won’t take the time to dip them in the white chocolate and crushed candy canes, because I’ll want to eat them right away instead!  They’re great dipped in coffee or hot cocoa…or even on their own. PrintCandy Cane Biscotti Yield: About […]

A New Addition…

I’m interrupting my posts of Christmas treats to tell you Pennies has an exciting addition coming soon. “Someone” will be joining me in this blog adventure of mine.  No, I’m not pregnant!  (My post will be much more exhilarating when that happens!)  But, stay tuned.  I’m not sure when I’ll unveil the mystery, but it […]

Scottish Shortbread

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I wanted to include a variety of tastes in my Christmas boxes this year.  Since I decided to break tradition and not include Pizzelles, I thought these cookies could make up for that sugary cookie taste.  This is my first time making shortbread, or really even eating it (yeah sheltered, I know, right!)  So, I’m […]

Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

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My only regret with these cookies is that I didn’t make a double batch!  They were so easy and yummy!  These cookies added such a festive look to my Christmas boxes.  The recipe made exactly 28 perfect cookies for me as it stated in the magazine.  Oh, and by the way, this comes from Rachael […]

‘Tis That Time of Year…

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It’s time to share Christmas cookies!  I spent Saturday and Sunday baking away for my annual Christmas cookie gift boxes.  This year was so much more fun than years’ past.  Could it have something to do with having a Light Box for my photos now?  Or, maybe it’s because I used fun cookies that I […]

Italian Pasta Bake

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On Black Friday, my mom, aunt and sisters went to Sam’s Club for their free breakfast, Blu-Ray DVD deals and a new GPS that was on sale.  I decided to pick up the latest Rachael Ray magazine while I was there, because while I was perusing through my mom’s at her house, I saw cookies […]

Cheesy Chicken & Artichoke Dip

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I made these appetizers last Monday for our “food day” at work, in celebration of the return of our manager from a medical leave of absence.  If you remember, I also made these brownies to welcome her back. <Back to the talk about the appetizers>  I only made half of the batch of appetizer bites, […]

Penny Pincher: High Five Warehouse

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A new store, called High Five Warehouse, opened last week.  Fortunately for me (and those in my region), it’s located right next to my company. Unfortunately for you, it’s one of only three locations…and all in the Chicago area. Look at the steals I found:

Super Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I saw these on Joy the Baker and had to make them.  I love soft, cakey type cookies and I love pumpkin.  It was a natural fit. Before I give you the recipe, I need to explain my lack of Thanksgiving recipes.  See, my mom hosted Thanksgiving this year and the last and makes more […]

Letter Ice

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This is another item I received from BlakeMakes, Letter Ice.  Or, I should call it Letter Chocolate.  Some may call it Letter Lollypops, maybe even Letter Cake.  The options for using these cute little silicone letter trays are many!  They are also oven-proof and dishwasher safe. I used these for the first time yesterday by […]

Penny Pincher: Use What You Have on Hand

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We are all guilty of looking over those food items that are soon to expire in our fridge or cupboard.  Instead, we covet that which we don’t have and run to the grocery store in order to get the items we need to make a certain recipe.  Then, we forget about that soon-to-expire food until […]