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Daring Bakers: Perfect Party Cake

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My second Daring Baker’s challenge is now complete! Well, I actually did it last weekend and served it for Easter dessert, but we were not allowed to post it until today. Yay! Finally, I can share with you this yummy cake recipe! As I have browsed many other foodie’s blogs, I noticed a few that […]

Ham and Cheese Turnovers

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Two weeks ago when my in-laws were in town, I made the panini’s for a quick lunch before we headed to Madison. At the end of the weekend (after they went home) we had some leftover ham and cheese slices, so I made us some turnovers. It was nice to have a quick and easy […]

Caramelized Onions and Apples with Sausages

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Ben emailed me at work today and told me he invited friends over for dinner. Good thing I had my meal plan organized for the week! Even though I was planning on eating leftovers tonight and having this meal tomorrow, I’m extremely glad we made it tonight and had friends here to share this delicious […]

Barefoot Contessa’s Homemade Marshmallows and Hot Cocoa – WC Winter Exchange

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Happy Easter! Winter may be over, and Easter has passed, but we still have winter weather here in Chicago. Today was actually warmer (Ben and I were able to run outside) but the rest of the week will be cold again.This winter I participated in a gift exchange with the What’s Cooking group from The […]

“TCHO Is Obsessively Good Dark Chocolate”

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To my ecstatic surprise, last week I received BlakeMakes‘ latest giveaway in the mail…TCHO Chocolate! It was a surprise not because I didn’t know about the giveaway (trust me, I’m borderline stalker when it comes to Blake’s giveaways) but because he announced only the first 40 commenters on his blog would receive the chocolate, and […]

Ham and Cheese Panini’s

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My in-law’s were in town last weekend. We made the trek to Madison, WI while they were here to see Ben’s brother and wife. Before we got on the road to start our 2 hour drive, I made a quick lunch out of some delicious french bread, maple ham, provolone cheese, lettuce and dijon mustard. […]

Tomato Basil Elephant Ears

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I’ve posted about these before when I made them for the Super Bowl party. But, I didn’t take a photo then and I linked you to my friend’s food blog for the recipe. Now I have a photo, and I’ll also post the recipe on my blog. The recipe comes from Ina Garten (The Barefoot […]

Penny Pincher: Whip Your Own Cream Cheese!

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Wow.. it’s been a while since I’ve posted a Penny Pincher. I’ll have to apologize to my..hmmm…maybe two?.. readers who look forward to them. This is a tip I learned from an article I read, and unfortunately I can’t remember the magazine! It’s such an easy idea, one that I surely could have thought of […]

Memories Illustrated

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My friend, Jamie, just made her talents into a creative business! She can draw your fondest memories into a comic strip type illustration so you can frame it and display it. It’s so cool! Below is the illustration of my wedding. Soon I’ll be ordering illustrations of my engagement and honeymoon for a complete set. […]

Mushroom Chicken Cream Pasta

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I found this recipe out of a Ladies Home Journal magazine that a coworker brought to work. She brings a few magazines each month and I always search for some cheap and easy recipes. If I like any of them, I’ll go to the copy room and make a *color* copy. SHhhhhhh!! Don’t tell anyone […]

Quick-Roasted Chicken

Use this chicken for a main dish or shred it and use it in the Mushroom Chicken Cream Pasta. If using for the pasta, use only the chicken and preserve the tomatoes and onions for another dish. Quick-Roasted Chicken (adapted from Ladies Home Journal) 1.5 – 2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breasts 1 can (14 […]

You Make My Day!

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Thanks to two very sweet food bloggers out there (Lauren and Jaime) for letting me know that my blog “Makes Their Day”. I’m supposed to list 10 others that make my day and link to them. But, because I’ve just recently awarded an E for Excellent award and I am very short on time right […]

Gooey Yet Cake-Like Brownies

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Every Thursday night we hang out at our friends to watch LOST together. Last Thursday I decided at last minute to make some brownies to bring with us. Believe it or not, I do not have a favorite brownie recipe yet (besides boxed brownie mix from the grocery store) so I logged on to Allrecipes.com […]

E for Excellence

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Thanks to Brooke at “…and a Cookie for Dessert” for awarding Pennies on a Platter with an E for Excellent! I’m so glad she enjoys my blog, especially the Hawaiian Rolls! Now I am supposed to award 5 other blogs with an E for Excellence. Blogs I enjoy. Typically, I believe they are supposed to […]

Ham and PBDDL Glaze

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So most of my readers should now know about BlakeMakes. If you have not yet checked out his site, you might want to SOON and get in on the fun! Become a Sooper Hero and you won’t miss a beat! I received my free jars of Peanut Butter Dulce de Leche last week and took […]

Pumpkin Pie Shake

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Ben loves pumpkin. To me, pumpkin is seasonal and should be consumed only 3 times a year: Fall, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I’m slowly breaking out of that mindset as Ben requests something pumpkin flavored all year long and I’m feeling bad for constantly saying “No, it’s not time for pumpkin!” Truth is, I made this […]