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Italian Pizzelle Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Last week we had dinner at a friends’ home.  I was in charge of bringing dessert.  Since the meal was a classic Italian dish, Chicken Cacciatore, I wanted to make a dessert that fit the “theme.”  I had this recipe bookmarked on Tastespotting for quite some time and knew this was the perfect opportunity to […]

Deviled Eggs

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This is the last dish I’m posting from the baby shower.  I love Deviled Eggs, so it was hard for me not to eat them all before my guests arrived.  You can do many variations for the filling, but I used just a basic combination of the cooked yolk, light mayo, dijon mustard, a little […]

Sugar-Free Blueberry Cupcakes

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Usually, sugar-free to me means “yuck!”  Like, sugar-free pudding…bleh!  However, somehow these cupcakes are awesome!  I had some left over from the baby shower and Ben kept eating them! **Ben just peaked over my shoulder and read the above.  He’s worried now that all my readers think he’s 300 pounds because I’m always mentioning how […]

Chicken Salad

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I decided to make this my first post of the baby shower recipes, since lately I’ve had a lot of requests for Chicken Salad recipes.  Now, if I get anymore I can direct them to my blog instead of typing it out again and again.  (Okay, so I really copy/paste which isn’t a big deal…but […]

Baby Shower for a Very Cute Diabetic Mommy

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I volunteered to host a baby shower last week for one of my co-workers.  She is also a sweet friend, so I was excited for the opportunity.  It was only the second baby shower I’ve planned (the other was almost 3 years ago before I had this blog).  […]

English Muffins

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Lately, I haven’t had time to eat breakfast at home before running off to work.  I work so early (6 AM) that I’d rather use any extra minutes for sleep than sitting and eating a bowl of cereal.  Once in a while I’ll stop at Starbucks, but that’s definitely too expensive to try and do […]

Oatmeal Raisin Sandwich Cookies

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Here’s the post you’ve been waiting for… for an entire day! Was it a long day?  It was for me!  I couldn’t wait to get home and post this.  Thanks, again, to Annie’s Eats for the wonderful timing in sharing this recipe!  (Right when Ben started his Little Debbie sandwich cookie kick.)  I brought a […]

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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I held a baby shower luncheon on Friday afternoon for my co-worker.  Our entire department (of around 12 people) were invited to come over to my home on their lunch break and celebrate.  I’ll post about the recipes I used later this week. Since it was during a lunch break, there wasn’t really any time […]

Apple Dippin’ Peanut Butter Cookies

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Do you ever eat apples dipped in peanut butter? I do! So, when I saw these cookies on Picky Palate it didn’t take me long to decide to make them.  She’s brilliant for coming up with this recipe! My recommendation is to make these for consumption within a few hours (which really won’t be a […]

Foodbuzz Tastemakers: Kerrygold Butter

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As part of Foodbuzz’s Tastemaker program, I periodically receive food samples to test.  Sometimes it’s an ingredient for a recipe, or sometimes it’s an actual product that should be eaten as is.  Recently, I received free butter from Kerrygold. This all-natural dairy product is from the heartland of Ireland and, therefore, was just in time […]

Zeppole (Italian Doughnuts)

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Last week, we had some friends over for dinner.  For the main dish I served the Italian Pasta Bake, so for dessert I wanted to stay true to the Italian theme.  When I received Giada’s New Italian Favorites cookbook for Christmas, this was one of the first recipes I marked.  A few weeks later, we […]

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Hope you’re wearing green today!

Mini Chocolate Stout Cakes

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As promised, here is the recipe for the Chocolate Stout Cake we served Saturday night for our friends in Detroit after the Chicken & Mushroom Boxty dinner. While my best friend and I were out shopping for the ingredients, I came across these miniature individual cake pans at Joann Fabrics.  Because these were just so […]

Chicken & Mushroom Boxty

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St Patty’s day is almost here.  Last week I made the Shamrock Shake Cupcakes, because I was getting the Irish itch.  This weekend, while visiting my best friend in Michigan, we decided to make an Irish meal and invited some of her friends over to share it with us. After contemplating a few options, we […]

Strawberry-Banana Muffins

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Ben and I are spending the weekend in Rochester Hills, MI visiting our good friends.  We arrived last night and spent the day at the world’s largest Christmas store, Bronners.  I grew up in Michigan, and ashamed to say I’ve never been to this place!  Afterwards, we headed to downtown Frankenmuth to do a little […]

Giada’s Lasagna Rolls

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If you do not like spinach, do not make these, or else use a different recipe for the filling.  Spinach was definitely the dominant flavor in these, which is not my favorite.  I’m posting the recipe anyway, since I know it’s a good one.  It’s just my particular taste buds…which can vary drastically from yours! […]

Shamrock Shake Cupcakes

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It’s only about a week until St. Patrick’s Day, so the buzz right now, as it is this time every year, are the Shamrock Shakes from McDonald’s.  I’ve heard my coworkers talking about this shake lately, so I decided to surprise them with a cupcake version today. I’m not going to type out the recipe, […]

Kung Pao Chicken

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Add this to your meal plan for the week.  You will not regret it.  Speaking of meal plans, I’m thinking of adding a page or a link to weekly meal plans I’ve used.  Would this be something you’d like to see on Pennies on a Platter?  It’s only my husband and myself, so if you […]

Parmesan & Thyme Crackers

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I made these crackers as an appetizer for the Bachelor finale the other night, then forgot to serve them to the girls.  They were sitting on the table, but I forgot to point them out and serve the cheese with them.  So, here they are still left over in my kitchen.  I had a couple […]

Penny Pincher: Eat Lunch

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I know what you’re thinking.  “Eat lunch!?  That’s the tip you have for me today, Penny!? I eat lunch every day and it doesn’t save me any money!” Okay, okay… let me explain, before you throw an even bigger fit! My blog hit 100,000 visitors this week.  No, I didn’t receive 100,000 hits just in […]

Cookies ‘n Cream Ice Cream

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*Updated 4/22/11 with new picture, title and tightened recipe. This is the creamiest ice cream I’ve made so far.  It is also my favorite I’ve made and I plan to make it over and over and over again.  But, that might also be because I love Oreos! I found this recipe at Culinary Cory and […]