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How to Cut a Mango


After taking the plunge to finally learn how to cut up a pineapple, I decided I should take my new confidence and learn how to work with other fruit I may have been intimidated with.  The first one that came to mind was was the mango.  I figured it was a good time to learn, […]

Perfectly Puffy Chocolate Chip Cookies


I know you’re skeptical of “perfect.”  You may have previously bookmarked a “perfect” chocolate chip cookie recipe.  You really don’t think it’s perfect, but you’re going to try it because you wish so badly to find it.  Now you can stop looking, because here it is. I’ve been making these cookies for a few years.  […]

Pumpkin Bread French Toast


Pumpkin season is here and I am so excited to share this recipe with you.  It is killer!  When we lived in a western suburb of Chicago (up until only a few months ago), we frequented a local breakfast place called Egg’lectic.  They served Pumpkin Bread French Toast that would make even grown men cry. […]

Homemade Baby Food: Finger Toast


Homemade baby food does not just include purees.  Now that Judah is able to pick up food with his fingers and feed himself, finger toast has become one of our favorites.  I’ve only served it for breakfast, but you can certainly accompany these with lunch or dinner, too. Up until recently, I would cut the […]

Shredded Beef Chimichangas


Mexican food was never a regular part of my life until Ben also became a regular.  See, my family’s choice restaurant and food was Italian as I was growing up.  I can’t even remember one time when my parents took us out to have Mexican. Enter Ben…whose family adores Mexican food and would often go […]

Pulled Pork


We love pulled pork, yet I had never made it until this weekend.  I really can’t even tell you why it took me this long to put it on the menu plan. Last Christmas I was given The Pioneer Woman’s cook book.  It’s a great book to not only grab recipes from, but also an […]

Homemade Baby Food: Pineapple


You saw my lengthy previous post on how to dice a pineapple.  Now, go ahead and use this information to dice it up for your baby, if you think he is ready (*see below).  Judah is now almost 10 months old and eating finger foods.  I’m still serving him some purees, as well, but he’s […]

How to Cut and Dice a Pineapple


Please don’t make fun of me.  Well, you can make fun of me, but don’t let me hear you.  Six years ago I was making dinner for some friends and included fruit cocktail as a side dish.  This was before Pennies on a Platter, and definitely at a time when I barely knew a thing […]

Voting Is Now Open To YOU


<Click Icon to Vote> Read my entry here, and don’t forget to vote!  (Voting tab is on the entry page, or by clicking the icon above.)  Voting ends 6 PM Pacific Time on September 23. 

Pretzel Bites, Revisited


Remember these Ham and Cheese Pretzel Bites?  You should, as they have been one of my highest hitting posts since I’ve shared them.    We’ve been enjoying them in our household since football started up again this season, except now I have variations.  One of them being just plain, no filling, as pictured above. If […]

Foodbuzz Project Food Blog: Ready, Set, Blog!


You won’t believe it when I tell you.  In fact, I almost kept it a secret, but it’s not possible.  Yours truly is competing in a food bloggers’ challenge (sponsored by Foodbuzz) to be the next Food Blog Star!   Here’s my profile to prove it. Those of you that have been with me for the […]

Buffalo Chicken Bites


It’s football season and I’m ready for some party food! Let’s take a quick time out from baby food posts, shall we?  We had friends over this week for Monday Night Football and I immediately knew I had to try these Buffalo Chicken Bites that I had bookmarked.  I also knew that if they turned […]

Homemade Baby Food: Butternut Squash Puree


Even here in Southern California, fall is in the air.  I love this season.  After moving here a few months ago from the Midwest, I was concerned I would miss out on the crisp air, apple harvest, football and other fall favorites.  But, today I had my fill as my new friends and I made […]

Homemade Baby Food: Sweet Potato Puree


Sweet potato puree was Judah’s first vegetable, and as most babies, he loves it.  I’ll either serve him the sweet potato alone, or mix it with chicken, peas, broccoli or rice.  When I introduced broccoli, it was too strong of a taste for him so I mixed it with the sweet potato and he was […]

Homemade Baby Food: Cinnamon Applesauce


My husband surprised me last week for my 30th birthday.  He sent me back to Chicago to spend the weekend with my girlfriends.  I didn’t know about it until the day before my flight!  Little did I know, my girls back home had been planning this with him since before we even moved.  Love it! […]