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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! […]

Homemade Baby Food: Mom’s Favorite Purees


Apples, butternut squash and sweet potatoes are my favorite purees.  Why?  Because I think they are the easiest to prepare, besides the avocado and banana previously posted.  For the butternut squash and sweet potatoes, I just roast them for about an hour in the oven then scoop out the flesh and mash with a hand […]

Homemade Baby Food: Judah’s First Tastes (Avocado & Banana)


After feeding Judah store bought oatmeal and rice cereal, I started him on homemade baby food that did not need to be cooked.  Bananas are the most popular fruit to start with your baby, as they are high in nutrition and super easy to prepare.  Wait for it to ripen, then peel and mash!  You […]

Homemade Baby Food: Freezer Friendly Facts


Freezing homemade baby food has become a fun obsession.  As I mentioned in the last post, taking just a few hours out of a day to make a large bulk of baby food will reward you with weeks worth of supply.  And, it’s easier than you may think. For your baby’s first tastes (fruits and […]

Homemade Baby Food: The Basics


Your own adventures in homemade baby food will be very smooth and easy if you know some simple basics.   It took a little thought to figure out how to put these points together into a post.  I’ve decided that a list is the best way to go this time.  Below, are the basics of homemade […]

Homemade Baby Food: An Intro


Time to move on from only a bottle or nursing, and thinking about making homemade baby food?  Sounds intimidating, doesn’t it?  What if I said vegetable puree instead?  Does that sound just as scary?  Probably not.  And, guess what?  If you have that down, you also have homemade baby food down. On the other hand, […]

Welcome Home Cookies with Royal Icing


My dear friend and her husband are first time home owners!  To help them celebrate, I wanted to do something special because she has been such a light in my life and has made my life feel pretty dang special.  So I set out to make these cookies. This was my second experience working with […]

Bruschetta Burgers


As our moving date gets closer, we are getting busier with packing and seeing friends before we leave.  This means fast dishes are essential, especially at lunch time.  These burgers served up a fantastic quick meal the other day when we had only a moment to spare and grab a bite to eat.  To help […]

Heading West, Young Man


The last time I went on a bit of a blogging hiatus (one year ago), it was because I was pregnant and wanted to vomit every time I thought about Pennies on a Platter.  This time, I’m not pregnant but other life changes are in full swing.  We are moving!  Ben recently accepted a job […]

Baked Oatmeal


Breakfast food is growing on me.  I used to think that cereal was the best option as it is quick and can be varied by choice.  That was a few years ago.  I’ve since broadened my experiences with breakfast food and rarely eat cereal now (although we always have a select few in our cupboard).  […]

Mother’s Day Sugar Cookies


Happy belated Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful mothers out there!  This year, both mine and Ben’s moms got to be the guinea pigs for me trying my hand at royal icing.  It was so much fun to first go out and find these adorable cookies cutters at Sur la Table (I heart that […]

Tazo Tea Winners


Hey everyone!  I’m sorry for the lack of posts lately.  Work has been crazy and so has been my little Judah!  We’re finally at the assumption that teething is the reason he is now keeping us up at night.  He gnaws, he poops, he drools, he cries.  But, during the day…what an angel!  Oh the […]

Tazo Well-Being Teas: Giveaway! – CLOSED


Yesterday was Earth Day.  Somehow I was confused and thought it was last Thursday, because Starbucks gave away free coffee to those that brought in their reusable travel mugs.  They claimed this was in honor of Earth Day.  I obviously chose to ignore any calendar I saw that said otherwise and clearly stated the 22nd […]

Grilled Chicken & Avocado Wrapini


My boss treated us to lunch a few weeks ago at a local deli, where I chose an item on their menu that I’d never seen before…a wrapini!  It’s a wrap, but grilled on a panini press.  Brilliant!  It tasted just as brilliant, as well.  I had to recreate this at home! The other day […]

Black Walnut Ice Cream


You might be thinking that I weigh 400 lb and all I eat are baked goods and desserts, because let’s be honest, that’s all I’ve been posting recently.  This recipe is no exception.  Can I explain without sounding like I’m making excuses?  I’ll give it a shot. Lately, we’ve been eating staple Pennies on a […]

Garlic & Parsley Buttermilk Biscuits


These biscuits are dang good! I can’t even count how many times I’ve made them, or for how many people, before finally remembering to snap a decent photo in order to share them with you.  So, that’s my first order of business…apologizing for not getting this recipe out to you sooner!  We’ve been eating these […]

Chocolate Chip & Butterscotch Scones


Oh, how I love scones.  It’s true.  There is nothing better in the morning than a cup of good dark roast coffee and a delicious scone to accompany it.  It doesn’t seem that long ago that I would buy them left and right from Starbucks (ummm…YUM to the Cinnamon Chip Scones!).  But, buying them from […]

Chocolate Oreo & Peanut Butter Dessert


!! UPDATE:  Please click here for an updated version of this recipe and photo! !! This dessert really speaks for itself, which is good, because I had a very hard time naming it.  You see, this recipe comes from a friend, who got it from a friend, who I guess didn’t share an offical name, […]

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream


We hosted an ice cream social tonight.  Usually when I think of ice cream socials, I think of small towns and Baptist churches.  It may be because I grew up in a small town and attended a Baptist church…you know, just a hunch.  This ice cream social was combined with a game night with our […]