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Key Lime Pie Ice Cream and a Giveaway!


Lemons and limes are the refreshing tastes of the summer, along with a big scoop of ice cream.  A few years ago I thought about turning key lime pie and ice cream into one, but I never did try it.  Why oh why did I take this long to finally give in? At the LA […]

Must-Have Salsa


We always have chips and salsa in our house, and usually do not go one day without snacking on them.  Until recently, I would buy a certain brand of refrigerated salsa at our local grocery store that we really liked and was surprisingly pretty cheap.  It was always fresh and available, so I didn’t have […]

Penny’s Weekend Garnish


This Week on Pennies on a Platter This section highlights the recipes posted this week on Pennies on a Platter and other updates to the blog, if any. Roasted Marshmallow Ice Cream – Continuing further into National Ice Cream Month, I tried this different ice cream concoction that involves making your own marshmallows.  Delicious results! […]

S’more Ice Cream Sandwiches


Here it is!  The final post of the three related recipes I wanted to share with you.  Yesterday and the day before, you saw recipes for homemade Graham Crackers and Roasted Marshmallow Ice Cream.   These two were leading up to today’s S’more Ice Cream Sandwiches. I thought about making these a long time ago, and […]

Graham Crackers


You can call this part two of a three part series of posts.  Yesterday, I shared with you a Roasted Marshmallow Ice Cream and today, these homemade Graham Crackers.  Can you guess where I’m going with this yet? ;)  If not, you’ll find out tomorrow! This recipe is unbelievable and I only wish I found […]

Roasted Marshmallow Ice Cream


Roasted or toasted, however you like to describe it, this marshmallow infused ice cream is much more than just a summery treat to cool off with.  Although it stands deliciously well on its own, I’m leading you somewhere with this ice cream.  Today and tomorrow’s recipes are essential to Friday’s, so make sure you don’t […]

Penny’s Weekend Garnish


Last week I didn’t find time to publish a Weekend Garnish post, so this week will cover both weeks.  This Week on Pennies on a Platter This section highlights the recipes posted this week on Pennies on a Platter and other updates to the blog, if any. Foil Potato Packets on the Grill – A […]

Red, White and Blue Skewers


Were you asked to bring an appetizer to the holiday party you’re attending this weekend instead of a fun, festive dessert?   Or, maybe you can bring what you want but you do not have much time to cook or bake.  These skewers are the perfect solution.  Just thread some blueberries, mozzarella cheese (cut into cubes) […]

Patriotic Pops


Looking to cool off this holiday weekend?  I think these festive popsicles will do the trick!  Ben was excited to have one of these icy treats when he came home from golfing in 110-degree temperatures.  After each bite, he kept remarking how good it tasted.  I’m sure he wasn’t just speaking from heat delirium, because […]

Rich Vanilla Frozen Yogurt


Can you believe this Friday is already the beginning of July?  Doesn’t that mean summer is halfway over?  But, wait, didn’t summer just begin?  Either way, July does mean one deliciously major thing in our nation…ice cream!  Aaahhhh, and you thought I was going to say FREEDOM (cue Mel Gibson in Braveheart).  Yes, I’m entirely […]

Grilled Santa Fe Burger


Once again we busted out the grill.  Are you surprised?  When I saw these Santa Fe Burgers on Sargento’s website, I knew I needed to make them asap.  Ground beef stuffed with our favorite snack of chips and salsa?  Yes, please! This was my first experience cooking burgers on our new grill.  Ben is usually […]

Fudgy Black Bean Brownies


I heard about using black beans in brownies a few years ago, and never thought in a million years I would give it a try.  But, something must have come over me last week because I made them.  And <gasp> I liked them!  This is a big deal for me, because I am a brownie […]

Foil Potato Packets on the Grill


Since the hot summer season arrived, I have been seeking out any chance to avoid turning on the oven.  Although I can’t dodge using the oven completely because of our sweet tooth for brownies and cookies, putting our grill to use has definitely helped keep our kitchen cool. I love roasted potatoes, but again, I […]

Penny’s Weekend Garnish


Happy Father’s Day!  Let’s begin by honoring our fathers with this hysterical video: This Week on Pennies on a Platter This section highlights the recipes posted this week on Pennies on a Platter and other updates to the blog, if any. Father’s Day Sugar Cookie and Gift Packaging Tutorial – Use this tutorial to create […]

Father’s Day Sugar Cookies and a Gift Packaging Tutorial


I’m excited about these cookies and the following tutorial.  Recently, I discovered a fun way to package my sugar cookies so they can be hand-delivered or safely mailed.  Just by picking up a few items at the dollar store and then using other things I always have on hand, I am able to create a […]

Lemon Scones


Having girlfriends who not only understand, but are excited for my food-blogging hobby is certainly priceless.  One friend, in particular, bought me a couple of dishes to use in my photos.  Definitely a sweet gesture.   She and I decided to make it a point to get together at least one morning every other week so […]

Penny’s Weekend Garnish


This Week on Pennies on a Platter This section highlights the recipes posted this week on Pennies on a Platter and other updates to the blog, if any. Blueberry and Pineapple Yogurt Pops – Popsicles are popping up all over the place (pun intended).  This is just one of the many variations I want to […]

Garlic Water Spinach


Our town doesn’t have much, but it does offer a nice little Farmers’ Market on Thursday mornings.  After hearing about it a few months ago, I finally found the time to check it out a few weeks ago with a friend, then decided I need to visit it weekly.  Last week, I picked up some […]

Grilled Chicken Quesadillas


I’m happy to say we are loving our new grill and finally getting familiar with using charcoal instead of gas.  It’s amazing how much more flavor a charcoal grill adds, especially when using special mesquite or wood chips, or whatever it is that Ben keeps soaking in water first then throwing into the coals.  I […]

Blueberry and Pineapple Yogurt Pops


Down the road from my college in Nashville, TN, there was a little shop that opened called Las Paletas Gourmet Popsicles.  This “mom & pop” joint made their popsicles from fresh ingredients and natural fruit flavors.  Among the semi-normal popsicles such as a strawberry and blackberry mix, you could also find wacky combinations like watermelon […]