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Box of Chocolates Cupcakes

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Valentine’s Day is finally here.  What are your plans for tonight?  We’re having dinner in and then heading to the local frozen yogurt shop for their buy one get one free deal.  Yep, I said it.  I’m not making our dessert tonight despite all of the Valentine dessert recipes I’ve been posting!  Tonight, I’m getting […]

White Chocolate Raspberry Heart Cheesecake

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I have to apologize (or do I?) for all of the sweets I’ve been posting lately.  When Valentine’s Day approaches each year, I find myself leaning towards desserts more than anything else.  You now know the way to MY heart! I’m guessing there are many of you who would like to save your pennies by […]

Strawberry Valentine Cupcakes

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These strawberry cupcakes are not new to Pennies on a Platter.  In fact, they are probably the favorite cupcake in our household.  I first made them a few years ago for Ben’s graduation party where they were a huge hit.  Since then, they have made an appearance in my oven quite a few times.  This […]

Sugar Cookie Hearts

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and you might be on the search for a treat to bring to work, school, church, the neighbors, etc.  If you’re looking to impress, these are the choice for you!  Would you believe me if I told you that these cookies are extremely easy to decorate?  It only takes 3 […]

You Have Ooey Gooey Hearts. Thank you!

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Well, everyone, the month of January has come and gone.  You clicked and you clicked and you clicked in order to support Veronica King and her precious children.  Now I have the results you’ve been waiting for…the total you managed to raise just by visiting Pennies on a Platter.  I was going to remind you […]

Baby Hummus Sandwiches for a Virtual Baby Shower

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This invitation to a virtual party really excited me.  Why?  Because it’s for Annie’s baby shower!  Annie is a food blogging friend at Annie’s Eats who is pregnant with her second child.  It’s a girl!!  Annie and I started blogging around the same time and she’s been an inspiration to me since day one. I […]

Guacamole

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Are you ready for the Super Bowl?  I feel like I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but it’s only been in the last year that I started to like guacamole.  Ben has loved it since he was a young boy, and every time he ate it I could not understand why he liked it […]

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

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Last month, I made these pumpkin spice cupcakes for Judah’s first birthday party.  Somehow, I forgot to share the recipe with you.  Because I also made vanilla cupcakes, I wanted to make an easy icing that went along with both, so I used just a basic buttercream frosting.  But, don’t let the word “basic” fool […]

Spicy Chili

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I’m a new fan of chili and this recipe is responsible for my change of heart.  In the past, I would shy away from chili because it just wasn’t appealing to me.  Although I would eat beans in other similar dishes (think Taco Soup) I would always use my dislike for them as my excuse […]

Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza

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Six months ago we listened to God’s calling for a ministry position and moved across the country, far away from our beloved city of Chicago.  Since then, we have missed many friends, family, landmarks and (more or less importantly) certain foods!  Chicago-style pizza is on the top of this list. Yesterday, we were excited to […]

No Recipe Today, But…a Giveaway! – CLOSED

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Just because I love you.  And, just because I love making pizza and want you to love it, too.  A pizza peel from me to you.  This is not a sponsored giveaway.  It’s just me sharing my love.  :)  Pizza peels are great for transporting your homemade pizza to the oven and beautiful for serving. […]

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Yes, this is another cookie recipe.  I told you I’m addicted! Not much to say about these because they are just this recipe with chocolate chips instead of raisins.  Ben declared these as his favorite cookies the night I first made these.  (Here’s a hint: He says that about every cookie I’ve made lately!)  Flattering, […]

Hearty Tomato Soup

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Here in Southern California, the winter days are surprisingly chilly!  We are in the high desert where I quickly learned that we get the “extreme weather” of SoCal, meaning our summers are hot and our winters are cold.  Southern Californians do not know what cold is compared to the Midwest winters we recently left behind.  […]

Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

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Earlier this week, Ben came home from work and told me we were invited to a friend’s to watch football and eat pizza.  Whenever we go somewhere for dinner or a party, I never like to arrive empty handed.  The catch?  Ben told me this at 4:15 PM and we were expected to be there […]

Easy Homemade Mac ‘n Cheese

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If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know the other day I had a craving for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.  And, you already know I satisfied that craving – not shamefully, either.  This macaroni and cheese recipe is almost as easy as making it out of a box, but much better for you […]

Trix Cereal Bark

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When planning a big party where you are making most of the food, you want to make sure to include some quick and easy recipes so you’re not slaving in the kitchen all day.  Another good idea is to plan menu items that can be prepped in advance.  This Trix Cereal Bark fits both categories. […]

So Humbled…

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You are fantastic!  You love, you care and you hurt for Veronica.  You want to do something about it.  I can tell by your clicks.  Thank you!  (Jeremy and their daugther, Faith, pictured above.) We just finished our first week of January and the hits to raise money for Vee are outstanding.  You are also […]

Homemade Hummus

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It has only been in the last 4 or 5 months that I started liking hummus.  When we moved to California, our friends immediately introduced us to a local Middle Eastern hole-in-the-wall restaurant.  Their hummus, served with fresh pita bread, is responsible for my conversion. For Judah’s birthday party, I decided to try my hand […]

One Year Old in a FLASH!

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My sweet boy turned ONE last month.  To celebrate, I threw a party for us him the week after his birthday.  It took me a while to decide on a theme.  Did I want to try to plan around Judah’s interests?  But, what is a baby interested in at 12 months old that’s fit for […]

Chocolate Haystacks

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This is not the first recipe post of the new year you want to read if you have made a resolution to start eating healthier.  I’m not one to make new year resolutions, so in a sense I’m rebelling and trying to drag you down with me.  :)  These cookies have been in my family […]