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Saturday Seeds – Plus a Pregnancy Update


Happy Saturday everyone!  A while ago, I was updating you weekly with my personal life stories and links to my favorite finds, and titled it “Penny’s Weekend Garnish”.  Many of you have requested that I return this periodical update, which flatters me that you really like me! 😉  So, I’ve decided to return with this […]

Baking with Mommy: Super Cookies


When I was 20 weeks pregnant with Judah, and we found out that our baby was a boy, I was a little disappointed at first.  Yes, I’m admitting it, but <shhhhh!> don’t tell him!  😉  For some crazy reason, I thought that it would be much more fun to have a daughter to share my […]

Perfect Easy-Peel Hard Boiled Eggs


Do you have trouble hard-boiling your eggs so that they are perfectly yellow in the middle?  Or, maybe you have that conquered, but you can’t peel those darn eggs to save your life? I used to be one of you.  😉 It was only in the last few months that I finally found my perfect […]

Taste of Michigan 2012


(WARNING:  Lengthy post and LOTS of photos below!)  Last month, I had the privilege of attending the first, hopefully annual, Taste of Michigan food blogger event.  When I saw Rachel tweet about spending a day visiting the best food places in Grand Rapids, MI with other food bloggers, I immediately contacted her to sign up!  […]

Pumpkin Pie Bars


It’s already November, which means “goodbye” Halloween and a full leap into the holiday season!  Have you already started planning which day you’re putting up that tree?  Or, how soon will you turn up the Christmas tunes?  How about your first sip of Egg Nog? I’m so glad that the holidays are falling during my […]

Appelbeignets (Dutch Apple Fritters)


Whenever I tell someone that I grew up in West Michigan, they always say “Well, you don’t look Dutch!”  Maybe that’s because…I’m not!  Just because I grew up “near” Dutch Village and an hour outside of Holland, Michigan, doesn’t mean I’m Dutch or Christian Reformed.  But, that seems to always be the assumption when meeting […]

A Special Announcement and an Eagle Brand Coupon Giveaway! – CLOSED


UPDATE:  This giveaway is now closed.  All of the winners have been notified.  Please check your email (including your spam folder) to see if you won and for instructions on how to claim your prize.  Thank you!! You read it, right!  Sometime around May 2nd next year, our little Judah will no longer be an […]

Spinach Apple Salad with Crispy Almonds


Earlier this month, my family and I made the 15 hour drive to Michigan to visit my parents.  While we were there, I wanted to take Judah apple picking for his first time.  Little did I know that it wouldn’t be possible because this year there is no self-picking available due to the early frost […]

Great Coffee, Good Vibes, Pass It On: Keurig Mini Plus Brewer Giveaway – CLOSED


WINNER ANNOUNCED:  Congratulations to Donna in SC, who said,  “I would love a cup of Green Mountain original ‘Donut Shop’ coffee to start my day. Being a one cup in the morning coffee drinker, this system would be perfect.”  Please check your email, Donna, for instructions for claiming your prize!  Thank you to all who […]

10-Cup Cookies


Are you like me?  Do you have a hard time memorizing recipes? Well this one, my friends, might boost your self esteem in that area.  It’s called 10-cup cookies for a reason.  Why?  Because there are 10 ingredients measured at 1 cup.  All you need to do is remember what those 10 ingredients are!  Okay, […]

Crock-Pot Caramel Apples


Things have been a little slow here on the blog, please forgive me.  I have a few different reasons for that, one of which is we’ve been on vacation in Michigan for a week, visiting family!  In a few days, I’ll have a post for you about our Michigan adventures, but first I wanted to […]

Fried Cinnamon Apple Hand Pies for Jessica’s Virtual Bridal Shower


Today is a special day as we celebrate my friend, Jessica, who authors the food blog, My Baking Heart.  She’s getting MARRIED this month!  I’m so excited for her!  We got to meet in real life almost a year ago at the Foodbuzz Festival.  She and her mom (the Paula Deen look-alike) were so much […]

My Favorite Blueberry Muffins


Joy named these Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins, because the butter in this recipe is first quickly browned on the stove top.  I didn’t include this in my post title only because I didn’t want those of you unfamiliar with brown butter to hurriedly turn away.  To make brown butter, all you need to do is […]

DIY Quick & Easy Milk Froth


Sometimes I like to have a milky frothy coffee drink, but I don’t have an expensive milk steamer.  I also don’t have the time to wait for the milk to heat up on the stove, and I definitely don’t have the arm strength (read: ambition) to whisk away at it to create the froth. Long […]

Ooey Gooey S’mores Pudding Cake


The other day I needed dessert.  Usually, when I find myself in such a mood, I whip up some cookies and problem is solved.  This time, though, I wanted more than just a cookie.  Cookies are like a dessert snack.  I needed a dessert main course. I gathered up some items I had in my […]

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread


As I type this, there are five guys hanging out in front of our TV watching football and munching on this, and these and these.  I love it because it means fall is (almost) here.  And, I love it even more because God graced us with cooler temperatures (for Mississippi) so that it actually felt […]

Homemade Kettle Corn


You know what is weird?  I didn’t like kettle corn until I moved down here to the south.  It’s not a southern staple, from what I know.  According to Wikipedia (you know, the online encyclopedia that is oh-so-unreliable) it originated in the north.  But, even though I grew up in the north, I never had […]

Pasta Caprese Salad


Today’s recipe is not what I originally wanted to share with you.  I’m so anxious for the fall season to get here, that once September arrived, I planned to post something more fall-ish (even though it’s not technically fall until September 22nd). But, the hot weather here in Mississippi makes it hard to think about […]

Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix Cookies


Once in a while, our neighbors come over to watch a movie with us after they put their seven kids to bed. (Yes, you read that right, seven!)  Sometimes they bring us chocolate milkshakes, other times I have a little snack for us to feast on.  A few weeks ago, though, it was such a […]

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Quesadillas


Sometimes a recipe is so unassuming and so basic, I never think to post it here and add it to my recipe collection.  But, why should I keep these easy ideas to myself and assume that no one would benefit from this?  Even if there are only two of you out there reading this and […]

Black Bean Tortilla Chip Salad


Recently, I had one of those days that usually happens around the end of the month, right before our monthly pay day.  Meal planning ideas ran out, leftovers were used up, and the pocket book was virtually empty.  These things, combined, caused for a hopeful run through the pantry to see what I could use […]