Create Your Own Recipe Box at Pennies on a Platter!


A few months ago, you probably noticed a new “Save Recipe” option attached to each post.  I’m finally ready to officially announce this new feature on the blog.  Pennies on a Platter has teamed up with ZipList so you can create your own personalized online recipe box, and then add the ingredients to your shopping […]

Hot Chocolate Cookies


Let me start by apologizing.  I have been making these cookies all winter, and now that spring is just around the corner I’m finally sharing this sinfully delicious recipe with you.  For those of you still experiencing winter weather (I know my folks in Michigan are!) then hopefully you can escape the cold to stay […]

Mediterranean Pizza


We have a new favorite casual dining restaurant, called Newk’s Express Café, here in Mississippi.  Although it’s missing the bakery, this is the closest we have come so far to finding a menu similar to having lunch or dinner at Panera Bread (the nearest Panera to us now is 170 miles away!)  Most of Newk’s […]

Mississippi Mud Cake


It didn’t take me long to learn how to spell Mississippi when we moved here.  Okay, I already knew how to spell it, but it took some time to stop me from reciting “M-I-crooked letter, crooked letter, I-crooked letter, crooked letter, I-humpback, humpback, I.”  And, I’m not talking about some silly rap song.  This is […]

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls


Easy stuffed cabbage rolls filled with ground beef and topped with a tomato-based sauce. If you haven’t tried making stuffed cabbage, you need to.  It’s truly an easy method, and you’ll be surprised at how the cabbage leaves just naturally roll right up and seal around your filling.  My mother-in-law makes an amazing Syrian stuffed […]



Today is the first of at least three posts I’ll be sharing with you this week out of my new Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible cook book.  The folks at Smithfield sent me a copy during my move to Mississippi so I could quickly adjust to southern cooking at its best.  After taking a few […]

Mardi Gras King Cake


It’s here again!  Fat Tuesday…or Mardi Gras…the day that you can shove your mouths full of donuts, cake, beer, and whatever else fancies your pants because, well, tomorrow you’re going to give it all up for 40 days, right? RIGHT!?  Even if you don’t observe the Lenten season, you are probably still familiar with today’s […]

Cream Puffs filled with Strawberry and Mascarpone


Today we are celebrating another virtual baby shower!  Courtney, from Cook Like a Champion, is one of my blogging friends and I’m super excited to help celebrate the expecting arrival of her first child.  If you haven’t “attended” a virtual shower before, it is basically a group of bloggers who post recipes they would’ve brought […]

Mexican Triple-Decker Pizzas


Lately, all I have been sharing with you are recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth or serve as a filling snack.  I have been making new dishes here and there, but always for dinner when it is already dark outside and there is no way I’ll get a good snapshot of it.  (Sorry, I […]

DIY Mini Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies


The best recipe for the store-bought soft frosted sugar cookies. Make them miniature or full size. Everyone’s talking about Whitney Houston.  Most are mourning her death.  I’m not gonna lie, I’m sad as well.  Why?  For one, I was overly optimistic that she was going to have a successful comeback one day.  And, two, she’s […]

Homemade Valentine Heart Crayons


This might not be a food related post, but it was a fun crafty idea using a silicone heart pan I had on hand.  (I found mine a couple of years ago at Target, for just a few bucks.)  Anyway, I wanted Judah to make his Valentines this year for his cousins and grandparents, and […]

Valentine Bark


This is a fun and quick recipe I made for our neighbor kids last week.  After seeing it on Kristan’s blog, and knowing I had a block of candy melt in my pantry, I set out to make it right away.  I used Kristan’s concept, but decided to leave out the cherry flavoring, since I […]

DIY Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix


I know that it’s the weekend before Valentine’s Day, so I should be posting either a dessert that is in the shape of a heart, or a recipe for a romantic dinner.  If my weekend baking goes well, you’ll see Valentine’s Day cookies on the blog next week, but today I wanted to share a […]

Frozen Coconut Coffee Bites


On your most frustrating days, having a decadent treat available right at your finger tips is always nice.  This week, I’ve been experiencing issues with my blog, which is extremely frustrating because I have limited knowledge of how to fix it and my hosting company keeps telling me to contact my web developer…except I don’t […]

German Chocolate Cake Cookies


Today is my father-in-law’s birthday.  (Happy birthday Big Daddy!)  Two years ago he was visiting during his birthday, along with the other two sons and their wives, so I decided to make him his favorite, German Chocolate Cake.  The entire family fell in love with the recipe, and I made a mental note to create […]

Homemade Soft Pretzels


Where I grew up, football was a big deal.  Especially Friday night high school football.  Texas can claim the high school football craze all they want, but I can attest that my home town in Michigan was just as into it, if not more.  If Halloween fell on Friday, it was postponed to Saturday.  If […]

Guacamole Bruschetta


I made this Guacamole Bruschetta for the first time about a year ago.  It didn’t make it on the blog because I didn’t get a photo of it.  Such a shame.  But, I’m glad to share it with you now, just in time for the Super Bowl.  It’s an easy recipe to throw together, yet […]

20 Football-Friendly Finger Foods for Super Bowl XLVI


Super Bowl Sunday is less than one week away.  Are you hosting?  Attending a party?  Ben and I were invited today to a party with our new Sunday School group.  What a great way to get to know some young couples in our church!  We snatched that invitation and ran with it.  😉 I wanted […]

Monster Cupcakes Tutorial


Last month we celebrated Judah’s 2nd birthday and I served these Monster Cupcakes.  They were a huge hit and every kid seemed to enjoy having not just one, but TWO suckers to slurp on after they finished their cupcakes. I promised a tutorial on how to make these.  They are actually pretty simple and can […]

DIY Homemade Honey Mustard Sauce


The neighborhood we live in now is in stark contrast to the neighborhood we left in California.  Since we moved into townhomes owned by the seminary, you can guess that there are other young family residents, resulting in many other kids for Judah to play with.  Back in California, Judah had no friends his age […]

DIY Homemade Mayonnaise


Mayonnaise is a condiment I never seem to have on hand when I need it.  We don’t use it often in our house, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like it.  It’s just that whenever I buy it, it seems to expire before we go through it and we end up throwing out the majority.  […]