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The Final Rose Fruit Pizza

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Last  night, my girlfriends and I watched 4 hours of the Bachelor finale.  The six of us girls watched the season together, but not on Mondays as it was aired.  Instead, we watched it recorded on Tuesdays.  However, the finale was 3 hours on Monday and then an additional hour on Tuesday.  So, we watched […]

Cheesy Chicken “Ben-chiladas”

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I love that Annie’s husband’s name is Ben, too, so that I can also use the name “Ben-chiladas” for this recipe.  You’ll see over at Annie’s Eats that this is one of her “go-to” recipes, so I decided to finally give it a try.  I actually made this about two months ago and forgot to […]

Chicken, Mushrooms and Artichoke Hearts with Cheese Tortellini in a Light Lemon Butter Sauce

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Is that the longest recipe title you’ve ever seen?  I saw this recipe originally at Lauren’s Kitchen, where she condensed the title to “Chicken with Artichokes & Other Stuff.” She found it at Delicious Meliscious where it’s titled “Chicken, Mushrooms and Artichoke Hearts with Cheese Tortellini.”  I was cracking up at the variations of the […]

Key Lime Coconut Cake

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My friend, Stephanie, was out of town for a few days at a wedding in Costa Rica… lucky girl!  So, her husband, Brian, decided to invite Ben and a few other guys over for dinner and Rock Band. I thought that since Brian was making the guys dinner, the least I could do was send […]

Quick Fix: Spinach Salad with Cranberries, Mandarin Oranges & Pecans

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The title of this post pretty must sums up the recipe. We were invited for dinner at our friends’ the other night. I asked what I could bring. She told me ‘nothing’ and, of course, I insisted, so she said ‘salad’. She mentioned she was making pork, so I asked some gals on a cooking […]

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup & Curry Condiments

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This is another recipe from the book I received from my sister for Christmas, Barefoot Contessa’s Back to Basics. It’s title is a little funny to me because I wouldn’t say that all the recipes inside are that basic.  At the same time, they are not at all difficult.  Did I just contradict myself? I […]

Chocolate Milkshake

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If you’ve been with Pennies for a while, you may remember a special guest writer, by the name of Ben…aka… my dear husband.    Do you remember what he wrote about?  You guessed it..milkshakes!  He thinks he’s a milkshake connoisseur and I have to admit I think it’s adorable. For Valentine’s Day this year, I […]

Basic Chocolate Ice Cream

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It was another warm day yesterday, so I thought it would be fitting to post another ice cream recipe.  Maybe I’m getting too excited for Spring.  I made this chocolate ice cream last week so I could make milkshakes for me and Ben.  (That was just a HUGE hint to my next post tomorrow!)  But, […]

Chinese Sundaes

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My coworker introduced me to this meal.  When she first told me about it, I thought she was crazy.  The mixture of ingredients just didn’t sound right.  After she told me that a friend introduced it to her and many of her friends have tried it and loved it, then it piqued my interest and […]

Homemade Bagels

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Ben has been on a bagel sandwich kick lately, so I thought “why not save money and make these bagels since I already have everything on hand?” He makes himself a bagel sandwich for lunch every day, which is nice because since I have to be at work at 6 am (eeks!) I don’t really […]