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No-Bake Butterscotch Cornflake Cookies – Easy as 1-2-3!

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Have you heard of The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap?  Organized by the lovely foodies, Lindsay and Julie, this event brings food bloggers from all over together to exchange new cookie recipes.  Did we all travel and get together in one place, you ask?  Nope!  That’s the beauty of it!  Lindsay and Julie assigned all […]

Muddy Buddies | Puppy Chow

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You already know and love this one.  We’ve been enjoying this for years upon years.  But, should that keep me from photographing it now and adding it to my blog recipe files?  I think not! Actually, I just want to know if you call them Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow.  I do both.  Haven’t been […]

Apple Pie Dip with Cinnamon Chips

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Everyone loves dips.  Usually, the favorites are ones that are filled with some sort of cheesy goodness with salty crackers or chips.  Am I right?  But, folks, you should change things up a bit this holiday season and serve your family and friends this apple pie dip.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my cheesy […]

Classic Green Bean Almondine

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Last year for Thanksgiving, I made a from-scratch version of everyone’s favorite green bean casserole.  This year, a few of you requested a classic Green Bean Almondine recipe, which I thought was a fantastic idea because it’s much easier, a whole lot faster, and is cooked on the stove top! This veggie dish certainly doesn’t […]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake Bars

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Grab a fork or use your fingers for this one!  These cakey bars can go either way, but just a warning, you won’t want only one, especially if you eat them WARM.  I loved the pumpkin chocolate combination and shared them with a group of friends last weekend who also gave them a big thumbs […]

Crock Pot Corn Pudding

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Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, so this week and the beginning of next, I plan to post some new recipes you can whip up for your holiday guests.  One request I’ve received recently is an easy crock pot recipe so your oven can be freed up for the other million dishes you are making that day.  […]

Saturday Seeds – Plus a Pregnancy Update

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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 […]

10-Cup Cookies

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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, […]

My Favorite Blueberry Muffins

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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 […]

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

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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

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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 […]

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Quesadillas

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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

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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 […]

Chocolate Covered Crispy Poppers

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This recipe came out of nowhere.  It surprised me.  After making the Cake Batter Rice Krispies Treats, I guess I felt that I needed to immediately use up the rest of the cereal and then, of course, incorporate some chocolate.  So, I came up with this snack.  A-hem, let me rephrase that.  I came up […]

Southern Berry Cobbler Ice Cream

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Ever since we became southerners, we’ve been trying to engage in and embrace southern food.  Don’t read this wrong, it’s been easy.  We love it. One southern staple we were introduced to very quickly after our move is Blue Bell ice cream.  Oh my goodness sakes alive!  We are hooked!  It’s hard not to stroll […]

Birthday Cake Pancakes

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After today, I have no doubt that you now want to be my real-life friend or relative, because I plan on making these pancakes for anyone who is at my house the morning of their birthday.  For reals.  Honestly, though, they are so good that I know I won’t wait to make them only for […]

Cheesy BLT Pizza

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We’re battling a fierce cold in our household this week.  Last night during video chat with Judah and my parents, my mom scared me into going to the doctor, telling me I probably have strep throat.  Fortunately, I don’t.  But, unfortunately, I didn’t leave the doctor’s office before getting a shot in my hiney. It […]

Easy Apricot Sesame Crock Pot Chicken

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As much as I love to cook from scratch, there are days that I just need a quick meal to throw together and be done with it.  Ben and Judah appreciate these days because it means more time with them during the rushed after-work hour, and less mess in the kitchen to clean up after […]

Homemade Pita Pockets

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Have you ever run into a recipe that was somewhat of a failure, but good enough to eat even though you couldn’t use it for what you originally intended?  Such was the case with this pita bread.  I had to make these four times before they finally puffed to where I could actually put them […]

Chocolate Hazelnut Surprise Cookies + A JIF Giveaway! – CONTEST CLOSED

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Contest Winner Announced:  Congratulations to our winner of the JIF Tasting Giveaway Package, Kelsey, who said “Wow! What a great giveaway, Nikki! I would love to win this. I think the first thing I would do would be to make cheesecake bars swirled with the mocha cappuccino spread. YUM!” Check your email, Kelsey, to claim […]