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Starbucks K-cups Review + A Christmas Giveaway! (CLOSED)

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As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, I was given the opportunity to review the new Starbucks K-cup portion packs.  Starbucks and Foodbuzz supplied me with a Keurig one-cup coffee brewer and two (16-ct.) packages of the Starbucks K-cups to try.  Although I was super excited to receive a Keurig machine because I’ve wanted one […]

DIY Homemade Vanilla Extract

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It’s the first day of December, people!  I’m sure I don’t need to remind you, but you only have less than 25 days left for Christmas shopping, and even less than that to prepare your Christmas baskets full of homemade goodies!  Do you have your Christmas baskets planned out?  This year, part of my basket […]

DIY Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

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If you’re anything like me, this time of year you are starting to get tired of dirtying multiple measuring spoons in order to measure out a combination of spices that will equal to pumpkin pie spice.  I’ve never bought pumpkin pie spice, because I always have its basic ingredients on hand to measure out myself […]

Caramel Corn

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If you’ve been reading food blogs for a few years, you are more than likely familiar with my friend’s blog, Elly Says Opa!  And, if you know of Elly’s blog, you definitely know of a blogging event she used to host called Eat to the Beat.  I remember reading the collection of posts in my […]

Monster Sugar Cookies

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Do you ever feel like your food is staring back at you?  This weekend, we met up with some of our good friends in Santa Clarita to hang out at the local pumpkin patch.  They have three adorable little boys, and one lucky little princess on the way!  Since seeing them is a rare treat […]

Pumpkin Butter

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Homemade pumpkin butter is extremely easy to whip up on your stove.  It is also extremely easy to put to good use. Spread it on toast and waffles, or package it up for a gift from your kitchen. Some people even mix it with yogurt or cottage cheese for a nutritious snack. You can simply […]

Guest Post: Peek-a-boo Ghost Cookies by SweetSugarBelle

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Today is an exciting day for me, because one of my most talented and hilarious food blogging friends is guest posting!  Callye, known in the foodie world as SweetSugarBelle, is who I like to title the Cookie Decorating Queen.  If you haven’t run across her blog yet, head on over there now and say “hello!” […]

Father’s Day Sugar Cookies and a Gift Packaging Tutorial

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I’m excited about these cookies and the following tutorial.  Recently, I discovered a fun way to package my sugar cookies so they can be hand-delivered or safely mailed.  Just by picking up a few items at the dollar store and then using other things I always have on hand, I am able to create a […]

Bridal Shower ‘Tushie Cookies

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Almost two weeks ago we attended one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve witnessed.  The ceremony and reception were both held outdoors in the foothills of the gorgeous mountains that surround us.  About a week prior to the wedding, I made these cookies as a party favor for the bride’s lingerie shower.  I wish I […]

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 […]

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 […]

Christmas Crunch Cookies

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I’m.so.tired.  This week has been a busy yet very fun week.  Saturday was Judah’s first birthday party (so fun!), Monday we had a Christmas party to attend, Tuesday we hosted the college girls for a Christmas baking night and last night we hosted the Ugly Sweater Christmas party where we ate the sweets we baked.  […]

Chocolate Chip Treasure Cookies

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These next couple of weeks I’m predicting you’ll see quite a few sweets posted here.  I’ll admit, it’s not only because I’m making them for holiday parties or gift baskets, but partially because when winter hits my sweet tooth enhances.  The other day I was thinking about how I haven’t been using a couple of […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

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Tempt me with any chocolate and peanut butter dessert and I’ll most likely give in.  Who can resist such a winning combination?  If you are also on the chocolate peanut butter bandwagon, try biting into a soft chocolate cookie and being surprised with a peanut butter filling!  Ooh-la-la! I made these for our friends’ son […]

Halloween Candy Bark

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Happy day after Halloween!  Are you recovering well from candy overdose or are you (like me) still indulging in all its sweetness?  :)  I bookmarked this recipe a few weeks ago to share with you today, so that you can make use of your leftover Halloween candy in a more creative way than just shamelessly […]

Welcome Home Cookies with Royal Icing

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My dear friend and her husband are first time home owners!  To help them celebrate, I wanted to do something special because she has been such a light in my life and has made my life feel pretty dang special.  So I set out to make these cookies. This was my second experience working with […]

Mother’s Day Sugar Cookies

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Happy belated Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful mothers out there!  This year, both mine and Ben’s moms got to be the guinea pigs for me trying my hand at royal icing.  It was so much fun to first go out and find these adorable cookies cutters at Sur la Table (I heart that […]

Hot Chocolate on a Stick

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Hot Chocolate is a favorite drink in our house during the winter, especially on snowy days like we’re having today.  We will drink all kinds of hot cocoa, from the cheap Nestle and Swiss Miss, to the gourmet Ghirardelli. We love it in all forms. I think I have found my favorite hot chocolate option […]

Pie in a Jar

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For Thanksgiving, I made these mini pies in a jar as placeholders that doubly served as favors for my guests to take home. I got the idea from another food blog that I love, Our Best Bites. Although I didn’t have time to order the exact same jars they used, I was able to call […]