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A New Addition…

I’m interrupting my posts of Christmas treats to tell you Pennies has an exciting addition coming soon. “Someone” will be joining me in this blog adventure of mine.  No, I’m not pregnant!  (My post will be much more exhilarating when that happens!)  But, stay tuned.  I’m not sure when I’ll unveil the mystery, but it […]

‘Tis That Time of Year…

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It’s time to share Christmas cookies!  I spent Saturday and Sunday baking away for my annual Christmas cookie gift boxes.  This year was so much more fun than years’ past.  Could it have something to do with having a Light Box for my photos now?  Or, maybe it’s because I used fun cookies that I […]

Penny Pincher: High Five Warehouse

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A new store, called High Five Warehouse, opened last week.  Fortunately for me (and those in my region), it’s located right next to my company. Unfortunately for you, it’s one of only three locations…and all in the Chicago area. Look at the steals I found:

Super Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I saw these on Joy the Baker and had to make them.  I love soft, cakey type cookies and I love pumpkin.  It was a natural fit. Before I give you the recipe, I need to explain my lack of Thanksgiving recipes.  See, my mom hosted Thanksgiving this year and the last and makes more […]

Letter Ice

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This is another item I received from BlakeMakes, Letter Ice.  Or, I should call it Letter Chocolate.  Some may call it Letter Lollypops, maybe even Letter Cake.  The options for using these cute little silicone letter trays are many!  They are also oven-proof and dishwasher safe. I used these for the first time yesterday by […]

Penny Pincher: Use What You Have on Hand

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We are all guilty of looking over those food items that are soon to expire in our fridge or cupboard.  Instead, we covet that which we don’t have and run to the grocery store in order to get the items we need to make a certain recipe.  Then, we forget about that soon-to-expire food until […]

Cheesy Potatoes

I haven’t taken a photo yet of this recipe, but made it quite a few times.  This dish is definitely a staple for our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, along with any potlucks or other group events.  It’s so easy for feeding a crowd. See here how I used it for a leftover dish. Cheesy Potatoes […]

Buttermilk Cornbread Mini Muffins

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The other night we were invited to have a chili dinner at some friends’.  I told them I would bring cornbread.  Instead of making the Jalapeno Cheese Cornbread that I love, I decided to surf Allrecipes and look for something different.  I came across a recipe called Grandmother’s Buttermilk Cornbread and decided to use this […]

DIY Light Box – The Coolest Idea Ever

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Although I’m very grateful for the home we are renting while we’re in transition, I do wish we had more sunlight shining in through our windows.  If you have a food blog, you more than likely understand the importance of natural lighting for food photography.  Even if we did have a good source of natural […]

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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My sister, Angie, was my inspiration to start cooking.  She is an amazing cook and really knows how to put things together.  Once in a while she’ll contribute to my food blog when, in actuality, she should have her own!  But, I’m grateful to share some of her tried and true recipe adventures when she […]

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bundt

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We had a few friends over for Election Night last Tuesday.  It was a last minute arrangement, so I needed to make something that included ingredients I already had on hand.  I picked up a Family Circle magazine the other day and it has this Pumpkin-Spice Bundt recipe.  Since I didn’t have cranberries, I substituted […]

Dipping Spoons

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I won these fabulous measuring spoons on Blake Makes.  They came from Little Spoon and Big Spoon, or otherwise known as the Spoon Sisters.  Are you a gift giver?  Then you must check out the Spoon Sisters, as they round up many creative gift ideas to post on their site.  Now is the best time, […]

Cheesy Chicken and Artichoke Bites

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The last recipe (finally) that I’ll share from our annual BYOP party on October 25th.  These little bites were quick to put together and also quick to exit the plate as everyone loved them! Cheesy Chicken and Artichoke Bites (Pillsbury Bake-Off Magazine, May 2008) Ingredients: 2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls […]

Free Food for Voting!

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Just found out that some of your favorite places are rewarding YOU with free food for voting! Starbucks Free Coffee Free Star-Shaped Krispy Kreme Doughnut Have any more tips?  Comment on here and let us know!

Bat Chips

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Want to spice up the usual chips and salsa?  Then pass up those Tostidos and head on over to the Mexican aisle to pick up some tortillas and make your own chips!  With cookie cutters, you can shape your chips into any design you like that fits your party’s theme.  For our pumpkin party, I […]

Penny Pincher: Free Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee

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Candy Corn Fudge

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The first recipe I’ll post from our 4th Annual BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) party on Saturday.  I wasn’t sure of these when making them, soley because of the ingredients.  It just seemed it would be too sweet.  But, they were very good!  One of my friends (visiting from TN) who claims she “doesn’t read […]

Happy 30th Birthday, Ben!

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Ben turned 30 years old yesterday.  We celebrated with our annual BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) party, then I planned a surprise party for him later that evening.  We finished the night with a gathering at our friend’s home to watch the UFC fight and eat this lovely carrot cake.  No, I didn’t make the […]

Gundy’s Breakfast Casserole

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We have a lot of “food days” at work.  My boss always brings the same dish because everyone loves it and demands it.  :)  It is a breakfast casserole made primarily with potatoes, sausage, onions and eggs.  This dish feeds a lot of people and keeps well for leftovers.  So, I made this last Saturday […]

Foodbuzz Publisher Community Launches

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If you’ve been with me for a while, you have seen other posts about a foodie community called Foodbuzz.  You have also seen the advertisement banner I have, and if you haven’t…look over there to the left…ahh…there it is! Foodbuzz is an online community where food bloggers from around the world post recipes, review restaurants, […]