Thanks for visiting my blog! My name is Nikki and I am the author, cook and photographer behind Pennies on a Platter. After spending 7 years in the corporate world in the suburbs of Chicago, I’m now a Pastor’s wife and stay at home mom in the high desert of Southern California. Welcome! A little history behind me and Pennies on a Platter:
I only started cooking and baking as a newlywed in 2005. It is such a treat to cook for someone I love, and it helps that my husband, Ben, gets excited about the things I make. With his compliments, it became fun for me! (Who doesn’t love compliments?) 🙂
Friends and family took notice of my new-found love and started asking for recipes I tried and liked. Because my friends and family are all across the country, I decided that posting the recipes on a website would be much easier than writing them down or emailing them separately. So, in February of 2007, Pennies on a Platter was born.
At the time, I wanted to focus on cheaper recipes and share money saving ideas I found, which is how I came up with the title. Now, my main focus is to share recipes so that we can save money by eating meals at home. And, because we welcomed Judah, the first addition to our family, on December 3rd, 2009, I am having fun adding baby and kid friendly recipes to the blog.
Being self-taught, I love using this blog to chronicle growth in my culinary and photography skills. I’ve gone through a couple of different cameras and lenses since 2007, starting out with a small Canon point and shoot. Currently, I shoot with a Nikon D90 typically using this macro lens and sometimes this portrait lens. Since natural daylight isn’t always available, I occasionally use this Speedlight although I’m still figuring out how to use it! I have a long ways to go in my photography, but looking forward to learning something new every day!
I love hearing from my readers, so please leave me a comment and let me know who you are. If you have any questions, you can leave a comment or contact me at penniesonaplatter [at] yahoo [dot] com.