About Me

easy home cooked comfort

Welcome to Spend With Pennies! Here you will find deliciously simple recipes for the every day home cook. Easy to follow, tried, tested and loved!

From my home to yours… happy cooking!

hello, i’m Holly! i am…

A wife, mother of 4, and a passionate home cook living in the suburbs of Vancouver Canada. I am also a wine and cheese lover and the recipe creator and photographer behind SpendWithPennies.com.

While I’m trained in biological technology to work in a research lab, my days are now spent in the kitchen and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else! You’ll always find me in either immersed in ingredients & recipe chaos, behind my camera capturing or on my computer sharing.

I am married to the man of my dreams with four amazing kids aged 16, 23, 24, and 28 along with an amazing son-in-law! We have two sweet little dogs who love carrots more than anything else in the world (they’re both Havanese crosses for those of you wondering)!

how i learned to cook

Over the past 25 years, I have become very passionate about cooking for my own family and friends! In that time I’ve spent many years learning, testing, trying, and growing my knowledge in the kitchen (my favorite being cooking classes in Italy and a recent culinary boot camp at our local culinary school)!

Holly with a laptop

spend with pennies…

Here in my little corner of the internet, you will find easy creative recipes for the everyday cook, food with imagination… both delicious and comforting. Years back, I could’ve never envisioned that Spend With Pennies would evolve into a place that would bring my passions to life, but here we are today.

This blog began as a way to share shopping tips but after countless recipe requests from friends and family, I decided to share my kitchen adventures on my blog too. That quickly and easily became the thing I enjoyed best; sharing my recipes! This now is the place I come to share my all of favorite things with you (most of which is food) and hopefully inspire your everyday.

All of my recipes are created with the everyday cook in mind and tested (and re-tested) by my husband, kids, and friends! You’ll find all kinds of recipes here from quick & easy appetizers (like Crab Rangoon Dip) to uniquely delicious desserts (like Apple Pie Tacos). There is something for everyone!

my promise to you…

I will provide simple, easy, and tested recipes that both work and taste great. I will share tips and ideas to make your everyday life easier and more fun.

If you have questions or comments, I would LOVE to hear from you.

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Thank you for stopping by to visit! Please pour yourself a fresh cup of coffee and stay awhile…