September 2012 | Love Bakes Good Cakes
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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Spicy-Sweet Chinese Chicken

Do you ever get mad-crazy cravings .... the kind that just will not go away until it is satisfied? Of course you do. 

One of my recent cravings has been for "Bourbon Chicken". FYI - I am a woman on a mission. I know y'all know that Bourbon Chicken they sell in most mall food courts?! I am trying to find a copy-cat version of it ...... without much success. In all fairness, the recipes I have tried, have been good .... but they're not "Bourbon Chicken". I've probably tried 6 or 7 different recipes so far ... I'm still searching and I am not giving up! I'm not exactly sure what the secret is, but it seems nearly impossible to copy. Where is Todd Wilbur when I need him?! (Hello, Todd? If you ever want a real challenge - help a girl out .... Get me a Bourbon Chicken recipe - the real stuff. I would forever be indebted to you!)

This recipe is one of those recipes that called itself Bourbon Chicken .... But it's not. At least not in my opinion. Again, a really good recipe (which is why I am sharing it with you). 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Keep your fork printables (8x10) - Choose from 9 colors

After making the "If in doubt, Make a Cake" printable, someone mentioned a pie version being perfect for her friend. I set out to make a printable for all the pie lovers in our life. Here is what I came up with:

Friday, September 28, 2012

Meet Paula from Call Me PMc and Fresh Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Icing

I am so excited to have my first Guest Post on Love Bakes Good Cakes ... and even more excited to have one of my good bloggy friends, Paula from Call Me PMc, as my first ever guest! 

If you have never checked out Paula's blog, what are you waiting for?! She has tons of great stuff over there  ... Some of her recent recipes are Cinnamon Roll Breakfast BreadTamale Pie , Herb Butters or how about her Italian Sausage Sandwich? If crafting is more of your thing, check out her Chalkboard Painted Bottles. If you're a DIY'er, she made a DIY Shoe Rack from Scrap Wood. She has tons of great tips too and a fun personality! 

Without further ado, let me introduce you to Paula:


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Indoor S'mores Bars

Is there anything more fun to make and eat than a S'mores? Seriously, you get to stick a marshmallow in fire and char it .... then sandwich it with graham crackers and chocolate. Inevitably, I always make a mess eating them. I think that's part of the fun, too! 

I'm not suggesting that these bars are any less messy - I guess that will depend on the person eating it. :) They are fun to make and great for kids - and you don't have to worry about anyone getting too close to the fire!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

If in doubt printable (8x10) - 7 color choices

I needed a little something for my kitchen and came up with this printable. I decided to make a few different colors to share with all of you. All of these printables are 8x10 on a white background ... Just choose your favorite print color and click the link, print and hang! 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Because you're my friends

Everyone has their quirks, right? I figured since we're friends, I'd share some of my (I've been told - weird) food habits with you .... 

1. I like my French Toast sprinkled with powdered sugar and drizzled with orange juice - not maple syrup. Pancakes and waffles can have syrup, but not French Toast. I know y'all are wanting to try it now! It's so yummy!

2. I like to eat saltine crackers with butter .... or American cheese slices folded into 4 pieces - for 4 crackers. (If you've never tried it, it fits the cracker perfectly). For some reason, this reminds me of my childhood. I'm not sure if other people do/did this, and I don't do it often, but it seems like such a "treat" to me when I do!

3. I don't salt anything at the table - except watermelon. Do other people even salt watermelon? We don't even have salt and pepper shakers on our table - ever. Well, except maybe for company so we can look like normal people. ;)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Egg McFake Muffin Sandwich

Some of my Facebook fans may remember this little guy in the picture:

Normally, I'm not a breakfast eater ... toast or English muffins make up 95% of my breakfasts. On occasion, I'll eat something with a little more substance. 

I had finished making my breakfast this particular morning ... and decided to go outside to take a picture of it for the blog. No big deal ... right?! (My Facebook friends who know are laughing right now) ...... I opened the inside door and went to open the screen door and was in the process of stepping through the doorway to go outside ... when it hit me! Literally! This praying mantis fell on my head ..... Not knowing what it was, I busted out with some karate moves I didn't know I had - all while trying to hold onto my breakfast and camera. (Ok, I admit, I screamed too). Imagine the hilarity of watching someone freak out - totally spazz out - while keeping a hold of the items in their hands. I'm sure that was exactly what I did -spazz out. When I was sure whatever it was wasn't touching me any more - I looked around to see who may have saw me actin' a fool - you know you would have looked around too! (Thankfully, it looked like I got off easy - my kids came in when they heard me scream, but there were no witnesses to my awesome karate moves my little caper). I saw this little guy on the floor. We got the dust pan and helped him back outside ... and I told him to stay away from me while I took my pictures because I didn't want to have to go all psycho-crazy on him again .... Anyways, he went about his life as I did with mine ... and I finally got a picture of my breakfast!

My husband takes these to work with him for breakfast in the morning. I make enough for the whole week, wrap them in wax paper and put them in the fridge or freezer. In the morning, he can easily microwave them before heading out the door. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

It's Fall Y'all ~ Linky Party #2

Thank you to everyone who visited last week ... either to link up or browse for ideas! We had over 100 links shared and it was one of the most popular posts last week. I'm hoping we have a great turnout this week as well!

Welcome to It's Fall Y'all ~ Linky Party! I have a Pinterest board dedicated to this party - if you'd like to follow it, you can check it out HERE. I will be pinning ALL the links from this party to that board!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

BBQ Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar Stuffed Burgers

So, yesterday was National Cheeseburger Day ... and I didn't get the memo until it was too late ... a day late and a dollar short ... Go figure!

Grilling season is not over yet! In my opinion, it never is. When I lived in the Midwest, I was the crazy person standing outside, grilling in the snow - wearing shorts and (sometimes, not always) a coat ... and if the snow wasn't too deep, flip-flops. No lie. You can imagine the comments and strange looks! That's neither here nor there .... You can grill dressed however you wanna dress ... and in the snow if you want - I won't judge! 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Guest Post - White Beans with Rice

Hey y'all! I'm blogging over at Call Me PMc (aka P-Mac) today. Stop by and say hello to Paula. While you're there, check out some of the awesome stuff on her blog - like her Muffaletta (it's on my list of things to try soon), BBQ QuesadillasParmesan Potatoes or her Inside Out Jalapeno Popper. I'm sharing a stick-to-your ribs White Beans with Rice. It's perfect for cooler weather, especially when served with a side of cornbread! See y'all over there!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Saucy Franks with Rice

When I first ran across this recipe years ago, I wasn't sure what to think. I'm not particularly fond of hot dogs - but my boys love them. (I can't seem to get past the horror stories I was told as a child of "what goes into hot dogs") Truthfully, at the time, I needed some budget-friendly recipes. I saw the original recipe in a Quick-Cooking magazine and decided to give it a try. My boys liked it so much, I immediately put the recipe in our binder. I have modified it a bit over time to suit my family's tastes. Although I have never tried it, I have thought about replacing the hot dogs with chicken. It is a quick, cheap and filling dinner. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Ziplock Omelets

Generally, I am not a fan of breakfast ... or breakfast for dinner. It's just not my thing (Unless it's biscuits and gravy - then I'll take a plate). However, my family acts like breakfast food is the best thing since sliced bread. If they know we're having breakfast food for dinner - they act like they won the dinner lottery! On weekends, when I actually "make" breakfast ... They're right there like a pack of ravenous wolves waiting to be fed. 

There aren't many breakfast foods I like ... and I'd rather eat toast or an English Muffin on most days. On a very rare occasion - I don't mind the idea of breakfast and will entertain eating breakfast for dinner. One of the best things about this recipe is, I don't have to spend an hour making 7 omelets for our family. I can make ALL of them at the same time - and everyone can personalize their "bag". Serve it up with some hash browns and fresh fruit ... and it's a pretty painless breakfast - that I'll even eat!

You can personalize these to your family's tastes. Here are some mix-in ideas: (Make sure all meats are pre-cooked - you can also pre-cook some of the veggies if you prefer)

Denver omelet: Ham, onion, green pepper, cheese

Farmer omelet: Bacon, ham, mushrooms, green pepper, onion, cheese

My husband's favorite - Chicken Fajita omelet: Chopped chicken, salsa, onion, green pepper, cheese - top with more salsa and sour cream

Garden omelet: Green pepper, onion, mushroom, tomatoes, cheese

Meat Lover's omelet: Bacon, pork sausage, ham, green pepper, onion, cheese

Philly Cheese Steak omelet: Thinly sliced beef, onion, green pepper, cheese whiz or Provolone

Mushroom and Sausage omelet: Pork sausage, mushrooms, cheese

Pizza omelet: Italian sausage, pepperoni, pizza sauce, cheese

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana - I'm just kidding .... I put that to see if you were paying attention and to make you say "ewwww" ..... LOL - However, if you try it, my kids want to know if it was good?! Never mind ... I would not endorse anyone trying it - completely gross!

My personal favorite - Spinach, Tomato, Alfredo omelet: Spinach, tomatoes, Alfredo sauce, cheese

Thursday, September 13, 2012

It's Fall Y'all ~ Linky Party

Welcome to It's Fall Y'all ~ Linky Party! I have a Pinterest board dedicated to this party - if you'd like to follow it, you can check it out HERE. I will be pinning ALL the links from this party to that board!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fall Bucket List printable (8x10)

Ok, Fall doesn't "technically" start until September 22nd .... That's next Saturday, in case you were wondering. That doesn't mean we can't get a head start on all the things that make the season great. This free printable will help you do all the fun Fall stuff ... 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

All my Bloggy Friends #12

First, I want to apologize for not commenting on all your wonderful projects. I was in the process of visiting the links yesterday - when everything disappeared due to the Go Daddy fiasco. I am debating on whether to stay with them or switch to a new host site. I am sure if they can be hacked once, it can happen again. Please know that even if I didn't leave you a comment, I visited every link earlier in the week - and I shared quite a few of the links on my Facebook page - you can follow me on Facebook HERE to keep up to date on what's going on in my neck of the internet and to see all the yummy stuff I repost. I hope this week will be problem free and I can stop by and comment on all the links from last week and this week!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Fall Subway Art printable (8x10)

For what may be the first time in my life, I'm actually excited to see Fall. I'm not even sure why other than I was deprived of seasons as a child. Growing up in Florida, we never really had "seasons" so to speak - it was either hurricane season or it wasn't .... it was hot and humid all year, with the exception of a few weeks, where you wore a sweatshirt. I never owned a winter coat ... and the rare morning when there was "frost", it seemed like everything closed down until mid-morning when it all disappeared. (I know all the Yankees are laughing right now). 

Now, I live in Eastern NC. We are not tormented with the extreme heat and humidity year round like Florida ... and we don't get 20 feet of snow in the winter like the northeast. I can't handle the snow. I don't like it ... at all. We have just enough of the seasons here in Eastern NC to say we had them - thankfully, it's usually not on the extreme end of either side of the spectrum.

I made this printable to replace my 4th of July one ..... that's still hanging up - even though the 4th of July has long ago came and gone. Oops! I'm sharing it with you - I hope you enjoy! :)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

How to create a clickable link in blog comments - Easy HTML coding that ANYONE can do

I'm going to be honest with you - I used to be jealous of other bloggers (ok, maybe I still am to a point) .... there are so many cool sites and other bloggers seem to know all the tricks. Y'all know what I'm talking about - we've all been on that learning curve! Some of us are still on it! Sometimes, I sit and wonder how a blogger did whatever on their blog ... Or I find myself wondering if I can do something like ____ (fill in the blank). Lately, it seems I'm finding out a whole lot about blogging ... and html codes. To think 6 months ago, I knew nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zip. 
I'm a firm believer in sharing your knowledge ... just like a great recipe, you don't want to keep it to yourself - you want to share it with everyone! I'm far from being a blogging expert and I know very little about html codes .... but I like to share things I've picked up along the way - because that's what friends do ... They don't watch other people suffer when their life could be easier. I'm hoping this helps someone ... anyone. (Bueller ... Bueller?!) Have you ever wondered how bloggers leave those clickable links in the comments of other blogs? Did you know leaving those clickable links can also help bring other people to your blog - just by putting yourself  "a click away"? Did you know it's super easy to do? Today, you can find out just how easy it is to do ... with a little html coding.
I keep the code copied on my desktop in a text document, so it's easy to access. Whenever I want to use the hyperlink, I simply copy and paste it! Sometimes I change the words of the link to say what I want it to say (like my linky party - when I visit people to thank them for linking to my party, I usually include a link that says "All my Bloggy Friends") ... and - I don't have to memorize any codes! Copying and pasting is simple, right?!

To create a text document, right click an empty spot on your desktop and select "New" from the menu ... 

From the new menu, select text document. 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Homemade Ranch Dressing - Crazy Cooking Challenge

The Crazy Cooking Challenge is entering it's second year! Woo-hoo! It has been so much fun participating in these challenges! This month's theme is Ranch Dressing/Dip. Maybe it's just me, but I think homemade dressing tastes so much better ... plus I can say all the names of the ingredients in the homemade stuff! I pinned this recipe from Forkful of Comfort awhile back. I decided to use that recipe for the inspiration for this challenge. It was so easy and good! I had everything on hand to make this on such a short notice. I used a little less buttermilk, only because we prefer a thicker dressing and tinkered with a few of the seasonings. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Italian Sausage with Bow Tie Pasta, Spinach and Tomatoes

My husband and I had our first "date" at Olive Garden. I am punctual ... like, OCD about it. The thought of being late to anything totally stresses me out. Brian lived out of town at the time ... So he had  little further to go to get to that Olive Garden than I did. I, of course, being the impatient person that I am ... arrived early and decided to sit in my car and wait for him to arrive (which wasn't a long wait). We were talking to each other on the phone while he was driving into town ... and I guess he missed the part about telling me he was in the parking lot because he kind of snuck up on me ... and gave me a mini heart attack by knocking on my window. After giving him a hard time, we went inside and enjoyed a nice meal together ... and talked a lot! I absolutely love that we can talk for hours .... and we have the cell phone bills to prove it. ;) Towards the end of the date, when they bring the check - they also bring you those little Andes mints. I may have flicked one of those mints at him .... (imagine elementary school - when you flicked the paper football through your friend's hands that were the "uprights") which totally caught him off guard. He had no idea it was coming and it hit him in the chest. The look on his face was priceless. I like to believe that's when we both knew it was love. {awww} He also learned a very important lesson that day about his future wife - always expect the unexpected! ;) Hehehe.

My husband loves Italian food. I knew that very shortly after we met - which is why our first real date was at Olive Garden. From time to time, I like to surprise him with dishes to make him love me more I know he will like. This one is easy - and reminds me of something you would get at a place like Olive Garden. Our family loves it ... and I hope yours does too! 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tortilla Pizzas

I shared this recipe at Mom's Test Kitchen a few weeks ago. I wanted to go ahead and post it here for anyone who didn't get a chance to go over there and check it out. We home school, but after school snacks are still a part of our day most days. I like to serve my kids treats that are quick and easy - and usually stuff they can prepare themselves. I don't know about your family, but our family {capital} L-O-V-E-S pizza. We eat pizza on occasion for lunch or snacks and almost every Friday night! Today, I'm sharing a super easy Tortilla Pizza recipe. It may be a recipe you've forgotten about. Feel free to play around with the ingredients - use pesto, salsa, BBQ sauce or Alfredo sauce in place of the pizza sauce. Use whatever meats and veggies your family prefers! Go crazy ... or keep it simple. The choice is yours! :) Two of my favorite Tortilla Pizza's are pesto with sliced black olives, diced tomatoes, chopped spinach and crumbled feta cheese ... or Alfredo sauce with spinach and tomatoes (sometimes I add chicken, too)! My boys prefer plain ol' pepperoni and cheese!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

All my Bloggy Friends #11

Whoa! We had 68 links shared last week. Thank y'all so much! I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend ... I look forward to seeing what everyone brings this week!

The 3 most viewed links last week were:

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Slow Cooker Chicken Posole

Let your slow cooker do the work! With ingredients like - chicken, tomatoes, carrots, onion and hominy in a zesty and flavorful broth - this Slow Cooker Chicken Posole is big on Mexican flavors!

Let your slow cooker do the work! With ingredients like - chicken, tomatoes, carrots, onion and hominy in a zesty and flavorful broth - this Slow Cooker Chicken Posole is big on Mexican flavors! #slowcooker #mexican #soup