November 2012 | Love Bakes Good Cakes
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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Crayola Giveaway

I recently had the opportunity to to review the Crayola Digital Light Designer and the Crayola Marker Airbrush with my kiddos. When you're a kid, is there anything better than getting new toys to play with? I will admit, I "had" to try them out too! Y'all know, when we were kids we didn't have all these cool toys .... it's almost our parental duty to check 'em out, right?! To make sure they work properly, of course! ;) 

One lucky winner will receive one Crayola Digital Light Designer and one Crayola Marker Airbrush!

Chicken Biscuit

Once in awhile, it's nice to have something different for breakfast. Few things are more Southern than fried chicken and biscuits - they go hand-in-hand. Check out any chicken joint and you'll see, chicken and biscuits were made for each other. 

These Chicken Biscuits make a nice breakfast or dinner! They are fairly simple to make and oh, so tasty! If you have a favorite biscuit recipe, feel free to use it instead. Personally, I love Bisquick biscuits! 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas printables (8x10)

I hate to admit that I'm a tad bit addicted to PicMonkey. I love playing around and creating stuff. Again, I needed some new printables for the season (I still have my Fall Subway Art up) and decided to make some fun printables using the names of Christmas carols. I also created one for those of you who like snow (I am not in this group of people - Snow is a bad four-letter word and I absolutely try to stay away from that stuff!). 

I'm uploading these to Staples and will be picking mine up this weekend. In my opinion, if you have a place that can copy printables for you, that is definitely the route to go! They are around 50 cents to a dollar a page ... it saves your ink .... and the pictures are very good quality! If you are looking for an economical gift, put a printable in a frame and ta-da! - You have a gift :) You can check out all of my printables, HERE.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

All my Bloggy Friends #23

I don't feel like I can ever thank y'all enough for making this party a success every week! I appreciate everyone who takes the time to stop by, whether to link up or to browse! I love seeing all the new projects, ideas and recipes! Also, remember that you may now link up your giveaways too!

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Taco Soup

So apparently, I have been living under a rock. Although I have heard of Taco Soup, I had not had it until recently. I knew it was some kind of ground meat, beans, corn, a packet of Ranch dressing and taco seasoning mixture - all made into a soup. 

Since I am forever looking to try new recipes, I decided to give it a go. I had the basic idea and this is what I came up with. My family enjoyed it with a side of cornbread!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Weekend Round-Up {11-24-12}

Welcome to the Weekend Round-Up, y'all! Thanksgiving is over and it's officially the Christmas season. I hope everyone had a great turkey day. If you dared to venture out for Black Friday, I hope the crowds were well-behaved where you live. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Sloppy Joe's and Lunch Lady Land

My husband's favorite meal is Sloppy Joe's. It always seems to make him smile when he sees it on my menu for the week! We have them about once a month because I know he loves them! They're really simple to make - even without the canned sauce stuff!

Depending on how "sloppy" you like your Joe's, will determine how long you need to simmer the filling. Personally, I don't like them too sloppy, so I tend to cook it for the longer period of time. 

I don't know why, and maybe it's a generational thing - I'm sure people my age know the song. I cannot say Sloppy Joe's without thinking of Lunch Lady Land .... and singing "Sloppy Joe, sloppy, Sloppy Joe" just like the song .... I am so sorry if you're singing it along with me me now :) If you have never heard it ... I have the video just for ya .....

You will never think of Sloppy Joe's the same way again. You are welcome.

Joking. Totally joking, except really, you will always think of this song when you hear "Sloppy Joe" ... or maybe it's just me?! 

For the record, I think Lunch Ladies get such a bad rap. My lunch ladies never were this bad ... and honestly, my school lunch experience wasn't that awful either. Of course, back when I was a kid, they actually made real food - not just pizza, burgers, hot dogs and chicken nuggets. Truthfully, I even enjoyed some of the school food! 

Anyways, we were talking about making our own Sloppy Joe's ....

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Pesto Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all :) I hope everyone is getting to spend time with their loved ones today! Be blessed 

Today's recipe combines some of my family's favorite ingredients - pesto sauce, chicken and gnocchi! I have tried a few different versions of this soup, but this one remains my favorite. It's easy, delicious and full of flavor! 

I like to double the recipe so we can have leftovers for lunch during the week. I personally would suggest, if you will have more soup than you will eat at one meal, to add the gnocchi to the bowls individually and ladle the soup over the top. Store the remaining soup and gnocchi separately. I think the gnocchi gets kinda funky if you let it play in the soup for too long. If the texture doesn't bother you, by all means, let 'em mingle together in the fridge! By the way, I'm the same way with pasta in my soup - I usually add it to the bowls individually if I know there will be leftovers. It's just my personal preference, but feel free to do what you like and what is best for your family and their needs.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

BBQ Chicken Bacon Pasta Bake with Dimples BBQ Sauce

One of my favorite things about being a blogger is getting free samples! I love trying new products and free is my favorite price! ;) A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Dimples BBQ Sauce. They are located right here in North Carolina. They asked me if they could send a free sample of their BBQ Sauce - Of course you can send me a free sample! 

It is a wonderful, sweet and tangy sauce. We tried it on our grilled chicken one night and it was wonderful. I imagine it would be great on any of your grilled meats - even your grilled veggies! I knew I wanted to do a little something more than just grill with it. I pondered the idea for awhile and then the idea came to me. I wanted to make a pasta dish with the BBQ sauce ... And this BBQ Chicken Bacon Pasta Bake was born. (I also made another dish using their sauce - and that recipe will be coming to the blog too! I'll even give ya a hint - it has something to do with cornbread!)
We served it up with a spinach salad and rolls. The BBQ sauce was just enough without being overpowering. My family loved this tasty casserole and I hope yours does as well! 
(For the record, I hate this daylight savings time/not daylight savings time stuff .... by the time dinner rolls around now, it is completely pitch-black dark outside. I am trying to find a way to rectify the lack of natural lighting, so please bare with me while I figure out how to make my pictures turn out not so dark.)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

All my Bloggy Friends #22

Do y'all ever get frustrated with technology?! You may have noticed, you haven't been seeing too much of me lately. I have been having some computer issues for the past few days. My pages wouldn't load and when they would load, I would have to try to restart my computer after about 15 minutes because everything would freeze .... I couldn't even get my computer to shut down or restart properly. I was at the brink of insanity. 

I think I have it fixed. (We will see how things go). I'll tell ya, computers and technology can be great .... and they can be a real pains in the hiney too! I literally spent days banging my head and threatening to run over my computer with my car - then last night, I had a light bulb moment and the possible solution almost seemed too simple ..... and so far, the solution has worked! I would just like to take a moment to tell Google Chrome "thank you" for the high stress levels the past few days. {note the sarcasm}

Now, let's carry on with the party! :)

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Pumpkin Pancakes

I enjoy making breakfast for my family on Sunday mornings. Pancakes make a regular appearance at our house because there are so many variations and ways to dress them up. Pumpkin Pancakes are great for Fall. They're easy to whip up for Thanksgiving breakfast too! If you'd like, you could also sprinkle the top of the pancakes with chopped nuts before serving. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Weekend Round-Up {11-17-12}

If you haven't taken my Facebook poll about What your favorite Thanksgiving dish is, you can find it HERE. It only takes a few seconds of your time and I would appreciate it. :)

I'm doing my Thanksgiving shopping today. (Pray for me) I hope the store has everything I need! I don't have a back-up plan if they don't. Unfortunately, my local Wally World is notorious for not having what I need. It happens every single week - they won't have something (or many things) on my list - which means I have to make a trip to another store - really, I should just shop at the other store for as many times as this has happened. Not to help matters, I have been such a procrastinator this year.  I just cannot get in the swing of things. I'm not sure what my problem is ..... Anyone else having a hard time getting into the holiday mood this year?

Anyways, let's get to the Weekend Round-Up ....

Friday, November 16, 2012

Black Bean Nachos

Before we get into the recipe, if you have a few seconds to spare - take my What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish poll on Facebook! I promise it's painless and easy! ;)

Sometimes, meals like this make me feel like I'm cheating. There's really nothing to it. I decided I wanted to try a meatless version of nachos for one of our Meatless Monday dinners - and this is what we came up with! It makes a nice, light meal!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Chicken Broccoli and Wild Rice Soup

If you haven't figured out by now, I love soup. I'm sure my regular readers are thinking, "another soup recipe?" I'm sorry, I can't help it. Even though we eat it year-round, this time of year just screams soup to me. Thankfully, my family doesn't mind and they enjoy it also. 

This is another easy recipe - because y'all know I love easy too! It's a nice change from the regular chicken and rice soup. 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Weekend Round-Up {11-10-12}

I decided to make a few minor changes to my posting. Nothing too big. Starting today, I will be doing Weekend Round-Up on Saturday's. It'll be a recap of the week on Love Bakes Good Cakes. For those of you have a busy week and can't necessarily read every post, you can skim over the entire week in one post and click any links you may be interested in.

In case you missed any posts this week, you will be able to find them all here.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Pesto, Tomato and Feta Straws

We are not big snackers at our house. However, every now and then, it is nice to have something quick and easy to munch on. I saw a recipe for Cheese & Mustard Straws over at With a Blast. I pinned it immediately, knowing I wanted to try it soon. (I love Linda and her blog .... I think I need to drop by her house for dinner one night!) 

I had some leftover pesto, sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese that I wanted to use up and thought her concept would be perfect! My family loved them. My only complaint was I should have made more! Yum! Thanks for the great idea, Linda! :)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Buns

From time to time, a really good idea hits me. Sometimes, I act on it immediately - but more often than not, I make little notes to myself (I have tons of notes to myself) to remember to try whatever the idea is. Truth be told, most of my ideas sit, untried ... and my list of new things to try is way too long. I have my own ideas and recipes from other sources that have been added to the list and stored away .... Does anyone else have this problem?

When we had the BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Flat Bread Melts, my family liked them so much, I knew right away that I wanted another variation of that filling. I liked the idea of making it into a Sloppy Joe .... But I wanted something a little different. I decided to make it into a meat-filled bun. Another home-run! The family loved these!! My husband even took leftovers to work and had a guy from work ask for the recipe! (Talk about makin' me smile when my husband told me!!)

Don't be intimidated by making the dough. It's super easy! You don't even need to bring out your big mixer for this - a hand held mixer with a dough attachment or a wooden spoon will do it.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Taste of Home $5 Sale

Random stuff about me

I figured I would share some random stuff about me today. I was going to post for the Crazy Cooking Challenge, but just could not get motivated. Honestly, I'm not really a fan of stuffing/dressing .... and that was this month's theme. If you're interested in checking out some stuffing recipes, stop by Mom's Crazy Cooking and check them out. :)

I always find it fascinating to see the things that make people who they are. I like seeing if you are you like me .... are you weirder or more normal than me ... are you the life of the party or are you the wallflower?? Do you do the things I do? 

I am a people watcher, it's almost a hobby. I think you can learn a lot about a person just by observing .... and if you post something on your blog about you and your habits, you can almost bet, I will read it if it shows up in my Google Reader. Be forewarned ;) 

Me in my senior year of high school.
In no particular order, here we go .....
1. I like even numbers .... and for things to be equal and even - always. 
2. I hate laundry ..... With seven people in our household, there is no such thing as "being caught up". Ever. I swear, that stuff multiplies in the hampers or something ... 
3. I go through weird eating phases on occasion, where nothing tastes good to me and I can't decide what I want to eat. Other times, everything sounds good to me and I want to eat everything. Am I the only one who does this?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

OCC: Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child
Let me start by saying, this is not a sponsored post. This is something I believe very strongly about. I believe this is a project that can change the life of a child ... and in turn maybe, help change a small part of our world. I believe so strongly in this project, that I wanted to share it with all of you. 
I know many of you have heard of Operation Christmas Child. Some of you may not have. Operation Christmas Child is a project sponsored by Samaritan's Purse. Samaritan's Purse, founded in 1970, is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. You can learn more about Samaritan's Purse and their mission HERE.

Slow Cooker Sauerbraten Beef in Gingersnap Gravy

If you ever find yourself traveling on I-80 through Eastern Iowa, I would highly recommend two stops. One is at the World's Largest Truck Stop in Walcott, Iowa. They have an awesome museum, shop and of course, food! The second stop needs to be in the Amana Colonies. It is actually seven different villages that transports you to a different time and place. They have so much to see and do ... and the Chocolate Haus is to die for! They also have a Meat Shop and Smokehouse. There are tons of little shops with antiques, quilts, candles, wood crafts, wineries, etc .... and one of my favorite stops was always the Ox Yoke Inn.

The meals at the Ox Yoke Inn are served family-style. My favorite thing to order is the Sauerbraten with Spaetzle noodles. I live too far away to stop by for dinner, (obviously). I like to replicate the flavor at home with this easier version of Sauerbraten. It cooks in the slow cooker and makes a great Sunday meal when you want something a little different. 

I found this recipe a few years ago in one of my mom's cookbooks .... and copied the recipe down. Unfortunately, I cannot recall the name of the book and I didn't write it down. If anyone knows, I'd love to credit the source.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Tuna Noodle Casserole

If there were a poster child for comfort food, I'm pretty sure Tuna Noodle Casserole would be in the running to be included in that list. Whose mama and grandma didn't make this stuff? It's great because it uses mostly pantry staples. It's economical, easy to make, and tastes great! I grew up eating the stuff with the cream of mushroom soup in it. You can definitely omit the canned soup and make your own. You can find a recipe for your own cream of whatever soup HERE.

I like to serve it with a side salad, fruit and usually some type of bread.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Supreme Pizza

It's been awhile since I've posted a pizza recipe ... so I figured it was high time to do so! We have pizza every Friday night, so the lack of posting hasn't been for a deficit of new recipes! I don't know why I haven't been posting them?

I wanted to share a Supreme Pizza today .... it's easy and probably one of the most popular pizzas around ... right?! What pizza joint doesn't have it? If your family doesn't like one of the veggies, feel free to substitute something else or just leave it off. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

It's Fall Y'all ~ Linky Party #8

Today is the last "It's Fall Y'all ~ Linky Party". Thank you to everyone who has linked up or stopped by to browse. I appreciate each and every one of you and the time you took to come over! If you would like to check out everything that has been shared at the party thus far, you can find all the links on my Pinterest board.

The 5 most viewed links last week were: