Friday, August 31, 2012

Herbed Dinner Rolls

Bread, in one form or another, is an accompaniment to most of our meals. I originally found this recipe in a 2004 Taste of Home cookbook and have made it numerous times. It's light, airy and seasoned just right. Using a bread machine to mix the dough, makes this an extremely easy recipe! These rolls would also be perfect for the upcoming holidays. 



Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches with Gravy

This is one of those recipes that reminds me of my Grandma. It is total comfort food. There aren't a lot of ingredients and not much work - but it is quite tasty and filling! We have also made this recipe with turkey and chicken, substituting chicken broth for the beef broth. It's a great way to use leftover turkey after the holidays, too! We always enjoy this with mashed potatoes and some sort of veggie ... and gravy - homemade gravy ... lots of it! Homemade gravy really is the best ... don't be intimidated by making your own! It's really pretty easy. I hope your family enjoys this as much as mine!



Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I really am a blessed gal

I really am a blessed gal.  I have some really awesome bloggy friends. To be honest, when I started blogging, I never expected it be what it is. I'm not even sure what I did expect. Seriously, food bloggers ARE. THE. BEST! The community is definitely my favorite thing about blogging. My dear bloggy friends, Evelyn from My Turn (For Us) and Terry from RV Life and Food nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Both ladies have wonderful blogs ... If you haven't checked them out, please stop by and see all the great stuff they have posted! I am always so thrilled when my friends think of me when passing on these awards! There are so many great (and more experienced) bloggers out there. Thank you, Evelyn and Terry! Love you both :)


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

All my Bloggy Friends #10


You may notice things look a little different around here. I decided it was time for a change. I still have a few loose ends to tie up, but I'm pretty much done with any changes you will notice ... I'm still debating on whether or not I want to change my buttons or just leave 'em. 

I want to thank everyone who linked up and shared last week. There are always so many great links!

The 3 most viewed links last week were:

Monday, August 27, 2012

Back-to-School Giveaway Winner


Congratulations to commenter #5 ...


Terri said "I love to save money, so I would buy cereal and use the crayola coupon to save on back to school supplies."

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Muffin

I know I've said this before, but I am not a breakfast person. When I do eat breakfast, I want something small and quick - healthy is good, too! :) These muffins are great! My favorite part is the oozy peanut butter! I have to restrain myself from adding some sort of chocolate ... because chocolate just seems to make sense on this little muffin. Sometimes I add a dab of strawberry jelly ... or a slice of bacon! A sprinkle of cinnamon is good option, too! My kiddos love these muffins for breakfast or for a quick snack.


Crockpot Beef and Broccoli

I really enjoy crockpot meals ...  Generally speaking, they are easy and keep the house cool! I originally found this recipe on Pinterest (big surprise there) ... and the recipe was a big hit at our house! I changed a few things to suit my family's taste. We served this with egg rolls and fruit on the side. This definitely goes in our file to eat again!



Saturday, August 25, 2012

Creamy Pea Salad

This recipe is a nice change from the typical potato or pasta salads. It requires very little cooking - and a little bit of chopping and mixing - it could easily be a no cook recipe if you buy precooked bacon! It doesn't get much easier than that. I prefer Miracle Whip ... my husband likes mayonnaise - so I usually use half of each when I make this salad. 



Friday, August 24, 2012

Very Berry Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

It seems summer is winding down for many folks. In most places, the kids are back in school already. (We are starting school on Monday - we seem to be the last of the bunch!) Some of us are trying to hold onto every little bit of summer we can ... others are flooding Pinterest with Fall recipes and decorating ideas fully embracing it. ;) I'm somewhere in the middle. Although I almost look forward to Fall, I'm not quite ready to let go of Summer. This recipe has all the flavor of summer's best and ripest berries packed into a pretty smoothie. It would be a great breakfast on the go ... or a quick snack. It would be a welcome reminder of summer sunshine and warmer days ... even in the middle of winter.

Today I'm also co-hosting Sweet Saturday over at Healthy Mommy, Healthy Baby! ... So be sure to check out the linky at the bottom of this post. :) Jessica has an awesome blog with tons of great, healthy recipes for you and your whole family!



Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Change is Gonna Come


I just wanted to let everyone know that things may look out of sorts around Love Bakes Good Cakes in the coming days. I have decided I want to change the look of my blog and it may take a few days to get it just how I want it. I hope y'all will hang in there with me! Don't be shocked if you drop by and it looks wacky - it's still me, just a new look! :)

Fish Nuggets

I am a big believer in using leftovers. I also believe in making a new meal out of an old meal if I can. It makes it feel like it's not just "eating leftovers" ... Again. I saw this recipe in a Quick Cooking cookbook by Taste of Home years ago. After the first time I made this, it immediately went into my "Keeper" binder. You can vary the kinds of fish and seasonings to suit your family's tastes. Use salmon or tuna with Asian inspired seasonings and Asian-flavored dipping sauce .... Tilapia with Mediterranean seasonings and a Mediterranean-flavored dipping sauce .... Catfish with Creole seasoning and a spicy Cajun-flavored dipping sauce .... LOTS of possibilities with this one! This recipe is a great way to extend that little bit of leftover fish into enough to feed a family!



Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Southern Fried Chicken

I love fried chicken ... probably too much. I don't eat it often because it's not really the healthiest choice out there. Sometimes though, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do - and that's eat some fried chicken! 

I know a lot of people are intimidated by the thought of frying chicken. It doesn't have to be scary. My family prefers boneless, skinless chicken breasts - but use whatever your family prefers. It took my chicken about 11-12 minutes per side to be golden brown and cooked through. Don't try to cook your chicken too fast ... You'll burn the outside and the inside will still be raw. It will take a good 10-20 minutes per side depending the kind of chicken pieces you're using and how big they are. If in doubt, check the temperature of the chicken - it should be at least 165° F before eating.




Tuesday, August 21, 2012

All my Bloggy Friends #9


If you haven't already, stop by an enter my Back-to-School Giveaway ~ You can win a $20 Target gift card, a box of Crayola Dry-Erase Crayons, a box of Cheerios and some really great coupons!



Let me start by thanking everyone who linked up last week! I appreciate every one of you, your time and just the fact that y'all are the best bloggy friends - EVER! I love seeing what you've worked on and I love the ideas I get from you! 

The 3 most viewed links last week were:

Monday, August 20, 2012

Back-to-School Giveaway


**This giveaway is now closed**

Recently, I had the opportunity to check out some great back-to-school products from TargetCrayola and General Mills. One lucky reader has the opportunity to win the exact same package I received .... 

I don't know about you, but one of my favorite memories of back-to-school was always the new supplies! I loved opening a new package of crayons or colored pencils! I tried to keep them "perfect and new-looking" as long as I could. I am pretty sure my kids enjoy all the new supplies as well. With back-to-school, comes the need for a good breakfast also. General Mills has you covered!  I absolutely love Honey Nut Cheerios. I eat it as a snack, as well as breakfast. Here's a look at how we spent our $20 gift card from Target ...


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Beefy Jalapeno Corn Bake

Casseroles ..... the very word makes some people cringe, while others smile in delight. What side of the great casserole debate are you on? Personally, I love them. I think they're comforting and they're usually fairly economical. That's a pretty good start to a wonderful recipe in my book!

This Beefy Jalapeno Corn Bake has been in our family's handy dandy "Keeper" binder forever. It's easy to make and there is plenty to feed our family of 7! I have to admit, I have even enjoyed the leftovers for breakfast! (shhhh!) 

Despite having jalapenos, this recipe doesn't have a lot of "heat" to it as long as you remove the seeds and membranes from the jalapenos. Even the kiddos like it. We usually serve this with a side salad and some sort of fruit.

Beefy Jalapeno Corn Bake 3

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Deli-Style Chicken Salad

This is one of those recipes you truly can customize to make your own. If you want more veggies and less fruit (or vice-versa) ~ you can add and subtract ingredients to get the flavor and texture you want! Use what you have on hand. Want a tropical flavor? Add drained pineapple, chopped mango, shredded coconut and Macadamia nuts in place of the other ingredients! Use your imagination for endless possibilities!



Friday, August 17, 2012

Cuban Black Beans and Rice

In the Cuban culture, this is often called Moros y Cristianos or "Moors and Christians". The black beans represent the darker-skinned Moors, while the rice represents the lighter-skinned Christians. This dish alludes to the wars between the two cultures. I found this recipe years ago on the back of a Bush's Black Beans can. I love that it uses pantry ingredients with a few items from fresh produce. It's a quick, tasty, economical meal. 



Thursday, August 16, 2012

Debra's Greek Baked Beans

Dear butter beans, lima beans and your kin -

I take back every mean thing I ever said about you. I called you vulgar, disgusting, vile, repugnant, an abomination to beans .... I said you tasted like grass. I have hated you my whole life. I have sat in protest at your appearance on my dinner plate as a child ... I have been threatened with "having you for breakfast" if I didn't eat those said beans on my dinner plate. I have literally gagged myself trying to swallow you without chewing, so I wouldn't have to taste you. I just hadn't used you in the right way. I didn't know any better ... I didn't know I needed to let you mingle with garlic, carrots, onion and tomatoes. You went from being the worst thing imaginable to a sweet, sweet delight .... I now understand why Debra said she loves you! I thought she was crazy! Seriously, I had to try you for myself and the rest is now history. I will never call you names again .... I will not scoff at you in the grocery store .... I will not pick you out of my mixed vegetables. I might even tell people I "like" you. Please forgive my lack of a good recipe and everything I've ever held against you. Debra has changed my mind! 

Sincerely,
Jamie

Look at this picture ....


It looks like the farthest thing from being vile and disgusting, doesn't it?! The smell ... oh, my! .... The smell while this was baking - amazing! I could not wait to try them! It's hard to imagine something so simple, smelling so wonderful. I got this recipe from a loyal Love Bakes Good Cake's reader named Debra. I wasn't really sure what to expect ... I didn't know what it would look like, what it would taste like ... I followed Debra's notes - it is her idea and her recipe! I hope this is close and does her bean recipe justice! :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Chocolate Upside Down Cake

I got this recipe a few years ago from a former co-worker. I had almost forgotten about it until I was unpacking (Yes, I still have a few things to unpack from our move in March/April) and ran across it. I decided to go ahead and make it since I had all the ingredients on hand. It's a different take on the traditional German Chocolate Cake. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Summer Breeze Pizza

Spinach ... Strawberries ... Bacon ... Feta ... Balsamic Vinegar and honey. Did you catch that - strawberries on a pizza - and it's not a dessert pizza?! I will admit, I was a little skeptical at first ..... but it was so good! I mean - so good! My kiddos *loved* it! Oh, and the bacon .... you know bacon or chocolate makes everything better .... chocolate would have been weird on this pizza - but the bacon made it divine! ;) I saw this over at Bakeaholic Mama - I changed the name - 1. to make it shorter and 2. this pizza just tastes like summertime! Call it what you want - Summer Breeze Pizza ... Spinach Strawberry Bacon Feta Balsamic Honey Pizza .... or just plain good!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Roast Beef Quiche

I'm a big believer in using leftovers. Sunday has come and gone and you don't know what to do with your leftover roast beef ... You need a fresh idea. This quiche will solve your problem! You could even add some of the leftover carrots and potatoes, if you wanted to! I don't know about you, but I love meals that disguise themselves as "new" meals. My kiddos think they're eating "pie" for supper - so it just makes it that much better! ;)


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

I am a horrible Southerner. What good Southerner doesn't make her own biscuits?! (This girl) ... I make many things from scratch in my kitchen, but there are some "convenience foods" I just love. I {big fuzzy heart} Bisquick .... A lot. Bisquick is my convenience food BFF - Don't judge my "Southerness" (if that's even a word?!) on my biscuits! ;) Feel free to make your biscuits from scratch or using Bisquick  :) ... make them from a tube or pick them up at your favorite chicken joint. It's all good in my book! One of these days I'm going to make from scratch biscuits ... Yep, one of these days!


Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Southern Cornbread

Everyone has their quirks. When it comes to brownies or cornbread, I'm an edge-type of person (corners preferably) - my husband like the middles. I'm not suggesting that's the secret to a happy marriage, but it sure helps. :) No matter if you prefer middles or edges, this cornbread is so simple to whip up. Slather on some butter .... mmmm hmmmm and take a big ol' bite!



Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Chocolate Bliss Cheesecake - Crazy Cooking Challenge

I thought it would be easier for me to find a recipe for this month's Crazy Cooking Challenge. I was so wrong. I'm a little disappointed. I wanted something different, but couldn't find the right "one". I even asked for input from my Facebook readers and got a few good ideas - but not what I was looking for. I ended up settling for a tried and true recipe from the box of Baker's chocolate. This is a very decadent and rich cheesecake - it's so good and practically fail-proof. I've made it so many times, I'd call it my "fall-back" cheesecake. 



Kit-Kat Cake and All my Bloggy Friends #7

I saw variations of this cake on Pinterest and suggested it to my son, Elijah, for his birthday cake. He decided we should make a Peanut Butter Cake with Chocolate-Peanut Butter Frosting, Peanut Butter Frosting Filling, surrounded by Kit-Kat's, topped with Reese's Pieces and tie it with a pretty (pretty was my word, not his) orange ribbon! Yes, it is sugar overload! And ... My 16 year old son decided HE wanted to make this cake by himself for his birthday. As in - he made the cake - almost all by himself! I told him what to do, but he pretty much did all the work. I'm very proud of him and think he did such a great job!

We did have one little incident ..... that required vacuuming out the oven. Not pretty. Not pretty at all. Why would anyone vacuum their oven you ask?! Well, when the cakes were finished baking, Elijah took the first one out just fine .... the second one had a much worse fate. Like, all over the oven and between the door. Apparently, it jumped slipped out of his hand. *Ugh* I scooped as much of it up as I could with a spatula ... but those silly little crumbs can throw a party in your oven get in every nook and cranny! I figured it would just be easier to vacuum them out. We got it all taken care of ... And had to remake the cakes. My husband was even nice enough to go to the store and get us another box of cake mix! (I ♥ him! He's such a keeper!) Since this cake uses two layers ... and we had an extra layer - we froze the third layer for another day when we want a quick dessert, so all was not lost. ;)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Mediterranean Pizza

I have to apologize for the not so great picture ... the weather was uncooperative and I couldn't find a "good" place to take a picture. Don't let that stop you from trying this tasty pizza! It has a palatable combo of pesto, ham, artichoke hearts, tomatoes and Feta cheese. You can add black olives too, if you desire!



Saturday, August 4, 2012

Italian Pasta Salad

I don't know about you, but when the weather gets warm, we like cooler foods - and stuff that doesn't make the house hot! Tuesday's are "sandwich" days at our house - and some sort of salad is usually an accompaniment to the meal. This takes very little time to prepare and you can use whatever vegetables you have on hand or adjust this to your family's tastes.



Friday, August 3, 2012

Thai Pork Burritos

Looking for something a little different for dinner tonight? This is a great, quick meal - and it's easy on the budget! We enjoy this with Pistachio Salad and/or fruit. 



Thursday, August 2, 2012

Italian Sausage Spinach Alfredo Lasagna

I love the Alfredo/spinach combo! This is a nice change from the traditional red-sauced lasagna. Use sweet, mild or spicy Italian sausage according to your family's tastes - they all work and are equally delicious!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Teriyaki Chicken with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

This is a quick and easy meal for weeknights. The sauce can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. I like to use my George Foreman grill for this - but feel free to bake, grill or even stir-fry your chicken!