December 2012 | Love Bakes Good Cakes
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Monday, December 31, 2012

Countdown to 2013 - 2012 Reader Favorites


I'm joining other bloggers in writing posts that recap 2012. Today, I am sharing 5 reader favorite recipes from my blog this year. These are the posts that have the most views by readers like you! :)

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Let's Get Social Sunday #1

Welcome to our first ever 



This party is for bloggers who wish to make new friends and gain new followers. It is also an opportunity to link up all your social media sites to gain more followers for blogging opportunities (y'all know that potential companies and affiliates always want your statistics) and it increases traffic to all your sites.

Countdown to 2013 - 2012 Favorite Dessert Recipes

I'm joining other bloggers in writing posts that recap 2012. Today, I am sharing my 3 favorite dessert recipes from my blog this year.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Weekend Round-Up {12-29-12}


What a busy week! I almost forgot to post Weekend Round-Up! Holiday's always seem to have a way of making things seem more hectic, don't they? Here's what happened around here this week -

Countdown to 2013 - 2012 Favorite Snack and Appetizer Recipes

I'm joining other bloggers in writing posts that recap 2012. Today, I am sharing my 3 favorite snack and appetizer recipes from my blog this year.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Countdown to 2013 - 2012 Favorite Main Dish Recipes

I'm joining other bloggers in writing posts that recap 2012. Today, I am sharing my 3 favorite main dish recipes from my blog this year.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Menu Plan Printables - 4 color choices

I wanted an easy way to plan my menu and grocery list, so I decided to make a printable. I left the days blank in case anyone ran their weekly menu on different days than me. I also left the grocery section open - I like to sort my shopping list based on how I shop in the store, but figured someone else may not shop "my" way. I hope this will be useful to you!

Countdown to 2013 - 2012 Favorite Soup and Bread Recipes

I'm joining other bloggers in writing posts that recap 2012. Today, I am sharing my 3 favorite soup and bread recipes from my blog this year.

Chili - Like Wendy's is perfect for cooler nights! Thick, hearty and full of ground beef, beans and tomatoes! It really hits the spot! #chili #soups

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Countdown to 2013 - 2012 Favorite Breakfast Recipes

I'm joining other bloggers in writing posts that recap 2012. Today, I am sharing my 3 favorite breakfast recipes from my blog this year. 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

There will be no linky party today, y'all. Please, enjoy the time with your families! Be sure to come back and join me in the New Year for All my Bloggy Friends - the next one starts at 7 am EST on January 1st, 2013! {hugs}

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Lemon Sauce

Use this sauce with your favorite desserts!


Caramel Sauce

Homemade caramel sauce is heaven on earth! Whenever I make this, I swear I hear angels singing. This makes quite a bit, but it keeps well in the refrigerator. Use it to top ice cream, cake, gingerbread or in all your recipes that use caramel. You could also just grab a spoon .... no one will judge. ;)


Gingerbread

There is something so Christmas-y about gingerbread. The smell of it baking says the holiday's are near. I really don't have too many memories of eating it while growing up. I'm not sure if my family didn't like it or if they just chose other desserts? Either way, as an adult, I love it and enjoy sharing this with my family and friends. This recipe pairs well with Caramel Sauce or Lemon Sauce. It's also fantastic by itself! Enjoy!

Gingerbread

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Weekend Round-Up {12-22-12}


If you're reading this, then we survived the end of the world ... again! ;) In my 30-something years of life, the world was supposed to end about 3 or 4 times now. I'm glad to see we lived to see another day!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Cranberry Orange Christmas Sandies


I recently shared this over at Mandatory Mooch. I'm re-sharing it here in case you missed it over at Nichi's place. 

I'm not much of a cookie baker - except at Christmas time! I don't know what it is about the season that motivates me to actually want to bake cookies?! I am an equal opportunity cookie eater .... I don't discriminate and I don't have deep seeded trust issues from thinking raisins were chocolate chips .... Soft, chewy, crispy, fluffy, frosted, unfrosted, sprinkled or not - I love 'em all. However, I hate standing over them, waiting and watching .... switching out the batches every so many minutes. I hate to admit, but I don't have the patience. Patience is not one of my virtues. This time of year, it's easier to throw all of that impatience out the window and actually enjoy baking cookies.

When you have cookies as awesome as these Cranberry Orange Christmas Sandies, it's worth waiting and watching. Kids love them ... adults love them. They are very similar to Pecan Sandies - but get kicked up with some fruit and nonpareils. Wouldn't these look great on a Christmas cookie tray?! They are light and buttery, like a sandy should be - with a hint of fruitiness. They make great gifts for neighbors, teachers, co-workers ..... or just keep them all for yourself. No one will judge! ;)



Thursday, December 20, 2012

Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I shared this a few weeks ago over at Nap-Time Creations and I wanted to share it here in case anyone missed it or didn't have a chance to go visit Emily. 

I don't know about you, but I enjoy making breakfast for my family on the weekends and holidays. I knew right away I wanted to share these Red Velvet Pancakes with y'all. They are perfect for a Christmas breakfast ... or anytime for that matter! Since it starts with a cake mix, they're super easy to whip up! Of course, with the frosting and sprinkles, you know it has to be good! ;) These pancakes are sure to make your holiday breakfast a little more special.



Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Charlie Brown Christmas Printable

Who remembers watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas" growing up?! I think I have watched it every single Christmas. It's almost not Christmas without it. I thought it would be fun to make a printable out of the part when Linus explains to Charlie Brown, the true meaning of Christmas. 

Triple Chocolate Donuts

Have I told y'all how much I love chocolate? I mean, who doesn't - right?! My family also loves donuts - chocolate ones especially! I don't make these too often, but they are a nice treat every now and then. If you want an absolutely carefree breakfast for Christmas morning (or any morning, for that matter) - make some of these the night before. They're simple, quick and delish! I do serve them with fresh fruit salad - ya know, to balance it out. ;)


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

All my Bloggy Friends #26

Just a note: Due to Christmas falling on Tuesday (party day), there will not be a party next week. Enjoy your time with loved ones - which is way more important than my little ol' party. I hope to see you in the New Year!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Weekend Round-Up {12-15-12}


**I want to just take a moment to say, my thoughts and prayers are with the people affected by the Newtown, CT school shooting yesterday. I cannot fathom what what would have driven someone to those kind of extremes. Even though I do not know anyone directly involved, my heart breaks and I tear up just writing this. It is too easy to take life for granted .... truthfully, our precious loved ones can be taken away from us at any moment. It pains my heart to know there are parents who bought and wrapped Christmas gifts for those children ..... only to be reminded in a little over a week, those children will never receive those gifts. They will never get the chance to see them grow up, get married or do anything else. Ever. Life is too short. I know it is easy to focus on the negative and debate gun rights vs. a stronger gun policy at a time like this. I only pray that God comforts those who need comfort - and I pray for our country. Thoughts and prayers - Jamie**

Friday, December 14, 2012

More Christmas Printables


I've got some more Christmas printables for y'all today. I think I need a 12 step program for my PicMonkey addiction - or something?! You can find my other Christmas Printables HERE. I hope you find something you like!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Peanut Butter Fudge

I should have titled this post "Lead me not into temptation" .... because apparently, I can find it on my own! I have a weakness, a vice almost, when it comes to peanut butter or chocolate - and {in my best Southern drawl} "Lawd, have mercy" if the two are combined. It is too hard for me to resist. I thought about drizzling melted chocolate over the top - but I refrained (barely). 

What I love about this fudge: 1. It's easy 2. It's quick 3. It's peanut butter (duh) and 4. It's soft and 5. oh, so creamy ..... 

If it tickles your fancy to drizzle melted chocolate over it, don't forget to mail some to me, then by all means, drizzle away. 

Disclaimer: I cannot be held responsible for the copious amounts of fudge you will be tempted to eat. 

Peanut Butter Fudge - Love Bakes Good Cakes

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Meaty Pasta Bake

When time is short, the last thing you want to do is spend hours in the kitchen cooking dinner. Am I right?! When life gets super busy, I like to have meals that I can prepare in advance and pop it in the oven right before dinner. As tempting as hitting the drive-thru is, it gets expensive and home-cooked meals just taste better in my opinion (and are better for you!) Plus, with the holiday's approaching - quick meals are almost a necessity. This is also great for company because it's easy to double (and will feed a bunch of people) - I just use my roasting pan when I double this. If you want an easy, no-fuss clean-up, use aluminum pans that can be thrown away!

If you want to cook this ahead, do all the steps up to putting it in the pan. Cover and refrigerate (or freeze). Allow the frozen casserole to thaw in the refrigerator before cooking. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to baking. When you're ready to eat, just bake according to recipe directions! Easy peasy! 

Sometimes, I also like to add saute'd mushrooms, onions and green pepper - just for the extra nutrition of the veggies and the color. If you prefer a more saucy pasta, feel free to add more sauce. I used half regular rigatoni noodles and half mezzi rigatoni noodles (shorter rigatoni noodles) - but use whatever you have on hand or whatever your family prefers.

We enjoyed this meal with a side salad and crusty French Bread



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

All my Bloggy Friends #25

Some of y'all may have noticed problems with my blog earlier this week - many of my pictures "disappeared". Thankfully, I have bloggy friends who alerted me that things weren't right! I had tried moving some pictures to different files on photobucket .... and apparently, you can't do that without screwing up your links. So, I had {start sarcastic font} the pleasure of not only moving them - but moving them all back {end sarcastic font}. I think I have them all fixed now, with the exception of the buttons. I had to make new ones - I apologize for the inconvenience it causes you to have to replace them. If you need them, you can find the new buttons, HERE.


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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Cranberry Orange Christmas Sandies - Guest Post


Hi y'all! You can find me sharing these Cranberry Orange Christmas Sandies over at Mandatory Mooch today! Stop on by for the recipe and be sure to say hello to Nichi while you're there! :)

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Weekend Round-Up {12-8-12}


I have a confession to make ... I haven't even started our Christmas shopping yet. We did get a tree last weekend - and we even decorated it. I just have not felt in the "Christmas-y" mood and my mind is on a million other things (like getting our house sold). I plan to knock some things off the shopping list today and pray that my procrastination hasn't made the task more difficult. I hate shopping - and the thought of being out in a mad-house, just makes me not even want to go out at all. Please, pray for me and my sanity. ;)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Soft Sugar Cookies

I'm not a cookie baker usually - I really only enjoy it around the holiday's. I don't have the patience to watch and wait and switch pans constantly. In my opinion, Christmas just isn't the same without a few dozen homemade cookies - so this is the one time of the year, that I will suck it up and make the concession. I usually employ my children to help, which they thoroughly enjoy!

I knew I wanted to try this recipe from Annie Eats for this year's sugar cookies - I hate to admit it, but I kind of like those soft, frosted cookies you buy at the store in the clear containers. I don't buy them often because to me, they are so expensive and I'd rather make them myself. This recipe is pretty spot-on ... so save your money and make them yourself! I would not change anything about the recipe - they were perfect! I just made these Wednesday (as in, the day before yesterday) and we are planning on making more over the weekend! Don't worry, we didn't eat them all - the first batch got sent to work with Brian, so we need more - right?!


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Frosting - Guest Post


Hi y'all! I am excited to be over at Emily's place today. Stop on by Nap-Time Creations for a Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe that's perfect for the holiday's. Hope to see you there! :)

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Panera Bread Review


With the weather turning colder, is there anything more comforting than a bowl of soup? Add in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season - and sometimes you just don't have time to make a from-scratch soup. Panera Bread offers a variety of soups in their bakery-cafes daily! You can enjoy classic flavors like French Onion and Broccoli Cheddar .... or check out a new favorite such as Low-Fat Vegetarian Garden Vegetable with Pesto. With fresh ingredients and the "Goes Good In" philosophy of making soup the right way - there is no doubt you're getting a great, satisfying and delicious bowl of soup every time!


When I was offered to review Panera Bread, I accepted right away. Truth be told, we had never been to Panera Bread before this - and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try it! It also gave Brian and I, a little bit of a "date night" - something we don't get to do very often with five kids! We got our food to go - which is great for those times when you want to pick something up on your way home from work or after a long day of holiday shopping!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

All my Bloggy Friends #24

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

EASY Mac and Cheese

I know I have told y'all about my love of Bisquick. I'm not ashamed to admit it either. I would almost bet, most American homes have a big yellow box in their pantry or cupboard. I personally love how versatile it is ...... Sure, you can make biscuits and pancakes .... waffles and dumplings - but you can use it in so many more things! Check out the Betty Crocker website sometime if you don't believe me! Seriously, I love the stuff!


I found this recipe a few years ago. If you're familiar with the "Impossibly Easy Pies" that Bisquick is famous for, then you'll understand the greatness of this mac and cheese. Although I don't make it too often, it is nice for lunch occasionally. It's different in that, you don't cook the noodles. You dump everything into a pie plate and let it do it's thing. This is a nice meal for when you've got 500 things going on and can't concentrate on one. It's easy to throw together. Serve it with a green veggie and maybe some fruit, and you've got a simple meatless meal (read budget-friendly)!

Personally, I like the color of the paprika and parsley on top, but feel free to omit them if you like. It doesn't really "do" anything for the dish except make it prettier, in my opinion! :)


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Weekend Round-Up {12-1-12}


What a week this has been! God is so good! Just when we were beginning to feel trapped in our current housing situation, we finally got an offer on our house (it's been on the market since April-ish) ... and we hope to close soon! For us, that means some changes are on the horizon and we couldn't be happier or more excited about them! I will just say, it has been an unbelievable week (in so many ways) and we feel extremely blessed! If you believe in prayer, please say a prayer for our family and the family buying our home - that everything works out ... and for God's guidance for our family, as we begin the next phase of our life. We appreciate it so much! :)