January 2013 | Love Bakes Good Cakes

Thursday, January 31, 2013

More Valentine's Printables (8x10)


Here are some more printables I made for Valentine's Day .... as always, remember these are for your own personal use - You may not claim the image as your own, re-sell, or redistribute it.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

I recently shared this over at Mom's Test Kitchen. I'm reposting it here for anyone who missed it. 

Today's recipe combines chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake - and satisfies two cravings at once! Using prepared cookie dough makes this a breeze to throw together, but feel free to substitute your favorite homemade dough in it's place!




Monday, January 28, 2013

Liebster Award

Have I ever told y'all that having bloggy friends is wonderful?! Ana from Carpe Diem passed this Liebster Blog Award onto me. I love these awards :) I appreciate this Ana! Thank you so much!


-      Answer the 11 questions posed by the person who nominated you
-       Give 11 facts about yourself
-       Nominate 11 other bloggers for the award
-       Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer
-       Tell them you have tagged them and pay it forward

Ana asked that we answer the same questions she answered ... so here it goes!
  

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Let's Get Social #5



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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Weekend Round-Up {1-26-13}

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This week on Facebook, I reached 2,500 fans and had a "Some Like It Hot" party to celebrate. I asked my bloggy friends to share some of their favorite summer dish or anything hot or spicy! I made a Pinterest board specifically for the party and if you're interested, you can find it HERE. Throughout the week, we also played that old childhood game of "Would You Rather", we told some of the things we've always wanted to try, but never have, noted what food comes to mind when you think of "stinky food", shared some of our favorite food combos and truthfully answered when was the last time we cleaned our refrigerators! My bloggy friends also shared how you know you're a food blogger! How many of these comments can you relate to? You can join us on Facebook every Monday-Friday at 3:30 PM EST for our Random Question of the Day. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Homemade Mexi-Melts

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This post shouldn't come as a surprise to any of y'all who have been following along. Many of you know that I have had Mexican food on the brain ... and it continues today with these Homemade Mexi-Melts. They're easy enough for weeknights ... and super flavorful!



Thursday, January 24, 2013

Valentine's Printables (8x10)


Can you believe it's almost Valentine's Day already?! I don't know if it's just me, but the older I get, the faster time seems to go! Does it seem that way for you too? Please, tell me it's not just me!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Guest Post - Butterfinger Pudding Cookies

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Hi y'all! Today, you can find me over at LeMoine Family Kitchen. (Actually, I am a dunce and forgot to hit publish when I scheduled this, so it actually posted earlier today on Angela's blog.) I'm sharing a fabulous recipe for Butterfinger Pudding Cookies - my new favorite cookie!! Stop on by and take a look :)


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All my Bloggy Friends #30

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Let's Get Social #4


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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Weekend Round-Up {1-19-13}

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Hello, y'all! I'm going to keep this short and sweet today .... I still need to write out my grocery list for the store. Apparently, procrastinating doesn't make me want to go to the store any more than normal. Actually, I'd rather be hung over the Grand Canyon by my toe nails than face the grocery store. Blah ... do any of y'all wanna go for me?!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Pizza Tot Casserole

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Most of us remember eating "Tater Tot Casserole" growing up. It seems that everybody's mom had their own version. It usually consisted of some sort of cream of whatever soup, ground beef, a veggie - usually corn or green beans and tater tots. While that version is great, I personally think this Pizza Tot Casserole is better! My family just loves it .... and yours will too! It's super easy to make and is a nice variation of the classic! Enjoy!



Thursday, January 17, 2013

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Y'all, I wasn't kidding about having Mexican food on the brain. If this keeps up, I may need some foodie intervention! Ever have one of those days where nothing sounds good ... nothing tastes good? Well, I'm having quite the opposite problem! Everything tastes good .... and everything spicy, fragrant and Mexican sounds good to me! My husband has made many comments coming in the back door from work, that it smells like a Mexican restaurant at our house! I take that as a compliment! :)

Today, I am sharing an easy homemade taco seasoning. You probably have all the ingredients in your cabinet right now! Seriously, this stuff is good and just as easy as those packages that you buy at the store. I also like the fact that you can regulate what goes into it ..... in other words - no msg or weird chemicals. If you'd like, it's easy to mix up a batch or two ahead of time too. 


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Guest Post - Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

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I'm excited to be over at Jaime's place! Today, I have a Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars recipe for you. It's easy and satisfies two cravings at once! Stop on by Mom's Test Kitchen for the recipe. See ya there :)



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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Let's Get Social #3

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Weekend Round-Up {1-12-13}


What a week! I am actually kind of glad it's over. I am hoping to find some down time this weekend to relax and just breathe. Do you ever have weeks like that? There is always a million things to do ... and I swear, never enough time to do it all. Maybe the ability to just chill during the holiday's hasn't been shaken yet and we just have to get back into the swing of things?! I don't know .... Here's to a better week :)

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Pico de Gallo

I love Mexican and Tex-Mex food .... it's definitely one of my favorite things! I enjoy Pico de Gallo (aka Salsa Fresca) with numerous dishes. It's great on tacos, burritos, fajitas, tostadas, scrambled eggs ... or just eat it with tortilla chips! Pico de Gallo is a fresh, uncooked salsa. There isn't the amount of liquid in a normal salsa. This version is not spicy, although you could add additional jalapenos or use serrano peppers for more heat. 

Pico de Gallo #Mexican #CincoDeMayo #tomatoes #jalapenos

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Guest Post - Peanut Butter Balls

Today, you can find me over at Pamela's Heavenly Treats. I'm sharing my Peanut Butter Balls. Super easy and tasty! I'll see you over there!


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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bean Tostadas

I've been in one of "those" moods lately ..... ya know the kind where you eat Mexican food for every meal for days on end?! We have eaten a lot of it recently. No one at my house is complaining either. We love it! :) 

This dish is nice for those times when you want a quick, easy, tasty and budget-friendly dish. Seriously, what more could you ask for?! Start to finish is probably 15 minutes - 20 minutes max! And - you can customize each tostada for every family member! Someone doesn't like tomatoes? Leave them off. Ya like extra cheese? Add a handful! I'm telling ya, it's a win-win-win situation! If you want to make it even easier on yourself, buy the already made tostada shells! (My local store sells them on the ethnic foods aisle and in the bread department next to the tortillas). 



Sunday, January 6, 2013

Let's Get Social #2


I just want to take a second to thank y'all for linking up last week! We had over 100 bloggers link-up to our very first Let's Get Social Sunday! Evelyn and I are super stoked! (We may or may not have done a happy dance ;)) I hope everyone who joined us last week made some new friends, gained new followers and found some awesome new blogs to follow. We received a lot of positive feedback and we are hoping to continue with this week's party .... so let's get social!

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 and it increases traffic to all your sites.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Weekend Round-Up {1-5-13}


We're almost a week into the new year .... How are ya'll doing on your resolutions? I didn't make a whole lot of resolutions, I kinda make them up as I go. They're more like goals, I guess. I have started decluttering and it is motivating me to want to do more! The first week of 2013 has been, well, busy! We *finally* closed on our house! It has been very trying at times, but we are glad to have it behind us! 

In case you missed any posts this week, you can find them all here!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

I have come to the conclusion that I don't use my slow cooker enough. One of my resolutions this year, is to use it more. I believe that using a slow cooker makes life easier ... but for some reason, I don't utilize this tool enough!



Thursday, January 3, 2013

Steak Fingers

My family isn't really a beef eating family. Truthfully, we prefer chicken most of the time. Occasionally, we do enjoy some sort of beef dish - and this is one of our favorites.

I'm not sure why, but it reminds me of diner food. Maybe as a child I had this at a diner?! I really don't know and I don't know why I associate the two. My family enjoys these Steak Fingers with Mashed Potatoes with a pat of butter and some sort of (usually green) veggie. Again, I'm not sure why that combo - maybe it's just a habit like the Salmon Patties with Fried Potatoes and Creamed Corn thing? No matter, these are good! Serve them with whatever you like! :)



Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Canadian Meat Pie

This is definitely a winter meal. The flavor suites the season well. I personally think it would be out of place to eat this in the middle of the summer - but feel free to do it if you're so inclined. As you can tell, I'm not a pie crust maker .... even though my pie crust edges look less than perfect, the flavor and flakiness is great! One of these days, I'll figure out how to make the edges look "good". 



Tuesday, January 1, 2013

All my Bloggy Friends #27 and A Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, y'all! I hope it finds you safe. If you made resolutions, I wish you all the best in achieving your goals! I'm not much of a January 1st resolution maker ... mine are more of an ongoing thing. Any who, y'all aren't here to chit-chat about resolutions, so let's get the show on the road ....


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