April 2013 | Love Bakes Good Cakes

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

All My Bloggy Friends #44



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Welcome to All My Bloggy Friends! I'm so glad you stopped by! Feel free to link up anything family-friendly ... or just browse all the great stuff my bloggy friends share! Either way, thanks for being here! :)

A quick note - If you're interested in scoring yourself (or a friend) some cute cupcake wrappers, be sure to check out my giveaway HERE!

 Just a reminder, all of the features will be pinned to my Pinterest board as well as shared on Facebook, Twitter and Google+!

Onto the features from last week! Drum roll .....

Monday, April 29, 2013

Co-Hosting with Kathe with an E

Today, I'm doing something a little different. When my friend Kathe from Kathe with an E said she had something up her sleeve for her one-year linky party, I knew I wanted to be a part of whatever she had planned! Kathe was one of my very first bloggy friends and I have been partying with her for quite awhile now - and I just love her sense of humor! She's one of those people I can imagine laughing up a storm with! If you've never checked out her blog, you definitely should! :) She is one of my bloggy friends that I hope to meet in real life some day!

Let me introduce you to her:


And now, I'm gonna let her tell y'all what's going on! :)

Take it away, Kathe!

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Let's Get Social Sunday #18

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Just a reminder - Lets Get Social Sunday will be on 9 different blogs every week!  That means maximum exposure for you :) 

Also, we have had a few requests to add BlogLovin' and Instagram to the line-up. So, if you're looking for new followers on those social media outlets, be sure to link up those as well!



Welcome to Let's Get Social Sunday!

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, April 27, 2013

Weekend Round-Up {4-27-13}



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What a week! I am wore out lol. I can honestly say, I am glad it's the weekend! Maybe I can even convince my youngin's to let me sleep in?! Yeah, you're right - probably not gonna happen! Wishful thinking on my part! :)

This week, we surpassed 4,000 Facebook friends and had an "Anything Goes" party to celebrate! We had so many tasty dishes shared! You can find it all on THIS Pinterest board or on my Facebook wall! I cannot thank y'all enough for all the love and support! I love chatting with you via email or over on Facebook - and truly - YOU are the reason I enjoy doing what I do! :)

This week, I asked ya'll how often you try new recipes ... do you call it dinner or supper ... we talked about S'mores ... the 5-second rule ... and whether you prefer gas or charcoal grills! If you'd like to join the conversation, drop me a line anytime or meet us over on Facebook around 3:30 pm Eastern time! I have a new random question every Monday through Friday and I'd love to see your smiling face there! :)

Here's a look at what happened around the blog this week:

Friday, April 26, 2013

Cuban Medianoches Tacos

I think I've told y'all that I grew up in Florida? That only matters in the fact, that depending on what part of the state you're in, there's a heavy Cuban influence. In my opinion, that means some of the best food too! 

I could have just as easily made this into the typical Medianoches - a Cuban sandwich - midnight snack - whatever you wanna call it. I could have. But, I wanted something a little different. The idea of eating it like a taco was appealing to me - so I went with it! I'm so glad I did, too! I'm convinced if Mexican food and Cuban food had a baby, it'd look something like this! ;)

Personal preference here, but I like to double up on the corn tortillas. You can use one if you'd like. If you have a gas stove, I highly recommend heating them up over the open flame - just keep an eye on it (for obvious reasons!) I love the flavor of the corn tortillas cooked this way! You can also heat them on a comal or dry skillet .... or even slightly fry them in oil. Do what you like best! There's no wrong way that I know of!

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Big Mac Salad - Sing It With Me ...

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Y'all know the jingle .... "Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions – all on a sesame seed bun" ... Everyone knows that, right? Growing up, going to the Golden Arches was a special treat - and I loved getting the Big Mac meal. We didn't go very often, but that sandwich was such a cultural icon, and I wanted to experience it for myself every chance I got. Now that I've grown up, I want a somewhat healthier version of one of America's favorite sandwiches. Aside from soup, salad is probably one of my favorite meals. Literally, the possibilities are endless.  

Anyways, one of our more recent favorites is this Big Mac Salad. All the flavor of a Big Mac, with a lot less fat and calories! My kids think it's kind of neat to eat these "famous" sandwich salads. They especially love the fact that I use the hamburger buns to make the croutons! Seriously, that scores me "mega cool mom points" every single time! 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Orange and Broccoli Shrimp with Rice

If you're looking for an easy, quick and fresh meal that really delivers in the taste department and is low in fat, give this a try! It's super simple and full of flavor! We had this with an egg roll and my Coconut Cream Poke Cake for dessert! ;)

orange and broccoli shrimp

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

All My Bloggy Friends #43



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Can y'all believe we've been partying for almost a year now? It seems like just yesterday I started this party and prayed that someone - anyone - would show up! I feel so blessed to have such wonderful bloggers stop by and share their hard work with us every week! Everyone who takes time from their day to link up or check out what has been shared, is the reason this party has become what it is today! I thank you all :)

 Just a reminder, all of the features will be pinned to my Pinterest board as well as shared on Facebook, Twitter and Google+!

Onto the features from last week! Drum roll .....

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Let's Get Social Sunday #17

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Did you notice anything different?! If you said, "there's more host names" with some pretty ladies' faces - you are absolutely correct! :) Evelyn and I have been so thrilled with the feedback from this party and we knew it was time to take it to a whole new level. We are excited to introduce our new permanent hosts - Diane, Joy, Linda, Paula and Wanda Ann.   We will still be having co-hosts - so if you're interested, please shoot us an email!  We would love to have you join us!  This also means Lets Get Social Sunday will be on 9 different blogs every week!  Maximum exposure for you :) 

Also, we have had a few requests to add BlogLovin' and Instagram to the line-up. So, if you're looking for new followers on those social media outlets, be sure to link up those as well!



Welcome to Let's Get Social Sunday!

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, April 20, 2013

Weekend Round-Up {4-20-13}

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This has been an amazing week for me. I have been able to get back into the swing of things in the online world and I got to catch up with some of my bloggy friends! Have I told y'all that I missed you?! 

My Coconut Cream Poke Cake has been very popular this week! It had hundreds of shares on Facebook which totally made my day! I hosted a Facebook party - the theme was "Come on baby light my fire" ... a grilling party! I want to thank everyone who stopped by :) You can find the recipe on this Pinterest board.

Here's what happened around Love Bakes Good Cakes this week:

Friday, April 19, 2013

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Balsamic Poppy Seed Dressing

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I don't know about y'all, but with the weather warming up, I like to have some lighter meals on our menu. Salads in one form or another, tends to be one of my "go-to" meals because they're light, they tend to be easy, and they are limitless! 

If given the choice of a lettuce vs. spinach based salad, I will pick spinach every single time. It is one of my absolute favorite things to cook with! Ok, so technically, I'm not cooking the spinach here - but humor me a bit! I love that this salad has sweet and savory .... crunchy and soft ... creamy and salty - its got it all! And the best part? The strawberries are perfect this time of year! One of my favorite things about spring is the fresh strawberries and spinach. 

My kiddos love this salad just as much as I do - and truthfully, what's not to love? If you're in more of an orange mood .... or banana mood .... or blueberry mood ..... or *insert favorite fruit here* mood - by all means, switch it up! Strawberry and kiwi is a tasty version ... try strawberry and banana ... mango and pineapple - whatever floats your boat. You just can't go wrong! If you like almonds, walnuts or pistachios ..... use them instead!

I didn't really specify any amounts for this recipe, because I believe it's more of a personal preference sort of thing. Feel free to experiment! :)

Love Bakes Good Cakes - Strawberry Spinach Salad with Balsamic Poppy Seed Dressing

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Do you have a favorite ethnic style of food? Maybe it's Italian? Mexican? German? Chinese? ... perhaps it's American? I don't think I've ever met a Mexican, Latin or Spanish type food I didn't like. I sometimes think I was born into the wrong food culture!

Before our big move, my bloggy friend Evelyn, had posted a recipe for Mexican Breakfast Casserole - and it immediately caught my attention! Of course, I commented on her post ... pinned it ... and made a note to myself to make it as soon as things settled down here in Arizona. 

I changed it up just a little bit by adding Ro-Tel and some hot sauce. We served it with some fresh strawberries ... and the only thing I would do different the next time (because there will be a next time), is to double the recipe and bake it in a 9x13 pan. I really wanted some leftovers for the next day - but we didn't have any leftovers!

I also may try chorizo in place of the bacon one of these times .... seriously, you just can't go wrong with this dish - it is sooooo good! :)

mexican breakfast casserole


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Coconut Cream Poke Cake

I have been dying to bake something in my new kitchen! Too many ideas and not enough time! I have been wanting "something" ... but have been unable to figure out what exactly. Judging from the Facebook responses, a lot of us have days like that! It's been driving me crazy trying to figure out what to make. Coconut sounded good to me ... so I made this Coconut Cream Poke Cake! Good gosh, it really hit the spot. And for the record, I enjoyed a piece of this cake with a cup of coffee that had the International Delight Almond Joy coffee creamer in it! It was so delish! It was the perfect little treat! :)

Ok ... so the cake - It's perfect for potlucks and cookouts - 'cause y'all know it is that season, right?! It's super moist ... and since it starts with a boxed cake mix, it's so easy! 

In case you're wondering where to find the cream of coconut, you can usually find it in the international section of the store ... or check the alcohol aisle. Goya, Costamar and Coco Lopez are some fairly common brands. 

coconut cream poke cake

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

All My Bloggy Friends #42



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Welcome to another installment of All My Bloggy Friends! Just a reminder, all of the features will be pinned to my Pinterest board as well as shared on Facebook, Twitter and Google+!

Onto the features from last week! Drum roll .....

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Let's Get Social Sunday #16


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Welcome to Let's Get Social Sunday!

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, April 13, 2013

Weekend Round-Up {4-13-13}

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My gosh - Have I told y'all that it's good to be back?! It feels like it's been a long time! I am loving chatting with all of y'all on Facebook and via email! I need to get back in the swing of things .... and start getting my posts done at least the night before it posts. Uhhhh - I'm working on it! :) It's Saturday, so that means it's time for Weekend Round-Up!

Before we get to it though - I have to give a huge shout out and congratulations to my brother-in-law and his soon to be wife - Gene and Caroline are getting married today! Yay! Growing up, I always wanted a sister - and now, I will have one! :)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Pictures From the Move

I feel like I can finally breathe.

The past few months have been a whirlwind of emotions. I am glad it's all behind us - and life can resume a sense of normalcy! Today, I have some pictures to share ....

my view for miles and miles

This was my view most of the way across the country (that's Brian in front of me) ........ it was a long (very, very long) and boring drive! I told Brian, maybe we should have put a movie projector to the back of his trailer so we could have something interesting to see while we followed behind him. LOL. Thankfully, we had good weather all the way. I got to visit a few states I've never been in. Believe it or not, the kids were better than I expected. Not something I would want to repeat in the near future though! :)

windmills

Windmills somewhere in Texas - west of Abilene, I think? I have never seen so many windmills in my life - they were everywhere the eye could see!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cowboy Spaghetti

Before our move, I had to try to use up what was in our pantry. I really didn't want to have to move more stuff than we had to - and believe me, we moved a lot of stuff! You know what they say, right? Necessity is the mother of invention! Let me tell you, it is the truth!

I had some random stuff in my pantry and wanted to make a "different" kind of pasta dish to use up some of the stuff I had. I don't know about your family, but mine will eat most anything that has noodles in it! I also knew I wanted something with a little kick .... and maybe borderline Tex-Mex because, we were moving to Arizona after all! I didn't necessarily want a runny sauce like traditional spaghetti sauce - but something a little more chunky and rugged. 

To tell the truth, I have no idea what cowboys ate .. or do eat. This dish just reminded me of something they would eat. I threw this together and it was a hit with the family! The sauce is reminiscent of cross between a less liquid chili and a taco-y kind of mix - if that makes any sense? Any who - I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine! :)

cowboy spaghetti

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Features ... and lots of them :)

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My gosh y'all! I am always amazed by all the things my bloggy friends create and share! I found so many things I need to share on my Facebook page! Be forewarned - I'll be sharing throughout the week! So much good stuff! ;) As always, all the features will be pinned to my Pinterest board too!

Onto the features from the missed weeks .....

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

All My Bloggy Friends #41

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Hey, howdy, hey y'all! I hope you're doing well :) I'm finally making an appearance in the online world after what seems like an eternity away from y'all! We're getting things taken care of with the house, unpacking and changing everything over to Arizona stuff - and man, oh man - it feels good to be HOME!

Tomorrow's post will include all of the features from the week's I've missed - so be sure to stop by and check them out! I have a feeling my social media will be buzzing like ca-razy as I share all the stuff that catches my eye from the past few weeks! All the features will be pinned to my Pinterest board too!

Onto the features from last week! Drum roll .....

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Let's Get Social Sunday #15


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Welcome to Let's Get Social Sunday!

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, April 6, 2013

Meet Nici from Posed Perfection


Hi y'all! While I'm moving and getting adjusted, some of my bloggy friends have written posts for me! I hope you enjoy this series and find some wonderful new blogs to follow! A big hug and thank you to the bloggers who have stepped in for me during my absence. :) Today, let me introduce you to Nici from Posed Perfection:

Hello, friends of Love Bakes Good Cakes! I am so excited to be guest posting today. I have been a fan of Jamie's blog for quite awhile and I was thrilled when she asked me to share a recipe with you, her sweet readers.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Meet Theresa from Family Favorite Recipes


Hi y'all! While I'm moving and getting adjusted, some of my bloggy friends have written posts for me! I hope you enjoy this series and find some wonderful new blogs to follow! A big hug and thank you to the bloggers who have stepped in for me during my absence. :) Today, let me introduce you to Theresa from Family Favorite Recipes:

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Meet Cynthia from Feeding Big


Hi y'all! While I'm moving and getting adjusted, some of my bloggy friends have written posts for me! I hope you enjoy this series and find some wonderful new blogs to follow! A big hug and thank you to the bloggers who have stepped in for me during my absence. :) Today, let me introduce you to Cynthia from Feeding Big:

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Meet Marsha from The Better Baker


Hi y'all! While I'm moving and getting adjusted, some of my bloggy friends have written posts for me! I hope you enjoy this series and find some wonderful new blogs to follow! A big hug and thank you to the bloggers who have stepped in for me during my absence. :) Today, let me introduce you to Marsha from The Better Baker:

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

All My Bloggy Friends #40

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I'm gonna try to catch up with all of the features from the past weeks some time next week - probably in one separate blog post .... I apologize to y'all for having to wait - but I appreciate your patience! Even though things are not quite "normal" yet, things are starting to look better on the home front! We closed on our new house in Arizona yesterday! We are officially Arizonians! :) 

I know some of y'all have asked to see pics of our new digs and I plan on sharing some pictures with you - probably next week!

Just a reminder in case you missed it last week, my bloggy friend, Linda from With A Blast, will now be hosting All My Bloggy Friends with me on a permanent basis! I am so excited to have her here as a host! Please be sure to stop by and give her some love for me if you haven't already! :)

Onto the features from last week! Yes! There are features from last week! :) 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Meet Sheena from Hot Eats and Cool Reads


Hi y'all! While I'm moving and getting adjusted, some of my bloggy friends have written posts for me! I hope you enjoy this series and find some wonderful new blogs to follow! A big hug and thank you to the bloggers who have stepped in for me during my absence. :) Today, let me introduce you to Sheena from Hot Eats and Cool Reads:

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