September 2013 | Love Bakes Good Cakes

Monday, September 30, 2013

Happy Birthday Juggling Act Mama and a Kindle Fire HD 7" Giveaway

Hi friends! I'm helping Ang from Juggling Act Mama celebrate her birthday this week! Cake is a must for birthday's in my opinion (there's a cupcake party tomorrow yay!!) - Of course, the only thing better than a big ole piece of cake on your birthday and celebrating with friends, is presents, right? Who doesn't love presents? Well, for Juggling Act Mama's birthday, she's giving away a Kindle Fire HD 7" to one lucky reader! It might even be you!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Update - Mexican Pinto Bean Casserole

Another day and another update for y'all! This time, I've updated the picture of my Mexican Pinto Bean Casserole. I think beans have to be one of the hardest things to take pictures of ...... they just don't help themselves in pictures, ya know? I also hate taking pictures of rice ...... they never look "right" to me.

Mexican Pinto Bean Casserole before and after Collage

Let's Get Social Sunday #40

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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 :) 

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. Have you noticed our new feature, "Last But Not Least" blogger? ... That's right, you don't have to get to our party early to have a great time and meet other bloggers! This feature will be for whoever the last link-up is when the party closes on Wednesday night! As a bonus, we'll share your blog the following week - just to show you that being late doesn't mean you can't have fun! As an added bonus, we'll even link-up your blog and social media for you the week that you are featured! (Remember, this feature is for bloggers only and not businesses!)

Saturday, September 28, 2013

It's Fall Y'all {9-28-13}

Welcome to It's Fall Y'all - the BIGGEST & BEST Fall party! This year, we have 10 fun hosts - meaning your link-ups will show up on 10 different blogs!

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Friday, September 27, 2013

6 Things About Me

It's not very often that we get a glimpse at the people on the other side of the computer screen. I was recently tagged by Ali over at Jam Hands to answer 6 questions about myself. I thought it would be fun to share a little bit about me since I always love learning a little bit about some of my favorite bloggers. Here are Ali's questions for me:


  • What was your favorite vacation?
  • What would your dream job be?
  • How do you take your coffee?
  • What’s your favorite meal ever?
  • What is your favorite gift you’ve received?
  • Favorite TV Show or Movie, ever?

6 Things About Me

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fall 2013 Printables

Does life ever really slow down? I mean, it seems like I am forever saying, "things will slow down when _______ {fill in the blank}" .... I'm done with this  project ... or in the summer ... or when the baby takes a nap ... or whenever that time is that never really seems to happen! Most days, I feel like a chicken with my head cut off ... I have so many things going on at once most of the time! I know some of y'all totally get it. 

Fall Printables Collage

Update - Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

I've got another update for y'all. This time it's my Sausage Gravy and Biscuits. The first picture was - uh, not so appetizing. It looks like it was plopped on a plate and you really can't tell what it is. It really needed a new picture - don't you think?
Sausage Gravy and Biscuits Collage

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Bring on soup weather .... I am more than ready! Well, I'm ready for the soup part anyways - I don't really like the idea of having to wear pants or any kind of long sleeves or "real" shoes. I kinda like my shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops! :) I just may be that crazy person who wears flip-flops year-round - even in the snow (and yes, I have done it!)

I've decided to go and break all kinds of {unwritten} rules. While the temperatures are still right at 100°F here in Phoenix (we're going in to October, folks! When does the heat relent a little?!), I'm baking up all sorts of goodies and I'm even making soup! I can't wait any longer - everywhere I look on the internet is filled with Fall stuff. I don't want to feel left out. 

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All My Bloggy Friends #65

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Welcome to All My Bloggy Friends - week #65! 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! :)

If you don't already, I would love for you to follow me on Facebook - you can even do it right here:



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

Without further ado ... onto the features from last week! Drum roll .....

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Update - One Pot Goulash

I've got an updated picture for my One Pot Goulash today. Considering it's one of the most popular posts on my blog, it really needed an update, don't you think? Here is the before and after ....

Goulash Before and After Collage

Let's Get Social Sunday #39

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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 :) 

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.

Exciting news - If by chance you missed last week, we started a new feature. "Last But Not Least" blogger ... That's right, you don't have to get to our party early to have a great time and meet other bloggers! This feature will be for whoever the last link-up is when the party closes on Wednesday night! As a bonus, we'll share your blog the following week - just to show you that being late doesn't mean you can't have fun! As an added bonus, we'll even link-up your blog and social media for you the week that you are featured! Remember, this feature is for bloggers only and not businesses - sorry!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

It's Fall Y'all {9-21-13}

Welcome to It's Fall Y'all - the BIGGEST & BEST Fall party! This year, we have 10 great hosts - meaning your link-ups will show up on 10 different blogs!

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Friday, September 20, 2013

100+ 30 Minute (or less) Meal Ideas for the Busy Cook

100+ 30 Minute (or less) Meals Ideas for the Busy Cook

As a homeschool mom with 5 kiddos, I totally get that life is hectic sometimes! Actually, it is crazy more often than it's not! I know many other families are in the same boat - maybe your family feels like time is a big factor when dinner rolls around. With these meals, dinner can be done in 30 minutes or less!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Caramel Apple Snickers Salad

I'm never really sure if those pudding and Cool Whip salads are actually a side dish or a dessert? I've seen them served both ways? Why can't more foods be dually classified? This Caramel Apple Snickers Salad would make a great side dish or an easy dessert idea in my opinion. Either way, it's delicious! :)

Caramel Apple Snickers Salad

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies for OXO

Disclosure: I was sent an OXO gift box for free but I was not compensated monetarily for this post. All opinions expressed are my own. I truly love OXO tools and support their #OXOGoodCookie cause.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are a sweet way to bake a difference ... and they're a great Fall treat. I'm sure you've noticed all of the pumpkin and apple recipes flooding the internet right now  - It's kinda hard not to notice. I'm just helping by doing my part and feeding the frenzy! ;) These little goodies are soooo yummy - and the recipe makes a bunch - perfect for sharing! 

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All My Bloggy Friends #64

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Welcome to All My Bloggy Friends - week #64! 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! :)


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

Without further ado ... onto the features from last week! Drum roll .....

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Update - Cinnamon Banana Cake

No new recipe today. Instead, there's another updated picture for y'all. I noticed this Cinnamon Banana Cake has been getting a lot of attention lately on Pinterest ... with a really cruddy picture. I'm not even sure where all of the recent attention is coming from - but I do know that I'm kind of embarrassed by some of my earlier pictures. I figured it was high time to fix some of that. 


Cinnamon Banana Cake Before and After Collage

Let's Get Social Sunday #38

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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 :) 

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.


Exciting news - If by chance you missed last week, we started a new feature. "Last But Not Least" blogger ... That's right, you don't have to get to our party early to have a great time and meet other bloggers! This feature will be for whoever the last link-up is when the party closes on Wednesday night! As a bonus, we'll share your blog the following week - just to show you that being late doesn't mean you can't have fun! As an added bonus, we'll even link-up your blog and social media for you the week that you are featured!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Bars

I couldn't wait any longer to make something with pumpkin ... and not that I wanted to wait either. I've been thinking of pumpkin treats since about May or June! Pumpkin everything has to be one of my favorite things about Fall. 

I had this idea to make Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Bars ... and let me just say, these exceeded all of my expectations! Delish - I definitely can't wait to have these again! Our community is having a little potluck at the end of the month and I am thinking that this little recipe is what's going to score me brownie - er, I mean - Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Bars points with the neighborhood. ;)

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Chili Cheese Tater Tot Casserole

Can y'all tell that I've switched into full Fall cooking/baking mode? I am so ready for cooler weather - even if I have to dream about it! :) I've been on this chili cheese kick lately .... which I'm pretty sure is a sign that the weather should cooperate with me and be more Fall-like!

Most of y'all know that chili is one of my absolutely, positively most favorite things EVER. It seems only natural that I would find ways to eat more of it, right? This Chili Cheese Tater Tot Casserole is like eating, well, chili cheese fries - but in a casserole form. 

Chili Cheese Tater Tot Casserole

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Apple Crisp for One

If I had to confess, Fall is probably my second favorite season - with Spring being my favorite. If we were just talking about on a food level, Fall would win my vote hands down. Pumpkin, apples and lots of spices .... what's not to love? 

This month's Lady Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge was to use Apples and Cinnamon. I couldn't believe I didn't make or share any crisp recipes last year, so I thought I'd redeem myself this year with my Apple Crisp for One. Of course, it's easy enough to double, triple, quadruple ... or even make it times 20 if you want to. 

Apple Crisp for One

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Jambalaya

The weather is acting crazy here in Phoenix .... one minute it's bright and sunny ... and the next, rain clouds or dust storms are moving in. They don't seem to last long and then it's right back to being bright and sunny. I think it's so cool that you can actually see the storms roll in here. I've never seen anything like it. 

Needless to say, we've gotten some rain here in Phoenix the last few days .... some much needed rain I might add. Where I'm from, you could almost set a clock to the time it would rain. It would be so darned hot and the humidity would get so high - that the rain would be a welcome relief .... until the humidity started to rise again! :) 

Jambalaya

All My Bloggy Friends #63

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Welcome to All My Bloggy Friends - week #63! 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! :)


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

Without further ado ... onto the features from last week! Drum roll .....

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Peanut Butter Cookie Cups with Nutella Mousse {Gluten-Free Recipe}

Immaculate Baking sent me coupons and free products through the Immaculate Baking program, hoping that I might write about them. Any and all opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

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Some of my regular reader know I am not a cookie baker. I have nothing against cookies - I like to eat them - just not make them! :) It's a good thing I have 5 kiddos who are more than anxious and willing to take on that task for me (with assistance, of course)! Thankfully, with a little help from Immaculate Baking, it is super easy to make cookies like these Peanut Butter Cookie Cups with Nutella Mousse! Hello, this recipe only has 3 ingredients! Believe it.

Peanut Butter Cookie Cups with Nutella Mousse {Gluten-Free Recipe} - ONLY 3 INGREDIENTS

Let's Get Social Sunday #37

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

   
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, September 7, 2013

Update - Beefy Jalapeno Corn Bake

No new recipe today! Instead, I am sharing an updated picture of my Beefy Jalapeno Corn Bake. It's amazing what a difference a year makes!

BeforeAfter Beefy Jalapeno Corn Bake Collage

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Chili Cheese Dog Mac n' Cheese

This is a kid-friendly recipe if I ever saw one. Mac and cheese is a favorite of many kiddos! Kids also love hot dogs .... so you see where this is going, right? We're making Chili Cheese Dog Mac n' Cheese, folks! I know what you're thinking - she's gone and made another "blue box" recipe? Yes, I sure did .... I have 5 kiddos who love the stuff. Homemade mac and cheese is more my thing, but I'm ok with taking shortcuts every now and then - and those blue boxes of mac and cheese do help me out on occasion! :) 

I have a few variations of the "amped up" blue box mac n cheese recipes - I've shared two others with you (you can find them at the bottom of this post!) and I still have a few more to share at a later date! 

I know some people shy away from using convenience food, and that's ok - I have other posts you may love! :) I wish I had the patience and time to cook strictly from scratch - but I don't - my life is just too hectic sometimes - and I'm guessing that there are many other families in the same boat as me. I would rather have meals that are semi-homemade versus hitting the drive-thru ... so I make sure I have things that are easy to make! :)

I came up with this recipe a few years ago when I intended on making regular chili dogs - ya know the kind with hot dogs and chili sauce on buns - but I forgot the buns. I had one of those "a-ha moments" and wondered if I could just mix the chili dogs into the mac and cheese we were having on the side - and just skip the buns altogether. Needless to say, this was a huge hit - and there are times, we don't mind skipping the buns on purpose now!

If you're really pushed for time, you can substitute cans of hot dog chili sauce for the homemade chili sauce in this recipe. You'll need 2 cans for this recipe!

Chili Cheese Dog Mac N' Cheese

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Impossibly Easy Coconut Pie

Some of y'all may remember this Impossibly Easy Coconut Pie from years ago. Unlike many pies, you don't bake this in a pie shell - instead, the pie magically makes it's own crust. How cool is that? Awesome, right - because we have no pie crust to screw up! :)

I don't have to remind y'all of my love of Bisquick, do I?! I didn't think so! :) I remember when these impossibly easy pies were all the rage .... In my mind, they still are all the rage! I love them! I big fuzzy heart love them. Were you ever a fan of the impossibly easy pies? What was your favorite?

This Impossibly Easy Coconut Pie especially reminds me of an old-fashioned custard pie. I love how simple these are to make ... and well, since Fall is here in some areas - or will be here soon for others, it's time to start baking! You probably have all of the ingredients on hand to make this dessert right now. It's super economical and tastes great! :)

The only change I made to this recipe was to add the ground nutmeg to the top - because that's just always the way I've had it and I kinda like how it looks. If you prefer to leave the nutmeg off, feel free to do so!

Impossibly Easy Coconut Pie

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Bacon, Egg & Cheese Quesadillas

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Farmland but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #porkinapinch  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

Back to school .... it can be such an exciting time. It can also bring a lot of chaos. Many families (mine included), take the summer "off." We relax. We go on vacations. We go to cookouts - or we picnic. Schedules tend to go away ... we don't have as many things to tie up our time - and for the most part, we just enjoy the season and have fun. Having fun - that's what summer is about, right?

When that school bells rings however, those lazy days of summer seem to be long forgotten (but yearned for) and are replaced with full schedules and crazy-full days. It seems many families are busy running from this activity or sport, to the next one. What do we sacrifice? Dinner. Many times, dinner means hitting the drive-thru or picking up the phone for delivery ... because really, who wants to add one more thing to their already long and crazy day? Although there's nothing wrong with take-out, it's not necessarily what we want to do - but time is the issue and we want something easy.


Bacon, Egg & Cheese Quesadilla from Love Bakes Good Cakes #porkinapinch #PMedia #ad

All My Bloggy Friends #62



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Welcome to All My Bloggy Friends - week #62! 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! :)


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

Without further ado ... onto the features from last week! Drum roll .....

Monday, September 2, 2013

Simple Pasta with Pepperoni and Mushrooms with Snack Cups and Smiles

The calendar may say it's September, but it still very much feels like summer here in Phoenix. Since it's our first year out here, I'm not really sure when it cools down?! When I need a quick and easy meal idea - or when it's just too darn hot to cook much - I turn to dishes like this Simple Pasta with Pepperoni and Mushrooms.

Simple Pasta with Pepperoni and Mushrooms

Chili Dog Casserole

Does September mean the beginning of Fall to you? To me, anything after Labor Day all the way until Thanksgiving is considered "Fall." It's funny to me how my menu changes based on the seasons .... maybe yours does, too?

Since Fall is practically here (in my book), that means it's time to break out the casseroles and soups! Yay - all the great food is one of my favorite things about Fall! Today, I've got an easy and delicious Chili Dog Casserole. This one is family approved - and it's one of our favorite ways to have hot dogs! Of course, how could you not love something slathered in chili and cheese?! Exactly.

Chili Dog Casserole

Get Ready For It --- It's Fall Y'all Linky Party

Just a quick note to let y'all know that I am teaming up with 9 other bloggers to host an It's Fall Y'all Linky Party .... It'll be open to everything Fall related - food, DIY, printables, crafts, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc .... If you have Fall related post - whether they're new or old - we would love to have you come and share them with us!

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Let's Get Social Sunday #36

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


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.

Exciting news - If by chance you missed last week, we started a new feature. "Last But Not Least" blogger ... That's right, you don't have to get to our party early to have a great time and meet other bloggers! This feature will be for whoever the last link-up is when the party closes on Wednesday night! As a bonus, we'll share your blog the following week - just to show you that being late doesn't mean you can't have fun! As an added bonus, we'll even link-up your blog and social media for you the week that you are featured!