October 2013 | Love Bakes Good Cakes

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Alfredo Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and Broccoli

Growing up, I remember having Ham and Scalloped Potatoes on occasion. We didn't have it too often - so those times when we did have it, really stuck out in my mind. My parents grew up in the Midwest - where meals tend to be filling, hearty and stick-to-your-ribs!

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Hot Cocoa Lovers: Stephen’s Gourmet Giveaway

Hi friends! I'm teaming up with Jessica from All She Cooks and a few other bloggers to bring you the chance to win a prize package valued at $50.00! 

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Piña Colada Cookie Trifle

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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The other day, I really wanted a fun and tropical type of dessert. I debated on whether or not to make cupcakes, but I remembered I had some Coconut Macaroons from Immaculate Baking. I decided to try them out in a super easy Piña Colada Cookie Trifle. It was totally delish, y'all! Give it a try!

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All My Bloggy Friends #70

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Welcome to All My Bloggy Friends - week #70! 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! :)

I do wanna let y'all know that we have some BIG changes coming to the party next week - you won't wanna miss it! I'm super stoked and i'm pretty sure y'all are gonna love it, too!

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 .....

Pineapple Peach Chipotle Pork Tacos and Why Powerless is Powerful

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


Pineapple Peach Chipotle Pork Tacos with Pineapple Peach Salsa - Saving time with WonderBag - family dinner #PMedia #ad #Wonderbag

Are you a slow cooker fan? I love to use my slow cooker year round - but for me, it's especially great in the colder months! It makes having a hot, comforting dish so easy! I was recently presented the opportunity to try a simple, but revolutionary slow cooker. It's called a WonderbagIt continues to cook food, which has been brought to a boil by conventional methods for up to 12 hours, without the additional use of fuel. No plugs. No Fuss.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Update - Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake

Some of you may have already seen this updated picture the other day. For those of you that haven't, it was time to update this Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake from last year. Big difference, eh?

Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake Before and After

Sucré® 15pc Indulge Chocolate Collection Giveaway

Are you a fan of chocolate? Sucré® of New Orleans is offering one lucky Love Bakes Good Cakes reader the chance to win the 15pc Indulge Chocolate Collection valued at $30.00!
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Let's Get Social Sunday #44

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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.

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, October 26, 2013

It's Fall Y'all {10-26-13}

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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Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Ode to Elvis Poke Cake

Y'all, I have gone and lost my ever-lovin' mind. Don't send me nasty emails, but I'm not really a fan of Elvis .... he has a few songs I dig ... but I never really "got" the whole thing that people see in him. I'm not hatin' ... I just don't understand. Maybe I was just a victim of being born into the wrong generation so I wasn't meant to "get it"? You may be wondering why someone would go and make "The Ode to Elvis Poke Cake" .... well, I really have no logical reason other than it's just fun and yummy! Really, do we need a better reason?! I've been sitting on this post for a few weeks - and I have been dying to share it with y'all!! Thankfully, today is the day - I can't keep it to myself any longer!

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Spanish Tilapia

The truth is, we don't eat a lot of fish or seafood at our house. Brian isn't particularly fond of it ... and I didn't eat much of it growing up - so my knowledge of how to cook or prepare it is severely lacking compared to other things. However, this Spanish Tilapia, is one of the few fish dishes I adapted from a version my mom makes! 

Spanish Tilapia

Greek Chicken Salad

I like an occasional salad as a main dish meal - especially on busy nights! With chicken, Feta cheese, spinach and tomatoes being some of my favorite ingredients - it only seemed natural to incorporate them into a Greek Chicken Salad.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

All My Bloggy Friends #69

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Welcome to All My Bloggy Friends - week #69! 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 .....

Monday, October 21, 2013

Experience the Goodness of Fall with P.F. Chang's

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At P.F. Chang’s guests are surrounded by a unique, modern environment combining influences of Asian and American cultures evident from the décor through the menu. And now, the Goodness of Fall is fresh for the tasting at P.F. Chang’s with their new Fall Seasonal Menu.

Scary Good Savings at Dollar General

This post brought to you by Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.
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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Why spend tons of money on those fancy coffeehouse drinks when you can make it better and cheaper at home?! #pumpkin #pumpkinspice #latte #fall

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Let's Get Social Sunday #43

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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. 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, October 19, 2013

$100 Target Gift Card Giveaway

Hi friends! I'm teaming up with Juggling Act Mama and a few other bloggers to bring you a $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway! With the holidays rapidly approaching, who couldn't use some extra spending money?

$100 Target Gift Card #Giveaway @lovebakesgood

It's Fall Y'all {10-19-13}

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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Round-Up Help

Hi friends! I'm hoping that some of you may be willing to lend me some help! Instead of pestering everyone continuously about needing links for round-ups, I am hoping that some of my bloggy friends will let me know that their blogs are "safe" to link to! If you would like to see exactly how your posts would be used, you can see my 100+ 30 minutes (or less) Meal Ideas post. I am asking permission to link to your blog posts with a thumbnail picture (using either InLinkz or LinkyTools) and possibly the use of your picture in the collage. If you're ok with that, I just need you to enter you blog url in the document below so I can add you to my "safe" list! Thanks in advance, y'all! :)


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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ham and Bean Soup

The weather was actually cool here in Phoenix this week .... as in, it was in the 80's! :) I really wanted some good, old-fashioned food like my gramma made - and this Ham and Bean Soup sounded like it would hit the spot.

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Caramel Apples

I know the internet is flooded with all things pumpkin right now .... and I love me some pumpkin! But sometimes, I want some of the other Fall flavors - and one of my favorite non-pumpkin foodies in the Fall is Caramel Apples!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Classic Waffles

My kiddos love a hot, cooked breakfast - even if it's for dinner! I have a little confession ... I'm not really a fan of breakfast, but lately, I have been addicted to Classic Waffles! It's the craziest thing! 
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All My Bloggy Friends #68

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Welcome to All My Bloggy Friends - week #68! 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 .....

Monday, October 14, 2013

#HonestlyGood with Lean Cuisine

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group and Lean Cuisine, but all opinions are my own. #pmedia #HonestlyGood #ad http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

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Most of you know I'm a homeschooling mom with five kiddos! Our life is hectic sometimes, to say the least. My youngest kiddo still takes a nap after lunch - and I find that to be one of the most productive parts of my day - the older kids are able to play outside or finish their schoolwork - and I am able to work on my blog or catch up on social media. As you can imagine, it's all too easy to be tempted to grab a not so healthy snack or to sit at the computer and mindlessly eat my lunch. I cannot tell you how many times I have done exactly that. 

After my recent trip to Chicago, I have really been trying to make better choices when it comes to my eating habits. If I were perfectly honest with you, my biggest obstacle in having a healthy diet, is knowing what an actual portion size is. I know I am not alone - many people have no idea what an actual serving size of food is! It can be confusing .... especially when we are so used to seeing an unhealthy amount of food at restaurants or what not - we actually start to believe that is normal. I am literally having to re-learn the whole "portion" control thing.

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I'm always kind of skeptical of frozen meals .... Truthfully, I hardly ever buy them. For some reason, I have it in my mind that they will taste like cardboard. Anyone else ever thing that or is it just me?

On a recent trip to Target, I decided to pick up some Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meals. They sounded good and the flavors didn't sound "cardboard-ish". There are six different meals to choose from that are full of 100% all-natural, wholesome ingredients with a sauce you can add yourself. The new Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meals are: Honey Citrus Chicken, Lemongrass Salmon, Pineapple Black Pepper Beef, Plum Ginger Grain-Crusted Fish, Pomegranate Chicken and Roasted Red Pepper Chicken.

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I decided I wanted to try one beef, one chicken and one fish meal. I loved how bright and colorful the veggies were - and how everything was perfect proportioned! 

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For me, lunch is the easiest meal to swap out. The Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meals are quick, easy and convenient. I think one of the best things about these meals is how easily they fit into my lifestyle. I dont' have to measure anything, there is nothing complicated about preparing these meals and they actually taste good!

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The Honey Citrus Chicken was my favorite of the 3 varieties I tried! I can't wait to pick up some of the other varieties - the Pomegranate Chicken sounds especially good!

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Together with their farmers, they're also donating a portion of the vegetables grown for Lean Cuisine Honestly Good Meals to local communities.

Although this is just one step towards a healthier lifestyle, it is an easy step to take! Switching out my lunch with a Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meals helps make portion control super easy for me! 

If you're interested in trying any of the six varieties of Lean Cuisine Honestly Good meals, be sure to pick some up at your local Target!

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Let's Get Social Sunday #42

Let's Get Social Sunday #41 ~ Biggest & BEST Social Media Link up !   #facebook #twitter #pinterest #blog #instagram #bloglovin #googleplus #sundaysocial #socialsunday via:withablast.blogspot.com

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, October 12, 2013

It's Fall Y'all {10-12-13}

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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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Chocolate Wasted Poke Cake

I'm just going to come out and say it .... I think I need to go to a poke cake rehab or 12-step program. I love those things and my imagination is full of crazy ideas. Trust me when I tell you, you haven't seen nuthin' yet! This Chocolate Wasted poke Cake was inspired by a movie .... anyone know what movie?

Chocolate Wasted Poke Cake

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Enchiladas with Caramel Drizzle

It's time for the Lady Behind the Curtain dessert challenge! This month's challenge was to use pumpkin and cream cheese to create a unique dessert ... and I decided to step way outside of the dessert box and make some Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Enchiladas with Caramel Drizzle! I am not even joking!

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

#Dinner4Two with Stouffer’s Satisfying Skillets

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When you think of easy dinner ideas, what kinds of food comes to mind? I don't know about you, but I have seen many "skillet" meals popping up around the web lately. With only one pan to dirty, what's not to love, right? 

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Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich at Arby's

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Arby's for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Many of you know I recently took a trip to Chicago. Planning for my trip meant I needed to go shopping. For those of you who know me, you know I absolutely hate trying on clothes and shopping. In my opinion, nothing ever looks right on me - unless it's just my regular ol' jeans or shorts and a t-shirt. I'm one of those people that would get pulled out of a crowd for a makeover, I'm sure! I like being comfortable and I hate "stuffy".

I am fortunate that my sister-in-law offered to watch my kiddos so I could get things ready for my trip. When I do have those occasional times by myself to shop, I am often stressed out by the crowds and just not being able to find things I like. I really just do not enjoy it. Crazy, I know since most women absolutely LOVE to shop. That is so not me. However, I do usually look forward to lunch out - which is like a huge treat for me, because I just don't do that too often - especially to be able to just have time by myself.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

All My Bloggy Friends #67

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Welcome to All My Bloggy Friends - week #67! 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 .....

Monday, October 7, 2013

Fall Snack Mix

I'm not sure who liked this Fall Snack Mix more - me or the kids?! I wanted to make something for us to have handy to munch on as an after school snack and this was a huge hit! Of course, what's not to like when you have a combo of candy, bugles, crackers and marshmallows? Exactly ....

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Let's Get Social Sunday #41

Let's Get Social Sunday #41 ~ Biggest & BEST Social Media Link up !   #facebook #twitter #pinterest #blog #instagram #bloglovin #googleplus #sundaysocial #socialsunday via:withablast.blogspot.com

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, October 5, 2013

It's Fall Y'all {10-5-13}

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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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Quick Dinner Rolls

I have been in a baking mood lately. Although the weather isn't really cooperating here in Phoenix (it's still super warm outside!), you wouldn't know that if you came to my house! I have baked all sorts of breads, desserts and pizza during the last week or two ... things I didn't want to do when it was "summer." 

I'm learning that Phoenix has a whole lot of summer and I'm not sure about the other seasons lol ... so, I'm just rolling with it and going by the calendar. It would be pretty silly of me to post a bunch of summer type stuff when most of the rest of the country is breaking out hoodies, sweatshirts and boots ... and gearing up for bonfires, apple picking and visits to the local pumpkin patch. 

Quick Dinner Rolls

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