December 2013 | Love Bakes Good Cakes

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Barbecued Peanuts

I am sharing my most awesomely addictive Barbecued Peanuts with y'all today! 'Tis the season of finger foods! 

What?! You didn't know finger food season follows cookie season?! Have you looked around bloggy-land lately?! Between New Years' Eve party food and Super Bowl food, I'm pretty sure there is a finger food season. I'm just sayin'.


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Healthy & Easy Green Smoothie

It's the last day of 2013 ... can you believe it?! This year has just flown by! I know many of us are looking forward to 2014 - and we have made goals or resolutions to be healthier in the New Year! This Healthy and Easy Green Smoothie will help you get off to a great start!


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Sunday, December 29, 2013

13 Recipes I Loved in 2013 {and you don't wanna miss!}

13 Recipes I Loved in 2013 {and you don't wanna miss!}
Today, I've rounded-up 13 recipes I loved in 2013 {and you don't wanna miss!} .... 2013 has been such an amazing and exciting year for Love Bakes Good Cakes and I am looking forward to seeing what 2014 has in store!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

13 Reader Favorite Posts of 2013



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I've rounded-up some of YOUR favorite recipes from 2013 ..... thirteen of them to be exact! They are the posts that people have visited and/or shared the most this year! Maybe you missed them the first time around? Now's your chance to pin them or print them for future reference .... or make one of these great recipes this coming week!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Ham Salad - Put those leftovers to good use!

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Christmas has passed ..... All eyes are on the New Year it seems! Maybe you're wondering what to do with all of that leftover Christmas ham? One of my favorite recipes with leftover ham is Ham Salad - it's so easy and I love that it can be used on crackers or in sandwiches! Put those leftovers to good use!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Freedom Fridays with All My Bloggy Friends #8

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Welcome to Freedom Fridays with All My Bloggy Friends! I'm so glad you stopped by! This is an anything goes, no rules party! Link up your recipes, projects, crafts, printables ... and yes, you can even link up your giveaways!

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



Sunday, December 22, 2013

Carter's Friends & Family Event #CartersFam #Sponsored #MC

I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Carter’s. I received a gift card to facilitate my shopping trip and to thank me for participating.
Carters
Carter's is a name moms know and trust. They make it easy to find cute and thoughtful gifts for the little ones on your list this holiday season! With clothing available from newborn to size 7, Carter's provides an easy one-stop shop for adorable children's clothing!

Red Velvet Poke Cake with Cream Cheese Cool Whip Frosting

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Is there another cake that says Christmas quite like Red Velvet?! I think not! This is one of many poke cakes in my poke cake obsession. With Christmas just days away, I wanted to share and easy, but festive idea. Since this easily feeds a lot, it's perfect for gatherings with friends and family!

Ham for the Holidays and a GIVEAWAY #sponsored #MC

I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for HoneyBaked Ham. I received a gift card to facilitate my shopping trip and to thank me for participating.

HoneyBaked Ham

As a mom, my life is already pretty crazy and hectic. Throw in a holiday or two - and fuhgeddaboutit. With holiday shopping, everyday errands, keeping the house running, homeschooling, working from home, decorating for the holidays and entertaining or hosting ..... The holidays are especially busy for me - and probably for you, too! You know the saying, "one step forward and two steps back" ..... that's sorta the story of my life right now. I feel like I'm being pulled in a million different directions!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Berry Stuffed French Toast

Disclosure: I was provided free products from Kroger in hopes that I may write about them.
Berry Stuffed French Toast

This Berry Stuffed French Toast would be perfect for Christmas morning! You can prepare it the night before and pop it in the oven to bake while everyone opens presents!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Holiday Cookie Round-Up from Freedom Fridays

75+ Holiday Cookie Round-Up from Freedom Fridays #cookies #roundup

Have y'all seen all of the yummy cookies shared at our Freedom Fridays with All My Bloggy Friends party?! There were so many great posts, I wanted to highlight and feature them! In case you missed any - or if you need a one-spot source for some truly great recipes, this round-up is sure to have something for everyone!

25+ FUDGE Recipes - in Time for the Holidays!

More than 25 Fudge Recipes - just in time for the holidays!

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Freedom Fridays with All My Bloggy Friends #7

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Welcome to Freedom Fridays with All My Bloggy Friends! I'm so glad you stopped by! This is an anything goes, no rules party! Link up your recipes, projects, crafts, printables ... and yes, you can even link up your giveaways!

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

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My Turn for us

Italian Anise Cookies, Holiday Cookie Linky Party and a $50 Target Gift Card Giveaway

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Today, I'm sharing my Italian Anise Cookies. Anise, in case you don't know, tastes like black licorice. From what I understand, some people really love the flavor - and others, not so much. I don't think there's any middle ground on that flavor. I really wanted to do a traditional Christmas Cookies and one that maybe hadn't been shared by others.

Peppermint Meringues

These Peppermint Meringues are perfect for gift giving or on a cookie tray! They are super budget-friendly and they're so easy to make! Of course, they're not like your typical cookies either! My oldest son calls them "light as air cookies" .... because they're light and airy! ;) 

These Peppermint Meringues are perfect for gift giving or on a cookie tray! They are super budget-friendly and they're so easy to make! Of course, they're not like your typical cookies either! My oldest son calls them "light as air cookies".

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Peppermint Bark

Need a last minute gift idea for a neighbor, teacher or the mailman?! I've got you covered with this Peppermint Bark! It's so easy to make and with only 3 ingredients (and an optional fourth ingredient), it's budget friendly!

Need a last minute gift idea for a neighbor, teacher or the mailman?! I've got you covered with this Peppermint Bark! It's so easy to make and with only 3 ingredients (and an optional fourth ingredient), it's budget friendly!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Microwave Peanut Brittle

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Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without at least one batch of peanut brittle. It's one of those things I make every year. My oldest son would tell you this is one of his favorite Christmas treats!

Y'all know by now that I like easy - and it doesn't get much easier than this microwave version! I love that I don't need a candy thermometer for this recipe - because really, who has one of those things anyways?!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Cookies in a Jar

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Cookies in a Jar - they're my "go to gift" when I don't have time to bake a treat or when I want to give a treat for the recipient to eat now and some to make for later!

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Cappuccino Crème Brûlée and a GIVEAWAY

The Eggland’s Best coupon, information, and two gift packs have been provided by Eggland’s Best.

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I am just about "cookie-d out" .... I didn't think I would ever say that. I have baked more cookies in the past few weeks than I care to count! Although I love baking during this time of year, I decided I had to make a dessert other than a poke cake or cookies this time. For my sanity - and to show y'all that I do have more up my sleeve than just cakes and cookies!

Create your own custom LEGO Minifigure holiday card

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of LEGO. All opinions are 100% mine.

You can build anything with LEGO – even your own family! This holiday season, LEGO has created an online experience called “Minifigure Family”, which enables you to create your own custom LEGO Minifigure holiday card and share it with your friends and family.

The Baker's Dozen Christmas Cookie Exchange {LINKY PARTY}

Today is the conclusion of our 12 Days of Bloggy Christmas event! I sure hope that you've enjoyed all the wonderful Christmas posts from the amazing Bloggers that participated! If you've missed any posts, check them out here:


I sure want to give a big Thank You to everyone! If you have liked the fabulous posts too, make sure you tell the bloggers! (We love comments in case you didn't know!) 

And now, I am so happy to present you what I have been anticipating all month: 

The Baker's Dozen Christmas Cookie Exchange!!! 


Jello Popcorn from Love Bakes Good Cakes

Hi friends! I have teamed up with Krista from A Handful of Everything and several other fabulous bloggers to bring you 12 Days of Bloggy Christmas! Y'all are in for a serious treat - we're sharing some pretty awesome stuff! Today is the last day of the series, and I hope you have enjoyed it!

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Hi y'all! I'm Jamie - the blogger behind Love Bakes Good Cakes. I am excited to be joining Krista and the other wonderful ladies she's rounded-up to bring you 12 Days of Bloggy Christmas!

Is it just me or does this time of the year seem incredibly busy?! I feel like a dog chasing his tail - I just can't catch up! I know for us, we will be keeping our holiday festivities a little more simple this year. I really wanted to share something that was easy and economical - because I believe there are a whole lot of people with the same thoughts as us. 

Jello Popcorn

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth This Holiday Season with P.F. Chang's

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of P.F. Changs. All opinions are 100% mine.

The Holiday season is a busy and fun-filled time for most families. P.F.Chang's can satisfy your sweet tooth this Holiday season!
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. From classic favorites to seasonally-inspired fare, P.F. Chang’s offers a delicious array of hand-crafted dishes, desserts and cocktails.
The Holiday season, is a time to celebrate with family and friends, surrounded by the sweet flavors of the season. With two new delicious handmade dessert wontons –
Chocolate Raspberry
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Freedom Fridays with All My Bloggy Friends #6

Freedom Fridays Main Picture

Welcome to Freedom Fridays with All My Bloggy Friends! I'm so glad you stopped by! This is an anything goes, no rules party! Link up your recipes, projects, crafts, printables ... and yes, you can even link up your giveaways!

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



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dipped Oreo Reindeer Cookies from The Mandatory Mooch

Hi friends! I have teamed up with Krista from A Handful of Everything and several other fabulous bloggers to bring you 12 Days of Bloggy Christmas! Y'all are in for a serious treat - we're sharing some pretty awesome stuff! Be sure to come back everyday to see what's new!


Brought to you by:

A Handful of EverythingLove Bakes Good Cakes  Lady Behind the Curtain  Cooking for the 7 Dwarfs  Everyday Insanity  photo 125X125PartyHatButton_zpsf3d5c052.pngAnyonita Nibbles  Yesterfood Joybee, What's for Dinner? 

On the 12th Day of Bloggy Christmas Miss Nichi gave to me Dipped Oreo Reindeer Cookies!

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