February 2014 | Love Bakes Good Cakes

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Cactus Cooler

This Cactus Cooler has orange juice, pineapple juice, lemon juice and Grenadine. It's perfect for warmer weather (which we're experiencing in Phoenix!). It would be great with your Mexican or Southwest themed meals .... and since there is no alcohol, kiddos would love it too!

Cactus Cooler #drink #beverage #nonalcoholic

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Freedom Fridays with All My Bloggy Friends #17

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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!

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche Cream Cheese Frosting and My 2nd Blogiversary Cupcake Linky Party

Happy 2nd Blogiversary to ME!!! I cannot believe I have been doing this blogging thing for 2 years! I have been enormously blessed in more ways than I can count throughout this journey - and I am so glad to have some of my bloggy friends to help me celebrate with a Cupcake Linky Party! I'm sharing Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes with a Dulce de Leche Cream Cheese Frosting ..... try to say that five times fast! Yikes! Be sure to read all the way to the end to see what my bloggy friends made for my party - and if you're a blogger, come link up YOUR cupcake recipes! 


Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche Cream Cheese Frosting #cupcakes #dessert #Mexican #chocolate

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches and My Main Squeeze

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tree Top.

Life gets crazy busy sometimes, doesn't it?! Having 5 kiddos, there just never seems to be a break from "crazy busy!" .... or just plain crazy! ;) Haha! Thankfully, Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches provide an easy way for my kids to enjoy fruit on-the-go! It's also a great option for getting more fruit into our kids' diets in a fun and less messy way! 

Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches provide an easy way for your kids to enjoy fruit on-the-go, and are a great option for getting more fruit into kids’ diets. #TreeTopMainSqueeze #ad

Monday, February 24, 2014

Traditional New Orleans King Cake

I love a good party .... and I especially love a good cake! :) With Mardi Gras coming up soon, I thought it would be fun to share a Traditional New Orleans King Cake. Although it may sound intimidating, it's a really simple cake to make! 


King Cake #MardiGras #NOLA #dessert

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Iced Salted Caramel Latte

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Staples. All opinions are 100% my own.

This Iced Salted Caramel Latte is the perfect way to indulge a bit and get your caffeine fix! This drink is an easy and tasty variation of Starbucks' Iced Caramel Latte. With the Starbucks Versimo Brewer, it is sooooo simple to make this Iced Salted Caramel Latte at home - and it rivals what you get at your local Starbucks store!


Iced Salted Caramel Latte #beverage #drink #latte #saltedcaramel

Friday, February 21, 2014

60+ Strawberry Recipes!!

I am starting to see berries show up at our local stores. Coupled with Arizona's mild winters and the above average temperatures we've been experiencing the past week or so, it's no surprise to see the first harvests of berries in the supermarket! Every year, I really look forward to seeing the strawberries - they're a family favorite, and they do signal the start of Spring to me. Thanks to some of my bloggy friends, I've rounded-up more than 60 recipes that use strawberries! If your local store isn't carrying them yet, they will be soon - and here are some really great ways to use them!


60+ Strawberry Recipes!! #Strawberries #Spring

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Freedom Fridays with All My Bloggy Friends #16

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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!

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My Turn for us

S'more Bark

I just love easy treats .... and it doesn't get much easier than this S'more Bark! Just like the regular treat, this bark version os full of graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows!


S'more Bark - a fun and easy candy! #bark #smore

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Morning Energy with Honey Bunches of Oats

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

My family recently had the opportunity to try Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy. Honey Bunches of Oats has introduced a NEW cereal to help get you going in the morning and keep you going all day. Packed with whole grain, protein and fiber, the combination of crispy whole grain flakes and granola clusters doesn’t sacrifice on taste to deliver a nutritious, wholesome breakfast.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Horchata - a refreshing Mexican drink made with rice & cinnamon!

If you're wondering what "Horchata" (pronounced or-CHAH-tah) is, it's a Mexican drink made with rice and cinnamon .... It's oh, so refreshing - and it's super easy to make! This drink is perfect any time, but it's especially great when the temperatures start rising!


Horchata - a refreshing Mexican drink made with rice & cinnamon #Mexican #drink #beverage #cinnamon

Monday, February 17, 2014

Berry Milk

How fun does "Berry Milk" sound? And the fact that it can be purple, blue or pink - add that to the cool factor! My kiddos think this stuff is awesome - and I like that I know all of the ingredients! Oh, and it's sooooo simple to make! 


Berry Milk #drink #beverage #berry

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Hi y'all!! Can you believe we're more than halfway through February?! I know some of you are looking forward to Spring - and I don't blame you! Here in Phoenix, we're setting records this weekend with high's in the upper 80's ....... which means I'm ready for warm weather food. Although Pineapple Upside Down Cake can be eaten any time of the year, I really love it in the Spring and Summer .... Fall and Winter are for pumpkin and peppermint, respectively! ;)


Pineapple Upside Down Cake #cake #southern #dessert #pineapple #easy

Southwest Beef Bean & Barley Soup

Y'all, we have had this Southwest Beef Bean & Barley Soup THREE times in the last two weeks. The first time I made it, Brian told me he could eat it every day - he liked it that much! This soup is a winner .... tried and true!

Southwest Beef Bean & Barley Soup #soup #healthy #beef #bean #barley #souprecipe

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Freedom Friday with All My Bloggy Friends #15

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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 Twitter, I would love for you to follow us - you can even do it right here:



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Love Never Fails Printable

Valentine's Day is almost here! Brian and I really don't do a lot to celebrate. We usually get each other cards, and we get dinner alone - which is huge for us. Although this "Love Never Fails" printable can be used year round, I felt it was especially appropriate for a Valentine's Day post! 
Love Never Fails #printable #holiday #valentines #free

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Small Batch Fudge

Necessity is the mother of invention .... Have you ever heard that saying?! How true is it?! I mean, really?! This Small Batch Fudge was an invention of necessity ... It took three tries to get it right - and now I've got it for those times when I need a chocolate fix quick! 

Small Batch Fudge #chocolate #microwave #easy #quick

Wake Up Your Space with PERK

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

I don't know about you, but I am very influenced by smell. The smell of cookies baking or a pot of chili on the stove takes me back to my childhood. I love the smell of fresh towels or sheets out of the dryer. I love the "baby smell" of new babies. My husband wears a cologne that just sends my mind in another direction! Ahhhh, yes - TMI. ;)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The BEST Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

Almost every Sunday morning, like clockwork, "The BEST Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits" make an appearance on our breakfast table. It may have something to do with how easy they are - and how fabulous they are with my Sausage Gravy! ;)


The BEST Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits #biscuits #breakfast #easy

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Red Velvet Cupcakes with OREO Cream Cheese Frosting

Have y'all seen all of the Red Velvet recipes in bloggy-land lately?! They are everywhere .... and I'm adding one more with my Red Velvet Cupcakes with OREO Cream Cheese Frosting.


Red Velvet Cupcakes with OREO Cream Cheese Frosting #redvelvet #cupcakes #valentinesday

Friday, February 7, 2014

Fruit and Almond Quinoa with Apple Vinaigrette

This Fruit & Almond Quinoa with Apple Vinaigrette was a nice change in our usual dinner routine. It was simple and quick for a weeknight meal - and it's healthy!!


Fruit and Almond Quinoa with Apple Vinaigrette #quinoa #fruit #healthy

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Freedom Fridays with All My Bloggy Friends #14

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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!

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Banana Berry Smoothie

Y'all, I am trying to be better about my breakfast choices. Some of you already know that my breakfast usually consists of copious amounts of coffee and either toast, a bagel or an English muffin. Almost every.single.day. I love coffee and carbs, what can I say?! I am trying to get in the habit of having something a little better and more substantial health wise. My current breakfast love is this Banana Berry Smoothie. It's sooo delicious!


Banana Berry Smoothie #smoothie #breakfast #healthy #banana #berries

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Conversation Heart Bark

This Conversation Heart Bark couldn't be any easier. Seriously y'all, it's 3 ingredients easy. I hate to even call it a "recipe" because it's almost too easy!

Conversation Heart Bark #ValentinesDay #candy

Homemade Vanilla Syrup with Jimmy Dean Pancakes & Sausage on a stick - a fun and yum #onthego breakfast!

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


Homemade Vanilla Pancake Syrup with Jimmy Dean Pancakes and Sausage on a Stick #onthego #Pmedia #ad

How fun is these Jimmy Dean Pancakes & Sausage on a stick?! My kiddos think it's like having corn dogs for breakfast! :) My family loves breakfast food .... I mean, they really love it. You would think they just had the best meal they have ever had if breakfast is on the table! Personally, I can take it or leave it. It's not my favorite. I like some things (hello, sausage gravy and biscuits) and I'm not crazy about other things. My usual breakfast is usually coffee and toast, bagel or English Muffin. Boring, I know.

Monday, February 3, 2014

15 Facebook Tips {that every blogger needs to know}

15 Facebook Tips {every blogger needs to know} #socialmedia #tips #facebook

Whether we like Facebook's algorithm or not, we have to acknowledge the huge potential this social media platform still carries in driving traffic to our sites. Often times, it's my number one or two traffic source! I know it is easy to become frustrated and want to throw in the towel, but remember this: What other social media platform has the potential reach of Facebook? None. From old to young people, from men to women, from rich to poor, across all demographics - who doesn't have a Facebook profile?! No other social media network can say that.

50 Treats for Valentine's Day

Good morning, friends! With Valentine's Day less than 2 weeks away, I've asked for some help from some of my bloggy friends to bring you these 50 Treats for Valentine's Day. There's a little bit of everything here ....


50 Treats for Valentine's Day #ValentinesDay #desserts

Kindle Fire HD Giveaway

Kindle Fire HD Giveaway #giveaway

Welcome to the Kindle Fire HD Giveaway!

Celebrating All She Cooks' Blogiversary with a $200 PayPal Cash Giveaway

I love celebrating with my friends! My bloggy friend, Jessica from All She Cooks, is celebrating her one year blogiversary with a $200 PayPal Cash Giveaway!


PayPal Cash  Giveaway

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Let's Get Social Sunday - February 2014

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We are so glad to have you join us for this month's Let's Get Social Sunday....and now it's even better, quicker, and easier to play! We know your time is valuable, so we removed all those extra steps of linking up your social media sites and simplified the party. Just link up your blog and use that extra time to interact and network with others by following their social sites that you find on their blogs!

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