Made with Love Monday: Kickoff Today!

It's time to make something entirely from scratch!

Let's face it: boxed cake mixes make gorgeous cakes, food dyes can lend eye-appeal to most anything, and tossing in a handful of M&Ms will catch most any wondering eye!

But you know where I stand on food - make it from scratch (with love) or don't bother making it at all.

So I today I'm launching Made with Love Mondays as a weekly challenge to promote, encourage, share, and celebrate foods make entirely from scratch.

  • This first Made with Love Mondays starts today Monday, February 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM EST and will run until Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM EST.
  • If you are unable to join us for the first week, subsequent Made with Love Mondays will always begin on Mondays and end on Sundays. 

How to Join:
ANYONE can participate and EVERYONE gets promoted. The challenge is to make a recipe (any recipe) entirely from scratch - no shortcuts, no preprepared ingredients, no added extras. It doesn't matter if you've been making everything from scratch for years or if this is your very first time cooking. Either way, take the challenge and I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Your Challenge:
  1. Select a recipe (any recipe) and make it entirely from scratch (see Guiding Principles below)
  2. Blog about your experience and link up your recipe post to Made with Love Mondays (use the link-up form below)
  3. Add the Made with Love Mondays banner to your recipe post (grab the banner code below)
Your Reward:
  1. A link to your recipe post will always be included in the Made with Love Mondays Recipe Archive
  2. A link to your blog homepage will be added to the Made with Love Mondays contributor list
  3. A picture from your recipe will be pinned to the Made with Love Mondays Pinterest board (if a picture is available)
  4. 10 linked-up recipes from each week will be randomly selected for a feature in the next Made with Love Mondays blog post (posted next Monday)
  5. I will send a weekly "thank you" tweet to all weekly Made with Love Mondays participants and re-tweet your challenge related tweets that include #MadeWithLuv
Guiding Principles:
It would be difficult to list every restricted ingredient or preprepared shortcut, thus please adhere to the spirit of "Always fresh. Always from scratch." Here are a few guiding principles:
  • If it comes out of a can, jar or box don't use it - UNLESS making or procuring the ingredient from scratch is nearly impossible (exceptions might include pasta, tomato paste, peanut butter, tahini paste, oils, Nutella, honey, puff pastry etc)
  • Do not use preprepared shortcuts or mixes of any kind such as pre-made biscuits, cake/muffin mix, pastry dough, frosting, jarred marinara, mac and cheese, etc
  • If you can find it fresh, don't use frozen
  • Check the ingredients label and use only ingredients with NO transfats (partially hydrogenated oils), high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) or preservatives
  • No artificial food dyes and no "candies" (such as M&M's, peanut butter cups, etc)
More Details:
  • You can link-up recipes you have previously posted as long as they adhere to the from-scratch Guiding Principles and you have added the above banner code to the post
  • You post can be submitted to as many other blog challenges or link-ups as you like - just make sure it adheres to the Guiding Principles and includes the above banner code
  • You do NOT need to participate every week in order to contribute to Made with Love Mondays
  • You do NOT need to email me your posts
  • You do NOT need to add label/tag to your blog

Add this banner to your post

Grab Banner Code (copy/paste this code into the HTML of your blog post):
<a href="" title="Made with Love Mondays hosted by Javelin Warrior"><img src="" width="240" height="187" alt="JWsMadeWLuvMondays"></a>

Stay Connected:
I've created a page for Made with Love Mondays and added it to the link bar at the top of this page. Now you can easily find other foodie contributors, browse previously added from-scratch recipes, and review the guiding principles for participation. You can even add suggestions or comments to the page.

Link Up Your Recipe:


  1. Sounds like a grand idea BUT what about flour, sugar, butter and most importantly chocolate??? All ready made substances that I can't bake without.

    1. Those ingredients are all perfectly fine because they would be extremely difficult to make from scratch w/o some serious equipment and training:

      "UNLESS making or procuring the ingredient from scratch is nearly impossible (exceptions might include pasta, tomato paste, peanut butter, tahini paste, oils, Nutella, honey, puff pastry etc)"

      Please, do participate! I would love to see what chocolate concoctions you come up with :)

  2. I love that you're doing this! I totally think that if people have the time, inclination and/or money, this is the way to cook. AND of course this is the week that the two things I'm blogging about have candy (red hots) and Girl Scout cookies (for a contest). I will join up in the next couple weeks, for sure!

    1. Jody, I'm glad you like the concept and I hope you can join up in the future because I'd love to see what you come up with :)

  3. It occurs to me that I've got three more from-scratch meals planned for this week, including another run at biscuits. Maybe one of those will be good for next Monday.

  4. Brilliant idea. I have one in the making.... Pretty sure it qualifies :) (it does involve sugar, flour, eggs,oil and spice and a secret ingredient )

    1. I can't wait to see what you come up with - and a secret ingredient! Yay!


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