Made with Love Mondays: Week of 2/20/2012

Featured Contributors from the last Made with Love Mondays

Cookin' in My Kitchen: Chocolate Almond Danish

The More Than Occasional Baker: Banana Skin Cake

Now, 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 each week I host Made with Love Mondays as a weekly challenge to promote, encourage, share, and celebrate foods make entirely from scratch. If you've invested the effort and love into making food from scratch, you deserve recognition and I'm doing all I can to make sure you get it!

Need Some Inspiration? Go Tropical!
  • Since many of us are currently stuck in the middle of winter bleakness, the theme for this week's Made with Love Mondays is Tropical Cuisine. Pick a recipe from the tropics and make it from scratch or put a twist on your favorite from-scratch recipe - be creative and share your inspiration with the rest of us!
  • Please note: This theme is intended to provide you with inspiration if you're not sure where to start - however it is NOT mandatory and you can always submit any from-scratch food post that meets the Guiding Principles listed below. 
  • Made with Love Mondays is a weekly challenge and the next challenge begins Monday, February 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM EST and will end on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 3:00 PM EST.
  • If you are unable to join us this week, subsequent Made with Love Mondays will always begin on Mondays and always 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 (click the "Add your link" button below)
  3. Add the Made with Love Mondays banner to your recipe post (grab the banner code below and paste it into the HTML of your post)
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. How fun! I'm happy to join in this week :)

    1. Thanks for sharing your Whoopie Cakes, Lizzy! I'm a big fan =)

  2. I wish I d known that earlier,.. I am already all set with my posts for this week. I dont have to nessercarly post it on my blog, right? surely better if I would. hmm...

    fun topic too! I ll tweet it out! XD

    1. Helene, thanks for the tweet and you can always join up next week ;)

  3. That picture of the danish is amazing, thanks for the link! The Monday challenge is a great idea, can't wait to see all of the results of your challenge, very nice of you to host the link party. I look forward to seeing the results.

    1. I agree - the danish does look amazing and I was drooling on Jenn's site when she posted it! Stay tuned - there's more great food on the way...

  4. sounds awesome...:) wanna join too..
    both the recipes are very inviting..!

    Tasty Appetite

    1. Jay, as long as a post meets the criteria, you certainly can join-up at any time. It'd be great to have you!

  5. great idea :-) wish i could commit but stay so busy with two little ones never do sorry

    1. Thanks Rebecca - and I'm sure two little ones keep you QUITE busy ;)

  6. This sounds like a great group! I can't wait to see what y'all come up with! I agree - there is something about a home made cake that screams LOVE!

    1. Thanks Ann - the best part really is seeing what other people come up with!

  7. I'm glad my banana skin cake fit the bill! Thanks for hosting a GREAT challenge! My mum was just telling me about a tropical cake she made from scratch today but she does not blog or tweet and I'm going on holidays so can't ask her to do a guest post on my blog. Next time :)

    1. Awww, that's sad about your mum's tropical cake, but have a fun holiday and there'll be plenty more Made with Love Mondays if you're interested...


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