Made with Love Mondays: Week of 2/27/2012

Featured Contributors from the last Made with Love Mondays

That Skinny Chick Can Bake!!!: Carrot & Ginger Whoopie Pies

Now Serving...: Cream of Spinach Soup

Cookin' In My Kitchen: Mushroom Ragout

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? Think Lent!
  • This week's theme: Since the official start of Lent began last Wednesday and because I'm always curious what over folks eat during let, the optional theme for this week is Lent Comforts. Pick your favorite recipe to make during Lent, make it from-scratch, and share why this is a comfort food for you.
  • Next week's theme: Just in case you can't participate this week (or because you like to plan ahead like me), here's the optional theme for next week: Friday Cheats - food you eat (and possibly cheat with) during Lent!
  • Please note: Themes are intended to provide you with inspiration if you're not sure where to start - however a theme 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 27, 2012 at 12:00 AM EST and will end on Sunday, March 4, 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 below 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 below 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. This is such a great event! Will definitely try to participate especially since I'm trying to cook with Lent in mind too :)

    1. Thanks for the support and I hope you do have a chance in the future :)

  2. I love this I hopw to partoipate is nice!!

    1. Gloria, I'm so glad you enjoy and please feel free to participate any time...

  3. Looks like a wonderful event, looking forward to Mondays!

    1. Thank you very much and the credit goes straight to the wonderful contributors!

  4. Thanks for the feature this fun find! I'm going to link my cheese puffs as they're perfect for Fridays in Lent when no meat is allowed. I haven't posted any Lenten entrees recently.

    1. Lizzy, thanks so much for linking-up your cheese puffs - they really are gorgeous and certainly fit within the optional theme of Lenten comforts =)

  5. I do love the look of that mushroom ragout. That's a great meal for Lent for those who observe meatless Fridays.

    1. I agree - Jenn's ragout is quite tasty looking and I'm so glad she shared...

  6. It's so wonderful to see all of these great Lent inspired recipes! Wonderful feature! =]

  7. It's been tons of fun! I love seeing all of the contributions each week, so yummy : ) That Cranberry bread looks delicious...

    1. I'm so glad you're enjoying, Jenn - I'm the lucky one, I just get to sit back and enjoy ;)


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