Made with Love Mondays: Week of 4/30/2012

Featured Contributors from the last Made with Love Mondays

A Reluctant Foodie: Herbed Crepes w/ Ricotta, Spinach & Chard Filling

The Cooking Actress: (Healthy) Chocolate Chip Cookie Pancakes

That Skinny Chick Can Bake: Berry and Spinach Salad

MJ's Kitchen: Strawberry, Coconut Pinon Salad

My Little Italian Kitchen: Vida's Chestnuts and Chocolate Cake

Girlichef: Spinach and Citrus Salad w/ Ginger-Sesame Dressing

Canela Kitchen: Chicken Breasts in Caper Cream Sauce

Chocolate Log Blog: Wild Blueberry Cupcakes

Veggie and the Beast: Sweet n’ Spicy Lettuce Wraps

Damn Delicious: Roasted Shrimp Salad

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?
  • This week's theme: Did you know the arrival of rhubarb is a sign of spring? Known in some areas of pie plant, these amazing stalks are delicious in all kinds dishes. Thus this week's optional theme: Rhubarb. So for next week, be let's share our favorite ways to use rhubarb - pies, crumbles, preserves, compotes - sweet or savory, how will you use it?
  • 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: Bacon - For the past number of weeks, Made with Love Mondays has focused on healthy ingredients like asparagus, pineapple, green salads and rhubarb. Next week, let's change things up and share our FAVORITE way to use bacon.
  • 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, April 30, 2012 at 12:00 AM EST and will end on Sunday, May 6, 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 (copy the HTML banner code below and paste it into the HTML of your post)
  4. Please limit your enthusiasm and link up no more than ONE post per week
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. Each week linked-up qualifying recipes from the prior week will be featured in the next Made with Love Mondays blog post (posted on Mondays)
  5. I will send a weekly "thank you" tweet to all weekly Made with Love Mondays participants 
  6. I will 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
  • Do not use any artificial food dyes and no "candies" (such as M&M's, peanut butter cups, etc)
  • If you use other finished foods in your recipe (e.g. breads, apple sauce, cookies, stocks etc), you must either a) include a recipe for the finished food in your post OR b) link to the recipe you used to make the finished food
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 to your post (banner must link back to the Made with Love Mondays challenge page)
  • Your 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 may link-up ONE recipe per week with Made with Love Mondays
  • 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 (use code below)

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. Hi Javelin,
    The berry and spinach salad looks wonderful! So healthy and delicious! I love this made with love mondays idea. I would love to participate.

    1. Asmita, I hope you can participate in the future - feel free to share a recipe any time! And I agree - Lizzy always comes up with delicious ideas...

  2. Love all of the recipes featured here! Thanks for including my strawberry salad! Have a great week Javelin!

    1. You're very welcome and I'm so glad you shared - it's always a pleasure to discover another of your creations...

  3. Thank you for posting such a nice food. I love all the display and thank you for giving me the opportunity of posting my cake too. Have a great week!

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed and had the opportunity to share a recipe! Thank YOU =)

  4. I'm baking rhubarb shortbread later today, but went ahead and linked up an old recipe for rhubarb muffins. Have a great Monday!

    1. They look delicious Lizzy and I can't wait to see what you're baking up next...

  5. I can't wait for my rhubarb plant to grow up and give me some nice stalks to use. Instead, I brought my Rainbow Chopped Salad. Thanks for letting me know!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing the Rainbow Chopped Salad and I'm so jealous that you can grow your own rhubarb! My mom used to grow some, but I've never attempted despite how much I love it...

  6. I know the healthy pancakes were delicious - I already tried that one today. That one is going in the box of recipes for the future as well!

    1. Awesome! I'm so glad you gave the pancakes a try and I know Kayle will be happy you enjoyed. Woot woot!

  7. I like this line up, especially the salads. These days I cannot have a salad without fruit! It is great to pop in here and know that all of these do not have any artificial ingredients. Keep this theme going!

    1. Tina, I'm so glad you enjoy and it's a lot of fun for me to discover what everyone shares each week. And right now, I'm a little obsessed with salads :)


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