Made with Love Mondays: Week of 4/9/2012

Featured Contributors from the last Made with Love Mondays

A Reluctant Foodie: Vegan Mexican Chocolate Pudding

Girlichef: My Latest Addiction: Oatmeal Brown Ale Bread and Rolls

The Cooking Actress: Simple Biscuits

I'm Cookin' in My Kitchen: Blackberry-Blueberry Yogurt Madeleines

Canela Kitchen: Easter Vanilla Cupcakes

That Skinny Chick Can Bake: Lattice Topped Raspberry Pie

The More Than Occasional Baker: Chocolate Espresso Pots de Creme

MJ's Kitchen: Buttermilk Cornbread

Damn Delicious: Cappuccino Pancakes with Mocha Syrup

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: Now that the Easter holiday has come (and nearly gone as of the writing of this post!) it finally feels like Spring has arrived. And arriving with spring is one of my favorite vegetables and this week's optional theme: Asparagus. I'm so excited for this marvelous vegetables because it's only in season for a couple months every year and right now most grocers are stocked with bunches of these tasty spears! So stock up now and share your favorite from-scratch recipe...
  • 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: Buns/Rolls - who doesn't love a warm, soft roll or bun with a little pat of butter? My mom sent me back to Virginia loaded down with hot crossed buns from Easter and I'd forgotten how much I adore buns. So let's share recipes - either a family favorite or a new recipe you've been itching to try...
  • 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 9, 2012 at 12:00 AM EST and will end on Sunday, April 15, 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. Hope you had a great Easter! And thanks for the feature this week. I'm linking up my asparagus with bacon this week~

  2. LOL, well, I'll link it up tomorrow!

    1. Thanks for sharing your delicious asparagus w/ bacon - I've never tried this but sounds delicious. And I did have a good Easter - one of the happiest over the past few :)

  3. There are some tasty ones here. I have saved the recipe from girlie chef, those rolls look amazing. Thanks for sponsoring this and have a great day!

    1. Tina, I'm so glad you discovered Girliechef's rolls and I completely agree - simply awesome rolls...

  4. These treats look wonderful! My favorite is Liz's raspberry pie. That looks heavenly! Would love that with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

    1. There's nothing (well, probably almost nothing) that a dollop of vanilla ice cream couldn't improve just a smidge ;)

  5. I love the raspberry pie. All the food is excellent as usual. Makes me hungry!

    1. I'm so glad you stopped by to check out all the yummy food - it's so much fun to see what everyone comes up with...

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    1. All the credit goes to the creators ;) But I agree, everything sounds so good...

  7. This is my first time here, I am so glad I stopped by. What a fun idea, and a beautiful roundup of recipes! Take care, Terra

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and I'm so glad you enjoyed...

  8. I've seen Lizzy's pie and MJ's cornbread, but the rest are all new blogs. Thanks for introducing and sharing great recipes from other bloggers!

    1. Nami, it's my pleasure and I'm always excited to see what folks are making from-scratch each week =)

  9. What a fabulous round up of eye pleasing dishes! Those all look amazing. I'm especially oogling that pots de creme. It looks incredible!

    1. Julie, I agree - I told Ros (the Baking Addict) that I could keep eat her pots de creme till I burst ;)

  10. And you know my philosophy! Bake with love, bake from scratch :-D And I love your posts like this one where I discover new blogs and old that I have neglected (my friend Girlichef) and so many things I want to dash into the kitchen to make right away. Great roundup!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jamie - and I'm so glad you enjoy the roundup. The credit for all these from-scratch foods goes to the awesome contributors each week :)

  11. I so keep meaning to contribute something to your Monday posts - ahhh! The vegan Mexican pudding looks intriguing and I'm off to investigate that now.

    1. I hope you do have the chance to contribute at some point - I'm a big fan of your chocolate creations and I'm positive others will as as well ;)


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