Thursday, August 26, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
I'm going to keep the rest simple, because I like simple and I assume since ya'll like me...you do like me! Right?...that you want things simple too.
Here it goes.
~Go to Design in your Dashboard
~Click "Template Designer NEW"...grrrrrr
~It should open on the Templates tab
~I picked Ethereal because it seemed to be the easiest to work with, but if you're brave, play around with the others
~Go to the Layout Tab...hands are getting clammy as I write this. Here is where I got really frustrated with all the new gadgetry. Breathe...Breathe...Breathe...ok..I'll go on.
~Clearly, I selected the template very similar to the Minima template. All of my blog posts are the majority of the left, while my gadgets hang on the right.
~Then I selected Adjust Width....Breathing still....I set my entire blog at 820 px and the Right side bar at 300px. This seemed to work well with centering my blog banner and keeping all of the new little blog tags from hanging over the side. It's best to play around and find what works for your pictures.
~I went back to the tabs and selected Background. This was kinda fun...shhhh don't tell the blog master I said that. I went to the Transparent backgrounds and picked polka dots.
~To change the color of the polka dots you go to the Advanced tab...I found that changing colors was pretty easy. It highlights what your changing so you can see what's happening to your blog.
~I went to Picasa and selected the picture I wanted.
~I then clicked on the Edit tab
~This took me to Picnik which is a great place to play around with your pictures. I have to admit that I hadn't done any of my pic editing here until this weekend. LOVE IT!
~Under the Edit Tab I, go to resize
~Check the Keep Proportions and then enter 940 in the first dimensions box. It will keep your pic looking like it should. When I unclicked Keep Proportions my picture stretched.
~To add a little bliggityblang to my picture I then went to the Create tab, then Seasonal, then Valentine's Day, and then Heart's Desire. This gave the picture its glowy spotlight look.
It just so happened that there were a few who were posting about blog improvements and they were so handy.
Here's a list of great help.
♥Cindy @ Cottage Instincts~wonderful post about growing your blog following, what a sweetie too, with tons of great cottage decor idears
♥Kim @ Cheap Chic Home ~ I'm looking forward to reading more of her blogs, she was the one with the great idea to make the pic 940 px. A wise woman indeedy.
♥Brenda @ Cozy Little House ~ She did a question and answer post that helped a lot! I see that she's also done a post to help get a 3 column blog. I long for a 3 column blog...but I've had my fill for now. Maybe I'll tackle it down the road. At least I'll know where to get the help! Thank you Jayme (Tales from the Coop Keeper) for sending me her way.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I had trusted this man! We had history (about 10 minutes).
He was sneaky!
This is how it all went down: I saw him grab something in the cooler. It was small enough to fit in his hand and not be seen clearly. He didn't say a word, and he just took it over to the meat slicer to shave some off. He came back to us, and reaching over the counter, handed us each a petite little slice of "something". "Try this!", he said.
"Ummm...like...OK!", replied Mr. D...I mean me.
It was mild, nice texture, clearly came from a small strangely shaped loaf.
"Do you like it?", said the butcher with an ulterior motive.
"Ummm...it's ok! What is it?"
"It's tongue!", he says with a smile on his face.
Suddenly my world changed. Every bit of what was left in my mouth, hangin' out in my teeth began to...well...taste me back.
I could feel things stirring in me, and my only hope was to swallow hard. Look out the window...swallow hard...look at all the birdies...swallow hard.
Ok, so my palate ain't so mature.
"You liked it before I told you what it was, didn't you?" he says now with a smirk across his face.
"Ummm...kinda...(swallowing hard again).
Needing to put this little moment behind us, we continued to make our selections. We selected about four different kinds of bologna, ham and turkey lunch meat, and some of the best hot dogs we've ever eaten.
They're on the far left of this picture.
It's so cool...it's like they're linked together just like in the cartoons!!
( Immature dork alert!)
One of the wonderful new things we had to try was
Holiday Loaf/Schweinebauch ~wrapped in bacon.
(#41 on the list...will not be marked off, but maybe circled with a heart)
Oh, it was delicious!
I tried to ♥girl it up♥ good by serving it on a croissant.
Horrible picture, but really good eats.
So if you're ever in the neighborhood, be sure to stop in to Claus' and tell him the lady that choked down the tongue says, "Hi."
We also purchased the
DOUBLE Smoked Bacon!
I'll be baking it in the oven just like ya'll suggested.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
I'm not bitter really. I ate it with all its crispy golden-ness using about 10 napkins to clean up after each and every delicious bite.