Saturday, May 9, 2015

A New Adventure: YumGoggle

We bought a website! My mom and I went into business together this year and, so far, it has been quite a ride.


In February and part of March, we overhauled the existing site. We gave it a brand new look and feel. Unfortunately, because of the major changes, we were unable to keep the preexisting 30,000 recipe submissions. Basically, we started over, from scratch. But we are happy with the new format and with our new website. We’ve also learned a lot from this experience.

The website is Yumgoggle.com. If you’ve never heard of it, food bloggers from all over the world submit a photograph, description, and a direct link to a recipe from their blog.  We have great categories available for the bloggers to select when they submit a recipe link. Submitting a recipe is absolutely free.

After the submission is published, we go about promoting the link to the recipe all over the internet. We promote on some combination of Pinterest, Bloglovin, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumbler, StumbleUpon, etc… Not every recipe is promoted on every social media outlet, except, everything goes on Pinterest, Bloglovin, and Twitter.  

In addition to the individual promotion, the website is open to the public. People can access the site and search for what interests them. One of the ways they can do that is by browsing Categories. They can also search for key words. Searching and accessing the recipes is also free. 
Some of my favorite Categories are:

What makes us different from other, similar sites? For starters, no one has to sign up for an account to use us. That process has always seemed cumbersome for both submitters and users. We want our process to be as easy and enjoyable as possible. Also, we don’t want people to be afraid to submit their recipes/photographs. Some sites, similar to ours, are hyper critical of the photographs and recipes submitted. Being bloggers and food bloggers, ourselves, we know your ability to take an incredible photograph is not directly connected to your ability to cook good food. We want people from all over the world to share links to their recipes with us and we want to share them with the world.

So, how do we make money if everything is free? We have a few, unobtrusive, ads placed on our site. When people visit our website and click ads that interest them, we make a few cents. That is where the money to maintain the website will eventually come from. That is one of the lessons we have learned, when you visit a blog or site that has some ads, take a moment to click one or two. Running a website takes money and often that money comes from ads. Think of it as tipping. If you are using a site, blog or otherwise using free content on the internet, be kind enough to click an ad (if there is one). It’s an easy way to support your favorite sites.

We hope you’ll take the time to check out our site. We update content, daily. And if you see some gaps in my blog posts on this site, now that it’s likely because I’m working on the new website. We are still finding a balance between our new venture and our existing lives and jobs.


Thank you, all, for your support! 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

3rd Birthday: Octonauts

Each year, I throw a birthday party for our little Speed Racer. 
For our 3rd year I chose an Octonauts theme and we also decided to scale down a bit. My husband and I are working many more hours, far beyond 40 hours a week and I’ve taken on a new project, to boot. We are super busy, so I had to figure out some easy birthday party decorations that go with our theme.

I’m happy to share with you our Octonauts Birthday Party decorations to help inspire your party. If you are pinched for time and/or money, these are easy and inexpensive.
Octonauts Party http://splinteredvision.blogspot.com/

  One of my favorite things to do is incorporate some of Speed Racer’s presents into the decorations.
We picked up some Octonauts squirt toys to decorate the cake and table with. That cake was $35 at Sam’s Club. Their cakes are fresh, taste great and guests always love it.

Octonauts Party http://splinteredvision.blogspot.com/

Green Crepe Paper Streamers, twisted, and scotch tape make wonderful seaweed! A disposable blue tablecloth makes a beautiful sea. Paper cutout sea life complete the under the sea look. A couple of blow up sea life balls were a fun addition and entertained our birthday boy along with his cousins.
Octonauts Party http://splinteredvision.blogspot.com/

This ETSY Shop was a quick and easy way to get a personalized Octonauts shirt for the birthday boy.
Octonauts Party http://splinteredvision.blogspot.com/
Presents

Really, we didn’t do much more than that this year and it was absolutely enough. Speed Racer had a wonderful time with his family and I was not completely worn out at the end of the day. The decorations were nice and crafty but not terribly time consuming.
One day, I’m told, Speed Racer will no longer wat mommy to put on a themed birthday party. I’m sure that’s true and will be here sooner than I would like. Until then, I enjoy putting together these parties, but I’ve also learned that I don’t have to wear myself out to do it.  
Looking for products I used for this party? 

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Sourdough Bread Pizza


I wandered through the kitchen and wondered what I could make for lunch. I had a loaf of sourdough bread that needed to be used before it went moldy. So, I decided to make pizza. I figured I could track down some pizza like toppings somewhere in the kitchen. You have to use what you’ve got some times. I managed find some toppings and it turned out great!

Speed Racer is a big fan of just about any kind of pizza and I did not want to go out to get ingredients. It was far too cold outside and we were still in our pajamas. I like lazy pajama Saturdays and easy pizza. I hope you enjoy this pizza.

Sourdough Bread Pizza

Ingredients



A loaf of Sourdough Bread (or any loaf of bread you like)
Pizza Sauce (I use Contadina Pizza Squeeze)
2 Cups of shredded Mozzarella cheese
And Toppings (Use what you’ve got)
Frozen Meatballs
Canned Mushrooms
Sliced Jalapenos (We use Mt. Olive)

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 


Slice your sourdough loaf in half. Lay the two halve, cut side up, on a cookie sheet. Spread pizza sauce on both halves. Prepare your toppings if you need to.
I took about 10 frozen meatballs and microwaved them until they were completely thawed. Then I cut them into fourths.


Put the toppings on top of the sauced bread. Cover all of your topping with the shredded cheese. Since some of this pizza was for Speed Racer, I left off jalapenos from a fourth of the pizza.
Bake your pizza for 15 minutes. 


If your cheese is not golden bubbly, try using your broiler for a little while longer. But keep a close eye. It’s easy to burn something with the broiler. Ours turned out just the way I like it.



Speed Racer loves pizza! I always cut up his pizza using out FunBites cutter. I love that thing. It’s super easy to use and it cuts pizza into perfect pieces for our son. 


If you have a 2 or 3 year old, I recommend getting one to try out. They have all sorts of shapes available. 

Here are some from Amazon if you are looking.