Saturday, May 9, 2015
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!
Monday, January 19, 2015
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
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)
Sliced Jalapenos (We use Mt. Olive)
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.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Before Christmas we were busy getting ready and enjoying all of the holiday festivities. Since Speed Racer is two he’s beginning to enjoy Christmas, even if he’s not quite sure how it works. We had Advent calendars and visits to Santa Claus. We enjoyed Christmas specials and Christmas cookies. Speed Racer discovered that he likes to go shopping. It was a wonderful, busy month before Christmas. And even blog posts that I started went unfinished because I was more focused somewhere else. But that’s not really a bad thing. It just makes this post a little late.
Christmas Eve and then Christmas Day came. Both were full of presents, family and food. Speed Racer thinks Christmas is quite a wonderful thing. Now the difficulty lies in explaining that it only happens once a year.
The day after Christmas, Speed Racer and I traveled back home to visit his great grandparents. It was our very first trip home without my husband. “Daddy has to work” is a most common phrase, now that he has a new job. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just another change.
Speed Racer and I enjoyed the evening with the grandparents and aunt and uncle that were visiting. We went to dinner and did some shopping. It was a wonderful time. But the next morning I woke up feeling awful. I couldn’t touch the lovely breakfast grandma had cooked for us. Speed Racer wouldn’t eat either. Then grandma said it was starting to sleet outside.
Blurg. I got us ready and packed up the car. Grandma sent me with a couple of bottles of 7 Up. I’m sad that our visit home ended that way. I drove two hours across the state. Speed Racer and I were both miserable and the rain, then sleet, then snow, then heavy snow were no comfort to me. Speed Racer slept part of the way, thankfully.
I am thankful for my mom and step farther. I was able to walk in the house and they took care of Speed Racer and everything in the car. As the day went on and we didn’t improve we decided to go to Urgent Care. It was a good thing we went. We were diagnosed with the Flu. I am very thankful for Tamiflu and nausea medicine. Speed Racer is, too.
It’s been a few days and we are starting to feel better. So I finally feel like and have time to write this blog post. It’s a little late but I’m happy to post it because I do feel better and Speed Racer is feeling better. A two year old with the flu is a scary thing.
This Christmas there were some gifts we got to open early. For instance, the advent calendars, Speed Racer got to open one with mom and one with dad each night. Dad’s advent calendar was a gift from my mom and it was a Star Wars Lego Advent calendar. It’s pretty cool! Some of the Lego guys made some great props for my cookie pictures.
My husband gave us an early Christmas gift of Star Wars cookie cutters. As I said, I intended to finish this post long before now but I got busy. So, this is actually an after Christmas story and a Christmas cookie post mashed together. So…on to the Christmas Cookies!
Do you like gingerbread? Some people find most gingerbread recipes too strong. Do you like Star Wars? Who doesn’t? It’s better than gingerbread and you can have Star Wars all year round, while gingerbread is generally considered seasonal.
But put the two together and it’s great Christmas fun!
Now, the cookie recipe I used is not my own. It came from Kelli’sKitchen and is called A Kinder Gentler Gingerbread Man Cookie.
Well, I suppose you can make a Darth Vader gingerbread man a little kinder and gentler. I do really love these cookies and they are even better when in the shape of Star Wars characters.
I’m not going to post the cookie recipe here. You’ll have to go to her blog to get it (the link is above). Just look at what you can make! They are an incredible addition to any holiday gathering. Maybe even for New Year's Eve!
Looking for these cookie cutters or advent calendar? No problem!