Sharing Is Caring.

Helloooo Blogging World!

I’d like to congratulate myself and the rest of my Strategic Presentation class on creating our blogs and maintaining them for about a month now…it’s actually not as easy keeping up with a blog as you may think. Starting our blog was one thing, but now what’s the next step? Having people actually want to visit and follow our blogs would be nice. Since we started this blogging adventure as a class assignment, our blogs are just one in a million in the blogging world. The good news is, we can all help each other gain some followers…hopefully some outside bloggers that are interested in what we have to say.

Electronic collaboration and sharing is key as we try and promote our blogs. I’m sure that the majority of us have Twitter accounts which allows for endless sharing to the Twitter universe. If you have any interest in my blog, or even think some of you Twitter followers may…help me out! You can tweet something about food (which literally everyone loves to read about on social media now a days) and mention my blog in the tweet. You can even use tags such as #food #yummy #recipes #cooking…anything along those lines that would connect other bloggers right here to my blog. I have created tags of my own on my posts, as well as categories for my posts, which will hopefully help when trying to reach out to my follower base.

There are also other Internet platforms that encourage sharing such as Facebook, Instagram, even several Google platforms. Give sharing my blog a try and lets see if I can get a substantial following base (you know, more than about 5 readers that are just my classmates). Good luck with your blogs as well!

Friday Favorites

Can’t believe another week has gone by…figured I give a little favoritism to my favorite day of the week.

Favorite Recipe (perfect for people who eat all the cookie dough before baking the cookies…cough cough…me):

 

Recipe via jamhands.net

 

Favorite Festive Idea:

 

 

Favorite “Food Art”:

 

 

Favorite Cooking Helper:

 

 

Favorite Copy Cat Recipe:

Recipe via Budgetsavydiva.com

 

 

Wise Wednesdays

If there’s one fact all of my food blog followers should know about me, it’s the fact that my ABSOLUTE favorite food in the entire world is chocolate chip cookies. It is the one the I can eat every day for the rest of my life and never get sick of (trust me, I don’t think I’ve gone more than 3 days in a row without eating one). I actually have some sitting aside in the kitchen for dessert later…already can’t wait to indulge.

Since I’m such a chocolate chip cookie fanatic, I’m extremely picky with the way I believe they should be (taste, texture, temperature, look, etc). I have tried several different cookie recipes (my favorite yet is one by “Crisco”), but I’m still eager to find what makes the BEST chocolate chip cookie. My ideal cookie is on the larger side (where having one is JUST enough…but you can’t help but have two), a gooey chewy center with slightly crisp edges, and a perfect amount of chocolate chips. Through cookie recipe searching online, I found an article that gives great tips towards making a perfect chocolate chip cookie. So here are some words of the wise for cooking baking:

  1. Butter should be at room temperature (cool)
  2. Cream the butter itself first, then add in the sugars
  3. Find the perfect ratio between brown sugar and white sugar to use (more brown sugar means softer and chewier)
  4. Add eggs one at a time rather than all at once
  5. Refrigerate the dough AT LEAST an hour prior to baking (helps the cookies set and bake better)

Following these tips and other sound baking methods should prove to provide the best and chewiest chocolate chip cookie…I’ll have to give it a try!

To read the full article click here!

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Blog Screencasting…Click Me!

For this blog assignment we were introduced to the software application Jing. Using Jing you can create a customized screenshot picture or video of your computer screen and can share it with people through a link uploaded through the Jing website. I was extremely impressed with the usability of this software and luckily had no difficulties using it (unlike the other softwares used for our weekly assignments).

I created a Screencasted tour of one of my favorite blogs to follow…Lauren Conrad’s. It’s basically just your general girly blog with posts about fashion, makeup, decorating, etc. I gave my “tour” of her blog referencing the Dunn article we read for class about “interior design tips” to make your blog user friendly. I think Lauren follows all of these tips when creating her blog. She has a simple theme that’s easy on the eyes, has a header that describes her overall blog, her “front rooms” are explicitly labeled and take you exactly where you want to go, and her “garage” or “widgets” are plentiful and link to various parts of the blog.

I actually enjoyed using this Screencasting application and found myself talking for way longer than the suggested two minutes…oops. Hopefully it’s not TOO painful to watch or listen to for the whole time. Like I said, I really like the usability of this application and may use it for a variety of things when needed in the future. It may come in handy when needing to send a picture of a map for directions to a friend (like shown in the Jing video), or even if you need to make a tutorial video and send it to someone.

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Blog Podcast

Hint: To listen to the podcast click the link and it will direct you to the google drive file and then click “download” and it’ll open in whatever your default music player is.

Hi everyone! So this week’s assignment for class was pretty much the toughest yet…to create a music file (podcast) commercial for our blog using GarageBand or some sort of music editor. This took an extreme amount of attention to detail and what not to attempt to make a perfect music file. Since I have absolutely no ear for music what so ever I found this to be extremely difficult. Using the program Garageband itself wasn’t tough, it’s pretty straight forward after watching tutorial videos for a little help. The actual editing and file creating however, was a whole level of difficult.

We were instructed to use two different songs that were to fade in and out and merge together using a technique called “crossfade.” This was probably the easiest part of the task (just simply adjusting the volume of each song to higher or lower depending on which one is fading out). The other part of the task was to record a voice file over the introduction song. The recording part wasn’t too hard. I figured I would start the intro with just pure music (no lyrics) and then once lyrics began I started to record my blog “commercial.” Once again, adjusting the background song volume was pretty straight forward so you can solely hear the voice recording over the low volume of the song.

The absolute most difficult part for me was “splicing” the first song. Like I said, I have no musical ear and it’s pretty hard for me to even count beats in music. I tried, but I’ll be the first to say that my splice is a pretty sloppy one. I tried to adjust the volume accordingly so the sloppy splice wasn’t SO noticeable. I guess this technique takes a little practice to get it just right.

Overall I think that my podcast is pretty decent for being a first time GarageBand user and by no means a professional music editor. I’m glad that we got to learn some of these editing techniques because you never know when you’ll need to make some sort of recording or podcast in the professional world or even just for fun. Hopefully with more practice I can get the hang of it.