Scan Me!

Technology has literally taken over our world by connecting virtually everyone and everything with different devices and applications. A semi-new form of technology that we discussed in class this week is a QR code. These crafty little designs of “squares” show up constantly…whether it’s the barcode being scanned while you purchase your weekly groceries, or a code that looks similar to the one below found on a page of your favorite cooking magazine that will take you to a recipe’s website. If you have a smartphone and have installed a “scanner” app, then you’re going to love this. Just scan the QR code below and you will be directed to one of my favorite foodie websites…appropriately named “foodgawker.” You literally gawk…at food…delicious food. And, you know, search for recipes and food blogs along the way. Hope this works!

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(Link to QR Code just incase)

Keep Calm And…

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This week in class we discussed the nature of memes and looked at a variety of examples (there’s literally SO many variations out there). For our blog post we were instructed to pick a meme that had something to do with our blog (or whatever we were feeling for the day). I was kind of stumped on this because I really didn’t know what memes would be out there that had anything to do with foodie blogging…so I basically spent almost an hour on knowyourmeme.com searching through the meme database (like I said, there’s a million out there on the web). When I wasn’t finding anything I decided that I should maybe use a meme generator and create my own…while trying to do that I was still stumped and had no idea what basic meme to use and individualize. That’s when I stumbled upon the “Keep Calm and Carry On” meme. The original “Keep Calm and Carry On” was transmitted throughout the web and later a series of templates were created around the central theme “Keep Calm And…” There are tons of variations of this meme scattered around the Internet with all different phrases coming after the original “Keep Calm.” I found this one and figured it was perfect to post…who doesn’t love cupcakes? This would be cute to even find a poster of and hang on the kitchen wall for all you foodies out there.

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!

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.