Becoming a crazy bird lady

The sun is shining on a chilly spring day. A breeze cuts through tall grasses as 15-year-old me tromps through the wetlands on a school field trip. I am utterly miserable. We're searching for birds--the kind our sophomore biology teacher is requiring us to identify, categorize, memorize. And I just don't care....more

How to Write a Delicious Food Blog Post

So, you have started your food blog. Now comes the hard part: providing good content. But don't worry, this is also one of the fun parts of blogging. How do you write good content though? I'm glad you asked, I'm here to take you through the steps! ...more
thegomamas You have great recipes on your site, but on first glance it seems that there are more ...more

Food blogging tips: how to increase traffic pt.1 – food galleries

This is a post from the Food blogging tips series....more

Food blogging tips: how to start a blog

This is a post from the Food blogging tips series.So, you want to start a blog. Since my experience is mostly in food blogging, this post series is focusing exactly on that....more

How to Write a Better How-To Article In 10 Easy Steps

"Really? Is it really that difficult?" a friend asked when I told him I was writing a how-to article about how to write how-to articles. "I do feel a little like Alice going down the rabbit hole," I said. I am here to tell you, though, that yes, it must be that difficult to write a good how-to article, because most of the how-tos out there are terrible. ...more
LOL @ the seemingly simple task of writing a how-to piece. It's totally NOT that easy to do. It ...more

Moving From Wordpress.com to .org in 5 Easy Steps

Since I've become self-hosted, quite a few people have asked me how I did it. Seein as how I officially (and more importantly) successfully switched from Wordpress.com to self-hosted Wordpress.org, it basically qualifies me as a professional so I decided to write up a post to answer a bunch of questions in one fell swoop....more

Book Club Selections: A Cheat Sheet

Howdy Bookworms!Show of hands, how many of y’all are in a book club (you know, in real life?) How many of you book clubbers get sweaty palms just thinking about the pressure that comes with choosing the next read for your club? Fear not, my friends, today I’m providing you with a handy cheat sheet for selecting a winning book!...more

How to Host a Wine Tasting Party

Have you ever been to a wine tasting party? Want to know how to throw a wine tasting party? You don’t have to know wine to have a good time at this party. You just have to know what you like. Hosting one is easier than it sounds. You get a bunch of friends together. Everyone brings their favorite bottle of wine and an appetizer to share. See, half of the work is already done! ...more
What a good idea! I live in the Finger Lakes Wine Country, and I think it would be cool to have ...more

How To Peel and Devein Shrimp

Peeling and deveining raw shrimp is not difficult—in fact, it’s one of those cooking tasks you should know how to do.Many shrimp recipes, like my recipe for Cuban Garlic Shrimp, are easier to eat (and look so much prettier) if you peel and devein the raw shrimp before cooking. Peeling is self-explanatory. But deveining is basically removing the “vein” that runs down the back of the shrimp....more

How To Open A Bottle of Champagne in 5 Easy Steps

Nothing says “Happy New Year” like the sound of a cork popping from a Champagne bottle....more