Tuesday, November 30, 2010

How to Create Numbered Comments for Your Blog

I recently helped with a blog design for someone who wanted numbered comments. I'd never thought of doing that before and had to do a little research and googling to find out how to.

I found a great site with wonderful instructions on how to install code for the numbered comments. Be aware that it can get pretty tricky but they have great instructions.

I found the instructions at BloggerStop.net. See the instructions HERE.

Some tips I learned along the way and you may find helpful...

1. Make SURE to go to your "Edit HTML" under "Design" and click the "Expand Widgets" box. Copy and paste all of that code into a document in case you mess up and need to revert back.

2. Read CAREFULLY and follow the steps exactly. One false move can mess up the entire code.

3. The code sets the number as automatically white. You'll need to change it to "black" or another color if you don't want a background.

4. If you don't want a background, you can replace this code:

background: url(http://i50.tinypic.com/egx3t3.jpg) no-repeat;
width: 50px;
height: 48px;

With this code:

background: white;

5. You can also create your own design in Photoshop or something. Just make sure it's only 50 x 50 pixels large or so. Just make sure to adjust the "width" and "height" under "background".

6. You may have to adjust the "margin-right" and "margin-top" to get it to a position you like best. Remember negative numbers will move in a different direction as well (IE. 5px or -5px)

7. You'll have to have embedded comments, not the pop-out comments. Under "Settings" then "Comments" select "Embed below post" under the comments placement section.

8. Oh, while I'm at it... this has nothing to do the comments, but most bloggers find it more convenient if you turn OFF word verification. Near the bottom of the same section as you go to in tip number 7. You can still verify comments before they are published if you want.

9. You can change the size by adjusting the pixels under "font-size". Just adjust, save and view, then readjust as you want.

10. And last, but certainly not least as this is the most IMPORTANT THING I discovered... If you're having trouble seeing the comments (particularly if you use Internet Explorer), go to "Settings" then "Comments" then at the bottom, under the section "Show Profile Pictures on Comments?" choose NO. I can't tell you how long I fought with this. I could see the comments in Firefox (which I use) but they could not be seen in Internet Explorer. It might be a good idea regardless to do this so you can ensure your readers see the numbers too.

Well, I hope this helps someone out there who has been wanting to get numbered comments but didn't know where to start!

And be ready for What's Cooking Wednesday tomorrow! I've got something yummy in mind for you guys :)

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Little Black Friday Shopping

So I've never really been Black Friday shopping. But I've heard the horror stories from my mom. She doesn't even go anymore. It's easier to just get on the computer, order what you want, and send it to your house.

But there were a few things my dad wanted from Academy, a local sporting goods store. So I decided to brave the throngs of people with him and woke up at a lovely 4:15 am. We made our way over to there... not too much traffic, although we avoid any and all Walmarts, Targets, malls, etc. I was surprised at the number of people lined up to get into Academy. It was crazy. Then when the doors opened, at 5, people started cheering. I was like, seriously, you're cheering for a sporting goods store?

It was a mad rush through the store. My dad went to get a few things and I was searching for these keypad personal safes that were on sale. I found the display, near the front of the store, but couldn't find any safes. Finally, an employee tells me they're "by the 3rd price scanner". I run, well really walked fast, down there and am searching all over. I can't find these. I finally find another employee who tells me "oh, they're at the front of the store". Nope. You're other buddy up there already told me there wasn't any and I couldn't find them either. She (quite rudely I might add) helped me look for them while huffing and constantly stopping to help other people. We finally found them, near the FOURTH price scanner. I grabbed 2 (only 2 left after that) and tried to make my way to the front where my dad was. Now, these things aren't light. And I'm carrying TWO. I can barely see in front of me. I know what you're thinking... why didn't you get a buggy. 1. I didn't think about that beforehand. Yea, smart thinking there. 2. I didn't want to leave the safes in case someone else found them. and 3. It would only slow me down!

Finally got back to dad who was filling out a whole bunch of paperwork. He was buying 2 handguns that were on a serious sale. Yea, I know, there's a lot of anti-gun people out there, but we live in the south. NRA capitol of the world. Anyways, the employee has to escort you with the guns to check out. No bypass for them either. Nope, we had to wait in line. Poor guy. He has to escort every person who buys a gun. And there were a bunch of people in line. So we split up. My line ended up moving faster so they moved over with me. Then we FINALLY got checked out and got escorted to the door before my dad was actually handed his guns.

Then it was time for some IHOP. MMMmmm. But it was seriously packed! Shouldn't these people be shopping or something? ;) It was a good meal, despite them being out of stuff (steak- my dad wanted a steak omelette, and ham). And the waitress was kind of rude. She took our menus way before taking our orders. So my dad didn't know what to choose after she told him there was not steak. And she told the people next to us they needed to "pick something now because there's a line of people waiting to eat". Yea, kinda rude in my opinion. But regardless, I was happy and full afterwards. Then we made a quick stop at Home Depot then home. I took a little nap and then started CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS! (my mom has this rule that we have to wait until one holiday is finished before we can start on the next) Pictures coming soon!

So I had a very limited view of Black Friday, but I personally think the whole shopping online thing is way better and more convenient! Plus I heard about one person in another town getting stabbed at a Walmart over a trampoline and a 5 year old getting hit by a car in the Target parking lot. (From what I understand, everyone was relatively ok)

So, what did you do for Black Friday? Any good sales? Any family traditions? I'd love to hear about them!

Oh, and are you beginning your Christmas shopping? Be sure to check out Just 4 Fun Jewelry for some AWESOME prices on jewelry!

Also, Saturday Mornings Etsy Shop has some GREAT gifts for those bookworms on your shopping list! Be sure to check her stuff out and get a few things!

Oh, and the Saturday Mornings blog has been nominated for the Blog Guidebook! A really great honor! Be sure to VOTE for her blog by clicking HERE! Just vote for Saturday Mornings on the sidebar... voting ends November 26!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Chicken Spaghetti Casserole & 11/24 What's Cooking Wednesday

Oooh, I have a yummy recipe for you today! It was actually a test recipe of sorts. I had an idea in mind, a combo of 2 recipes, and decided to try it. It was mouth-watering good, if I do say so myself. I took a family recipe for Rotel Chicken Spaghetti and combined it with a Dorito Casserole recipe. So we have a nice Chicken Spaghetti Casserole!

First I pre-cooked some chicken breasts. I set them aside and then, so I didn't have another pan to clean, um, I mean, to add flavor, I cooked the spaghetti in the chicken water. Then drain the spaghetti.

Add the chicken that you cut/shredded into small pieces while the spaghetti was cooking. Oh, I didn't tell you that? Yea, multitask :)

Then add a can of Cream of Chicken Soup and cut the heat on the burner to medium.

Then a can of Rotel Tomatoes. Yea, this is the part where I realized we didn't have any so we made a quick trip to Dollar General. Ok, break time over... add the tomatoes :)

Ok, our family's greatest Secret Weapon. Well, I guess it's not secret anymore since I'm about to tell you. Tony Chachere's Cream of Mushroom Soup Seasoning. I DISLIKE (I won't say hate because I'll eat it if I have to) Cream of Mushroom Soup. The canned kind, because it has those chunks of mushroom in it. Blech! And when I was younger, if my mom didn't pick out the mushrooms, I spent half my dinner time picking out mushrooms. Until we discovered this seasoning. No chunky mushrooms, all the great taste! You add 1/2 cup of seasoning and 1 1/2 cup milk to recipes. You could use Cream of Mushroom soup though too. You'd probably want to add a little milk to reach your desired consistency.

It makes this pretty liquid-y. But that's what makes a GREAT sauce!

Then I cubed some Velveeta cheese (about 1/3-1/2 a block) and added it to the pan. My friend, Nichole, helped take action shots while I cooked. Try not to be jealous of my magic cheese... well, the camera put a haze around it so it looks magic :)

Stir the cheese in and let it melt some. I was going to let it melt all the way but then I got impatient and figured it would finish melting in the oven. Oh, BTW, preheat your oven to 350.

Then I put the mixture into a casserole pan and topped it with Dorito pieces.

Then we added MORE cheese... shredded cheddar, on top.

Tossed it in the oven until the cheese got all nice and melted on top :)

See how oooey-gooey good it looks? Oooopps, you can see where I snuck a chip.

Another closeup.... my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Seriously, there was NOTHING left. Normally, we have some leftovers. But not tonight! Pretty much everyone went back for seconds! A HUGE success!

Alright now for a few favorites from last week!

Ok, it's no secret that I LOVE mexican food! I also really like lasagna (no cottage cheese please). So when I saw this recipe, I was oober excited! Over at Close to Home, they show us how to make a Tex-Mex Lasagna! It looks really good... I can't wait to try it out!

Jocelyn, over at Inside BruCrew Life, shares with us a TO DIE FOR recipe for Ultimate Reese's Cheesecake Brownie Bars! I mean, just look at them! Heaven on earth! I may have to run to the store so I can make these tomorrow!

Nancy, at Nancy Creative, shows us how to make some ROCKING Bacon-Cheese Pull Aparts. They look FANTASTIC! So simple to make! They would make a great appetizer for Thanksgiving!

There were SO many great recipes last week! To see more, be sure to head over to last week's What's Cooking Wednesday!

I can't wait to see what you've got for us today! If you've got some great Thanksgiving recipes, be sure to link them up fast so those of us slackers have last minute recipes ;)

Add as many recipes as you'd like! Look for featured ones next week too! Yours could be a favorite!

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Blog Swap with Lori from Paisley Passions

Yes, I know... I've been MIA lately. School is really kicking my tail. Only 2 more weeks though! Then I'll be graduating!!

But today, do I have a treat for you! Lori, from Paisley Passions, was SO kind to blog swap with me :) I can't tell you how thrilled I am! Check out a little more about Lori and what she has to say...

I was super thrilled when Courtney @ Not So Homemade contacted me about doing a blog swap. She has a lot of DARLING stuff going on over here on her blog. So, I was more than happy to have her guest post for me on Paisley Passions today, and just as excited to be given the chance to post on her blog as well!

Let me introduce myself. My name is Lori and I have a blog called, Paisley Passions. I am a busy mother of 5 kiddos, a wife, and a full-time returning college student. My life can get a little bit crazy at times; so, my blog is my creative outlet. I use it to share all of the things that I create. You will find all sorts of things going on over there.

There will be stuff like this:

And this:

And even this:

I hope you will pop on over to Paisley Passions and say hi! It is always great to meet new bloggers out in blogland!

Thanks, Courtney for swapping with me today!

Doesn't she have the most SPECTACULAR ideas? Be sure to head on over to Paisley Passions and leave Lori some comments! You'll want to go ahead and click 'follow' because she has such an AMAZING blog with GREAT ideas!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Shameless Plug...

I really haven't been able to post much. I've been super busy with school. I'm in the process of getting ready for clinicals as we speak. And, for the record, 5 am is too early to be up. It just is.

Anyways, I thought I'd post a little shameless plug for my mom's etsy shop, Just 4 Fun Jewelry.

Because, you know, Christmas is coming up and we all need good quality, but low priced gifts right?

You can get a gorgeous pair of steel and pearl earrings for only $6!

These pink crystazzi earrings are a mere $3!

Or how about a fun pair of zebra earrings for only $5?

A pair of beautiful pair of pearl earrings... $6!

You could get these fun sparkle spheres for just $2!!

So be sure to head over to Just 4 Fun Jewelry and check out more!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Jazzed Up Jambalaya & 11/17 What's Cooking Wednesday

Ok, I'm going to be honest. I've been pretty stressed with school lately so I haven't done much cooking. We've pretty much been living off of leftovers, take out, and freezer meals. But I can blame school right? Yea, I'll blame school.

Anyways, yesterday afternoon, I knew I had WCW coming up and I didn't want to leave you guys hanging. Not after the phenomenal turnout we had last week! 34 GREAT recipes!

So please excuse my rather pathetic excuse for a recipe....

Here's my Jazzed Up Jambalaya :)

First I took a box of Tony Chachere's Jambalaya Mix and cooked it according to directions, using chicken and sausage.

Then I jazzed it up by adding some frozen corn and okra while it cooked. MMMM! Delicious!

I LOVED it! It gave a boring box mix a little extra kick! There seriously wasn't a thing left in the pan, we devoured it all!

Ok, now that you've seen my somewhat whimpy post, it's time for you to see some REAL recipes from last week's What's Cooking Wednesday!

It's no secret that I LOVE mexican food! So check out this DELICIOUS looking recipe for Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas that Marcie, from Don't Waste Your Homemaking, shares with us!

Ok, I can't pronounce this name, but I SURE want to try it! I looks SOOOO GOOD! Kristin, from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker, shows you how to make 4 Cheese Porcini Vegetable Stuffed Schiaffoni with Fennel Cannellini Bean Sauce . Sounds fancy :)

One more recipe I wanted to share with you comes from Becky, at Mrs. Betty Rocker. It's a mouth-watering recipe for Chicken (or Shrimp) with Roasted Red Pepper Cream. It looks OUT OF THIS WORLD AMAZING!

There were SO many AMAZING recipes, it was difficult to pick just 3! Be sure to check out last week's WCW and find more YUMMY recipes!

Alright, I can't WAIT to see what you've cooked up for us today!

Add as many recipes as you'd like! Look for featured ones next week too! Yours could be a favorite!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Head on Over to Saturday Mornings...

Dana, over at Saturday Mornings, just posted up her Strut Your Stuff Party!

Head on over and link up your best creations!

Can't wait to see all the great ideas :)

Oh, and don't forget about tomorrow's What's Cooking Wednesday! Head back over here and share with us your BEST recipes!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Aunt Peg's Jewelry WINNER! & Spotlight Sunday BLOGHOP

And the winner....

of the Aunt Peg's Jewelry Giveaway...

for this GORGEOUS Charm Necklace...


Random Generator, show us a winner!

So just who is the lucky comment number 7?

My good friend Nic from Mrs. Lavespere! I'll be getting in touch with you and sending your info to the good folks at Aunt Peg's Jewelry!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Be sure to visit the Aunt Peg's Jewelry etsy shop to find more great items!

And the Aunt Peg's Jewelry blog for more great tips and tutorials!

And the Aunt Peg's Recipe Box blog for the YUMMIEST recipes!

And the Sister Sally's blog for more great crafty ideas!

Alright! Now for today's Spotlight Sunday Bloghop!

Add your blog to the list! Be sure to check out other blogs and leave them some comments or even become a new follower! (We all love comments and new followers right?)


Be sure to add the button to your blog so others can join in on the fun!

Want to add the blog hop to your blog?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Last Day to Enter the Aunt Peg's Jewelry Giveaway!

Don't forget!

Today's the LAST DAY to enter the Aunt Peg's Jewelry Giveaway where you could win this beautiful charm necklace:

Click HERE for more details.

Friday, November 12, 2010

A Mexican Dinner

Want to see what I had for dinner last night? You might be a little jealous because it was SO DELICIOUS!

Delicious looking right?

First I found this recipe for Taco Pockets. I thought to myself, I'll have to try those! And then I found one for a Taco Dip and I knew it was fate... we were having MEXICAN for dinner! I called my mom with a list and she ran by the store on her way home.

The first recipe I found was the Taco Pockets from Aunt Peg's Recipe Box (you may remember her from Spotlight Sunday). I followed her recipe exact and used homestyle biscuits. It was SOOO YUMMY! I LOVED THEM! It took me a while to get the hang of filling them (without making a huge mess) and they look pretty funny but they were GOOD! Be sure to check it out! Here's a few pictures of mine:

The second recipe is from Making Memories... One Fun Thing After Another for a Touchdown Taco Dip. Talk about DELICIOUS! I've always loved taco dips but never made one of my own. This was the perfect opportunity! I added a layer of refried beans over the sour cream layer and used lettuce instead of cilantro (I'm not a big cilantro fan). It was a BIG hit with me and my dad! Be sure to check out the recipe! Here's a few pictures of mine:

So go check out those recipes and have a Mexican Fiesta of your own!
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