Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Well look-y here! I'm connected!


Not only did I get my computer yesterday, but I actually figured out how to turn it on and get it hooked up to the internet, all by myself. I'm not very tech-savvy, so that's a big deal for me. It took me 30 minutes just to figure out where the password was on the internet router! LOL!!

One of my goals for this next year is to learn to do more of these sort of things without help from my kids.

One improvement (depending on how you look at it) for this blog, will be the return to photos. I've been mostly unable to upload photos on the borrowed laptops (since June). Sometimes this hampered what I had wanted to share with you. Kinda hard to describe how some things I do have turned out. Like this yummy dessert -- 


which, actually I didn't  make, but my daughters did. It's melted chocolate chips, vanilla extract and silken tofu. Yummy!

Or what's left of a large batch of candied orange peel -- 


that I made on Friday, but we've been nibbling at for the last few days. My original plan was to chop and freeze most of the batch, to add to baking later on. Looks like I'll need to make another large batch for that to happen.

Or, these fun little cakes that we made for New Year's Eve dessert. 



I baked an 8-inch square pan of chocolate cake batter, cut into 6 rectangles (I wanted squares, which would have been smaller, but I was out-voted. The rest of the crowd wanted bigger pieces, which would be rectangles.) I split the little cakes and spread with plum jam, and placed the top half back on each jammed-up piece. Then I frosted the sides and tops of each with cocoa buttercream frosting and added the festive sprinkles. Oh, they were so good. After dinner, my husband looked around the table and asked, "however did you get 5 corner pieces?"


So having photos just may make blogging a little more colorful and visually appealing, being able to share images instead of text only. Now if I could just do something about my lacking photography skills!



16 comments:

  1. Glad things are going well for you with your new computer and your techie skills. I don't have great tech skills, either, and rely on my hubby for help.

    Someday I'd like to take a basic photography course. I know that thefrugalgirl.com has some photography tips, as does Karianne on thistlewoodfarms.com--they make things understandable which is helpful for me. I have a higher-end point-and-shoot camera and really would like to use more of its features.

    Have a good day, Lili.

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    1. Hi Kris,
      ooooh, that would be fun, to take a photography class. I'll check out both sites for tips, for now. Thanks!

      Hope you're enjoying this first week back to kids in school, and some peaceful wintry days!

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  2. Congratulations on setting up your new computer by yourself. I purchased a laptop last summer. I had to have help setting it up and I still just barely feel comfortable finding my way around.

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    1. Hi Linda,
      Well, I must admit, it's an Apple, and they do make set-up pretty straightforward. I am still finding my way around stuff on the computer, as well. I've used Apples before, but many of the features look different on this one. It just takes time and practice.

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  3. Yay! There's always a great sense of accomplishment at doing something for yourself.

    I'd love to know the proportions for the chocolate pudding. I think my daughter in law would love that.

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    1. Hi Shara,
      Thanks!
      The chocolate-tofu recipe is one today's blog (Jan.7). Hope your DIL finds this as delicious as we do (dairy-free to boot!).

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  4. Hooray for getting connected!
    For photography tips, I recommend http://digital-photography-school.com/.

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    1. Thank you for the link, Sharon! I'll check it out.

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  5. Bravo for your new skills! Love the pix - everything looks so yummy!

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  6. Absolutely loved your husband's comment!
    the cakes look so delicious. Glad you got your new computer all set up so we can actually see them.
    Jayne

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    1. Hi Jayne,
      It was a funny moment. I responded, "turn your own piece all the way around and pay attention to the sides". One of those "doh!" moments.

      And the cakes were so good. I'd definitely make that sized pan into 9 cakes, all squares, the next time, though. The pieces were too large for us to eat in one sitting.

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  7. I need to take a photography class, but that would mean I needed to buy a camera instead of relying on the phone camera. I figure since I do not cook for photography sessions, (whatever I snap a picture of is on the table ready for one of us to eat before it gets cold) my substandard pics will just have to do. We live a very real life that is fun, but not necessarily photo staged pretty. I personally like your pictures.

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    1. Hi Anne,
      I have heard that phone cameras are so good these days that a separate camera is really unnecessary for most of us. I just use the family camera, as I don't have a cell phone, and the other members of the family, who do have their own phones, all have cheapie--no camera models.
      Use what you have and enjoy it's simplicity! But a class or tutorial on things like lighting, backgrounds, holding the camera straight, etc would all be helpful for me!

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  8. Most of us are point and shoot kind of people and it seems to work out fine. And as I remember from the past when you were able to get to a computer to upload photos, they were pretty good. Anyway, congrats on setting up your new computer. That's exciting.

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    1. Hi live and learn,
      thanks for saying that. When I did get a couple of photos online I was just using an iPad built-in camera. And you're right, for it's purpose the pictures looked fine enough.

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