Not too long ago I was asked to give a presentation to a small group of cake decorators about starting a business and the basics of promoting it online via social media. I’m by no means an expert in this field, but I may have some useful advice for those who are totally new to blogging and social media, so I decided to do a series of posts covering the basics.
I have not done a good job maintaining my blog. That’s stating the obvious, I know, but I feel like I need to explain why. It’s not that I haven’t been doing anything. Quite the contrary, in fact, because I’ve been rather busy. Maybe not so much with cake decorating classes and birthday parties, although there have been a few here and there, and while it’s been ages since I shared a recipe, I have been making stuff. If you follow me on Tumblr or Instagram you’ve seen what I get up to when I don’t have time to do a full blog post about it, like the new gluten-free pancake and waffle mix I tried and pictures of some new cake decorating tools Wilton sent me.
I’ve had my new Chromebook for more than a week now, and I’m still very happy with it. The only thing I don’t particularly like about the machine itself is that it’s hard to open. That probably sounds crazy, but with my MacBook, which is bigger and heavier, I just lift up the lid. Thanks to the way my Chromebook closes and the fact that it’s so light, if I try to lift the lid, I end up flipping the whole thing over.
I’m anxiously waiting for my new Chromebook to make its way home to me. It’s supposed to arrive some time today, and I seriously hope it does. I made the decision to buy one this past Tuesday, and silly, naive me thought it would be as simple as walking into Best Buy and picking one up. Ha! I posted the whole story on Tumblr, but basically I ended up having to order my Chromebook online. Which, of course, means waiting for delivery.
School was out on Monday, so the kids and I visited a local coffeehouse. Their coffee might be fantastic as rumored, but I ordered a chai tea and wasn’t impressed. It was too sweet and a bit heavy on something… cloves, maybe? It’s the same issue I have with chai tea from Starbucks. I prefer the chai tea at Whole Foods, even though it’s made from a concentrate.
Thanks to a recent online discussion about gluten-free baking, a couple of flour blend recipes came to my attention, and I agreed to try them both and report on my results. Originally, I was only going to try one gluten-free flour blend, but it called for sorghum flour and I didn’t have any.
One of the truly frustrating things about following a gluten-free diet is how much more expensive the gluten-free version of anything is. I know, ideally I shouldn’t be buying and using packaged foods in the first place, but every once in a while I want bread, dang it. Both prepared gluten-free bread loaves and the boxed mixes are pricey, so I couldn’t afford to have them all the time even if I wanted to.
I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season and ate way too much. I know I did. Well, until I got the flu, and then I went a few days without eating much of anything, but that still didn’t cancel out all those days I stuffed my face.
I love cornbread, and even though it’s not at all difficult to make from scratch, I decided to try some Pamela’s Gluten-Free Cornbread Mix when I saw that it was on sale. When I mixed and baked this cornbread the first time, I was not impressed. The muffins were thick, dry, heavy, and tasted more like grits than cornbread.