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Sunday Night Apple Cake with Brown Butter and Bourbon

Easy Apple Cake

 

We went apple picking this weekend, which means I have about 20 pounds of apples in my kitchen, which means this easy apple cake recipe is going to be made again soon.

Apple picking is one of those things I used to miss most about living in the northeast.  From the first autumn Ken and I were dating (16 years ago now!)  we used to climb into a car (first a tiny blue Ford Festiva, later a zipcar), drive out into the country, and see some beautiful color and pick apples.  When we moved to Southern California, we thought our New England apple-picking days were done.  But, as I described three years ago, we were mistaken.

It took us three years to go back (a delay I attribute squarely to a curly-headed imp we call Typhoon Bootsy) but we’re glad we did.  As we were driving through the Inland Empire (such a glamorous name for a less than glamorous place), listening to the incessant chatter and music of our delightful children (Bootsy is perfecting his Ozzy Osborne version of Kumbaya), we realized that the apple orchards are just as close to us in Los Angeles as they once were in New York.  We pulled up to Stone Pantry Orchards (trees laden with apples!  Close enough to the ground that even the littlest one could pick!)  and proceeded to fill a bag.

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Promoting Your Blog – How to Start a Blog Part 5

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This is part 5 in a 5 part series on How to Start a Blog. This post will deal with promoting your blog, managing your blog, and growing your readership. Also see Part 1 – Choosing a Blog Name, Part 2 – Choosing a Platform and a Blog Host and Part 3 – The Basics of Blog Design and Part 4 – Creating Great Blog Content.

I feel a little bit like a fraud writing this, because obviously I’m not some huge blogger with huge readership, and clearly, The Pioneer Woman should really be writing this post.  (I’ve heard her give the speech – it boils down to “Be Yourself!”  which apparently works well if you are the redheaded wife of a wealthy Oklahoma rancher but the rest of us might need a little help.  Another variation on this is, “Write great content, and people will come.” NO!  There are thousand of great blogs out there without a ton of readers.  Honestly, a big part of your blog really taking off is timing and luck.  Sorry.)    But truly beginning bloggers often have NO IDEA how to get anyone besides their mom to read their blog, and I can give you a few tips.
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Creating Great Blog Content – How to Start a Blog Part 4

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This is part 4 in a 5 part series on How to Start a Blog. This post will deal with creating great blog content. Also see Part 1 – Choosing a Blog Name, Part 2 – Choosing a Platform and a Blog Host and Part 3 – The Basics of Blog Design and Part 5 – Promoting your Blog.

When it comes to blogging, content is king.  You can have the best name, the fastest hosting package, and the most beautiful blog design anywhere, but if you don’t have something to say, then blogging may not be for you.  I can’t tell you what to write about  – you may want to just have a personal blog, or be the world’s expert on the appearance of cats in 19th century Scandinavian literature, and those are both OK!  But I can give you some advice – mostly on things to avoid. (Spoiler alert: don’t plagiarize!)

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The Basics of Blog Design – How to Start a Blog, Part 3

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This is part 3 in a 5 part series on How to Start a Blog.  This post will deal with blog design and the elements to include.  Also see Part 1 – Choosing a Blog Name,  Part 2  – Choosing a Platform and a Blog Host,  Part 4 – Creating Great Blog Content, and Part 5 – Promoting your Blog.

Now that you have a blog and a place to put it, you might want to start thinking about what your blog is going to look like. Web design is a huge business, and I do not pretend to be an expert, but I do have a few pointers in this area.

CHOOSING A BLOG THEME

When you set up your blog, on WordPress or Blogger or wherever, you will be prompted to pick a theme.  A theme is really just the building block for hyour blog design.  If you’re familiar with coding, you can adjust your theme to look nearly however you want, but it’s best to start with a theme that’s close to what you want in the beginning.  Here are some things to think about when choosing a theme.
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