Friday Link Love


Bake this pumpkin chocolate chip bundt cake from Love and Olive Oil
Make these avocado and quinoa stuffed acorn squash from Love and Lemons
Watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Eye this camera bag from camera coats

1. I love this post from The Everygirl on the feeling of failure. So many women have this feeling and tend to wallow in it. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

2. Thanksgiving is less than a week away! What are your plans? Luckily, I don’t have to worry about planning a menu this year:)

3. Bud and I are heading to San Francisco towards the end of the year. I can’t wait! It’s been a while since I’ve visited California. Any suggestions on sights to see or restaurants?

4. If you didn’t see yesterday’s post, then you might not have heard that I updated the recipe archive. It’s so pretty. I’m pretty proud of it. Take a look and let me know what you think!

5. I’m on the search for a new planner for 2015. I happen to be very particular about my planners. They need to have a certain type of paper and the pages need to be formatted a particular way. Any suggestions out there?



New Recipe Archive!

Since transitioning the blog to WordPress back in September, I’ve made a few “behind the scenes” changes to the blog. I’ve added a few plugins and spiffed up a few thing. Most of the changes probably went unnoticed and that’s totally fine! I made small, gradual changes. Mostly, I just organized the blog a bit more.

But the biggest change finally went live this week! I updated my recipe archive to be more inclusive and more visually appealing. I have to say, I’m pretty proud of myself.

As any food blogger knows, it’s extremely difficult to keep a manual list of recipes update. I think I was pretty good about keeping the archive updated, but some recipes definitely fell through the cracks.

One of the best parts of revamping the recipe archive was that it allowed me to refine and organize how I categorize my posts. Prior to updating my recipe archive, I had hundreds of different categories for posts. Some categories only had one post in them! Isn’t that ridiculous?! Slowly, but surely, I narrowed down the categories and now I only have about 30. I’m very proud of myself.

In addition to organizing my recipes, I also made navigating through recipes more visually appealing. Instead of simply reading the title of a recipe and clicking on a link, you can actually see a photo of the recipe before you click on the post! Much prettier.

I wanted to update my archive for the longest time and finally found a great post from Chocolate Moosey about creating a recipe archive. She made it super easy to install the plugin and tailor it to my blog. I didn’t even have to use that much HTML!

I hope to continue improving the blog in small ways over the next few months. What would you like to see updated on the blog?