Fiesta Friday #102

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  1. I am a tech idiot, but manage to figure things out with a little help from my friends. Looks like this will be a great party this week, Elaine and Julie are terrific. Happy FF#102

  2. I’m afraid I can’t help you with the technical things…I do love the pineapple in the title block though, and love that quote. Doing things for others creates so much joy and peace in oneself, that everyone’s a winner ?
    Happy Fiesta Angie, bring on the goodies…xx

  3. Suchitra says:

    Well said Angie!! It should be the question that we ask ourselves at least once in a while! We are so involved in “all about me” that we forget to think of others!

    Speaking of revamping, I feel you. I always start to try to figure out how to fix my blog and then get so overwhelmed with all the technicalities that I finally leave with a headache! The best part is I have blogger and there aren’t many food bloggers who use that platform and therefore I have no one who can help me! A very good friend suggested that I move to WordPress. Anyways, if there is someone who can help me, I need help!!

    Happy FF Angie! Great job with the thumbnails!

    • Angie says:

      WordPress does make everything easy for you and you get instant connection with other WP bloggers! But it doesn’t allow you to put ads, unlike Blogger. I need constant reminders about service for others. My kids are ahead of me! XOXO

  4. I wish I could help more. Still learning myself. But great job, even though you lost a weekend, on the thumbnails. Have a great weekend and Happy FF!

  5. I stink at this stuff Angie! I can burn so much time figuring it out. I think your site looks amazing. I want someone eventually to just “fix it”! Happy FF!

    • Angie says:

      I keep saying that out loud whenever my husband is around. He’s not taking the bait! He said he designs planes and rockets, not websites. Bummer!

      • That is hilarious! When my son was home for Christmas I got the same story! He designs the electronics for planes but knows nothing about websites. I think that they are just smart Angie not to get involved. I’m learning, but it is a time suck! There is a plug in that you can run to regenerate thumbnails too. Happy FF!

        • Angie says:

          Yes, so many plugins! I tried many recipe index plugins but in the end came up with my own codes! But everything is slow going, since I only have so much time. Like right now I gotta run to get to work! thanks for co-hosting! XOXO

      • Suchitra says:

        My husband is an IT too and won’t give my blog the time of his day!! I envy all those blooges whose husbands help them design the site and keep it running!

  6. Arl's World says:

    I am not the best at all the techy stuff, but I think your site is looking really awesome Angie! Whatever you are doing it is working πŸ™‚ Happy FF and weekend to you!

    • Angie says:

      Thanks, Arlene! So glad you like the site. I just feel it needs cleaning up and organizing. Plus I need to get more active on social media to grow it, etc., but there isn’t enough time in a day to get everything done! I do need my sleep, lol!! πŸ˜€

  7. Cris says:

    I’m in love with the Catalan Pasta Paella! Never eat it!

  8. I so wish I could help you… but I basically fumble through things and just pray I don’t screw up :/ The site looks beautiful though! And thank you for the feature this week!!

  9. Happy Friday Fiesta and good weekend Angie!

  10. Mandi says:

    Angie, hopefully you haven’t forgotten about me….after a bit of a hiatus, we are back so I thought I’d jump straight back onto the FF wagon! happy 102! Still love this link party after all this time.

    RE: the web stuff. Have you ever thought of putting yourself through a short course, maybe at weekends or in the evenings? I have a few friends who have done it and I reckon you’d feel massively empowered and proud of yourself!

    Off to sample FF delights πŸ™‚

    • Angie says:

      Of course! You’re our very own Avocado Mandi πŸ™‚ So great to have you back! Can’t wait to hear what you’ve been up to. I’ve thought about taking classes, and maybe I will. Just too lazy to, I guess. But it’s a great idea! πŸ™‚

  11. Jhuls says:

    I wish I could help you with the technical stuffs, Angie. But I don’t even know the stuffs going on with my own phone which I own for five years! Haha! Your thumbnails look fantastic & I just love the MLK quote. Happy FF102 and I am happy to see Caroline’s Paella. πŸ˜€

    I am now going to see what other’s have for this week’s FF. Happy FF, Angie and I am sure with Elaine & Julie co-hosting, I better behave myself. πŸ˜€ x

  12. I’m not very good at that tech stuff, wish I could be of more help! Everything looks wonderful though πŸ™‚ Happy FF and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  13. chefjulianna says:

    I wish that I could offer some advice about your techy issues, but I am at a loss! That’s why I let WordPress do it all for me! So much simpler! πŸ˜€

  14. Hi Angie, good quote and a good question, what are we doing about others. We should think seriously, and put more efforts in helping others.

    Thanks for hosting.

    • Angie says:

      Yes, excellent point, Sadhna. I do need constant reminders about helping others. That’s why I love collecting these words to live by. Very inspiring! πŸ™‚

  15. Sue says:

    Hi Angie,

    Wow. A lot of good looking stuff already this week. I’m totally surprised that no one has jumped on the bandwagon and hired themselves as your tech stylist/consultant for the FF blog. I have a love hate relationship with themes and formatting. I’m constantly dreaming and getting ideas of things I’d like to change and then I go down a rabbit hole with themes and custom formatting, and then I can’t execute properly, and then well it just gets worse and worse. I will say though that about a year or maybe more ago, a fellow blogger whom I met I think through Foodlander . . . we were both writing articles for them . . . she wanted some help in the form of a few questions and I wasn’t working at the time and just hopped onto her blog as an Administrator and gave her a makeover . . . but it was nothing as complex as Fiesta Friday blog I think. AND . . . she ended up totally changing stuff to suit her own personal tastes in the end . . . but at least I got the nuts and bolts down for her. Do you have a visual of what you’d like the blog to look like? Are there some blogs you know right away . . . THAT’s what I want to look like . . . . I’m pretty good at stylistic things but forget it when it comes to buttons and badges. I’ve found the best thing for me is to pay for customization (I think it’s like $35 for the year) and then jump on the WP support forums and within 1 or 2 days somebody will give you the code you need to write into your CSS so that things appear the way you want them to. Thanks for posting the quote from MLK. I am grateful this year to be working and yet also to have that day off work. So I can cook and post pictures of food. Just kidding. Ok, see you soon!

    • Angie says:

      Wow, Sue, so you want to be our consultant? We’ll gladly hire you! Though mind you, our payments are in the forms of hugs and kisses, and the virtual kind, haha… I just want to clean things up around here, that’s all. I think I’m happy with the theme so far, just a few nagging things that bother me, colors, sizes, that sort of things. I can live with them, I suppose. I know enough now that I can manipulate a few things thru the child theme, but it’s slow since I have no knowledge of css language so it’s trial and error mostly. Right now I just want a new header. I know what I want, just need time to actually make it. Probably drawing is involved, unless I hire me an artist. Next I would love one of those slider things, but I need content first! Wanna be a guest blogger? πŸ™‚

      • Sue says:

        I only do stuff for fun and for free… Unless it’s family law… I’m not sure I could help really… Just giving my thoughts… Would love to guest blog?

        • Angie says:

          I’ll take you up on that, Sue! Won’t let this golden opportunity slip away πŸ™‚ I’ll be talking to you soon! XOXO

  16. Wish I could help, but I don’t know behind the scenes of web building any more. Can’t even figure which thumbnails you’re talking about. I have to do everything in Photoshop and hope that things will fit. πŸ™‚

    • Angie says:

      I don’t even have photoshop. Is it hard to learn? Seems so complicated. Maybe I should try it for a month. The thumbnails I’m referring to are the featured images. Previously they were all severely cropped into ridiculous dimensions, but now they’re square which I’m happy about. I actually had to go and change inside the editor. Scary! But successful in the end πŸ™‚

  17. Whew! I made it to the party this week! I needed to finish making the arancini first. πŸ™‚ Such lovely dishes you’ve featured, once again! Enjoy your well-deserved long weekend!

  18. I made it! Hopefully better late than never…I have been traveling all day and while I managed to drop in a couple links while I was between flights a few hours ago, the comment didn’t work from my phone for some reason…anyway wanted to say it was a lovely surprise when I managed to get onto the site to see I was featured. Thank you thank you! And afraid I am no help on html etc – I have muddled my way learning as I go with my site so far but I suspect a lot depends on your theme etc from what I can work out (as I chose one that was relatively user-friendly and a fair bit pre-built as it were to make things a bit easier, at least most of the time!). Afraid need to tuck myself in soon but hope to mingle over the weekend!

  19. I could help with quite a bit of the HTML and CSS questions. Do let me know if I can help

  20. Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed says:

    You’ve done a grand job of the thumbnails Angie & I love the pineapple. There’s so much to learn & it’s funny that the reason I’m late to the party is that I’ve made my 1st long pin & struggled with coding to get it looking ok on my blog post. Anyway, I’m here now & looking forward to checking out the Fiesta party. Have a fab weekend x

    • Angie says:

      Thanks, Sarah. I learn something new every day! It’s pretty exciting actually. Now if only I can get paid sitting for hours discovering or creating new codes, lol, I wouldn’t have minded spending extra time on it. Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

  21. Loretta says:

    You could have fooled me Angie, you seem to know what you’re doing and talking about. The pineapple is precious, as is your header. Everything looks tickety-boo. I too struggle with all this tech language. I want to change my theme, I’ve even used the customizer, but I’m so afraid I’ll mess something up, or won’t be able to add things I already have, so I just let it be. But believe me I try. Sue seems to know the lingo, so at least you’ve got someone who can hold your hand down the road πŸ™‚ Enjoy your weekend!

    • Angie says:

      I guess I can fool people pretty well πŸ˜€ I don’t know the first thing about website building! It’s all about learning as you go, which is fine with me, since at this point it’s all just for fun. Like a hobby kinda. And I actually like learning new stuff and being challenged, etc. Just don’t have a lot of time. It’s also ok to mess up, I think. I do it all the time! So, if you want to try out new themes, I’d say go for it. You can always change it back. πŸ™‚

  22. Hi Angie, you are doing mighty good I think with keeping Fiesta Friday page all pretty! Good job getting the thumbnails to work. For me too its been definitely a lot of learning the last couple years. So the FF site is self-hosted now right? If you are looking for suggestions to use…one thing I can think of is to have more categories for recipes. Good job thius far and thanks for continuing to inspire us πŸ™‚

    • Angie says:

      Yes, is self-hosted, and I guess it means you’re by yourself πŸ˜€ It’s ok, though, I know I can always count on you guys to help me. I like your idea about more categories for recipes. I think I’m going to do that. Thanks, Indu! You continue to get better, health-wise, I hope? XOXO

      • Glad to be of help πŸ™‚ I am doing better Angie but still not that great. Can only do about 50% of the stuff that I used to before. Some folks do tell me that I got burned out trying to do too many things at once. But that’s how I am you know. Can’t sit still or nap during the day. But now my body reminds me to slow down.

        • Angie says:

          Yes, very important to let your body guide you. I find myself unable to function if I didn’t get a good night’s sleep! I hope you continue to feel better! XOXO

  23. Angie and folks, did I not say thank you so much for the feature, yet?!! Sorry, I’ve been in and out of it with a little bug or something! Thank you!! I love that you featured Nam Prik Ong this week! I’m honored! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  24. Angie, I can’t believe I’m 2 Fiesta Fridays late for the 100th party celebration! πŸ™ What is happening?!?!? Well, better late than never- I hope… I’ve missed mingling so thanks for having me back! πŸ™‚ Josette

  25. I am terrible at the technie stuff! Still cant get my google analytics to work πŸ™ Love the new pineapple logo Angie! Looks so much like a fiesta πŸ˜€ Happy FF and hope you have enjoyed the long weekend xx

    • Angie says:

      Well, now, you got me fooled. You’re supposed to know EVERYTHING! Who am I going to go to for advice then? Anyway, it’s sort of fun learning. I feel smarter already πŸ˜€

  26. petra08 says:

    hi Angie
    I am sorry I can’t help you at all with any tech stuff, I am just a happy user but I am sure no matter if you get help or not it will be just as fab as everything you do!
    Another great party! I haven’t had enough time to mingle, I had a look around but not made as many comments as I would like to, time hasn’t been on my side the past couple of weeks. The weekend coming should be quiet and I can’t wait to have some quality Fiesta Friday time! Sometimes I do it on an empty stomach to make sure I work up an appetite feeding my foodie self! πŸ™‚ xx

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