Many of you are familiar with the layout of this here little website. But in case you are new to these parts or have been around long enough that you’ve forgotten, I wanted to give a quick update on a few sections that may be helpful to know about. The tips I am highlighting are questions I receive frequently via email or through the comments and I wanted to highlight them for all to see before this new baby enters the world (matter of days, I hope!) and before I might be a little scarce/slow answering emails and comments for a bit.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Tip #1:

If you are looking for a specific recipe, there are three main ways to find it. First, use the almighty Recipe Index.

The index has every recipe on the site and by clicking on one of the categories at the top (i.e. Appetizers, Slow Cooker, etc.), you can go directly to that list of recipes.

If you aren’t finding the recipe easily in the Recipe Index, you can use the search function on the right sidebar.

By typing in any combination of words and hitting “search,” a window will pull up with your search results. Don’t judge me for searching “chocolate.” I swear I’m 14 months pregnant and going strong. I deserve to search for chocolate, yes?

Finally, don’t forget about the Recipe Categories. By clicking on the drop down box underneath the Search function in the right sidebar, a whole new world of categories will be open to you. I receive a lot of email requests asking what my favorite meals are to take in to new mothers or others needing a meal and also which meals freeze well. Look no further! There’s an app, oops, I mean, a category for that.

Tip #2:
Albeit hidden, the Tips and Tutorials section is a wealth of information for everything from How to Measure Flour Accurately (or in other words, How I Measure Flour and How You Should, Too) to Seeding a Pomegranate. I add to this section when I think about it or have time and will often reference it in my posts.

Tip #3:
Ziplist! Here’s a short overview on the topic, but the even briefer version is: to save a recipe to your Ziplist Recipe Box, click on Save Recipe which is located below each recipe posted (right before the related post pictures and the comments).

To access your Recipe Box or Shopping List at any time, hover over the Recipe Tools link on the main menu below the header and select either Recipe Box or Shopping List.

Tip #4:
There are several other menu links you may find helpful but they are pretty self-explanatory. The Best Recipe = The Best Recipes (man, I’m so creative with descriptions these days). Favorite Things = My Personal Favorite Things That I Have to Have At My Beck and Call At All Times. Menus = Several Sample Menu Plans To Make Menu Planning Brainless. About = More Information Than You Really Care To Know About Me, The Blog, and My Family (this area will be getting a serious update soon!). Hovering over the About link will also give you a way to contact me via email, if you so desire.

Tip #5:
Pin It. And other things.

In the same footer on every post as the function to save to Ziplist, you can also pin the image/post to Pinterest, Stumble It or Share on Facebook. Look for any of these functions under every single recipe posted.

Hmmm. I think that’s it! For now. Until I think of something else brilliant to tell you.

Let me know if you have any questions! I’m always up for requests that could make the site more useable, too, but keep in mind that me and my fairly small techy brain designed most components on this site and therefore, the sky is unfortunately not the limit with functions and options. But hey, I’d at least be interested in hearing them!

Later, skaters.

21 Responses to In Case You Didn’t Know…

  1. Kim in MD says:

    What a great idea to do a “how to navigate my site” post! Thanks for taking the time to post this with your baby girl due soon! I love your blog, Mel, and I am also loving ZipList (thanks to you!). And yes- you deserve to search chocolate! :-)

  2. Jan says:

    Thanks for all your hard work. Love the blog, so I check it everyday!

  3. Lorie says:

    Do we know the sex? Congrats and good luck!!

  4. Stephanie says:

    You have the most pleasant blog and amazing recipes. Thank YOU

  5. Laurie says:

    Good luck with the baby. So excited for you! Learned some things from this I didn’t know. Keep us posted.

  6. Carole Arra Weinberg says:

    Congratulations on the baby! I absolutely love your recipes!!! Have you ever considered a cookbook?

  7. Grace says:

    Thank you. This was very helpful though your blog is so efficiently crafted as to be easy to follow, even for a grandma like me. I really enjoy your recipes and helpful hints.

    Would you know how to clean and cut a scallion? Someone showed me once years ago but I use them so rarely I can’t remember. She had a very efficient way of cutting, cleaning and washing them. If you have a hint like the pomegranate, please share.

    Thanks again!

  8. Julianne says:

    She’s coming, she’s coming, she’s coming!!! WOOHOOO!!

    PS…I search for chocolate approximately 3 times a week. No babies in my body. So…what does that mean for me??

  9. Courtney P. says:

    I love the design of your blog. So simple and pretty. :)

    I wish the best for you with your birth!

    -Courtney
    optimisticmommy.com
    peaceloverecipes.com

  10. Michelle says:

    Your site is amazing, Mel! It has a wealth of information & recipes, and it is all easy to navigate. You are my #1 favorite recipe site! :)

  11. Marisa says:

    I love the recipe box! Several other cooking blogs that I follow also use it so all of my recipes are together.

  12. Charlotte Moore says:

    I just clicked on your recipes and noticed homemade cake mix. I saw this on Chickens In The Road blog. However, the recipe I saw did not have the butter in the cake mix. You added the butter when you made the cake. I have made it twice and it is very good. I would never have thought to do this. Very easy too!!

    Good luck with the new addition. PRAY all goes well!!

  13. robin says:

    thanks for your wonderful blog..love it..great recipes..always a hit!!!

  14. Jamie says:

    I love your blog and read it daily. Thank you so much!
    Congrats and enjoy that new baby!

  15. Mel says:

    Hi Grace – when it comes to scallions (green onions), I simply rinse them (rubbing my fingers to remove any dirt) and then slice them thinly with my chopping knife. Sorry I don’t have any great tips for you!

  16. Catherine says:

    Your website is very logically organized and easily indexed. I search and find things successfully EVERY time. Like that happens anywhere else! Good job!

  17. Jenny says:

    I have seen a cream cheese coffee cake recipe mentioned in a post, but can’t find it. Do you know where it is? Sounds delicious! Thanks!

  18. Tracee says:

    Can’t wait to see that little girlie of yours and learn her name!! My girl is a choco girl all the way. Always has been. She’s turning 10 on Saturday and I’ve spent the past week trying to find the perfect chocolate cake and icing recipe(s) because she needs 3 cakes for the THREE parties she’s having. Tonight, she informed me that she wants YELLOW cake and chocolate icing. REALLY? Crud. Back to square one. At least I know I’m raising her right…she’s excercising her perogative (sp?) to change her mind!

    Seems like just yesterday we brought her home from China and she was 6 1/2 months old…a mere 15 pounds and 24″ long. She’s now 5′ 4″ and wears my shoes!! She about to finish the 4th grades and has never made any grade lower than an A. We are so blessed with our Tao Jia (beautiful peach). Girls are so special Mel…I’m so happy you will soon have one too!

    Tracee

  19. I had no idea you were so close to having a baby. Wow! Five. I’m going crazy with four but I feel like I have one more coming someday. I love your food and know I can count on you for good recipes. I feel like I’m living parallel lives with you! My kids are always in the kitchen with me and the afternoon/dinner time is crazy. Good luck and please tell me it’s a girl!!

  20. Oh it’s me by the way. The Girl Who Ate Everything…

  21. Ashlee says:

    I hope you get to have that baby soon! I’m not going to lie when I say I’m reading your blog while in labor…so we could have our babies very closely! Good luck!
    (PS, I never comment much, but I’m obsessed with your website. If you check my pinterest, 70% of the recipes are yours…thanks for making my life better!)

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