Cooking Irish

I am pleased as punch today! On this lovely (and sunny) St. Patrick’s Day my favorite author, has agreed to guest post for me! If you enjoy this you will enjoy reading her mysterious blog. So now please enjoy Marilynne’s Cooking Irish.

I haven’t a drop of Irish blood in me, but today I decided to cook scones and corned beef and cabbage for dinner. It was good.

Our granddaughter was here with us. She’d been invited up to harvest some fresh peas for herself. She and her grandfather spent a good part of the afternoon picking peas. If you’re not a gardener, I will explain that peas are the same color as the vine and the leaves. Add to that that the vines are bushy and planted closely together and you’ll see it takes some determination and a good eye to be sure you’ve got all the peas that are ready to eat.

My hubbie planted both Chinese peas (edible pod) and the regular peas that you need to take from the pod. Shell enough peas to have for dinner and you’ll soon decide you like the Chinese peas better. We steam them or just eat them raw.

So, with the peas picked, I decided it was the right time to cook corned beef and cabbage. I’d already bought the corned beef and the cabbage, but I hadn’t found a recipe yet. Well, as any good cook can tell you, there appear to be as many ways to cook corned beef and cabbage as there are cooks to cook it.

So, I had the corned beef simmering on the stove for hours (1 hour for every pound of corned beef), and the vegetables prepared so there was nothing to do but wait and eat.

But wait a minute. How about some freshly baked scones to go with it. Out came the cookbook and I started in. Somehow I mismeasured the flour (too little), didn’t have heavy whipping cream (used 2% milk and a half cup of plain yogurt), and soon was heavy into making my first scones. By now my granddaughter was helping me and we were talking about how an experienced cook just substitutes when she doesn’t have the right ingredients. (She’s already that kind of a cook.)

We were probably doing too much talking and not enough paying attention, because when it was time to turn the dough onto the board and knead it – it looked pretty sticky. I didn’t want to take the time to figure out what my mistake was, so I just turned it out on the board. I couldn’t do much with the dough but coat my fingers 1/2 inch deep with dough. I kept washing my hands and adding flour. By then I realized that I had washed a good part of my batter down the sink. Resolutely I kept adding flour until my goodness! I had something that looked like bread under my hands. So I followed through and finished up, put them in the oven to bake and told everyone not to expect much.

The scones were delicious and just the right accompanyment with the corned beef and cabbage (cooked also with yellow potatoes and onions). It was a fine meal.

I was just lucky. (Luck of the Irish?) If it tastes good the method doesn’t matter – right?

Marilynne

This May Be the Ultimate Blogging Contest

Blog Contests Are Boring

Now normally I wouldn’t blog about a contest. I mean there are so many of them out there and I get tired of seeing them. They all seem the same, jump through 500 hoops and you might win a link on my boring blog. Yawn, no thanks.

This Blog Contest is Not Boring

But this contest is different. The prize list is huge! Lots of good stuff I woudn’t mind having. The prize list is so long I put it at the bottom of the post, but do take the time to look it over. Just be careful not to drool on your keyboard! There is over $100 in cash being offered, (I could use cash!), one person will win 25,000 Entrecredits. That will buy a lot of advertising through Entrecard! But I think the prize I would most like to win would be the one hour consultation with The University Kid.

Why Should I Care About The University Kid?

Now why would I want some young college punk telling me what’s wrong with my website? Because I’ve seen him around in a few forums I visit and I think this kid might be going somewhere. He is working hard at becoming a successful blogger and I think he is going to make it. On top of that His blog, The University Kid, is interesting to read.

How To Enter

I suppose what you would really like to know is how to enter the contest! Here is the link to the Ultimate Blog Contest. Have fun entering the contest, while you’re over there tell him Kat sent you!

Contest Prizes

WordPress Themes

– Two licenses for the Revolution Theme ($160)
– Two licenses for the Premium News Theme ($200)
– Two licenses for the Purple Fever Theme ($100)
– One hundred accounts to the Themes Club ($500)

Blog Tools

– Three licenses by FruitfulTime.com ($90)

Blog Analysis

– Full Video Review By Marcus Hochstadt ($700)

eBooks

– SEO Book Donated By The Net Fool

Blog Advertising

One Month

– Two 125 x 125 on Wayne Liew ($30)
– One 125 x 125 On Blogger Noob ($25)
– One 125 x 125 on EZ Money Online ($25)
– One 125 x 125 on Affiliate Gossip ($15)
– One 125 x 125 on Rhyan ($10)
– One 125 x 125 on Jim Karter ($30)
– One 125 x 125 on Neotrepreneur ($10)
– One 125 x 125 on Life is Colourful ($30)
– One 125 x 125 on BLJConsultant ($5)
– One 125 x 125 on Resell Rights World ($5)
– One 125 x 125 on Viking Blogger ($25)
– One 125 x 125 on Dot Com Mogul ($10)

– One 468 x 60 on Blogging 4 Cash ($10)
– Five 16 x 16 on Blogging 4 Cash ($10)
– One 150 x 150 on Blogging 4 Cash ($5)
– One Text Link On Mr Javo ($7)

Three Months

– One 125 x 125 on The WWW Observer ($75)

Blog Reviews

– One Review By The University Kid ($60)
– One Review By Yimto ($20)
– One Review By The WWW Observer ($35)
– One Review By Bloggeries ($25)
– One Review By Neotrepreneur ($10)
– One Review By Life Is Colourful ($40)
– One Review By DaBlogger

Consulting

One hour consulation with The University Kid
Thirty minutes consulation with Neotrepreneur

Design

– One Custom Done 125 x 125 Ad By Affiliate Gossip
– One Custom Done Sketch By The Pencil Sketch And Art Blog

Entrecard Credits

– 2000 Entrecard Credits By Xavier Media
– 1750 Entrecard Credits By Mixed Market Arts
– 1000 Entrecard Credits By Toast & Egg & Me
– 1000 Entrecard Credits By Affiliate Confession
– 1000 Entrecard Credits By Yimto
– 1000 Entrecard Credits By Site Hoppin’
– 1000 Entrecard Credits By Neotrepreneur
– 1000 Entrecard Credits By Affiliate Gossip
– 1000 Entrecard Credits By BLJ Consultant
– 1000 Entrecard Credits By Resell Rights World
– 1000 Entrecard Credits By Happier Life
– 1000 Entrecard Credits By Article Snatch
– 800 Entrecard Credits By Kirushanth
– 750 Entrecard Credits By Money Making Student
– 500 Entrecard Credits By Bud Calabrese
– 500 Entrecard Credits By Mr Javo
– 500 Entrecard Credits By ImpNerd
– 500 Entrecard Credits By Life Is Colourful
– 500 Entrecard Credits By Money Making Blogs

Total: 15,800

Cash

$100 Paypal by The Profit Hustler
$30 Paypal by Viking Blogger
$15 Paypal by Final Fantasy Fan
$10 Paypal by The WWW Observer
$5 Paypal by Affiliate Gossip

Miscellaneous

300 Stumbles + 300 Reviews from Niklas
$50.00 In Stumble Upon Advertising By Mixed Market Arts
Twenty Pages By One Buck Wiki
Domain Monetization Package By Domains Earn 4U
One featured, three regular links from The SEOTree Directory

Are you still with me? Good, because I think I changed my mind. A page on the one buck wiki would be cool, and it has been over a week since I changed my blog theme. It might be cool to have the revolution theme….

If You Have Adsense You Need A Privacy Policy

At the end of February Google changed it’s Terms of Service. Now every adsense publisher must have a privacy policy.
Here is an excerpt from the new terms and conditions.

You must have and abide by an appropriate privacy policy that clearly discloses that third parties may be placing and reading cookies on your users’ browser, or using web beacons to collect information, in the course of ads being served on your website. Your privacy policy should also include information about user options for cookie management.

So I have been spending this evening updating all my sites. I would have been at a loss to write a privacy policy for myself, especially if I had to talk about “web beacons”. But thankfully there are helpful bloggers out in the blogosphere.

Jennifer Slegg of Jensense.com has written an Adsense friendly privacy policy sample and she is graciously sharing it with others. All you need to do is insert your site’s url and you are ready to go. Do you have a privacy policy. Do you think it is OK for Google to require all its publishers to have a privacy policy?

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It Was Just One Of Those Days

Have you ever had a day where NOTHING goes right? You start to wonder why you got out of bed at all, and can’t wait for the day to end. Yesterday was one of those days for me.

It started out OK, it was going to be a “kitchen” day. That is when I spend most of the day in the kitchen making bread, granola, and yogurt and whatever else I am going to need for the week ahead. I like to make all of those from scratch because I save a ton of money and I know what is in my food. Plus when I make my own yogurt I am not adding to the tons of little plastic cups sitting in landfills. And of course it all tastes better!

So yesterday I get the bread going in the breadmaker. (I love my breadmaker!) Don’t need to make granola, so I get started on the yogurt. Yogurt is super easy to make. In fact, if all had gone according to plan, I was going to write about making homemade yogurt yesterday.

So I leave the bread rising and the yogurt ah…yogurting and go to work on my business and money forum I have for another one of my sites.

All is going well, until suddenly the forum can’t connect with the database. I have just spent the past few days heavily promoting the forum, and it is getting some traffic, and now no one can connect. ARG! As of right now it is still down. I have a support ticket into my host, hopefully they can help.

When I finally give up on that I hear the breadmaker telling me my bread is done.  But apparently, while I was working on my forum, my bread was not doing its job and rising! I don’t have bread, I have a dense lump of hardened yuck! Well it is edible, but not what I was expecting. I’ll tell the hubby it is a new recipe for some peasant bread and he will eat it.

I check on the yogurt, and it is not yogurt. It is still warm milk. While I was fighting with my forum my yogurt was not yogurting. Well, after 5 hours of sitting at perfect bacteria growing temperature there is nothing to do with that except throw it out.  At least I was only making a small batch.

After my dismal failure in the kitchen it just didn’t seem right to write a post on how easy it is to make your own yogurt. Besides, I didn’t want anything to happen to this site! Yesterday just seemed jinxed. So instead of staying true to my 30 day blogging challenge I went to bed.

Hopefully today is a better day.