Look at what I won!!

I won this Pillsbury Pie Pack from Midwest Mommy!! I'm so excited! I got an awesome Pyrex pie plate, really cool measuring cups (and egg separator which I could have used last week, just sayin'), an apple corer, a really cute apple kitchen timer, a pot holder, a trivet & a coupon for a free pie crust!! Woohoo! We're having pie!!!

Thanks go to Mommy from the Midwest for sponsoring this giveaway so.....THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

I just it all!

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Ho Ho Ho

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Gobble, Gobble!

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Happy Halloween!

It's officially here! I just wanted to wish you all a very happy & safe Halloween :)


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Thank you Jennifer!

My friend Jennifer over at Confessions of a Kitchen Witch honored me with an award!

Here are the rules:

1) Thank and link back to the person who gave them to you
2) Share 7 things about yourself
3) Pass onto 15 other bloggers you have discovered
4) Contact the bloggers and let them know they have been chosen

I most certainly thank Jennifer for thinking of me when she was passing out this award and I linked back to her too...that's #1 done :)

#2 Seven things about myself (I'll try to tell you things you might not know...):

1.) I have Graves Disease. Sometimes I don't even know I have it and other times life is a real struggle.  

2.) I drink coffee from the time I wake up until I'm ready for bed at night. I very rarely drink anything else...except tea :)

3.) I don't understand what the Do Not Call list is all about since I'm on it and still get at least 10 calls a day from random strangers wanting me to buy something or vote for someone or do a quick survey. Do Not Call means Do Not Call. It's very irritating.

4.) I never "baby talk" to babies. I talk to them just like I talk to grownups. I don't understand the concept of baby talk. I don't want babies to learn how to talk like a baby, I want them to learn how to talk like I do.

5.) I love music and very rarely find things I don't like to listen to...that includes rap, classical, opera, country & rock.

6.) I have a HUGE movie collection....over 1,000 movies. For real.

7.) Speaking of movies, I have many horror movies but I never watch them. Those are Tim's. I can read Stephen King all day, every day, but I can't watch people being killed even though I know it's not real. It freaks me out.

#3 & #4 I'm sticking together and doing it right here (TWSS, I know). I have way too many blogs to choose from to narrow it down to just 15 so if you'd like this award then it's for you! That's right, take it! And I just told you all about it :)

Thank you again Jennifer for thinking of me ♥ I love your blog too :-D

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Sometimes I'm so silly lol Jennifer just let me know that she gave me 3 awards not just the one :) Yay! Here are the other two...

You are welcome to these two awards too!



I wanted to update you on a few things today and the best way I can think of to do that is in list form. Here we go...

1. I'm sure you've noticed that I've changed my blog template. I also took out the Intense Debate comment form which means a couple of things...It means that all your old comments are gone which isn't cool but I can live with it and it means that you can't leave comments on older posts now. You can't do that because when I had the I.D. form on here, I had to have the settings say "Don't allow, show existing" and unless I go back and edit each individual post to "Allow comments" then new comments aren't allowed. I honestly don't have the time to change each individual post so that's why it will tell you that new comments are not allowed. You can, however, post comments on my new posts including this one.

2. Speaking of time, I still don't have a lot of time to post new tips but the 50+ tips that I have already posted are still under the tab **BLOG TIPS** at the top of this page. If you design your own blog, there are a lot of good things there that will help you. Please remember that Blogger has changed their "Layout" button to "Design" so anywhere that I have told you to go to "Layout" just go to "Design" instead.

3. I do have the time to work on your blog for you though. If that's something you are interested in, then just go to the tab Kats Kreations at the top of this page for all the information. I'd love to help you out!

4. I have been slacking on picking up my awards lately. I'm sorry about that. Life has just been downright hectic. If you gave me any awards then thank you so much! I really appreciate the recognition and love ♥

5. Finally, I'd like to thank those of you that follow me here and on my other blogs. I enjoy the friendship, the comments, the emails and the encouragement. You mean the world to me and I wouldn't want to be here without you!

Have a great day everyone!  

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When you go to the tabs at the top of this page, specifically the Blog Tips tab, and then click on a link on that page, does it take you to that tip or just to a blank page?

Update: It seems to have been an issue with my server. I contacted them last night and everything seems to be working this morning. Thanks to everyone who emailed me! Y'all rock!

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Introducing Kats Kreations

I am pleased to introduce you to Kat's Kreations, my home business that was made specifically to help you! If you need any type of help with your blog, then this offer is made for you. Just click on the picture above, the tab that says Kats Kreations at the top of this page or here to get all the information on what I have to offer you. I can't wait to hear from you!

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Here's what I'm thinking...

So apparently I'm not going to get any kind of spare time to speak of...which bites but what can I do, ya know? So...

Here's what I'm thinking...

I'll post here when there is something that YOU want to know how to do. You just let me know and I'll write a post just for you on the subject you want to learn about, k? :)

Meanwhile there are over 50 tips that you can find by clicking on the **BLOG TIPS** tab at the top of this page.

Have a wonderful night everyone :)

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Thank you Ji ♥

I am the first one to admit to you that I have been ignoring this blog. I promised to get back to it and to keep talking about the new Blogger Template Designer but so far I just haven't had the time to be able to do that. I grovel at your feet for forgiveness. :(

Wait. I have a little more groveling to do...

Ji from this blog and this blog, is always so very thoughtful and sweet and kind. She always leaves me awards and love and I haven't thanked her properly for all the kindness she left me while I was offline with the move and all so that's what I need to do now. 

Thank you so much Ji I just love ya girl! 

These are for you:

thank you



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5 weeks ago????

I had no idea that it had been 5 weeks since I posted here. I promise you that I will be here tomorrow to continue with the new Blogger Template Designer discussion. Not to make excuses, but I've been busy moving, had to wait on the internet to get turned on at the new house and had some out of town company. Anywho, see y'all tomorrow....I promise!

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New Blogger Template Designer: Backgrounds

I told you about the new Blogger Template Designer the other day. I talked then about Templates. Today I'm going to tell you about the Backgrounds they have available. 

Using the new Designer you can pretty much make your blog look any way you'd like. After you have chosen which Template you want to use, you can spruce it up with a background image. There are TONS of images to choose from under the following categories:
  • Abstract
  • The Arts
  • Business
  • Celebrations
  • Entertainment
  • Family
  • Food & Drink
  • Health & Beauty
  • Hobbies & Crafts
  • Home & Garden
  • Nature
  • Patterns
  • Recreation
  • Science
  • Shopping
  • Technology
  • Textures
  • Transparent
  • Travel
For example, this blog is using the hearts that can be found under both Celebrations and under Transparent and my cookbook is using a background that can be found under Food & Drink (click here to view my cookbook).

Once you've found the background image that you'd like to use, simply click on Apply To Blog in the upper right hand corner. Simple as that! Next time I'll tell you about the Layout options. Have a great day everyone!

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Happy Independence Day!!


Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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Zemanta gadget

I was reading about a new gadget on Blogger Buzz this morning called Zemanta. It looked really interesting so I thought I'd try it out. I installed it on my Crazy Life blog since that's the blog that I use the most outgoing links on. I think it's pretty awesome stuff.

You can add pictures that they offer, links to related information and a link at the bottom of your post to related stories. And the gadget does all the work for you, adding things in a sidebar next to your create post editor as you type. It finds items related to what you are typing about and lets you choose which ones to use in your post.

You can read all about Zemanta here and see it in action on my post here. If you write an entertainment blog, a news blog or a current events blog, this would be the perfect gadget for you! 

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New Blogger Template Designer: Templates

I told you that I would talk to you about the new Template Designer feature that Blogger has added. I thought the best way to do that would be to break it down into sections. Today I'm going to talk to you about Templates.

To get to the new Template Designer, from your Dashboard select Design. Then select Template Designer. 

There are several different basic template designs that you can start with: Simple, Picture Window, Awesome Inc., Watermark, Ethereal and Travel. Under each template design there are different designs using the same basic template. For example, this blog is using the Simple template in red (which is the fourth design under Simple). 

You can click on the design and see how it looks on your blog without ever changing anything on your actual blog which I think is cool. When you find a design that you like, go to the top right hand corner and click on APPLY TO BLOG.  Don't hit that until you are sure that's the design you want to keep though because once you do, that's your template. Of course it's really simple to change if you just don't like it at all. 

Next time I'll talk to you about the Background feature. Have a great day everyone! 

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