Pumpkin Cheesecake

One of my favorite Youtube channels, Cooking with Dog, has a pumpkin cheesecake recipe that sounds delicious. Yes I realize it’s still summer, but I like pumpkin anytime of the year, especially in a cheesecake!

What about you? Do you think of pumpkin only in the fall/winter? Or do you enjoy eating pumpkin any time of the year?

Pinterest tips

Pinterest is an amazing tool both for personal use, and of course, for growing your social media presence. Here are some simple tips to help you grow your followers on Pinterest.

Name Your Boards Well

Using simple descriptive terms for your board names is best. My most popular board is titled “Garden”. When people search for garden ideas, chances are they use the word garden first (such as garden gnome, garden plan, etc), so my board is more likely to pop up in the search result because of it’s title.

Also be sure to fill in your description and choose your board category. Surprisingly, this step gets overlooked easily, but it is very important. Here’s what it looks like when you click “edit” on a board:

How to edit a board on Pinterest

Did you notice a mistake in the above photo? The category for the board says “Home Decor”. It should say “Holidays”. Make sure that you choose the right category for your boards. Some boards might not have a category that fits perfectly, so you will need to choose “other”.

Describe The Pin

If you pin often you will have noticed that many photos lack a description. Some photos come in with just the image file name. You need to take a moment and put a description in that box! Say what it is about the photo you like, put the name of the recipe, anything that will help the pin be more searchable.

This isn’t just helpful for growing your following though, this is helpful for when you go back through your pins too. Having good descriptions will help you (and others) know why the pin is helpful.

Clean Up Your Boards

Look at your boards, are some of them redundant? I found that I had some that could be condensed into each other. For example, I had a board that was called “Holidays”. I also have boards called “Christmas”, “Halloween”, and “Easter”. Having a board that was generic didn’t make sense, so I removed the Holidays board, I did keep those pins however.

Pinterest has a very nice feature where you can easily move pins from one board to another. When you are in the board you want to delete, notice the upper right hand corner. Click the move button, you will then be prompted to select the pins you want to move.

Moving pins to another board on Pinterest

Once you have selected the pins you wish to move, click the move button again (it will be red this time). A pop up will appear for you to select the board you want to move the pins to. This way you don’t lose quality pins when you delete unused or redundant boards.

Quality Pins Count

One last tip, when you are cleaning up your pins be sure to keep the quality pins and discard the rest. What makes a pin worth keeping? It has repins, it links to the original source, and it’s one you really like. I put that last qualifier in there because although using Pinterest is important for social media, it also has other uses. If you really love an idea or pin and it doesn’t have repins, keep it anyway.

If you want to follow me on Pinterest you can find me here. And if you have any other tips to add be sure to let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading, I hope these tips help you.

30 Lessons for Loving

30 Lessons for LovingSometimes you read a book that makes you smile, nod in agreement, and wish that you had come across it sooner! 30 Lessons for Loving: Advice from the Wisest Americans on Love, Relationships, and Marriage is one such book.

The author, Karl Pillemer, talks to “the experts” as he calls them to find out what it takes to have long lasting, happy, marriages.

In the book we hear from the oldest and wisest Americans on everything dealing with love. The book starts at the beginning, with great tips about finding the right partner. If you have single friends, give them this book! I wish it had been around when I was single, but luckily I still found a great partner. And if you aren’t single, get this book for the wealth of great information in the following chapters.

The book starts with what to look for in a partner, then moves forward to tips on marriage, and on to growing old together. What I liked was that the advice applies to all married couples, no matter how old or young you are! Why not save yourself the trouble of figuring it out alone, and take the advice of those who have already been there?

Some of the best advice is of course not the easiest to put into practice, but is well worth the effort. Communication, having fun together, and not trying to change each other top the list of keys to a happy marriage. The funniest thing is, while trying to write this post I was put to the test on one of the tips given; pay attention to your spouse and put away the technology! In a fun twist, every time I sat down to my computer to write this, my husband would come in and ask what I was doing and want to chat. I guess that was my pop quiz to see if I had really learned my lessons from the experts.

The book is a great read, and it’s fun to see these spunky elders still making it work and enjoying their marriages. 30 Lessons for Loving: Advice from the Wisest Americans on Love, Relationships, and Marriage should be on every shelf, and re-visited often.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book for my review.

First peony of 2015

Our peonies are in full swing right now. This was the first to fully open. It is actually the original color that was planted, however, friendly bees have been busy and now a lot of the peonies in our garden are light pink, and some are even white with barely a trace of pink on them.

pink peony

It’s fun to see how much flowers change thanks to the tiny, buzzing, gardeners.