I am a…

rafflecopter snob. There I admitted it. I figured it out last night with a Ghiradelli chocolate giveaway. Anyone that knows me knows my favorite chocolate in the world is Ghiradelli. Particularly the Dark Chocolate with Caramel squares. So last night I found a giveaway where a blog was giving away a whole basket. My mouth drooled at just the picture and I almost broke my computer trying to get to the site. I got there, got all set to enter and then sighed. No Rafflecopter. Every entry was a different comment and there was sooo many to do. Not even my love for fabulous chocolate could make me take an hour of my time to enter it. I was a little surprised at myself because this was how it used to be done. Every giveaway was done like this and then Rafflecopter came along. That little function changed the way a lot of us see giveaways. A few clicks, follow all the instructions and you are done. Even if there are 200 entries it only takes you about a half hour to do them. Has comment entries become (dare I say)”old-fashioned?”

Giveaways have changed over the years. I remember the first blog giveaway I entered. It was for a pretty Thomas Kinkade book mark. Such a small prize but I wanted it. All I had to do was comment and I would be entered to win. I know, those days were a very long time ago. Then someone figured out they could get someone to be their friend on MySpace for a prize, or follow their twitter page. Comment giveaways became old-fashioned and in came the “social network” giveaways. Next up was sponsored giveaways where not only did you have to do all those for the blogs but also for the company. They became more of a chore than fun. Now there is Rafflecopter. Making it so easy to enter giveaways that you don’t want to do comment ones. In other words you have turned into a Rafflecopter snob.

I have been on the net for a very long time and have seen so many things evolve. This is just one of the many new things that one day will be “old-fashioned.” What are some of the things you are seeing now that you didn’t see a year ago and has changed the way you do things online now?

Till We Dish Again,

Rebelle and Girls

 

Chutney-Bacon Cheese Ball

I love cheese balls! They are great for any party and since we do not make them often it really makes the celebration special. This is actually a new recipe for my family. We only tried it once but OMG! it was delish! You really must try it for your next get together! Don’t have any parties or get togethers coming up? Then make it for a snack! I love it with crackers and just a little is very filling.

A few tips:

Store the cheeseball in an airtight container. It will dry out if you don’t.

Make sure your bacon is very crisp!

For something a little spicy try pepper jack cheese. That one was my dads favorite!

Chutney-Bacon Cheese Ball

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 jar (9 ounces) chutney
  • 1 pound bacon strips, chopped
  • 6 green onions, finely chopped
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine cheeses. Shape into a ball; top with
  • chutney. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove
  • to paper towels; drain. Sprinkle bacon and onions over cheese ball.
  • Serve with crackers. Yield: 4-1/2 cups.
Nutrition Facts: 2 tablespoons (calculated without crackers) equals 124 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 349 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 7 g protein.

 

What’s new at Dishin’?

If you remember correctly about a little over a week ago I told everyone the blog would be a mess while I re-decorated, etc. So what exactly is new? Well one thing is my layout, however I am not necessarily sure this is the final look. Like any graphic designer sometimes you have to test things to see if they grow on you and right now this is not growing on me. I want something a little more interactive. Alas, it is new 🙂

If you scroll over my images you will notice they have a red graph and the word pin it on them. You can now automatically pin any of my images you like from the blog to Pinterest. This is an awesome and easy way to pin any of my posts without searching for the pin it button. I still kept the pin it button for those that like it.

If you look in the top corner you will see a contact slider button. Pull it down and it is an easy way to contact me. I added this for those that may not be able to get the contact us form to work in the pages.

If you look over there ———> in the top box you will see a new like me button. This is another super easy way for you to like dishin’ in one easy step. That was an app I built-in Facebook and I think it is a neat addition.

I also installed the WordPress share button at the bottom of each post. It includes all the major networking sites.

If you comment now and sign in with your blog you will receive some comment luv from me. Your latest post will show up under your comment so my readers can find you and maybe follow you too 😀

I also have a rewards tab now on the side of the blog. If you sign up for an account and do all the things in the to do list you can earn points to trade in for gift cards, squee!

Some of you have sent me e-mails asking why I don’t post much. Well I honestly only post things I find that I think someone else will enjoy or I enjoy. I work 3 different jobs and own my own company, Independent Art Management. I really don’t have the time to post all the time like some do. This is not a money-maker for me, I have other avenues to do that. I love doing reviews but I am not out for free ones. So really this blog is just a way for me to interact with you guys and post a diary of sorts of things I like. Also, I for one hate to be bombarded with 15 posts a day so I try not to bombard you guys however there will be days, like today, when I will post several times. Oh and giveaways. I will be posting more giveaways because hey, everyone deserves the chance to win, lol!

This is not the only new things you will be seeing. I am working on some new plug-ins that i think will be fun for the blog and you may see new clothes because I am not sure I am loving this look. I want something I love and can use for a long time 😀

So what’s new in your neck of the woods? I would love to hear!!

Til’ We Dish Again,

Rebelle and Girls ( who are missing in action because of school. They have too much school work to post a lot but I have the feeling in the summer it will be teenager central here, rofl )