Five Easy Ways to Transform Your Blog for the Holidays

Love the candy canes!

The WordPress.com Blog

Your WordPress.com site is your home on the web. It only makes sense, then, to spruce it up for the holidays as you would your brick-and-mortar address. With the ideas we include here, you’ll be able to give your blog a festive look with just a few easy clicks.

Make it snow!

It’s an annual WordPress.com holiday tradition: as of December 1st, you can have snow falling on your site! While the real stuff might be hard to deliver via The Interwebz, our special snow will fall gracefully down your screen wherever you are. To activate Holiday Snow, just follow these steps:

  1. Go to your dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Settings → General.
  3. Check the box next to “Show falling snow on this blog.”

If you activated this feature last year, it’ll be on automatically this year, too. Whenever you’d like to deactivate the snow, you can make it stop on your personal…

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Tulip

Tulip is our cat.  Back in late April Brianna finally convinced me she needed an animal. I gave in and said we could get a cat.  
leonora-allum-tulipSo we got Tulip at the Human Society in Woodbury, MN.  This cute little tuxedo cat is a great cat.  She cries all the time, loves to play with her dragonfly and has the run of every house she is in. 
So due to some unfortunate circumstances, we are staying with my parents until we move into our new apartment on August 1. So it is me and Brianna, Tulip and my parents.  She has taken over the house.  To be expected, I mean she is our cat?!?
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So this weekend my niece’s dog is staying the night. Then they settle in for a nap.  So I wind up with both of them with me in the office.  I have the dog on the ottoman and the cat on the chair.  Great!  It is quiet and peaceful.  Then it is dinner time, and I move supper quietly to leave the room.  BOOM they are both up and under me feet again.  He “Buddy” needs watched.  So the two of them run around for hours after each other.  Buddy following Tulip, and then being chased by Tulip. 
I am done.  I am lucky enough to eat ½ of my dinner before they are knocking things over and finishing my mac n cheese while I clean up.  I am afraid of what will happen overnight.

 

Daily Recipe :: Strawberries & Cream

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Happy National Strawberries and Cream Day!

Yep, that’s a thing. Turns out almost everyday is some sort of national food holiday, which is delightful. We’re firm believers that you should celebrate food everyday, and if that means eating strawberries and cream every May 21st, celebrate indeed. Not only do we have delicious local strawberries, we also have fresh heavy cream from Mill King, which is so good you’ll find yourself tempted to drink it straight from the bottle (a little swing of heavy cream won’t hurt you.)

Oh, and this recipe is extremely easy and makes the perfect dessert for your next dinner party. Happy eating!

Strawberries and Cream with Macadamia Nuts

From: The Food Network

Serves 6

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  • 2 pints strawberries, halved or quartered
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 rounded Tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped

Pile the strawberries into 4 to 6 small dessert cups or glass…

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