FYI: Posts will be sparse around here until I replace my laptop.... Coming back to work after Christmas break apparently was too hard and it quit on me!

25 September 2012

Tuesday's Tips - Customizing the Post Date Format

To customize the post date format you're going to look for this code in your template: {

The CSS inside the brackets {} following that code will control what your post date look like.
You can customize the code however you'd like--be creative! You can use my CSS Basics posts on Borders, Backgrounds, Text, and Padding & Margins for specific codes. If you have any questions on how to do something specific, ask in a comment and I'll get back as soon as I can.

For example, my current post title code looks like this: {
font-family: Perpetua;
color: #70543e;
font-size: 14px;
font-style: italic;
float: left;
padding-top: 44px;
padding-left: 75px;
padding-bottom: 0px;
margin-bottom: -10px;

22 September 2012

A Recipe - Chocolate Cherry Cake

A fast, easy, moist, chocolate, and absolutely delicious cake.  


1 box chocolate cake mix
1 can cherry pie filling
2 eggs
1t. almond extract

Mix all ingredients together with a wooden spoon(not a mixer--it will mush the cherries). Pour into a greased 9x13pan. Bake at time and temp for this size pan on cake mix box.


1c. sugar
1/3c. milk
5T butter

Mix in a saucepan and boil for one minute. Remove from heat and add 6oz semi-sweet choc chips. Stir until melted. Let cool a bit and beat until thickens. Pour warm onto cake.

18 September 2012

Tuesday's Tips - Creating a Design Credit Link

If you take a look at the very bottom of my blog, there is a line of text giving me the credit for my blog design. It is a simple way to give credit where credit is due. ;)

Find this code:
#footer {

and copy/paste this after that section of code:
/* Design Credit
----------------------------------------------- */
#credit-link {
  text-align: center;
  padding-top:  0px;
letter-spacing: 2px;
font-variant: small-caps;
font-family: arial;

Feel free to tweak it using CSS.

Next, search for this code:
 <!-- end outer-wrapper -->

and copy/paste this code above that section of code:
<div id='credit-link'>YOUR TEXT HERE</div>

Replace YOUR TEXT HERE with what you want in your credit link. You can include links in it. For example, my code is below:
<div id='credit-link'>designed and coded with love by <a href=''>emily grace</a>.</div>  

note: if you used my tutorial on how to create a lowerbar, make sure this is below the lowerbar section of code. 

13 September 2012

Because He Loves Me So - a thankful thursday

401: Evening laughter on the deck -- someone telling mommy that someone else was picking the buds off of the green bean plants as they were picking the beans... What one will do for the hope of not having to pick green beans again!

402: Reading through old journals and remembering all that God has done for me!

403: Silly faces that make me laugh.
A blooper from his back-to-school photo session...see the rest here.
404: Encouraging but oh so challenging articles (have you read the newest SetapartGirl Magazine? Read the article on page ten first!)

405: Having this song stuck in my head all day long: 
How deep is Your grace
That you could see my need
And chose to take my place
And then for me, these words I'd hear You say
Father no
Forgive them for they know not what they do
I will go
Because I love them so

12 September 2012

Welcome to the Real World

Well, I'm back from camp. (actually, I've been back for a month now...)

(a sunny morning outside my bunkhouse...                                                                ...a sunny evening with the mares out in pasture)                                    

And honestly? It has been hard adjusting to life back at home. (or maybe just harder than previous years?!)

At camp it was easy to do the right thing. I knew what was expected and what came next. Since being home every week--every day--has been different.
Right after coming home we were off to Philadelphia. Then came the fair and I was signed up to work 4-10pm. School started after the fair. Vacation to the beach came the second week of school. While that has all been wonderful, it didn't leave me any time to sit down and think. Think and reflect about what I've learned this summer and how I'm going to apply it in my life at home. It also made it hard to keep to my good habits that were more firmly established while at camp.
Getting up early and time spent with God are just two things that have really been tossed to the wind since being home. Does it really matter if I can have good habits when everyone around me has them? Doesn't it matter more when I have to do it because I want to and not because everyone else is doing it? Granted, I did it at camp because I wanted to--but nearly everyone else was doing it too. Not that life at camp was easy--it wasn't. It was challenging, but oh so rewarding.

As I've been struggling with this I remembered one of the chapels that stood out to me most this summer. Emily just remember: Put off. Renew. Put on. Repeat! Put off the old sin nature. Renew your mind in Christ. Put on the fruit of the Spirit. Repeat the process again! A never-ending process of becoming more like Christ. But that is for another post at another time...

"Your knowledge of your fears/mistakes makes you ineffective -- so press on and strive because the Savior has made you His own!" - Dan Stanley