How do you like my new look? It’s a new and improved ME. I really, really love it and hope that you will too. One of my readers, Joanna, is a blog designer and I emailed her to ask her some questions about how I could change a couple of things on my blog and she graciously took over and gave me a complete bloggy makeover, with a new layout and a snazzy navigation bar. Now, you’ll see I have lots of links to click on and a whole new look. Hope you’ll look around and check out all the buttons. I think this new look will be easier to navigate and you’ll be able to find things better. Everything is still here, it just looks a little different. As I mentioned before, I’ve moved my extensive blogroll to my 2nd blog, so just click on Blog Candy to go there. Enjoy the NEW me! If you want a new blog design, I hope you’ll check out Joanna’s design service, Southern Girl Blog Designs. She did a fantastic job for me and gave me just the look I wanted.
Friday night, we got to enjoy the new dining room again and invited over some friends, Sandi and Bill from Whistlestop Cafe Cooking. Sandi and I started out as bloggy friends, but now that we’ve gotten together with them a few times now, it’s a real life friendship. We’ve been to their house for a party and so I thought it was time to invite them over to our place. Bill’s parents were long-time owners of the Irondale Cafe that I talked about here, and they sell Whistlestop cookbooks and Whistlestop cooking products too, so go over and take a look at their foodie blog.
Last week, Peter spotted a cooking class in the paper being held at Whole Foods, called School of Fish. Given his love of fishing and especially his love of eating fish, we decided to check it out and it was well worth it. They shared 3 recipes and we got to sample them all, so I fixed the salmon dish for dinner and tried out the Lemon-Dijon Dill Sauce, which is fantastic.
Bill, Sandi, and Sandi’s sister, Holly, who was in town and came along for dinner too. Holly also has a blog called Holledaze and she lives fulltime in London and part time in Boston, so check out her blog too. She just did a gorgeous kitchen reno on her blog. We sure enjoyed the evening with our new friends!
Lemon-Dijon Dill Sauce
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup Mayo (low fat is fine)
3 tsp. minced dill weed
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
Juice from one lemon
1 tsp. fresh minced garlic
Salt & Pepper to taste
This was a wonderful sauce with the salmon, so I hope you’ll try it!
Thanks for stopping by to check out the new and improved look! Come back on Monday and we’ll talk about lighting.
Laura @ the shorehouse. says
The new design is fabulous…I’d expect nothing less from your fabulous self. 🙂 I love how you archived all of your content…It makes it a breeze to come back and find exactly what I’m looking for (’cause I do tend to revisit old posts. I’m a stalker like that. 🙂
Hope you’re enjoying the weekend! It’s good to be back online.
I LOVE it!! I’m jealous because I’m working on my own myself, and I’ve been too busy to finish it.
A Bushel and Peck says
Thanks for fixing the blinkie- I added it to my blog!
I love your new blog look! It will be so much easier to navigate now, and the buttons are all beautiful!
Your new look is so fresh and clean! I think I’m due for a makeover, too. It sounds like you guys had a great get together! (I see the cute bunny platter) ~ Robyn
KMfamily ;-) says
the new blog look is wonderful!
Very clean & fresh
Rhoda, your new page is beautiful..like eye candy! I have been following your blog for awhile now and I LOVE it! I have learned so much! I live in Gadsden, which is about 60 miles north of B’ham. I have just started a blog and would love it if you could check it out whenever you have a chance and tell me what you think! Thank you 🙂
The Quintessential Magpie says
Rhoda, I love your dining room! It really looks great and looks like y’all had lots of fun at your party!
I miss your blog roll. I always liked to see what new people you had added. And I’m too lazy to click on a button. LOL!
Love to you…
When you set your table, put the napkin to the left of the plate. Turn the knife blade “in”.
The meal looks so yummy!
thanks for sharing the recipe. the meal sounds yummy!
Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe says
Rhoda~ I am just now getting the chance to thank you for the wonderful dinner. It has been a long weekend and we are glad to be home.