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.
Your new layout looks great–co clean and efficient too!! I love the pears under the dome as your centerpiece. Congrats on the new layout.
[email protected] Porch Musings says
We love salmon. I’ll have to use this recipe. It sounds wonderful.
I’ve been wanting to tidy up my page, for awhile. I’ll make a note to contact Joanna. It might be just the gift for myself, for the 2nd anniversary at the Back Porch. Your new page looks fabulous!
I love your bloggy makeover Ms. Rhoda! It’s so clean and fresh but still sassy. And loads a lot faster! The food looks yummy too. Have a blessed weekend!
Coffee with Cathy says
Love the new blog, Rhoda. Gorgeous! And so are your black-and-white dining room curtains. And I’m so glad you’re talking about the Whistlestop Cafe — it’s a great place and well worth the trip.
The new design looks great. Good for you for learning to cook fish. I’m afraid if I try to cook it all the neighbor cats will bombard my house. 🙂
Linda Merrill says
Hi Rhoda – your new layout and artwork looks great! And yes, very easy to navigate. Always fun to redecorate our “virtual” homes!
Robin's Nesting Place says
I love the new look too! It loads so much quicker without the background page and is less distracting too. It was definitely worth waiting on but this is so much nicer.
i LOVE your new look, i read your blog everyday…..i just love it…………….especially today when you talk about food, but…….i love your decorating too and your shopping trips…..jennie in jackson tn
I LOVE your new look. Who knew it would load so much faster too!!!
Awesome cool fresh look.
Thanks for a great blog!
Your new blog layout is just perfect. Great job. Also, looks like dinner with your guests was a huge success and the food looks so yummy. Hugs, Marty
I love your new look…it took your “old” page so very long to load!!! This one is clean and fresh, and loads on the first click!!!
Time to crawl out of the woodwork I guess. I’ve been popping in to visit your blog recently and am always inspired by your nifty ideas and thrifty finds.
Your new dining room redo is FAB. How nice you’ve been keeping it filled with good friends and yummy food!
Rhoda, I like the new look! The tabs at the top are very handy. Great job~
Your new look is fabulous…dinner looked fabulous too!
I really enjoy your blog Rhoda and now its even better….your dinner looked fantastic!!
I am so thrilled about the outcome of it! It looks fabulous with all your posts and buttons and badges.
Dinner looks so good. That sauce sounds like it would be great with chicken as well.
Denise K. says
Your new site looks wonderful Rhoda! I love all your ideas and look forward to reading more! Have a blessed weekend and Happy Decorating! (Can’t wait to try your tastey recipe too!) 🙂
I love the new look!
Love your new looks – both the blog & the dining room.
Stacey @ The Blessed Nest says
Your new look is great :)!