Instagram – The game of followers and unfollowing

Unfollowers vs Followers Audrey: Oh, that feeling when I got my first random follower. It was a woohoo moment of note. Then they unfollowed me and I was like whoa oh no no whyyy…? There are people on Instagram that will follow you till you follow them and kaboom they are gone faster than a cookie on a plate sitting in front of me (and … Continue reading Instagram – The game of followers and unfollowing

Instagram and it’s hashtags

It took us a little while to figure out the whole hashtags business. Maybe we are just slow but hey, we’re all about being honest here. (Please note Amber will say I’m on the cray cray spectrum – look at me being all teenager there). I digress, do not believe a word she says regarding me or my (Audrey’s) sanity. What is a #hashtag and … Continue reading Instagram and it’s hashtags

What’s up with Blog Engagement???

It’s been a while since I’ve been blogging.  Ok, I’ll go and date myself now and admit that I started out way back in (ahem) 2007.  Yes, people, that is a whole 10 years of blogging, with some gaps in between for random life changes that tend to happen when you tell God your plans. Amber comments: That’s how we met, via blogging all those … Continue reading What’s up with Blog Engagement???

Skate on the Bay and Sunflowers

Day 1 in the life of a Wine Blogger series I arrived on a sunny Monday afternoon and was whisked off to a beautiful restaurant called Skates on the Bay. Sitting on top of the water (stilts not sitting sitting), the huge glass windows overlooking the bay, the fresh smell of the sea air… I fell in love with San Francisco right there and then. … Continue reading Skate on the Bay and Sunflowers

What we’ve learned​ about Instagram so far…

This article is a jointly written by myself (Audrey) and Amber from Napafoodandvine.com, we felt it was time to share some insights into the world of Instagram that we’ve gained over the short period we have been trying to navigate the minefield… Some are on point and others are just the odd quirks we’ve picked up along the way. First a little background Audrey: I … Continue reading What we’ve learned​ about Instagram so far…

Q&A: "Books that I am reading" widget

Question: How do I add a list of the books I have read/reading to my blog” Answer: 1. Go to Amazon Affiliate Program Links They may require you to log in with your Affiliate username and password 2. Put the book you are wanting to add in the search bar and select “books” or “Music” etc and click search 3. A list of possible books … Continue reading Q&A: "Books that I am reading" widget

Q&A: Tracking visits & Views to your blog

Question: Is there a more complete way to track visits/views than just simply clicking on “stats”? Answer: I have tried a number of stats counters and have found that Sitemeter is the most user friendly and comprehensive.  Through their statistics tracking you have way more options than the others such as: Sitemeter is so good its scary, you can either see who is checking your … Continue reading Q&A: Tracking visits & Views to your blog

Accidentally invented

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Ever wondered where things come from or how they were invented?

I love finding out how things work and generally I prefer to put things together without the instructions, sometimes to my detriment (just between you and me).

I always find reading facts about life calming after a boring nightmare. So hence we now have a list of what things were accidentally Invented. Please note that beer is first because I did  it alphabetically in order to tire myself out, Chocolate Chip cookies are second for this very same reason.

Beer
They say the first beer was drunk when Samson downed a lion, but apparently about 10 000 years ago, when Mesopotamians became the world’s first agrarian society, their stored grains for bread became wet, and began to naturally ferment. Someone actually dared to drink the frothing mess, becoming the first person to “burp” after a brew.

Chocolate chip cookies
When Ruth Wakefield of the Tollhouse Inn, Massachusetts, ran out of baking chocolate one day in 1930, she crumbled up a bar of semi-sweet chocolate and added the pieces to her dough. When she removed them from the oven, the cookies weren’t uniformly infused with melted chocolate, but rather studded with little chunks throughout. Crumbs… imagine a life without chocolate chip cookies.

Coffee
The Legend of Kaldi maintains that an Ethiopian goat herder checked his flock was acting a bit frisky after eating some bright red berries. After sampling some for himself and feeling the buzz, he brought the berries to a local Imaam who roasted them and boiled a batch in water.

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