Dessert is my favorite part of a fiesta. Christmas counts as a fiesta, no? I made this for Thanksgiving, but it would be fantastic for a Christmas dinner, too. Or New Years. Or just for breakfast. When you read the ingredients in this cake, you’ll see that it actually wouldn’t be so bad to …
My office had a tornado. This should help explain fewer posts and the lack of replies: My company’s formal launch is Jan 1. Add to that all the holiday obligations and preparation… we are the poster children for the expression “running around like a chicken with it’s head cutoff.” Who else is feeling overextended? …
Atlanta is a food mecca. It really has become like a mini San Francisco! This is the food portion of Sarah’s weekend visit… my favorite part! There’s nothing more fun than watching a friend enjoy a meal. Don’t get me wrong – I love to eat it too, but sharing something you love so much …
Staying in town can feel like a vacation. Not quiiiiite like going to Tahiti… but you know. This weekend Sarah graced me with her presence. She drove in Monday night from Birmingham and we spent the next 2.5 days touring rainy Atlanta. It’s fun to entertain out-of-towners because you get to see your city …
My mom should have been a chef. Everyone says that, but this is legit. Growing up, she used to make the best breakfasts. Maybe that’ where I get my love of the meal? One of my favorites was her bread. She mad it the old-fashioned way from a starter that she had to feed. …
This WIAW felt like it was going to be “meh” after a rushed food prep. Looking back it didn’t turn out too badly. I’m pressed for time, but having quick proteins has helped – on busy weeks I rely on no-salt deli turkey and rotisserie chicken. With a few simple flavor adds, semi-homemade tastes pretty good! Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else delicious creations! Read the rest of this entry »
A belly full of warm food and a sunny, blue sky is the only way I survived this arctic weekend. My little sister, Alli, moved to Portland a few years ago and I hadn’t had the occasion to visit. Apparently they hit record lows the couple of days I finally decided to pop in. It was so cold my teeth hurt.
This was my view coming in:
The snow did melt, and the suncame out to stay! The first order of business was to eat. Alli collected me from the airport and we went right to Tasty ‘n Sons where we ordered everything item of #yolkpornwe could find. Read the rest of this entry »
For some reason I can’t get enough whiskeyand baconin my desserts this season. If you choose a spirit laced with notes of caramel and vanilla, it perfectly compliments a sweet dish. It also is strangelygood with bacon. Sweet and salty, ftw!
These browniesare of the fudgy variety. I do love a cake-like brownie, but the richness of my add-ins called for a decadent dense chocolate background.
Even if you don’t do bacon or booze, these would be an incredible dessert. The cocoa powder gives them a deep flavor, and makes them no quite as tooth-achingly sweet as morsels would. Each bite is thick, rich experience. Just how I like my dates.
Bonus: If you make extra bacon and reserve the fat when cooking, you’re well on your way to making a Whiskey-bacon Apple Pie.
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Prepare a 9 x 13” pan.
In a medium-sized pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Whisk in the sugars and apple sauce, stirring until fully incorporated. Remove the pot from the heat, then quickly whisk in the eggs (work fast so they don’t become scrambled egg brownies). Whisk in vanilla.
In a medium bowl, sift together cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and cinnamon. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet, stirring just until incorporated.
Stir in 1/4 C of the whiskey then pour the batter into baking pan. Bang the pan on the counter a couple of times to release some of the air bubbles.
Bake for 20-25 mins, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of your brownies comes out clean. Brush the top with remaining 1T of whiskey (this is optional, but really brings out the whiskey flavor).
Allow the brownies to cool slightly before cutting.
How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.
Kat and I went to dinner a couple of weeks ago and she started asking me questions about blogging, and if I had taken steps to protect my name and my content. I stared at her blankly. I had NO idea I should be doing a few simple things to make sure there’s not a zombie attack on my blog!
I know a lot of you are bloggers, so I asked Kat to focus a guest post on the topic. I hope this is as enlighteningfor you as it was for me!
Protecting Your Name and Your Content – Why would a blogger need to talk to a lawyer?
You invest so much time and energy into your blog that it’s practically a business or a second job(Editor’s note: and third… and fourth…). Perhaps it is your business or related to your business. If you don’t protect your name and content, you can lose your investment and be forced to change or abandon your creative works. Why not invest a little more to ensure you and your blog are protected?
Today I’m sharing a couple of things you need to know.
If you love your creative expression, it’s up to you to protect it.
Trademarks – 101
Surprise! You can trademark your blog’s name and logo! Why would you want to do this? There are several reasons. You are providing an educational service to others through your blog, and you have invested a TON of time in marketing, advertising, connecting with other bloggers that will support you, and creating content to share on your blog.
Now imagine that someone else out there decides they really like the name of your blog or your logo, and they decide to federally register the name and/or logo as trademark. (Perhaps they came up with it on their own, or perhaps they copied it from you.) They would then own all the rights to that name and/or logo, and could potentially serve you a cease and desist letter telling you that you can no longer use the name in your blog, and you need to take down all the content using the name or logo, rebrand, perhaps even costing you more time and money.
This situation happens frequently, and it is disheartening for those who have invested time, perhaps even years, in creating content for their blog using their name and logo. Your blog is your brand.
Federally registering your blog name and logo as a trademark will give you a legal remedy if someone tries to copy or misuse your blog name. Not all blog names can be trademarked; they have to be distinct and non-generic. In order to determine whether your blog name may be trademarked, it is a good idea to consult an attorney and invest in legal research. Contact me if you would like more information about whether your blog name is protectable.
You may also go to Counsel to Creativity for afree trademark crash course, available on the homepage. If you would like a free 30 minute consultation with me for more information about whether your blog name and/or logo are protectable, contact me (kat at counseltocreativity dot com), or use the coupon code “KAT30” in the contact form on the website.
Copyright – 101
While many bloggers may not realize it, every time you post original content to your blog, whether it’s a post with a story, a method, or a recipe, you are creating legally protectable content. For many of you, this will primarily come up with respect to your recipes and photos. How many times have you posted a recipe or a picture that was reposted by someone else, (Editor’s note: Wayyyyy to often, no?) hardly modified at all, and they took credit for it? This could be copyright infringement.
If you are the author of your picture, recipe, or other content, you have the right to protect itagainst someone else’s infringing use, if their use is substantially similar. Becoming angry, or commenting on their blog demanding they take down your content is frustrating and often fruitless.
So, what do you do? In many cases, an infringer will take down their infringing content upon a demand letter from an attorney, but there are other ways to handle the situation as well. If you want legal advice about what you can protect, why it is protectable, or why you should protect it, email me (kat at counseltocreativity dot com).
You don’t want to have to P.U.S.H. – pray you are protected until something happens that unhinges your investment.
If you get legal advice and protection before a dispute pops up, you can maintain significantly more control over your protectable content.
I’m still shocked this happens – I’d only thought about the risk of letting your domain name lapse!
What was your biggest take-away about protecting your creative content?
What intellectual property from your blog is most important to you? Your name? Logo? Recipes? Photos?
I didn’t eat any marshmallows for WIAW, but still managed some good stuff. I’m out of town the rest of the week, so this is one of those “eat everything in the fridge” days. Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else delicious creations!
As always, the day began with my apple cider morning cocktail. Still searching for a new amino powder I like…
Breakfast was a little random. A delicious banana-peanut butter fluff wrap, heated in the microwave. The peanut butter fluff was a mix of peanut flour (from iHerb - use discount code USO924 for $5-10 off your order!), vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, vanilla, and Stevia. With a side of turkey because it was going to go bad.
I am oddly addicted to this Matchabar found at Whole Foods. It’s almost buttery with its healthy fats! Really good pre-workout fuel with a side of almonds.
Shredded rotisserie chicken(naked from Whole Paycheck) mixed with kaleand a really random “dressing.” It was the end of a cottage cheese container, mashed avocado, nutritional yeast, apple cider vinegar, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic power, and pepper. I mixed it up the night before and used half here and half in the next snack.
I discovered the toaster at work, so I’ve been loving hot Ezekial sesame toast. Today’s was slathered my favorite Roots spinach hummus (also a Whole Foods find).
The other half of the afore-mentioned cottage cheese mix was used in a turkeysalad with broccoli slaw. I’m pretty surprised and how good the cottage cheese mix was, now that I think about it. I wish we had a toaster oven at work so I could crisp it up…
And then I had a pity party. I’m getting a cold. Extra water, green tea… and a Snickersshould fix it, right?
Dinner was rotisserie chicken tossed with BBQ sauce, with a side of roasted mushroomsand crisped kale.
I turned my roastedbuttercup squash into dessert, tossing it in a sauce of peanut flour, cinnamon, Stevia, and almond milk. And chocolate chips.
Pumpkin-Zucchini Bread Batter was my midnight snack. It was another “use all the foods” creation that turned out better than expected! I love using protein powder in these – it really lends to the batter consistency.