Creating a Cool Slideshow with the Slidedeck Plugin – Woodie Knows WordPress

Woodie knows WordPress - Carrie Spencer Smart Ass RomanceHello my wordpress buddies! Life is grand here in Woodchuck Land – the sun is shining, the wind is gentle and Carrie’s got eight, count ’em EIGHT new planters just FULL of petunias right there on her front steps! Suh-weet!

Today, we’re going to add a new type of slideshow to our repertoire – Slidedeck. It’s easy to configure and looks might snazzy in one of your just-got-back-from-vacation posts!

First, go to your dashboard, then go to plugins> add new. Type in slidedeck. There’s only the one! Now click install, and go back to your dashboard. You’ll see a new button on your dashboard titled Smart Slidedeck. Hover over it and choose Add Smart Slidedeck.

I kept most of the settings, just so I could see what they looked like, and play with it from there. I clicked on save, then preview. Well holy cow. Is this just awesome or what???

A cool slideshow featuring five of my most recent posts. That is SO COOL!

I went back in, changed the slider so it would show pictures from my most popular posts and only in a few chosen categories. Then, when I clicked preview, I changed the size of the slideshow and clicked update.

Now I click on the yellow bar at the top of the screen where it says insert your SlideDeck into a post.

This takes me back to the posts page. From there, I choose the post I want the slideshow to appear in, and click on it. Now on the right hand side is this widget, and I choose Insert Slide Deck where I want the sliders to appear. I can change the dimensions here if I so choose, or feature the post I’m posting right now in the slide show.

[SlideDeck id=’2203′ width=’100%’ height=’200px’]

voila, the code is inserted for me, I don’t need to do anything else!

The only thing that reaaaaaally bothers me about slidedeck is that the widget takes over the side panel. So I closed it by clicking the little arrow, and drug it below the publish box. I can drag it even farther down (and will!) later, as it’s something I’ll only use occasionally.

Want to learn some more sidedeck tricks? Check out this website here..

Make Use of – SlideDeck

Enjoy!

Grilled Cheese Grilled Cheese – Cheese Outside AND In – Found it on Pinterest

Nothing says easy supper/lunch/occasionally breakfast like a good grilled cheese sandwich. Mine is always made with white bread (99% fat free!) and Velveeta cheese. (Stop making faces Jen, I can see them clear over here!)

So when I found a recipe on Pinterest for a grilled cheese grilled cheese, I of course had to give it a shot.

I assembled my ingredients.
Two slices white bread
Monster slab of Velveeta
Shredded sharp cheddar
Butter
Frying pan
Spatula

That should really be all a girl needs right? Sort of.

First, I tossed the butter in the pan and set it to bubble.

Grilled Grilled Cheese

Next came the cheese sandwich. Velveeta safely tucked inside and a few more slabs of butter for when I turned this baby over.

Grilled Cheese Grilled Cheese

Isn’t that the most adorable frying pan? Just big enough for one. (and it’s ORANGE!)

Next came the all important flipping of the sammy. This required a bit of effort – trying to take a picture while wielding a spatula, so my first side got a wee bit toasted. Still, we’re doing good here.

Now I sprinkle the top with the sharp cheddar and wait for the other side to brown.

Grilled Cheese Grilled Cheese

Here’s where I ran into difficulties. Between the lifting of the cheese coated sandwich out of the pan and tossing in another pat of butter, I needed one more arm. As you can see, my utensil count increased, as did the stove splatters. I finally accomplished the deed by lifted the dripping, gooey sandwich with the spatula, flinging in a pat of butter I’d speared with a knife and then doing the all important cheese-flip. No cheddar was wasted in this maneuver.

Grilled Cheese Grilled Cheese

And lookie there. A nice crispy cheese crust on my sandwich – just like they showed on Pinterest! On a roll now, I flipped the entire thing out on my plate and added in some fresh fruit.

For the final picture, I thought – I’ll saw this baby in half, so you guys can see all this wonderful cheese!

Saw being the operative word. Apparently when you get your nice crispy cheese crust, you also get a substance somewhat akin to Kevlar. I sawed, I hacked and whacked and finally resorted to a bare-handed jerking apart. But voila – we have a grilled cheese grilled cheese.

Grilled Cheese Grilled Cheese

Will I make it again? Probably not. I didn’t care for the cheese crust which tended to stick to my teeth and required more GNAWING than delicious lip licking. (Something Woodie would have enjoyed!)

So there you have it – another “Found it on Pinterest” exposed. =)

carrie

Cheap Date Night – Quick Food, Quicker Likker and a Fun Movie

Morning my peeps! Today we’re leaping right into Cheap Date Night with Breakfast for Supper – one of my favorite meals.

Cheesy Scrambled Eggs

1 serving Egg Beaters
Handful Frozen veggies
1 wedge Laughing Cow Cheese
(makes one BIG serving or two smaller size servings so plan your side dishes accordingly)

Okay, I know what you’re thinking – big deal right? Well, it’s a 6 minute microwave meal that won’t heat up your house, tastes great and even has *gasp* VEGETABLES IN IT! For me, that’s a pretty big deal. =) Oh, and did I mention it’s low cal? By golly it is.

First, spray a microwave safe dish with a non-stick spray. Toss in a handful of mixed vegetables and microwave for 4-5 minutes. They should be a little soft. I have a mix of peas, carrots, red and green peppers.

Next pour in the container of Egg Beaters and tear apart a wedge of the cheese, dropping it in in chunks.

Microwave for 1 minute and then stir. Microwave a minute longer and stir again. If it’s still soupy in the middle, keep microwaving another 15 seconds at a time until set.

Serve on a paper plate (it’s CHEAP date night, remember?) with some buttered toast and fresh fruit.

Smart Ass Romance - Bottums Up - Fun Drink RecipesNow since we’re having breakfast for supper, you wouldn’t think I’d be able to come up with a drink to go with this fab meal right? Wrong! To go with your eggs, we’re going to have a little juice too, in a drink called the

Madras
In a red Solo cup =) filled with ice cubes, you’ll pour in 1 shot of vodka, two shots of cranberry juice and 1 shot of orange juice. Give a little stir and take a little sip. Yummmmmmm…..

Okay, for those of you who loooooove Martha and always want to be JUST like her? Don’t watch. Cover your eyes and eat your eggs. For the rest of us who’ve always thought Martha must be an alien being (after all, who REALLY serves pina colada’s in a freshly sabered open coconut shell?) then watch this real of Martha Bloopers

How to make an Image Gallery – Woodie Knows WordPress

Have you ever wanted to make an image gallery? No? But what about all of those photos you took on your vacation? Or honeymoon? =) Your daughters graduation, your sons first steps? Instead of just a long line of photos, lets make an image gallery – shall we?

First title and save your post. Otherwise none of this will work! Next click on the upload image button and you’ll get this screen

Upload your images, or drag them into the box, then click save changes

Now your gallery will show, and underneath the photos you’ve just uploaded are the settings we’ll need to make our gallery.

I’ve chosen to link my thumbnails to a larger image, display them in random order and have 3 columns.

Next click Insert Gallery.

Voila!

If you need to edit any of your photos, simply go to Visual View, click on the landscape looking graphic that pops up when you hover over your gallery, and you can edit each picture, save the changes, and your gallery is good as new.

Easy peasy right? Right. =)

I’m off and running, Wilemina is making buckwheat pancakes for breakfast! yum!

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