Building My Blog – December 2014

Food blog traffic and income report

Welcome to my 6th monthly update, all about what I’ve been up to on Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen in December.

In this months report I’ll be talking about:

Improving my blog design and branding.
Improving my photography (crucial to a successful food blog).
Getting rid of the adverts I don’t like.
All the usual numbers – visitors, page views and followers.

I’ll also talk about my aims for February.

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Chicken Chow Mein

Looking down of a bowl of chicken chow mien. Next to the bowl is more chow mein in a wok and some of the ingredients on a chopping board - spring onions, red pepper and garlic.

Whenever I start thinking about cooking something new I think about all of my family’s favourite foods and work out which ones I haven’t cooked before. Then I start experimenting.

Whenever we order Chinese takeaway my husband will always, always order a chicken chow mein, so this seemed like an obvious choice to start experimenting with.

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Chilli Con Carne

Chilli con carne recipe

What’s not to love about this chilli con carne, it tastes delicious, it’s cheap and simple to make, it’s one of your five-a-day, it freezes so you can make a big batch and save some for another day, and best of all it’s under 250 calories so I can have an ice cream for pudding without feeling guilty.

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#FoodYearLinkup – January 2015

Happy New Year!!

It’s that time again to launch the #FoodYearLinkup for January.

Thank you to everyone who joined in last month, we had some great festive recipes linked up. You can find all of last month’s linkups here if you’d like to take a look (I recommend that you do, and make a note of your favourites for next Christmas).

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Easy american pancake recipe and pancake writing tutorial

Pancake art tutorial

It’s been a while since my first attempt at pancake art, my little Christmas reindeer, so I thought it was about time I had another go. Whilst a pancake that looks like something else is fun, what’s even more important is that it tastes good. So, I thought I’d share with you my simple recipe for perfect american pancakes (don’t worry if you’re not in an artistic mood, these taste just as good as simple round pancakes too).

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Spiced Orange Popcorn

spiced orange christmas popcorn square

In my house, an important part of getting into the Christmas spirit is watching Christmas films. To celebrate the start of the Christmas film season, traditionally the Friday before Christmas (it is a real thing, I haven’t just made it up – honest), I thought I’d share with you my recipe for festive spiced orange popcorn.

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Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Orange

sprouts pancetta orange square

If you’re in charge of cooking Christmas dinner this year then, with a week to go, you’re probably thinking about all the ingredients you need for your perfect Christmas dinner. I’m sure that for most of you, this will include brussels sprouts – love them or hate them, Christmas dinner wouldn’t be the same without them.

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