My family LOVES to cook. We're a big Southern bunch, and holidays come with all the fixins, house filled to the brim with family and friends. Since we enjoy sharing our recipes, Kitchen Mayhem will be the part of the blog where I share all our goodies as I find time to write down the recipes.
Today, I took a big step, one that I didn't think I would actually do. When I first started the publication process, I felt that the more places that had my book, the more exposure I'd get. Sadly, I have not been getting much interest anywhere else. On Smashwords, all the downloads were free downloads from coupons for reviewers.
Many have expressed interest in how I do my contests, giveaways, and newsletters. All of them are ran on JotForm.
Jotform really is great. It's easy enough that us code-challenged people can figure it out. The form designer is very intuitive, which makes it easy to add and delete different options and text. The thing I love best is honestly too hard to pick, so I've done a quick list.
It's easy, which is a big draw.
The designer lets you customize it to match your site, which many don't do.
It allows you to save your items to Google Drive or Dropbox so that all you need to do at the end is download the files. It makes collecting information from the forms a breeze.
Customer support is fast and very nice.
The plans are great, and you can switch between them as often as you need without being stuck paying for what you aren't using, and they offer many ways to get extra submissions per month.
I do wish they offered integration with Onedrive. I had to open a Dropbox just for this, which I have a paid account at Onedrive.
A smaller plan in between Starter and Premium would be nice. None of our photo events have ever gotten over 500, so I really wish I didn't have to pay for 1,000 submissions. If there were 500, for say, $4.95, that would be a perfect happy medium.
The only other thing I could think of would be allowing custom fonts, if we have the font file to match our websites, it would be nice to have the forms match all around by being able to use our fonts as well.
Basically, if you are a business that needs an easy way for people to fill out forms or submit things to you, JotForm is great. I love the ease of use with it, and how it makes all of my forms look professional and like I took forever coding them, when it was a few drag and drop boxes and a couple color selectors. :)
This one is one of the easiest candies we make, as the "mix" part is pre-made. You can make your own, but the store bought base tends to have just the right blend to make it crack "just right", so we go ahead and use that to make sure it turns out right every time.
I was told when I was little that Snickerdoodles were the hardest cookie to master. Take them out a second too soon, and they're still raw inside. Take them out a second too late, and they're hard as a rock. So I set out to perfect them. To this day, I'm the only one that makes Snickerdoodles in our house. The others ask if I need help, but I have gotten them down to a science and I'm scared anyone helping will make me mess up. :)
I think most everybody likes a good fudge. The problem is that the old-fashioned kind takes longer, requires a candy thermometer, and sometimes despite your best efforts doesn't set. Waiting hours only to realize it won't cut is torture. Plus, usually it means we only make fudge around the holidays since it's so time consuming. Enter my foolproof fudge. It turns out, every time. Takes like 10 minutes to get all finished and put into the refrigerator, and is soft and sweet just like the old-fashioned stuff.
Long ago, we used to have a Fannie Farmers here. It was a candy shop that had the most amazing coconut clusters you ever tasted. When they closed, we settled for occasional trips to Grand Rapids Ohio, where we'd snag them at the old fashioned candy shop there. After that, Russel Stovers had a box of them. Soon, we were unable to find them anywhere, and dad and I love them. I searched high and low, but couldn't find a recipe for them. So, I tweaked a fudge recipe and made my own!
My grandma Judy used to make glass candy for us every year, and we loved picking out all the flavors and guessing what they were based on the color she'd made them. When she moved to New Mexico, we missed the tradition of our glass candy, so we found an old Amish recipe to make our own. In this way, the tradition of glass candy for Christmas carries on.
We have some hearty chocolate lovers in our family, so when we were asked for a chocolate dessert loaf, we whipped up something to suit the occasion. this bread is spongy and more like a cake, and super easy to make.