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I’m warding off Alzheimer’s!

This whole blogging process challenges my mind every single day. I was never a tech-savvy person. In fact, when one of my tech-y friends found out about my blog, he laughed and said, “Of all my friends, you are the last one I would’ve predicted to have a successful online pursuit.”

I still don’t consider myself tech-savvy. But I’m constantly learning new skills, through trial and error (emphasis on the error). Last week, for example, I wrote some html coding! Many of you will probably think what I did was really easy–and somewhere, my computer genius friends are laughing at me—but I am proud of myself for figuring it out.

Anyway, I now have some prettylicious buttons on my sidebar:

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                         Raw Chocolate-Fudge Cake                       Single-Lady Cupcakes


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                            Chocolate-Chip Blondies                                   Fudge Babies

The blondies had to be on there. Even though they’re from such a recent post, they are quickly becoming one of my most-popular recipes. It’s crazy; I really believed no one would try them! But I also wouldn’t have expected shows like Real Housewives or Jersey Shore to become popular… so don’t ask me to predict trends!

I also made a new “about me” button. The old photo was like three years old!


                                               About Me

I might change the buttons, or add more… now that I know how! 🙂

As I said, some of you are probably thinking, “Making sidebar pictures with links is so simple!” But really, it took me an hour to figure out how to do it! That “Thesis open hook” thing? Mucho confusing!

Questions of the Day:

How do you challenge your mind?
With school work? Learning blog skills? Trying to figure out your i-phone?!

I think, in this day and age, it’s impossible to not learn something each day. We’re constantly being presented with new technological gadgets—Garmins, i-phones, digital cameras—and more and more activities can now be done on the web (online banking, blogging, youtube, skype). But obviously, challenging one’s mind is not a sure bet against Alzheimer’s. My grandpa still got it, and he knew five languages and did crossword puzzles every day! Hopefully we can someday (soon!) find a sure-fire cure for this devastating disease.


I wanted to take a moment to thank y’all just for being here these past two weeks.

Obviously, blogging isn’t going to stop me from missing Molly. But keeping busy has been a really good distraction; when I’m working hard, I have no time to think about the sadness I still feel.

So thanks for talking with me on Twitter, leaving comments on my blog, and especially for trying my recipes. When I see someone posting about a CCK recipe he/she’s tried, it makes me super-excited. And when I’m super-excited, I’m not sad… or, at least, I don’t realize I’m sad. (That’s as much as I can hope for right now.)

Upcoming posts: There will be frosting. And cookie pie. 🙂

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Published on May 29, 2011

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  1. Emma says

    I’m also technologically challenged……majorly, in fact. I need some “button” lessons from you! I’m sending you lots of love, chocolate dreams and magic sprinkles during this sad time for u xxxx

  2. Jenny says

    I noticed [and was impressed by] the new buttons when I saw them! I think you should add more… Just my personal, unprofessional opinion, but I really think they highlight a couple of things: 1) what a skilled photographer you are; 2) that you’re right about how healthy food CAN be delicious; and 3) what a great person you must be for sharing the ways to make healthy = delicious, haha! 🙂 All of your dessert recipes are great (oh and I did end up making your chocolate chip blondies the other day… I brought them to work, and everyone loved them. And I got to be amused by all the flabbergasted faces people made when I gave the recipe to those who asked, hah!), but I have to also say, just randomly, that your dinner/lunch/savory dish recipes are also great!

    It’s so good to hear that you are sort of finding ways to deal with Molly’s absence… At least you recognise that it will take time to fully get over it, and you’re not rushing or ignoring that. I still hope you’ll feel better, even though the sadness is probably still there… You have a supportive bunch of, well, supporters here – so never feel alone!

    I suppose I challenge my mind by learning new languages. 😀 And taking interest in new medical developments, staying up to date with the latest research, etc. And there’s the typical su doku puzzle I’ll do every day while drinking tea, but that probably doesn’t challenge the mind as much as people think it does… or does it? o_O

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Aww thanks, Jenny! And lol I sure hope sudoku challenges our minds… I do a “diabolical” one every night before I go to sleep, and sometimes it makes me so sleepy that I don’t even finish because I’m so tired from working my brain ;).

  3. Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) says

    I LOVE the new side buttons!! they look so SNAZZY!!! i think distractions are great when trying to not think about things! i definitely use blogging, working out, faceboookk 😛 and homework.. wait no… not homework! as distractions! i guess something more educational would be better but hey.. ive got a good system workin!

  4. Holly @ Pink Runner says

    ” “Making sidebar pictures with links is so simple!” But really, it took me an hour to figure out how to do it!” – Did you post something about this? Could you?! I would love to learn new things about making my blog look good 🙂

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      LOL I couldn’t write a tutorial about it… I just basically played around with it. I couldn’t figure it out in the open hook thing, so I gave up and just went to widgets and added a text/html box. Then I looked at how the foodbuzz ad was written and just tried to copy the format. I can’t even describe what I did, because I don’t even know any of the proper terms! 🙂

  5. katie says

    Girl, me and html, have a horrible relationship! lol! I am not good at tech stuff like that!

    Love the new sidebar buttons!

    LOVE your hair in that last pic! Beautiful girl!

    Happy Sunday! xoxo <3

  6. Heidi @ Food Doodles says

    Good for you for learning that! Seriously, that is a big deal. I did a lot of html and css coding in high school and even made websites for companies and then somewhere in between graduating high school and having 2 kids I completely forgot everything(well mostly). So I’m slowly learning it all again. Jeez it’s difficult, haha.

  7. Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine says

    The new looks is fabulous! You are totally awesome for figuring it all out 🙂
    I’m trying to redo my blog as well and having huge problems with the transfer to wordpress…I think I may have to call in a techie!
    I worked in a research lab for 2 years studying Alzheimer’s Disease as well as Diabetes. Some doctors are actually calling Alzheimer’s “Type 3 Diabetes” because the changes in the brain and in the cognitive processes are so similar to advanced Diabetes! We were testing out a variety of medications and found a few that relieved the systems- I think they will be going to human trial within the next decade- fingers crossed!

    PS I made the blondies using chia instead of flax! They were kinda seedy at first bite, but they were delicious nonetheless, especially warm with a glass of soymilk! Awesome recipe as usual 🙂

  8. Clara says

    Please tell me where you did learn how to do this buttons! I want to learn it as well and it would be great to know where I have to look 🙂

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      LOL I couldn’t write a tutorial about it… I just basically played around with it. I couldn’t figure it out in the open hook thing, so I gave up and just went to widgets and added a text/html box. Then I looked at how the foodbuzz ad was written and just tried to copy the format. I can’t even describe what I did, because I don’t even know any of the proper terms! 🙂

      I tried googling, at first, but came up empty! I couldn’t believe it, but there was no straightforward tutorial I could find that didn’t use big “tech-y” words!

  9. Alexis says

    Love the new site! I’m so new to this blogging thing and being technology impaired has been really hard at first. I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who struggles but you’re doing a great job!

  10. Cassie says

    Very impressed. I’m often thinking about changing blog appearance and functionality, but it’s hard to decide, esp. with limited knowledge of such things. Kudos to you! Currently trying out an iPad and it blows my mind! I agree that there tons of things around to help us expand our knowledge and inspire us daily 🙂

    Sorry to hear about Molly.

  11. Melissa says

    I’m so glad blogging is working as a distraction from the sadness. Sometimes, I think distractions are the only thing that get us through hard times. It’s just so hard to have to feel those feelings, ya know?

    I admire you for taking on something so tough–html, what??–during a difficult time! I find that challenges like that sometimes make it worse for me if I can’t figure them out! Then I get doubly frustrated and upset! Good for you, doll!

  12. The Teenage Taste says

    Blogging has been a huge way of challenging my mind. Since last year I have improved as a photographer, writer, and chef! I’ve also made so many wonderful blog friends which has, in turn helped me become more confident and outgoing in real life too! I seriously have no idea what I would have done without blog world! 😀

  13. Cait @ Beyond Bananas says

    Love your new layout. I kind of just experiment with different things – blog-wise. Career wise, I am also going to conferences and professional development type deals to learn new ways to reach my students..
    And trust me- my kids teach me plenty too!

  14. Aja says

    Blogging certainly has a way of challenging the mind. I also like to analyze songs just for fun, I’m learning Japanese, and I play solitare and spider solitare pretty much twice a day. Well, as many times as it takes for me to win. Blogging has certainly helped me a lot, though, and I’m glad.
    I love the new buttons. I’d try to figure that out, but I’m in chem right now. That’s all the challenge I need. I tried learning HTML in middle school and I kind of got it, but now I have no clue.

  15. Holly @ The Runny Egg says

    I like to read, do crossword puzzles/mind games, etc. But I just do those things for fun — not just for brain health 🙂 Oh and trying to learn how to use my Droid is definitely a brain exercise!

    Katie I’m glad your blog (and us heehee) are able to keep you distracted somewhat — losing a friend is never easy! (((hugs)))

  16. Elle says

    I’m not computer-savvy at all either! Figuring out how to do new things on my blog takes me forever too :p I have to take a computer class though because it’s required for a math major, so maybe after that it will be a little easier…

    Your recipes are amazing! I hope you feel a little better about Molly. Enjoy your day, girl!

  17. Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) says

    I noticed the buttons yesterday, and I LOVE them!! They look awesome and SO professional, and every time I see them I’m reminded to make them again ASAP! 😀

    I volunteer in a care home, and so I talk to a lot of people with Alzheimer’s, and one of them was a chess Grandmaster!! I KNOW a cure will be found someday, and I hope it’s found soon for your Grandpa’s sake 🙂

    And you are AMAZING Katie for your awesome positive attitude! You are SO inspirational!! LOVE YOU <3

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Unfortunately, my grandpa (and my grandma who also had it) already died. But I really hope and pray for a cure to come soon for all the other people who have it and for those who will get it. I think more and more people are getting it because we’re living longer. You are such an angel for volunteering to help these people; it really puts a huge smile on my face!!

      • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) says

        Oh I’m so sorry Katie!! They are working towards a cure apparently, so we’ll just pray that comes soon! <3

  18. Vivianne says

    I love the new buttons. Changing things up to make your blog fresher is always rejuvenating (at least for me!)!

    You’ve got so many great supporters because you have a great blog and you’re a great person! (: One of my friends who doesn’t blog but reads mine found you & loves your recipes. Keep up the good work girl (;

  19. [email protected] Apples"N" Oats says

    the buttons are awesome. I can honestly say I would have NEVER figured out how to do that html code and I do not go together!Stay strong katie we are all here for you!

  20. Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy & Healthy says

    That is super impressive and you should be very proud 🙂 Everytime I figure out how to do something new on my own I feel like a genius and I’m sure there are people that would laugh at how easy it was, but to me it was a huge accomplishment. So be proud sista. (And I’m so sorry about Molly, lots of <3 to you!)

  21. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) says

    “How do you challenge your mind?”– PARENTING! Every single day, having a child pushes you farrrrrrr outside of your comfort zone and challenges every thing you thought about life, but in amazing ways 🙂

    And of course, blogging (wrote a blogging 102 post as follow up to blogging 101) and said that yes, blogging is a major challenge the tech stuff behind blogging; touched on that a bit. Your sidebar boxes look great! And yes, each and every.little.thing on a blog, behind the scenes takes about 5x as long as it should and way longer than anyone could imagine who doesnt blog. But I know how much time you just put into this. And it looks fabulous.

    Cute new About Me button. Current pics = the best kind.

    Hugs with Molly…and missing her 🙂

  22. O.C. says

    I’m not tech savvy at all! Unexpected for a 16 year old in this day and age I know :p It’s a challenege for me to get my iPhone 4 I got for my birthday to work for me some days. But like you said I enjoy the brain work! Schoolwork keeps my mind active too and I love soduku.
    I love the new buttons by the way.Your blogg looks uber pretty 🙂 I admire you so much for sticking it through this hard time. Pets are like another member of your family especially when you’ve grown up with them. Just keep glowing strong girl. No one will ever replace Molly or make it all better but just remember she is in a better place and would want you to be happy.

  23. Alyssa Monique says

    I respect that you are a full time student and love to bake! I know there are so MANY people like us out there which is why so many people love reading your blogs, baking is so relaxing especially after a long day of studying. I know all my studious peeps out there know what Im talking about 🙂 xoxo

  24. Jenn Friedman says

    Love the tech-saviness!!! And I’m so glad you’re taking care of yourself and healing. Your readers are look’n out for you!!! 🙂

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