Creating a Link in WordPress

To create a link, select the text that you want as a link anchor by highlighting it with your mouse.

createALink

Click the icon that looks like a paperclip (next to the left justify icon in the visual editor) and you’ll see a box like this:

createAHyperlink

Enter the address of the web page you want to link to after the http://. For example, the proper URL formation of the FHNA website is: http://foresthillneighborhood.com. It is no longer necessary to use the www before the domain name in creating a hyperlink. You do not need to enter anything into the Title field, and you can check the box to have the link open in a new window so that the FHNA site remains open in the background.

Also, this video may be helpful -

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Meringue Cookies

merengitos

Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies

2 egg whites, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup regular or superfine sugar (I use a bit less — 1/2 cup — they’re plenty sweet)
6 ounces chocolate chips, miniature chips or finely diced semi or bittersweet chocolate
1/4 chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted first is even tastier

Preheat oven to 300°F.

Beat egg whites until foamy. Add salt, cream of tartar and vanilla, and beat mixture again until it holds soft peaks. Add the sugar, gradually, beating the batter until it is stiff. Fold in the nuts and chocolate chips. Spoon batter onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake for 25 minutes. Undersides of cookies should be golden or lightly tanned.

Note: There are two approaches to baking meringues. This shorter cooking time at a higher temperature yields a cookie with a crackly, crumbly exterior and an almost hollow center. A more traditional approach is a longer baking time, 200 degrees for 1.5 to 2 hours. Take the longer-baked version out when they are slightly golden and firm to the touch. They will be more soft and fluffy, like miniature pavlovas.

Lemon Meringue Cookies

3 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cups of super fine sugar (if you don’t have it, put regular sugar in a blender for 10-15 seconds until a fine powder forms)
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using an electric mixer (standing or hand-held) with the whisk attachment, start beating the egg whites. When they start to foam, add the cream of tartar and beat until loose peaks form with the meringue.

Add the extract and sugar in small amounts and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form. You can either spoon meringue onto cookie sheet or, for a more uniform look, you can put meringue into a pastry bag and pipe using a round tip into 2 inch wide by 1 inch tall circles.

Bake for 1 3/4 to 2 hours at 200. Open the oven a crack and let come to a cool slowly. It will take about 2 hours. Do NOT use higher temperature method with citrus flavors unless you want a chewy cookie.

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Krumkake

Dairy & Gluten Free Krumkake Cookies

Dairy & Gluten Free Krumkake Cookies

Another of my favorite dairy and gluten free recipe adaptations this holiday season were spicy Krumkake cookies. These are shown unfilled/undipped, although I also did jam filled and chocolate dipped versions.

Ingredients
1 C (200g) granulated sugar (I used the natural turbinado sugar pulsed 4 times in the food processor)
1/2 C (1 stick; 4 oz; 115g) earth balance, softened
2 large or extra large eggs
1 C (235ml) coconut milk (the full fat kind)
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp ground cardamom toasted until fragrant stirred into flour mix (below)
1 1/2 C (210g) King Arthur Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour Mix

Directions:
In a medium bowl, cream together sugar and butter until fluffy. Add the almond extract and stir until blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until mixture is light and fluffy. Beginning and ending with the flour, add the flour and the milk, alternating between the two. Beat until mixture is smooth–a few seconds.

Preheat the krumkake iron. If you have an electric iron, preheat it. You may or may not have to oil your irons for this – depends on how well seasoned yours is.

When iron is ready (i.e. really hot), place a heaping tablespoon of batter in the middle and close top. Let cook for 60-70 seconds. You will need to make a few in order to find out the best cooking time for your iron. Remember, this gets shorter the longer you’re doing these. Once cooked, remove the cookie from iron onto a plate or cookie sheet and quickly roll around roller cone. Let sit for a minute or two until the cookie has cooled into the cone shape. Remove cone. No cone no problem – you can roll the cookies individually so long as you do it quickly once they’re removed.

Repeat process with the rest of the batter. Let the cookies cool completely–they will crisp as they cool.

Immediately before serving, fill with your choice of filling. Keep it DF/GF by using jam or coconut cream ganache.

No cardamom? Substitute 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg. If you’re out of nutmeg, you can substitute powdered ginger instead of nutmeg. Regardless, toast your spices in a skillet until fragrant!

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Basier Brunsli

Dairy & Gluten Free Basier Brunsli Cookies

Dairy & Gluten Free Basier Brunsli Cookies

These rich and crunchy cookies were the highlight of my cookie trays this year. In addition to being delicious, they’re naturally gluten and dairy free:

Basier Brunsli (Chocolate Spice Cookies)

Ingredients:

196g slivered almonds, toasted (~1.75 c)
4 oz 10x sugar (1 cup)
4 oz 60% cacao dark chocolate, chopped
50g turbinado sugar (1/4 c) plus equivalent for coating
18g unsweetened cocoa powder (if using DP use 15g)
5g cinnamon, toasted
heavy pinch kosher salt
heavy pinch cayenne pepper
2 large egg whites at room temperature
6g almond extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 with racks in center of oven 4″ apart. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.

Toast almonds and cinnamon in skillet until fragrant, 2-4 minutes.

Process almonds, cinnamon and 10x sugar in food processor until almonds are finely ground, approximately 30 pulses (~45 seconds).

Add chocolate, sugar, cocoa, salt & cayenne. Process by pulsing until chocolate is finely ground and incorporated, roughly 20 pulses (~30 seconds).

Add egg whites and almond extract. Pulse 10-15 times until it forms a doughy consistency.

Transfer dough to clean sheet of parchment or silpat. Kneed gently until dough is less sticky, roughly 10 minutes. Do NOT handle aggressively – fold and re-fold using the parchment.

Top dough with clean sheet of parchment and roll 1/4″ thick. Refrigerate at least 10 minutes or until you’re ready to bake.

Spread the remaining 50g sugar in shallow bowl. Remove dough and stamp out 2″ shapes, coating both sides in sugar and placing on parchment lined sheets 1″ apart.

Bake 13-15 minutes in 325 oven (9 for convection) or until cookies have puffed and slightly cracked but centers are still soft. Rotate sheets halfway through baking for best outcome.

Let cookies cool on sheets 15 minutes before removing to wire racks. Let baking sheets cool completely before re-loading. Store unused dough in fridge for best results.

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Fresh Starts

I’m kicking off the year with a number of WordPress refreshes to the Charlie Parker release (3.8). This means that many of you will log into your WordPress admin and see a whole new color scheme.

If you’d like to change your sidebar and dashboard colors, it’s quick and easy:

editProfile

First, scroll up to your name in the upper right corner of your site and roll over your name to expand the options. Select the option to edit your profile:

You’ll now see a new array of choices: (click to enlarge)

When you select a color choice, you'll see it immediately reflect in your sidebar.

When you select a color choice, you’ll see it immediately reflect in your sidebar.

Once you chose a palette you prefer, simply scroll down and press the Update Profile button. You can also chose to disable the tool bar or visual editor here, as well. Checking the box will banish both.

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SOPA Explainer

Hands down one of the best explanations on how SOPA/PIPA work and why they won’t resolve the issue of intellectual property protection:

As thorough as this video is, it doesn’t touch on some critical uses of the internet by marginalized groups, but overall, nicely done.

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Don’t Break the Internet

This is a great overview of PIPA/SOPA:

Our #1 reason for fighting PIPA/SOPA is its impact on start up businesses. Protecting incumbent businesses (mostly Hollywood, network TV and 6 music companies) at the expense of innovation has never helped our economy. Please take action by contacting your senator or representative and encouraging them to vote against this bill.

Our sites will go dark on Wednesday, January 18th to protest this ill-conceived legislation. For further information, visit Stop American Censorship.

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Event Registration

We are using Event Espresso (affiliate link) to manage event registrations and ticketing on a new WordPress site we’re deploying. Here is a brief tutorial on adding your first event in Event Espresso:

As always, please use the comments section for questions or feedback!

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Advanced WordPress Use

Now that we’ve covered both basic and intermediate WordPress skills, let’s move on to advanced skills! Today’s tutorials include:

Managing Widgets

Restoring a Post

Restoring a Page

Trashing (deleting) a Post

Trashing (deleting) a Page

That’s all for now! If you enjoyed these tutorials, have questions or need assistance, let me know in the comments section!

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Intermediate WordPress Tutorials

We’ve barely scratched the surface of fun things you can do with your new WordPress site. Today’s tutorials include:

Adding Video to your WordPress site:

Using QuickPress:



Creating and Managing Custom Navigation Menus

Tomorrow will be our last day of tutorials. We’ll be covering the version manager and deleting (trashing) posts and pages.

As always, please leave a comment if you have questions or need help!

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