Day 308-Throwback Thursday-Who's Oats Were They Eating?

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My grandparents, Edith and Robert Caldwell

Meet Edith and Robert Caldwell. This is a picture of them at their 50th Golden wedding anniversary party (which I did not get to attend). They passed from this earth many years ago, but they were special to me while they were here because I spent much of my early life with them.

Like most people, one of the things that are memorable about your grandparents is the kind of food they fed you. Well, back in those days, no one was concerned with high cholesterol, no one worried about food making you fat…they didn’t have to because people worked! They labored hard on farms or in fields and most likely sweated off what they were ingesting.

Anyway, what I remember the most was grandmother’s home-made biscuits and molasses. Mmmmm, I can still remember how wonderful that tasted and how I wish I could eat like that today. Now, I would be lying if I told you I knew what kind of oatmeal they ate, I’m just sure they ate it! My guess would be that they ate good old fashioned Quaker Oats fixed in a pot on the stove. Not my cup of tea, but to each his own.

I wish Grandmother was alive for me to show her my baked oatmeal made with Bob’s Red Mill Steel-Cut Oats, it is so addicting that I am a changed woman, as I talked about on my website Products From the Patio earlier today. I would tell her how different baked oatmeal tastes, how you can change up the recipe and where to buy the best steel-cut oats for her money. Why, it tastes more like a custard with fruit and nuts than a stuffy old bowl of slimy oatmeal. (to me anyway) I would make it for her and my Granddad and get their feedback since they were the best judges of how food is supposed to taste in the whole wide world.

Maybe I would show her how, like you, she could click a link and it would take her straight to Amazon, where she could purchase some for herself. What do you think? Would she be impressed by that today? How about you? Would you take a chance on trying some steel-cut oats sometime? Click the link and check them out for yourself and see if they are not the best tasting steel-cut oats you ever tried, then get back to me and tell me what you thought.

That’s it for today, come back tomorrow for Flashback Friday and see what the storyteller has to say. She will be hanging out until then, nursing her sore knee on the patio. (or possibly in the pool;))

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Day 264-Free Days-Why You Need To Check Out My Website

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As Sophie would say on Two Broke Girls tv show: Hello everybody!

This morning I am bummed to be bringing you this post from a cold and very windy patio, because we have outside work to do today and I am a big baby about feeling cold. 😭

On the other hand, I have good news to share-I finally have my first (not technically) affiliate post published over at my website Products From the Patio. Remember when I accidentally erased my first post? Well, I redid it and now my review of SiteGround is officially live!

I have decided that for the time being I will do a trial run and have a weekend website of sorts, with a post on Saturdays called the Saturday Spotlight where I will review a product or service that has helped me in my business, whether from the writing aspect or just something that makes my life better in general. The on Sundays, I will have another called The Sunday Review and that will be it for the week. That way, I will not become overwhelmed and when my year of daily writing is up on this blog, I may re-evaluate things.

So, if you are interested in starting your own website, or just want to see how I did on my first product review, please head over to Products From the Patio and check it out, send me some love in the form of comments and/or suggestions and I will be so appreciative!

PS: I’m still having computer problems so if my link does not work, find me at kimsmyth.org (Products From the Patio)

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Day 233-Wednesday's Medical Minute-…Or Is It?

Good morning everyone! While I know today is supposed to be the day for medical news you can use,  I just have to tell you how excited I am, after yesterday’s long day of work, to finally have a post done on my newly renamed website! I’m attempting a collaboration between this site and that one, which I’m calling Products from the Patio. I wanted to create a place where I can still be helpful by providing product reviews, recipes and buying guides from the things I talk about here on the patio.

I would like to invite you all to check out my first post- Product Review-SiteGround Hosting Service-and I plan on trying to do a bit more design work today if I can, I finally gave in around 6pm last night when my eyes started crossing. You can only look at the computer for so long! I realize, that by now I should have an email list, but since I don’t, I’m asking y’all to check it out right here. I appreciate any constructive criticism and/or feedback you can give, not only on the post, but the website in general. I am still not happy with the theme, maybe that is what I will tackle today.

Yesterday’s post is my first attempt at putting an affiliate link on my website-and I did a banner too! So, I have to include my disclaimer right now…this post may contain affiliate links, which means if you click on a banner or link, I may get a little compensation.  The bad news is, by the time I finally figured out how to get the banner on, it was late and I’m unhappy with where I put it, which is at the very bottom of my webpage…but hey, it’s on there!! I’m so proud of myself, yet I realize I have lots of work to do. So, with that being said, here is what the post is about.

Those of you that may be interested in starting your own website or money making blog will need to obtain hosting. That is where SiteGround comes in. They provide fast, safe, reliable support and do the best job at hosting your website. They are who I use, and I found them through Grayson Bell (he offers free set up to fellow WordPress bloggers)-otherwise, I would have gone with another company with a reputation for cheap yet unreliable hosting services. Grayson truly has been a godsend, staying calm when I have pestered him with all my questions. The company themselves are very helpful as well, I’ve had no problems in my year+ of their services.

It is easy to start a website or blog with WordPress and they provide step-by-step instruction, but basically you just pick a host-in my case, SiteGround and then choose a plan, domain name (free) and enter your contact info. Most web designers say to use your own name as your domain, like I did, and then you can name your site anything. My domain is kimsmyth.org and the site name is Products From the Patio. If you need help, there are lots of bloggers out there like Michelle Gardner who runs Making Sense of Cents who will teach you tips for beginners. You can find her directly or on my Pinterest page, under Freelancing tips.

I hope I have helped in some way and that you go and check out my new site later, for now I have to get busy with all the other writing I have to get done before I go to Dad’s, like working on the next in my series- Angels of Arvada, which will come out on Friday. Don’t forget to leave me a comment or suggestion if you have one or ask me a question if need be. I will try to help in any way I can. Have a happy Wednesday and I’ll see ya tomorrow, on the patio! 🙂