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Smoky Bacon Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are another great food divisor, either you love them or you hate them, there s not really an in-between. I suspect it has to do with the texture, as the creamy filling inside of a rather toothsome egg white will either woo you or send your lip curling upwards in distaste. I am in the lovers camp, firmly entrenched since childhood with no plans on leaving. Deviled eggs are my favorite cold appetizer and one that you don t see that often anymore. They have become rather passé, sadly, and ignored for other more trendy appetizers. So what can one do except pull out your 1970 s retro carnival glass deviled egg plate and serve up those babies in style? I love my egg plate. I love these eggs. Yes, sadly I embrace being passé. Give me retrolicious recipes any day of the week and I ll most likely have the glassware to serve it in. This was some of my collection three years ago when we first moved into our house. I had some of my nicest pieces out and kept some packed away. I wi
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What The Food Industry Needs To Learn About Food Bloggers: Busting The Myths

The next installment of my series on trying to illuminate everyone on what it is that we food bloggers actually do is all about busting the myths. I ve picked the most common ones that I see day to day, the misconceptions, the fabrications and more. Myth 1 : Food Bloggers Just Like To Complain. Or...Read More
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BuddyPress 2.3.0 “Livio” Released

BuddyPress, the popular WordPress social network and community building plugin, has just released its latest version.Following its tradition of naming versions after their favourite restaurants, BuddyPress 2.3.0 has been titled after “Chez Livio”, an Italian Pizza specialist in Paris, France. Version 2.3.0 comes bundled with a number of noteworthy features.New Avatar UI, Better Blog Media Handling & MoreFirst up, BuddyPress users now have better control over avatars, thanks to a new interface.The interface allows users to drag-and-drop upload and then quickly crop their desired image. Users who have a webcam enables, or users who are using their smartphones, will also be able to take a photo directly from the interface using the "Take Photo" tab.BuddyPress 2.3.0 is the best looking version yet, thanks to companion stylesheets for bundles WordPress themes like Twenty Fifteen. Also, blog media, such as images and video, will now show up in activity feeds as part of the excerpt
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Buffalo Cauliflower au Gratin

What they say about buffalo hot sauce is completely true. I DO put that $%&! on everything. I make Buffalo Hot Wing Tacos. Which are freaking fantastic. I make the best, and I do mean THE BEST Buffalo Hot Sauce, Bacon & Jalapeno Mac n Cheese. I wouldn t say it if I didn t mean it. This stuff is amazing. Make it. Now. However, now it s time to bring you something else. Something a little bit healthier (not much, let s be honest, any cheese sauce isn t the lowest in calories) that uses up one of my favorite vegetables, cauliflower. Buffalo Cauliflower au Gratin! Ooooh. This makes me want to be in my kitchen at home again. We have a lovely little kitchen here in Paris right now, but it s not the same. I need my stuff man. If you are looking for a hot side dish for your summer BBQ, I highly suggest this one. It s lighter than potatoes and the hot flavor of the buffalo sauce is perfect to go along with your burgers. Who else is excited that BBQ Season is here? Summer! Gardens! Fresh food
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What is a Transatlantic Cruise Really Like?

I am starting almost in the middle of our travels and going to the end of the cruise. Don t worry, I m editing up the pictures of our room on the Royal Carribean Cruise and going to give you all the details and my thoughts. This post just sprang up and wrote itself. Almost. This isn t the usual type of travel post I write here on the Kitchen Magpie, but in the past two weeks after taking our very first transatlantic cruise with Royal Caribbean I have been asked more times than I can count what was it really like. Every time I mention the cruise as it s how we got to Europe instead of flying so it comes up in conversation with strangers all the time people perk up and want to know. Again today I was asked by other people who love cruises and haven t yet taken one so I figured I ll start in the middle and try and tell everyone what it s like. So here it is. What a Transatlantic Cruise Really Like! 1.) Transatlantic Cruises are Long While you don t have to take a two-week cruise like
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Clarabridge Acquires Engagor CEM

Clarabridge, Inc. today announced the acquisition of Engagor, the most comprehensive platform for real-time social customer service and engagement. The combined offering provides a complete, end-to-end technology solution for marketers, customer care organizations and operations teams to create more profitable customer relationships.Founded by Folke Lemaitre in 2011, Belgium-based Engagor offers a robust social listening and engagement platform for marketers and customer care organizations at Fortune 1000 businesses. With the acquisition of Engagor, Clarabridge now offers more extensive customer experience management capabilities. The Clarabridge platform, which collects, analyzes, and activates customer feedback data from all channels, gains the additional functionality of advanced social listening, publishing, governance, along with real-time social customer service and engagement.“As the market has expanded, leading enterprises are looking for solutions that can bring toget
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Fun Activities to Do With Kids In Canmore, Alberta

There are a ton of things for a family to do in Canmore, Alberta when you re visiting and most of it won t even cost you a dime! That s the beauty of visiting a town surrounded by the wonders of nature. In fact, most of the things on my list don t need any money and are probably the best things to do. Find the local wildlife and take pictures. No matter where you drive in the vicinity of Canmore, you are going to find wildlife to admire. It took us all of five minutes to find a bunch of deer just outside the town. No matter how many wild animals you ve seen in your lifetime it s still a thrill each and every time you see a new one. Take a walk along the Policeman s Creek Boardwalk. It s in town and is a beautiful little walk to take as a family. Take Family Photos.  Plan it out and find a lovely place to take advantage of the amazing views. There are too many locations to even count and before you even say it, you don t have to be a professional photographer. Take those photos an
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DotCMS At Home or On the Cloud: Fast and Flexible

After getting to know the DotCMS 3.x Series, it’s time to take a look at the platform’s flexible cloud offering. For those unaware, DotCMS is available as an on premise solution, as well as a cloud-based solution.As one of the leading products in the Java, open source CMS niche, DotCMS recently won the 2014 Critics' Choice Award for Best Cloud CMS for SMB.Previously this featured week, we’ve also had the pleasure of interviewing DotCMS CEO Tim Brigham. CMS Critic also had the chance to sit through a detailed product walkthrough.For now though, it’s back to DotCMS as a cloud solution.To Cloud Or Not To Cloud: On Premise vs dotCMS Managed HostingThe awesome thing about dotCMS is its flexibility when it comes to being cloud based.dotCMS can be used on premise just as simply as it can be used from the cloud. In fact, clients can even opt for a hybrid of both.As far as on premise goes, the client will be largely responsible for the maintenance of the entire setup, although compani
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CMS Critic Interviews DotCMS Platinum Partner Architech

So far this featured week, we've seen Mike Johnston interview DotCMS' CEO Tim Brigham before sitting down with CTO Will Ezell for an insightful product walkthrough. I then took a peek at what DotCMS 3.2 has on offer. To get an even better feel for DotCMS as an enterprise CMS solution, Mike Johnston also managed to grab a few moments with Tyler Davey, the VP of Sales at Architech -- a DotCMS Platinum Partner. To find out more about dotCMS, visit their website, or explore more via our CMS Directory.
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Kraft Peanut Butter Snack Bites Winners!

It’s been a few weeks now since I last shared my newest snack recipe, my Movie Night Kraft Peanut Butter Snack Bites. I had such a fun time with The Rose making those delicious little bites of yum, so if you haven’t read the recipe yet, make sure to head over to that post and see how to make them. They are so easy! When looking around the Kraft Canada website, another recipe on the front page caught my eye, the Confetti Peanut Butter Snack Bites. My first thought is that they are exactly like confetti bars. How yummy is that? Peanut butter and colored marshmallows! I love it! The recipe is below for these lovely little confections. Make sure to follow the hashtag #MyKPBsnackbite to see what’s happening on Twitter and head to their website to see more Kraft Peanut Butter Snack Bites recipes. Now, on to the Make it Yours Photo Contest results. Congrats to the four winners of the photo contest: Maria Medeiros, Debbie Flynn, Rebecca Hart and Shanaz Allia. Those are some amazing phot
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How Mura CMS Keeps Every Team Member Productive

As we continue with our Mura CMS featured week, we’re taking a look at how the platform keeps its users as productive as possible.Previously, we got to watch Mike Johnston interview Sean Schroeder & Matt Levine, before getting a tour of Mura CMS’ best features.According to Mura CMS team:“With Mura's pre-built content objects, starter templates and intuitive interface, your productivity will get turbo-charged.”Furthermore, that turbo-charged productivity extends to every major department and job role within a modern enterprise.Let’s take a look at exactly how.Content AdministratorsContent is the most important aspect of any website, application or marketing campaign. To make crafting and managing that content easier, Mura CMS has some usability-focused solutions.Inline EditingMaking edits to content with Mura CMS is as simple as clicking into the page, and working with the content directly. Right there on the page.Mura imposes no pop-ups or form fields to get in your way, so
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CMS Critic Interviews Sean Schroeder & Matt Levine of Mura CMS

During the recent CMS Critic North American Tour, Mike Johnston had the chance to sit down with Sean Schroeder and Matt Levine of the Mura CMS team.Mura CMS is built with one focused purpose in mind - to make it easier and faster for people to build and maintain even the most ambitious websites. Whether you need to do something as simple as adding a news release or as complex as integrating website data with an enterprise CRM system, Mura CMS provides a clear and complete toolkit.Notably, the platform was recently crowned winner of the 2014 People's Choice award for Best Enterprise CMS (Other Languages) .To get to know Mura CMS, check of the aforementioned interview below. This interview kicks off yet another featured week here at CMS Critic, with Mura CMS under the spotlight. So, stick around for more coverage,To find out more about Mura CMS, visit their website or check them out through our CMS Directory.
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Watergate Salad Cake

Confession time again, ladies and gentlemen. I was just too darn tired to make a cake from scratch. This was when we were at home for a mere three weeks, I was booked up with countless events and commitments the entire 21 days and I wanted a C-A-K-E one afternoon and I wanted it N-O-W. I don t know why I am spelling out words in caps and dashes, to be honest. It just feels right. And as per usual, I digress. I looked in my pantry and to be honest again, I almost always have a cake mix or two. I don t mind playing around with cake mixes. I m sure you know by now that a food purist is the very last thing I ll ever claim to be. I m you. You re me. We like cake mixes once in a while. Why bother even pretending that I don t? In fact you can even go and read my confessions for my favorite bad foods that I love. Admittedly, I looked at the box of butter pecan cake mix and thought Oooh man. How long has THIS been in my pantry? It s not a cake mix that lends itself to playing around with cooki
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Oxwall 1.7.4 Released

Oxwall, the social network builder, has unveiled its latest version.The free and open source CMS is available to anybody who wishes to self host, while Wall.fm provides a hosted version of the platform.After announcing a new focus on user interface and mobile experience, Oxwall has released a slew of new updates in the form of version 1.7.4. Here's what's new.Oxwall 1.7.4Alongside some platform improvements and bug fixes, here's what Oxwall users can expect to find when they update their software. Forums & Photos:Advanced search added to Forums.Search results relevancy improved."Filter by user" language key Added.Users can now edit/view personal photos when service "View photo" is not active.Messages, NewsFeed & Social Sharing:Social services' management interface is now based on Ajax fixed issue with a Logged Out user showing as Online in Mobile Version Like and Delete buttons now work on Oxwall mobile version.Issue with Read messages showing as Unread fixed.Interface issues
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How To Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Confession time. Peeling boiled eggs makes me mad. Peeling eggs makes me so mad that my family usually runs away from the kitchen when it s time for me to tackle the task. I might have yelled once while peeling eggs, threw them back into the pot and walked out of the kitchen fuming, irrationally furious. Fine, you caught me. The above statement is a lie. It s happened more than once. Peeling eggs and having them look like a badger chewed them and spit them out makes me irrationally mad. Ask Mike. He runs away and hides when it s time to peel eggs in our house. Either that or he gently takes the eggs out of my hands, steers me towards the couch and tells me to sit while he does it. (I still hate that they look like a badger chewed them but at least I didn t do it. Rational, right?) I m sure that you can understand how this is a problem being a deviled eggs lover. Oh, I love a good retro deviled egg and a recipe for my smoky bacon deviled eggs is coming right up this weekend after I
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Craft CMS 2.4 - Chock full of Improvements and Additions

Craft CMS, one of the winners of our CMS awards for Best Small to Midsize Business PHP CMS, has announced  a slew of new updates with their 2.4 release. Here is a quick breakdown on some of the changes and additions you can expect from this great CMS.Customizable Selection ButtonsAssets, Categories, Entries, Tags, and Users fields now make it possible to customize their selection button/input labels.Redesigned User PermissionsEach section of user permissions now has a “Select All” button which will immediately select all of the permissions in that group.Two New LanguagesThe Control Panel has been translated into two new languages: Czech and Slovak. That brings the grand total up to 18 supported languages!And More!Check out the release notes for a complete list of all that’s changed!
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Announcing uKit, a Drag and Drop Website Builder for Small Business

There's always space in the market for easy to use tools that small business owners can use to create their websites. Today, the folks responsible for the popular uCoz website builder have announced the release of their new drag and drop website builder designed specifically for small businesses.Meet uKit. uKit is a drag-and-drop website builder that empowers micro and small sized businesses to create personalized websites in an easy yet effective way.The user-created websites are designed to adapt seamlessly across all devices including mobile tablets and smartphones. While offering a range of templates and custom design options, the site limits user customizations based on recommendations from design professionals to help customers avoid "development gone wrong” scenarios like mismatched fonts, awkward color combinations, unprofessional headers and other design mishaps.“Micro, small businesses and freelancers account for over 95% of the world’s enterprises and with increasing
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Ghost Introduces Post Previews

Ghost users can now preview their posts within their chosen theme before publication.The free and cloud-hosted blogging solution was crowned winner of the 2014 Critics' Choice Award for Most Promising CMS.As one of the most exciting blogging platforms on the market, Ghost already does a lot of things right. But post previewing was certainly a missing feature, and will no doubt be welcomed by Ghost users.See It & Share ItNow, Ghost users can open the post settings menu and hit the post preview link to see exactly what the post is going to look like before it goes live. Users will see the post in the context of their active theme -- exactly as any visitor would see it.Interestingly, users can also send a preview link to others for proof-reading or feedback purposes. Ghost Pro users already have access to this new feature. Self-hosted Ghost users will need to upgrade to Ghost 0.6.3 in order to benefit.You can see the official announcement right here.Otherwise, be sure to explore
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Free advice for those who are having a tough time finding a CMS

Every day I get several emails from people and companies looking to find the perfect platform for their needs. While I try to answer as many as I can, sometimes emails get missed or I run out of time to answer them or they get buried in the mass of incoming emails. For this reason, we launched the CMS Critic Forums.On our forums, you can post your question and either myself, Kaya or one of our readers can provide you with suggestions as to which product you might want to explore further. Obviously for complicated questions, some of these may require a separate consulting engagement but we'll certainly do our best to point you in the right direction or, at the very least, offer some methods to help you get there.The forums are a great place for you to:Ask questionsRequest information on a specific product (How would WordPress work as a realty website?, etc)Share your successes or failure stories (I tried this CMS and it was great or I tried something and hated it and here's my experien
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The Grande Rockies Resort, Canmore, Alberta

When we started out on Karlynn & Mike s Excellent Adventure, you might have noticed that we stopped on in Canmore, Alberta for a couple of days. Tourism Canmore had asked me if I would like to come out and visit them and see what there is to do in Canmore with the kids. The answer to that, of course, was a resounding yes!  As much as we travel abroad, there is honestly no place like home when it comes down to it. Our amazing Rocky Mountains hold a place near and dear to my heart that can t be replaced. Since we were only homethree short weeks between Arizona and leaving for Europe, I managed to squeeze in a trip to Canmore at the beginning of our trip. We dropped off Root Beer at my sister s house in Airdrie for his two month visit with his dog cousin Zoe and continued on to Canmore to start our journey. We were hosted by the Grande Rockies Resort, somewhere that I had never stayed before. It s a gorgeous place with fantastic views of the mountains. We had the one bedroom suite, wh
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Random Thoughts on London, England. And Beheadings. And Colds.

This actually started out as a Facebook post and then grew in length to the point where I figured that I should be including some pictures and move the entire thing to my website.I know, I know, I am behind on posts. That s what happens when I take two whole weeks off and hop onto a cruise ship and disconnect for a while. I have so much to write about, the aforementioned transatlantic cruise, the ports that we visited, the Blarney castle visit, the list goes on and on. To be truthful however, we have been busy trying to cram in as much of London as we can since we were only there three short days. My Facebook post was just a random sum up of the thoughts swirling around in my head about visiting London. The first one being that I can t believe how expensive things are. The Canadian dollar does not do well when compared to the pound, so everything we are buying is literally twice the price. Twenty-five dollar hamburgers and twelve dollar hotdogs. Afternoon tea? Oh my word, don t ask p
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Episode #9 – San Francisco’s A16, Delarosa, Edmonton’s Northern Lands & Garden Show

We are BACK baby! It s been a while, but here is podcast #9! I catch you up on San Francisco s A16, Delarosa and Phil talks all about Edmonton s Northern Lands & the Home and Garden Show. Remember to subscribe to our podcast here!  Here is a pic of that amazing burrata pizza from Delarosa in San Francisco! Best pizza I ve had in years! The post Episode #9 San Francisco s A16, Delarosa, Edmonton s Northern Lands & Garden Show appeared first on The Kitchen Magpie.
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CMS Critic Interviews dotCMS CEO Tim Brigham

It's the beginning of another featured week here at CMS Critic, and this time we're focusing on another quality product in the form of dotCMS.dotCMS is a popular Java, open source, content management system, which recently won the 2014 Critics' Choice Award for Best Cloud CMS for SMB.Mike Johnston recently had a chance to sit down with the company's CEO, Tim Brigham, discussing dotCMS both as a product and as a company. To get a feel for So, with another featured week now kicked off, stay tuned for more dotCMS coverage.To find out more about dotCMS, visit their website, or explore more via our CMS Directory.
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A Video Walkthrough of 3 Great Mura CMS Features

Following an interesting interview with Sean Schroeder & Matt Levine to kick off our latest featured week, the Mura CMS team gave us a walkthrough of their platform's top three features.Built to be easier and faster for people to build and maintain even the most ambitious websites, Mura CMS is a platform growing in popularity.Whether you need to do something as simple as adding a news release or as complex as integrating website data with an enterprise CRM system, Mura CMS provides a clear and complete toolkit. Mura CMS was also crowned winner of the 2014 People's Choice award for Best Enterprise CMS (Other Languages).Here is Mura CMS in action.To find out more about Mura CMS, visit their website or check them out through our CMS Directory.Also, be sure to stick around for more Mura CMS coverage as this featured week continues. 
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Why Agility CMS Doesn’t Partake In “Feature Bloating”

As we move forward with our featured coverage of Agility CMS, it’s time to take a look at look at something the company’s CEO, Jonathan Voigt, calls, “Feature Bloat”.Agility CMS provides cloud-based digital content management solutions for top brands across the globe.According to Jonathan Voigt, the feature set of any given CMS should be seen as but one dimension of the total solution -- no matter how long the feature list happens to be. I’ll allow him to explain in his own words, directly from his recent interview with Mike Johnston:“[One CMS will say], “we have all of these features, and another will say we [also] have all of these features.[The problem is that] CMSs are rated on their feature sets, without looking at the bigger benefits.People just do a feature comparison, saying, “this CMS has 200 features, I’ll go with that.”But then you can’t even use those features because they’re either too complex or too expensive to implement.[Instead, the customer sh
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