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Of New Beginnings and Sweetness

September 30, 2012

So it took longer than a couple of days to do this post (due to unforeseen circumstances) and here we are already into next month! A part of me is very gleeful about the time that is going by so fast because I need it to fly by so that I can complete my reconstructive surgery journey. I have just one final procedure to face and timing for the operation depends on the condition of my bone when I have my x-ray mid October. Possibly December but I was told more likely January!  Of course I am holding out for end November! Ever the optimist…..

At the same time as I have been undergoing this metamorphosis my blog has been undergoing some serious changes itself and it is now ready to be launched for the world to see. This is all very exciting for me as I have finally become the owner of my own domain and self hosted  blog for the first time. I must be growing up at last! My friend and IT Ninja Fritz from Real Men Can Cook (and they can!) has been squirreling away in the background whenever he has a spare moment, mostly late at night when regular folk are sleeping, migrating the blog from onto a self-hosted WordPress installation, pulling all the content across and implementing the new template that I bought. A few other modifications and voila! Brand spanking new Browniegirl blog! I hope everyone is going to love it as much as I do. Going self hosted means that I am able to add and change things and also I am now in a position to host advertisements on my blog, the first of which you will see go live this week. The lovely header was designed by Jackie Buss from Inspired by Food and she is also designing a couple of other new bits and bobs for me. I am deeply grateful to these two lovely young people for all the help and input! There are still a few features to add and change but those will come as I  we get the time to tinker!

I recently joined the Bloglovin’ family as a way to subscribe to blogs and I am loving it. It is a great way of receiving notification of new posts to all your favourite reads in one email and you can very easily add or remove blogs to your subscription. I like that because it means just one email, I can glance through the links and see which posts might interest me and then go and read them. No filling up of the inbox with an alert from every blog that I have subscribed to! Sadly when you move away from your current subscribers cannot be moved over to the new site. I  would hate to lose even one of you precious readers, so I am also registering the new Browniegirl blog with Bloglovin’ which will give you all the easy option of subscribing to my posts. It is very quick and easy to sign up (you only need an email and password) and I am ardently hoping that you will all make this move with me.  I look forward to sharing lots of delicious new recipes and food stories and memories with everyone on my brand spanking new blog.

To celebrate the new blog I am sharing a really easy and sweet recipe with you…this one comes from my childhood and is something I have made over the years for my own children.  My mom used to call these Sunburnt Fingers but I have never known why. Maybe the shape she cut them into (they were more rectangular than the squares I make) and the colour? She used less cocoa than I do but then I prefer darker chocolate.

Please do pop over  and get the recipe and remember to sign up with Bloglovin and follow my blog so that you won’t miss out on any posts. This current site that you are reading now will remain active for a short period to redirect non subscribed readers to the new blog and it will then be closed.

I look forward to seeing you all on the flip side and remember please….comments are the lifeline of any blog. I love interacting with my readers so lurkers, do step out of the shadows and “meet” me 🙂

With gratitude to all those who have read this blog over the past couple of years. I look forward to making new memories with you all!

browniegirl xx

17 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2012 8:21 PM

    Well let me be the first to wish you all the best with your new blog. I do hope it brings you MUCH joy and I shall enjoy looking out for all the new posts. Well done x

    • Colleen permalink*
      September 30, 2012 10:00 PM

      Thank you so much Chez, much appreciate the good wishes and you reading and commenting xx

  2. September 30, 2012 8:56 PM

    Hi Colleen – just the loveliest blog, well done 🙂 xxx

    • Colleen permalink*
      September 30, 2012 10:01 PM

      Thank you Maureen, appreciate it so much 🙂 xx

  3. September 30, 2012 10:06 PM

    Congratulations on all the enterprise and hard work to launch your own scene. I’m sure you and all followers are going to have a lot of fun with it!

  4. October 1, 2012 6:00 AM

    Looks lovely, Colleen. Very clean and fresh. I’m going to make sure I have your new blog details in my Google Reader rss feed, so I don’t miss a thing!

  5. October 1, 2012 6:14 AM

    Lovely, Lovely, Lovely, Collie!! My son makes these “brownies” at least once a month to take to school!!

  6. October 1, 2012 3:50 PM

    My Dearest Soulsista, Congratulations! I am just over the moon about this new blog of yours, the lay out is so totally you. Lots of hugs and lots of love.


    • Colleen permalink*
      January 1, 2013 2:56 PM

      Baie dankie Thea 🙂 Love you xxx Happy New Year xxx

  7. October 1, 2012 5:04 PM

    Wonderful! Welcome to the new home. She’s beautiful. Love x

    • Colleen permalink*
      January 1, 2013 2:55 PM

      Thank you lovely Sam. Will be starting to blog again now that the new year is here. Hugs and Happy New Year to you 😉 xx

  8. October 1, 2012 5:41 PM

    congrats, I’ve already made this one of my toolbar favourites 😉

    • Colleen permalink*
      January 1, 2013 2:54 PM

      Thank you so much Natalie, so glad you like it! Happy New Year xx

  9. October 2, 2012 7:20 AM

    Congratulations on the new blog!! And the move to WordPress self hosted… It can be quite nerve wracking I think to move as I have just gone through the same process but then moving to a new host plus a new design too… But the end result is lovely!

    • Colleen permalink*
      January 1, 2013 2:54 PM

      Thank you Simone! I am making a comeback to blogging this year…..getting there slowly. Hugs and Happy New Year to you xx

  10. October 23, 2012 12:14 PM

    Hi Colleen, absolutely a privilege to meet you! I adore your blog, it looks awesome, well done!

    • Colleen permalink*
      January 1, 2013 2:51 PM

      Hello Anina, thank you so much for the fabulous comment! Happy New Year 🙂 xx

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