Friday, February 14, 2014

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Review the Most Popular Romantic Movies of All Time

Posted: 14 Feb 2014 06:28 AM PST

Screen Shot 2014-02-14 at 9.27.10 AMWe all have a few romantic movies that just stand out in our minds as our all time favorites. They linger in our hearts and minds for years. They invade our dreams, but we see ourselves there in the leading role, meeting that someone special, falling in love and planning the happily ever after life. Yes, the world of timeless romance draws us in and holds us captive.

Lens of the Day: Paper Silhouettes With a Modern Twist

Posted: 14 Feb 2014 05:17 AM PST

10 Tempting Recipes Especially For You On Valentine’s Day

Posted: 14 Feb 2014 05:08 AM PST

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s wishing you a love-filled day full of everything your heart desires.

On this the sweetest day of all, we invite you to explore these 10 extra-special recipe lenses to help you find something homemade for the ones you love.  We’ve included pies, pancakes and other wonderful tasty treats to tempt you.

Browse through them all and then stop back and let us know which one you’ll be making first.

Figs, Wine, Cheese, Valentine

1. Figs, Wine, Cheese, Valentine

Great Valentine’s Day appetizer or dessert Recipes come in different forms and sizes. Some are complex and sophisticated, some are simple and tasty, some are very tasty and not very healthy. Yet some call for ingredients that very few heard of, never…

Heart Shaped Marshmallow Pops

2. Heart Shaped Marshmallow Pops

We hadn’t planned on doing these for Valentine’s Day, but these turned out to be a perfect (and easy) gift idea! As we were making some pops during a birthday party, I thought I’d save this for my Valentine’s Sweets page so here it is!…

Mini Cherry Almond Bundt Cakes

3. Mini Cherry Almond Bundt Cakes

A Special Treat for Valentine’s Day I enjoy making something special for my family on Valentine’s Day and this dessert is at the top of the list. These cute and scrumptious Mini Cherry Almond Bundt Cakes give everyone their own individual taste o…

Easy Chocolate Silk Pie for Your Sweethearts -- Gluten Free and Gorgeous

4. Easy Chocolate Silk Pie for Your Sweethearts — Gluten Free and Gorgeous

A Valentine of a Pie One thing that I and all my sweethearts can agree upon – we love the French Silk Pie available at Bakers Square. locations. A casual food and dessert restaurant in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, it is know for…

Heart Shaped Chocolate, Walnut and Raspberry  Dessert Mix

5. Heart Shaped Chocolate, Walnut and Raspberry Dessert Mix

Heart Shaped Chocolate, Walnut and Raspberry Dessert Mix I first made this for my wife about twenty years ago, and it has become something of a tradition ever since. I was taught to make it back in my days as a cook in a German restaurant, a long time ago,…

Sweetheart Pancakes with Strawberry Preserves

6. Sweetheart Pancakes with Strawberry Preserves

Pancakes with a lot of love. There’s nothing better than waking up to a home- made breakfast. The aroma of freshly- brewed coffee and baked breads are heaven to the senses. Although breakfast can be anything from an omelette to a bowl of granola, noth…

Easy Brownie Raspberry Pie

7. Easy Brownie Raspberry Pie

For a special dessert (such as Valentines Day, anniversary, or birthday) you want to impress your loved one and put more thought into a romantic evening than cooking. Nothing could be easier than this Brownie Raspberry dessert to impress. It has all three…

Croissant French Toast

8. Croissant French Toast

If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day breakfast that will send just the right romantically delicious message, this Croissant French Toast recipe is the perfect choice. There is something a little elegant about using croissants in place of the usual…

Chocolate and Raspberry Toasted Valentine's Sandwich

9. Chocolate and Raspberry Toasted Valentine’s Sandwich

This delicious Valentine’s Day treat combines three of my favourite ingredients: nutella chocolate spread, raspberries and mascarpone. The mascarpone lightens the nutella in a very creamy and tasty way. Using coconut oil on the outside of the bread sl…

Chocolate Strawberry Pie

10. Chocolate Strawberry Pie

Bake Your Valentine a Pie of Love If you like to bake do I ever have a recipe for you on Valentine’s Day. Not only is this recipe easy, but it will look like you’ve created a masterpiece for the love of your life, a true labor of love. I’d p…

Review of the Day: Not your typical John Wayne movie

Posted: 14 Feb 2014 04:00 AM PST

A Squidoo Valentine (and how you can share with a friend).

Posted: 14 Feb 2014 01:00 AM PST

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s a little Valentine’s Day Quest:

The SquidTeam

Social Media For Squidoo’ers: An Introduction

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 05:45 PM PST


Social networks offer powerful tools for staying connected to friends and family, curating information and inspiration and the chance to show the world what you love and love to do.

Being active on social media can help you promote your lenses to new readers, connect you with your audience and improve your overall Squidoo experience in a variety of ways.

Over the next 4 weeks, I’ll show you 4 major social media platforms and give you ideas and advice to help you put your best tentacle forward. Today, let’s look at the 4 sites I’ve chosen. These short overviews are meant to help you get an idea about what you can do with each one.


1. Facebook

Facebook is currently the largest social network. Its ubiquity makes it useful for keeping in touch with friends, family and acquaintances but it’s also an excellent place to find like minded content creators, interest groups and social clubs.

Nearly every brand, group and product has a presence on Facebook but that’s not a guarantee it will be active. Trends can spread like wildfire and then disappear overnight and the site is always under construction.

Good for: Chat, discussions, socializing, staying in touch, sharing and viewing interesting links, staying up to date with your favorite brands

2. Twitter

Twitter is a popular social network  based around sharing and reading short multi-media postings called  ”tweets”. A tweet is less than 140 characters and sometimes contains links to external sites, a photo or video. Twitter is popular as a tool for networking and sharing information, generally within one or two main areas of interest but some users tweet about anything that catches their fancy.

Good for: Short attention spans, breaking news, exclusive content, professional/career specific info, entertainment, self-guided discovery, chatty Cathys

3. Pinterest

Pinterest is a social bookmarking site that’s highly visual and easy to use.

Bookmarks on Pinterest are called  ”pins”, each containing an image, a small selection of text and a link to the source of the image. Almost anything on the web can be pinned – or  you can upload an image that’s on your computer.

Users organize pins by putting them into themed collections of pins called “boards”. Any pin that’s not on a private board can be added to a board you’ve created as a “repin”. Repins aren’t duplicates – instead, the pin is shared with the same image, source link, comments and likes everywhere on the site.

Good for: Visual thinkers, creative types, collectors, inspiration, collaboration, curation

4. Google Plus

Google Plus, referred to here as “G+” has an intuitive interface and tie-in features with other Google products but somewhat limited adoption.

G+ allows you to sort people into customizable categories called ”Circles”. Circles allow you to control your privacy while also connecting with new people.  G+ has lots of interesting, active users from all over the world that share content with each other, usually based around an interest or hobby. New communities are springing up all the time, connecting people with similar interests.

Good for: Outgoing people, curators, serious hobbyists, photography, inspiring content, futurists

Got a question about one of these sites? Post it in the comments and I will do my best to answer it in the next 4 posts!

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