Blogpost: Fox Tasting Panel Has A New Member And Some Minor Site Changes

Blogpost: Fox Tasting Panel Has A New Member And Some Minor Site Changes

We here in the Fox Kitchen are very excited about the arrival of a new member (in training) for our tasting panel. We have a sweet little granddaughter. She surprised us on the 7th when she arrived a few weeks early. At just over six pounds, she is petite but strong and healthy.

A little sister for our Broccoli Man. She’s too new to sample any of Nana’s (that’s me) gluten free cooking but once she gets old enough, I’m sure she’s going to love it.

And what does her Nana think? When I held her in my arms for the first time, tears of pure joy welled up inside of me. Joyful tears! Tears of gratitude for every single thing that has ever happened in my life because all of it moved me forward to that moment! 

Just when you think you know love,
something little comes along to remind you
just how big it really is  ~Unknown

Blogging has had to take a back seat. I’ve been over at our daughter’s house most days as she recovers from the delivery and adjusts to having a new baby in her life. Its great being available to help out. Not much time for blogging but I managed to make a few changes to my site.

Out of necessity, I had to add an extra filter to my comment system. Most of you won’t notice any difference (I hope) but once in a while, to make sure the comment is by a human being, a commenter will get redirected to a page where they’re challenged to enter a CAPTCHA.

I don’t care for CAPTCHA, especially the ones that ask you to read a string of wobbly letters and numbers. I always have trouble reading those things. I had to come up with an extra filter for my site after it crashed because spammers overloaded the server. I’m on WordPress and have found Akismet Is pretty good at isolating spammy comments, 10,590 so far this year. I was happy when I found and installed “Conditional CAPTCHA” by Samir Shah. The Plug-In sees Akismet is active on my site. It serves a simple (without the wobbly characters) CAPTCHA whenever Akismet identifies a comment as spam.

If you run into any problems while leaving a comment, please let me know by email – thisfoxkitchen(at)gmail(dot)com

I’ve also added some affiliate links on my sidebar. This Fox Kitchen site has been Ad free since June 2012, after I decided to ditch Adsense by Google. I worried the Ads were too in your face mind numbing. It was not generating any revenue for me anyway.

If you place an order after clicking on any of the affiliate links, the cost to you remains the same, but I may receive a small stipend for referring you. I will also be including some affiliate links in my posts. 

In the near future, I hope to add some Sponsors to the sidebar and write some sponsored posts. If I’m compensated monetarily by a Sponsor, I will let you know. I’m also working on getting some gluten free products to review. If I review a product, it will be about something that I was given to keep but the views in the post will be my own.

Hopefully, you won’t find the Affiliate and Sponsor additions too annoying. They are the only way I have of supporting this blogging addiction. If I get the opportunity, I might run some give-aways. Those are always fun!
Thank you for your ongoing support :-)
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Laureen is an enthusiastic amateur cook and Canadian Food Blogger from Vancouver BC. She loves spending her days creating good wholesome food in this Fox Kitchen. Evenings will find her blogging about the best that living without gluten has to offer.


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  1. 21stcenturyhousewife says:

    Warm congratulations to you and your family on your gorgeous new family member!! What lovely news! And of course I don’t mind affiliate links or sponsors/sponsored posts – we all deserve to be paid for what we do :) Congratulations on taking this step forward with your blogging career!!

    • Laureen says:

      Thanks April. We really can’t get enough of our new little girl. Amazing how something so little can melt your heart :)

      Blogging as a career? Do you think I could pull that off? I just feel amazed and thrilled knowing there are people out there who are interested in hearing what I have to say and share :-) it’s kind of addicting, isn’t it?

  2. easynaturalfood says:

    Your new little granddaughter is beautiful, congratulations! Take as much time as you need to enjoy these precious moments.

  3. What a beautiful little bundle of joy. I am still smiley ear to ear from all this happiness and joy beaming from this post. Congratulations on the growing family.
    Your quotes are so beautiful ~ and even yours how grateful you are that everything brought you to this moment…. Beautiful ;D
    Wishing you a lovely time with your daughter and new additional grandchild 😉

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