A Fresh Start

I’m extremely pleased to introduce you to the new and improved Healthy Green Kitchen. I’ve been eager to update the look of the site since, well, pretty much the day I started blogging, so I’ve really been looking forward to this day.

I’ve always been a DIY kind of person, so I initially planned on figuring out how to make my blog more attractive and more organized on my own. But I finally “got smart” and came to the conclusion that that was never going to happen. I realized that cooking, photography, and writing are things I love and love improving at… but my penchant for web design? It’s non-existent and always will be. So I contacted Lindsay of Purr, and I am so glad that I did.

Working on matters of design has always been a challenge for me. I know what I like when I see it, but it’s quite hard for me to visualize and explain to others how I want things to look. It can also be hard for me to make choices and decisions. Working with Lindsay was great, though. She really facilitated the process, and for that (as well as her talent) I am extremely grateful.

I’d love for you to explore the site and let me know what you think. But first let me tell you a couple of things. You may or may not know that Healthy Green Kitchen was previously a “subdomain” of this website that I started a few years ago. That’s why the former address of the blog was a little funky (blog dot huh?)…

So apart from the new design, another piece of good news is that Healthy Green Kitchen now resides at a it’s own, more logical domain: www.healthygreenkitchen.com. If you’ve bookmarked or linked to any of my recipes in the past, don’t worry- there is a forwarding system in place so you won’t end up with a dead link.

Once you take a look around, you may notice that there are some sections of the site that are “under construction” (see the navigation categories up top ex. nutrition, green living, and natural remedies). My plan is to bring over content from my website that’s appropriate for those sections (and then I’ll be shutting down the website- I just can’t keep up with it in addition to the blog). All of this will take a little time, and I appreciate your patience while I add to those areas of the blog. Something else I’ll be doing in the near future is reformatting the old recipes so everything has a consistent look and is “printable”. This will take some time, as well, so again, thank you for your understanding while I work to get everything finished.

Moving forward with this fresh and clean new design comes at a great time: I’ve just returned, fully inspired, from the Food Blog Forum conference in Atlanta. I met many wonderful food bloggers there, and I learned a ton from Jaden and Scott and Diane. I’ll tell you more about it tomorrow…promise.

One last thing I want to let you know: I’m competing in Project Food Blog (PFB). I’m extremely nervous, but also excited, to be taking part in this blogging competition organized by Foodbuzz…look for my first post related to PFB later this week.

 

34 Comments

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    Monica Bhide — September 13, 2010 @ 1:44 pm

    Looks great! I have always loved your site

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    Winnie — September 13, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

    Thanks Monica :)

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — September 13, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

    Wow, Winnie, what a beautiful design! Really love the calming colors. Just fabulous!

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    Winnie — September 13, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

    Thank you Lana…that’s exactly what we were going for- something calm and soothing!

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    Robin — September 13, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

    Winnie – your new site looks great!

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    Winnie — September 13, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

    Thank you Robin! I like it, and just hope others do, too!!!

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    Cathy — September 13, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

    It is just gorgeous, Winnie! Mazel tov!

    • Winnie replied: — September 13th, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

      Thanks Cathy! You know I am so relieved it’s done!

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    Liz the Chef — September 13, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

    Your new design is wonderful! I do so admire you and wish you best of luck in PFB!

    • Winnie replied: — September 13th, 2010 @ 2:16 pm

      Thanks so much Liz- I don’t know what to expect from PFB…should be very interesting!!!!

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    Jan M. — September 13, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

    Very nice site… I have been enjoying your recipes. They have been husband & kid approved :)

    • Winnie replied: — September 13th, 2010 @ 2:44 pm

      Thanks so much Jan!

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    The Waspy Redhead — September 13, 2010 @ 3:12 pm

    The site looks great! I’m so glad I got to meet you at food blog forum this weekend. I love your blog.

    Elizabeth aka The Waspy Redhead

    • Winnie replied: — September 13th, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

      Thank you! You know the feeling is mutual!

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    Bob — September 13, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

    Bravo!

    • Winnie replied: — September 13th, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

      Thanks Bobby R!

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    Pamela — September 13, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

    Winnie, the new design is absolutely beautiful ;) !!

    • Winnie replied: — September 13th, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

      Thank you so much Pamela!

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    My Communal Table — September 13, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

    Great job. I know how much work that all is. Bravo and it makes me want more.

    • Winnie replied: — September 13th, 2010 @ 3:39 pm

      I didn’t have to do much yet, but have a lot to do ahead of me. Going to take it slow and hope that’s ok…

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    Beth — September 13, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

    It looks great Winnie! I wish I’d had a chance to look at your site while we were in Atlanta because I didn’t realize until now that you had a background in naturopathic medicine. I’m a big believer in alternative medicines, so now I know who to come to when I have questions! It was great to meet you and best of luck on the rest of the website transition :-)

    • Winnie replied: — September 13th, 2010 @ 3:58 pm

      Thanks so much Beth! Please do keep in touch…and good luck to you with everything, too.

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    RisaG — September 13, 2010 @ 4:02 pm

    Great job. Lots of improvements. Congratulations.

    • Winnie replied: — September 13th, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

      Thank you! And I hope it will only continue to improve with time.

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    Barbara Kiebel — September 13, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

    The site looks great; I agree regarding the colors being so calming; something we all need.

    I’m glad you sought professional experience for your site. I admit, I’ve owned a web company for many years, and though it is something you can do on your own, there is a skill involved and the old adage of ‘you get what you pay for’ sure rings true! Sometimes what you pay for is to alleviate your own stress!

    I had a VERY difficult experience many years ago when a physician prescribed steroids for something I was dealing with and after an entire year of horrible pain and barely being able to care for my children, I took a risk at the time and sought out a naturopathic healer. She heard me when I said I thought that the stress I had been dealing with at the time had to have played a role…and though the journey was long, I eradicated those symptoms of arthritis completely when we treated my body instead of just trying to mask symptoms. Life changing!

    • Winnie replied: — September 13th, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

      Thank you so much for your comments Barbara! Once I put the design stuff into someone else’s hands, it was like a huge weight was off me. Because I’d much rather focus on the things I’m good at and enjoy. And site design isn’t one of them. Not to mention the fact that it might take me hours to figure out how to do something that a professional designer can do in 10 seconds. Talk about waste of time.
      So happy to hear about your positive experience with naturopathic medicine, too.

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    Michele Mercogliano — September 13, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

    Love the new look, and best of luck on the Food Blog Project!!! You rock Winnie!

    • Winnie replied: — September 13th, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

      Thanks, friend.

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    Ashlie — September 13, 2010 @ 6:45 pm

    I’ve loved your blog ever since I stumbled across it a few months ago. The new layout looks fabulous! Good luck on your new adventures – I look forward to hearing more about them!

    • Winnie replied: — September 13th, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

      Thanks Ashlie- will keep you posted!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — September 13, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

    I love your new look and it was so awesome to meet you in Atlanta! Great luck with the stuff you have going and I hope you will keep in touch with me!

    • Winnie replied: — September 13th, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

      Thanks so much Alison. I loved meeting you as well…I’ll post my recap of the weekend here tomorrow (there’s a very nice picture of you in there!) and we will definitely keep in touch.

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    Monet — September 13, 2010 @ 10:43 pm

    I feel so refreshed. Your blog looks beautiful, and between the layout and the colors…I’m leaving feeling a bit more at peace. Which is a great thing! You did an amazing job! I’m glad you enjoyed the Atlanta forum…I wish I could have been there!

    • Winnie replied: — September 14th, 2010 @ 7:37 am

      Thanks Monet! Wish you could have been there too…I’d love to meet you.

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