9
Mar
2011

Real Country Living…You’re Home!

by Deena · 25 comments

We have undergone a site and domain transfer and now are sporting a brand new custom design by Blue Onion Web Design!

big sky montana

Look at that big, beautiful sky....Montana!

Why the transition, you ask? Well, in my opinion, Real Country Living was heading in a direction that was entirely too serious and stuffy…serious and stuffy, I am not! Oh, I‘m all business when I need to be, but the rest of the time? Nope, not at all.

I’m a talker…Wade says I can talk to a fence post.  A blogging format is a much better platform for a babbler, like me. If I can converse with a fence post, I figure I should be pretty good at talking to a computer screen too. And the coolest thing is that with a blog, the computer can talk back!! (as in YOU, the visitor). Try that with a fence post…won’t work. Unless you’ve nipped a bit too much Jack Daniels…things could get more exciting…but I haven’t tried that.

Kinkelaar Family

Wade and I (middle) and our 5 children...and some dogs

If you are new to Real Country Living, you need to know that Wade is my handsome Montana Man and I have been writing about his ‘world’ for several years now…which I find quite fascinating.  I was born and raised a city girl, but my life completely changed when Wade and I married…at age 19.  As of today, we have been tied in this knot of happiness since 1982…a lot goes on in that many years (like raising our 5 kids, for example), all of which gets blabbered about jotted down here on the site.

You can learn more about us here…which is the short, short version…you need to hang around on the site for awhile to REALLY get a feel for who we are and what life is like here on the ranch.

With all that being said (I told you I was a talker!), everything you have come to love about Real Country Living will be here, along with new and exciting features. Like being able to leave me comments right on the site…talk BACK to me, I love it!

Site re-designs can be inconvenient, but please hang in therethings will be bigger and better….I promise!!!

Now, I’m off to work some more on the new design….oh, cuz I am a web designer too and owner of that little ol’ web design company that I mentioned was doing our site re-vamp:) Don’t remember the name? That’s OK…I don’t mind typing it again…Blue Onion Web Design. I’d love for you to click on the link and check out my work! TTFN!!

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

MKiDave March 11, 2011 at 7:40 am

This forum is really great! I’m glad to have found it.

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Connie March 11, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I’ve been thinking about some of the things I would like on my web site…Your sharing idea is one of them!!! :) Looks good!

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Deena March 12, 2011 at 8:15 am

Thanks Connie! I hope you will decide to take the blogging plunge very soon :) You will have an amazing one!

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MeSoCutte March 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Nice style. I would love to write that way.

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Deena March 22, 2011 at 11:55 am

Aw, thanks so much….I just type what pops into my head…I’m pretty sure we ALL can do that!!

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Lisa March 20, 2011 at 2:41 am

HI!
I made your “best brownie” recipe a couple weeks ago and, of course didn’t copy it. Now you’ve taken it off your site and I REALLY NEED IT!! Voted the best brownies by me and a bunch of other old ladies!!
Having a chocaholic fit…

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Deena March 20, 2011 at 8:26 am

I’m so sorry!!! I’m working frantically to prepare all of the old ‘stuff’ from the site so I can put it back up in this new format. Here is your brownie recipe so you can get your chocolate fix today!!!!
So Easy Brownies
1-1/2 C Flour
2 C Sugar
1/2 C plus 2 Tablespoons Cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 C cooking oil
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
Place all ingredients in bowl and beat at med. speed for 3 minutes. Put in greased 9X13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Sometimes, I put about 1 C of chocolate chips sprinkled over the batter and then sprinkle some white sugar on too…then bake them. So if you are REALLY needing that chocolate fix…add that too…yummy!!! Enjoy!!
And again, so sorry that this transition is an inconvenience. And THANK YOU for contacting me about this. It inspired me to keep after this and not give up!

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Lisa March 31, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Thank YOU!!!
My sister in law wanted the recipe too and I told her all was not lost thanks to your kind reply…… good luck with the new format, I’ll be watching along with a bunch of others!!

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Deena April 1, 2011 at 7:31 am

You are so very welcome! I’m working hard to get all of the info back up and putting in new things as well. I really appreciate you (and your bunch of others) hanging in there with me while the site is upgraded and improved!!! You all are the reason I love what I do here :)

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Elayne Evans June 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I love your website and I love your pics of horses!! Keep up the good work and tell me when you have a contest for guest to come and visit your ranch I have a 34 year old handicap daughter that would love to come and visit your horses!!!! Love Love Love the beauty of the country!!! Her name is Toni McClary
Thanks for your website it is very calming to see the country! and your family, animals, scenery, inside, outside!!! I love it all!!!

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Deena June 27, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Thank you so much Elayne! Your positive comments mean the world to me! I have thought about having guests visit the ranch, so it is on my mind. I will certainly keep you and all visitors ‘posted’ (pun intended!) if this idea comes to fruition! How wonderful that your daughter loves horses so much…being among them is good therapy for all. Please keep coming back to visit the site and leave as many comments as you can…I love them!

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Cory Anderson June 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I enjoy reading blogs about this. I’ve recently moved near Chicago, to a town called Plainfield. I had no idea was I was doing or where I was moving to, so I had to hire a Plainfield IL realtor just to find a home. I’m used to being in the city, so I will to refer to blogs like yours to find out what to do. What do you recommend for a newbie transitioning from city-living to country-living?

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Deena June 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Make a country friend close-by who can answer all your questions and help you along! Then, hang on and enjoy the ride! Best regards!

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Lizabeth Kilkenny June 28, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Deena,
Jack likes the name “Abby” for your filly. I like “Anna”. Both “A” names. What’s up with that? Let me know the other names that get suggested and Jack and I will keep thinking of names.

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mikaela August 19, 2011 at 9:14 am

Love the new footer! I appreciate how it helps keep you ‘in the site’. What a fun and fresh Blue Onion logo, too!

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Deena August 19, 2011 at 9:49 am

Thanks Mikaela!!! I’m kinda likin’ it too. I was putting it off for months. I guess I just needed to let it ‘come’ when it struck me! Baylee did the Blue Onion logo work!

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jay eagleman October 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

We are seeking expertice on the redesigning of our wesite. The site we now have is very generic and needs much improvment. The server we are currently using doesn’t have the capabilities to do all of the grapics and up to date services that we would like. If you would be able to give us a call as soon as you can we would like to start this process this week if it is possible.

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teeth whitening May 8, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Interesting blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
A theme like yours with a few simple tweeks
would really make my blog stand out. Please let me know where you got
your design. Cheers

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Deena May 11, 2013 at 8:41 am

Hi! Actually my theme is custom designed for Wordpress by me (using the “Thesis” platform). I’m a web designer and own/operate Blue Onion Web Design. You can see more of my work at http://www.blueonionwebdesign.com
Thank you so much for the compliments!

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Carmine July 11, 2013 at 7:49 am

Greetings! Quick question that’s totally off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My site looks weird when browsing from my apple iphone. I’m trying to find a theme or
plugin that might be able to correct this issue. If you
have any recommendations, please share. Appreciate it!

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