Bourbon Balls

One of my newer Christmas traditions is to make Bourbon Balls and now you can make them too!

I typically quadruple this recipe, mostly because a large bag of walnuts can be divided into this ratio. You might want to start with only a single or double batch at first as they’re a little time-consuming to make.

Bourbon Balls ~ Delicious!

Bourbon Balls

  • 1 – 6 oz package semi-sweet chocolate chips (half a bag)
  • 3 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar + more to coat balls at end
  • 1/3 cup bourbon whiskey (or orange juice)
  • 1 cup walnuts, ground or chopped finely
  • 1 – 14 oz box vanilla wafers, crushed finely
  1. Grind / chop walnuts and vanilla wafers. (I use a food processor.)
  2. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler.
  3. Add corn syrup and sugar. Stir well.
  4. Blend in bourbon.
  5. Stir in wafers and walnuts (I stir them in by batches as my double boiler is small. You probably could transfer the mixture to a large bowl before this step.)
  6. Form into 1-inch balls.
  7. Roll balls in sugar.
  8. Let ripen in tightly covered container for 4-5 days.

Social Media Makeover

Self-promotion. We all do it. I think we have to at some level. But when does self-promotion need to involve anger? And why do people think that being angry and ranting about people/places/organizations is ok?

Maybe I drink too much of the kool-aid but I don’t really see the point in being a rough and tough social media bully. It’s not funny. It’s not respectful. And it’s not professional.

So why does it happen?

I really don’t know. I think most social media bullies aren’t aware that they’re acting like that. They see themselves as powerhouses and maybe thrive on the fact that some people are a little scared to approach them. You know, because they’re a “guru” or something. Fear does not instill respect. They may have the best intention of helping others but many people probably do not approach them for help. I can assure you, it’s not because we’re all intimidated with their massive amount of knowledge. It’s because, at least for me, wooing them to notice me and my desire to learn is not worth the effort.

I really hope that I personally don’t come across like this at all but a few months ago, someone told me that all of my tweets and posts about being sick with mono made me more human and more approachable. And I’m so glad that this person connected with me. I’m learning so much more from her than I could have ever imagined. And, as I’m dealing with a lot of exhaustion again this weekend, this friendship comes to mind.…

Things I Learned This Week: March 10

Inspired by Ryan Nance’s 5 things I learned today posts on Google Plus, I’m starting a weekly post that examines new learnings. Some of these will most likely be educational, especially in the world of social media, while others will just be little life lessons, some of which will probably be saturated in sarcasm. It’s possible…

Dealing with Mono

It’s 4:30am and I’ve been up for nearly two hours trying to fall back asleep. Welcome to my new life. I’m 34 and I have mono. Again. And the symptoms are much worse than when I had it in college. Sure, many people make fun of mononucleosis by calling it the “kissing disease” but it’s nothing…

Stars

I’ve always loved nature and consider myself lucky to have gone camping each summer growing up. My family had a motorhome so it wasn’t really roughing it but it still was camping. We would sit around campfires at night, gazing at the stars.

When some local photographer friends made plans for a night photoshoot, thoughts of those summer camping trips came to mind. Even though it’s been many years since those trips, I don’t remember ever seeing as many stars as I did Friday night. It literally took my breath away. The photos cannot even give you a glimpse of how incredible the night sky was but they may inspire you to travel away from light pollution and get a view of your own.

These photos were taken at Willow Slough Fish & Wildlife Area near Morocco, Indiana. I plan to go back so let me know if you’re interested in tagging along. Let’s just hope we don’t hear as many coyotes as I did the other night!

Night sky

Postcards: 100 years later

I started collecting antique postcards about a year ago and just picked up two more recently at The Antique Market of Michigan City. These two were not chosen for their image or travel-related message. Their messages amuse me, especially since they’re each over 100 years old. This first one has a sunset image from the…

Adorama + Twitter = Great Customer Service

If you’ve been to my house, you’ve probably noticed my wall of photos: a number of 11×17 framed prints of my favorite photos. I change them out regularly and always use Adorama for printing. They provide excellent quality and ship the photos in a flat box. I’ve never had any problems until last month’s shipment. UPS bent the box so badly that all of the photos had deep creases in them. I’ve tweeted to @AdoramaPix before and love their twitter efforts.

When I saw the bent UPS box, I instantly sent twitpics and tagged @AdoramaPix in them. After a few DMs, a new set of prints were on their way. I didn’t have to login to my account on the Adorama site. I didn’t have to contact customer service. I only tweeted. The results: a VERY happy customer as they communicated with me on my preferred platform.

Adorama’s print quality is excellent. I’ve recommended them to friends before and I will continue to recommend them, especially after experiencing their amazing customer service first-hand.

Thank you, Adorama. I will be a loyal customer for life.…

How to migrate your blog

I just moved my blog from wordpress.com to wordpress.org and since I’m an expert now, here’s all you need to know. In 12 easy* steps.

*Honestly, I don’t even know if everything is working right so don’t listen to any of this.

Frustration (was: threesixtyfive | day 244)Step 1: Google EVERYTHING. Reread everything 20 times and still be confused.

Step 2. Contact your hosting provider. Have them tell you that they can’t do anything because WordPress is a third-party app.

Step 3: Contact all your smart friends. Most of them won’t know what to do either.

Step 4: Sulk.

Step 5: Google the difference between a Site Redirect vs. Domain Mapping. Let the confusion continue.

Step 6: Read How to Migrate your Blog from WordPress.com to a Personal Domain five or six times. Ask a friend to read to it and be happy that neither of you can easily follow along.…

Postcards

I like vintage postcards. Not just for their images but for the stories they tell. And I believe that postcard writing is truly and art form. A lost art at that.

Sheri, a twitter friend, tweeted The lost art of postcard writing earlier this month and we began talking about postcards over twitter. She set up a PO Box so her Facebook friends could send postcards to her kids and I thought that was a wonderful idea!

I asked her for her PO Box address so I could also send them one. Well suburbia isn’t the easiest place to pick up a postcard so it took me a few weeks to find postcards. But I finally found some at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, IN. By the way, if you’re looking for The Christmas Story memorabilia, go to their gift shop.

The plan is to regularly mail postcards to Sheri’s kids. Hopefully I’ll be able to travel more so the postcards won’t all be of Indiana or Chicago but I stocked up at the Welcome Center just in case. If you’re interested in sending them a postcard, please message me for their address.…

Everyday Heroes

Reflections of cloudsThere’s something amazing about twitter. It’s so easy to find and connect with people who share similar interests with you. And every once in a while, you’ll create lifelong friendships and find everyday heroes too. A few new names were added to my list of heroes this weekend.

Betsy Decillis and I went on #geekcation this past weekend. We had our first #geekcation, May 2010, in Chicago when we worked on acquiring Foursquare badges. This #geekcation was a little different as it was based on a visit to AJ Bombers, a mecca for social media geeks.…