Make your recipe printable
This is a mini challenge for the Biannual Blogathon Bash, a twice yearly blogging marathon but anyone is welcome to read and use the information. However if you are signed up for the blogathon or you sign up and participate before the end of the blogathon, completing this mini challenge improves your chances of winning a prize. The blogathon is June 22-25. If you are participating in the blogathon, please do not complete this challenge until the blogathon has started.
I post a lot of recipes and from feedback from my readers, they seem to enjoy them. In order to make it easier for them to try the recipes themselves, I make each of my recipes printable. That way they can print the recipe out and reference it while they’re shopping and cooking. There are a variety of ways you can make your recipe printable depending your blog platform. I started out blogging on Blogger and used method number one while I was on that platform. A few months ago, I switched to WordPress and now use method number two. Method number one will work on WordPress as well as Blogger if you find you like that one the best to make your recipe printable.
Method 1 to make your recipe printable:
1. You have to have a Google account which you should have already if you have a Blogger blog.
2. Go to Google Sites and log in.
3. Click on Create New Site. This will open a new page where you can enter your information. It should look like this picture below.
4. Leave it on Blank Template. Where it says Name Your Site, type in your blog name. Site Location should be a the name of your blog with no spaces like confessionsofanoverworkedmom. Type in the Captcha code and up at the top of the screen click the orange Create button.
5. Now you should see your sites. Your screen should look like this with your site listed.
6. Click on the link with your site name. Your screen should look like this.
7. I’m going to show you how to make your recipe printable using my Chocolate Chip Strawberry Pizza recipe as an example. You’ll need to do this for each recipe you want to make printable.
8. Click the New Page icon in the upper right hand corner. It looks like a sheet of paper with a + on it.
9. This will bring up the new page. Your screen should look like this:
10. In the box that says Name Your Page, you should put in the name of your recipe.
11. Click the orange Create button in the upper left hand corner. Your screen should look like this:
12. In the blank box below the title, paste in the text of your recipe from your blog. I don’t generally include photographs because people don’t like to print those and use up a bunch of ink.
13. Click Create Page. Check to make sure everything is good and then click the blue Save button in the upper right hand corner. At the bottom of the screen is the word Print. Click on that to see the printable version of your recipe. It should look like this:
14. Copy the URL at the top of the screen and then go back to your blog post that has the recipe in it.
15. Edit your recipe post and include Printable Recipe (or whatever text you like) and link it to the URL you copied from the last step. It will result in a post that looks like this:
16. When they click on the words “printable recipe” they will be brought to the printable site page you created and be able to print it out.
Method 2 to make your recipe printable:
If you’re on WordPress, making a recipe printable becomes much easier. There are a variety of recipe plug ins available however they are NOT all created equally. Several of the recipe plug ins available store the HTML for your recipe off site (not on your blog). That means that if the plug in has issues and you need to remove it or if the plug in stops working, the recipe will no longer appear on your site. After all the work creating the recipe and photographing it, the last thing I want is for all my hard work to disappear. The only recipe plug in that I have found that still continues to store the HTML of your post on your blog is Easy Recipe (http://www.easyrecipeplugin.com/). Simply install the plugin from your WordPress dashboard. Then click on the icon that looks like a man in a chef’s hat.
Once you do that, a box will pop up where you can enter your recipe. Just type in the information into the appropriate spots.
You cannot place photographs in the Easy Recipe widget so you’ll need to put your photos either before or after the widget like you normally would. You can see an example of a recipe I created using Easy Recipe on my Gnocchi with White Beans recipe.
How to complete the challenge to make your recipe printable:
1. Post a recipe on your blog and make it printable using one of these methods or make a recipe you have already posted in the past printable using one of these methods. Leave a link to the post in the comment section below.
2. Retweet that you completed the challenge to make your recipe printable using the tweet box below (just click retweet) and leave a link to your tweet.
— Ellen Christian (@scentednights) June 19, 2012