ANNOUNCEMENT: New Site Design + New Features on BrownEyedBaker.com!

If you visit the site regularly, you’ve probably seen some changes here over the last week or so. (If you usually read new content through an RSS reader or email service, I invite you to click over and check out the changes!) I had the pleasure of working with Lindsay from Purr Design, who was absolutely fabulous to work with. If you are in need of a website makeover, I highly recommend seeking out her services. She’s extremely talented and can make just about anything work in WordPress, no matter how crazy the request may seem. We worked together to give BrownEyedBaker.com a little facelift and to add some much-requested features that should make your reading, browsing and recipe-making experiences even better. Below is an overview of all of the new features, where you can find them and how to use them!

1. Recipe Box, Shopping Lists, Meal Planner & Grocery Deals

I’m excited to announce that you now have the ability to save your favorite recipes to an online recipe box. After doing so, you can access your recipes, and even add ingredients to a shopping list before you head out to the grocery store. I teamed up with ZipList to provide this feature, which means you can save recipes from any other site that partners with them into the same recipe box. Some sites you might be familiar with include: Martha Stewart, Simply Recipes, RecipeGirl, Steamy Kitchen, AOL’s Daily Kitchen, WomansDay.com, How Sweet It Is, Two Peas and Their Pod, and many, many more.

To use the feature, simply click the “Save” button on the top of any recipe. You’ll be prompted to add it to your recipe box. If you don’t already have a ZipList account, you’ll have create one – it’s super quick and FREE.

Once you start saving recipes, you can easily access your Recipe Box from the main navigation menu on the site (see below). Once in your recipe box, there are a few other fantastic features you’ll want to take advantage of. You can move a recipe to your lists, which will then generate a grocery shopping list for you based on the ingredients in the recipe. You can quickly access this grocery list by clicking “Shopping List” from the navigation menu (see below). You can also use the recipe box to plan your meals for a week. Drag and drop recipes into a calendar and then generate a shopping list for those recipes (you can even sync this with your Google Calendar, if you use one!). Access your Meal Planner from the main navigation on the site as well (see below).

Finally, in your recipe box, you’ll see a tab that says “Grocery Deals”. While you’re planning your meals and generating your shopping list, you can pull up which items are on sale at your local stores.

I think you’ll love this new tool for keeping track of your favorite recipes and quickly making grocery lists and meals plans! ZipList also has mobile apps, so if you have a smartphone, be sure to download either the Apple or Android app (both are free) so you can access your recipes and lists on the go!

2. Recipe Index + Archives

The recipe index has undergone a complete makeover (including a visual index!), which should make it much easier for you to navigate around the hundreds of recipes and posts that have accumulated here over the years.

If you click Recipe Index in the main navigation menu you’ll be taken to this page, where you’ll see a search box and categories of recipes to choose from:

If you are looking for a particular type of recipe, you can easily click on the category you’re interested in to bring up a listing of those recipes. For instance, if you are interested in cake recipes, simply click “Cake” and you’ll see all of the cake recipes on BrownEyedBaker.com – each recipe is accompanied by a thumbnail, the title, and the date that it was originally posted. The recipes are listed in reverse chronological order, so the most recent cake recipe will be first, and go backward from there.

Scroll further down the main “Recipe Index” page past the listing of categories and you will see “Recipes by Ingredient”. All of the recipes on BrownEyedBaker.com have now been tagged with the ingredients used, so if you are looking to make something using a particular ingredient, you can easily look it up and find the recipes on the site that include it. Maybe you have some buttermilk leftover and don’t want it to go to waste… or you’re just dying to make something with peanut butter cups (me, all the time)… this index will be your best friend!

As an example, you’ll see below the results of clicking “cream cheese” in the ingredient index:

The results are formatted in the exact same way as the main recipe index – you’ll see a thumbnail, title and date for all of the recipes on the site that include cream cheese. They are also listed in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent. You now have a quick and easy way to find recipes based on a particular ingredient!

If you’re interested in browsing through all of the posts (not just recipes), click on Archives in the main navigation menu:

You can browse through posts in one of two ways from this page – by post category, or by date. If you remember that something was posted during December for the holidays, but can’t remember the name, you can easily click on the month and see the posts for that time period. They will appear exactly as they do in the recipe index – thumbnails, title and date.

3. Follow Options & Social Media

In the upper righthand side of the site, you’ll find a box that says “Follow BEB” (see below). Here you’ll find a number of different options for keeping up with content on BrownEyedBaker.com.

 

You can easily add the Brown Eyed Baker feed to your favorite RSS reader. In addition, you can register your email address (FREE!) to have new posts delivered straight to your email inbox.

If you belong to any social media networks, I’d love to connect with you! Be sure to follow Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram!

4. New Resource Pages

The site now includes a number of new pages that will serve as a resource for you as you navigate the site and troubleshoot recipes.

The first batch of pages can be found under “About” in the main navigation menu:

  • On the new About page, you can learn a little bit more about me and the background of BrownEyedBaker.com, as well get an overview of must-visit spots on the site.
  • Visit the FAQ page for recipe, blogging and general questions. I’ve compiled all of the most common questions I receive on a regular basis, along with my answers. Be sure to check there first if you have any questions!
  • On the Photography page you’ll find an overview of my approach to food photography, tips and a list of the photography equipment that I currently use.
  • I often receive requests for kitchen equipment and ingredient recommendations. On the Tools of the Trade page, I list what I consider all of my “essential” kitchen tools and ingredients, as well as links to where you can find them.
The second batch of pages can be found under “Resources” in the main navigation menu:

  • On the Conversions page you’ll find things such as measurement equivalents, common ingredient equivalents, pan size conversions and temperature conversions. These should be useful for everyone, especially those who are not accustomed to using imperial measurements.
  • The Substitutions page includes some of the most common ingredient substitutions for those days when you’re in a pinch and can’t get to the store.

The End

That about wraps up the tour of the new digs here on BrownEyedBaker.com. While this was an overview of the biggest changes on the site, there are a ton of other little improvements and updates, so be sure to poke around and check out everything. I hope you’ll enjoy browsing around and that you’ll find the new features and resources to be useful. As is the case for most new site rollouts, there may be some hiccups, so if you experience any issues, broken links, etc. please don’t hesitate to contact me so I can get it fixed as soon as possible.

As always, Happy Baking! :)

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52 Responses to “ANNOUNCEMENT: New Site Design + New Features on BrownEyedBaker.com!”

  1. The Food Charlatan on October 29, 2012 at 12:15 am

    This looks so awesome! I had a blog makeover a few months ago too. It’s so refreshing :) I’m excited to check out all the new features!!

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  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks on October 29, 2012 at 1:38 am

    I’ve been on Lindsay’s waiting list for awhile and cannot wait for her to work her magic. Your site is gorgeous. Love all the new features! And gives me ideas for when the magical time comes for mine :)

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  3. GB on October 29, 2012 at 2:25 am

    I’ve been meaning to comment on the redesign for a few days now – it’s really, really good. Lovely, quirky, sweet. Candy for the eyes. I’ll make sure to check out the new features, too.
    Good work!

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  4. Francesca on October 29, 2012 at 3:16 am

    Congratulations: all sounds great. Thank you BEB.

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  5. Conna on October 29, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Love the make-over … rejuvenating … well done and congrats !!
    Kisses from Greece

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  6. Debra on October 29, 2012 at 4:07 am

    I appreciate the addition of the option to save the recipes. Thank you very much for that. I like your new look. :)

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  7. Kevin (Closet Cooking) on October 29, 2012 at 7:43 am

    The new design looks great! I like that recipe by ingredient index! I so need to move over to Word Press and then figure out how to add one!

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  8. linda on October 29, 2012 at 9:17 am

    what a gargantuan undertaking…
    KUDOS!
    LOVE!!
    WOW!
    FAB DESIGN!
    thank you…for ziplist, archives, ingredients, etc…navigation made easy!

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  9. Ali | Gimme Some Oven on October 29, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I love it! Lindsay does such amazing work. This looks so great!!! :)

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  10. Echo Reed on October 29, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I love the new design! I like how it’s new, and fresh, but it still looks like the Brown Eyed Baker we all know. :)

    Alright, I’m off to check out the new features.

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  11. avril on October 29, 2012 at 9:41 am

    So many fun new features!! Congrats and a huge thank you to all the work you put into your blog!!!! :)

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  12. Cassie | Bake Your Day on October 29, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Everything looks fabulous, Michelle!

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  13. Correna on October 29, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Your site makeover is fantastic. I love this site anyway, and refer you to others lots of times. You are on my blog under blogs I follow as well. Enjoy your site very much. I love the recipe keeper idea, I am going to go sign up right now. Have a great day. :)

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  14. Maria on October 29, 2012 at 9:51 am

    YAY! Love the new site!

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  15. Brooks on October 29, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Fantastic makeover Michelle…a full, comprehensive design and a snap to navigate. Brava!

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  16. Kimberlee on October 29, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Love the new design!!

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  17. Debbi Hook on October 29, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Can’t wait to check out each and every page – looks awesome! I’m traveling right now, but when I’m back home and planted in my usual chair, I’ll certainly have a look!

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  18. Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama on October 29, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Love the new look! I love all of Purr’s work. Saving my money :)

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  19. Sweettwist_Meg on October 29, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Looks fantastic! I love the new additions. I need to give my a serious facelift as well.

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  20. Tina | My Life as a Mrs on October 29, 2012 at 10:51 am

    New site looks awesome! Lindsay’s such a doll, isn’t she?! Love her work! I may be a bit partial! :)

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  21. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on October 29, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Love the makeover!!

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  22. Debbie Kuntz on October 29, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Loved your site before and love it even more now! The changes seem really intuitive. You’ve been a great inspiration to me as I travel on my own blog journey…launching in a couple weeks! Love your recipes too! I made your sugar cinnamon donuts for a cider pressing party this fall and got lots of recipe requests!

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  23. Karen@Mignardise on October 29, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Nicely done! I always love your recipes – thanks for making them easier to find.

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  24. Delishhh on October 29, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Great new site!!

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  25. Jen of My Tiny Oven on October 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Love the new site makeover!! Looks amazing!

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  26. Marcia on October 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Great makeover…enjoy your blog!

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  27. Katie @ Blonde Ambition on October 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    It all looks fantastic!

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  28. Judith on October 29, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Wonderful makeover. Thanks for keeping us so well informed.

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  29. Mary Burlett on October 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm
  30. Stephanie on October 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I noticed the update and everything looks phenomenal! =)

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  31. Susan on October 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I have already been using Ziplist – it’s great! So glad that you’ve added it to your site. Love the new look~

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  32. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on October 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Love the new site – looks amazing!

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  33. Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks on October 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Love the new look, Michelle!

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  34. Rosebud on October 29, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I must say you have a great group that performed some real magic for you. I’ve worked with databases before and to have one so complete that you can look for any ingredient in a recipe is a wondrous feat. Don’t know if you accomplished that before turning it over to Lindsay or not, but I send congratulations to both of you and anyone else involved. I bet you’re as pleased as punch now, to have your website the way you’ve always dreamed of. Again, congratulations and Happy Baking!

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  35. Mona Baroody @ MonaRAEbeads.com on October 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I can get used to the new, uber professional site design, though what I loved about the old design and writing was the feeling of familiarity, like a neighbor, like a real person. I’ll NEVER get used to not seeing the baby on the cakeplate!

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  36. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen on October 29, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I’ve been meaning to tell you that the new design looks beautiful! I guess now would be a good time…I love all the new features as well.

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  37. Michelle W on October 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Your design looks great and I can’t wait to start playing around on your site. I’m so happy you’re on Ziplist now!! Stay dry – hope you don’t lose power. At least we’re on the western side of the Alleghenies.

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  38. Laura Dembowski on October 29, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Congrats on the new design and great work! I had already perused the photography and tools of the trade pages. There’s some fabulous information there. I can’t wait to explore more :)

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  39. Debbie on October 29, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I’ve been a faithful BEB reader for the past few years–your hard work on the site redesign shows & is very much appreciated! My two favorite changes include the use of Ziplist and recipes categorized by ingredients. I always have leftover buttermilk from making cornbread or some other recipe so this new addition will help me use it rather than pour it down the drain after its expiration date.

    However, I do have one request. I know you are a fan of using a scale when baking & I always use a scale because fewer bowls become dirty & I seem to have better results when ingredients are weighed. Can you place the weights of ingredients in parentheses for new recipes you post? Everything doesn’t have to have the weight but ingredients such as flour, sugar, chocolate chips, peanut butter, etc etc would be most helpful. That way I don’t have to reference the KAF list (which I keep in a plastic sleeve in my kitchen cabinet) when I’m assembling the ingredients.

    Thanks again for all of your hard work & your wonderful recipes! I use them often!

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    • Michelle on October 30th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Hi Debbie, Thanks so much for the kind words and the suggestion. I will work on the weight measurements as I work through new recipes and will include them where I can!

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      • Debbie on October 30th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

        Thanks so much Michelle! Having the weights will be a useful addition!

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  40. Tracey on October 29, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    The new site looks fantastic Michelle!! Love the functionality!

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  41. Allie on October 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I love the new look of your site! It must have been a ton of work but it turned out beautiful! I am wanting to add ziplist to my site but feeling a little intimidated by the amount of work…

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    • Michelle on November 1st, 2012 at 11:20 am

      Hi Allie, Thank you! Once ZipList is set up it’s easy; you might want to talk to Lindsay about her services – she’s great!

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  42. Jenette Marie on October 31, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    YAY! I was wondering if I had somehow missed out on a redesign post somewhere, but here it is! And it’s no wonder it came after a few days, VERY informative! Everything looks great and I can’t wait to try out all the new updates!

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  43. Brandi on November 1, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Love the new site and all the features!

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  44. Diane on November 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    I love the new site! I did, however, stop receiving emails a few days ago so I resubscribed! Keep up the awesome work!

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    • Michelle on November 2nd, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Hi Diane, I’m sorry you had an email issue; there was nothing changed from that front, so I’m not sure what the problem may have been. I’m glad you resubscribed and aren’t having any other issues!

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  45. Janelle on November 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Never posted a comment here before…I love the new design of the site. The little cartoon of you is so cute! Your site is pretty much my bible when I’m looking for a tried and tested recipe. You also have a plethora of great recipes that include peanut butter which happens to be a favorite of the BF. My first BEB recipe was a batch of your choco oatmeal PB cookies. They were delicious! Next were your dark chocolate cupcakes with PB frosting. My frosting didn’t turn out though, BUT i rebounded and used the vanilla buttercream from your vanilla cupcake recipe. I swear the cupcakes were a dupe of my favorite black and white cupcakes from Cake Couture – delicious! You’re my blogging and baking idol haha :-)

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  46. Tracy on November 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    LOVE the new site design, Michelle! Just beautiful!

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  47. Marcie on November 8, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    I’ve been following your blog for quite some time — your recipes, photographs, and stories are always great. I think your new design looks amazing! Congratulations. I’ve got myself a little two month old food blog that I’m working diligently on at the moment. Yours is an inspiration.

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    • Michelle on November 9th, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Hi Marcie, Thanks so much for the sweet words. Best of luck to you with your blog!

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