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Coding. Yes, Again. (Or Should That Be STILL???)

I've been reading HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS, 2nd Edition, one of my favorite books on CSS. Actually, back in 2007 I wrote a blog ENTRY about the original version of this book -- also a fave of mine. You might recall that I use to carry it around with me EVERYWHERE!

Here's what the ('new') book looks like:

HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS, 2nd Edition

I don't quite pack it around the way I used to the old version, but I do still like to have it around to read.

The basis of the book (obviously) is that you can design websites without using tables. While I like that concept, I like this book for more than that. It explains CSS so clearly. If you've ever felt even the slightest bit DAUNTED by CSS, this is the book for you -- and I'm not kidding. It's very easy to understand and follow and has really helped me with CSS coding in the last few years. Hey, no WONDER I used to pack it around! Back in 2007 I had just taken over the festival website and I needed a lot of help to reason out the rather complicated style sheet someone else had written. It's one thing to write your own style sheet/CSS, but another to try and read and reason out one that you didn't originally write...

Anyway, I think this is the best book I've ever ready about CSS -- and heaven knows I've read quite a few! (grin) If you're an expert with CSS, I doubt you'd need this book. But if not, I highly recommend giving it a read. You can buy it new for around $20 -- and used for far less (check out Amazon). It's worth every penny!

I do have a copy of Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design on order, by the way. For those who might not know, Eric Meyer is probably best known for his advocacy on behalf of web standards -- especially related to CSS. Web professionals call Eric the CSS 'Master' (or often the CSS Guru). Anyway, he's a well-known expert on CSS, so I've wanted to get his book for ages. I'm not really sure WHY I've waited this long to get it (???), but I found it for a great price (just slightly more than $10), so I finally ordered it. I can't wait to read it...

Okay, yeah, I'm a geek. I get it. It's not normal to read manuals on CSS the way others read novels. Last night I was reading HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS, 2nd Edition in place of the current fictional books I've recently been reading. I actually find it relaxing and a comfort to read.

Anyway, I'm about to relax and maybe take a nap. And I think I'll snuggle up and read it right now! (heh)

And how have Marilyn and I spent our Saturday so far? We had our Mom's hot dogs! Gloria's Hot Diggity Dogs appeared in the festival's Centennial cookbook (called "Recipes & Roses"), submitted by Marilyn (for our deceased Mom). I don't know if these will look 'yummy' to others, but as we've been eating them since we were kids (!!!), they seem delicious to us!

Gloria's Hot Diggity Dogs

Gloria's Hot Diggity Dogs

These are great served minus buns (or bread), but are also good in buns. We also had chili, so made these into chili dogs, but they're tasty without any additional dressings at all. As you may have guessed, kids love 'em!

I guess I should share the recipe -- just in case anyone would like to try these...

Gloria's Hot Diggity Dogs

1 package of hot dogs
1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 to 1/2 cup mustard
1 cup corn flake crumbs
2 flat bowls (for rolling hot dogs)
1 cookie sheet (aluminum foil optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Use a knife to carefully cut the skin of each hot dog, spiraling round (like a barber pole) from end to end. The cuts should end up approximately an inch apart and not very deep.

Use a large, flat bowl to mix the ketchup and mustard to taste -- and a second bowl to hold the corn flake crumbs.

Roll each hot dog in the ketchup/mustard mix, then coat generously with the corn flake crumbs.

Spread on a cookie sheet (optionally covered with aluminum foil for easy clean up) and bake for approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

Can be eaten on bread or plain. Garnish as desired.

Serves 4 to 5.

We had a nice pot of coffee with some small pumpkin spice cookies when we got up. (grin) We slept in this morning, as we stayed up really late last night. Marilyn and I were watching our DVD of "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" (!!!) (that we ordered especially for Halloween this year) until the wee hours of the morning... Yeah, we love to stay up all night long from time to time!

And we've been playing Zuma and reading and watching TV and just having a lovely, relaxing day. (woo hoo)

Happy Saturday, everyone!

Tags: 2010, books, coding, css, food, halloween, marilyn, mom's-recipe, movie, nap, october-2010, photo-share, reading, tv, zuma

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