What a week this has been!

I've had ups.  I've had downs.  And all because of one teeny, tiny, little change to this blog.

When I first started the Recipes by Leslie blog, I wanted to purchase my own custom domain.  But I wasn't even sure if I was going to like having a food/recipe blog, so Hubby suggested that I wait.

Hubby said that if after a year, I was still actively involved with this blog, he would purchase my custom domain as a blogiversary present!

Well...guess what?  My one year anniversary is a little more than a week away.  And Hubby kept his promise.  On Sunday, we purchased our custom domain.

I really wanted to keep the Recipes by Leslie name, but it wasn't available.

What to do?

Hubby and the kiddies quickly came up with a long list of suggestions.  Some were too long and/or too complicated.  The shorter ones were taken.  Some were in Spanish.  Others were in English.  This went on for a while, until finally the kiddies came up with something we all liked...La Cocina de Leslie (Leslie's Kitchen).

As soon as I made the purchase, I was informed that it would take up to 3 days for it to be fully functional.  This wasn't a problem, because the blog was still accessible through the blogspot address.

But yesterday, I had a slight panic attack.

I tried to access my blog with both the custom domain and the Recipes by Leslie address.  Both resulted in "Error.  Requested URL not found."

I immediately contacted the folks at Google Help.  In less than five minutes, was up and running!

To celebrate the new address, I've made a few changes with the header and am trying to decide on a background.  What do you think?  Love it?  Hate it?  Any suggestions?


  1. Congratulations amiga! Ahora I need to make time to go to your first blogs and try those recepies! :)
    Se ve muy nice la page y muy supper delicious all the pics hehe ya me dio hambre, time for a midnight snack :)

  2. Popped in from SITS! EVerything looks great to me!

  3. Leslie, I enjoy both your blogs - congrats on the domain name!

    My only suggestion for this one is to organize the recipes into the categories (desserts, beverages, etc) and list them in the side bar. Would make finding the relative recipes much easier for me on those days that I need to come up with something for hubby & I to eat. :-)

  4. Congratulations! What a big success and milestone! I love the side-bar with pictures to click on what you want!

  5. Love it! Good job, girl. Looks great.
    I agree with Leah, organizing the recipes in that way would be good.
    Also, the FB block is cut off a bit on the right on my computer (Firefox).
    And the 2 little strips on the right and left of background distracted me color-wise. I would prefer a solid color. Just me.
    I've learned so much from your blog, for example, I don't have to precook the shrimp before folding it into a shrimp quesadilla - duh. Good blog, good recipes, nice lady!

  6. Your own domain name, huh? You're in the big leagues now! :)

    I like the header, and what is nice about putting pictures of your creations up there is that you can change them occasionally and still keep an overall consistency.

    I also like the previous commenter's suggestion to tag recipes my dessert, main dish, etc... and have the list of tags for people to find past recipes more easily.

    Keep up the good work! Your consistency inspires me!

  7. Happy SITS Sharefest Saturday!

    I think your blog looks great and congrats on the custom domain...I need to do that/want to do that, but really am scared! Happy blogiversary too!
    504 Main

  8. Your blog looks great! You are very brave for changing over--I am a big chicken and wouldn't have a clue what to do if I tried going to my blog and got an error like that!

    Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

  9. Awesome! Congrats on the move!

  10. I loved the tablecloth background. I particularly love your blue dishes, they project how neat you are when you cook.

    Best wishes and congratulations on your blogiversary.

    Doña Masita

  11. I noticed you had changed your name when I linked to you last week and I kept thinking the name seemed different then I remembered :-)

    I'm glad it's all worked out.

    Looks great- happy one year!