Tuesday, March 11, 2014

How to update billing information for your Blogger/Google domain

Once upon a time, a blogger named Jill purchased her own domain through Google/Blogger. Jill became nervous when she began receiving these emails, because her credit card had recently been compromised in the nationwide Target debacle.

(Okay, no more third person)
Knowing I needed to update my billing information, I decided to follow the instructions included in the email. (Hint: It includes going to http://admin.google.com)

Signing in with my usual Google login information...I get this message.

Well. I have one other Google account that I know of so I try that. Nope. Still the same weird message. I decide to actually look who the "Google Apps Team" emailed...


I tried logging in with that address. I tried every password I could ever remember using in the history of my life, to no avail.

The process for retrieving said password wanted me to "verify" something which, in order to get, needed....guess what....MY PASSWORD!!! This is where I found myself stuck on other tutorials.

I ended up emailing Google and telling them what a cluster this was the problem I was having. I received an email back within not too much time, and it included instructions for how to reset my password. I'm going to share those here with you below, to save you the time and headache and lots of curse words I experienced.
  1. Go to http://admin.google.com
  2. Login with your appropriate user name - May be bloggeradmin@yourdomain.com, may also be yourname@yourdomain.com. My advice is to check the email sent to you by Google!
  3. If you do not remember your password, you'll need to retreive it.
    1. Visit https://admin.google.com/yourdomain.com/ForgotAdminAccountInfo (obviously change the bolded underlined portion. It does not need www).
    2. Solve the CAPTCHA
    3. Google will send the instructions to your backup account. Hopefully you set this up!
    4. Reset your password!
    5. Email yourself (an address you regularly use) with the log-in information and a really good password hint!
  4. This should solve your login problem. Login with the appropriate username and your new password that you will never ever forget.
  5. Click on Billing

  6. On the next screen, click the little dollar sign to update your billing information.

  7. Setup auto renew, enter valid billing info, and save save save.
You want to hear the best part of the story? I did all of that and it turned out the credit card on file was fine. It wasn't the one that had been changed due to the Target data breach.

I just went through myself this within the last week, and after Jordon posted with the same problem, I thought I'd write this post! I hope this little tutorial-of-sorts helps someone! Please feel free to pin it to your "blogging" board ;)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Recipe: Beef Stroganoff

Today's post is a scrumptious recipe for Beef Stroganoff! Be advised...this is not very healthy!

If you remember, I mentioned in my "March goals" post just a few days ago that I wanted to make a Beef Stroganoff recipe. Well, I ended up not making the Paula Dean recipe and instead, I made my mother-in-law's recipe! When TJ and I got married, my mom put together a cookbook for us that contained a few recipes each from my mom, my grandmother, my mother-in-law, cousins, etc. It was a wonderful gift and I still refer to it all the time (and try to add things to it rather than always looking up the recipe online).

As I'm sure you've guessed by now, one of the recipes inside this cookbook was my mother-in-law's Beef Stroganoff. TJ and I have been married for 9 years, and I had never made it! Honestly I should be ashamed. There are quite a few things in there I've never made. Perhaps that should be a new goal...

Sorry! Got a little off track there! This beef stroganoff was easy and also tasty. TJ's reaction, though, was better than anything else. He said it is one of his favorites. I didn't take any pictures along the way, but you have the final outcome above!

Here's what you'll need:
1 lb. ground beef
1 white onion
2 8-oz. cans of tomato sauce
6 oz. of sour cream
4 oz. cream cheese, room temp
8 oz. wide noodles
Shredded cheddar cheese

Chop your onion and brown with the ground beef. Add some pepper while cooking. Drain, then add the tomato sauce. Mix thoroughly and allow this to simmer.

In a separate pot, boil your wide noodles.

After the meat mixture has simmered and noodles are almost done, add the cream cheese and sour cream to the meat mixture. Mix thoroughly. Drain noodles once they are complete.

Layer meat mixture and noodles in a 9x13 glass pan. Top with shredded cheddar. Bake at 350* for approximately 25 minutes. 

Serve with vegetables.

Cook's Notes: Next time, I may sub Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream. I would also like to try this with mushrooms but I will likely let Mr. Teej decide. Either way, we'll be having this again!

Definitely let me know if you try this, and what you think!
Happy Hump Day, everyone!