Friday, April 1, 2011

Kindness in Blogging

I want to talk about kindness in blogging for a minute here.  It doesn't take much to be kind to others, it sometimes just takes a smile or a word.  Sometimes people go thru things in life we cannot even begin to understand but somehow there is always someone who thinks they know what that person should be doing to do it right.  Even if they don't know the person well.

Recently a person I know talked about her struggles with weight loss in her personal blog.  She discussed how she was going thru the steps to have weight loss surgery.  She was apprehensive about it but had decided it was something she was going to do.

Another blogger happened upon her blogsite and publicly belittled her for it on his own blogsite.  He told her she wasn't ready for weight loss surgery and even tho he had never met her he decided he knew what was best for her.

She had her surgery and the first couple weeks were pretty rough as in any major surgery.  He found where her support group was then he posted on his blog what she had said in the support group.  This means he had to join the group in order to "spy" on her.  Apparently he doesn't know that support groups whether they are online or in person are confidential to the users.  He did that in order to impress to his audience how "right" he was in his accessment of her readiness for weight loss surgery.  She of course is devastated that her private support group conversation was put out on his blog for all to read.  I hope that since he is cyber stalking her he will at least post how well she is doing in a few months and how happy she is that she took the chance offered to her and is getting heathy.   

Chocolate Cobbler

This recipe is one that my granddaughter Candice loved. She requested it for her birthday because she loved it so much.  It's also a great potluck recipe and an easy last minute throw together for unexpected company.


Filling:
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons melted butter (or margarine)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Topping:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 1/2 cups water

Sift dry ingredients together into a 9" pie dish. Stir in milk, butter, vanilla. Spread batter evenly in the pie dish.
For the topping, mix sugars with the cocoa and sprinkle over the batter.  Pour the water over everything.  Do Not Stir it in.
Bake at 350F for 45 minutes. 
Serve warm or cold with whipped cream or ice cream. 
My granddaughter loves it room temp with ice cream.