It’s hard to imagine all the suffering that is going on in Japan at this very moment, unfortunately the worst is yet to come. With all that the Japanese people have already endured, the damage to their homeland will last well past their children’s lifetime. You ask what can we do, you might think there isn’t much that we as individuals can do, but together we can a difference. That’s why when I saw the post that my friend Sabrina from The Tomato Tart made, asking each of us to help with her bake sale, I couldn’t refuse.
You might ask what difference can a handful of bloggers make with a bake sale? I can’t say that we’re going to change the world, or begin to fix the problems that troubled island is having……but what we can do is send help how ever small, and offer hope for a brighter tomorrow. We may not be able to pay for the damages to their homes, but we can offer safe food products, a bottle of clean water, and a few words to tell them they are not alone.
The online bakesale will take place on March 30th on The Tomato Tart site. There will be baked goods from 80+ bakers from all over the world. Bid on any item(s) you like, and the goods will be shipped to the winning bidders by April 11th.
The funds we raise will be donated to Second Harvest Japan. This is a food bank that many are familiar with. They are working on the ground, right now in Japan to respond to the immediate needs of people displaced by this disaster.
Chocolate Decadence Cookie
So head on over to The Tomato Tart and pick your favorite treats to bid on. My donation for this bake sale will be 2 dozen of my all time favorite cookie. The recipe comes from Alice Medrich, the Queen of Chocolate. She calls her creation a Chocolate Decadence Cookie, but everyone I have ever made them for calls them an OMG cookie. The old chef is not as talented a baker as many of the talented bloggers you will find at the online bake sale for Japan, but I promise they will not disappoint.
Those of you that know Monet at Anecdotes and Apple Cores, know just how much she has been through lately. I ask for your continued prayers for her family. When you have time please stop and say hello, offer your love, and support for our dear friend.
A few of her friends have set up guest posts for Monet, just to give her a little time to breathe and not have to worry about her friends and readers. You can find my guest post on her blog now.
I’m not the baker that Monet is, but I do make a pretty good muffin, and I think you will enjoy it.
You can find the recipe and my guest post at Anecdotes and Apple Cores.
A few weeks ago I got an email from a representative of the National Institute of Health, to review a cookbook. Its called deliciously healthy family meals, it contains 40 kid-tested healthy, delicious, and quick recipes, along with cooking tips and ways to get kids involved in the kitchen.
I have to say I really like the cookbook it has some really great kid friendly recipes that even the pickiest eater will enjoy. The best part about this cookbook is that its a great way to get your kids involved in the kitchen, and the easiest way to get them to eat is to let them be part of the process. Check out the website, you can even download a free PDF version of the cookbook as well as register on their site where you can save recipes and even take part in rating the recipes. I will be making a few of the recipes in the next few weeks and I will share the results with you when I prepare them.
Ask Chef Dennis
I recently had a suggestion to go over Guest Post Etiquette from one of my friends, she had been asked to do a guest post, worked hard on it, got it too the blogger requesting it, and then nothing happened.
She asked the blogger about it and it wasn’t like it even mattered to them.
Guest Post Etiquette 101
If you would like to do a guest post for someone, it never hurts to ask. But if you do ask, don’t be a stranger just looking for a way to promote your blog. How do you think an email sounds, when you get one from a complete stranger saying, “Hey I would like to do a guest post for you, I don’t know you, I’ve never left a comment or do I intend to ever leave one, but I think I have something you need”
I gotta tell you I get 3 or 4 a week, and not to be mean, some are a little nicer than that, but if this is the first time I’m meeting you, do you really think that’s the way to go about it? Really?
In my case I try to answer nicely telling them that my guest posts, all come from my readers, and that I like to get know them before asking them to do a guest post. I go on to say that I would love to have them become part of our community and that after a few months ( I can almost hear them push delete), we could probably work something out.
I have gotten a few positive responses, but for the most part I never hear from them again. That being said it never hurts to ask, but don’t ask a stranger, ask a friend.
Now the problem my friend had was with someone requesting a guest post. If your going to have guest posters, be responsible!! If you ask for a guest post, give your friend a day when it will be up, and make it happen. I can’t understand how someone could forget they asked you, or after you sent it too them forget that you sent it. Now I did lose a guest post once, well I didn’t lose it as much as left it at school on another computer….sigh….I was so embarrassed asking for it again. I also had someone ask me to do a guest post for them, I got it ready, emailed them and never heard from them. Then weeks later I got an email saying, oh yeah I’ve had lots of request from people to do them for me, so I decided not to do any, (now wait a minute you asked me), and the next sentence was but I would love to do one for you. Kind of makes you wonder….
Ok so here is the etiquette for guest posting:
1. Don’t randomly ask a someone you don’t know if you can guest post for them, build relationships first.
2. If you ask someone to do a guest post for you, be a responsible adult, post it on time and do it right!
3. If you do a guest post, don’t repost the entire post on your blog, it kind of defeats the purpose of doing a guest post. (Now I do understand if no one told you, you wouldn’t have known)
4. If its not something you want to do, by all means be honest and just let the person asking know, it’s better to be honest that to just throw something together
5. If you do a guest post have it be worthy of your own blog, don’t send out anything you wouldn’t post on your own blog.
I think that about sums it up, basically just be professional, and if you don’t know, just ask.
Kate from the Diethood also passed on this link to me, its called Adopt a Blogger it’s a site that connects new bloggers to experienced bloggers. We all remember how hard it was when we started, this
is definitely a share you knowledge moment! Just act responsibly and teach them well.
Well my friends thats actually all I’m going to leave you with today, I had so much more to tell you, but it will have to wait for another day. That’s the great thing about blogging, there is always another day.
I hope your week is going well, were freezing here in Philly, but spring is on the way! I keep telling myself that….sigh
Remember to take some time to stop and smell the roses……do one act of random kindness…..and hold the ones you love close, because you never know………and of course don’t forget!!