Do We "Knead" Social Media?Written by Carol Rice
Not long ago I posted a photo on Instagram of some zucchinis that my sweet neighbor shared with me. Another friend of mine, that I know mostly through social media, sent me this in reply: "I'll send you my chocolate recipe!"
True to her word, Nicole sent me the recipe for some yummy chocolate zucchini bread. It's as wonderful as she promised – that is if you like your vegetables disguised in bread that tastes as good as Costco chocolate muffins.
(Don't worry, we have Nicole's permission to share the recipe with everyone....keep reading)
But before you get started on your own loaf (or two), take a minute to visit Nicole at Momentity. The power of social media extends beyond the fun of sharing photos and recipes. What she's doing over at her site is meaningful and offers support, community and inspiration for busy moms – all at the click of a button.
Whether or not we need social media in our lives is debatable. And on any given day you might hear me line up on one side or the other. But what I do need, are friends – and so far, social media has been a great place to find new ones, and stay in touch with old ones. So even if we can only share some yummy bread virtually, I'm glad for friends like Nicole.
How has social media impacted your friendships - old and new? Do you feel a need for it in your life?
Chocolate Zucchini Bread
First, get some zucchini. If you didn't grow your own, get some from your neighbor's abundant harvest, or you could always buy some at the store.
Wash it, but you don't need to worry about peeling the skin. Yay! Just scrape out the seeds in the center.
Then grate it (or get your cute son to do that for you while he tells you about his day)
Gather your ingredients (details in the recipe)
Mix according to the directions
Layer the batter and chocolate chips in your bread pan (that way they won't all end up in one place)
Bake, slice, pour some cold milk - Enjoy!
And since the recipe makes two loaves, maybe you can share a slice or two with a friend.
Download a copy of this recipe here.
I grew up in a home rich with family heritage. My mom loved genealogy and knew how to breathe life into dusty documents and color to faded black and white photos - my mom told me stories.
As a grown woman with five children of my own, I've tried to do the same. For years I did it through scrapbooking. But it didn't take long to realize that it wasn't my artistic skills my children really cared about. They never stopped on a page and said, "Mom, you matched that paper to my shirt - perfectly!" Nope. What they did say as they leaned across my lap, pointing at photos is, "Tell me the story!" "Tell me mom about the day I was born... Tell me mom about the day I cried when everyone sang me happy birthday... Tell me mom about my grandma and her garden..."
Don't worry if you haven't done it forever, just start today. The consistency and cumulative effect of one good question - just sharing one story a day, adds up.
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