Judging others has been a big topic lately on social media and all over the news if you are keeping up with anything that is going on in Cincinnati since the weekend. While I don’t plan on commenting or sharing my opinion on the situation I am referring to, sitting back and watching people judge, and in such malicious ways, has really gotten me thinking.
My grade school teachers used to always say, “Those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”
I used to always smirk and in my mind think, come on, what kind of IDIOT builds a glass house to live in! Sure, I knew the message, but as a ten year old, I was too cool to let that on.
If you spend just a few minutes on social media, you will surely come across some form of shaming, judging or finger pointing toward absolute strangers. With such anonymity, it is easy to sit behind a screen and throw harsh words toward those we will never meet. It is easy to form an opinion based on only 1/8 of the actual story, if even that.
And now let’s think about our youth that know nothing else but this sort of platform. Think of the way they are being programmed. Think of the things that they are seeing, hearing, reading and it’s all at their finger tips.
So here we all are, in our digital glass houses. Our stones that we throw are streaming right along to the world never even getting a chance to pass through the physical glass walls. And you know what? We can never take them back. They are permanent. Our words of judgment, impressed with our fingertips will never be erased.
So maybe, just maybe, we just shouldn’t throw stones at all.
Imagine the impact that would have…
Moving along with the cherry almond theme since last week I posted these Cherry Almond Oatmeal Pancakes! Clearly when I get on a kick, I roll with it.
I have a huge bag of chia seeds that every time I think I am putting a dent into, I swear it somehow refills itself. It’s the never ending bag from Costco. I am not complaining as it was quite a deal. I add a spoonful to my smoothies, oatmeal, on top of salads. So simple. But chia seeds are also great for a pudding like treat.
Fresh or frozen cherries will work for this recipe, I used frozen for this one and just thawed them a bit before making the pudding. The combination of cherries with almond extract is one of my favorites. Mmmmm. I love the combo in cookie form as well. But as for chia seed pudding, I will take it! You can make this recipe thicker by adding some more chia seeds, a tablespoon or so, or if you want it a bit thinner then maybe a tablespoon less. You will really want to blend thoroughly so that the pudding is super smooth. I think a drizzle of chocolate wouldn’t be so bad as a garnish for this as well!
- 2 c sweet cherries pitted (thawed if frozen)
- 1 c milk of choice
- 1/3 c chia seeds
- 1/4 c pure maple or honey
- 1-1 1/2 tsp almond extract
- Sliced almonds for garnish
- Dash of sea salt
Set aside 1/3 c cherries and slice in half.
Place all other ingredients into high powered blender and blend for about 1 minute or until very smooth.
Mixture should be a thick consistency, if not, add a T chia seeds and blend until smooth.
Transfer to bowl that can be sealed and chill for about 1 hour to set.
Serve with extra sliced cherries and sliced almonds for garnish.
This is best if eaten within 1-2 days of making.