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Kindness Nourishes Our Souls

Frosty Weed

Kindness is like snow: It beautifies everything it covers. – Unknown

Blanket of Snow

When my children were teenagers I felt badly waking them up for school during cold, dark mornings. So, to encourage them to actually open their eyes and sit up before I left their rooms, I would bring them a hot cup of cocoa. Without fail, each child sat up in bed and cupped a warm mug of kindness between their hands.

Sometimes I served their morning treat in special mugs from Grandma with their baby spoons to stir up the frothy goodness or scoop up a melty glob of marshmallow. (I probably loved the nostalgia more than they did.) The friendship teapot was a 40th birthday gift from my mom; my sisters also received one on their milestone birthdays.

Friendship and kindness go hand in hand.

Friendship Teapot

When my kids were very young, I began serving an afternoon snack to break up the long afternoons with some refreshment. (A bit of food kept everyone happier during that crucial hour of preparing supper before Daddy returned home from work.) I would brew a cup of tea for myself and maybe read aloud to the kids or take a moment alone for quiet respite from the day.

Serving up a warm piece of triple-berry cobbler to my family at the end of the day is another way I like to show a bit of kindness to them — letting them know that I was thinking of them and spent time preparing something special. Mmm! It’s so easy and so delicious. Let’s all pop a pan in the oven and serve up some kindness today. Share it with your family, a few friends, or treat yourself.

Spoonful of Delish

 

Go ahead, add that scoop of ice cream! You know you want it.

Add a Scoop

Here’s my mom’s secret family recipe. Enjoy!

Triple Berry Cobbler

Note that this is a very forgiving recipe — amounts are approximate.  You may also use different varieties of fruit (fresh or frozen). Simply adjust the amount of sugar to your own taste. {Note: You can use gluten-free flour and oats. Also, you can substitute Earth Balance buttery spread for the butter if you need a dairy-free dish.}

Stir together in a casserole dish or 9″ square pan:

  • 6 cups frozen triple berries (available in the grocery freezer section)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Minute tapioca

In a medium bowl combine the following ingredients and then crumble over the berry mixture.

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter

Bake at 350° F for 40–50 minutes, until the berries are bubbling and the top is browned.

Please let me know if you made a cobbler as a planned act of kindness.

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  1. This is such a good recipe! I need to make it again. I have some frozen peaches, so I might try it with them.

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