Disses & Kisses

I read all types of blogs from food to fitness, home decorating to photography.

I was reading Jasmine Star’s Photography blog and she did a Diss and Kiss of the Week post

Ok, I’ll jump on that train

This week’s DISSES go to…

1. Natural disasters!

The Earthquake that many in the Northeast U.S. felt earlier this week coupled with Hurricane Irene, this week has shown us the power and fury of Mother Nature.  I hope everyone is safe this weekend!

2. I was upset to realize a couple different websites have been taking my recipes and posting them as their own.

Taking my entire post, copying + pasting it, then hitting publish on their site.  Not changing a single thing, just publishing my content as if it’s their own.

My Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies is one recipe that they’ve reprinted in entirety

At least they have good taste because the cookies are pretty darn good if I do say so.

I think they are spam sites that really aren’t “true websites”.  There is no contact information so I can’t ask them to take things down.   The only thing I could really do is write a cease and desist letter and send it to their ISP.   As if I have time for that!   I just hope they get closed down soon, as many spam sites do.

Clearly they haven’t consulted with my Blogging 101 series of posts, including Thou Shall Not Steal.

If you’re a (new) blogger and you have questions about how to properly attribute a recipe or link back to another blogger’s recipe, or how to take your blog from free to self-hosted, or how much to decide to reveal about yourself and share with the world, to how to run and host giveaways to how to get free products from vendors, please consult this series:

Blogging 101
Blogging 102
Blogging 103
Blogging 104
Blogging 105

3. After I got done with a food photo shoot, and got the images up on my computer screen, I realized I hated all the photos I took and I had nothing really useable.

After I put away all my props, backdrops, the “set”, the dishes that had the perfectly plated food on them were washed and some of the prettiest parts of the food were eaten.

Blurry images, the colors of the dishes didn’t work with the food, the food itself didn’t even look that good, the lighting was off.

If it was just one or even two things, I would have just said, whatever and rolled with it.

But nothing was salvageable.

I have never actually re-shot food, but I did this week.  Ugh!  Time.Suck.Central. 

But, see the Kisses because it was worth it.

This week’s KISSES go to…

1. It was this dessert that I re-shot the photos for

It’s a dessert worthy of proper photos

Now that I finally have the images, I can edit them and post the recipe

And it’s such a divinely amazing sugar bomb of a recipe good recipe

2. I’ve made tons of progress behind the scenes on some photography projects and goals I’ve been working toward.  Maybe one day I will have that photography career.  Never say never.  Just keep working hard and having a vision.

In the past week I have been really busy on computer/website related projects for all of it and am proud of myself for accomplishing things.  By myself.  Not paying people to do my tech projects for me is both scary but liberating!

3. The self-assigned project, Photography Assignment: Pioneer Park was a major Kiss for me because it made me think.  It stretched me.  It made me grow.

Both as a photographer and as a human.

Thanks for your support on that one.

A little edgy posting cemetery pictures but I’m glad my words and feelings were conveyed in the way I hoped they would be.

From my last post, Meaning of Organic, I loved hearing your take on it all.  I think we all agree that many people confuse organic and healthy.  The two are not synonymous.  At all.

It was also interesting to learn who buys organic and when, what items you do or don’t buy organic, and your overall thoughts on it.  So many sides and factors to contemplate when it comes to Organic


1. What are your Disses of the Week?

2. What are your Kisses of the Week?

3. Best part of the weekend so far for you?

Saturday is evaporating for me!

I just drank some homemade coconut milk kefir that I “made” on my countertop and now…

…It’s time to go outside and enjoy the lovely weather and rock out a quick run

P.S. Last chance to enter the Sweet Treats Giveaway.   Winner announced Sunday.

Enjoy your weekend!

38 comments on “Disses & Kisses”

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  2. Felt the earthquake all the way up here in Ottawa. Figured if we felt it here, it must have been pretty strong in Washington DC.
    Irene’s weather blew through as well, but didn’t hit us as hard as it did the East Coast.

    Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies – made them and love them. My husband said they were too rich for him. Really? More for me! :)

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