U.S. Airstrikes in Syria. What does this mean for the Syrian people?

merlin_136555428_7439ba87-4dca-4559-902b-cfab0f5b22af-master768In the article, As Dust Settles from U.S. Airstrikes, Syria Faces Same Questions, Ben Hubbard writes about the aftermath of Trumps decision to launch missile strikes against the Syrian government.

For several years, Syrian citizens have suffered in their battle for change in opposition to their President Bashar al-Assad. Because of recent chemical attacks on civilians in Syria, killing 70 and leaving 500 people with chemical symptoms, the United States, U.K., and France attacked chemical weapons sites on April 14, 2018 to prevent further attacks. The U.S. said three areas were targeted; research facilities, storage facilities and more remote areas that were suspected to hold the nerve agent sarin. Many believe this was a way for the United States to deter any further interactions with Syria as President Trump previously stated, “No amount of American blood or treasure can produce lasting peace and security on the Middle East”. The aftermath of these strikes has only left anti-government activists in Syria wondering what’s next; with Trump stating, “mission accomplished” and Mr. Assad moving forward, many civilians aren’t very hopeful of anything changing soon.

After learning about the chemical attack, this intrigued me to learn more about Trumps stance on the incidence as well as the on-going war in Syria. I learned the significance of the situation as there is some controversy about bombing another country without approval of congress, as several believe this is unconstitutional. Although not mainstream controversy in social media, I found this important as several individuals have noted that congress may not be intervening as much as they should.

With Syria I learned this has been a seven-year on-going civil war, with civilians suffering massively. Although a complicated situation, I do believe what Trump did was progressive in the fact that was his only choice. The only way Syria could be “fixed” would involve a settlement between Russia and the United States, something that would take a lot of diplomatic effort from the Trump administration. Because this would be a hard decision for any president I don’t see this happening anytime soon with our current president.



Want to make Crack Pie with just the ingredients found in your kitchen? Here’s the recipe.

Crack Pie, a pie that dates back to the days of the pilgrims; so simple but surprisingly delicious. Christina Tosi, the owner of the very successful Milk Bar in NYC, made this pie for thanksgiving on a whim with just the ingredients she had in the house. To her surprise, everyone in her family couldn’t get enough of this pie! Adding the pie to her menu, crack pie became a huge hit with customers. The sweet treat even made headlines when CNN news anchor Andersoon Cooper commented on Milk Bars success, stating there were often large lines in the morning, to which he mentioned he loved the sweet and addictive Crack Pie; getting it almost every morning before work.

After watching the episode on Christina Tosi in the documentary-series Chef’s Table, I couldn’t help but make this amazing pie. With such simple ingredients I couldn’t believe the results!

Here’s the Original Milk Bar Crack Pie recipe:

Oatmeal Cookie Crust

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 9 tablespoons (1 stick plus 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
  • 5 1/2 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon (generous) salt


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, cooled slightly
  • 6 1/2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar (for dusting)

RECIPE PREPARATION (https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/crack-pie)

Oat Cookie Crust

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 13x9x2-inch metal baking pan with parchment paper; coat with nonstick spray. Combine 6 tablespoons butter, 4 tablespoons brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons sugar in medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat mixture until light and fluffy, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl, about 2 minutes. Add egg; beat until pale and fluffy. Add oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and beat until well blended, about 1 minute. Turn oat mixture out onto prepared baking pan; press out evenly to edges of pan. Bake until light golden on top, 17 to 18 minutes. Transfer baking pan to rack and cool cookie completely.

  • Using hands, crumble oat cookie into large bowl; add 3 tablespoons butter and 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar. Rub in with fingertips until mixture is moist enough to stick together. Transfer cookie crust mixture to 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish. Using fingers, press mixture evenly onto bottom and up sides of pie dish. Place pie dish with crust on rimmed baking sheet.


  • Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Whisk both sugars, milk powder, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Add melted butter and whisk until blended. Add cream, then egg yolks and vanilla and whisk until well blended. Pour filling into crust. Bake pie 30 minutes (filling may begin to bubble). Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Continue to bake pie until filling is brown in spots and set around edges but center still moves slightly when pie dish is gently shaken, about 20 minutes longer. Cool pie 2 hours in pie dish on rack. Chill uncovered overnight.

  • DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover; keep chilled.

  • Sift powdered sugar lightly over top of pie. Cut pie into wedges and serve cold.


Please leave in the comments what you liked best about this recipe or if theres anything you’d tweak in this recipe?


Introduction: According to Coco

Hello fellow bloggers! I thought I’d introduce myself. My name is Collette, I’m 18 years old and just beginning my journey towards a career in writing. This fall I plan to major in journalism and go from there. I’m starting this blog to further my writing skills but really I’m primarily doing this to share ideas and enjoy writing! Because really whats a better way to express yourself but through writing.

With my blog, According to Coco, I plan to write about my experiences, my ideas and everything in-between.

Anyways, please give any feedback on my writing, as well as giving your opinion on my posts to start a discussion.  🙂