Cracked Pot

Cracked pot

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream. I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.’ The old woman smiled, ‘Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?’
‘That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.’ For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.’

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

What are your cracks and flaws?


Hair balls

I’m sure you have heard that when you are pregnant, your gets gets nice and shiny, and long and full, from the hormones and the prenatal vitamins.  I have always had extremely thick hair growing up and so while I was looking forward to it getting shiny and long, I was dreading the “full”, especially since I was pregnant over the summer in Southern California.  I went a few times to my hair lady to fix me.  Sometimes it was so thick it dreaded itself underneath where I couldn’t reach.  Fast forward to this week.  I am now 3 months postpartum and was not told that one of the lovely after affects that most women start to experience around this time is the loss of that luscious hair.  I don’t mean a little bit hear and there; I mean CLUMPS  and large clumps and balls of hair. Everywhere.  Whenever I touch my hair it seems to be falling out.  To brush it, I’m constantly having to pull it out of the brush and pick up the remnants off of the floor.  The bottom of my shower was covered.  It is so gross.  No one told me about this, not that it would have changed my mind about having a baby.  Just wasn’t prepared for this. Has this happened to any of you? I was looking it up online to reassure myself I wasn’t the only one, and found out it lasts a few months before your hair is back to its normal.   Guess I’ll be making another visit to my hair stylist to try to fix it in the meantime.  Ladies, you are now forewarned (if you didn’t already know).  You’re welcome.


Brown Sugar Pork Chops

Right at the end of my pregnancy, I made an effort to get on Pinterest and find a bunch of freezer-to-crockpot recipes that I could prep then and freeze and then pull them out on days when I was too busy with the baby, or just didn’t feel like cooking.  This was one of those recipes I found from meetpenny.com

 

Brown Sugar Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 family pack pork chops (or pork loin chops)
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 6 slices hickory-smoked bacon

Instructions

  1. Pour oil in the crock pot and turn to coat the bottom. Place pork chops over oil.
  2. Mix together remaining ingredients, except for bacon, and pour over the pork chops.
  3. Top with bacon strips and cover with the lid. Cook 6 to 8 hours on low heat.

Both hubby and I loved this recipe and it was super easy to prepare ahead and then just throw in the crockpot.  It made the house smell good as well.  Try it and enjoy!


Thoughts on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and today I was thinking about it more than I have in the past.  When I was single, I really disliked this “holiday”.  Part of it was jealousy, wishing I was in a great relationship, being pampered with gifts and showered with affections.  The other part was how ridiculous the “holiday” is.  People put some much into the gifts, measuring their relationships on what they did and didn’t receive, or how the day was, and Hallmark and flower shops definitely take advantage by jacking up the prices on everything, and forget about trying to go out to eat, unless you enjoy waiting for hours (if you or your significant other forgot to make reservations weeks in advance).  The last couple of years, though, I have enjoyed this holiday.  Not necessarily for the day itself, though my hubby has made each one very special, but really for what it represents at its core, and that is love.  I don’t think that we should contain our displays of affection and love to just one recognized holiday.  I think that is why this holiday bugs me so much.  You should really take time throughout the year, month, week, and really each day, to show your partner how you feel about them.  It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, with lots of gifts and flowers and fru fru, though those are nice in moderation.  So why not try making Valentine’s Day several days this month.  What are some ways you can show your partner you love them?  What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?  Do you celebrate this holiday?


Heath Bar Pie

Today I made this super easy, no bake pie to bring to a dinner party. You can make it with any candy you want, I used Heath Bar for this one.

Ingredients:
12.5 oz heath bar, broken up in bits
8oz cream cheese, room temperature
12 oz cool whip
Graham cracker crust

Directions:
Break candy into little bits ( unless you cheat like I did and bought the bag of bits). Reserve 1/2 cup for the topping. Next mix together the cream cheese and cool whip in a bowl. Then mix in the rest of the candy. Pour into the graham cracker crust and then top with remaining candy. Let chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

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Looks sooooo good. Enjoy!


OOPS

Helloooooo friends, and welcome new followers.  I realized its been a good half a year or so since I’ve really blogged, other than my recipe post yesterday.  sooooo much has happened in that time period.  I had previously announced I was pregnant with my first baby.  I had some complications (not too serious) with that pregnancy that led to lots of doctor visits to occupy my time.  Then during the summer, we were also frantically looking for a new place to live to accommodate our growing family.  Then came our first anniversary and moving week.  Unpacking and trying to figure out where to put things came next.  Then came the baby showers, and yet more organizing and putting things away.  Then was my birthday, oodles more doctor appointments, and finally little man arrived on 11/4.  And lets not forget the holiday season and my family visiting for a few weeks from NY.  And there you have the last 7 months or so of my crazy life.  Life with a newborn is quite the adjustment.  No one can really prepare you for how it will be, other than to tell you that you will function on extremely little sleep, life won’t be the same again, but in the end it is all worth it.  Our little guy has had some complications, so we are still dealing with lots of doctors and figuring things out, and yes there is no sleep, the house is a mess, you lose track of the days, your lucky to get one or two things done during the day that are non-baby related, but one look at him and my heart melts.  I can’t promise that I will be blogging regularly but I will try to do a few posts per month.  Its one of my new years resolutions, that hopefully I will stick with.  I still welcome your feedback/ideas on what to blog about (click on the BLOG THIS tab at the top) and always love comments.     Here’s to a happy, healthy and blessed 2014!


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