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We’re All Cracked Pots

 

11 AAAAA crackedA waterbearer in India had two large pots, one hung on each end 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 walk from the stream to the mistress’s house.  The cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to her master’s house.

The perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream: “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.”

Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?”

“I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your mistress’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in her compassion she said, “As we return to the mistress’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on theA flowers side of the path, and this cheered it some.

But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?

“That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them.

“For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my mistress’s table. Without you being just the way you are, she would not have this beauty to grace her house.”

1111111 A cracked potMORAL: Each of us has our own unique flaws. We’re all cracked pots.

But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. We’ve just got to take each person for what they are, and look for the good in them.

Thank you to the cracked pots in my life. You have made life more interesting and beautiful.

And thank you for accepting and caring about this cracked pot.

Featured Recipe    Fraises Et Framboises

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That is just French for Strawberries and Raspberries. Why do French words, especially recipe names always look and sound so exquisite and elegant?

Today’s recipe makes a great dessert for some one special and/or when you want to impress some one. It is perfect for Father’s Day and will truly make dad feel like king for a day.

And best of al it is scrumptious and  easy.

This also a makes a sensational topping for ice cream, especially over chocolate! Oh My!!!!

And it is simply Scrumpdillyiciously decadent eaten straight from the bowl too!! ythumsup

I was in the grocery store the other day when I saw what I wait for each year – Ohio strawberries. Oh! Be still my heart. As soon as I saw them – smelled them is closer to the truth –  I knew what I was making for you today.

These strawberries are smaller than the hothouse berries we are used to seeing in grocery stores. That is, they are much smaller.

But small is not necessarily synonymous with best, or more delicious, or even better. Many of the smaller vegetables and fruits are much sweeter and have more taste. This is especially true for strawberries.

This is what you will need for 6-8 people:

1 -1 ½ quarts strawberries

½ cup sugar

1 – 10 ounce frozen raspberries

¼ cup Triple Sec (or Cointreau)

2 tablespoons powdered or confectioner’s sugar

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Mint leaves – optional

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Here is what you do:

Wash and hull the strawberries. Of course, I have to set up one of my famous assembly lines to do this.

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Sprinkle with the sugar and refrigerate for 2 hours.

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During this time thaw the raspberries.

Just before serving place the raspberries, powdered sugar, lemon juice, and Triple Sec in a blender and blend for about 1 minute, not much more.

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Divide the strawberries into your best dessert bowls  and spoon over some of the raspberry sauce.

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If using, garnish with a fresh mint leaf.

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Bon appétit!!!

Cost

½ cup sugar                                    $0.38

1 – 10 ounce frzn raspberries            $3.50

¼ cup Triple Sec                              $0.95

2 tbspns powdered sugar                  $0.10

1 teaspoon lemon juice                     $0.12

Mint leaves – optional                       $0.34

Cost = $11.28
For 6 per person = $1.88
For 8 per person = $1.41

Quote of the Day

In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.
Albert Einstein

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