Monday, July 2, 2012

Don’t pick on people, pick berries more productive

There are all sorts of people in the world. Good, bad and the ugly. An ugly and bad type loves to pick on others. Have you come across people like that? There was one stage in my life when I was working with a corporation where I was always being picked on. Why? All because I was not a graduate and they (the colleagues who were graduates) used this fact to doubt my qualifications. That was not true, but trust me, it is no fun being picked on. I was miserable. Fortunately, instead of feeling sorry for myself, I worked harder and did my job well and proved to them, (and more importantly, others) that I was worthy of the post. Eventually I earned everyone's respect.  Looking back I later realized that the reason for being picked on was due to fear and perhaps some jealousy as my work began to get praise from management and clients. It often is true that some people can only focus on their competitors by raising doubt and by criticizing instead of by focusing on their own performance.
People who pratice this are actually unable to compete, and are afraid of their own shortcomings. They lack confidence in themselves. 


I would advise that if someone is picking on you, tell them to go pick berries. Let them know that it is definitely more productive than picking on you. At least they can eat the the berries but they can't eat you. LOL!

The very first thing I did after I arrived California was to go pick berries.

I had to do this touristy photo thing. It accurately portrayed what I knew was to
come with fresh berries in hand.

In an ocean of green, searching for the little flavor packed ripe blueberries

Blueberries ripening on the vine

Luscious freshly picked raspberries

This is my idea of a truely wonderful "menage a troix"

When I saw all the beautiful red raspberries and strawberries and the dark blue, healthy looking blueberries, they made my heart sing. I made a berry pie from the berries I picked for our dessert that evening.


"Sawyer" looks on while I make the pie crust

When I got a nice compliment from my step son in law, it was worth all the effort.

The best reward is to see that everybody finished their piece of pie. 

If you care to have the recipe, here it is.

Berry Pie

Sorry for the inferior photo quality. This was taken in the evening with my handphone.

Ingredients:

Pie Filling:
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup sliced strawberries
2 tbs flour
½ brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg

Pie Crust (Click to get the recipe)


Method:
Put berries and brown sugar in a pan on medium heat to melt the sugar. Add in cinnamon, nutmeg, flour and mix well. Pour berries mixture into the pie crust. Preheat oven at 180 degrees C and bake pie for 30 minutes or till pie crust is brown. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

52 comments:

  1. Great job Veron. I love that first photo of you doing the touristy thing.. so cute la!

    I think most of the time ppl pick on others cos they're jealous. It's not nice as it's almost like bullying.

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    1. Thanks Yen. We have to make sure to instill the strength in our kids about not succumb to bullies or being picked on. When they are young we got to make them understand why people do such things so that they know it is not their shortcomings, in fact it is because they are better and that's why they are being picked on. I have friends who have kids that were being bullied in school and cause them so much heartache because the kids went into depression and withdrawn and had to go for counseling. Breaks my heart to hear that.

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  2. You must have a real great time picking berries at the berries farm! That berry pie looks so delicious........ because I loves berries. Slurp!!

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    1. Yes Mel, I enjoyed it very much because the weather there is cool even though it is sunny.

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  3. That is indeed a really lovely pie... What lovely berries they have there.

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    1. Thanks Arthur. How come you did not say it makes your drool? Aiyoh, so no kick wan?? hahahaha

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  4. Love your sentence "tell them to pick berries". I know how it felt to be picked on.. it was horrible. The bullies love to step on others, so they feel smart and on the top. I just focus on those who appreciate my work. I have never tried picking berries before, it must be very fun picking and cooking them.

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    1. Yes, the feeling is horrible and I hate it when I knew kids were being picked on in schools by the bullies. My son went through that stage in school. Fortunately, we always reminded him to not that let affect him and make him understand he must stand tall and recognise those are losers!!

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  5. OH... reading your first paragraph reminds me of when and why I was picked upon... that was the most terrible time I ever had in my many years of working.. and the reason was because I signed as a "replacement" for my poor colleague who couldn't take leave for one day! She was not allowed to go without replacement and I signed in for her and that made "this superior" mad and since then, she picked on me!! oh gosh.... didnt know doing a favour can result in such "torture" after that...
    Now it is much better because this superior is now asking me for favours like dropping her to the bust station when it rains... (oh, did i write bust?) forget it!! hahahaaa....

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    1. Claire, you are very kind, you still send that superior of your colleague to the bus station when it rains? He or she should be ashamed of his/her behavior! "Hoe sum yau hoe boh", I believe in that. I feel proud to be your friend.

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  6. yes, much more fun picking these berries :P what a quick and easy pie to enjoy.

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    1. Yes this is easy, just got to make sure the crust is right.

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  7. GOsh.. all the berries look so fresh and juicy!

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    1. Makes me happy to look at those berries.

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  8. Yah, being picked on is horrible. Nobody should ever suffer from that. That berry pie looks absolutely beautiful and delicious. Too bad fresh berries are so expensive here.

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    1. Phong Hong, they are, to make berry pie easily cost more than RM20.00 but then it is still cheaper than store bought and it is much tastier homemade.

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  9. aiyo.....so syok can get fresh berries there. Here all frozen ones. surely the pies taste even nicer with the fresh berries

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    1. Kathy, I found those frozen berries from Oklohoma that are avaliable here are pretty tasty. You can get them from Jaya Grocers, Empire Subang.

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  10. I have learned something interesting from you ..next time I know what to say to those who are trying to pick on me... "If you think you got nothing to do, go to pick berries, don't pick on me!!"haha!

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    1. hahaha Li Shuan, I am glad who ever picked on you will be dumb founded if you say that.

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    2. Quay Po, you know what....I got a chance to use it last night leh....hahaha... When my husband bla bla ...bla .. then I suddenly thought of this ...I said to him : got to pick berries" then he asked me why pick berries...haha.. I then told him the whole story. He laughed and stopped picking on me. Thank you Quay Po!! It works hahaha..

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    3. Oh dear, you said that to your hubby and you told him where it comes from? Did he ban you from visiting QPC?? hahaha

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  11. Well said , Quay Po ! ..... That fresh raspberries makes me sigh ?! Drool , too ! lol Of course , lest I'll forget about that pie , it looks scrumptious esp with that ice cream on top ! ;D

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    1. You are a good baker yourself, no need to drool, just bake it lah:D

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  12. The berry pie just made my mouth water. I miss picking berries! Used to do strawberries picking in Melbourne and then turn them into jam.

    I know that you don't do the awards thing but I have still nominated you for one!
    Check it out here: http://kellysiewcooks.com/2012/07/02/blog-awards-and-random-facts-about-myself/

    Have a great week!

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    1. I am sure you miss it. Hey thanks a million for thinking of me for the award. You too have a great week.

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  13. Well said, Lucy dear. People who pick on others are really very insecure about themselves, that's why they become bullies. I'd tell them to go pick their noses and go real deep to see if it's truly that hollow inside, Hah!
    I miss the different seasons and berry picking, fruit picking ... ah, those were the days.
    The pie looks delicious!

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    1. Only Ping of Ping's Pickings can think of asking people to pick their noses real deep to realise they have nothing inside. ROFL!!

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  14. Very inventive title.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  15. Love berries.. great story and post!

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    1. Thanks Janet:D Thanks for dropping by and leave your comment. Hope to visit with you often.

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  16. I wish I have chance to pick strawberries or raspberries~

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    1. Choi Yen, I am sure you will, you are so young and so much fun times ahead of you.

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  17. Great and tasty looking berries!

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  18. What fun! I think the picture came out fabulously.

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    1. Oh yes, I am happy with the pictures. Not professionally but good enough for me:D

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  19. Wow! Such a lovely post and photos! The pie looks absolutely delicious :-)

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    1. Thanks Rachana for dropping by. Hope to see you around.

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  20. Quay Poh what amazing berries and love your pictures!!;)

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    1. Gloria, so good to see you again. Thanks for your visit and your kind words as always.

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  21. What a wonderful experience harvesting your own berries and bringing them home. I love when you get to see the real connection from field to table.

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    1. Only someone who loves food like you will see that connection. Keeping yourself busy? Hope to see you again soon.

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  22. Hi quay Po,long time no see, long time no see!Aiyoh,you look so young by standing next to your step son!Berries,berries, I just love you so much!

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    1. Jessie, I am sorry I miss your comment. You are always so kind with your words. You love berries? I love you!

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  23. Those fresh raspberries look good....

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    1. I can't believe I miss so many comments. My apology.

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  24. Hi Veronica! Hope you're doing well. I have just been able to catch up on reading, and am enjoying your write ups. I have always wanted to pick berries. Must make it a to do list.. Then I get to make a ton of treats with them.. LOL or I might just be greedy and eat them all alone :P.. Have a good week.. xoxo

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    1. My dear, I can believe I did not get notification on so many comments or is it me again? LOL! Make sure you go pick berries the next time you are in the states. It was fun and eat them all after that. Why not?

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  25. what a great piece of advice...thanks for the wisdom&experience shared, your story made me smile, i would think about berries next time I get upset at work:-))

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    1. Hi Jana, you are most welcome. Hope to see you around often. I am sure we have plenty to share.

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