How Life Is Like Shepherd’s Pie

by Sherry Riter in Lessons of Life,Self-Development  

shepherds pie layer of potatoes with cheese

Life is different for everyone, but the key to understanding each other is also understanding their perception of life.

What Is Shepherd’s Pie?

Shepherd’s pie consists of common ingredients such as carrots, potatoes, peas, corn, green beans and hamburger. It is believed to have originated in Scotland and northern England in the 1700’s or beginning of the 1800’s. The peasant housewives were extremely frugal and used lamb because it was abundant in the area and the creation of Shepherd’s pie gave them another recipe to spice up the family meals.

shepherds pie different ingredients

How Is Life Like Shepherd’s Pie?

I don’t use the common ingredients when making Shepherd’s pie. I use all grain free ingredients like black beans, dark red kidney beans, northern beans, green beans, potatoes, cheese and hamburger in a tomato sauce. From the outside appearances, my Shepherd’s pie looks somewhat normal except for the small grated pieces of cheese in the potatoes.

If you never eat with me or see a serving of my Shepherd’s pie, you would believe that it is made with the same ingredients that everyone else uses. But when you cut into my Shepherd’s pie, it is different looking and therefore tastes different.

When we look at a person, most people basically look nice, honest, trustworthy, caring, responsible and fun. It is only when we get to know them that we discover their differences. Everyone is not the same and that keeps life interesting, however some differences in people make them undesirable to be around. Unfortunately, when you first start a friendship with someone, you never know how it will turn out.

It is hard to be open while knowing that your feelings can be totally hurt, especially if you have a big heart and open spirit like I do. What is the alternative? Never take a chance? Become bitter and cold? Become socially extinct? None of those choices really sound very good and definitely don’t give you room to grow or be loved.

Life and relationships can be fantastic, but neither offer guarantees and both are often messy.

Is eating Shepherd’s pie, living life and having relationships worth the mess?

shepherds pie rich tomato sauce

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Joan December 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm

You ask, “Is eating Shepherd’s pie, living life and having relationships worth the mess?” I say, “Of course, it is worth the mess. If you choose what mess you want to emerge yourself in wisely.” 🙂


2 Sherry Riter December 16, 2013 at 7:10 am

Hmmmm, “if you choose” is a BIG statement.


3 Joan December 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Now, I for example, never choose to indulge in eating Shepherd’s pie because it is way too fattening. 🙂


4 Sherry Riter December 16, 2013 at 7:11 am

In small portions it is not fattening if you are grain free all the time. 😛


5 Joan December 15, 2013 at 2:03 pm

But then again living life can be fattening too – and I have obviously chosen to live life even though at times it can be very messy. 🙂


6 Sherry Riter December 16, 2013 at 7:11 am

It most certainly can be messy.


7 Joan December 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm

And I know how fattening and messy relationships, especially bad marriages can get. 🙂


8 Sherry Riter December 16, 2013 at 7:11 am

Say it ain’t so! LOL


9 Joan December 15, 2013 at 2:06 pm

So what is the answer? 🙂


10 Sherry Riter December 16, 2013 at 7:11 am

– waiting patiently –


11 Joan December 15, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I guess the answer is to not worry about getting fat and to not worry about how messy a relationship gets, because you can always go on a diet and lose the weight and you can always choose to lose a bad relationship. 🙂


12 Sherry Riter December 16, 2013 at 7:12 am

Very true.


13 Joan December 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm

So maybe I’ll be daring and eat some Shepherd’s pie – without the meat, of course, because I don’t eat meat, but all those beans sounded wonderful! 🙂


14 Sherry Riter December 16, 2013 at 7:12 am

You took too long to get a piece to eat. It is all gone. Alyssa’s boyfriend ate the last piece yesterday. LOL


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