Hhhmmmm..... I love homemade jellies and preserves. And lucky me - I have a mother-in-law who picks fruit from her fruit trees and then spends hours peeling, grating, cooking and jarring the the yummy stuff. And it is delicious. I would say that it's worth all the work but I'm quite positive that I'll never be quite that domestic. So, I'm just really thankful that she finds it to be worth it and is willing to share :). That being said, I usually eat it pretty sparingly so that I can make it last awhile. It's always a sad day when I run out and realize that I'll have to go back to the store-bought stuff or beg for more.
Every time we meet with our small group, one of the couples prepares a dinner and the other couples bring sides/drinks/dessert. Last night the theme was "breakfast for dinner" and our friends John and Jessica made a delicious breakfast casserole, and J.C. and I volunteered to take biscuits and jelly. Hmm. Delimma. Shall I take my treasured homemade jellies or stick 'em with store-bought? They may not appreciate the homemade stuff as much as I do, right? And if they do, then they might eat it all. And that would be sad. So, being the only child that I am and thus having issues with sharing, I had decided to take store-bought. It was the good store-bought brand (not the Publix off-brand stuff), so that's not too selfish, right? Wrong.
As we were leaving, J.C. asked me if I had packed my beloved homemade jellies to take (which he loves, too). I ashamedly told him I had not... Then he gently reminded me that we should always share our best with friends and that we needed to make sure that we taught Eli this important lesson. Oh, I felt baaaddd. He's so right. If my MIL had the same attitude that I had last night, then we would never have gotten the jellies in the first place.
So, thank you, honey, for reminding me of this last night. And thank you, MIL, for generously sharing your delicious treats. They were a hit!