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Peeling Boiled Eggs & Boiled Eggs

July 24, 2012

Have you ever considered peeling boiled eggs as a metaphor for life? Sometimes you follow the rules & start peeling the boiled eggs, the shells come off easily, the eggs slip out of the shells. The next time, you follow the same rules & start peeling the eggs only to have the shells stick & the solid white now stays attached to the shells leaving pocked & marred white with yolk showing in lots of places. ARGH!

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What happened? Same rules. Same directions. Different results.

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Kind of like life. Going along, minding your own business, just trying to do what you are supposed to do every day. Everything goes well at work, at home, with friends & family. Ahh! Shells slipping off.

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Next thing you know, oops! The shell is stuck – too many urgent requests & demands, important things being pushed aside, groceries disappearing ahead of scheduled grocery shopping, bills to be paid but no time to sit down at the computer, flat tire, laundry needs washed, house guests, workplace issues, freezer stops freezing, can’t sleep, toilet needs repaired, dust bunnies growing since the vacuum hasn’t been run, mail stacking up, on & on & on…

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What does one do? You continue peeling the eggs. You can’t stop even if they are a mess. They cannot be eaten, stuffed or chopped into egg salad until the shells are off. No, it isn’t easy. No, they don’t look pretty. But when they are all shelled – that’s it! They’re finished!

Then the next time, the next day, the next week or year you begin again hoping they will slip out of the shells with ease.

Basic Boiled Eggs

One of the simplest things that so many are never taught how to do.


  • Large Eggs
  • Large Saucepan
  • Cold Water


  1. Place eggs in the bottom of saucepan.
  2. Cover the eggs with cold tap water.
  3. Bring water to boil over high heat.
  4. Reduce heat to simmer, cook 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat & allow to sit 5 minutes.
  6. Pour off hot water & continue to refill pan with cold water until the water stays cool.
  7. Peel the eggs & store in a covered glass bowl refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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