Tuesday, November 3, 2009

'The Most Wonderful Time of the Year'

Autumn is my favorite season so I love October. For me, the end of October, Halloween, marks the beginning of 'the most wonderful time of the year.' It's also the time of year that flies by and the time of year filled with way too many goodies!

Halloween means leftover Halloween candy. Not that I am complaining - chocolate candy is always a welcome treat. Who am I to refuse a little candy bar (or two, or three, or four...)?!

Just a week after Halloween is my birthday. That means birthday cake, birthday dinners, and a birthday tea with my friend L (although usually we don't get around to the birthday tea until December!). This year, SP says I am getting a Bethel Bakery birthday cake and we are going out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants on my birthday - where, of course, we will indulge in wine, appetizers, entrees, and desserts. I'm really looking forward to that dinner! And the birthday cake and birthday tea - I love going out to afternoon tea.

A few weeks later is Thanksgiving. When I was growing up, it also meant birthdays for my grandpa and grandma, who were born on November 23 and November 25. Sometimes Thanksgiving was on one of their birthdays and that meant birthday cake and pumpkin pie on the same day! Sadly, this year, there are no grandpa/grandma birthdays as grandpa passed away this past July (grandma passed away 6 years ago). Thankfully, this year it looks like Thanksgiving will not involve a huge meal with multiple desserts - after all, if there's 4 desserts, one must sample all 4 so as not to offend any baker.

After Thanksgiving comes the busiest time: shopping for presents, putting up the Christmas tree and getting out all the Christmas decorations, Christmas parties, baking cookies -- last year, SP & I baked 10-12 different kinds of cookies and I think when we added up all the dozens we came up with 60-some dozen cookies we had baked!! There's also those nuts coated in sugar-cinnamon-nutmeg, ribbon candy, green & red M&Ms, chocolate snowmen, chocolate Santas, candy canes...

There's also some family birthdays (my niece and one of SP's brothers) plus friends and family visiting (more eating out and exchanging & enjoying of treats).

Then of course there's New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

I love all of that. I look forward to the special meals out, the special home made meals, bakery goodies, and homemade goodies. I look forward to baking and eating all those different kinds of Christmas cookies - SP & I have fun baking all those cookies (except for maybe those darn Ischel Tarts last year!).

The problem is that I have reached a point in my life where I don't burn off the calories as easily. I used to be able to eat cake for breakfast, 6 cookies for lunch, and ice cream for dessert, all in the same day, and never worry. That is no longer the case! I have to be more disciplined - and for someone who never had to worry about calories/her weight and who loves, loves, loves baked goodies, it's tough to finally have to think about what I eat and how much of it I eat. Sometimes, I am jealous of SP when his blood sugar goes low and he gets to eat another cupcake or cookie!! He has a fabulous, legit, medically necessary reason to eat that sweet treat!! For me, it'd just be gluttony!

We will try to eat responsibly during the week since there are lots of large meals and desserts/sweet treats in the next 2 months. The bad thing is that some of the meals we make are so tasty that I have a hard time with portion control! Last night was an example: we made roast lemon chicken, rice, and green beans. The chicken is so darn yummy! I don't eat any of the skin, but since the chicken is rubbed with lemon zest and roasted in lemon juice & chicken broth, it has a very delicious lemon taste and stays very moist. Mmmmm good. It's hard to stop picking at it!

Sorry, I again forgot to take photos other than one of it going into the oven to roast for 40-45 minutes at 475:

Let the 'Most Goodie & Food Filled Time of the Year' begin!

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