If I buy a whole cake, I will eat a whole cake. Maybe not in one sitting and maybe not in one day. But guaranteed I will eat too much cake for too many days in a row, just to be sure that one morsel doesn’t ‘go bad’.
It’s a problem for me; one that I’ve come to terms with, one I’ve had to accept and one I’ve learned to conquer.
I deal with this problem with sheer avoidance. I don’t buy cake. I don’t buy ice cream. I don’t buy cookies. At least, not very often… I mean, a girl’s gotta eat, right? If I don’t keep it in the house, I won’t eat it. Works every time… Except…
Every so often, I get a hankering for something sweet, really sweet; fruit, PB&J, cinnamon toast, or any of my usual go-to’s don’t do the job. This is a thirst for sweetness can’t be quenched by anything except far too much really bad food.
Since I don’t like buying that kind of food, I don’t keep it in the house. And I don’t want to break one of my rules, so I’m left to satisfy my needs by eating food that I already have. It’s a vicious cycle that has resulted in me making ramdon concoctions.
I have two favorites; they’re basically the same treat, just different variations. If I have plain yogurt in the house, I like to add a bit of sugar and vanilla and put fruit on top. If I have frozen berries in my freezer, I like to heat them up slightly to make the topping. If I don’t have any berries, I’ll take an apple, cut it up, saute it and make a caramel sauce. In a pinch, I’ve been known to eat this without of yogurt.
Then there’s caramel popcorn, which is what I do when I don’t have any apples.
Last night, out of sheer desperation, I whipped up a rice krispie square – melted marshmallows, vanilla and Fibre1 cereal. Because Fibre1 cereal was the closest thing to a treat in my cupboards. That and marshmallows, apparently.
Tonight, I got home, made dinner and ate it. Despite making a good meal, I felt the all too familiar sense that it wasn’t quite enough. I knew I was going to want more sweet things. I did a quick mental inventory and realized that I had used all the Fibre1 cereal. Dammit.
I had to think of something fast. I had to get something sweet. I racked my brain on figuring out the easiest way of getting candy on a night like this.
I trick or treated at George’s house. He got a kick out of it.
I got 3 cookies and 3 bite size chocolate bars.