When I signed into Whole Living this morning, bleary-eyed from being awake since 3 a.m., the challenge was nothing but a row of "x"'s. I looked twice just to make sure it wasn't my eye sight. But no, there they were, rows of hugs (or is it kisses?). So I'm going to make up my own version of what I think the challenge is today.
Have your cake and eat it too-as we all scurry about preparing for tomorrow's feasting and excess, desserts figure prominently in those plans. Pecan pie, pumpkin pie, cherry cobbler, and coconut cake are just a few of the sweet selections I know will grace our dessert table tomorrow.
Particular foods are just as much a tradition as the meal itself, so I wouldn't want to eliminate them, but one must approach the dessert table with caution. If you are trying to stick to a diet, or just maintain healthy eating habits, this can be your downfall.
Getting the cooks to lighten desserts by using low fat options such as margarine instead of butter, or half-and-half instead of heavy cream will help those desserts not weigh so heavily upon your thighs later. However, I know from expereince that to some Queens of the Kitchen, this suggestion is tantamount to telling the children Santa Clause is a myth based on commercial enterprise! Heresy, I say, heresy!!
So, try them all! But only a sliver of each, and compliment the cooks profusely. The good feelings and happiness you foster will make everything taste better.
Happy Pre-Gobble Day, everyone!