Holiday horror?

Just when you think you have your eating under control and things are going really well, a holiday has to pop up and throw everything out of whack. For one day at least.

Yesterday, my hubby and I drove to my sister’s house in Jasper, Minnesota. It was about a three-hour car ride, which wasn’t too bad. My day started great with my usual breakfast and my usual good intentions. It didn’t last too long, though. 

My sister asked me to bring dessert. Yes, me, the dessert queen. Not that I bake and made extraordinary goodies, but as I have said over and over again, I love sweets and desserts are right up my alley. To try and stay somewhat healthy, though, I decided on angel food cake, strawberries (no sugar added) and fat free Cool Whip. 

Because there was going to be about 25 people, I brought two angel food cakes, one huge bag of frozen strawberries and three small containers of Cool Whip. I thought I was the only one bringing dessert. 

Wrong. I was one of four people bringing dessert. My brother was also told to bring dessert and he brought a store-bought chocolate cake with that really good sugary frosting. Yep, one of my weaknesses. He’s an evil man. (Just kidding). Two of her in-laws brought desserts, too – cute (and delicious, I might add) frosted sugar cookies in either an egg shape or a bunny rabbit shape. Of course, I ate one. One with lots of frosting. 

The other desserts were apple crisp, which I stayed away from and Special K bars, which I surprised myself and stayed away from.

Oh, but did I mention that shared a piece of that chocolate cake with the oh-so-nummy sugary frosting with my niece. Did I mention it was a huge piece and I basically ate the frosting side because she doesn’t like frosting (wish I was that smart!). 

Oh, and I bet I forgot to mention that I also ate a piece of my dessert, the strawberry shortcake with maybe more Cool Whip than angel food cake. Good thing it was fat free, huh?

At least I skipped the green bean casserole (eww, that is one of my most disliked foods of all times – always has been, always will be!) and the creamy cole slaw. Not a real big cole slaw fan either.

Too bad I didn’t stay away from the mashed potatoes and gravy and ham and bread and veggies (wait, I guess those are good for me, right?) and dip (yes, I ate tons of dip!). Dip that I think was fat free, but didn’t really matter because I may have eaten half the container. True story. 

Good thing I didn’t eat supper. Bad thing that I decided at 9:30 last night that I needed two more pieces of angel food cake, two huge scoops of strawberries and half a container of Cool Whip! AARGH!!!

Let’s see, when is the next holiday?

Oh, by the way, here’s a photo of me on my sister’s horse yesterday. Ya, I am so not a cowgirl!

My sister, Karen; her horse, Lexie; and me!

I didn’t stay on too long…maybe five minutes. 

My mom, who is 76-years-old, also got on the horse…I was so proud of her. Here she is:

My mom!


Well, I made it through hosting my first family holiday…Easter! 

There were nine of us total, which is a pretty small crowd for my normally large family gatherings. The food was fantastic. I made a ham, of course! (See picture…it was just too pretty not to take a picture of it!) I also made riced potatoes, plain steamed green beans, roasted asparagus with balsamic vinegar and a little shredded parmesan cheese, roasted sweet potatoes, Jell-O and strawberry shortcake for dessert. Everything was pretty healthy, yet super delicious. I was so excited. And my family loved the meal. Or at least they said they did anyway! It’s neat to know that you can make a holiday meal and make it healthy. Now, they want me to host Thanksgiving! I said, "No thanks!" : – )


Not worried anymore

So Easter is this Sunday and I am actually excited and not worried anymore about what I am going to eat or how many calories I am going to consume!

Why? Because I am going to be hosting Easter for my family. Long story short, there is only going to be a small group so I offered to have my family come to my house. Actually, this is the first time I am hosting a holiday for my family and I am quite excited. I have a somewhat large family – there are seven siblings total – and of course, there’s mom and dad, too. When you add in spouses and kids, there gets to be quite a crew. Well, there is only going to be nine of us – total!

Because I am hosting the event, I get to choose the menu. I get to decide if the green beans are going to be slathered in soup and loaded with those fried onion ring things. I get to decide if the sweet potatoes are going to be smothered in butter, brown sugar and marshmallows. I get to decide if the potatoes are going to be drowning in butter and cheese. I get to decide if the fruit salad is good or bad. And I get to decide if we eat apple, pumpkin, cherry or banana cream pie for dessert.

I can bet you already know what I am deciding to do.

The green beans are simply going to be steamed. The sweet potatoes won’t have a lick of fat on them; they are going to be roasted in the oven with a dash of sea salt sprinkled on top. The potatoes are going to be boiled and then riced, just like my grandma used to make, fluffy as ever. (My mom is going to make gravy for those who want it!) The fruit salad will consist of sugar free Jell-O mixed with oh-so-good-for-you blackberries and maybe some raspberries tossed in, too. The dessert will be a lovely angel food cake with some strawberries and fat free Cool Whip added for good measure. And, of course, there will be a veggie tray filled with carrots, tomatoes, broccoli and cauliflower. Maybe even some green and red peppers thrown in for good measure.

Oh, and of course, there is going to be ham! Easter wouldn’t be Easter without a delicious ham. But it won’t be soaking in a butter and brown sugar glaze. If fact, the only glaze will be from the fresh pineapple slices beautifully browned on top.

I am so excited about making a beautiful, delicious, scrumptious dinner for my family. And my mom is excited, too. She has diabetes and now she can eat her favorite foods without wondering what her sugar levels are going to do. 

I hope my other families members enjoy the meal as much as I know I am going to. I’ll keep you posted!