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Priorities…

Priorities…

Today was a day to run, but another need was just more important.  About a month ago I promised my kids that I would not purchase cookies for them this year.  They would only eat homemade ones.  So to keep up with this promise, I baked.  On Labour Day weekend I baked about 25 dozen cookies.  Sure that seems like a lot, but I have 4 kids in my house and 3 of them are teenagers.  I also have a husband with a crazy fast metabolism who absolutely loves my homemade cookies.

On Sunday, we ran out of cookies.  Monday, I choose to run, Tuesday was too busy.  So today, I had a choice to make after my errands were done.  Run or bake.  One meant keeping a promise to myself, the other meant keeping a promise to my kids.

My afternoon looked like this:

Getting the job started. (Okay these are the last 6 to go in the oven, but the first I thought about photographing!)

The finished product. I grew up eating these, I've just tweaked the recipe a bit.

I really love baking!

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2011 in Family, General, Running

 

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I want to eat healthier…

For some reason I find eating healthy a difficult thing to do. Everyday I say I’m going to eat better but I don’t. My diet is not bad but it is not great.

Today we had a get together with my extended family. What was I supposed to bring? Caesar salad. Yuck! We do not eat that in our house anymore. We used to but just find it too heavy now. So I brought Caesar salad, but I also brought a green salad. My kids ate the green salad, I was proud of that decision. It is tough to stick with healthy eating when my whole family loves lots of processed crap. Hamburgers and hot dogs were on the menu also but since I’m gluten-free, I only ate the salad I brought.

I wasn’t supposed to bring a dessert but I brought a delicious chocolate cake made with quinoa. Of course chocolate cake is fantastic when served with strawberries and whipped cream. The other dessert was cherry cheesecake. Sounds okay, right? Then I realize it is my Mom’s old recipe that uses Dream Whip. I haven’t looked at a box of it yet, but how can processed into a powder be better than the real thing?

Family gatherings are almost becoming more than I can bear when it comes to eating. My kids are learning to have discerning tastes and are being looked at as odd in the eyes of their cousins. Thankfully, they would rather be healthy than popular with them.

I will just plod on and celebrate the small victory that my mother is really starting to see my side!

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2011 in General, Healthy Eating

 

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