To Bake or Not to Bake – That is the Question!


As I was at the grocery store loading up my basket with the ingredients needed for the devilishly delicious treats I generally make only at holidays, my mind flashed to my two 12-year olds lying on couches at home watching movies and my 19-year old still fast asleep. Slowly I started thinking about the morsels of goodness I was about to embark on making: decorated sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, seven-layer magic bars, almond joys, and the traditional Irish coffee cake.

Then I thought about the extra 90 pounds of combined weight we are carrying. Even slower than my thought process, I started putting the ingredients for three of the recipes back on the shelf. Sadly, one of the recipes being nixed was my favorite. Feeling magnanimous in my decision to not make that particular goody, I also realized that none of the lazy slugs at home would even know! It did not matter whether or not I made 3 or 10 different recipes, none would probably help make them but would work double time to make sure they got their share of the bounty!

It is unrealistic to think that Christmas baking will go away from our household, but I cannot remember when it really became a pretty large focal point of the holiday. While I know college kids look forward to the comfort foods they do not get at school, it appears the rest of us have been taking too much comfort in food! Certainly balance can be struck somewhere?

To make matters worse, trying to figure out what to make for dinner, I noticed the package of five one-pound hamburger rolls we get at the store. Much to my horror, I realized I would need three more of those packages to represent the fat that I alone have tucked away on my body! Staring into the freezer, I pictured 20 one-pound rolls of hamburger attached to my body, and all I can say is yuck! But unfortunately, even though I may have a difficult time finding an outfit to wear for Christmas Dinner, the image of me overwhelmed with hamburger rolls will fall away when I sit down to enjoy that dinner or snack on a couple oatmeal raisin cookies with a cup of coffee. Of course, I can always reason that there is oatmeal in them (so they have to be good for me)!

So the real question went from "To bake or not to bake?" to "How little can I get away with not baking before everyone realizes what is going on?" But perhaps the real question should be, "what outdoor activities should I sign all of us up for……...after the holidays?!"

Ursula Neal

Ursula is a grief coach for mothers who have lost children helping them to move from crappy to happy again. She is also a personal growth strategist helping individuals reach their goals. She may be reached at 602-400-4423 or Facebook Google+

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