Tuesday, May 03, 2011
The smell of freshly baked apple pie is an alarming smell all by itself - but then bring out the chocolate ice cream - Jiminy Cricket - how much will power should one have to have.
Friends invited us over for the first barbeque of Spring and a fire pit - hamburgers, beans, chips, cole slaw - the usual. No problem - I had a small burger (93% lean) with Swiss cheese and a bun, a few tablespoons of cole slaw - first time I have not weighed or measured out my portion - but by now - I have a pretty good sense. I avoided the beans, chips, and sodas and that was not hard.
After a few hours around the cozy fire - we decided to go inside and play cards - oh no! the pie lady had shown up early and boy her pies are legendary - all winter we snacked on pie when we visited - this woman bakes the best pie crust I have ever tasted and I mean ever! And I have tasted more than a few pies in my day.
Once the pie was in the oven to warm - it begins, the taunting of the tastebuds, the teasing of the palate - the smell of cinnamon and apples wafted through the air - if I was a cartoon character, I would have been floating through the air carried by the sweet fragrant smell that brings me back to my childhood my mother's and grandmother's kitchens - the comfort of loving hands that worked miracles.
So I sniffed the air, sighed contentedly, then sniffed some more - the buzzer brought me back to reality. I was fine to this point for I had not seen the pie - As our host cut into this marvelous circular treat - the air thickened with the scent of apples and cinnamon - then oh no - chocolate ice cream - thoughts of my dad flew through my head - he loved apple pie with chocolate ice cream - and because of him - all of us kids love it too - it became too much to bear -
With the idea of putting at least 1,000 calories on in a few mouthfuls, I decided to do one of the hardest things - walk away - and walk away I did. I excused myself, explained, and went outside for a 15 minute walk.
I was so proud of myself !! For in this case, DILIGENCE won out over INDULGENCE!
Hopefully, I will continue to be diligent in my choices, for only I can do that!