Absolutely. Luckily for us, the feast was at a family member's home! So we could take whatever leftovers we chose. I left all the desserts and sweet stuff.
We still have a portion (or more) of spiral-sliced ham.
And a couple portions of wonderfully rare rib roast (and two ribs!) that can be quick-roasted again in the toaster oven.
I caved in and brought home his mom's homemade potato salad, which he loves - and doesn't get here because we don't "do" potatoes. I left the potato casserole and the mac-n-cheese, which we also don't need.
I love cantaloupe, and she bought a big package of it for the fruit tray. I left the cut-up pieces, but brought the 4-5 wedges home. I cleaned out that fruit tray of its apple slices, too.
We got a small container of her homemade roast-beef gravy, which I don't make.
I left, under duress, the temptation of homemade bread and rolls, which wouldn't have lasted an instant if I'd brought it back here. I have no self control with that sort of thing.
His aunt makes big plates and tins of homemade cookies as Xmas presents, but since she knows DH is diabetic, and we're both supposed to be restricted-carb, she makes banana bread for us and his sister (who also is T2D). I didn't have the heart, this year or last, to inform her that we can no more have the banana bread than the cookies. I left them.
Other than that, I'm very happy to be back in my own kitchen, with my own preferred foods. I was craving gelatin, of all things! I've been noshing raw veggies and dip. And pickles! Our locally raised, truly pastured eggs are calling to me. I've got some of my homemade bone broth defrosting, and that sounds great for dinner, maybe with one of those roasted bones! mmmm
Leftovers can be challenging here. I can't eat large quantities, nor often. I can't get through leftovers quickly enough to feel "safe" about them, so if I don't freeze some, or can't get DH to polish them off, I end up having to toss them, which really breaks my heart. But I'm not going to eat them just to eat them. I'm not the compost bin!
I do love having all this "special" food to choose from now and then though. Mom's buffet! yum
...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
~attributed to Chief Seattle
We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
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