Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies and Love

My brother asked me to bake him a batch of a very special cookie that I always made for Christmas. He is 1200 miles away and wants me to ship the cookies up to him. I very much want to do this for my brother as he never asks me to do anything for him. I love him and appreciate him and in my extended family food equals love. 

I had already made the decision not to make butter and sugar treats this year. I was comfortable with that decision. My daughter agreed that she would do the baking at her place and bring over what she would share with the rest of the family. It would be extremely hard not to want the cookies I would be making my brother My hands would be in the dough, the remnants would be on my fingers - perhaps said fingers would make their way to my mouth . . . 

I envisioned wearing a surgical mask to remind myself to keep my fingers out of the oral regions. I pictured the mask getting chocolate stains from how many times my fingers might reach out to my taste buds. Someone said to me "if you are worried about putting things in your mouth maybe you should not be making the cookies." 

WHAT? NOT MAKE THE COOKIES? ARE YOU MAD?? I MUST MAKE MY BROTHER THESE COOKIES! What if my brother feels I do not love him because I do not make the cookies? How can I not do this. . .  this was getting too complicated.

I try to keep things simple. I do not always succeed but I try. I thought a little while about how to make this simple and was inspired with this idea. My husband will make the cookies. Nothing for me to touch.  My hubby likes to cook and does not mind contributing his time and energy to my brother's wish for chocolate covered cherry cookies. When we ship the cookies I will include the recipe so my brother and his family can make them anytime they want. 

While I believe I could handle making the cookies without devouring half he batch it is simpler to not be put in that position. By not walking close to the edge I need not need worry about falling off the cliff. And that is how I am still keeping the pounds off this Christmas season. 

3 comments:

Your cousin Ann said...

inspiring, and soooo smart!

Rory Caitlyn said...

I totally could have made them... especially since I was planning on making the chocolate covered cherry cookies at home...

Vickie said...

I loved this post and really understood. Also want to add that rather than surgical mask, I always think of chewing gum. I don't actually chew gum. But always think of it as a means to catch oneself from bits and bites while cooking. (I don't do sugar and don't do artificial sugar very often so therefore no gum.)