“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11).
If you’re like me, you’re calorie conscious during the holidays every year. People are kind, especially family and friends who gift “just a little” of their homemade pastries to round out your celebration.
Step on the scale after New Year’s and your shoes somehow gained five or ten pounds. A counter lined with goodies serenades you with “Come eat me now” to the tune of “Auld Lang Syne.” What’s a bulging person to do?
Family and friends know my favorites. My counter hosted cookies of all kinds: lemon bars, a three-tier red velvet cake, and a dozen chocolate covered strawberries (from my husband). I foresaw a weight disaster pending for my already chubby body and determined to avoid the extra calories without throwing all that good stuff away.
“What are we going to do with all these desserts?” I asked hubby, who can eat anything and maintain his weight.
“I don’t want any of it,” he said. “It’s too much, and all too sweet.”
“We can’t just pitch it,” I said. “I’ll have a party and give it away.”
“Fine with me.”
The Sunday following Christmas, I invited friends for dinner after church. We ate ham with all the trimmings. For dessert, I served the delicious treats received the last few days. They enjoyed them so much, as they left, I sent all the delectable desserts with them…except the strawberries.
Frustrated with all the fat stuff around the house to the point of hiding in a closet? Have a a dessert party, then send the rest of the goodies home with friends. Your hips will be glad you did.
Marsha Hubler, author of the best-selling Keystone Stables Series, has a master’s degree in education. She has 19 books and dozens of articles/short stories in print. The director of the Montrose Christian Writers Conference and a frequent speaker, she has a passion to help beginning writers. You can connect with her on the following sites: Writers’ Tips & Authors’ Blog, My Horse Facts’ Blog For My Fans, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter.