Thursday, March 3, 2011
Save Room For Dessert
My grandmother Catherine loved eating sweets and always made room for dessert, even if that meant she would leave part of her healthy dinner on her plate. Like Grammy, my Dad too has a sweet tooth. Although he eats a well balanced diet, he looks forward to having a cookie or a piece of pie after his meal. I, too, have to have dessert most days. It’s hard for me to accept that the meal is over until I’ve had a little treat. This drives my husband crazy when we go out to eat in restaurants which is why my kids prefer to dine out with their Mom. What can I say? This habit of ours is genetic!
Homemade desserts are the best, although I would never refuse a couple of DoubleStuf oreos. But given the choice, there is nothing like a warm molasses cookie made from Mrs. Welch’s recipe or a tried-and-true Devil’s Food cupcake with a dollop of whipped cream and confectioner’s sugar! Enjoying baking as much as I do, my children have grown up having a regular supply of homemade sweets. Unless my schedule is very busy, I enjoy keeping the Tupperware container filled with cookies.
There’s something quite loving about baking your family dessert. My Mom continues to bake sweets for my Dad knowing he has to have his dessert after each meal. Whether he’s channeling “Catherine” or not, he’s learned what I consider to be an important life lesson that I too have adopted and have passed down to my own children, much to my husband’s chagrin. I can’t help myself. Blame my Dad. Blame Catherine. But whatever you do, remember “Life is short. Eat dessert”.