'Tis the season for parties, and putting on pounds. The other night, we drove down to Abe's residential school for a party put on by his house. About half of the parents came, including one family who drove up from New York City and another from Hartford. We felt positively close since we only had to drive 45 minutes!
The food for the main course was fair with nothing much that we could eat and still keep kosher-style but the desserts, oh the desserts. They are always my downfall.
Chocolate covered pretzels, strawberry mousse pie, another pie with coconut and yet another with chocolate! Apple crumble helped us think that we were staying on the healthy side, but of course, there was the egg nog, too!
And this is only the start! Chanukah means potatoes and oil and families all getting together to eat.
It's the holiday season now. We went to a Chanukah party and started eating all of the stuff fried in oil- the latkes, and also "sufganiyot"- which are essentially fried dough balls with a little bit of sugar on them. Many times they are made similar to jelly donuts, but when you eat them hot out of the oil.... yum, yum, yum. They don't need any filling.
At this party, the whole house filled up with the scent and smoke of the smoking oil. It took hours for my eyes to recover. But it will be longer til the oil gets off of my hips!
And then there's New Year's Eve and more to eat and to drink.
That's why so many New Year's resolutions are about losing weight! But on the serious side. I am worried that all of this will destroy (or set back) Abe's great work on losing weight (he lost 30 pounds in 6 months!) and getting his cholesterol and triglycerides under control. He had done so well that the doctor took him off of those meds- with a re-test of the blood work just after New Year's. Mom isn't the only one who needs to practice some self-control; but Abe didn't do badly at the party at his school. But worry is a mom's life.
Happy Holidays from my family to yours!