Strawberry Sauce: 1 lb. organic strawberries, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water, juice from 1/2 a lemon. Heat to boil and then simmer for 20-30 minutes. (And with my gas range, don't turn your back on it.)
I drew the line at whipped cream from a can and whipped my own--almost to the point of it becoming butter. (Note to self: don't turn my back on my mixer either.)
Is this not pitiful?
I pictured this ironstone platter holding enough ice cream sandwiches, strawberries, caramel corn and whipped cream to serve to 4 people, but my trial run dissuaded me.
I thought I would achieve the effect in the magazine picture by just casually tossing the caramel corn on it, but I understand now why food stylists use tweezers, and have lots of talent.
Mine looks like I intentionally tried to make a smiley face of the caramel corn. Not.
Why am I posting this "recipe" that I will not repeat?
Some of my blog friends--and my family--know that I went from Christmas week until the end of April this year without eating desserts.
And I brought my A1c (for those of you who are familiar with this diabetes term) down from 7.1 to 6.5 in 4 months and lost 12 lbs., which made my doctor smile.
I've fallen off the wagon some these past few months and while my recent lab results showed my A1c was still the same, my triglycerides were a different story.
So back to no desserts and other dietary changes to work on that. But a lifetime of no more baking? Impossible, as I love baking! Can I do it for others and resist it myself? We'll see.
I'll let you know and more about the other steps I'm taking in future posts.
Speaking of steps, guess what I began this morning?
The first of 3 months of visits to a vein specialist to get rid of horrible varicose veins. And what is the doctor's prescription following all these procedures?
Steps, lots and lots of steps. Walking, it's called. So I'll close and get up to take more of those. And I'll try not to indulge in a pity party about giving up desserts.
Because my dear husband is lactose intolerant and he couldn't even eat a Skinny Cow (it tasted terrible anyway) or the whipped cream. Breyers lactose-free ice cream for him and berries with caramel corn on the top.
I know some of you are trying to avoid sugar too. How's it going for you?
When I did it for 4 months this past winter it took 6 weeks for the cravings to stop.
How about you? Or are you one of those who follows the rule of two bites only, and you keep to it? Or is a juicy peach your favorite dessert?
And yes, I know that many of you don't have a problem with this, either from genes and metabolism or lots of exercise and balanced eating.
And my other goal is not to hate you.