My wedding cakes are sold to the public so I have on surgical bonnet and apron whenever I'm in the bakery part of my home. That uniform puts me in the "no licking of fingers" mode as I was taught at my very first class. Also, I bake my cakes in pans that are exact in size, mix batters in amounts that fill those pans and have nothing left over. Decorating with icing after all of these years is like painting or sculpture. It's more of an art form than food work. Nobody is ever tempted to eat their clay or lick their paint brushes...
It's kind of like that for me.
As for the holiday treats... I love making them. I store them in containers out of sight (my indulgences appear to be triggered by seeing the treats), out of reach, if possible, and serve them to guests then send the rest home with them. I do sneak treats at this time of year... I admit it. A small slice of pumpkin pie without the crust, a bite of mashed potatoes, an almond crescent... ok, quite a few almond crescents!!!, some homemade fudge, a bite of caramel corn... Christmas only comes around once a year and I treat myself a bit for the day and then get right back on the horse! Life is too short to be Scrooge and live on gruel.
A little bit of joy that goes with sharing treats is my way of preventing a pity party after the holidays are over and going hog wild. I have acted virtuously in the past and skipped all the holiday yummies only to discover that I feel cheated and try to make up for it by cheating all January... A LOT! I have some neuropathy in my feet and it really kicks up if I eat too many carbs so I also look at those potatoes and
cookies as knives that will be stabbing my feet later. THAT picture helps me moderate my goodie grabbing. Hope this helps AL. It's not much but it's all I have.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross