Friday, October 12, 2012

Peanut butter cookies

The broken one is mine, because I would hate for anyone to have to eat a broken cookie.
I seldom make cookies these days.  If I made them, Cliff and I would eat them, so I don't.  But this morning I felt like making peanut butter cookies; the divine smell fills the house and makes me wax nostalgic:  When my children were living at home, there were almost always some kind of home-made cookies around.  Peanut butter cookies, sugar cookies, and oatmeal cookies were the most common varieties, because those recipes used ingredients that were always in my kitchen.  To this day, I hesitate to try a recipe if it's going to force me to buy something I don't ordinarily have on hand, although the holidays are an exception.  
I miss being able to eat a dozen cookies without gaining weight.  
When Cliff first had his heart surgery, and for at least two years afterward, I was very careful to cook the healthful kinds of meals that would, I hoped, grant him a longer life.  Somewhere along the line I let some wrong foods creep back in.  I don't know if I did wrong or right, but at least we get to eat the foods we love best sometimes.  We both gained weight once I relaxed the controls, which is not good.  On the plus side, I stopped getting mad every time I cooked a low-calorie meal at home, only to see Cliff eating all the cookies and cake and pie that anybody at work or elsewhere offered him.     
I still have some control over things.  I have a rule to never fix more than one unhealthy meal a day.  This morning I was really craving pancakes and those little link sausages that we don't usually have in the house (they were on sale for $1).  But knowing we were going to have a tenderloin sandwich for dinner, I shoved the sinful thoughts out of my mind and sliced a banana over our pathetic little bowl of Cheerios.  We'll have the pancakes and sausage on a day when we're having lentil stew or stir-fry or some other good-for-us thing for lunch.  
Better a little control than none at all, right?  
   

12 comments:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Oh man, those cookies look really good! I love peanut butter cookies and you can not buy any as good as the ones you make homemade. I've tried most any I could find in order to avoid making them, but they don't even come close. You do much better with your healthy meal plan than I do. That is something I need to work on...will I do it? Probably not. I love those linky sausages too!

Margaret said...

I try to balance out good and bad too, but have slipped into some bad habits. There are always treats at school or students selling candy bars for fundraisers. I have to help them out, don't I? I love the smell of cookies baking, although I'm not a fan of the peanut butter variety. My favorite is oatmeal!

krueth said...

Yum those cookies look good. I don't bake much either since I am pre-diabetic. When the kids are coming home for the weekend or the grandkids ask, then I will make a batch, but its usually chocolate chip they want. :-)

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

My mother-in-law always had a jar of peanut butter cookies on her kitchen counter. She'd make a batch about once a month. Work on them all day. And she'd make little zip lock baggies of them for all of her "kids". Thanks for the pleasant memory.

Rachel said...

How long have you had that cookie sheet? I swear you had it when I lived at home. If so, why don't any of my pans last that long?

Donna said...

Rachel, there are two cookie sheets in the picture: The one on top, I bought when I was still single. The shiny one on the bottom was given to me by Mother, shortly after I got married.

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Anita said...

I used to make peanut butter cookies when I was a little girl; still have the same Jr. Fannie Farmer recipe book, and now my girls will make them once or twice a year.

Your cookies look delicious; all that butter greasing up the newspaper - Yum!

Good strategy to allow yourselves one good something a day.

Here's to wishing you both good health. :) A peaceful state of mind has a lot to do with it.

Lori said...

It's good that you plan your meals ahead of time. That must help with sticking to your resolutions.