The way I used to beat the blues, on days like these, was to bake cookies. Those lovely smells wafting through the house took me back to my childhood and memories of Mama. Comfort food, for sure.
However, I don't need that sort of temptation around, as much as the granddaughters would have enjoyed the home-made cookies.
Cliff and I did our weekly shopping this morning, so that made use of part of the rainy day. The granddaughters got home from school an hour early, having gone with their classes to the circus. Cliff headed off to work, and I gave some attention to my filly, Libby; but it was pretty wet out, and I cut the session short. I hate it when I can't be outside.
My cousin Pauline, the one working on family geneology, was here with her husband Sunday, returning some old letters I'd loaned her. They always come bearing gifts from their Iowa farm: this time they brought three varieties of apples, and three dozen eggs.
Some of the apples, I forget the name of them, were huge and red, and Pauline said they were cooking apples. Since, as a result of our weight-control efforts, apple pie is a rare and mostly-forbidden thing here, I opted for applesauce. Those big apples made a quart and a half of sauce, at least. The granddaughters would have eaten it all the first day, but I saved plenty for Cliff, who likes applesauce on toast for breakfast. He finished off the last of it this morning.
My cousin also brought me a LOT of Golden Delicious apples, and I decided today to make more applesauce. I don't add sugar, just a little sweet-and-low if it's too tart. So it's very low-calorie.
Once that was simmering, I used some of the marked-down bananas I found at the grocery store and made banana bread, two loaves. I won't say it's diet food, but I only used the whites of the eggs and gave the yolks to Sadie; and I substituted whole wheat flour for half the flour. No cholesterol, no trans-fats, no hydrogenated anything. We'll just have to slice it thin and try not to eat too much. I'll probably freeze one loaf.
I satisfied my need to cook and bake, and there's not one cookie in the house to tempt me!