Mother’s Day Indulgences

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I was a little worried about Mother’s Day. It arrived on Day Four of my 21 Day Transformation Challenge. Our family always celebrates any occasion with food. I marked it as an “off day” on my calendar, thinking that I would indulge on Mother’s Day and then go back to my challenge on Monday. But, as it turned out, I didn’t need an “off day.”

After my morning coffee, I had some cantaloupe to tide me over until lunch. My mom and dad were coming to my house at noon and Jason and I planned to make crepes.

Everything turned out FANTASTIC, and I didn’t have to “cheat.” (You can cheat on diets, you can’t cheat on a healthy lifestyle, right?) I indulged a little, but still stuck with my plan.

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The crepes were unbelievably delicious. This was our first time to try making crepes (what better guinea pig for a new recipe than your mother, right?) We had choices of fillings, and Jason custom made each one for us with our choice of ingredients. For the main course, the choices were scrambled eggs seasoned with herbs, roasted chicken thighs, apples, avocado, Gruyere cheese, and bacon. For a dessert course, we had a dark chocolate and cinnamon sauce, honey, and fresh raspberries. We also had chocolate covered strawberries (purchased at H.E.B.).

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Everything was so wonderful, and it was fun to gather in the kitchen, chatter, and wait expectantly while Jason created the next crepe.

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After my parents left, Jason and I had another one of our nice long walks through our neighborhood. I stopped and took some photos of the elementary school that Jason and I both attended, and then both of our girls attended almost thirty years later. Claudia’s kindergarten class was even in the same room as mine! This school will be torn down soon to make way for a newer, bigger school. I hope the new school will retain some architectural character and blend nicely with our neighborhood. I fear that it won’t. I have a lot of memories here, so I will be sad to see it go.

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Our lunch was so filling, and spanned the course of several hours, so we snacked on a simple platter of fresh fruit for dinner.

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So I learned that I don’t have to “cheat” even on special occasions. I still ate healthy foods prepared with love and shared them with the people I love the most in the world. I still got my daily dose of exercise, but also enjoyed a quiet day relaxing and visiting with my family.  It was a good day.

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