Well it was bound to happen at somepoint. I had been doing so well with the whole “eating mindfully” thing and trying hard not to indulge in late night sweets at my job. Then, this past weekend, I went to Maine for my cousin’s graduation, and ended up going a wee bit crazy on the sweets! As you may remember my Mom’s family is pretty famous for their sweet tooth and they know how to do it when it comes to desserts! My aunt and uncle invited us all back to their house after the ceremony for dessert (lunch was provided by the school and was delicious!). In keeping with the Swedish tradition of serving 7 desserts, my aunt prepared all of my cousin’s favorites for us all to enjoy. I will admit it was very tough to walk into a room with a table full of beautiful homemade desserts and not go crazy. In hindsight I suppose I exercised some restraint and for that I am proud. However, far too much sugar was ingested which actually left me with a terrible “sugar hang-over” the next day. I considered not blogging this because it’s actually a little painful to look at the pictures after over-doing it so much. Although I realized that these desserts were just too beautiful not to share and it is always good to be honest with yourself. Perhaps being open about my behavior will help stop me from repeating this display in the future!
So without further ado, I bring you the seven deadly sins…
Homemade Blueberry Pop-Tarts
Mmmmhmmmm….they were as delicious as that sounds for any of you that are pop-tart fans from way back! I certainly am but never, ever eat them anymore because of all the awful ingredients (plus they don’t really get me going in the morning like a green monster does!). I had heard a lot about these and was dying to try them. They were lightly iced and topped with rainbow sprinkles to add a little pop of color.
These were just too good to resist and I *think* I ended up having 3! The inside was filled with blueberry jam (a very fruity jam I might add not very sugary tasting) and while I hear they are unbelievable out of the oven (just like the toaster!) they were delicious room temperature as well. It just may have been the sprinkles that threw me over the top, I have a serious love for sprinkles.
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
I actually had a hand in this one so I couldn’t NOT try it right? My aunt Jane and I made two of these cakes the night before and were both worried about the end result since we had to bring them to the event without sampling. I have to say it couldn’t have come out any better!
The cake base came out perfectly and had a subtle flavor of buttermilk, while the pineapples and cherries on top were carmelized with brown sugar and butter. I added a dollop of homemade whipped cream and enjoyed every bite of this slice (and another!) thoroughly!
Ghiradelli Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins
Now, these were from a box but you couldn’t tell at all! They were so moist and flavorful I sampled 2 over the afternoon. Not my typical pick but they were quite appealing being mini and so tasty!
Thankfully I had enough sense to realize that I could eat these any day and didn’t have one! I saved room for the homemade goodies. I did think it was a cute addition to the spread since the logo is a mountain and my cousin is taking a year off to hike the Appalachian Trail!
Ina Garten’s Lemon Loaf
I only had a half a slice of this even though I LOVE lemon flavored things. The icing was awesome and the loaf part super moist. If I hadn’t been so full from other goodies, I would have gladly eaten more!
While these were the least decadent of the spread, they are one of my favorite cookies and I had two! My aunt Laurie did an awesome job of making them soft and chewy, just how I like them.
Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizzas
I split one of these and loved the “light” texture of the sugar cookie paired with the creamy topping, it wasn’t overly sweet.
So if you were counting, I think we can all agree that there was quite a bit too much sugar taken in over the course of the afternoon. The good news is that I rebounded quite well and have been back on track ever since. The lesson learned? Moderation is key! Don’t over do it on anything (even delicious homemade desserts) or you will be sick and pay the price. Luckily I think it all balances out because for the past two days I have not even THOUGHT about sugar!
Just as one of my favorite Dave Matthews Band song says,
“sugar ain’t poison
but sugar will kill you
too much of a good thing
maybe not so sweet”