If you think limiting your Valentine’s Day candy to a piece or two of healthier dark chocolate is hard, imagine if you lived in my family.
This week we have our anniversary, my oldest son’s birthday, and my fourth son’s birthday. Plus, it’s Valentine’s Day this week, which just happens to be my favorite holiday. I like it because it’s a simple, one-day event. A pretty card, a bit of dark chocolate, and you are done. Unlike Christmas, which takes a month of preparation and more cash than I dare to think about.
What I have a hard time with this week out of every year is the absolute over abundance of sweets. I can’t just tell the birthday boys, “Well, I’m trying to stay on track with my weight management right now – so no cake for you!” I might have a mini-rebellion on my hands if I tried that one.
So I make cakes for each boy this week.
My oldest son turned 15. You may remember him from my post “I Lost Him!” where I talked about losing as much as he currently weighs. He wanted a Lamborghini cake, because he really believes he will have one some day. I hope he’s right, because if he can afford that, I’m totally moving in with him when I get old.This cake was my first attempt at fondant, and it wasn’t as hard to make or work with as I would have thought.
My fourth son turned 7. He wanted a Star Wars Lego Cake, which I made on Saturday. I think it turned out pretty well, and he was thrilled.
With this much cake in the house, and Valentine’s Day on my doorstep, I found that I almost have to think of the cakes and excess candy as poison for my system. I take a taste at the birthday party table, and then leave it alone. Whenever I’m tempted to just slice a sliver off the cake, I remember that one sliver almost always adds up to two, and two seems to multiply to four.
I find that stopping at one works best for me. With the candy coming up, I told John I’d like a package of Ghiradelli dark chocolate squares that I can portion out and eat just one a day. That works well for me. He’s trying to lose weight and wants no candy. I’m going to do as he asks and hope he’s not disappointed.
If you have any tips for handling the candy, cakes, and treats floating around this week, I would love to add them to my arsenal! Diane