Monday, August 29, 2011

The no good very bad fat day

I am home from Europe. And I am not happy to be here.

I'm being a grump today.

I woke up this morning, reached for my laptop from my desk, and I dropped it. I DROPPED IT. And the screen cracked. And since it will cost my first born+an arm+a leg+my sanity to replace it, this is just a little something I'll have to live with for now.

It looks like lightning struck my desktop.

People keep asking me, "how was Europe?" and this makes me almost burst into tears because I just want to run to the airport and hop on the next plane back and re-live my summer over and over again. It was magical. I learned more about myself than I thought I could. I met amazing friends. I saw the most beautiful places. For two gorgeous months, the continent was my playground. Museums, sights, rich history, delicious was all at my finger tips. I just lived. I didn't need to worry about exams or graduating or the lab or anything because it was all so far away.

 Pondering the meaning of life in a coffee shop in Prague.

Le sigh. All good things must come to an end. It was time to be responsible and come back home.

To make matters worse, I'm having a fat day. Well, more like a fat week. Along with the extraordinary photographs and memories I brought home from Europe came some vacation weight. My clothes aren't fitting quite right.

And all I want right now is something sweet.

Oh the tough moments. The hard decisions that really define us, build character, and all that nonsense. Should I run to the mini mart across the street for some ice cream? Should I go to sleep with my aching, unsatisfied sweet tooth? It's so blistering hot outside that I almost stopped breathing while taking out the trash. Ice Cream sounds good. Cool, refreshing ice cream.

Cool, refreshing, toomanycalories ice cream.

Luckily my best friend gave me a recipe for days like this--for those no-good-very-bad-fat-days when the Texas heat is really kicking your butt.

As I stirred the ingredients together, I already started feeling a just a little bit better. It's nice to have something sweet to look forward to, isn't it? And it's even better when that something sweet is only about 200 calories:)

Frrrrozen Lemonade Pie
1 can fat-free condensed milk
1 package of crystal light lemonade mix (not the individual packet, but the kind that makes a 2 quart pitcher-full)
1 container thawed cool whip
1 graham cracker crust

Mix the lemonade powder and condensed milk until the crystals have dissolved, then fold this into the cool whip.

When all the ingredients are incorporated, spread the mixture into the crust.

If you want a more pudding consistency, pop it into the fridge in the morning and it will be good to go by the end of the day. You can also freeze it for a few hours for a slightly harder texture. It all depends on how you like your pudding-pie! I happen to be in the mood for a frozen treat, so this bad boy is coming out of the freezer after dinner.


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