The Great Cookie Power Grab

If you visit my parents’ house, or Memaw’s, or virtually any southern home, at least once during your visit you’ll be offered something to drink and eat. Coffee and cake, tea and cookies, wine and cheese, and so on. Not a full spread, mind you, but in less than five minutes, these people can put a little plate of something on the table.

At my house? On a good week, the most I can offer anyone is yogurt, fruit, nuts or cheese. And water to drink. (I do have alcoholic-type beverages as well, but offering someone a yogurt sundae and a bourbon just doesn’t sound right, you know?) My pantry has lentils and oatmeal, not cookies and crackers. Not exactly conducive to spur-of-the-moment snack prep, but then again, that’s kind of the point.

I don’t completely avoid cookies and such; I just buy them individually as I want them. Or I sample my wares the few times a year that I bake something. Or I get my fill during a splurgy vacation. That plan has worked fairly well over the past five or six years, even if it has caused a blush or two when I’m playing hostess.

For the longest time, I told myself I was choosing to keep the baked goods out of the house. And that was probably true for a while. I believed it to be true.

A few weeks ago, in a conversation with a friend, I used the word “can’t”, as in, “I can’t keep cookies and stuff in the house or I’ll eat them all.” I didn’t think about it until I was on the way home, and I wondered when “I choose” became “I can’t”. And I wondered which one was true and which one I actually believed.

I love a good mystery, don’t you?

cookie jar with cookiesSo, say hello to my new cookie jar! :)

I don’t claim to have all the answers, but one of the greatest lessons I learned through all the losing and maintaining is that I am in control of my actions. I might have to wiggle and squiggle some to figure out the how of a solution, but if I believe that it’s possible, I can work my way through almost anything. (It works the same way for me in reverse: if I believe something is Im-possible, I’ll give up on it.)

So we’ll see how this goes. Considering that I’ve had this box of eight cookies for almost two weeks and I’ve eaten two–count ’em, TWO–cookies from it, I think I might be on to something.

I’m thinking that when the jar is empty, I might even break out the cookie sheet and make a dozen healthy(ish) cookies from scratch! And then hope that this:

doesn’t turn into this:

We wouldn’t want that to happen to me, would we? Not for more than a day or three, anyway. A week, tops.

And if it does, I’ll choose to step back and re-think it. Or re-overthink it, more likely. :) In either case, the power is in my hands.

Meanwhile, if you’re in the area and would like to drop in, please do. Chances are good that I’ll even be able to offer you a cookie. It will be up to YOU whether or not to accept it. :)

19 thoughts on “The Great Cookie Power Grab

  1. Yogurt and bourbon sounds good to me! Seriously, though, that you still have six cookies left after two weeks means you’re doing some good thinking, my friend :)

  2. Well, I’m impressed. I love those particular cookies. I bought them one time at Christmas because there were five of us there, and I knew I would not eat more than one. My daughter made cookies a few days ago. I ate three cookies out of the 14 in three days and she kept them in her room. That always works best for me. Out of sight…out of mind. :)

  3. Love it!! If i choose to eat a cookie, I always would rather bake something on the healthier side:)

  4. I don’t believe this would work for me. For some reason, I just do better with none than one. But knowing you and having observed your ability to satisfy your need for something sweet with just one, I think it’s a great idea.

  5. Not having perused a cookie aisle for many years, I was not aware of these! Cookies are one thing I don’t keep around, Unless I bake a healthier recipe and freeze them. Frozen seems to be the key for me. Since I’m trying to lose weight right now, I think I’ll defer this experiment for a while. But I think you’re right. I think we have changed, and our choices have evolved.

    I know! For my 60th birthday (surely I’ll be done losing weight by then!) I’ll bake myself a batch of my old favorites, chocolate chip cookies!

  6. It’s funny, I have been thinking about bringing some mini PB cups into the house just to see if I can. I definitely have been feeling the urge to bake, though. It’s fall and all that.

  7. I don’t keep cookies or crackers around, because while I can ignore them for quite a while, when I *need* them, I still tend to go off the rails. So, no cookies. But that’s OK for me…I accept my inner Cookie Monster, lol!

  8. Did you think you could put cookies in the title & not have me jump for joy!!! :) Me & my cookie treats!!! I do keep my weekend cookies – some of my favs in the freezer so I do have in the house & we know how easy it is to defrost them! :) I have been fine! Eager to hear how this works for you & if not – send them my way! 😉

  9. Somewhere along the line I stopped being interested in sore made cookies and can have them in the house forever without eating them – which makes my hubby happy. (his – all his!)

    I also make big batches of chocolate chip cookie dough and put it in the freezer and bake up a few at a time for him because I don’t really like that kind of cookie. Last week I made oatmeal cookies with nuts and actually ate a couple of them and now have the dough in the freezer – so far I am not in the garage eating frozen cookie dough straight out of the container…I’ll keep you posted!

  10. After a weekend visiting my own family I can certainly say that sugar is in OVER abundance in their homes. It made me realize that when there is so much of it I do tend to over eat it, even when I stopped wanting it I had kicked in the craving. At home I am ok with dark chocolate, but baking ehhh it generally leads me to wanting lots of sugar. I think that it’s been for me a process of learning which foods I can enjoy and which lead me back down a slippery slope

    • I also have the see-want connection, but I don’t have any problem with *wanting* sugary foods. It’s the *having* that has proven problematic in the past. :) But one thing I’ve learned is that we develop new skills and abilities all the time, and I’m interested to see if my cookie management skills are new and improved. LOL

  11. What a fun post. I too love experimenting with my food management skills. I reintroduced cookies into the house a while ago. There’s a cookie jar on the counter that I keep filled with homemade or favorite store bought treats. Right now it’s got a combination of Walkers Shortbread and rosemary ginger biscotti my sister brought me from her farmer’s market. I’ve enjoyed a couple with tea, but haven’t gone overboard, which is kinda miraculous. I’m still amazed each time I open a container of ice cream to find it’s gone all crystalized!! Now, peanut butter pretzel nuggets, they are another story. Haven’t learned how to co-exist with them yet :-)

    • LOL On a recent road trip with friends, the driver friend bought a great big bag of pb pretzels and placed them on the console between us. I thought I would hyperventilate. Fortunately, this brand wasn’t especially tasty, so I stopped at two. Whew! Close call! :)

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