There are a few things that come out of hiding during the holiday season. These things I covet. I yearn to possess. I wait all year for these seasonal goodies and when their sweet little faces start appearing I begin to consume them. EVERY. DAY. They comfort me. They tell me everything is going to be alright. They swaddle me in their sweet and creamy-ness and when I'm with them the world is a better place.
Then, when Christmas is over, they leave me naked and alone....with love-handles.
These are the culprits ...
Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Peppermint Ice Cream. Amen.
Although my pumpkin lattes rarely resemble the picture above and when I say rarely I mean never. I think I prefer a 7-11 cup over the tree branch but that's just me. Yes I said 7-11 and not Starbucks or Peet's or some other more "hip" coffee establishment. I mean I would NEVER turn down a Pumpkin Spice Latte if I happen to be in one of these more "hip" coffee establishments but my tastes are rather rudimentary and 7-11 just happens to be right across the street from work. Also, I'm not "hip." It's just something I've come to accept.
So each morning starts with a Pumpkin Spice Latte and ends with a nice bowl of Peppermint Ice Cream. It's so creamy with a touch of mint and a small crunch of candy cane. My toes curl at the thought. What perplexes me is that I don't even like peppermint very much. Sure, I'll lick a candy cane until the sweetness gives way to hard-core mint and then I've had enough. Hard-core mint just isn't my thing. The beauty of this ice cream is that it's just like that first 3 sweet minutes of a candy cane or the first chew of peppermint gum. It goes no further. There is no hard-core but instead, a sweet creamy mix of mint and...well...cream. Hence the love handles.
I will continue to enjoy these tasty seasonal treats until they leave me about the time my christmas tree does. As the christmas tree will leave a big gaping hole in my living room, they will leave this same hole in my heart/stomache and then I will have to go back to the gym until we meet again next year.