Winter will return after a few days of playing hide-and-go-seek.
We basked in four days of sunshine – did you know that here in Michigan we had not enjoyed four days in a row of sunshine since July 2019? Yep, it was a real travesty.
And, not only did we revel in the sun’s rays, but this past weekend, the temps shot to 50F (10C) which is certainly not your usual late February weather. Cars cruised by with windows down or sunroofs slid open, motorcyclists zoomed around and BBQs were christened for the 2020 grilling season. I walked ten miles over the weekend, hitting three parks and taking loads of photos.
It was all good, except now we have a Winter storm watch through Thursday with a projected sizable snowfall amount of 6-8 inches (if they are correct, that is).
What the heck happened? Maybe the Groundhog will not be so smart and smug after all!
No wonder Winter makes us want to hunker inside the house and eat heavy comfort foods like mac-n-cheese, bread pudding or fresh-baked cookies for the entire season. Winter weather causes us to lose all our sensibilities for goodness sake.
Of course, if we are not mindful of what we eat, we may just end up looking a little roly-poly, just sayin’.
One moment you are svelte and before you know it, you have a rotund, Buddha-like shape.
In a four-season state, it is easy to pack on a few pounds over the Winter months and though you may glance at those love handles in the mirror, you just put on a heavier sweater and tell yourself “I got lots of time before I need to wear shorts or a bathing suit.”
Of course the squirrels can get away with these extra fat rolls … people just smile and say they are cute and chonky … “chonky” is Twitterspeak for saying an animal is chunky looking.
Actually Dictionary.com does recognize this word. It sounds amusing and better than saying “fat” – in my opinion anyway.
This journey to Fat Tuesday began with Halloween – you had a nibble here or there, swiping mini candy bars from the bags of Halloween candy you stashed away. But you didn’t stash them far enough away – they were too handy and then after you downed a bar here or there, you helped yourself to a handful of candy corn or orange-and-brown M&Ms every time you passed the dish. Then there was that marathon 36-hour torrential rain and gusty wind event on Halloween night, no kids showed up, so you ended up with a ton of leftover candy – you didn’t want to let it get stale, right?
Soon it was the Thanksgiving table groaning with goodies and that festive event just transitioned into the holiday season. Well you had to be polite and sociable, right?
Oh, you said you’d atone for your non-stop eating sins on New Year’s Day … so how did that work out?
Did you eat all the bon bons in the heart-shaped box your significant other got you for Valentine’s Day?
Perhaps you indulged in a few pieces of fresh cherry pie for George Washington’s birthday this past weekend?
That translates to a lot of calories … and, as proud of myself as I was walking ten miles last weekend, I only walked off 1,000 calories (10,000 steps/5 miles burns just 500 calories).
That’s an OMG moment for sure!
In Michigan, paczkis will cause your diet to self-destruct.
Well, you can enjoy one final food fling today for Fat Tuesday. If you’re going to indulge in a food feast, having fat-laden jelly donuts known as paczki is the way to go.
Just inhaling the scent of those delightful jelly donuts packs on the pounds, no matter what the flavor.
There is something for everyone … glazed paczki with raspberry, custard, or even lemon filling.
But beware – you’re sure to end up with sticky fingers (or paws).
But, if you opt for the powdered sugar paczki like these …
… you’re sure to have a sprinkling of powdered sugar on your face (even on your forehead/fur).
While you might be scratching your head wondering how to spell or say the word “paczki” – well here’s a primer for you: if you’re only going to have one of these delicious donuts, you’ll ask for a “paczek” (pronounced “poon-check”) and more than one (if you dare), then that would be plural or “paczki” (pronounced “poonch-key”) and no “s” for more than one of these delectable donuts BTW. Though not easy to spell or pronounce, they are easy eating – just don’t look at the nutritional value (depending on whether jelly or custard, one donut can be 500 to 1,000 calories and anywhere from 24 to 48 grams of fat).
Whew! Good thing Fat Tuesday only comes once a year!
[Images from Twitter and Pinterest and some of my favorite Park pals … Parker over-indulged in heart cookies, so he was not around. 🙂 ]