I thought about my plan of attack. Start with the vegetables. Thankfully, they were steamed without any butter on them, so I filled up my plate with veggies first. Alrighty, I thought, stove top stuffing...preservatives, butter, sodium...marvelous. A little bit of stuffing, it is my weakness. Next stop on the buffet was the turkey. Oooh, turkey. White meat, dark meat? The choices. I really have to send my appreciation to the cook as the turkey was beautifully moist and flavourful. On the flip side, that made the possibility of second helpings that much more alluring... So I grabbed me a few pieces of dark meat (check out here and here for more info on dark meat). It was amazing, and I sustained myself without going overboard! Hoorah!
Then somewhere in the back of my mind, an alarm went off. "Now just wait one second here, missy," it rang. "You're forgetting one very important part of this here meal." And what had I forgotton? Oh, yeah. Dessert. One little, unimposing, 7 letter word. Dessert. Pumpkin pie, a tuxedo cake (with REAL whipping cream) AND a caramel apple crumble. Just when I thought that I was out of the woods, fate decided that it was not yet finished tempting me. Add cookies and rolls to the mix and I could already feel myself bloating. Ooooooh, sugar and dough and butter, oh my! I compromised. Sure, I could have done this a bit better, but it's done now. I had the smallest bit of each that I could manage. Pumkin pie, tuxedo cake and the caramel thingy. Unfortunately, the caramel crumble was very dry, the tuxedo cake was very rich, but the pumpkin pie was great. In hindsight, I should have stuck with my instincts and gone with only the pumpkin pie, but we all learn.
Second dinner is coming up on Sunday and then again on Christmas day. How are you guys coping with the holidays? I really appreciated your comments to my last post and I'm glad that some of you may find it helpful!