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All you have to do to see that I’m not eating healthy is look in my garbage.

Oh, stop, wait. I think I know what you’re thinking. You think you’d find Ho-Ho packages, chip bags, tubs of cool whip and candy bar wrappers, right?

No. Just the opposite, actually.


I just heaved my garbage out to the dumpster and you know what’s in it?

It was packed clear up to the top with a head of cauliflower, a ton of grapes, carrots, celery, peppers, mushrooms, cottage cheese, yogurt, apples, nectarines, pears, a whole pineapple, yams, potatoes, sprouts and a cucumber.

Yuk. All spoiled. All wasted, and soft and puky. All gone bad because I’m not eating healthy.

HellOOO! When am I going to get it together? [Ever notice that most of the word HellOOO is h-e  double toothpicks? Hmmmm.]

I usually buy healthy food. I usually plan ahead [By ‘usually,’ I mean I did last year when I was doing what it takes to be healthy and at my goal weight. And also, by ‘usually,’ I mean I will in the near future when I get it together, again!]

OK, so right now I am eating a yam that isn’t soft and puky, but I have no desire for it; I have no appetite for it. It’s even smothered in 2% small curd cottage cheese, my favorite seasoning [Nature’s] and some Salad Supreme! I’ve always loved this combo. But lately . . .

All I can think about is the pumpkin cake that Mikelle seems to be making [lately] every single day of her life. Then she calls me and tells me all about how everyone loved it! She took some to the nursing home. Then she made some for the guys at Logan’s work. Yum, yum, yum. That’s all they could say about it. Then she made it for a family dinner. Then she made it again yesterday for all the company they had — about ten of Logan’s friends came over for a visit after a missionary farewell of a best friend’s little brother.

All right. I get it. It’s delish and I’m stuck with a poor version of it, yams!

So I called her today and asked if she had any left over. I asked if she would just freeze ONE piece for me and I’d eat it on Friday when I pick her up for Make it for Maggie Extravaganza Super Saturday Fantastico. Then I wouldn’t have to make the whole dang thing and eat it by myself.

She said she would.

Here’s the recipe of this [apparently] amazing cake:

Yum, Yum Yum Cake [You know that’s not the real name, right?]

1 yellow cake mix
1 – 15 oz pumpkin
a sm instant vanilla pudding
1 C water
2 eggs
1/4 t baking soda
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t clover
1/2 t ginger
chopped walnuts, optional

Put it all in a bowl and mix for four minutes. Pour into a prepared jelly roll pan and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

And then, of course, she slathers on cream cheese frosting.

OK, back to my yam.