Chocolate Is A Girl’s Best Friend


A few days ago my daughter got out the little silver tea set my mother gave her. She lovingly polished every piece with the silver polish. Then she set out tea–or rather, Coke, of course. And she added spoonfuls of sugar to the Coke from the silver sugar dish because clearly there’s just NOT ENOUGH sugar in the Coke already, plus she wanted to use the sugar dish. She found every last Hershey’s Kiss we had in the house and munched them all down as the accompaniment to her Coke-tea, leaving a trail of wrappers in her wake. “Chocolate,” she told me, “is a girl’s best friend.” Now where did she learn that?:rolleyes:

Night before last, I heard BANG BANG BANG in the kitchen a little bit after dinner. Cabinet doors. Banging. One after another. I went in there and said, WHAT are you doing? My daughter said she was looking for junk food. Well, there’s not any. Nothing suitable for late-night snacking or dessert. Haven’t been to the store lately. We’re down to, gasp, healthy food, and she’d eaten the last of the chocolate in her big Coke-tea party. It was all very disappointing. In fact, when I told her, really, we DON’T have any, you can stop looking, she started crying. When you’re nine, a dearth of dessert is a huge blow. Too much to bear. I told her, “You should have eaten more vegetables at dinner if you’re that hungry.” She wailed in agony. She found a brownie mix in the pantry. “I’ll eat this!” I told her, no, it’s too late to bake. “I DON’T CARE IF IT’S BAKED!” (I mean, really, I think she was nearly foaming at the mouth.) No, I told her, you can’t eat the mix straight from the box!! More wailing.

It’s so bad around here that my fourteen-year-old took time out of his busy summer of eating sandwiches, watching TV, and acting like I don’t exist to speak to me: “You need to go to the store.”

My twelve-year-old was more direct: “WHEN are you going to the store?”

Don’t any of these people understand that the Romance Writers of America conference is next week and I’m on a diet???

Yesterday afternoon we did finally bake the triple chocolate hot fudge brownie mix that she had wanted to eat straight from the box. Look at her eyes. Aren’t they scary? Those are the eyes of the CHOCOLATE-DEPRIVED.

Man, those brownies looked so good last night. They smelled even better. I could TASTE THEM IN MY MIND. I resisted. Not one bite. AM I STRONG OR WHAT? And they are still there, staring at me, this morning……. Eeek!!!


  1. kacey says:

    it’s rather evil for anyone to bake brownies in your house when you’re on a diet!! AND expect you to grocery shop when you’re getting ready for Reno! What are they THINKING??? :fryingpan:

  2. Margery Scott says:

    Stay strong, Suzanne. The kids will be out of bed and those brownies will be gone soon! And you will look fabu in Reno!

  3. Anna says:

    Dear God, you have to break that addiction before it brings the entire fabric of society crashing down… I mean, imagine if the world cocoa harvest failed…..


  4. Toni Anderson says:

    You ARE strong:mrgreen:I couldn’t resist anything chocolate based πŸ˜€

  5. Mary says:

    You can’t eat brownie mix without baking it????????? Guess I missed that memo. I’ve done that a few times.:fryingpan:

  6. mary beth says:

    I think you’re daughter is related to me. πŸ™‚
    Resist the chocolate. You can do it.

  7. Estella Kissell says:

    Why resist chocolate? As you age you learn to resist is to binge—better to eat one or two pieces and satisfy the craving.:wall:

  8. Joely says:

    The monsters swam last night until 8:45. By the time we got everyone dried off, changed, etc. it was their bedtime. SOBS galore, because they didn’t get their snack! The oldest (6) was the worst, because she hadn’t gotten a piece of candy all DAY! She was going to STARVE! (Yes, she’s the drama queen of the family.)

    I’m so impressed you resisted the brownies!!!

  9. Melissa says:

    πŸ˜† Glad I’m not the only one. I’m out of M&M’s and I’m freaking out! :hissyfit:


  10. Kelly says:

    Yes, I get the chocolate cravings, Suzanne. Poor hubby gets booted to the store often. πŸ˜‰

  11. Leanna says:

    I just recently stayed 12 days at my mother’s house. She ALWAYS has a jar of Almond M&M’s on her counter. I moved it. And somehow, via a miracle I’m sure, managed not to eat ONE M&M for 12 days. Stay strong, Suzanne.

    But even if you slip up, don’t worry, you’ll be lifting lots of weights soon with all those awards! Congrats on being a Maggie finalist! I just read your blog about that this morning. Whohooooooooooooooooooooo and congrats!

  12. Melissa Marsh says:

    I LOVE the pic of your daughter with the “evil” eyes! That’s ME when I don’t have chocolate – and my hubby has learned to recognize the warning signs and runs to the store. :whip:

  13. Robyn says:

    I love it that your MOM gave your daughter the tea set-it will be something to cherish forever. Now that my MOM has passed away I love the rooster ornament she gave me especially much.
    Let’s not talk chocolate!! Whoever invented the word ‘resist’. Ugh!:sad:

  14. Jill says:

    I wouldn’t have been able to resist the brownies …

  15. Christyne says:

    LOL Suzanne…love those eyes!!

    I hear you about the no desserts before Reno…and we’ve had TWO of the Pepridge Farm Choc Layer Cake in the house over the last week (my and DD’s birthdays are six days apart)


    And yes, I caved…I ate the #@*&%)#* cake!

    See You Soon!
    Christyne :bananadance:

  16. Carol says:

    Congrats on resisting the brownies! :thumbsup: I love chocolate and I know I would have taken at least one small one!

  17. BJ Deese says:

    Good job on not eating the brownies! LMBO @ your daughter! πŸ™‚

  18. Cheyenne McCray says:

    You, too on the diet thing, eh? LOL. I just said to heck with it. I’m SO not in the mood to diet! Hope to meet you there!

  19. Tori says:

    Chocolate is GOOD for you! They said so on the news the other night! (Of course I’d heard that a few months ago, too.) Of course, that was dark chocolate, but that’s okay. I like dark chocolate.

    Okay. Now i’m hungy! :hissyfit:

  20. Anna B says:

    Those eyes are eeeeeeeevil. I pity the man who will spend the rest of his life in fear of the big girl version of that look.

  21. Marcy says:

    The Chocolate Rules

    1. If you have melted chocolate on your hands, you’re not eating fast enough.

    2. Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices and strawberries all qualify as fruit. Eat as many as you want.

    3. Eat a chocolate bar before each meal, and it will take the edge off your appetite.

    4. If you can’t figure out how to get chocolates into the house without the kids noticing, eat them in the parking lot.

    5. Put “Eat chocolate” at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you’ll get one thing done.


  22. ruby55 says:

    Boy, do I get a kick out of all this:rotfl:

    I can usually resist the first piece of chocolate but not the second, third, fourth, etc. Once I give in, it’s all over until the chocolate is gone.:no: My grandfather used to say, “You can’t stand on two legs, have another.” Must be sailors’ talk–for when you’ve drunk too much. :rolleyes:

    That’s a really nice tea-set. Is it an antique? I can see why your daughter would want to do the works.

    Hang tough for that diet. You can do it.

  23. Peggie says:

    LOL sometimes you just gotta have it!:evil:

  24. Mary says:

    Man, I had the same fit as your daughter the other night. Wednesday morning, I stocked up at the grocery store. I’m so impressed with your restraint!

  25. Crystal* says:

    You are one strong woman!!!!
    Keep it up. And have fun at Reno!!

  26. Danica says:

    The tea party sounds cute!

    I envy your ability to bake brownies. It’s been in the upper 90’s/100’s this week, and there is no way I’m getting the oven going. And I’m really craving brownies too… there’s this cheesecake swirl brownie mix that calls my name every time I open the cupboard.

  27. Suzanne says:

    No, the set is not antique. My mother bought it for her. I do have an antique set my mother gave me (a full-size set) and it is sadly unpolished….

    Oh, in case anyone wants to know, that is one of her brothers’ dirty socks she is using to polish the tea set, LOL!

    (Marcy, I like your chocolate rules!!)

  28. Steph T. says:

    OMG – she looks just like I think I look right now…send ME SOME BROWNIES PLEASE!! :wave::yes::yes:

  29. Amy K. says:

    Absolutely admirable on your part! πŸ™‚

  30. Mechele Armstrong says:

    Your restraint is admirable. LOL I wouldn’t have been able to resist.

    And love the sugar in the Coke LOL and the eyes.

  31. Danni says:

    Hate to comment late, and with the comment that I do have but….

    Anye chance she’s that much closer to ushering in the days of womanhood? B/c she sure seems to have mastered the hormonal woman routine. Ask scary as that moment is for every mother. :shocked: