I’ll be under my desk with a snack

By Mir
October 9, 2012

I’m sure you never would’ve guessed this (ha ha), but the departure of my daughter coincided with the triumphant return of the Apron Of Coping—our code-phrase ’round here which loosely translates to “Mir is cooking and baking in a futile effort to avoid feeling those pesky and unpleasant feelings.” Some people are emotional eaters, some people are emotional chefs. I consider myself an excellent multi-tasker because I am BOTH. I bake goodies for the gluten-eaters in the house and then I make other sorts of comfort foods for me.

Today I’m making soup. That’s a little messy to eat while curled up under my desk, but I’ll do the best I can with it. Desperate times, desperate measures, etc.

Anyway. It of course reminds me that many of my memories are inextricably tied up with various delicious treats, so I’m over at Feel More Better reminiscing about goodies and memories. I tried really hard not to drip any ice cream on that post, too.


  1. My Kids Mom

    Emotional eater here- have had a tough fall keeping my fingers out of the pantry, fridge and freezer. If I could hold myself together and be strict with myself at the grocery then I’d be pretty safe unless I got to baking. Other than some banana bread and a couple coffee cakes I’ve done pretty well. Well, except for a chocolate croissant last week and the key lime pie that jumped into my cart Friday night…. Ok, now I’m remembering all the other things I accidentally stress-ate. But it could have been worse! At least I try to never go to the grocery hungry!

  2. Jennifer the Iowa Expat

    I so relate to the stress baking. And eating. Like to the tune of 15 pounds in the past year–oy!

  3. M&Co.

    One of my Children’s Counselor’s said she never gave her patients candy at the end of sessions because she didn’t want them to learn to associate food with good, or bad, feelings. Or something like that.

  4. Holly

    I’m a total stress-baker, too. I decided last night at 10 pm that making and testing a new pumpkin muffin would be a GREAT idea. This, too, shall pass, Mir.

  5. karen

    I am sooooooooo… an emotional eater. By the way, I found a totally awesome pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe and blogged about it… OMG food for the Gods. ….I used real flour and not gluten free for my family, but I bet it would be great with gluten free flour too… if you want it let me know. You might already have a pumpkin muffin recipe. :-)

  6. Melody

    I stress eat sweets…I’m in my second year of Nursing school, so I try to add in exercise to compensate. I’ve only gained 10 pounds since August! Ugh!! On the other hand, I’m getting good grades :-) Hurry up graduation!

  7. Korinthia Klein

    I always wanted to be one of those people who couldn’t eat when stressed because at least there would be a silver lining. But no, I’m an emotional baker/eater too.

  8. Mandy

    Somehow all the carbs in the apartment like to jump into my mouth at night. Add stress – like, all the time stress, and it’s bad.

    Our family motto: “We’re not fat, we’re fluffy!”

  9. EG

    I am with you! Wednesday was pumpkin chocolate chip bars. Yesterday I was just under the desk with no apron and thank God I had soup in the freezer. Today: chocolate cake and apple scones.

    It’s either this or become an alcoholic.

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