Did you know I’m a klutz?
Some synonyms would be clumsy, stumblebum, butterfingers, awkward, accident prone…
I don’t know why and it seems to come in waves, but really, I’ve been one all my life. In fact, I remember being called “Grace” on many occasions in my childhood and I don’t think it was because I was so angelic that I “graced” everyone with my presence.
I’m not sure if I blogged about it, but right after we moved into our house in New Hampshire I fell all the way down the flight of stairs from our bedroom and tore my right shoulder. Shoulder tears are not fun and take months to heal if they heal at all. Luckily, mine eventually did.
Then, a few months ago I was reaching over the gate that leads to our basement to set something on the stairs… Why do we have a gate? Because the cat box and cat food are in the basement and we have very “inquisitive” dogs. As you can probably already guess something went awry.
I guess I leaned on it just a little to much and it slipped right out of the door jam. I went with it and got my foot caught in the cat door at the bottom of the gate and fell all the way down the stairs.
Once my husband figured out I was OK and I only came away with just a few scrapes and bruises, he said, “You need to be more careful, you’re not getting any younger you know.” Then our son arrived for a visit a while later and Tony said, “Guess what mom did!” with such excitement I actually thought, what did I do? Then I heard, “She fell down the stairs!”
Two weeks ago I was cooking dinner and I guess I must have left a cupboard open, because next thing I knew, I turned around and smacked right into it with my forehead. I didn’t even swear. I’m so used to being a klutz, it doesn’t even elicit naughty words anymore. Just a lot of, “WHY? WHY? WHY’s!” That one left a mark that had to be covered with makeup every day.
A week and a half ago I was walking from the dining room down to our family room and I have no idea what happened but the stairs suddenly turned into a slide. Before I knew it, I was at the bottom and I fell so violently that the plastic padded glass water bottle I had in my hand broke. Four stairs. Not even a flight of stairs.
While I was falling, I reached out to grab something to stop myself like most people do I’m assuming, and tore the same shoulder again. This time my husband, lounging on the couch fully horizontal, didn’t even bother to get up. I just heard, “Are you OK?” Um….nooooooo. Later he did bring me ice packs for my shoulder and reminded me once again, “You know you’re not getting any younger, you don’t want to break a hip or something.”
A few days ago, I bent down to put some things into a recycling bag that was set where it doesn’t normally live in the kitchen. I had placed it there because it was almost full and needed to go out to the big bin in the garage. Sure enough, when I bent down, I smacked my forehead on the corner of the bar.
When my husband left for work this morning I deemed today, “Pajama and Chocolate Day”. I had breakfast and then I made myself a cup of hot chocolate.
100% Coconut milk, 2 squares of dark chocolate, about 1 teaspoon of raw honey, a couple pinches of cinnamon and a pinch of turmeric. I also added a little dollop of coconut whipped cream made with pure vanilla and coconut sugar.
So I guess it’s no surprise that I’m sore. Very sore. I think I feel like what really old people feel like. My shoulder still hurts, it’s making my neck tight and giving me a headache, and I’m almost positive I’m going to have a permanent bruise on my forehead. That calls for lounging around in one’s PJ’s and indulging in chocolaty things.
The cookie recipe makes 15 cookies, and as you can probably tell, there are not 15 cookies on this plate. There are 11 because I ate four, in one sitting.
Which is as it should be on a Pajama & Chocolate Day.
Chocolate Chai Macaroons
*Preheat oven to 325 degrees
2 Cups of Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
2/3 Cups of Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
2/3 Cups of Coconut Sugar
1 Tablespoon of Coconut Flour
1 Tablespoon of Sweet Potato Flour
1 Tablespoon of Chai Mix (see below)
2 Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder
1/4 teaspoon of Sea Salt
1 teaspoon of Pure Almond Extract
1/3 Cup of Dairy Free Chocolate Chips
Mix all ingredients well in one bowl. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and scoop out 15 heaping Tablespoons of the cookie dough. Bake for 16 minutes.
Chai Spice Mix
This spice mix can be used for all kinds of delicious things, you’ll have extra.
1 Small Jar
3 teaspoons of Ground Turmeric
4 teaspoons of Ground Cardamom
4 teaspoons of Ground Cloves
4 teaspoons of Ground Allspice
8 teaspoons of Ground Cinnamon
6 teaspoons of Ground Ginger
Measure all ingredients into a small bowl and whisk together until combined. Spoon into a storage jar.