When I was a kid, I was jumping on the couch when I careened off the side and landed face first on the coffee table. Eleven stitches later, I was back home and never -- I repeat, never -- jumped on the couch again.
Today, my kids were laughing in their room.
Then, there was no laughter, only shouts of, "I TOLD YOU NOT TO DO THAT!" and wailing. I called the wailer into my room and she explained to me that she was rolling on her bed and hit her toe on her dresser. I asked her if she needed a cuddle.
"No," she told me, "I'm fine."
"Well, I need a cuddle," I said. She climbed up onto my bed and curled into me for a good cuddle. She put her legs over mine and I reached down to move her little piggy toes so I could bend my knees.
There shouldn't be warm, sticky, wetness on her piggies. Quick. Check hand. Blood.
Lots of blood.
Quick. Catch blood so it doesn't go all over bed! Look at floor. Bloody carpet. Call out to husband. Check toes. Deep puncture wound. Oh no, blood is now dripping down MY arms. Blood is coming too quick to catch.
Oh dear. I feel slightly dizzy. Oh good, there's Husband. With paper towels. Good.
Okay, let's see. Into the tub she goes. Wash, wash, wash.
"Needs emergency room."
"Maybe a stitch."
"Needs to be cleaned."
"Got the keys?"
"Yes, let's go."
Wrap kid's foot. Grab book. NEVER go to a waiting room without a book! Away we go. Wait. Have medical card? Yep. Okay. Wait. Phone? Yep. Okay. Away we go.
At the E.R., everyone moved quickly to assess the damage. By this time, the bleeding had subsided and was just an oozy spot. Gross, I know. Hardly FOOD blogging material. But above all, I'm a mom, and this was my day.
She didn't need a stitch, just a thorough cleaning and some jokes. When we were done, I looked at the clock and said to Husband, "Oh, good. I can still blog tonight." So here I am. :)
And just so we're off the blood before progressing, let me tell you that I am so looking forward to next month. I plan to tackle homemade versions of Oreo cookies, Fig Newtons, and Oatmeal Cream Pies, as well as play with sushi rice and seaweed and practice making shapes out of food.
Also, this week, I'm making some adorable flower basket cupcakes and gingerbread men. I can hardly wait. :)
Onto the syrup: This syrup is pretty basic. The only twist is that I use dark cocoa powder, making it richer and darker than, say, Hershey's. It's delicious and sinful and perfect on ice cream, in milk, or drizzled on bananas or strawberries.
Simple Dark Chocolate Syrup
- 1 cup dark/dutch process cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp sea salt (I really wouldn't leave this out)
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
How it's Done:
- Combine cocoa, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan. Add water. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir over medium heat for 2 full minutes.
- Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
- Pour into wide-mouth canning jar. Secure lid. Refrigerate.