Not everyone views an injury as an injury.
Growing up, I had the coolest aunt. Technically, she was my great aunt, but since it was far too complicated for us to say “Great Aunt Marie,” we just called her Grammarie instead.
It was Christmas break as kids, and we had a terrific blizzard that dumped a ton of snow. We had driven a few hours north to eat some fried chicken, visit the largest Christmas store possible, and see my aunt, who conveniently lived right there.
My aunt was famous in her teeny little town for teaching the neighbor kids how to cross country sky, along with her legendary toboggan collection.
Which is how my aunt and I ended up going sledding at the local school while my parents were out shopping. My aunt even ever so nicely let me sit in the very front of the toboggan so I could see best (and have the most excitement). She then hopped on the back and away we went!
We were racing down the hill (which turned out to be a bit icy, so my aunt’s running start and jump onto the toboggan might not have been totally necessary) when all of a sudden, I got the sinking feeling that we weren’t going to stop. There was, however, something that was going to stop us: a fence at the bottom of the hill.
I realized too late that protecting my head was a wise idea, and instead bounced face-first into the wire fence. However, I didn’t seem to be hurt, so we continued sledding for the rest of the afternoon.
It wasn’t until we got back that I realized that something had happened.
Mom: Oh gosh! What happened to you?
Aunt: We hit the fence. She’s fine.
Mother: But she has the impression of the fence ACROSS HER FOREHEAD!
Aunt: Ehh, she’s a kid. It’s just a battle wound. She’ll be fine.
I might have walked around for the next few days with a bruise on my forehead in the shape of wire fence diamonds.
My parents might also have required parental supervision the next time my aunt took us sledding.
Accident Free Spicy Hot Chocolate
Hard to mess this up
- 1 C nonfat powdered milk (this is normally 1 package in a box of this stuff)
- 6 packets Sweet’N Low sugar substitute
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (can increase if you’d like it hotter!)
- pinch salt
- 6 oz hot water (per cup of hot chocolate)
- In a jar, combine powdered milk, sugar substitute, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and salt.
- Cover jar and shake to combine.
- To make hot chocolate, add 1 1/2 tbs mix to 6 oz hot water (feel free to add more mix for a richer hot chocolate). Stir until combined and enjoy!
- If desired, serve in a mug with a spritz of whipped cream and a pinch of dry mix to make it look fancy.
- To make an adult version, use 5 oz water and 1 oz vanilla vodka.