Let me just start by saying that first I am an emotional eater, I know this and I am working on it. Secondly, my day prior to noon was great. We met some friends at the children's museum and had a lot of fun running around and exploring. Then we left the museum and it was all downhill.
It was supposed to rain today, but I still thought that it was a good time to go out and do things. Since it was my day off, I needed to get things done. And it really wasn't raining that hard when we got onto the subway. So I took Munchkie in her stroller onto the subway, and emerged only to find out that it was pouring out. We got to Munchkie's Daddy's school in the hopes to surprise him at the library his Spanish test was in. The police were covering the perimeter, requiring a school photo id to get onto school property due to whole Occupy(my city). As I turned away, tears welling in my eyes and searched for the best place to run to get out of the rain I could hear several people giving the policemen a difficult time saying "seriously man, it's a woman with a child and it's raining out!" We met Munchkie's Daddy for a quick cup of a coffee and lunch then headed into our mission of the day. A new stroller.
The last several weeks we have noticed a drastic decline in the state of our stroller. We bought our stroller on Craigslist for a significant discount just over a month ago. We loved it compared to our clearance umbrella stroller, but it's starting to wobble, shake, and we have to fight with it maneuver. Let me explain my day's travels so you can understand how important a highly functioning stroller is. Thankfully, Munchkie's Daddy drove us to the subway station this morning, cutting out a half mile walk and bus ride, so we got to the subway station doors without a problem and started our travels. We had to switch lines which meant that I carried Munchkie in her stroller down three flights of stairs- not one person stopped, not one person offered to assist me, I just heard grumbling behind me because I wasn't going fast enough (this was a common theme throughout my day). We got onto the other line, hopped off, climbed another flight of stairs (we being me carrying the stroller with the child in it) before realizing there was an elevator, then an escalator to get to the street. We should have walked half a mile to our meeting place bakery, but accidentally went down a wrong street and backed tracked almost the whole way, taking two more flights of stairs down onto the correct street level. Again, with the grumbling business men and women behind us trying to get a coffee and pack of cigarettes in on their morning breaks. Then after the museum walked back to the subway, off the subway, up an escalator, then a flight of stairs only to be turned away by police officers. Ran to lunch across brick sidewalks and then back to the subway station to catch a bus. Down two flights of stairs to a bus, off the bus and walked three blocks on brick sidewalks to a resale children's store. Couple more brick sidewalks back to the bus, riding it to the subway. Rode the subway to where we switch lines, heading up three flights of stairs there. Onto the last subway of the day until our bus ride home. Hopped the escalator to the bus, and then walked the half a mile home in the pouring rain. Needless to say, our stroller gets a work out on my days off. On my days of work, it's just a half mile walk to the bus, short bus ride, quarter of a mile to the babysitter's and then back again at the end of the day.
We were going to the children's resale shop to see a stroller that had been on Craigslist and hoping that there were other strollers available to look at. When we got there the stroller was dirty, big and had a fixed front wheel which isn't that convenient for maneuvering around a city. So all that traveling for nothing. I had to make the trip worthwhile so I got Munchkie a couple nice second hand items of clothing that I had been keeping my eye out for. After arriving to the store in the rain, we had to head home in the pouring rain. We went to the bus stop, where we almost got hit by a car crossing the street, I stepped in several puddles soaking both my socks and my pants (since in the morning sunlight I had forgotten to wear my rainboots that came in the mail yesterday). By the time we finally arrived home I was literally soaked to the bone and Munchkie was napless. Apparently today a new bus announcement started, something along the lines of "Courtesy Counts, before riding with a stroller or baby carriage think of those around you" and so in between each stop it played, and everyone on the bus looked to me and my stroller. Sweet. No wonder not one person offered to assist me as I lugged a child in a stroller up and down stairs, escalators and on and off buses. In fact, at one stop, I couldn't move to the front of the bus fast enough for my stop (I was trying to struggle against the wobbly wheels and not bump into people's outstretched feet and umbrellas in the aisles) so the bus driver just moved on to the next stop. Thanks dude.
Needless to say, I was in a HORRIBLE mood by the time we got home. Add to that four accidents in a two legged mammal's pants, a four legged mammal's accident on a rug, a broken glass and overtired toddler and I was ready to loose it by the time Munchkie's Daddy walked in the door. I needed something sweet and chocolate and I needed it NOW.
In comes Pinterest, my go to site for all things creative. I remembered that I had pinned a microwave cake recipe I had found. The wonderful thing about Pinterest is that there is no searching around for that recipe. I go to my Pinterest boards, click on the right one and there it is. Let me tell you, it hit the spot. Deliciousness to a poor weary mother's tongue. I sat watching Hulu shows in my pajamas enjoying a piece of Nutella heaven.
I took this 90 Second Nutella Cake and made it grain free. Obviously it is excellent the way she makes it as well and it is way healthier than any other microwave cake recipe I've seen.
Grain Free Nutella Microwave Cake
1 heaping tablespoon Nutella
1 heaping tablespoon coconut flour
1 teaspoon cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon truvia
Add the coconut flour to a microwave safe bowl or mug. Lightly spray the tablespoon with cooking spray and scoop out the Nutella. Add remaining ingredients and mix together thoroughly. Microwave 30 seconds to a minute. Check for doneness and then savor each bite as you think of better things.