Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Headache, Count the Ways: Word Counters


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Counting my words again. 

Today my fellow Word Counters and I are sharing our monthly group post. Each month one group member picks  a number between 12 and 50. All participating bloggers are then challenged to write something (or a few somethings, as the case may be) using that exact number of words. Today we all share what we came up with. 

 This month's number is 22. 
It was chosen by Me!

As I've been doing in these Word Counters posts, I've chosen a theme and am using my word count multiple times in keeping with the theme. This month I've chosen the theme Headache, Let Me Count the Ways. In my defense, you could say this theme was sort of chosen for me.


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~ I obviously looked perplexed, as Hubs asked what I was thinking about. I told him I needed a theme for this post.
~ "That's easy," he said, as if picking a topic for discussion in minimal words requires minimal thought. "Talk about how you feel."
~ "I don't think so," I answered, a bit perturbed. "I have a headache, do you think people want to read about that?"
~ "Why do you have a headache?" I'm not sure whether he's concerned now, or still suggesting topics for me to write about.
~ Then there's always my allergies. My nose is stuffy, my throat is sore, my eyes tend to weep whenever they so choose.

~ Or it could be sleep deprivation. Why our neighbor felt that mowing his lawn before normal people get up is beyond me.
~ And don't forget stress: frequent mass shootings (including where PurDude lives), continued political upheaval, voter suppression bills, our neighbors still refusing masks . . .
~ Can't ignore the fact that it could be all of the above. Like a perfect storm of headache inducing circumstances (aka life).
~ But surely you don't want to read about my headache, and why I have one, right? Sorry, I'll do better next month.

~ You know what my solution is for pretty much anything, of course. It's chocolate. May not help, damn well isn't gonna hurt:

Chocolate Pie Crust Palmiers, These chocolatey crunchy bite sized cookie treats come together with just 3 ingredients. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #chocolate
Chocolate Pie Crust Palmiers

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Chocolate Pie Crust Palmiers        

Printable Recipe

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1 (1/2 of a box) sheet, refrigerated pie crust
1/4 cup sanding sugar 
*Melt the chocolate chips. Set aside.
*Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Sprinkle the sugar onto the counter. Unroll the pie dough sheet and roll, on the sugar, into a rectangle, about 16 inches long and 10 inches wide.
*Gently spread the melted chocolate onto the pie dough, leaving about a 1 inch border along all the short sides.
*Take each of the shorter sides of your rectangle and roll them into the center, so you end up with 2 spirals, side by side.
*Slice the dough into 20 even pieces (a bread knife works best). Lay them, flat side down, onto the cookie sheet.
*Bake for about 22 minutes, the chocolate will bubble and the outer pie crust will brown.


  1. I feel your pain!
    Any reasonable person would sprout a headache, given these modern-day challenges! ;)
    And chocolate always helps...

    1. Chocolate and sleep, perfect excuse for a nap.

    2. And Husby is wondering if Nutella in the centre would work?

    3. I bet it would. I considering using it myself but my son was here and said he'd prefer the melted chocolate chips so that's how I did it.

  2. My Daughter in Law brought me a box of Ferraro last night. I am on a sugar high, but no headache. Stop watching the news, eat more chocolate.

    1. Sage advice, my friend.
      And what a sweet daughter in law you have!

  3. I feel your pain, or actually, my spouse does, as he has had sinus issues for years. I'm trying to imagine today's dessert. I'm with Diane, I think Nutella would be heavenly, at least from a taste standpoint. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

    1. My entire family is suffering with our allergies right now. I love that our house backs up to woods, but it's not fun during allergy season.

  4. I love my chocolate or your chocolate with out headache

  5. Dark chocolate, crispy crust, and crunchy sugar granules should be the solution for any problem. Hope your headache goes away soon.

    1. Thank you, all better now, but I have all the ingredients here at the house if that headache decides to come back.

  6. My stress, unfortunately, is in my back. As in, "oh, my bakin' yak!" (How Sweetie puts it.)

    Hope you are feeling better and allergy free soon.


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