Umpty: when everything is slightly off, ruining your mood.
His little fingers grasped the zipper pull. Recess was only twenty minutes and he had already spent 3 of them fighting to secure his jacket. All the good swings were taken already. Finally, he got his jacket to zip out the chilly air and he went to join his friends, but they were deep in a game of Red Rover, which he couldn’t join, so he headed over to the monkey bars. Hanging by himself, the cold metal bit into his hands as he watched everyone else run around. This wasn’t fun. He dropped to the ground and headed over to the balance beam. Yesterday he was able to walk across it easily, but today he couldn’t even make it halfway, and almost twisted his ankle. “Jimmy! Let’s play tag!” At the sound of his name he perked up and was about to skip over but then the bell rang, signaling them to return to the classroom. Back inside, everyone hung their coats on the wall and took their seats at their desks. Only he stood there, struggling with his zipper, realizing that the teeth were not lined up properly. Small beads of sweat started to form on his nose as he heard the others getting out their books and pencils.
This was the worst day, ever.
In a bout of frustration, he released a “rrrrrrrrrgh” and ripped the zipper apart. His outburst, along with the sound of a metal fragment plinking onto the floor, made all eyes turn towards him. He stood there with a snarl on his face, his jacket held wide. The classroom erupted with laughter. “Jimmy’s the Hulk!” He started to laugh too, even roaring again, causing the classroom to laugh a few decibels louder. Miss Nala threatened to put his name on the board if he didn’t get to his desk quickly. He walked to his seat, a spring in his step. The umptiness was gone.
Eat Your Emotions: Umpty - Peanut Butter Pound CakePrint This
- 225g (2 sticks or 16 Tbsp) butter, room temp
- 90g (1/2 cup) sugar
- 135g (1/2 cup) light brown sugar
- 100g (1/3 cup) peanut butter, room temp
- 3 eggs, room temp
- 50g (3 Tbsp) milk, whole
- 200g (1 cup + 2 Tbsp) all purpose flour
- 3.5g (1 tsp) baking powder
- 1g (1/4 tsp) baking soda
- 1.5 g (1/4 tsp) salt
- 160g (1/2 cup) semi-sweet choc. chips
tips for success:
- this recipe can be baked in a large loaf pan, or as muffins
- butter and flour your mold
- preheat your oven to 350 F
- whisk together all the dry ingredients, except chocolate chips
- cream together the butter, sugars, and peanut butter. you want it to be smooth and airy
- add the eggs while mixing, one at a time
- add the milk. keep mixing until all is homogenous
- add the dry ingredients. fold in until well blended.
- fold in chocolate chips
- pour into mold. bake for 20 minutes. rotate pan. bake another 10 minutes. depending on your chosen mold, the times will vary. keep an eye out. the cake is done with the top springs back from your touch, and toothpick inserted comes out clean.