I find that giving yourself a bit of “me time” can help alleviate the jumble inside. By “me time” I mean, ten minutes alone where it’s just you and only you. Wherever you can find it, however you can squeeze it in, be it in the bathroom with the door closed, parked in your car at work, after you’ve dropped off the kids, or husband, or before you’ve done whatever errands you have, be alone for ten minutes. Decompress for ten minutes. Meditate for ten minutes. Cry for ten minutes. Whatever it is you have to do to give yourself time to de-jumble do it, no matter how silly it seems.
Now, this may sound strange to say that I find “me time” in a crowded cafe, but I do. I do my Me Me Me in Starbucks, with, yes, you guessed it, a coffee and usually a cookie — sometimes a cookie I bring from home, sometimes a cookie I buy. The point is, life can get pretty harried sometimes. The Holidays come attached with a bunch of “shoulds”; the holidays “should” be a time of joy, the holidays “should” be merry, the holidays… you get the point, Kids. Stop “shoulding” all over yourself. Cut yourself some slack. Take a little time because you deserve it. You deserve a cookie.
If you’re feeling all a-jumbled inside, have one of these cookies and a cup o’ joe. I don’t know why they’re called Jumbles. Accodring to my Betty Crocker Cooky Book, ‘Jumbles’ were a “Popular cooky of the Gay Nineties” as in the 1890s. Supposedly, every community had their own version of a Jumble, from Coconut Jumbles, to Wine Jumbles, to these ones below.
Cinnamon Jumbles p 139, Betty Crocker Cooky Book (1963)
- ½ cup shortening (half butter) 2 cups sifted flour
- 1 cup sugar ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 egg ½ tsp salt
- ¾ cup buttermilk ¼ cup sugar (for rolling in)
- 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp cinnamon*
Mix shortening/butter with 1 cup of sugar, and egg thoroughly. Stir in buttermilk and vanilla
Sift together flour, soda and salt. Blend with the other ingredients. Chill dough 1 hour.
Take one rounded teaspoon and roll in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon (¼ cup sugar and the 1 tsp cinnamon). Plan 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet.
Bake 8-10 minutes, or until set but not brown.
* You can use any spice you like to roll or sprinkle on the unbaked cookie; nutmeg, allspice, cloves and cardamom, all give a lovely Holday-ish taste.
Serve with a mellow, mild breakfast blend and chill, baby. Chill.