Not-So-Crazy with a Brown Belt

My daughters in their new belts.

In keeping with my theme of titling the post “Crazy with a [color] belt” every time I earn a new Tae Kwon Do rank, I’ll just amend this one slightly since it was my daughters, not me. I could say “Not Crazy with a Brown Belt,” but since they’re my children, some of the crazy is bound to have been passed on to them.

A new belt means a belt ceremony, which means: baking something special!

How many of you just cowered a little in fear or internally groaned “Oh no”?

Thank you for knowing me so well.

Since this happened just before Christmas, what better than gingerbread men? And what better still than NINJA gingerbread men? Perfect, right?

Here’s what the ninjabread men look like on the package:

Surely we can replicate this.

Check out the goofy stuff written on the sides:

This poor guy in a tie must have a desk job… and somehow lost an arm.
That first line: Pun very much intended. Ha!

So, how did we do?

In process. One guy lost his head. (It just broke off.) So we worked with that by having another guy kicking it off.
Another view.
More high flying ninjabread fun.
With the rest of the batter, one daughter made a belt and a throwing star.

Now you may be thinking, “Okay… those actually look pretty… good.” And you’re right.

“But where’s something akin to the Great Purple Churro Debacle of 2022?” you ask?

All I can say is, they didn’t taste that great. They didn’t taste BAD, per se, but kind of, eh. The leftovers were tossed. But still! They were fun for the girls and Little Joe, who added beads. The best part is, we have the cookie cutters forever now. Maybe we’ll make ninja sugar cookies next December. [My girls will have earned their black belts before then, but I won’t. 😦 ]

I wasn’t going to miss this belt ceremony, so Hubby helped/carried me up and down the stairs, where I had the pleasure of experiencing Sensei’s abuse once more.

Since 80% of the non-instructional things Sensei says to me are insults, I’m generally used to it, can laugh with him, and dish it out almost as much as I take it.

But this was different.

“Funny. I thought I’d be handing out four brown belts today,” he said.


“Don’t worry. When you get back, there’s a spot for you right here,” indicating the end of the line–the lowest position, whereas I used to occupy the top position.

Grrrr again.

What bothers me most about not being able to walk, has been not being able to do TKD with my girls. And I told Sensei that, so when he said the above, I wanted to backfist or knife-hand strike him.

But he was all the way on the other side of the room, so.


January 2nd fell on a class day, so there was some texting regarding whether or not we’d be having class that evening. I reminded him that we had decided pre-Christmas that we would. But then asked:

See? I can dish it out too.

But I also couldn’t let that egregious “ya’ll” go. His daughter, whose name I whited out below, went to college in Texas, briefly returned to help teach, and often said a newly adopted “y’all.” Therefore:

It took me a moment to get his joke, which was, admittedly, rather funny.

Later on, shortly before class, he alerted me of this:

Those of you who have cats, know I love cats. Just looking at that pic makes me say, “Oooosheeeboobooo” in my mind.

He did not, however, bring her. I had to use a lousy jacket on my lap to keep warm as I waited in the van. Super lame.

One of my daughters asked what the cat’s name was. Let’s see if you can guess. Here are some options:

A. Boots

B. Whiskers

C. Cheddar

D. Monkey

I promise not to send you a Betsy tattoo if you guess correctly. πŸ˜‰

What did you think of those cookies? Not bad, right? Probably because I basically had nothing to do with the making of them.

Would you want that kitty on your lap?

Would you backfist Sensei too?

Let me know below.


75 responses »

    • Like the cookie with a tie that’s one of the β€œnot all cookies are meant to be ninjas”? 😁 Betsy, you had me at that image 🀣🀣🀣 I fully expected brown churros, but those cookies, even if only to look at, stepped up tour game.

      As for your question about what to do, backfist-wise, I’ll rely on another Chuck-Norrisism and share that Chuck Norris doesn’t own a stove because revenge is a dish best served cold 😈

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  1. Cheddar is a good name but since Sensei strikes me as someone who would name a cat Monkey. I’m going to say Monkey – my final answer. Yes. the gingerbread folks looked great. Much better than the last trial. Backfist loading.

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  2. My answer: none of the above. That cat looks like a shedder to me, not one of those fluffy cheddar cats. The cookies look good, feel free to send some my way. πŸ˜‰

    all kitties are welcome in my home and on my lap.

    Did you hear about the ninjabread Sensei who broke his leg? They took him to the hospital to get it iced back together …

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  3. Of course the gingerbread cookies didn’t taste good. They’re made out of gingerbread. Definitely not my favorite! But I give you high marks for technicality.

    I give myself high Marks for edibles.

    (Don’t look at me like that. I’ve got competition now!)

    You know I’d love the cat in my lap, and by process of elimination, I am 100% certain its name is Monkey. Cheddar’s a tabby, Boots is too obvious, and Whiskers is a clichΓ©. (Not that I’m judging. I had a cat named Whiskers once, though in all fairness, my wife named her. MY cat was named Grizzly for the white patch on her chest.)

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    • Mark doesn’t like gingerbread. Good to know. Filing that away for… no apparent reason.

      High Marks for edibles. Wow. It’s like this Mark is high from edibles right now. πŸ˜›

      I won’t say more, but you’re very shrewd, Mark.


  4. The gingerbread men looked like a lot of fun (even if they on tasted kind of meh). Congrats to your daughters on their belts.

    And I’m going to guess the cat’s name is Monkey.
    I love any snuggly kitty!

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  5. Okay, first of all, I’m not a Ninja expert (I can imagine your shock and surprise), but aren’t throwing stars made for responding to people who insult you when they are “all the way on the other side of the room”?

    Yes, to kitties on my lap! And, I’m going to guess Monkey, because I’m not a fan of cutesy names.

    Those cookies are great! I am very impressed that you found Ninja-shaped cookie cutters. You can probably find your own gingerbread recipe the next time you make them that will taste better then whatever the kit provided.

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    • Oooooh, Janis. You are so on to something. That would’ve been HI-larious if I’d chucked that puppy at Sensei. I mean, it would’ve only gotten halfway there (okay, probably not even) and made a mess on the floor, but so worth it nonetheless.

      Good call, too, on the DIY gingernbread recipe. Will keep that in mind. I think sugar cookies would work probably just as well with those cutters. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. But, mmm, nummy just thinking about it. πŸ˜›


  6. OH, implying he has no class! Burn!! And the straightened apostrophe….is a hyphen. Funny. Clever.
    I feel like I should know the name of the cat….Monkey? Or is it a trick question….and the cat’s name is actually Dragons Breath? Yup, Dragons Breath Skunktoppowich. That’s it, isn’t it?

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  7. I had totally forgotten, but I saw that ninja gingerbread kit at Meijer’s in late November and thought of you. We bought the gingerbread farmhouse kit for Middle Child, which she enjoyed making, but we did not eat any of it.

    Congrats to your daughters. That’s cool that they are all at the same level, as that’s usually not the case, unless they are triplets?

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    • When my parents would come out for Christmas, they’d always bring a gingerbread something to build. I’m pretty sure the farmhouse was one. And, yeah, it hardly gets eaten. I guess gingerbread is good for stability, not so much for edibility.

      We all started at the same time despite different ages, hence the same rank.


  8. My wife and I dealt with the cat-on-the-lap dilemma just last night. Does EVERYONE have a cat on their lap? Someone needs to invent a cat-shifter. I’ll go with “Monkey” since I know a little bit about the owner, even though I really wanted to say “Cheddar”. I pictured you having cheese and crackers while you were coming up with names.

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    • I really wish I could deal with that cat on the lap dilemma, only I don’t have a cat! And Sensei wouldn’t share!

      Cheese and crackers while coming up with names. That’s terrific. Stay tuned for the answer next post. πŸ™‚


  9. I love the Ninjabread cookies – they look great. And if they don’t taste great, too bad – Sensei deserves a little meh for that comment. I think Sensei’s cat is Monkey and I’m sorry he didn’t bring it to class. It could be the next Puss N Boots!

    So sorry you weren’t getting your belt – grr, indeed. I hope you are back to the top of the line soon!!

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    • Thanks, Wynne. πŸ™‚

      And other commenters are making me realize that gingerbread just isn’t that great in general, so that’s making me feel better. (Sensei only ate their heads. What a weirdo. πŸ˜‰ )


  10. Congratulations to your girls! Proud Mommy Moment! even if it were frustrating that you couldn’t stand with them. Healing & recovery will just take their own sweet time …

    The cookie box is hilarious! And you did justice to the decorating! Sorry they weren’t more delicious – but if you think of it as a craft kit, it doesn’t matter as much, right?


  11. The cookies look great! I am a terrible cookie maker so I just buy mine at the store. Sorry – but I do not like cats and my husband is allergic to them. Our youngest granddaughter would love a cat but knowing that would mean Papa could not visit she settled on a dog (grey hound). We joke that after Papa dies, she will go from the grave site to a pet store to get a cat. She promises she will name him Papa.


  12. I wonder if you have Nando’s where you are, because that’s the only company where I enjoy reading their menus, just for the witty copy. Well, this gingerbread man brand is now in contention! Awesome work baking them. They look amazing! Too bad they didn’t taste as good, eh?

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    • Maybe I’m just not overly fond of gingerbread. Nando’s sounds fun. I wish we had one here. My debut novel is in front of a publisher that sucked me in with their funny submission guidelines. They inspired me to respond in kind with my query letter. I guess it’s no wonder they requested my manuscript.

      And now I wait…

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  14. Cool Ninjabread cookies (or rather, cool cookie cutters!) I’ve got a molasses cookie recipe (looks like gingerbread, but tastes better) I can send you for next time. And I think Mark has the answer to cat name: Monkey. That pic reminded me of the days when Zoey used to sit on our laps during the winter, and yes, she would always get miffed when we had to get up for whatever reason. I’m counting the days until I get to cat-sit πŸ™‚

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