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Fiction: I dream of chocolate (and coconut)

You ever have one of those days when you wake up at 3 a.m.? I mean, like, wake up with your eyes wide and your engines rarin’ to go.

That was me today. I sprung out of bed at 3, took a shower and was at the bakery, with a pan of Bananas Foster Bread Pudding in the oven, by 4. No alarm, no caffeine. And to think that I didn’t go to bed until after the 11 o’clock news and even then it was an odd, beer-haze sleep! It’s just weird how those things happen.

Sadly, there wasn’t a new recipe swirling in my head – that’s usually what wakes me up.

I’ll never forget this one morning – I woke up in my bedroom at 3:42 (yes, I remember the time) and I had the recipe for Double Chocolate Chunk Coconut Cookie Cupcakes. Yeah, try saying that as you rub sleep still in your eyes.

I immediately went into the kitchen – I didn’t even bother changing out of my Vera Bradley PJ pants – and started sifting flour and creaming butter. When my dad woke up for work an hour so later, he was greeted by the overwhelming aroma of coconut and chocolate.

I’m sure my 2-pot-of-coffee-a-day dad would have never admitted it but I think that was the best part of waking up that morning. Sorry, Folgers. (The coffee did pair well with the cookie cupcakes we ate for breakfast.)

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell is the assistant features editor for The Journal Gazette. This blog is written as the main character of the newspaper's summer fiction series, "Queen of the City: A recipe for a mystery."