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Dads’ Ski Poem

Greetings team Daddy!  Hope things are adjusting well.  For some time now I have wanted to share a poem written by one of my best friends and old ski partner.  He sent this to me after a much needed coast to coast pal call.   I have been carrying his words in my wallet for weeks now.  Every time I read it I smile.  Perhaps some of you will encounter similar conditions.  Those were true times my friend filled with the honesty that only nature and outdoor friendship provide. I cannot wait to share winter sports with our daughter! So enjoy my Pals’ bad ass ski poem its Fun!  Booter!!

 Thanks for stopping by!  The D.A.      

I’m about to burst through a mogul of pow

Riding the wind screaming on a mountain high

Dropping a line of trees and turns

Steel edges slash and my left thigh burns

What is below becomes above

Light as a feather

As peaceful as dove

The power of my will

The precision of my intent

Through a forest of iron ice

I ride knowing how to be man

My head held above the clouds

Busting through barriers bum rushing the crowds

Cresting the light of saviors

One with the creators

Nothing else we find inside can define the power when we ride

M. Wright

Snowblind for Mac & Cheese

Being a skier this winter has been especially tough for me. Not getting to be on the top of the mountain 1 or 2 times a week has put me a bit out of sorts.  If nothing else I am a skier, so without that who am I?

It’s now Feb 26th and the closest thing to skiing I have done is bring my skis to be tuned, and watch Warren Miller movies.  Oh yeah, hold on there was last month on my 40th birthday. I was supposed to do a day trip with my Uncle and Nephew who had taken the day off work just to go.  Totally rained out!  No peak access, all lifts closed.  Super Fudge! 

This brings me to day present.  We were to be up at our home away from home Jay Peak VT.  As I have mentioned we are very lucky to have 2 wonderful friends that live up there.  We all had planned for us to go up there for this week.  This was to be our one ski week; my wife was given the all clear for her Dr.  I desperately needed some time in nature.   Unfortunately, we also needed a little help watching our daughter so we could ski together even if for only a day.  Those plans fell through by way of my mom getting some extra work she couldn’t pass up. I don’t blame her, in this economy you got to make hay when the sun shines. 

So last week I called our friends and cancelled.  It actually hurt my feeling a little bit to do so.  But the thought of lugging up all the baby stuff.  The travel crib, the rock and play, the dipper changing stuff, the boppy, the tummy time stuff.  O my god I can go on forever… then there was the fact that there was no snow in the woods.  On top of all that it would just be the 3 of us.  That would mean one parent at a time gets to go, and one stays back at the chalet.   Man it all sounds like so much work.  We easily talked ourselves out of going.  Besides there hadn’t been any real snow to speak of in weeks.  The very next day after canceling, I turned on Al Roker on the Today show.  “Are you kidding me” it’s going to dump 12-18 inches in northern VT. 

Trying not to obsess (I only checked their site twice yesterday), I got the call.  “Were snowed in up here”, Foot and a half and it’s all Fluff (powder).  That was at 7 last night.  I woke up this morning checked Jay’s site.

24” since yesterday and 47” in the last 48 hours.  “Someone please just punch me right in the face” Then I looked at the pics of the day.  Bad move- it looks awesome. 

So now in order to keep me from punching myself in the balls, or at least in the place they used to reside. I have resorted to lying to myself.  I can go up Tuesday…Yeah Tuesday I can ski. 

Until then here is a recipe that that always made me feel good as a young person and still does today.  It is my grandmothers’ Homemade Macaroni and cheese and is a classic.  Everyone likes this one especially young people!  Be sure to make a lot and refrigerate leftovers overnight.  The next day this recipe makes “Wicked Awesome” fried mac nuggets!!  So who am I without skiing?  I’m a husband and a Dad and that aint so bad.

Baked Macaroni and cheese ingredients: 

 1 eight oz. package elbow macaroni,

2 cups bechamel (white sauce) 

1.5 cups grated cheese 

Little bit breadcrumbs 

Half cup to a cup of shredded cheddar 

Bechamel sauce: 

2 tablespoons of butter, 2 tablespoons flour, 2 cups warm milk, pinch nutmeg salt and pepper to taste. 

Cook and drain macaroni, than pour half of the pasta in a buttered baking dish. Sprinkle with half the shredded cheddar and grated pecorino cheese, cover with remaining pasta and shredded cheddar. 

For béchamel, melt butter and whisk in flour, salt and pepper.  Add milk gradually and whisk smooth.  Bring to a boil constantly whisking for a min or so.  Sprinkle in nutmeg.  Pour over pasta, and put the rest of the grated cheese and bread crumbs over the top.  Bake for 30 min at 350.  Let cool and enjoy!!