Wednesday, January 31, 2007
I am also very proud of the fact that I made it to the semifinal in Around the World Ping Pong and that I made it through the Lemon Squeeze cave with all my limbs intact, and that I found a really good hiding place for Sardines! Smiles!!
My favorite part of the Drifters weekend
My favorite part was exploring the ridge behind the house and finding icicles, caves and animal tracks. It felt like being 10 years old again and just going outside to wander for the afternoon. Plus being with really cool people who were all so happy was also a plus.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
On her third and final lap, Alice charged past the fourth place Middlebury team and tagged off in third place to Christina. Christina double poled out of the start like a warrior ant on the charge to lead the army toward an unsuspecting caterpillar. And it was a good thing she did, because standing at the top of the first steep uphill was the entire Dartmouth men's team, chanting her name the way a crowd roars at a gladiator for a kill. Flustered, Christina tripped and fell flat, the way the next-to-last Twister player falls after not being able to hold the twisted position for one second longer than their remaining competitor. But, quick as a bat, Christina sprang up and sprinted toward the stadium, finishing her final lap and tagging off to anchorwoman Fiona still in a 3rd place that was as solid as the pavement on a warm July afternoon. But Fiona wasn’t going to give up the width of a melting snowflake – she bolted out of the gate and sizzled down the tracks the way a wax iron does when it falls off the bench and into the snow. Faster than instant mashed potatoes she came ‘round the bend toward the finish line, still ahead of Middlebury and crossing the line in a third as solid as crazy glue 24 hours after it is applied.
Soon after, William’s second relay team consisting of Liz Kantack, Emily Olsen, and Katie Craig crossed the line to finish off a victory sweet as Bud’s birthday Baked Alaska.
The team was happy as clams that haven’t been harvested for consumption in an Olive Garden ‘Pasta with red clam sauce' dish and are instead living happily in the ocean.
This ended a weekend of good skiing on snow as real as Bud’s stories are not, and the drive home was a happy, if not quiet, one. :)
Friday, January 19, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007
Saturday, January 6, 2007
We're back from Quebec which was a lovely week filled with great weather, lots of training, a dozen or so movies, yummy yummy dinners, an epic snowball fight with Bates and the return of the much-missed Katie Craig from her semester in Madagascar.
Our camp time trial was made a little less competitive by the absence of the Bates team who couldn't make it up on New Years Day due to the bad weather. However, the team braved the ice and rain and completed a 5K/10K skate race. Christina Perron and Ben Byrne emerged victorious. Results are below:
Men 10k Freestyle 1st lap 2nd lap final time
1. Ben Byrne '08 13:45 14:23 28:08
2. Sam Kapala '09 14:05 14:09 28:14
3. Alex Taylor '10 14:30 14:34 29:04
4. Jack Nelson '07 14:35 14:49 29:24
5. Morgan Goodwin '08 14:32 15:16 29:48
6. Greg Rahmlow '07 18:00 17:50 33:50
Women 5k Freestyle
1. Christina Perron '07 16:26
2. Ali Demarchis '10 16:32
3. Katie Craig '08 17:32
4. Emily Olsen '09 17:55
We're tentatively headed for Rumford next weekend for a weekend of Eastern Cups and then we'll open the carnival season with St. Michael's hosting at Sleepy Hollow in VT on Jan. 19 & 20.
Photo: from left, Katie Craig '08, Sam Kapala' 09, Jack Nelson '07, Christina Perron '07, Tucker Sawin '07, Liz Kantack '09, Morgan Goodwin '08, Ben Byrne '08, Alex Ambros '09 in Quebec.
Thursday, January 4, 2007
One large bunt pan of sticky goodness (but not enough for the baker to assume that there will be a piece left after the short time it takes to turn off the oven and put away the oven mitts)
½ recipe Basic Rolls dough
Use a 10-inch ring mold, bunt or springform pan with tube. Grease well. Pour into bottom of the pan:
1/3 cup melted butter or margarine
1/3 cup brown sugar
½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Mix together: more is better
½-3/4 cup sugar (half brown, half white if desired)
1 ½ tablespoons cinnamon
¼ teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
After first rising, punch down dough and divide into twenty hunks. Dip each hunk into:
½ cup melted butter or margarine
Then roll lightly in sugar mixture. Place hunks in a single layer on the bottom of pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until very light and almost doubled. Place pan on foil-lined baking sheet and bake. After removing from the oven, allow pan to sit on a wire rack for about five minutes, then turn upside down onto serving plate, leaving pan over the pullaparts for a few more minutes. Remove pan and serve.
About 3 dozen rolls
Mix together in a large bowl:
2 cups lukewarm water
½ cup sugar
1 package active dry yeast
When mixture is foamy, add:
3 ½ cups unbleached white flour
1/3 – 1/2 cup nonfat powdered milk solids
Stir briskly, about 200 strokes, then add:
½ cup softened butter or margarine
1 ½ teaspoon salt
Gradually stir in, enough to form a soft dough:
3 cups flour
Knead only until smooth. This dough should be soft, even a little sticky. Place in an oiled bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in bulk. Punch down, scrape from bowl and shape into rolls as desired. Place in greased baking pan(s), about ½ inch apart, or in greased muffin tins. Cover and let rise in a warm place until very light and almost doubled. Bake.