Sunday, February 10, 2008

It's really cold here again

And we're heading off to ski, Up North, in Michigan, where it's even colder. But today is our travel day, so we'll only be sitting in the car for below zero, and dangerous windchills; tomorrow, our real day to ski, it's supposed to be 8 or 9 degrees above zero, balmy for XC skiing.

My brother's at a hand-made bike conference in Portland, lucky duck - it's 50 degrees and a little rainy there, perfect weather for the city biking with ample beer stops that he likes.

To fuel us for the drive, we just ate banana pancakes and bacon. I used a simple Marion Cunningham recipe: 1 cup butermilk, 1 egg, 1 TBLS sugar, 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. baking soda, 3 TBLS melted butter - they always tell you to have the buttermilk and egg room temp, but if they are a little cold, they make the melted butter get hard again (the technical term here is seizing), so there are little lumps of butter throughout the pancake, a good effect, I think - I usually put the liquids in the bowl first, then add the flour, and fianlly add the butter on top, to minimize the seizing.

And there's a Starbucks in Wausau now; just about half way there.

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