Our common thread is a school so nerdy its mascot was Tartan plaid. When the eight of us gathered at that Special Cabin in the Woods, naturally, the occasion also called for plaid all around (and not one but two roasted chickens).
No matter how I describe this weekend, my words would pale in comparison to Doug’s poetic conclusion penned in the cabin’s visitor book. Thus, I am borrowing his prose:
As I sit here eating jack links premium cuts beef jerky, before shortly leaving to drive back to Philadelphia, I realize the eight of us who spent the weekend here, thanks to the generous hospitality of Jono and his family, have a great unknown future ahead of us, one filled surely with stardom and success and newfound celebrity status. And we have the cabin to thank. For it was here on the evening of February 16th that we filmed our version of the Harlem Shake viral video- the Cabin Fever Edition. Like any masterpiece, it will not be fully appreciated for its ingenuity and vivre for decades- or unless watched at least eight times. The filming of the video was not without its obstacles and roadblocks. We weren’t going to make it!…We made it! The 31 second video starring Jono, Dan, Ben, Kyle, JP, Quelcy, Doug and Diane has 251 views already on YouTube, and if my math is correct, at this rate, we should surpass 1 million votes by Memorial Day.
Clearly, the weekend at the cabin called for a Harlem Shake- A Cabin Fever Edition! Take away the plaid, and what do you get? A video worth watching at least eight times!
After all that, it was time for dessert- dessert and a nightcap in one!
Jack Daniels Blondies
16 Tablespoons (2 sticks) organic, unsalted butter, melted
2 cups pure cane sugar
2 large eggs (local/free-range)
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup whiskey (Jack Daniels)
Preheat oven to 350°F
Butter a 9 x12 glass pan.
Mix melted butter with brown sugar, and beat until smooth.
Beat in eggs, and then vanilla.
Stir in the salt and flour.
Mix in the chocolate chips.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake at 20-25 minutes.
Cool on rack before cutting.
While you’re eating one of these gooey, whiskey-y bars, you might want to listen to this song. Enjoy!