HALLELUJAH! In the wee hours of the morning - I look out the window and realize I cannot see my son’s car. It is buried. My driveway is drifted, I cannot determine where it actually is. The wind is whipping the snow up and it’s a whiteout. I cannot see our glorious Mt. Sopris. I can’t actually see past our back deck.
My two youngest are in bed with me - we are cuddling. Not wanting to crawl out of the comfort and warmth of bed. On a chance, I call the snow line. To the glee and joy of my littles - the message comes across. “ALL SCHOOLS in the Roaring Fork Valley are closed!” You have never seen two ten-year-old children hop out of bed so quickly. They danced, immediately dressed for sledding, and out the door they went!
Sledding for us is literally out the front door. They start from the top step and fly down the hill that our house sits on and continue on past the road below our home. They launch off the deck with a speed that paralyzes me, and eventually, they convince me to go flying with them. We challenge one another as to who can go the furthest. I actually win - I tell them it comes from years of practice and perfecting my technique. In reality, it is sheer luck - but they like to think I have special skills. They question me about it, and I give answers like - “you have to lean to the side that has the most snow” or, “you have to keep your weight on the front of the sled,.You have to rock it around the corners”. They drink it all in and I giggle to myself as I watch them attempting these tricks. But, they are 10. They still think Mama has magic. There will be a time when they will not believe this. So I soak it up. I take advantage of these moments because they will always be magic to me.
Meanwhile - I put on a pot of chili and start brewing up some hot chocolate. I don’t know about you, but here at the Stryker household, we take our hot chocolate pretty seriously. It simmers for a good 30 minutes, so it is nice and thick. Rich and creamy.
4 cups Whole Milk
5.25 oz MOKA ORIGINS Brazil Dark Chocolate
A dash of cinnamon or nutmeg
Place milk in medium saucepan, over low heat, crumble the chocolate and put into the pot. Add cinnamon or nutmeg. Let gently simmer over low heat for at least 20 minutes - I always push it to 30 or 35. Stirring it consistently. It thickens beautifully, it’s almost like sitting on the River Seine sipping a pot au chocolate. Only better. You are home, with your littles and they have one more reason to think you are magic. Hot chocolate!