So Friday afternoon..all 12 of us set out on a little end of summer vacation..
We left from our home and took the ferry to head to the Mont Tremblant region.
Our daughter had found an area called Blueberry Lake..a family get away up north in the woods..
..we were all in.
We each contributed ..
the first night was my dinner..Spaguetti for 12..(more like 30)..garlic bread, salad..Fred made the dressing and Caroline brought brownies..
we walked to the lake at almost dusk..and Max jumped right in:)
he was so brave!
The next morning we had croissants..jams..eggs..bacon..
the morning was spent canoeing and kayaking and swimming..(I only canoed)..a nice big lunch w/ watermelon..chili dogs..watermelon..
the aft..we walked to the pool area.. where the kids swam again..so did the dads..some volleyball and tennis..
the kids had a ball..that night ..last night ..we had the most amazing steaks on the barbecue..salads..baked potatoes..smores..
The kids played Monopoly..we all played Scrabble..Boggle..Heads Up..Pool..
Had a little paint moment..where we 3 girls and Fred painted the leftover watermelon:) I hung them up for dinner:)
Our own up north vernissage.
..Giuliana..15..had brought some make up..she fancies..that art..she made us up..:) even her dad..soooooo funny..what a great sport.
The 2 teens..in the group of twelve..are such nice teens.
Geat role models for the Littles.
Never ever impatient w/ the Littles..so nice to everyone..just sooo easy to be with.
Adamo and Giuliana.♥
No wifi..and no one even complained..the whole weekend.
I had errands to do last week and found a cookie cutter on sale that I quite liked:)It was just sitting there at Winners'(TJ)..in the liquidation area;)
The recipe is used..I have used before..it works well w/ stamps..
Courtesy of Roti n Rice..
1 3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup rice flour
2 sticks butter room temp..softened
1/2 cup icing sugar..
Cream butter and powdered sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy..sift in the mixture of the 2 fours,blend with pastry blender until dough comes together.Wrap in plastic,chil for 15 mins..roll out cut out..or emboss.. place on prepped cookie sheet and bake in a pre-heated oven for 20 mins or until edges are lightly browned.
My other small contributions ..were a jar of Blueberry Jam..C Ferber's that I have shared here..
and some marmalade..I made a full batch this time..and used this recipe...from Ricardo.
It is brilliant.
Make sure..you take all the pith off the orange sections..
I used an extra sharp knife..to do this..some stays w/ the peel but make sure you get most off..
I am still searching for another one I made and will share when I find it:) My pantry /fridge of preserves is quite ready for winter:)
Have a great week..~