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Monday, November 15, 2010

Family Gathering

This week-end, our family went up north for a fall gathering.
We had a pumpkin/squash theme, and oh the food! Stuffed squash, pumpkin soup, and Cheryl made pumpkin cheese cake that put the Golden Girls to shame! Then Sunday morning, she made pumpkin pancakes. Oh-my-God. These are to die for. They have cream cheese in them, and the topping is made from pecans, syrup, and brown sugar, then topped with whipped cream.
Then Jay started a project for the family to get involved in, making a horno, an oven made from clay. When we go back in February, we'll be baking bread in it!
The bricks are made from clay, dug from the banks of Pine River by Jay and Wendy's husband Dan, sand, and straw. They kneaded this with their feet! Wendy, Kathy and Marti also helped.
This is Cheryl doing her part. She's such a riot!
This is the family, minus me and Cheryl as we were taking the pictures, with the progress made over the week-end.
We had such a great time, and with the help of the camera timer, had the chance to take this dinner picture. From left, Jay, my husband Ken, Mom, Kathy, Claire, Wendy, Marti, Cheryl, and myself. What an awesome time!


Diane said...

It looks like a wonderful time Laurie.

Pearl said...

Looks like a great time, I would have helped with the "Horno" that looked interesting as hell. Oh my the pancakes look wonderful and fattening (my favorite). I love your get togethers. Have a good week, Love Pearl

Tolentreasures said...

What a great weekend that had to be. One to remember for sure! Can't wait to see the bread that comes out of that. How interesting.


Jayne said...

This entire post just made me smile Laurie. The joy is palpable!

wendy said...

Still trying to lose the weight I put on at that gathering!!! Can't wait until February! Maybe this time we'll have to do a diet theme!!! Oh the guys would love that!!!

andsewon said...

Oh so nice Laurie. I can see you all had such a fun warm good time together!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

I *LOVE* gatherings like this ..and the food sounds wonderful..especially those pancakes! Great happy shots of all :-)

Catherine said...

What a fun family weekend you had Laurie! I am thinking all that food would have been yummy ~ it makes me hungry! :)

xo Catherine

Name: Amanda said...

Yes Laurie, Family is SO important! It looks like you treasure yours too! Thank you for being such a great friend to my mom! Amanda (pinecones and roses daughter)

Kathy said...

Oh! What Fun we all had! And my feet have never felt smoother! :)

Sharon said...

That looks like a great time. I can almost smell the bread you will be baking!!!!!

Kim said...

Looks like you had a wonderful weekend. The pancakes look scrumptious!