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Showing posts with label Olive-Palooza. Show all posts
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall Visit to Shag Lake - The Second & Third Shift Overlap Over Dinner

Wendy arrives today.  Robyn and Katie leave in the morning. A good day to invite local cousins Mike, Chris, Emily, Matt and the ever adorable Olive for a family fest dinner.  Oh yeah. Also Bowser.

Bowser likes the bone Clover left behind.

Good thing we have a large spacious kitchen to accommodate all the chefs. 

Fresh tomato pasta red sauce locally sourced from Menominee, fruites de mer from the Pacific coast, Apple cake from Yooper apples, Salad and a selection of  Marquette breads.
Olive approves
Chris helps root in the Thursday Night NFL wagers
Several matters of great import was discussed.

Matt asked me to explain the very cool GoPro app.
Chris asked me to explain the very cool GoPro app.
Olive asked me to explain the very cool GoPro app.

Time to go
A good time was had by all.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

First Official Cruise of 2014
Commemerative Portaiture by Olive

 Papa's new/old pontoon boat  (purchased last fall) was back in the lake Wednesday morning after an off season electrical makeover.

The Kettu clan converged on camp for a visit and a cruise around the lake. Em, Matt, and Olive were here on a school night, so could not stay long.

We had time for one slow-speed circumnavigation, so loaded everyone on the boat for the first official cruise of 2014.

As the captain was busy trying to remember how to drive the boat, he relinquished his photographic responsibilities, handed the Olympus over to Olive, and promoted her to official Cruise Photographer.  She chose to commemorate this inaugural cruise with intimate portraits of passenger and crew:

A bold artisitic choice, but the right choice.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Too Many Chefs Are Never Enough
+ Olive Palooza!

We enjoyed a gathering of the Yooper clan  at camp the lake house on Saturday.  The star of the gathering and center of attention was, of course, Olive. After almost five years of the continuing Olive-Palooza chronicles, we are waiting for some small portion of the adorableness factor to begin to wear off.  We will be waiting another year.

I had the distinct privilege of guiding Miss Olive on her first ever fishing expedition. It was a bit windy, so we motored to the sheltered side of the lake. The plan - bamboo pole, hook, worm and bobber. The challenge -catch a bluegill before we reached the end of a 5 year old's attention span.

Olive held the pole, the worm went on the hook and over the side.  I was still rummaging through the tackle box for a bobber when the line started jumping.  Thirty seconds into her first ever fishing expedition she had her first fish in the boat. A keeper blug. She's a natural.

Olive caught two fish before deciding it was time to head back. I offered instruction on proper Neumann style technique for photographing one's catch...

We gave her the option to let them go or eat them. She takes after her grandfather - pure catch & release

[Editors Note: Video to be added here at some unspecified future date].

Speaking of grandpa, back at the ranch a family feast was taking shape...

MK grills some veggies

Wendy bakes an appetizer
Kris took on Sous Chef responsibility
I pound some fruits de mer into submission

You might think that having four chefs working simultaneously in an antique 10 x 12  kitchen might be a little confusing, chaotic and claustrophobic.  You'd be right. Nevertheless - the dinner was a spectacular success.

Parmesan and grape faccacia, calamari steaks with picatta sauce, grilled chicken, brown rice pilaf, green and orzu salads, grilled veggies, and more. Everyone provided something to the feast. Well - except these guys...

 Brian and Tommy were sent out to shoot a few grouse for appetizers...

Zip. Zero. Nada. Nothing. Epic Fail.
But for the rest - dinner was just too good. 

Olive provided after-dinner entertainment and drawing lessons. 

Of course the only proper finish to a day and dinner like this - Fire by Brian:

Olive agrees.