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Life At The Cabin

Young boy with a fishing net in a lake.

Two whole weeks! Lucky us.

Every year for the last ten (whoa!), my family has been going up to a cabin in Wisconsin for a few weeks in the summer. It's a VRBO rental property so technically it's not “ours”, but when you go to the same place every year for ten years, it sort of becomes yours in a weird cabin-heart-and-soul kind of way.

This year's activity highlights included the predictable favorites: long runs, long naps, long long loooong books (I'm looking at you, Goldfinch), coffee sipping, dock sitting, tubing, wake boarding, wet hair ponytails, no makeup, Catch Phrase, baby holding, bonfires, sunset cruises, and fishing.

Better yet, this year's food highlights included The Pioneer Woman sour cream pancakes, The Pioneer Woman spaghetti and meatballs, The Pioneer Woman stuffed mushrooms, The Pioneer Woman potato skins, The Pion - no but wait - I'm serious because literally all of us who cook at the cabin just all happened to bring our Pioneer Woman cookbooks along for the two weeks. Kind of like the time I met my mom for lunch somewhere and we didn't see each other at first, so we both sat at our own tables and ordered the exact same earl grey hot tea, and happened to be wearing the exact same outfit, and waited for the other to arrive like twins in a movie scene. Anyways, The Pioneer Woman - apparently we channel our outdoorsy pioneerish spirits when we hide out in the Wisc Northland).

Tubing on a lake.

Also on the non-Ree food front, there was kale pesto; fried walleye tacos: a team effort between my brother's expert fishermanship and my undying love for guac and taco toppings; Mom's zucchini pie which is currently sitting on my board of must-make-for-the-blog recipes because you will just DIE for this one; some kind of buckwheat pancakes that were my very own “special creation” aaand that we won't be making again; shrimp linguine with real, luscious cream sauce because everything my sister makes turns to foodie gold; quick and easy pizza breads compliments of Grandma M; the most juicy-yum-yum Filipino mango float from my youngest sister, rhubarb bread aka cake for breakfast from Grandma R; and zucchini muffins - all the good, so-so, and duck food versions because I won't stop till it I get it get it.

It's a Friday in August and do we all feel good about that or what? Aw yeah. To kick off the weekend and make me smiiile (or maybe just maybe mist up the ol' eyes if I look at certain pictures with certain music playing -  lalalala #allthefeelings) I am sharing a few pictures of the Good Times from Cabin Trip 2014. Happy weekend!

Cabin Vacation image collage.

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    There’s nothing like spending time at the cabin with the family. I love the pics but I have one request. I want to see you holding up a picture of a big fish 🙂 Bjork can’t catch it for you either!

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    I’m originally from Wisconsin, and moved to Texas permanently 5 years ago. I desperately miss Wisconsin summers! Everyone thinks (at least, down here) that Wisco is an iceland all year round. But the summers are amazing – even though they can be short. 🙂 The lakes and outdoors in the south are nothing in comparison, that’s for sure.

    Although, I do like Texas better for the other 9 months out of the year… Have fun on your vaca!

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      Yes! It was beautiful – sunny and 70 for lots of the days! There were some chilly days too but that’s Wisconsin. 🙂 I wouldn’t mind moving to Texas starting in about November…

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    Great pictures Lindsay! As heartbroken as I am that I was not there I am so glad you all had a good time. I’ll be seeing you soon!

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    Look like you guys enjoyed yourselves very much! Must have been difficult with the no-sugar-added thing though.

    This year we went to Lac St-Jean at our friend’s cottage with all the kids to eat the infamous tourtière du Lac St-Jean (next time I’m bringing my own camera) and her family’s traditional dessert called “la plotte à Pilotte“.

    We were four adults for 7 kids.

    Now I love my kids but I can’t wait for the day they are old enough for us to take looooooong naps. Let’s just say it’s been a while!

    Did you know that Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean has one of the, if not the biggest exportation of blueberries? They are all over the place in fields as far as the eyes can see.

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    Great post and pics! Any chance you could share the VRBO listing with me for this place we’ve been looking for a great cabin in MN or WI.

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    We spent a week in a Minnesota cabin when I was a kid, and those are still some of my fondest memories. I think it’s awesome that you guys do that every year, what a special vacation!

    P.S. I’m so glad your dad ended up being okay. Life is crazy and unpredictable at times-glad everything turned out well and that you all had a great time 🙂

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    That is a beautiful place!! Please share the shrimp linguine w/ luscious cream sauce recipe when and if you can. Or send the link of the recipe. Thank you.

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    Would you ever share the VRBO listing or at least the area you stay at? I ‘m from Western New York State & we try to do a VRBO each summer. Wisconsin would be a fun spot!! Thank you

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    That looks amazingly like the Chain of Lakes in Waupaca, which is where we go every year. I’m guessing it’s not, but nevertheless, it IS beautiful up there isn’t it? Hope you were able to hit some of the wonderful farms and farmers markets while you were there.

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      Well, it’s the chain of lakes, but I’m not sure if it’s THE chain of lakes? 🙂 We go to the Three Lakes/Eagle River area.

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      I’ll have to have my brother do a guest post. He made the fried fish for our fish tacos! Also, love that this is Heidi’s picture.

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    Looks like a wonderful trip. Where exactly were you? Door County? You’re very blessed to be surrounded by so much family.