Relaxing in the cabin on Stormy Lake

Rob and I enjoyed small-town Wisconsin lake cabin life for a few days. We joined Paul on his weekly shopping trip to Eagle River, where we visited the farmers market for produce and goat cheese (garlic+sriracha), the bakery for kringle and pecan bread with cranberry jam, the butcher for bratwurst with cranberries and the grocery store for everything else. This arduous morning of shopping was followed up with three games of croquet (Rob won all) and a lake tour on the boat. Then, we had an incredibly Southern evening cooking chicken-fried steak with mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts while watching the Republican primary debate followed by a couple of hotly contested rounds of 7 Wonders.

Southern dinner in WI. Chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes and Brussel sprouts covered in sausage cream gravy

Southern dinner in WI. Chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes and Brussel sprouts covered in sausage cream gravy

The next day, we dived into all the Wisconsin food goodies – Kringle, Pecan Bread and Losta Motzza Lotsa Hotsa Pizza (Over 1/2 lb of Wisconsin cheese). Some more internet time, a round of Ticket to Ride, a round of croquet and a Turkish meatball dinner with fresh pita rounded out the evening. We also managed to fit in a round of Power Grid.

Second kringle of the trip. Cherry cheese flavor. So good! Next time, I need to find a salted caramel one with pecans.

Second kringle of the trip. Cherry cheese flavor. So good! Next time, I need to find a salted caramel one with pecans.

The spicy Lotsa Hotsa flavor. This Lotsa Motzza Pizza had over 1/2 lb of WI cheese. They also make a cheese fries flavor, which I think is just cheese and you dip it in the accompanying marinara sauce.

The spicy Lotsa Hotsa flavor. This Lotsa Motzza Pizza had over 1/2 lb of WI cheese. They also make a cheese fries flavor, which I think is just cheese and you dip it in the accompanying marinara sauce.

On Friday, Karen’s dad joined us. We did a bit of beach cleaning, lake kayaking and finished off the night with a typical Wisconsin lake tradition, the local fish fry. All you can eat fish + sides- fried potatoes, cole slaw, potato salad, rye bread and some kind of sweet corn pudding. Then, we all played Bohnanza and Guillotine waiting for Karen and her siblings to drive in from Minneapolis.

View of Stormy Lake

View of Stormy Lake

Saturday morning, Rob and I cooked a big breakfast, then with more folks we played some team croquet. I’m terrible at croquet and Rob is amazing, but even he couldn’t balance out my awful playing. We came in dead last. Paul and Karen’s sister pulled off a win. Switching to cornhole, Rob and I were doing better until I lost it for us in the end game knocking in one of there’s and kicking one of ours off the board to give our opponents exactly 21. Grr… At that point, it had finally warmed up enough for some boating, so we went out on the lake for some water skiing. Finally, we finished out the evening with a cookout (not a BBQ) of brats, burgers and corn (2 ways-boiled and grilled) followed by 7 wonders.

The next morning, Rob and I headed to Green Bay for the Seahawks vs. the Packers.

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