We have spent two of the three
weeks in August at Lake Powell
and of all of our trips to Lake Powell,
this one was out of this world!
We asked our friends' daughters to
be the chefs on the boat. The Harkness
twins have gone to Culinary Art school
and jumped at the chance, creating themed
menus for each day.
Unfortunately Grace broke her collar
bone so she wasn't able to come but her
older sister Hannah stepped in to
I am going to start you off with
The girls posted menus for
lunch and dinners on the fridge
each day, each one cleverly themed.
Let me introduce you to our chefs
and wait staff.
For Caribbean Night I
asked everyone to dress as pirates
so our waitress for the evening
was Tinkerbell with her scabby chef Essy.
The girls set the table each night with
attention to the theme.
Tonight the table was set with a pirate flag
and pirate napkins
Even the houseboat was decked
out for the theme of the day.
Imagine how thrilled I was to
see everyone dressed in their
They win extra points for going the
This is a dinner group that
we belong to that is
(Friends In Retirement Mode
although no one is retired yet!)
Even the parrot came to dinner.
I applied these fun temporary
tattoos that I got at
Dinner started with an appetizer of
a deconstructed crab wonton.
Wow, the flavors were incredible!
Mahi mahi with a pineapple and
mango salsa with coconut rice
was the main dish and a
Pavlova with berries on a bed
of sweetened whipped cream
finished the meal.
This menacing pirate provided
the fun blinking goblets for everyone.
You can get these from
They really added to the
We also had American night.
Each evening meal began with what they
Each person received a Sees Chocolate for
their Pre-Appetizer. Yum.
Marinated and grilled fresh
garden squash began the meal.
The star of this meal was the bacon-wrapped
filets with home made Bearnaise sauce.
It was accompanied by creamed corn
and cheesy potatoes.
Dessert for American Night
were cake push pops with
red white and blue cake and
Our waitress for American Night
was Stacy from Georgia.
(Hannah had gone the extra mile and
studied different accents on the internet
to play her roles.)
The girls set the table every night
choosing different plates and placemats.
Their service was incredible.
Captain Kirk had shown up in
costume starting the week off
with lots of fun.
We had originally asked the girls
to make only dinner, but they got
so excited about it that they also
made us lunch.
Top left and going clockwise,
Steak and Blue Cheese Sliders,
Wedge Salad with Poached Egg,
Grilled Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella.
Gigi was our waitress for
It was everyone's favorite.
Chef Essy had prepared six homemade
pastas at home for this fabulous night.
After our pre-appetizer of a chocolate,
we had these fun
Caprese Salad Skewers.
We got the cute plates and dishes
and Webstaurant for petite
(scroll down to find smaller packages).
This was the perfect menu to
try out these wonderful mini
dishes that we had used for my
daughter's wedding reception.
The first plate was three pastas,
Goat Cheese Tortellini
and Butternut Squash Ravioli.
The next plate was three more
Buccatini Carbonara, Gnocchi
in a Pepper Sauce and Home Made Meatballs.
All of these recipes came from
Williams Sonoma Pasta cookbook.
Wow, how can you
ever repeat a meal like this?
Dessert was freshly made
Mango Sorbet with
a Double Chocolate Brownie.
There was a little quiz that
we were given each night that
went with the theme while
we waited for the girls to
plate the meals. All of these
fun little extras made the week
out of this world.
We really enjoyed our
waitresses. They were another huge
we never got to see her before dinner
so that when she came upstairs
it was really fun.
Oriental night was skewered tenderloin
with green onions on fried rice.
Love the happy face made with
A commercially prepared
Oriental spongecake with fresh
cream and berries was our dessert.
It is hard to conceive
their boundless energy
and their skill of planning
Our final night brought
and Indian food.
The big hit were the potsticker
where the chefs made the
dough by hand and rolled it out.
There is no comparison.
I don't think this table will ever
see such food or such service
ever again as Chef Essy is heading
off to college and Waitress Hannah
is finishing college.
We had to regale them with kisses
in gratitude for the most amazing
week at Lake Powell EVER!!
Blondie asked if I had done a post
on the kitchen on the boat,
I will have to do that in the
future, but for the meantime
I am adding a picture of
the girls working in the kitchen.
I will be posting with