Saturday, July 10, 2010

Fabulous Lake Powell

Lake Powell is one of our family's summer vacation spots.
We have been boating here for 20 years.

For those of you who haven't heard of Lake Powell, it is a
reservoir in Utah and Arizona, mostly Utah that runs 150 miles
from top to bottom.  It is a boater's paradise. 
There are houseboats, speedboats, tourboats and even kayaks
enjoying every mile. 

Sheer cliffs and rock formations made of red sandstone
next to gorgeous blue-green water make for incredible
We spent the last week there with extended family.
The nights are gorgeous.  We caught this beautiful sunset.
Days are filled with boating, skiing, wake surfing, wake boarding
and the best of all "water rocket wars".
Where the focus is to board the other team's water rocket
and tip them over.

This year's new fun activity is wake surfing.  The object is to catch
the wave and then toss the rope back into the boat and hold
the curve of the wave until you fall.  It is fun and easy to try
and the fall is very gentle.  It looks scary being so close to the back
of the boat, but the propeller is back up under the boat.
I can even do it!
Like every vacation we take, food is a central part.
This trip was to celebrate my sister-in-law Kim's 50th birthday.
My other sister-in-law, Mona, made these red velvet cupcakes for
the birthday celebration.  I will follow with a post on an
award winning red velvet cake.  Red velvet cake has been
a family tradition in my husband's family.  They had a cook-off
to see who made the best red velvet cake.  I was an un-biased
judge (since I wasn't a blood relative) and my husband's brother, Greg
won and now it is one of our family favorites.
Lunches were fabulous. 
We even had brunch
 of French Toast with fresh fruit and a
buttermilk syrup.  I will give you the recipe for
the buttermilk syrup in a later post.

We even had  a delicious Oreo Cookie Ice Cream Torte.
We eat in style.
Everyone has a day of meals so we get to enjoy
everyone's talents in the culinary department.

I made a special copy of our family recipe book just for Lake
Powell so I always have recipes available.

Now that the kids have mostly grown up, I can lay back and relax.

Hope you are having a wonderful summer too.
I will be posting this with The Tablescaper on Summer Sundays.

Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. Looks like a fun time...the photos are great and the wake surfing looks fun! Joni

  2. Fun! I love the pictures! This makes me so excited about going in August with the family!

  3. what a great post, its been 30 years since i went to lake powell, i love the red rocks~ your trip looks so fun and such fab food, your strawberry french toast pic could win a prize~

  4. Jacqueline thanks for visiting my Summer Sunday. I can see you have had a fabulous week. I am really keen to see the next post for your red velvet recipe. Lake Powell....I had never heard of it before and now I know!

    What a great trip and I love the book you put together. My favorite shot is your french toast and the view...I can just imagine what you had to do to get that one!!! Well done you, on all these photos..fantastic!!

    Jeanne :)

  5. What a wonderful vacation, it looks like you had a great time! The food looks fab, and love the cookbook idea-enjoy!

  6. What a fun summer vacation place! Breathtaking views! The kids look like they have so much fun but I have to say no to the water games. I am such a chicken when it comes to being in the water. The food alone is to die for. You don't need to go on a cruise if you can be here..Christine

  7. Oh how fun this looks. I love Lake Powell, it really is a great place to relax and enjoy the water, such lovely scenery. You guys eat really well for sure. Everything looks just yummy. Thanks for your sweet comment on my bathroom. I really appreciate it. Hugs, Marty

  8. Too much yummy fun! Aren't traditions wonderful? Great Summer post! Jacqueline

  9. Your trip looks so wonderful and that!


  10. I haven't been to Lake Powell, but hear it's wonderful. I really enjoyed your photos.

    You gave me a great idea. I should make a copy of my recipe collection, instead of lugging it back and forth.

    Thanks so much for being a part of "SUMMER SUNDAYS"!

    - The Tablescaper

  11. What a great vacation, and the food looks fabulous, too!


    Sheila :-)

  12. Wish wish wish we could have come. Looks like a fun trip. Missed you.

  13. Looks like an amazing time and the food is beautiful, as Tablescraper said, great idea to bring the recipe book. (But I think I'd like a copy of yours :))

    Love to all,
    Cousin Amanda

  14. What a great place to vacation! How beautiful and the food looks good too...your pedi looks awesome too! How relaxing!


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