Friday, August 5, 2011

A Week's Menu - Houseboating at Lake Powell

I decided to give you our whole menu for a trip
we just took to Lake Powell.

Now if you want to gain weight, come along
with us to Lake Powell for a week.

We have three married children and
two singles.  Everyone gets a day and
everyone picks their favorite recipes
to make.  We have even created
a Lake Powell favorites cookbook.

 (Of course cooking is easier on a houseboat. We have
a full kitchen with fridge and freezer, microwave
and oven.  You might notice it is purple.)

The first night was Sticky Finger Salad
(pictured above) - it was quick and easy
after a six hour drive from our home.

It is a Winger's style sauce on deli chicken
fingers over romaine with fresh Ranch dressing.

Brunch the next day was thick sliced French toast
with Buttermilk syrup and fresh strawberries
and blueberries.  Click here for the recipe.
If you haven't made Buttermilk Syrup, you have to
try it.  You won't go back to regular syrup.

The second night was yummy Philly Cheesesteaks
This is my son's specialty, yum.
(I would add mushrooms to mine though.)

and a rich Tollhouse Pie.
(Leftovers are great for breakfast!)

We slept well under a full moon with all of that yummy
food in our tummies.

These incredible Ham and Cheese Sliders 
were packed warm
and taken on the speedboat for a 
picnic on the Lake.  Lake Powell
is 150 miles long and has a shoreline as big
as the California coastline.

  My DIL found the
recipe for these on Pinterest.

One of our favorite local restaurants Cafe Rio
makes a wonderful salad.  We bought their
tin bowls and their salad dressing and made
an imitation of their Sweet Pork Salad.

It starts with romaine, then add cilantro lime
rice, black beans, sweet pork, pico de gallo,
fresh guacamole, tortilla strips, fresh lime
and their cilantro ranch salad dressing.  I bought
the dressing, pico, and chips and made the rice
and pork at home.

Home made ice cream is a regular event
at Lake Powell.  We make it and ripen it
in the freezer.  This one was Caramel Cashew

and this one was Candy Bar ice cream

Cheeseburgers and brats are always a favorite.
Growing up in Wisconsin, I learned early
to love brats.  My kids now love them too.
(The brats disappeared too quickly for a photo!)

These are our "Disneyland Nachos"  based on
the ones we got poolside at the Disneyland hotel
at Croc's Bits and Bites.

Our final evening started with a seriously
delicious Iceberg Wedge Salad with
fresh ranch dressing (BYU Creamery Ranch),
thick sliced peppered bacon, red and yellow 
tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles and a drizzle
of balsamic glace (who needed anything else?)
This recipe is self explanatory.

We always call it the Captain's Gala Farewell Dinner.

Rosemary Shrimp Skewers were the appetizers.
My daughter found the recipe for these in her
Culinary Arts Cookbook.
Just mix chopped fresh rosemary, olive oil and
salt and brush on colossal sized shrimp.  Thread
on skewers that you have soaked in water for 30 minutes
and then grill.  Be sure not to overcook them.

Have you been to a Hot Rocks restaurant and had 
Hot Rocks Steak?
 Basically it is a steak seasoned and
seared on the outside  then delivered to the table.

Each guest then slices off a few pieces of steak at a time
and finishes cooking them on a hot rock.  We found it
works just as good on a griddle set in the middle of the
table.  This way each bite is piping hot.  You can do it
with shrimp and chicken too.  It is our new favorite
way to serve steaks and everyone's steak is cooked
exactly the way they like it.  You have to try this.
It is like eating steak no other way.

We love tenderloin seasoned just with Montreal
Steak Seasoning.

And of course more ice cream - this time Almond
Cookies and Cream.  Click here for recipe.

Meals were rounded out with lots of fresh
corn on the cob, fresh fruit and salads.

I don't just take photos of  food at Lake Powell,  I also get
action shots of wakeboarding, surfing,  body surfing,
boogie boarding, water skiing, cliff jumping
and my personal favorite - water rocket wars!

(The idea here is to take out the other rocket! Yes I
am out there too - 2nd back on the right -having
a blast!

We ate and played and ate and played until the
moon finally came up on our last night.  

As we love to say, "GOODBYE LAKE POWELL".

Hope you enjoyed sharing our week with us at
Lake Powell.

I will be posting this with


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. What a great idea for a cookbook and such a FUN time with your family! The food looks fabulous too, of course. Do you have some extra room on that purple houseboat of yours? :)

  2. Sounds like you ate very well and looks like you had a great time Jacqueline! Fun pics too:@)

  3. What a great week that was! Your menu is off the charts! I love your flavors of ice cream, yummy. You must all be really good swimmers, too. xo, (I saw the ham & cheese sliders on Pinterest, too, have to try them.)

  4. Jacqueline, I'm into dropping pounds not adding them, but my husband and I have long thought about renting a houseboat on Lake Powell. What fun! Thanks for taking us along.

  5. what?? you're from Wisconsin?? Where? I'm in Minocqua, Raised in Wausau and born in Janesville. What a great trip you had with lots of happy memories! anne

  6. and the memories come flooding back. when i was a kid--maybe 10 or 12, we did a family reunion at Lake Powell and it was the most fun ever. i don't know why we never did it again?!

    your menu is amazing. i loved cafe rio when i lived in utah. i'm all about those chicken salads. Washington needs to get a cafe rio pronto! Anyway, glad to see you had so much fun and such great food! xx, Cassie

  7. What a great weeek you have had !!...delicious food !! sun......yes !!...lovely

  8. You sure know how to eat well. I'm getting so hungry looking at all your pics. I just want it all!

  9. Beautiful and fun..and that lens:) You looks os young~ Happy and healthy..a pleasure to see:)

    Forgive that near Lake Mohave?

  10. What an amazing vacation!

    I showed my husband the photo of your house boat, and I could see the heels turning.

    Enjoyed visiting,

    White Spray Paint

  11. WOW that is glorious. What a way to weigh in tipping the scales a little more, but what the HECK!

    LOVELY memories my dear! Anita

  12. What a fabulous holiday idea! I'm off to google Lake Powell, as I have no idea where it is.

  13. Sounds like a wonderful trip, although I don't know where Lake Powell is! But I sure did enjoy seeing the photos of all the food!! ;)

  14. Looks like you had one fantastic trip! Great food along the way, too. Every calorie was worth it and worked off in the water!!

  15. Oh yes to all of it! Particularly the food. Thank you for linking up!

  16. I just got back from Lake Powell as well. Next time I will have to take your menu, looks awesome! PS where do you get a pantry door like yours? I like in Utah.

  17. You sure do the food right on your house boat, Jacqueline! I've already copied the recipe for the buttermilk syrup and I saw those ham and cheese sliders on Pinterest too - they sound wonderful. Of course, the brats made me smile ;)

    Lake Powell is so beautiful.

  18. Yum!! I think I gained 10 pounds just by looking at all the great recipes!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  19. Oh what fun and beautiful scenery! We had friends that used to rent a houseboat on Lake Powell for a week each summer, but we never had the opportunity to join them. Love your menu...nothing better than having a full tummy sleeping under the light of a full moon :-)

  20. This is fabulous!!! We do the same thing (sorta) at OBX. Each family has a day and cooks 3 meals. It works wonderfully cause everyone tries to do it GOOD!!!! We have TOO MUCH fabulous food! Your pics are great! The rocket war looks like FUN!!!! The houseboat sounds heavenly! It must be huge to sleep so many! XO, Pinky

  21. Looks like a great trip, J! No microwave meals there, it all looks great! I could lick the screen the cones look so real !
    Yummy! Glad you had fun!

  22. What a stunning place! Your recipes and photos look awesome too...

  23. Wow! Did you all go on a diet when you got home? Ha! What amazing food. We go to the lake every weekend. I'll definitely be trying some of these recipes.

  24. Looks like your family loves to get together just like ours! Thanks so much for all the great lake recipes, I run out of ideas and these were great ones! Summer is going fast isn't it... I will be glad to have some cooler fall temps but summer is my favorite season :o)

  25. That is an incredible week of food and of course Lake Powell is so great. I love the Winger's Sticky Chicken fingers -- a particular weekness. Joni

  26. Oh girl, you always make me hungry! Great shots at Lake Powell! I LOVE it there!


  27. I wonder if you pass my house on the way to Lake Powell...WOW, what a fun time for all of your family! A family that plays together has a lot to talk about for years to come! The food sounds perfect! ;D

  28. Hi Jacqueline!

    I just read your comment. Thanks for dropping by! I was missing you.

    I thought about you when I was posting about the Mackenzie-Childs Estate. I remember seeing some beautiful pieces you have on your posts. I thought you would like to see that.
    I'm feeling good lately. I'm 24 weeks pregnant with our baby boy and I'm so excited. It's hard to spend too much time on the computer now, but I'm still doing my best. :-)

    By the way, what a gorgeous place, huh? And the food was pretty amazing also!

    So nice to hear from you, sweetie.

    Oh, I don't have pinterest yet, but I need to. Thanks for adding some images to yours!

    Have a blessed week!


    Luciane at

  29. I love on highway you go the other way. A lot of people come this was also, I guess because of Capital Reef National Park which is about 15 min. from our home. :D

  30. I had to come back over to see your FUN at Lake Powell. I am also printing off some more recipes and may feature them at our vaction next year! I will give you credit:) Hope your summer is going well. And the HOUSEBOAT!!!!!!!!!! When will it be done? That would be a DREAM to have. I have always wanted to live on a lake, but sadly that won't happen for me. Oh well. Life is good anyway. XO, Pinky


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