Monday, July 13, 2009

A Much Needed Vacation in Maine

Thank you to all my blogger friends for your lovely words about my sweet Bonnie girl. We miss her a whole bunch, and I suspect we always will. Coming to spend a week on a lake in Maine was a really good idea for all of us. (Thanks Mom and Tom for treating us!!!)

There hasn't been much imaginative food going on at our house. I took on a new writing gig for the summer that has doubled my weekly deadlines and I have literally been writing day and night trying to do two weeks worth of stories in the week before I left. Then after Bonnie died, it was all take out, all the time.

We didn't arrive at Augusta West Kampground in Winthrop, Maine until about 5 p.m. on Saturday. By the time we finished setting up our tents and blowing up our air mattresses it was too late to cook dinner.

Thankfully, my brother Scott is the manager of Amato's Pizza and Sub Shop and he brought over a pile of pizzas for us to eat that night. This eggplant one was my favorite.

And of course I had a big glass of wine. It was so cold and windy, the lake was as choppy as Cape Cod Bay...

Here's Scott and his wife Shayna doing "the happy dance" because we're here to spend a week with them.

The weather was much nicer yesterday and we spent the whole afternoon just relaxing by the lake...or in it...

It really is all about the lake. Here's Julie and Gary out in a paddleboat:

Tommy has already spent hours on this dock fishing.

And here's Steve's big catch:

Obviously that wasn't big enough for dinner, so I made a big bowl of pasta with fresh tomato and zucchini sauce. I just fine chopped some tomatoes and zucchini that I bought at a local farm stand and added a big drizzle of olive oil and some lightly sauteed garic and scallions. The official recipe is here. It's a summery meal that's easy to do even when you're camping...

Thanks again for all your kind words. I'm sneaking off to use the internet at my brother's house, so I don't have the time (or internet connection) to visit all my blogger friends this week, but I can't wait to see what you've all been up to.


Karen said...

Looks like a beautiful spot for camping! Bet you're having lots of fun. I could go for one of those pizzas... have your brother ship me one! LOL

Reeni said...

What a gorgeous spot for a campsite! Enjoy your week!

Donna-FFW said...

Looks like you are all having a blast! How lovely. Enjoy the remainder of the trip!

noble pig said...

I'm so sorry about your dog. The trip sounds like a great way to take your mind off things.

Lo said...

Oooh. MAINE.
What a perfect spot for a relaxing vacation. Enjoy!

As for the food, you won't hear me complaining about pizza. Ever. Or pasta with fresh tomatoes. Totally the best of the season.

Keep on relaxing...

Alicia Foodycat said...

Those are fine looking pizzas - a useful brother to have! I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

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Daisy Soap Girl said...

Looks like you had a nice time and the food looks really good.