Monday, August 12, 2013

Picnic At The Lake With The Kids

One of the traditional activities when Kathy comes to visit is a picnic in the Smokies where we grill burgers and fry potatoes in the cast Iron dutch oven and the kids play in the creek.  It’s a fun time but a big effort to prep and haul everything up to Cades Cove.

Fortunately, the kids are older now and preferred another day on the lake but we prepared the same meal – it’s just a lot easier to take it to the lake with a fridge and grill than to the mountains.  Eric decided he still needed a mountain fix though and took a little trip up to Look Rock by himself.

Potatoes fried up crispy in cast iron are hard to beat.  Seasoned with S&P and Montreal Steak Seasoning and covered for about the first 15 minutes to soften up a little.

Eric gave me a few camera lessons and then took several shots while I went off to cook.

Sofia and Eric ready to pull the others on the tube - I took this one.

Kathy giving the very intent Lauren driving lessons.

Fun in the water for Sofia, Lauren, Jennafer, and Matthew.

Katelynn and Matthew.

The way a kids face is supposed to look at the lake.

Sofia the towel model.

Sweetie says ho-hum to it all and finds herself a quiet place to hang out, but Eric found her.

The families are Kathy, Katelynn, Jennafer, and Lauren Roden from the San Antonio, TX area and Eric, Ann, Matthew, and Sofia Doolittle from the Baltimore area - Madison wasn't feeling well and stayed at the house.

The food was good, the weather was good, the water was good, the water toys worked, and the neighbors came down about eight with homemade ice cream - what could be better than that.

Photos best if enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


8/06/2013 event date


  1. You summed it up correctly when you said, "what could be better than that." Looks like a great time with the grandkids and we all know the food is always good at your house. Loved the kids faces. It says it all.

    BTW, Meakin is enjoying your pretty bread & butter pickles.

  2. Looks like a fun day was had by all. And as always great your great food. Love your cast iron pot.


  3. Looks like a very fun time was had by all!!!

  4. That's what I call a perfect summer day. Lots of happy faces in the group.

  5. Thanks for sharing all of the photos Larry. Looks like a great time was had by all. what great Summer Fun. I have to try Montreal Seasoning next time I cook up some potatoes.

  6. I love potatoes cooked like that.

    It looks like you all had a wonderful day!

  7. What a lovely day you had with family and friends. The food sounds great and anything in a dutch oven over a campfire calls my name. Great photos - all of them!

  8. You have some beautiful grandchildren there, Larry. It's great that they could come at the same time to visit. Hope Madison was able to spend at least some time with everyone.

  9. Larry, It looks like a great time was had by all! Give kids a lake to play in and you just can't lose... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  10. Looks like a blast! Great pics and those potatoes look fab!


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