Last week my adorable sister-in-law and her sweet fiancé paid us a visit to celebrate Independence Day.
So with the kids still at camp, it was such a blast to have just the four of us together for an extended period of time. And this may sound selfish, but I was glad to not have to share our time with them among other family members. We had them all to ourselves.
What did we do? Ate. Chatted. Drank. Boated. Laughed. Swam. Played games. Repeat.
Pat and I made fun of two siblings who can't pronounce the word "astronomer." They say it the same way - "astromoner!" with added verve every time they try. Hilarious. Equally funny was the mysterious gorilla that appeared at their window one night before bed - Jen nearly packed it up and left. The older brother prankster lives on.
We made campfire filets with horseradish twice baked potatoes and proscuitto wrapped asparagus one night.
rib eyes, but Mr. Musky puts an aluminum cover on them when they are cooking over the campfire to help keep the heat in. They get a great char that way, and also cook to medium-rare perfection. For the potatoes, I drizzled three potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper and baked them at 375 degrees for about an hour. Once they cooled a bit, I cut them in half lengthwise, scooped out the flesh into a bowl, then added about 1/2 stick of butter, a splash of heavy cream, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup monterey jack pepper cheese. After adding 2T of horseradish, I sprinkled in some garlic powder, salt and pepper and mixed it all together. I spooned the mixture back into the potato shells and baked them under the broiler until golden brown on top.
Jen and Pat made these chicken skewers another night, with a zippy, flavorful zucchini salad to accompany it.
We also enjoyed a true Wisconsin meal the night they arrived - bratwurst boiled in beer then charred to perfection over the charcoal grill, along with some awesome veal sausage that we order from Paulina Market. Topping off the brats, as always, were some caramelized onions and peppers.
Their final night we smoked a lamb roast on the new electric smoker (more to come on that gem in a future post) with a plethora of sides: tzatziki with naan bread, pea pods and tomatoes sautéed in EVOO, Greek salad with tomato, cucumber and feta and creamed spinach. If greens are good for a body, then we overachieved.
I look forward to continuing to live vicariously through Jen and Pat. I don't want to go back for a replay in my own life, but I'll pull up a chair in the front row to watch theirs unfold. Mr. Musky and I will cheer their successes and be there to help them through the rough patches.
And be the first Auntie and Uncle in line when the babies start coming. I'm ready.
Enjoy your family!