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Saturday, June 26, 2010

First Picnic of the Summer

Good morning,

My honey and I took four of our grandchildren to a Summer Solstice Sons of Norway picnic recently while their Dad had new tires put on his car.

If there is one thing this group is good at doing, it's eating!  I brought three of the items on this table.  I'll soon publish my recipes for the red cabbage (center left) and potato salad (upper right) for anyone who is interested.  The bread in the center is my Norwegian Cranberry Almond Bread made with blueberries instead of cranberries.
We could barely get the goodies out on the tables...
...before we had customers...
...to gobble it all up.  This gorgeous pastry was made by one of our members.  Sorry, I don't have the recipe for this one.
Do you know what this is?  I must live in a vacuum because all my grand kids and others had seen this before, but I hadn't.  It's dirt pudding and everything is edible except the flowers, pot, and shovel.  I don't have the exact recipe, but our hostess, Susie, described the ingredients.  It should be pretty easy to make with pudding, cream cheese, and broken Oreo cookies.  Oh, don't forget the gummy worms for special effects, too.   It's all in the presentation, isn't it!
We even eat healthy foods.
And, there was plenty of it.  Oh, did you notice the jolly old gentleman at the picnic table?  Santa is from Norway and lives in Cincinnati in his off season.
And then, the character of the day, Shark Boy, appeared!  He stayed in character all day:

"What is your name?"

"My real name is Shark Boy."

"What is your pretend name?"


Yes, that's our youngest grandson, Alex.
And, here is Alex, er, uh, I mean Shark Boy, on his way to the sea, no, the pool.  It's not easy for Shark Boy to walk on land.
And, if you're Shark Boy you need a little help from our host, Glenn, and your older sister, Katie, when you get in the water.
Here come Katie...
...and brother, David, down the slide...
...while Shark Boy demonstrates the squirt gun embedded in his fin to his oldest sister, Anna.
Soon there are lots of kids in the pool...
...and the resident pooches come out to see what all the noise is about.
A bunny outside the fenced pool area doesn't seem to mind the noise.
But good times at the pool must come to an end so Shark Boy changed into dry clothes...
...so Dad could safely buckle him into the car for the ride home.

What a fantastic day!  The kids made us proud.  :)

I hope you've enjoyed our day at the pool and meeting Shark Boy.

Very best,



Sherry said...

Loved this post!

Life Looms Large said...

Looks like a wonderful day! I love the Shark Boy accessories....I have a nephew that might love a setup like that!


karen said...

looks like you had a great time!! Thanks for the kind words about my work too!

Anonymous said...

It certainly looks like everyone, especially Shark Boy, enjoyed themselves! The picnic goodies looked mighty fine! The pool looks mighty enviting. It's going to be another good day to play in the water as it's going to be in the 90's and I'm sure your temps are the same as ours...hate the humidity...debbie

Montanagirl said...

Looks like a very fun day! Shark Boy is pretty cute. I've heard of "Dirt Pudding" before - but never have I seen it quite so cleverly presented as the one you showed here. Fun post, and lots of cool photos.

Wanda said...

I just made potato salad earlier, but no dirt pudding today, have made it in individual bowls with gummy worms for the g/kids. The pot is funnier though. I once made a dirt cake with little bulldozers and trees on top for a grandson's birthday!

Loved 'Shark Boy', even wore it in the car I see!


Anonymous said...

Very nice photos. Interesting reading.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Looks like a totally fun day, Lois - good food, good friends, and grandchildren - what could be better. Our grandson would love Alex's "Shark Boy" outfit too!

Diana said...

I love this Lois! How cute shark boy is! I laughed when I noticed that he was still "Shark Boy" in the car after everything was over! You gotta love that kind of imagination!
As hot as it's been here, I think I would have been in the pool with the grandkids. It looks Oh so inviting!
Oh and the food looked delicious! What a great day. Love Di ♥

Lois Evensen said...

Good morning,

Yes, Shark Boy sure was the hit of that day. He'll be here for brunch today after church, too. I wonder if he'll still be Shark Boy. ;)

That was a wonderful family day and it was fun to share it in pictures. We feel so blessed to have such great kids and grand kids.

Welcome, Karen and Abraham. :)

Thank you, everyone, for stopping by.

Very best,

Tanya said...

The dirt pudding in the flower pot is hilarious! I remember the vacation Bible school in Calif. did that one year when the theme was fruit of the Spirit. Yes, the gummy worms were essential!