Life At The Cabin

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Two whole weeks! Lucky us.

Every year for the last ten (whoa!), my family has been going up to a cabin in Wisconsin for a few weeks in the summer. It’s a VRBO rental property so technically it’s not “ours”, but when you go to the same place every year for ten years, it sort of becomes yours in a weird cabin-heart-and-soul kind of way.

This year’s activity highlights included the predictable favorites: long runs, long naps, long long loooong books (I’m looking at you, Goldfinch), coffee sipping, dock sitting, tubing, wake boarding, wet hair ponytails, no makeup, Catch Phrase, baby holding, bonfires, sunset cruises, and fishing.

Better yet, this year’s food highlights included The Pioneer Woman sour cream pancakes, The Pioneer Woman spaghetti and meatballs, The Pioneer Woman stuffed mushrooms, The Pioneer Woman potato skins, The Pion – no but wait – I’m serious because literally all of us who cook at the cabin just all happened to bring our Pioneer Woman cookbooks along for the two weeks. Kind of like the time I met my mom for lunch somewhere and we didn’t see each other at first, so we both sat at our own tables and ordered the exact same earl grey hot tea, and happened to be wearing the exact same outfit, and waited for the other to arrive like twins in a movie scene. Anyways, The Pioneer Woman – apparently we channel our outdoorsy pioneerish spirits when we hide out in the Wisc Northland).

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Also on the non-Ree food front, there was kale pesto; fried walleye tacos: a team effort between my brother’s expert fishermanship and my undying love for guac and taco toppings; Mom’s zucchini pie which is currently sitting on my board of must-make-for-the-blog recipes because you will just DIE for this one; some kind of buckwheat pancakes that were my very own “special creation” aaand that we won’t be making again; shrimp linguine with real, luscious cream sauce because everything my sister makes turns to foodie gold; quick and easy pizza breads compliments of Grandma M; the most juicy-yum-yum Filipino mango float from my youngest sister, rhubarb bread aka cake for breakfast from Grandma R; and zucchini muffins – all the good, so-so, and duck food versions because I won’t stop till it I get it get it.

It’s a Friday in August and do we all feel good about that or what? Aw yeah. To kick off the weekend and make me smiiile (or maybe just maybe mist up the ol’ eyes if I look at certain pictures with certian music playing –  lalalala #allthefeelings) I am sharing a few pictures of the Good Times from Cabin Trip 2014. Happy weekend!

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  1. Oh my gosh, what a beautiful place! I love all these photos, and it sounds like you’re having a fabulous time. Enjoy the rest and relaxation (and amazing food too, obviously!) :)

  2. That looks so amazing! We keep talking about finding a cabin somewhere in Minnesota or Wisconsin that we can call “home” every year. This inspired me to start looking again!

  3. Lindsey:
    There’s nothing like spending time at the cabin with the family. I love the pics but I have one request. I want to see you holding up a picture of a big fish :) Bjork can’t catch it for you either!

  4. It’s so beautiful up there! My brother has a lake house in Presque Isle and I’ve been lucky enough to visit a few times. Nothing like it! Thanks for sharing your photos.

  5. I’m originally from Wisconsin, and moved to Texas permanently 5 years ago. I desperately miss Wisconsin summers! Everyone thinks (at least, down here) that Wisco is an iceland all year round. But the summers are amazing – even though they can be short. :) The lakes and outdoors in the south are nothing in comparison, that’s for sure.

    Although, I do like Texas better for the other 9 months out of the year… Have fun on your vaca!

    • Yes! It was beautiful – sunny and 70 for lots of the days! There were some chilly days too but that’s Wisconsin. :) I wouldn’t mind moving to Texas starting in about November…

  6. Stephanie Mork says:

    Great pictures Lindsay! As heartbroken as I am that I was not there I am so glad you all had a good time. I’ll be seeing you soon!

  7. These pictures are wonderful and this looks like a wonderful family vacation!

  8. Ohhh cabin life. Don’t you wish it could always be that easy!?

  9. Looks like such a fun vaca! =) what a beautiful family!

  10. May favorite blog post yet! Can you guess why????

  11. Looks like you had a lovely time. Just getting away from it all by a lake is so refreshing.

  12. Looks like you had a blast!! :)
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  13. Look like you guys enjoyed yourselves very much! Must have been difficult with the no-sugar-added thing though.

    This year we went to Lac St-Jean at our friend’s cottage with all the kids to eat the infamous tourtière du Lac St-Jean (next time I’m bringing my own camera) and her family’s traditional dessert called “la plotte à Pilotte“.

    We were four adults for 7 kids.

    Now I love my kids but I can’t wait for the day they are old enough for us to take looooooong naps. Let’s just say it’s been a while!

    Did you know that Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean has one of the, if not the biggest exportation of blueberries? They are all over the place in fields as far as the eyes can see.

  14. Summer perfection – a cabin and a lake in the woods. Reminds me of our cottage days in Muskoka!

  15. Great post and pics! Any chance you could share the VRBO listing with me for this place we’ve been looking for a great cabin in MN or WI.

  16. We spent a week in a Minnesota cabin when I was a kid, and those are still some of my fondest memories. I think it’s awesome that you guys do that every year, what a special vacation!

    P.S. I’m so glad your dad ended up being okay. Life is crazy and unpredictable at times-glad everything turned out well and that you all had a great time :)

  17. Looks like our cabin on the Chippewa Flowage, also in Northern Wisconsin. You just can’t beat it! Glad you have an amazing time. :)

  18. what amazing shots and wonderful photo collage!

  19. G. Robinson says:

    That is a beautiful place!! Please share the shrimp linguine w/ luscious cream sauce recipe when and if you can. Or send the link of the recipe. Thank you.

  20. Such lovely pictures – you captured the “mood” of yalls getaway so well!

  21. Great pictures!! Great family times!! They are the BEST!!

  22. Would you ever share the VRBO listing or at least the area you stay at? I ‘m from Western New York State & we try to do a VRBO each summer. Wisconsin would be a fun spot!! Thank you

  23. That looks amazingly like the Chain of Lakes in Waupaca, which is where we go every year. I’m guessing it’s not, but nevertheless, it IS beautiful up there isn’t it? Hope you were able to hit some of the wonderful farms and farmers markets while you were there.

  24. Nice crappie!

    Post a recipe using several crappies?

  25. Looks like a wonderful trip. Where exactly were you? Door County? You’re very blessed to be surrounded by so much family.

  26. Pictures are amazing!

  27. Lindsay, your pictures are beautiful and that baby is yummy! I grew up in Wisconsin and my parents had a house in northern Wisco. My kids loved spending time with family and fishing for hours. Looking at your photos makes me want to convince my husband to rent a cabin for a week.

  28. It’s beautiful there! I like the idea of a cabin that is yours but not yours, BUT yours throughout the years all the same.

  29. What amazing photos and terrific ideas for cabin fare! WOW the photos make me miss our family cabin, hope one day to be able to have another. Thanks for sharing yours!

  30. Niki Johnson says:

    Incredible pictures, thanks for sharing. We were fortunate enough to have a cabin to go to as kids and created many memorable memories there. Hope to be able to get another someday, to share with my kids.

  31. Love the photos and channeling Pioneer Woman with your meals (love her!) The pic of the family at the old wood picnic table is so classic. I want to rent a cabin too!!

  32. What a beautiful post and a beautiful place! It makes me sorely miss my family’s own cottage on a lake in northern Wisconsin (shouldn’t everyone have one?!). I haven’t been up in ages but I’ve gone up there for a solid 22 years.
    Btw, I’m also currently reading The Goldfinch- what did you think??? (no spoilers please!!)

    • Ugh, the Goldfinch. It was sort of a love/hate book affair for me… I liked the writing a LOT but I didn’t love love love the story, and mostly I was just annoyed that it look up all my reading time at the cabin because it was so darn long. I’m sort of an easy read kinda gal. :)

  33. Linda Poznansky says:

    When you spend time away with your Famly, you create life-long memories. We have a place on Long Lake Wisconsin and I totally “get” The Pioneer Woman recipes. We all tend to eat a little heartier at the Lake. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

  34. Ugh, that looks like so much fun! Super jealous. Also I’m glad your dad was ok after that scary dock jump! I was a lifeguard for years and get crazy nervous any time someone dives into a natural pool of water.

  35. Loved the photos! So great. What lens do you use most frequently on vacation? Do you use a zoom lens, or fixed focal point?

  36. This looks like a beautiful time!!

  37. Beautiful photos. I love the outdoors, rustic life.

  38. Oh my gosh Lindsay. Are we twins? I go to a cabin every year (we don’t own it, just rent the same one) and I’m leaving tomorrow. We have tons and tons of food. AND I just got back from a road trip to Utah where I brought my Pioneer Woman cookbook. No joke.

  39. I would love to know what town/area your cabin is in and if there are weekend rentals there. As a central Wisconsin resident with 3 kids under 4, I’ve been on the lookout for nearby family vacations (that don’t involve hotels…..).
    Looks like you had a super relaxing weekend. So sad to think summer is almost over. We did have a great one though! Fingers crossed that winter doesn’t hit as bad as the last one did. Ick! But yippy for an easy summer!

  40. I love up north Wisconsin! My husbands grandparents actually live up there so we are lucky enough to go visit them every once in a while. Beautiful pictures!!

  41. Beautiful family photos in this post! Time at the cabin with family sounds like so much fun. Gota admit I wish my family did a trip like that. :)

  42. I know I’m late to the party, but I just wanted to compliment you on your people photos. There are some beauties here. People are so hard to capture on (digital) film! I’m jealous and would love a post on people photography one day. At least (most) food stays still!

    • Thank you Kate! I really appreciate that – it’s something I’d love to learn more about since I really, really love branching out and taking pictures of actual live moving things like people. :) Hahah.

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