Then there was a BBQ dinner. Smoked chicken, sausage and ribs with all the sides you can imagine (including Danette's incomparable noodle salad!) Again, no pictures...we were too busy eating! After dinner, Ken raffled off an incredible amount of door prizes. Generosity is his middle name. Every kid walked away with a goodie satchel full of fun stuff. Our number was drawn for the margarita machine and assorted goodies to go with! Party at our house...who's in??
Then, there was a dessert competition. I made the one thing in my arsenal that never fails. This yummy has been a staple at the Rydin family holiday table as long as I can remember: Double Cream Cheesecake with Oreo Crust. We found the most sublime fresh berries and then God smiled on my cheesecake: for the first time ever, it didn't crack on top! Maybe it was a sign, because the cheesecake took First Place in the competition. And I almost didn't get a picture...while I was cutting it, another gal asked if I'd taken a picture. Ooops. Second place went to the amazing fresh strawberry pie right behind the cheesecake. The crust combined with the berries: Lawsie mercy...that was yummy!
Later that evening, while Dan took the boys to the Speedway for the races, I was off to the nearby casino in a tricked out Limo-Bus! I did make a donation at the slots (why do I even bother with them?) and then spent the next few hours parked at my favorite table: Roulette! The first three numbers after I sat down were all direct hits for me! I had so much fun, got ahead, never got behind, but ended up walking away with my initial buy-in, so it was all good! Sunday morning, breakfast! This is our host, Ken. He is amazing. I say this because we were all on the same limo ride back home at around 2:00 am and yet, here he was, up bright and early making a huge feast for everyone.
After packing up the rigs to head home, the kids ended up back in the water behind the boat. I worked on my sunburn a little more. After a wild boat ride around the lake, all the kids jumped in the water and pretty soon, everyone ended up sliding around on the ski jump ramp. A perfect end to an amazing weekend. Ken and Danette, thank you again for inviting us to the picnic! We are truly blessed to have you in our lives!