Back in my Lake Lure Kitchen, Sort of.

April 2nd, 2015

Shrimp with Orange Sauce Best

Oh, the plans that we make.  If life was predictable we would be settled into our lovely cottage on the lake, sitting before the fireplace, and admiring the dogwood trees and daffodils blooming outside of the window.  Instead we have been pulling 200 feet of plumbing pipe from our well to get to the pump that needs to be replaced.  David had two helpers, . . .  but it turned into a four man job.  I was the lead puller.  Pretty impressive work for a woman of a certain age.  Another problem has been a dangerously low supply of propane gas.  Since I use the gas for my stove, our gas fireplace and our grill, cooking has been challenging.  One of the lessons that we learned was to never return here on a Friday when help is not available until Monday.  So, I am offering a repeat recipe.  This is a wonderful Shrimp with Orange Butter Sauce and Cornmeal Savarins.  I featured it a while back.  You can find the recipe here.  It would make a lovely first course for your Easter dinner.  You can order the cute savarin molds on-line.  The link is provided in the post.

Spring Deck 2

At least the weather has been good at the lake.  It would be great to be able to sit on the deck and relax.  But notice the full gutters and pine needles on the roof.

Spring Deck

But the water is Spring blue and we are happy to be here.  Happy Easter everyone.  I will be back next week with fresh ideas.

35 responses to “Back in my Lake Lure Kitchen, Sort of.”

  1. Larry says:

    I like your two outside shots and the shrimp looks delicious. Sorry about your pump issues. I had to replace mine a few years ago and it was difficult to sit on the patio and sip coffee while watching the pump guys take care of it.

    • Penny says:

      Ha! It must have wore you out Larry. David decided that he could take care of it himself with the help of two young guys. We are getting to old for that.

  2. Penny @ The Comforts of Heom says:

    Welcome back…sorry you had to come home to problems! Looking forward to getting together when you are ready.

  3. Ti says:

    I imagine that returning to the cottage after being gone for awhile means a lot of work up-front! Getting it all ship-shape again. But what lovely views!

  4. What a perfect and festive first course, Penny. Have a wonderful holiday. Hugs and blessings…Mary

  5. Susan says:

    Nothing is easy. Everything seems to turn into a project. Hope you are up and cooking soon. Glad you are “home” though.

  6. Barbara says:

    Returning from time away never seems to go smoothly! Murphy’s law? It happens time after time. But those views, Penny! How marvelous. We used to summer at a cabin on Walloon lake in Michigan. Your photos brought back some lovely memories!

    • Penny says:

      We bought the cottage in Lake Lure because it reminded us of Michigan lakes. Have a wonderful Easter Barbara.

  7. Welcome home Penny. When we return & don’t find at least one thing wrong, I wonder what we missed that will show up later. With two houses there’s always something isn’t there. Lovely shrimp dish & beautifully presented.

    • Penny says:

      That is one of the reasons we are selling the Florida house Sam. Looking forward to seeing you back here soon.

      • Diana says:

        Oh, my goodness! That does not sound like a happy homecoming. Once all is said and done it will just be another great story to tell! We will be back next week and Tom and I could come and supervise! The lake looks glorious. See you soon!

  8. Chris says:

    Thought about you all when we passed by Lake Lure on the way home from our family reunion last weekend. I guess we should have stopped and helped out, ha ha.

    We lost the pump for our geothermal HVAC units at work and had to pull only 120 feet of plumbing but yes, it is a ridiculous chore. We had someone up on a latter, a man in the parking log, and one at the well head. The real joy was that a week later we had to re-do it because the replacement pump was faulty. First defective Red Jacket pump the distributor has had in almost 30 years. I was not happy.

    • Penny says:

      We could have used your help Chris. At one point we had the hose hooked up to the Durango to help pull it. I wonder if you ever tried the above recipe with shrimp and grits.

  9. Martie Gilbert says:

    Your view is so beautiful. As a kid I spent time there and enjoy seeing your pictures that evoke happy times.

  10. Madonna says:

    Sorry for your problems. I have had some plumbing problems myself, but I am good to go now.

    I pinned your recipe. You make the best things. I have seen the Savarins molds before, but did not know what they were used for. I think my MIL made jello molds out of them. Isn’t that funny?

    Happy Easter.


    • Penny says:

      You can also make small cakes in them and fill the centers with berries and whipped cream. Happy Easter Madonna.

  11. Jane says:

    It’s always something, isn’t it, Penny? My heart goes out to you guys.

    This looks like a great recipe…very elegant!

    Jane xx

    • Penny says:

      Hope your lake house will be repaired soon. After reading your post it sounds like it will take a while. Happy Easter Jane. Good luck with everything.

  12. Susan says:

    Your Lake Lure home looks lovely, Penny. With potted plants already on the deck you must be enjoying some really nice weather. I’m sorry about your pump, though. What a lovely shrimp dish! I hope you’re able to cook again very soon and Happy Easter to you!

  13. Welcome home, I’m sure it is nice to be back but wish you hadn’t had your problems with your well. Your beautiful porch with its view looks so lovely…it reminds me of our cottage on the lake in Maine where we spent so much time. Happy Easter.

    • Penny says:

      We seem to have most things back under control now. There has even been time to sit on the porch. I know you are facing lots of work when the snow melts. Happy Spring Karen.

  14. Katie Zeller says:

    As much as I love spring, and I do love spring, it doesn’t take long for the work to get overwhelming. It seems like it all has to be done at once. And then the unexpected happens and everything takes that much longer. So far, we’re good this year, last year we had lawnmower problems – which is not good when the grass needs cutting every 5 days from March 1 through May LOL

    • Penny says:

      Since we no longer have a lawn of any kind, mowing is not one of our tasks. It used to be with over 5 acres, so I can sympathize with you. It amazes me how much you both get done. Happy Spring Katie. Love our new connection.

  15. monique says:

    Oh Penny..remember when your posts were not coming to me?
    It seems the same thing is happening..I have to tell you I love Florida..but this spot of yours on Lake Lure is simply gorgeous.
    Love what I see of your home..and the shrimp dish is beautiful.

    • Penny says:

      I am so sorry Monique. We will be with the kids this weekend and I will run the problem by Michael. I have been missing your nice comments.

  16. Monique says:

    Maybe it’s me that needs Michael;)

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