Monday, June 14, 2010

Sunshine, Rain and Sweet Endings

Yesterday Mr. Comforts of Home drove about 45 minutes over the mountain to Lake Lure, NC. Lake Lure was where the movie, Dirty Dancing was filmed.

(view from Penny's dock)
My blogging friend Penny and her husband live on the lake and invited us over for a boat ride and dinner.
Me on the left and the other Penny on the right, standing on their dock next to their boat house)

The sun was shining when we started the boat ride.  Penny and her husband treated us to some wine and appetizers as we toured the lake.

(me and Mr. Comforts of Home)

Above is Mr. Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen.  Look in the distance.  Do you see the "cloud" dropping into the mountains?  That is a rain storm that descended rapidly.

We were almost to the boat house and it opened up and started pouring.

The above picture was taken after we had docked in the boathouse.  See the huge drops of rain on the lake?

We got a little wet, but after we dried off, Daisy, Penny's dog greeted us.

Penny's lake house is just beautiful!  It has beautiful stone floors in the kitchen.  Look at that wonderful French black cabinet with the chicken wire front!

Dinner was delicious.  Penny made a sweet potato salad, coleslaw, squash casserole (recipe here) and Mr. Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen grilled pork tenderloin.

And for dessert.....the "sweet ending" part of this post, a wonderful coffee ice cream, dark chocolate crumb crust dessert with toasted almonds. 

We had a wonderful time!  Thank you Penny and Mr. Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen! 

If you want some wonderful recipes, please visit Penny at her blog....she would love to see you!
Welcome Home,


  1. That looks like the perfect way to spend the day! What a beautiful lakehouse they have. Ahhh...maybe someday!


  2. Looks like a wonderful way to spend a summer day with friends. :)

  3. Mmmm - we both spent part of the day on the water! What a lovely time after all the hard work of the week behind you.

  4. Hi Penny! We had such a good time. Even getting wet was an adventure. So glad you could visit and thank you for the pictures since my camera got left on the dock. You will see some of the same ones when I post today.

  5. Penny.....What a beautiful lake with beautiful mountain views! The dinner she made looked delicious!~Hugs, Patti

  6. The beauty of this state constantly amazes me. It has been several years since we have been to Lake Lure, but I remember just how lovely it is.

    I know you had a wonderful time with special friends.

  7. What a fun's a good thing you weren't way out when the storm hit! Their greeter sure has a cute waggy tail! And the food looks so wonderful...thanks for sharing your fun time...come say hi :D

  8. Love how the dessert matches the dessert plate! It looks absolutely decadent and delicious!

  9. Okay, there are TWO Penny's. It really confused me because I'm thinkin', 'wait I thought this was Penny's blog.'

    Looks like you all had a wonderful time. I read every new post although I don't always leave comments.

  10. Penny, you all live with such beauty. Thanks for sharing your day on the lake. ~ Sarah
    Love the garden shot below. :-)

  11. Oh what fun and in such a beautiful setting!

    Lucky you!


  12. Penny, I love lake Lure. It is so pretty and peaceful there. How lucky that your friend lives there. What great looking food. I love grilled pork tenderloin and that dessert looks divine.

  13. How wonderful that the Penny's got together!! And I am fortunate, because I have found your blog. I will do some more looking while I am here. Susan

  14. It's been some time since I visited Lake Lure but it is beautiful! How lovely to get to visit the lake with a blog friend. Yum that pie looked awesome.

  15. Beautiful picture of the coming rain! The food looks delicious!

  16. Absolutely gorgeous Penny! Wow!

    Great post.

  17. You all look just great and I love that beautiful setting for her home! The meal is fabulous, too! Enjoy your week! ♥

  18. I have been there! It is gorgeous. I have a lot of happy memories of that trip. Thanks for reminding me!

  19. What a beautiful and perfect day except for that unexpected rain storm! Glad you enjoyed yourself after all that work you did in the garden!

  20. Was that film supposed to be set in New Hampshire or am I dreaming? Anyway, that lake is a perfectly beautiful one. It has a lot of visual interest beyond just the water and the horizon. Getting wet just adds to the memories. What a wonderful evening!

  21. Hi Penny,

    Oh my goodness - Lake Lure - what a beatiful spot and lovely home to visit. Is that the same Lake Lure that is in Georgia? It looks very familiar to me since I went to school for a while in Georgia and spent lots of time sailing on Lake Lure.
    I love the photo of you gardening - adorable - looks like your kitchen garden is really coming along.
    Have a lovely week.
    Hugs and Blessings,

  22. What a lovely visit, it's so nice to spend time with friends. So happy to see you glowing in all these pictures...:)


  23. Looks like a fun time. And the food looks delicious. Penny always cooks up something yummy; I love her blog.

  24. What a lovely visit you had. The rain on the lake just added to it! And your dinner looks like it was delicious.
    I love that you're working so hard on the gardening, I can relate. My hubby looks just like that when he comes in from a rough day outside. As for me, I make up the project list and direct him, it's exhausting...:) !!
    Have a wonderful week.
    Heidi - Heart and Home

  25. What a great time you all had together. It is so pretty there on Lake Lure! I printed out all of Penny's recipes to try. They look delicious!!! Love & blessings from NC!

  26. Hi,
    Glad you had a great time. I went to Lake Lure to visit the Dream Home from HGTV located there. Very pretty place. The food looks delish.

  27. Sweetheart, it looks like you got some serious sun there...but what a great way to get it! You both look happy and so healthy!

  28. It sounds like a wonderful evening! I'm headed over to introduce myself to "the other Penny" right now:>)

  29. I was over at Lake Lure Kitchen Cottage and saw what fun time you had including your adventure in the rain. What a lovely meal. It's so much fun to meet fellow bloggers and find you actually have so much in common.

  30. looks like you had a wonderful time! We live in NC and I have not visited Lake Lure yet but it is on my to do list. The meal looked delicious and what a sweet little dog:-)
    Glad you had fun!

  31. What a fun time at a lovely place - even getting rained on and followed by that lovely meal must have been fun.......sharing time with blog friends is always great, as we know!

    Miss you and hopefully will see you later in the year!

    Hugs - Mary

    P.S. Thanks for the comments on my Africa trip - glad you're enjoying the photos.