Posted by: Debra LaValley | July 2, 2016

July 2, 2016


The River Lady

I can’t believe that it is almost the 4th of July! What happened to June! Today is absolutely gorgeous! A nice breeze – it isn’t too hot and the air is dry. Perfection!  The above photo is the fist time that I saw the River Lady.  She was all decked out for the 4th of July!

I came across the River Lady last weekend. She was moored at the dock. I have heard that Harold and Wendy will be taking her through the Great Lakes and go through the Erie Canal.


I am hoping they post photos on Facebook! I have been lucky enough to have 2 rides on the River Lady – up and down the Contoocook River. She is such a unique and lovely ship – built by Harold and Wendy from an old Popular Mechanics blueprint with some of their own touches. A Subaru engine powers the wheel. I was lucky enough to pilot her for a few minutes one very warm evening.


At the helm of the River Lady Riverboat

Since summer is now in full swing – I figured I would share a favorite summer recipe.

Have a safe and fun 4th of July holiday!

Summer Squash Casserole (given to my mom from Helene Watts years ago)

1 1/2 lbs. diced (sliced) summer squash (salt optional)
1 large carrot grated (or thinly sliced)
1 small onion cut up
1 can cream of chicken soup (or can substitute cream of mushroom, etc.)
1/2 pint sour cream
1 stick oleo (aka margarine/butter)
1 pkg. Pepperidge Farm Dressing

Stew squash, onion, and carrot until tender. Drain off water. Add sour cream, soup, and mix. Melt oleo and mix with dressing. Put 1/2 in bottom of greased dish then squash. Then put other 1/2 on top.

Bake 350 for 35-40 minutes.

(You can vary – use zucchini and summer squash, etc.)

I like this even cold!


  1. How awesome that you got to pilot the boat! You look like you were BORN to be there. Lucky you! Sandy

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