Friday, June 27, 2008

Summertime picnic

We have lots of new guests joining us today via the SITS, otherwise known as The Secret is in the Sauce. Those of you who haven't joined in the fun, take a hop over there and check it out.

Instead of just hanging out in the kitchen I thought we'd head outside and have an old fashioned picnic! People don't seem to picnic like they did when I was a kid. We didn't have the money for big excursions and theme parks didn't even exist at that time. Yeah, I know, ancient history. We made our fun by organizing a loosely planned day at a forest preserve or state park. Grab the old quilt and I'll carry the picnic basket.

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We were all outside in the sunshine for the day and it was a good excuse to leave behind the household chores. I remember playing ball, eating, taking naps on old quilts, eating, taking hikes, eating catching fireflies at dusk and eating. The best thing about the picnics of my childhood was the "potluck element". Everyone brought their favorite family recipe, whether it be an appetizer, casserole, pie or homemade ice cream cranked in an old wooden freezer. I think I see someone cutting a pie in this photo! (For the newcomers - I'm on a lifelong quest to find the perfect piece of pie.)

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Today we're going to gather in the back forty under the trees. There are plenty of vintage picnic baskets to hold all the food. There's a covered cake plate if someone wants to bake a cake.

I've got a special surprise - I'm giving away one of my aprons which is made from Mary Jane Butter's pattern. Don't worry if you don't win the prize because I'm going to post a tutorial next week and show you how to make one for yourself. It's made from a man's dress shirt and it's easy, I promise!

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Just leave an comment and let me know what you'd like to bring to the vitual picnic. I'm not going to assign any categories because I hate when people do that. So what if we end up with 52 desserts? It's more fun that way. Just tell us what you're bringing. You don't need to include the recipe. The drawing will be on Sunday morning. I'll close off entries at midnight (Central Standard Time) on Saturday..... because I seriously need my beauty sleep.

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I'm bringing Edna's Fruit Salad which is a recipe my mom has been making since the late 1950's when our neighbor Edna brought it to a picnic. Here's the recipe:

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Omigosh, I just thought about that cherry jello dish that has pretzels in it. AHHHH...it's so delicious. Does anyone have the recipe? I'd be forever grateful.


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122 comments:

Tara@From Dawn Till Rusk said...

I absolutely love those photographs. Utterly adorable and such a lovely reminder of a bygone era.
I'm bringing the Oreo cheesecake my friend dished up at her little girl's 3rd birthday party for the grown ups. I've never seen a dessert disappear so fast! The children didn't get a sniff.

Bobbi's Book Nook said...

Wow - I only showed up on your site because of SITS, but now that I'm here, I can't wait to subscribe! You have a wonderful blog!

I'm probably going to be the odd man out at the virtual picnic, because I'd bring a book to read instead of food. Maybe something lite so I can read to picnicers while they munch on the yummy food!

Ritch in Love said...

Your blog has such a calm feeling that I just love! What a beautiful place to spend time reading. Will return!

Lane Boyz Mom said...

Good Morning and I LOVE you're blog...you're stuck with me now;)

American in Norway said...

CONGRATULATIONS! You go girl!!.... Now I can say I knew her when... I would love a good ol picnic... if only we could stop the rain here!

Sheri said...

Mmm, i would have to bring the Pioneer Woman's simply scrumtious pie. It's a raging hit whenever I take it somewhere. Hello, carmel, meet apple, inside a flaky crust? Slurp.

Heidi said...

I can bring Cherry fluf salad - my mom made this once and the Milk Man went loopy for it!!

stefanie said...

I'll bring some good old fashioned games. Horseshoes, badminton, croquet...maybe even a plain old ball.

I'll also bring a big basket that everyone can put their phones, iPods, and other handhelds into until it's time to leave!

Love your blog, I subscribed, thanks to SITS!

Laura said...

I recently found your blog and just love it. I desperately want to live in the country and so I love reading about people who do. :-)

For the picnic, I'd bring two things, Paula Deen's Squash Casserole and my grandmother's Pig Pickin Cake.

Nonna said...

What a great blog!! I wanna subscribe! I'm gonna come back and read more when I get home from work!! Have a great weekend!!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

What a great old-fashioned picnic...always the best kind. Well, I'm bringing some egg salad sandwiches. The egg salad will be packed in a small tupperware dish so that the sandwiches can be made up fresh. I'll probably also bring some good old-fashioned Hermits since they pack and carry so well.

You're really going to do a tutorial on the men's shirt apron? Oh wow! I am so excited about that I can't begin to tell you.

Say, is it just me or are things really taking off over here? Yay! :D

dara said...

Ok, for my contribution to the picnic, I am going to bring the FRIED chicken, not baked, not skinless, but go old fashioned rolled in that good eggy buttermilk wash and dreged in flour/cracker crumbs/crushed potato chips with all the spices from the cabinet that I remember my mom making.

Nan said...

I am bringing a marinated vegetable salad...good and cold for a hot summer picnic! I would love to win an apron! I've been wanting one LOTS!!

Sidney said...

Wow! What a walk down memory lane! We would have a family reunion of sorts with my dad's family and meet in a small town convenient to everybody, since we were scattered across Texas. There was a nearby park with one of those twirly, run-and-jump-on contraptions and the longest, burn-your-legs-by-the-time-you-reach-the-bottom slides. Along with some yummy fried chicken, deviled eggs and sweet tea! Congrats on SITS! Love the blog!

Jenn said...

Great photos! I love your blog!

Thirkellgirl said...

I have a *strawberry-pretzel recipe - it has smushed frozen strawberries, suspended in strawberry jello, over a smushed pretzel/sugar/butter crust. Is that it?
I'm bringing tortellini salad to the picnic. Cheese tortellini, cubed salami, cubed mozzarella cheese, red onion, seeded and cubed tomatoes, and black olives, in an olive-oil/oregano/basil vinaigrette!

Mamahut said...

OOOh, I got the watermelons, you can't picnic w/o a watermelon.

I have 3 of those old picnic baskets,,I uhm have an obsession for picnic baskets. If I had the apron I could put it all together, and pretty up the winerack. Love your blog!

EmBee said...

I too have the 'Strawberry Pretzel Jell-o Salad' recipe. With the cream cheese and whip cream center, pretzel sugar and butter crust, topped with strawberry jell-o with strawberries suspended in it. If you'd like the recipe you can e-mail me at thepapertreehouse@comcast.net.

As for my contribution to the picnic... Hmmmm? I immediately thought about potato salad and then worried about the mayo getting to warm and making everyone sick... That would be a tragedy, especially with a group of brand new friends. So put me down for 'Cowboy Caviar' served with a basket of tortilla chips, lined with a red bandana to carry out the theme.

Graham Shenanigans said...

I would love to join your picnic and I want to bring real old-fashioned homemade banana pudding.
It even has the meringue on top.

I want to subscribe too. Can you add me?

Rhiana said...

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars! I love them, you will too. I too love your photographs.

Angie said...

Thanks for the invite! I'm bringing old-fashioned, ooey, gooey, chocolate chip cookies. Yummy!

Harper said...

I think I will bring som celery filled with peanut butter and raisins.

I believe this is the recipe you are looking for:

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Step 1:

2 cups crushed pretzels (I use my Minnie chopper but you can also put pretzels in a sealed zip lock bag and roll over them using a rolling pin, a glass, or a can of green beans.)
¼ cup sugar
1 ½ sticks melted butter

Step2:

8oz cream cheese-
1c cup sugar
2 cups Cool Whip

Beat together and pour over cooled pretzel mixture.

Step 3:

2-10oz packages frozen strawberries-thawed
2 cups pineapple juice
1 large strawberry Jell-O

Heat juice on medium heat and dissolve Jell-O-add strawberries and pour mixture over cream cheese mixture and chill for at least 2 housrs.

This sets faster in a metal pan (9x13 cake pan)

Party of 5 said...

I wanna come I wanna come. I'm like the annoying neighbor kid who has to join you on every excursion. :-) I promise to behave though.

I'll even bring the fresh fruit tray. Strawberries, Bananas, etc. So nice and refreshing when out for the day.

Christy said...

Hey there. I'm here from SITS--I absolutely love the look of your site! Very cool.

Kat said...

I love the old pictures. I have *got* to figure out how to use my scanner...and then I need a few weeks on my own to get all my parents pictures into the computer.

I'd love to come to the picnic. I just got a picnic basket at Target. Not that we go on any picnics...but it was cute...and maybe we will now. I think I'll just bring some ham and cheese sandwiches...it's easy, and it's what my kiddos would eat.

Apple Joos said...

Ooooh! I would like to bring the perfect pie to the picnic. I realize you're still looking but I'd love to know what has been the closest to perfect so far!

Simple Answer said...

Oh Suzanne! I'm so glad others are unearthing what a treasure you are. And what a fabulous post - not to mention a darling apron.

I'm making Texas sheet cake - my picnic stand by!

Jacki said...

Since my husband is from Denmark, I'll bring some frikadeller to make sandwiches with.

I am visiting from SITS and will be bookmarking your blog!

angie said...

I'm so coming to your virtual picnic and I'm bringing a green salad with strawberries, pear, pecans and gorgonzola. Will that do? :)

Chris is *Refining Life* said...

I love picnics! Your pix are wonderful...

I'll bring deviled eggs (with lots of paprika on top) and 3-bean salad. We need some iced tea and lemonade too!

Trish said...

Oh my this looks like so much fun. Hmmm....how about a mango salsa and black bean and rice salad I just posted on my blog....I'd love to come. See ya there.

Tiffany said...

I have a Strawberry Pretzel Dessert recipe that is scrumpdillyicious if you'd like it. I am glad you reminded me since strawberries are in season right now. Let me know if you want it.

When I see old fashioned picnic baskets I think of a book I read when I was a kid. It was a Raggedy Ann and Andy book at my grandma's house.And it reminds me that any good picnic always has a tall chocolate layer cake, packed whole, unpacked in one gorgeous piece - no matter where you are, and then sliced perfectly so all of the layers are clearly visible. To fulfill this requirement of a perfect picnic, I will make my family recipe of Black Magic Cake, moist and rich (there is cocoa and coffee in the batter), with a rich espresso frosting.The cake will be 4 layers, so nice and tall, and will be served with whipped cream, fresh from our little farm.

Mmmm, all of these dishes sound so delicious. My Weight Watcher mouth is watering and wondering how many points a picnic like this might be...

Whitney said...

Great blog! Love the layout! Congrats on being blog of the day! :)
http://glamlifehousewife.blogspot.com/

Heather said...

I'll be bringing my Snicker's Salad. Is it a dessert? Is it a salad? It's both. So it has to be good for us, right?
There are apples involved.

Deanna said...

Hmmmm... Growing up in Mississippi, a picnic wasn't a picnic unless you had a Smith County Watermelon. I will also bring some squash fritters made with fresh squash from the garden. Those are so good warm or cold.

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

I can never bring just one thing to potlucks - so I'll bring:

Raman Noodle Salad
Taco Salad
&
Snickerdoodles!

Love your blog - can't wait to read more!!!

Melanie said...

I love your blog but I must say that I sooo have you beat. I live about 12 miles from anything and about 35 miles from either one of the actual towns.

Melanie said...

I love your blog but I must say that I sooo have you beat. I live about 12 miles from anything and about 35 miles from either one of the actual towns.

Mrs. S said...

Hello Saucy SITS lady! So glad I found you. Your blog is just darling...simply precious.
And, my family still goes on picnics (we're poor just-out-of-college folks!)...plus, even if we were rich, my DH loves the outdoors (I prefer my AC or at least spring or fall weather)

Ashley said...

Oooweeee. I love a picnic. I'll bring my ex father in law's famous Potato Salad. It can't be beat, made with baked potatoes instead of boiled.

Also Suzanne, we're located in and around the Mena, AR area of the Ouachitas.

Mrs. S said...

We just happen to have the best chocolate chip cookies EVER to bring to the picnic. They are moist and soft and just pleasure! (my hubby is the best baker!)

Amy said...

Hello! I will be there..and I am bringing corn salad..yummy!! CUTE apron!

Rhea said...

Our corn must grown at different rates. Here in Texas it's taller than I am right now!!

I love your blog. Beautiful design and music and hilarious content!!

Feathering My Nest said...

I love your blog. Congratulations on being SITS queen for the day. Thanks for the recipe. It looks so yummy. Kathi

Lucy said...

This reminds me so much of growing up in the 50's in Rigby, Idaho. My Aunt/Uncle had a forest behind their house and we'd have family picnics in the "forest". I used to think it was so big but when I go there now it is just a little clump of big trees. Love the pictures. A wonderful time gone by. I hope those times still exist.

Lucy said...

Oh...I forgot...I have a wonderful spinach/chicken salad I'll bring. And I'll even bring the recipe.

Kim's Treasures said...

I would like to bring a Strawberry-Rhubarb Coffee Cake.
I really enjoy reading your blog!

Have a wonderful day!
Hugs!
Kim

The Epps Family said...

I was gonna bring deviled eggs, but someone beat me to the punch, so I am going to bring a huge cooler to set on the table. It will have a spout at the bottom and when you press the button, your glass will be filled with perfectly sweetened Southern Iced Tea--with lemon and lime slices on the side!

Anonymous said...

think I'll bring fruit pizza....

Chandra Stauffer said...

I absolutely love that you hate potluck assignments. I always get so frustrated when people get so uptight about it. It is a picnic for Pete's sake, relax!

I am going to bring my mom's (and it was probably her mom's) family reunion rolls. It is a basic recipe that you can use for various shapes. We ALWAYS make crescents. Soooo yummy!

Marty52 said...

oh, yay, a picnic!!! I'm not new here but I don't think I've ever commented... I've been reading your other blog, "The Farmer's Wife," for a couple of years and came over here when you started up.

Anyhoo... I'll bring an extra quilt and some macaroni salad that I've been making for about 30 years... it's deelish!! See ya in a few!

Tracy P. said...

"Knee high by the 4th of July..." that's what my mom always said! And I have no idea how she knew that, because she was a city girl. But a blueberry pickin' city girl.

These southern gals have my husband covered with the potato salad and sweet tea, so I'll just bring some brownies. Plain and simple. Well, I'll probably throw in some chocolate chips. Ya gotta have 'em.

Sue said...

Hey SITSsta! I love the clarinet version of "summertime" - really evokes the spirit of your blog. Great job!

Jill said...

Good Morning! So excited to see you featured here at SITS... you're the first person I've been reading before they've been featured - so I am extra happy this morning!

I am bringing my bacon wrapped dates. The sweet and the savory all mixed together are like a little party in your mouth. Delish!

Mrs. R said...

I am an appetizer girl. I will bring some artichoke dip, pita chips, hummus, and potato skins.

I love the pictures!!

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

Jumping in from SITS..great idea...picnics...love them, hate to pack for them...

Ann said...

Good morning!
I found you via SITS and boy am I glad. Your site is fantastic!!!!
Now, I would like to bring my neighbor Eleanor's famous "Ambrosia Salad" to the picnic.
I should go whip that up right now!

Kacey said...

I'm so glad they featured you on SITS today! (I'm signing up!) What a treasure your blog is and those photos are priceless.
The picnic sounds fabulous! There's nothing like a good 'ol traditional potluck. If you don't mind I think I'll bring along some homemade lemonade. Afterall, you can't have a summer day picnic without freshly squeezed lemonade!

Karen said...

My hubby has been trying to convince me to make that cherry/pretzel/jello thingimmy, for ages. I don't know, perhaps I should give it a go. I have this link that has oodles of C/P/J on it
http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0,cherry_pretzel_salad,FF.html

I love picnics. We used to have big family/neighbour ones, all the time, back home in NZ.
Love the apron BTW.

I can bring a Bacon & Egg pie and a Pavlova.

Julie N said...

This is just the place for me! An old fashion picinic with no techno gear! We used to do this all the time in Alaska. I loved my mom's macaroni salad so I'll bring that.

Tam said...

The baskets in your picture...do you know how old they? I have one just like the one with the WHITE cake stand! I love it to death!

Well from UP NORTH where I am from but not far up north...you would warm up a good OLE Spiral Ham and cut it all up and put it on BISCUITS....YES I will bring Ham Biscuits and well you can not just bring one item we have to bring another as that is how we ROLL up NORTH so I would bring some potato salad and devil eggs...the devil eggs have ginger in the mix and is so yummy!

KimmyJ said...

Congrats on the feature on SITS! I am so filling up that cake stand with my Nanny's Pea Pickin' Cake and I'm bringing a gallon of sweet tea. I am chomping at the bit for that apron how to! Can I add you to my blog roll, puhleez?

tinabean1988 said...

I love your blog!
I think I'll be bringing Cookie Salad & Chocolate caramel brownies & of course some home made rootbeer.

christie said...

Your photographs are amazing! Love those Vintage pictures!
As for the picnic! I'll bring my grandmother's recipe for Banana Cake...YUM!

trasha said...

I LOVE pinics! How about I bring homemade sausage rolls, some of my AWESOME brownies (believe me, they are the bee's!!) and Pioneer Woman's Green Beans?

Pat said...

I've got the potato salad covered.

Melissa Lester said...

I would bring roasted new potato salad. Yum!

LIBERTY POST EDITOR said...

Fried chicken, chilled, coated with Corn Flakes. Is there a river near by so I can float a bit?

LIBERTY POST EDITOR said...

Send me some readers Sister! Look at all these comments. Gee, you are one popular writer! Pleased as punch that I know ya!

Ginny said...

Great pics! I'll bring chips & salsa to the picnic :)

TheMama said...

Good Grief, you are funny! I'm so glad SITS was invented. It's leading me to such interesting people!

My contribution to the virtual picnic will be Grasshopper Brownies.

Wait! There are no bugs involved, promise.

They're dark chocolate brownies topped with mint frosting (think - like an Oreo) and chocolate ganache.

It's a good think they're virtual, because they are decidedly not good for you.

Mom Taxi Julie said...

I'll bring my MIL's potato salad. I finally quit trying to make it perfectly like her and the last time I made it my husband said it was "the bomb" :O)

Swirl Girl said...

I'm in for some lemonade for the kiddies and something more grown up for the adults...some refreshing mojitos!

Dejoni said...

Oh, I have so many things I want to bring. My mom's potato salad, pasta salad, derby pie, and green onions fresh from the garden. We always had these at family get togethers.

Neurotically Yours: said...

I am going to bring deviled eggs and some yummy banana pudding!

BTW - I love your blog design!

The Millers said...

Hmmm...I think I'll bring good ol' fresh fruit. Nothin' beats cool, juicy fruit on a hot summer day! Plus, it'll provide entertainment: watermelon seed spitting contest anyone?

Love your blog!

Nonna said...

Cute pictures!! I'm gonna bring some fresh cold watermelon to the picnic...doesnt that sound refreshing?

lifeinredshoes said...

You really know how to throw a picnic! I still remember taking a picnic to the cemetary on Memorial Day, I was maybe 4. I'm looking forward to that tutorial, I need all the help I can get!

Deanna said...

Great blog! Over here from SITS, but I'll definitely be a regular from now on!

My picnic contribution...a smoked brisket (wrapped in foil and kept warm in a cooler) and a ton of homemade flour tortillas. We can wrap the tortillas around shredded brisket for a quick taco. I'll also make my lime guacamole and homemade pico de gallo.

Kaza said...

Hello SITsta! Great photos. Makes me want to have a picnic, but the bugs are so big and bad here in the South that we tend to keep our picnics indoors this time of year!

Mrs. Parks said...

LOVE this blog.
You lifted my spirits and I will be back.
New favorite.

Mommy Meryl said...

Ok - I don't cook and I have never been to a farm (ok, I have been to the dairy and agriculture farms that my daughter's school visits for field trips. . ), but like never visited anyone on a farm or known anyone who lives on a farm so I would love love to win a real apron from someone ona farm!!

And I LOVE picnics! My daughter's favorite car game is to play "I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing. . .".

So, I will bring Tandori Chicken Salad - very yummy!!

Adrienne said...

I'd bring... Muddy Buddies, they're my favorite! Also, spaghetti with the angel hair pasta, MY FAVORITE! Oh, and I couldn't forget the garlic bread! :D
SITS
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Kristen Andrews said...

love your blog and this post for SITS is Fab! I just ran across a few pictures like this that were of my grandmother when she was a baby, they all looked so refined in those times. Congrats on being featured.

Nichole said...

I'll bring the Lemon Meringue Ice Cream Pie! (Trust me. It's delicious.)

Kimberly said...

Oooo! I picnic! I LOVE picnics, and I LOVE jello-pretzel-salad! mmmm! Congrats on your saucy blog!!! I am going to bring Oreo salad. My favorite! (no matter what anyone says, its a salad, not a dessert!) :)

Kara said...

Definitely bringing some blackberry cobbler with fresh picked blackberries from my country home. Love your blog, very cute!

KatKit13 said...

How cool! I have a very similar pickynick basket. (I collect them)

I'll bring a gorgeous cake - decorated. How about yellow cake, with a lemon curd filling, and buttercream icing?

And some of my killer brownies.

KarenAnn said...

I've got a pretty green Thermos jug that I'll fill up with homemade lemonade. I'll float in a few lemon slices and poor in some maraschino cherry juice to give the lemonade a nice pink tint. I'll also be bringing some kitchen tea towels to use as napkins. Everybody has messy fingers at a picnic!

Caroline said...

Great blog! I'll bring baked crab rangoons, but no one is allowed to be allergic to crab at our picnic.

Half-Past Kissin' Time said...

I'll bring the watermelon (even if someone else already said it!) You can never have too much watermelon at a summer picnic!

Missy said...

Ooh, what fun! I'll bring my granny's homemade apple pie made with apricot brandy baked into it. AND a gooseberry pie loaded wtih sugar to balance out the tartness of the fresh picked berries. Delish.

Cara said...

Love your blog, a virtual picnic is so fun.
I'll bring Strawberry Shortcake and Orzo Salad.
I see that the recipe for Strawberry Pretzel Salad was already given.
Found you through SITS

Mrs. Trixi said...

Your site is great!!! I love a good old fashioned picnic. Nothing would be better than fried chicken, potato salad, sweet tea, and watergate salad.
Blessings,
Trixi

Michelle said...

Those are such cool photographs (too many comments to wade though to see if you already answered); are they from your family or did you find them? I love old time photographs.

For the picnic, I would bring my pasta salad. I don't like most pasta salads, as they're too oily and slimy for my liking and just taste like bottled Italian dressing. The salad I make has roasted corn (roast on the ear, then cut off the nibblets), tomatoes, feta and all sorts of goodies that make it nice and tangy but oh so light and refreshing.

Now that I think about it, I may have to make some of this for a party I'm going to tomorrow.... YUM!

windycityvegan said...

I just moved from downtown Chicago to rural Saxapahaw, NC, and I feel right at home reading your blog. And I love the apron...hopefully I'll have my sewing machine unpacked by the time you post the tutorial!

For the picnic I am bringing a quinoa tabbouleh salad - it is vegan and gluten free, with so many people attending you can never be too careful!

Shannon said...

The apron is so adorable!

C.C. said...

96 comments?! Woah nelly! I'm bringing Mango Mousse!

Suzanne, thank you for your visit to my blog today. I've loved reading your blog and your comments on mine. Have a lovely, lovely summer full of picnics, fireflies and pie!

Mamasphere said...

I want to come! I really miss a good picnic.

I'm bringing Sweet Potato Hash. Sweet potatos, onions, green peppers and BACON. Tastes great hot, even better cold.

Jenn said...

Inspirational. I feel a picnic coming over me. I will hope for good weather but if not we will make a picnic on the floor. Hmmmm what would I bring to a true virtual picnic. Ahhhh Homemade lemonade with My favorite oatmeal cookies with rasins and walnuts! Yummy. Now I am going to need to bake tomorrow. I loved the pictures. I am a photographer in my heart I have a love hate thing with the digital photos of today. LOL

Jessica G. said...

That fruit salad sounds like the best way to eat your fruit! :)

I'm bringing one of my cakes because I canNOT go anywhere without insisting a make a cake to go with it.

Glad the SITS girls recommended you!

Cottage Rose said...

I love the photos; And thanks for the invite for a picnic. I love picnic's. I am going to bring my Grandma's sugar cookies. I made these and entered them in our county fair, and won first prize with them. I will never forget that when we went to visit she always had a large cookie jar filled with them for us. I sure do miss hers, but mine a close. Thanks again.
hugs;
Alaura

Sassy Momma said...

Found you through SITS! The apron looks adorable. I can't wait to see the tutorial!

Stacey Moore said...

strawberry pie :)

WheresMyAngels said...

I've only done the strawberry dish with the pretzels in it!

Romi said...

Am I too late? I'll bring good old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies and some onion dip with Lay's potato chips. Sweet and Salty combined. Great blog!

Amy said...

Your pictures are great. I found you through sits. What a cute idea. I'm not that great with food, how about some sparklers?

Sandi McBride said...

My Goodness...that's what I'd call that fruit salad that isn't a salad, lol...and I agree about picnicing...I love to get my grandgirls a basket of goodies ready to go, a blanket over their arms and straw hats on their heads...those city mice love to come to their Country Grannymouse's abode!!!
Sandi

Rue said...

I love a good picnic!! :)

I'm bringing Potato Chip Cookies
(trust me, they're REALLY good)

1 cup butter
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup crushed potato chips

Combine butter and powdered sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer on med. speed for 3 min. Add egg yolk and vanilla, beat until well mixed. Then gradually beat in flour. Stir in the potato chips with a spoon or spatula.

Drop by teaspoon fulls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. sift with powdered sugar while they're still warm. Makes about 40 cookies.

If you don't tell people what they are until they try them, then they'll be gone in minutes. If you do tell them, you'll end up with all the cookies for yourself ;)

I Love that apron Suzanne! I can't sew, so I HAVE to win :)

hugs,
rue

Mercedes said...

I love the pix

Merrie said...

Great site! And who couldn't love that apron? I love the music and the old picnic pictures. I've got some like that of our family from over 100 years ago, eating along the creek. I love that kind of history.

Sunshine said...

Yes...I too want to live on your blog. I looove the country and fresh corn on the cob and aprons and picnics. I'll bring banana bread and some strawberries from my suburban backyard garden. Somehow even in the city, they are delish.

I love the old pics. I'm a sentimental girl. I like it here. Did I mention that?

Jena said...

Oh my gosh-I thought that my mom was the only one who made the strawberry-pretzel thingy-she isn't allowed to bring anything else to any get together!! I'll bring some sweet tea, too-can never have enough of that!!

Jen said...

I love your blog. It is great. I came here from SITS, but will definitely return time and time again. I love the photos on this post. I will bring pasta salad. Homeade, not boxed.

Kim Stewart said...

I love your blog and would love to be a winner! I will bring homemade sweet tea because that is the best thing to drink in the summer!
Kim
mytupkim2003 at yahoo dot com

Parker said...

Oh, my goodness... I love your blog. You are adorable. I remember going on picnics like this when I was a little girl. They were the most fun. My favorite thing was the strawberries and watermelon. So, I'll be there with both and a case of cold Diet Coke.
HUGS,
Kat

Farm Fresh Jessica said...

I'm the 117th commenter! Wow. That is a lot of people wanting an apron ;-)

I'm going to bring my red white and blue layered jello that is so delish it really should be famous.

Kris said...

I'm here via SITS but now how can I leave? What a lovely blog you have! I'm hooked!!

Cookie said...

How cute. I think I know some of those women in the photos. They look like my relatives back in Alabama.

What a fun post.

my2boyz said...

Oh cute Apron!!! I want it!!! As for what I am bringing to the picnic. Fresh fruit plate with Strawberry colada dip.
Found you on SITS! Love your blog!

Briana said...

I love the apron! I use one every day when I cook dinner!

I am the meatball girl at work. I make a mean sweet and sour meatball recipe that I am constantly asked to make (from scratch no less) for work parties.

Here's my secret recipe:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Lanas-Sweet-and-Sour-Meatballs/Detail.aspx

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