A Sweet Little Indoor Picnic
It is getting to be that hot and humid time of year again here in GA. So we are avoiding the bugs and the heat with a sweet little indoor picnic.
How my husband and I survive a July wedding, I will never know. Maybe it was cooler 20 years ago, and this is all global warming. I do not know, but this heat is ridiculous. As many of you guys know, my husband sustained an injury to his shoulder recently, which took all of our travel plans for our 20th anniversary and put them into a hold pattern. We will still go and celebrate just not on our actual anniversary this month. Here is a fun throw back picture to July 26, 1997. I have always loved this candid shot of me trying to trump through the grass in heels, as my sweet hubby to be reaches back to make sure I don’t end up on the ground. Since we are at home for our anniversary, I decided it would nice to have a cute little romantic picnic, enter problem #2. Apparently Atlanta, GA is the new Seattle, WA because it has rained for days this summer. This is a very unusual trend for our drought stricken state so you will hear not complaints for me. However it makes planning a picnic outside…..challenging. So I decided to plan a quaint little indoor picnic, with a view of the outdoors. Hey less bugs so that’s a win, win. I set up the picnic right in the middle of our family room, which has this beautiful bowed wall of windows over looking the woods. I started the picnic setup off with my mother’s Irish linen table topper. Those infamous galvanized chargers, I am in love with this month, a selection of pretty glass jars to reflect the light, and some simple snacks.Just a a light version of a charcuterie board with maple glazed turkey, Manchego cheese (hubby’s favorite), rosemary crackers and some sliced apples and oranges.
Then onto the main course Sissy’s Fried Goat Cheese & Strawberry Salad. This is a fantastic recipe given to me by my dear friend Niki. Honestly I have made a few tweaks in the prep so now it is so simple, we like to have it least once a week in the summer and especially during strawberry season. Click over to the separate (link here) for the full recipe and DIY tips. I also toasted up some homemade croutons with a multi grain french loaf, and some OLI+VE Persian Lime Olive Oil. Which makes them taste fantastic with out any seasoning required. Finally what is a picnic with out lemonade so I made a semi homemade Blueberry Lemonade Cupcake. (Link to full recipe here) Again, all of my recipes are super simple this one starts with a box cake mix, how easy is that? They were fantastic and so delicious you really must make them. Thank you for joining us on our indoor picnic, which is a fun idea it you ever find yourself stuck inside during monsoon season.
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