My Birthday Present! I have wanted a decked out picnic basket for years! One of my favorite things to do is travel around the U.S. and Europe packing little picnics. Now I can do it in style!
Today is Labor Day and I am going on a picnic with my new picnic basket.
The menu is:
Boston Baked Beans
Picnic Perfect Pasta Salad
Fresh Blueberry & Mango Cake
I recently discovered this awesome product. If you are storing home-made ice cream or transporting your favorite store bought brand, this insulated ice cream keeper is a must. I cannot tell you how many times I have brought ice cream home from the store only to find ice cream soup. The Zak ice cream Tubbie fits a pint of ice cream from the store so that you can keep it cold on your way home. It is also great for packing cold salads to either take for lunch to your office or a party as well as holding homemade ice cream. This ice cream keeper (made by Zak) is fully insulated with a freezable gel lid to keep contents cold for up to 90 minutes. The 1 pint container measures 5x5x5 ½ inches. These ice cream keepers come in a variety of fun colors and are freezer and dishwasher safe, but NOT microwavable. The seal on the top seems to get quite tight and can be difficult to get off (which can be annoying) right after the container leaves the freezer, but within a few minutes it thaws enough to remove easily or you can run it under warm water for a moment. The cost is from $16 to $25 per Tubbie and can be purchased at either Amazon or the Zak Designs website.
One of my favorite things to do is browse vintage and antique shops. I like to add to my collection of interesting platters, silver and other various kitchen and dining items that I found over the years. I am thrilled when I come across a real find and if it has a low price sticker I am even more thrilled. Imagine my surprise when I ran into an ad for the “Twentieth Annual Antiques In The Church Yard” at the Stevens Memorial United Methodist Church in South Salem, New York. Honestly, I didn’t really have any July 4th plans so how great it was that I now had something fun to do. The drive to South Salem was beautiful and finding the place wasn’t too difficult. I parked the car, paid my $7 admission and started combing through the 120 booths. Like most “antique” fairs, there was a lot of junk, but there was plenty of good stuff too. I came away with a nice set of Vintage Sandwich Glasses (Depression Era Glass) and a Vintage Amish Lunch Pail. It couldn’t have been a better day. Nothing fancy or over the top. For me it’s about the simple things.
One of the things that I like to do is collect cake plates. Whenever I am out I keep my eye open for beautiful or interesting plates. Of course I like a good bargain as well and won’t pay more than $25 for any cake plate. Thrift stores and consignment shops are a great place to find a good bargain. I found this antique cake plate in an antique store in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
These eggs are very good and Connecticut grown. All of the Whispering Winds chickens are free range and fed natural grain with no hormones, chemicals or antibiotics added. I get the Whispering Winds Eggs at Saugatuck Craft Butchery,
Saugatuck Craft Butchery
575 Riverside Ave
Westport, CT 06880
Whispering Winds Animal Connection, LLC
178 Nathan Hale Road
Coventry, CT 06238
Brenda Stoeke – Owner