Thursday, August 26, 2010

Foodie Friday

I love picnics.
The simplier the better.

Even if you aren't traveling far, picnic food must be easily transportable. A glass jar is the perfect container for a walnut-apple salad.

Pile everything onto a large tray and join me in the front yard.

Dinner is at six.

Croissants, ham, and cheese.

A vintage beverage carrier, plastic cutlery,melon.
Paper plates and a vintage tablecloth. Why not?

Raspberry vinaigrette.


I'm linking to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. If you are looking for tabletop ideas, Naps is like a weekly virtual magazine, filled with gorgeousness.
You can still enter the KitchenAid mixer give-away, which ends September 1st. Just leave a message and work in "KitchenAid." Details are on the sidebar or you can click HERE. There's also a terrific Le Creuset pan give-away on
FACEBOOK.The contest ends September 1st.
Look for an upcoming apron and tote bag give-away, courtesy of the talented Jackie, "Just a Dreamer."

If you are participating in this week's recipe swap, please enter your information below. A Foodie Friday Tutorial is available.
Happy Cooking!

60 comments:

  1. Michael, my husband doesn't always "get" my love of big glass jars- I'm glad I'm not the only one! Gorgeous setting!!
    xoxo Pattie

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  2. Beautiful setting and your pictures are just fabulous. Love the jars. Perfect. Hugs, Marty

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  3. A most inviting picnic! Bright, cheerful, casual but elegant... in a picnic kind of way :)

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  4. That looks delicious, Michael Lee! There's nothing like a tasty croissant, sun chips and a great salad. Your setting is lovely too. Hope your book is going well. Guess what. I met another female Michael today. Her name was spelled "Michaele." She said she goes by the nickname Mickey.
    You have a wonderful wknd, my best to you and Tyler as you write...in my book discussion group last Monday night, we had the author present to discuss her book and her writing process. That was great fun!
    Blessings and hugs, Beth

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  5. Hi Dear Michael Lee! I'm such a poop head! I was so excited to join you with Foodie Friday, I hooked up with last weeks instead of this weeks! :) I know, I know, I'm fired! :O
    Okay, got that out of the way!! This looks so beautiful! The most elegant picnic I've ever seen!
    Hope all is well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  6. Very pretty! I love the salad in the covered jar and the beverage caddie is really cute!

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  7. What a perfect Late Summer Fare. I have been craving a croissant all day. Tomorrow Oliver and I will head into Mrs London's and pick some up after seeing your delightfully delicious post I must have one. Everything is so pretty.
    xoxo

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  8. Beautiful picnic! Always a perfect plan when the weather is still wonderful.
    Sherry

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  9. Yum! Looks so good.
    Only 82, low humidity & clear sky here, door open listening to the crickets and catadids - I am loving this. Has it cooled down up your way yet?
    Have a great weekend.

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  10. With the croissants and the sunflower napkins, I so want to be there!!! I usually just shove some stuff in a cooler before we go on a picnic but with a bit of planning, you make it look SO much nicer!! I gotta get me some of those napkins!

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  11. Thanks so much for hosting! I've missed the last couple of weeks. Looking forward to the recipes!
    ~Liz

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  12. That picnic looks heavenly.

    Thanks for the carnival.

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  13. I love your picnic pictures. Everything looks so pretty. I have my flour and sugar in those containers in my kitchen, but I never thought about putting salad in them. I love the way that looks!!! Love & blessings from NC!

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  14. A beautiful summer dinner and pretty setting. You always do a beautiful job of providing us with lots of blog candy.
    I am going to miss warm summer evenings.
    Thanks again for hostessing. :-)

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  15. I adore walnut apple salad,and the wonderful glass jar! I want a glass jar and the vintage beverage carrier! Just wonderful! Love the yellow vintage cloth, black plates, sunflower napkins! I do love sunflowers! Ham Croissants! Love them! My kind of picnic! Watermelon too!!!!!

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  16. I never thought about using a glass jar to transport salad. Great suggestion. I'm laughing at the idea of having a picnic in my front yard. It would probably stop traffic!

    When I linked, somehow I got a little j before my name. There isn't a way to correct it is there?

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  17. I love these 'last days of summer' picnics at your place! Beautiful glass carrier and what a perfect wedge of watermelon.

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  18. Beautiful! Your photos are always so gorgeous...mine look sad. I am joining in anyway. :-)

    Can't wait to check out all the entries ~ such fun.

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  19. genius -- love the idea of the salad in the jar. i am going to copy you!

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  20. OOO, I can't wait to put my salad in my jar like yours...sooo cool.
    I love all your great ideas, dear one.
    My post contains a grandgirl..imagine that!! :))
    xo bj

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  21. O, dang it...I'm not having a giveaway...could you please take that off my name. So sorry...:((

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  22. What a lovely picnic. I was just thinking the other day that I need to surprise DH and make up a picnic lunch and whisk him away for an afternoon!

    bee blessed
    mary

    so glad I finally had a food post so I could link up again. You would think I never cooked!!

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  23. Oh I forgot I would love to be entered in the Kitchen Aide giveaway!!

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  24. BJ and Sue, your links have been fixed.

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  25. Thanks for having me Michael Lee. I have linked up some Christmas ideas that I posted on my new Christmas site.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  26. Such lovely photographs and such lovely sunshine! We are having so much rain here in England picnics are definitely off - very disappointing for the last few days of summer. Oh well, at least I can enjoy the photos of your picnic and dream! Have a great weekend.

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  27. Great setting and great pics! I have a thing for big glass jars, everything just looks so nice in them. I never thought about a salad though, great idea!

    Thanks for hosting.

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  28. I love, love, love the salad in a jar!!

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  29. I'll be there at 6:00! Croissants are one of my very favorite foods. We always have ham and cheese croissants for breakfast while we are opening Christmas presents.

    Your picnic looks yummy and beautiful! La

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  30. You always set the most lovely tables, Michael.. I know we will remember the warm sun in this photo a few months from now when all is cold and drear!

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  31. Oh ML, I have been looking & looking for a caddy to carry glasses out to the Gazebo! My grandmother had one that I remember & I saw the EXACT same one in an antique store in McKinney, TX. I still kick myself for not buying it that day. :-(

    Your salad looks sooooo very refreshing & what a statement that glass container makes. WOW!!!

    Thanks for doing FF every week. I realize you're very busy & even I don't get to participate like I'd like to but I sure enjoy visiting the others.

    Take care,
    Hugs,
    Rett

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  32. Hey Michael Lee!

    Everything looks delicious, as usual. Love the salad in the jar!

    Thought I would let you know about Atticmag's new linky party - Giveaway Friday! It's a convenient place for bloggers to link their giveaways each week. We've kicked it off with a fantastic giveaway of our own. Five lucky winners will win material to do a backsplash or ceiling in their home. Hope to see you there!

    Allison
    Atticmag

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  33. Not only is this picnic a lovely simple dinner, it it a feast for the eyes as well.
    Salad transported and served from a big glass jar is a creative and fun idea! I will certainly use that one.
    The vintage tablecloth makes a delightful background for all the yummies.
    I just wrote an article about picnicking for Belle Inspriation, a new ezine. I have the picnic bug!!!
    Thanks for hosting! I look so forward to FF. It helps me plan my menus... and some of my new favorite recipes have come from other TT gals (and guys).
    xo Yvonne

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  34. The weather has finally turned "picnic friendly"! Love the wire basket and blue and yellow tablecloth! Now, are those Sunchips...and how loud is the bag--really? :) I have just gotten to visit and comment this morning--"the baby" hijacked my computer last night for fantasy football draft! :) Thanks for hosting and letting me play!

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  35. What a wonderful picnic! The salad looks delicious! Have a beautiful weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  36. What a lovely picnic. Now that the heat has taken a break, it is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

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  37. Thank you again for another blog party on Friday....I'm all linked up and following. Please visit my blog today for the launch of my first "Fresh, Clean, and Pure Friday" blog hop that focuses on fresh food, cleaner living, ways that we're living cleaner lives....Your posts fit perfectly!.

    Roz over at La Bella Vita

    http://bellavita-bellasblog.blogspot.com

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  38. I've now decided that I need to go on a picnic this weekend.. what a lovely idea :) I love those big jars too.. I actually keep my flour in one!

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  39. I have linked a recipe for Foodie Friday! Let me know if I have left anything out - (this is Desiree)

    http://steaknpotatoeskindagurl.blogspot.com

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  40. Wow - looks delicious. We're having beautiful weather in Texas this weekend (you know, under 102) so we should get out and do this too!

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  41. The salad in the large lidded glass jar is a brilliant idea...I'll be borrowing that one! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

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  42. Beautiful picnic!! I love putting the salad in that jar; we have one, so I'm definitely going to try that!

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  43. Going to the beach tomorrow for a picnic and I AM gonna make it nice a pretty! You inspire me! My link this week is a chance to win a Real food for rookies online class in my first Giveaway. The class is great for anyone wishing to learn how to cook more traditionally and is offered by Kelly the Kitchen Kop. Thanks for hosting foodie friday! Alex@amoderatelife

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  44. Happy Foodie Friday Michael Lee! Love your picnic tablescape this week. Have a big giveaway and charitable Pink Saturday if you feel like stopping by for a visit. Thanks a bunch as always, fondly, Roberta
    http://con-tain-it.typepad.com

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  45. This is a fantastic idea. I'm not sure I entered the link correctly, but thanks for doing this -- a lot of fun!

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  46. Your picnic looks so inviting! Everything from the yummy food to the way you've presented it looks wonderful! It is pouring rain here right now and I'd love to escape to your sunny setting!

    DD

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  47. I love that vintage beverage carrier and using a glass jar for picnicking outside is brilliant!

    Nothing cooking around The Hut this week, but I had to stop in and see your fun picnic and see who else is cooking up something yummy this week.

    Happy Weekend!

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  48. Everything looks "picnic perfect" - the croissants look WONderful!! Thank you for the link-up opportunity!

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  49. I love picnics...and this one is perfect! Your grass looks so pretty! :)

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  50. I've been having trouble with my internet connection. I came over here last week and couldn't get the photos to load. Soooo frustrating! Love your picnic. That vintage tablecloth and the drink carrier are so great, and I love the way the ssalad looks in the glass jar. I love a pretty picnic! laurie

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  51. Very clever on the salad-in-the-jar! Your picnic looks so inviting!

    Smiles, KJ

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  52. We're hosting an island picnic this weekend, so the timing for your post is perfect. I particularly like the salad presentation.

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  53. MIchelle, you have an amazing blog, full of wonderful ideas, and of course recipes, thanks to this wonderful party you host. I can't believe all the book you have written. I am def following you. Glad I found you!!

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There you are! I'm so glad you're here. Love, MLee xxoo

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