This summer has been kind of bat shit crazy. Between weddings, family trips, catching up with friends and just doing laundry I feel like I have zero free time. Last summer was not nearly as ridiculous. Clearly I over booked myself… as I sit on Metro North writing this post as I head into the city for a bachelorette party making use of every single moment of down time. I mean maybe I should continue writing posts during my cab ride up to Yorkville. Sarcasm.
Now as I think about how I want to spend at least one Sunday this summer it leads me to a place of low key activity. A picnic is necessary.
Just sitting with friends outside and laying back to relax. What better way to enjoy bitching and a glass of my new fave day drinking wine vinho verde? As with anything, picnicking is even more fun when you are equipped. There is nothing more annoying than a event that isn’t completely thought through. Why go makeshift? Picnic with thoroughly. Thinking through the details is half the fun. Did you pick up on the fact that I’m a planner?
How are you transporting everything? Do you have reusable dishes and cutlery? Do you have a surface to serve everything on? Do you have a way to easily bring home leftovers or what’s left of the bevies? Do you have blankets or pillows? Do you need candles or bug spray? Do you need tunes? This all leads to the most important question of all… What are you drinking out of?
Some fun things to bring your picnic together: 1. the most amazing bottle stopper I have ever owned, 2. a table to go, 3. fun dishes, 4. tunes to go, 5. acrylic drink ware
Changing of the seasons makes me excited about cooking again. The end of winter makes my cooking mojo fizzle. I start making the same recipes over and over and eating out way too often. Eating things that are savory and heavy no longer tastes as great. I start to crave salads and fresh vegetables. Overall I’m just more energized. Getting up early with the sunshine on Sunday to make homemade yogurt all of sudden felt like a good idea. While I was at it I also roasted sweet potatoes and made pancakes. Because why not? I’m up. I’m drinking French pressed coffee and wearing new yoga pants. The suburban world is my oyster.
Part of my excitement is that my annual favorite day of the year is coming soon. Opening Saturday of the local farmer’s market. With that comes weekends of cooking, freshly baked bread, huge tomatoes, grilling corn, potato salads, pesto making, summer squash and roasting beets: #foodporn. So in preparation for the best day ever I sat this weekend and read through all my favorite cookbooks. Gathered ideas. Refreshed my memory. I absolutely cannot wait for the first tomato, watermelon, spinach and feta salad with a balsamic dressing of the season. Definitely will be washing that down with a glass of cold rosé.
Another holiday is upon us that is all about themed seasonal sweets. As with Halloween I am just as concerned with their presentation as with their indulgence. How can you not think Peeps and jellybeans are adorable?! Easter candy brings pastel colors and fruit flavors but I have to admit I’m a chocoholic through and through. However, while I’m not knocking back sour flower shaped gummies, I can’t get over how adorable they look in a candy dish.
I absolutely love when Easter candy mimics other seasonally appropriate fruits or veggies. Weirdly enough it gets me excited for spring and going to the farmer’s market. Because nothing is as all natural as candy right? Sarcasm.
No but seriously…. gummy fruit slices? Candy corn, peas and carrots?! Chocolate carrots and robin’s eggs? Adorbs!!!
photos courtesy of Williams-Sonoma
I’m not going to lie… over Halloween I could eat my weight in Butterfingers (and Almond Joy, Reese’s Pieces, Kit Kats as well as many other low-fat goodies…sarcasm) given the chance. But all those wrappers with ugly graphics and primary colors? Those are so not appealing to look at. Not to mention they leave so much evidence behind. Who needs all that guilt staring them in the face every time they look in the trash? They just stare at you and mock you, “Hey there chubby… you know you want another.”
They are also the opposite of everything that makes you think of fall. Fall makes me think of apples, caramel, gingersnaps, cinnamon, anything covered in chocolate, oranges, browns, and anything resembling candy corn or pumpkins. So put out a bowl of something delicious (and pretty). But don’t forget to keep a secret Butterfingers stash in the cupboard.
photo source: Williams-Sonoma