Friday, July 5, 2013

Picnic on the Porch

 

 I hope you had a great July 4th!  For the first time in a very long time, we relaxed and did absolutely nothing.  I did put together a little picnic lunch for fun... during the week, the girls beg to go outside and eat lunch under our big shade tree.  We have a "picnic" most weekdays, although on a very simple scale!


 Yesterday it rained most of the day, so we had to move our little picnic to the porch.  It was the first time we had really used our coffee table since our porch remodel for this purpose, and it worked great.  


 We were running errands in the morning so I put together lunch in jars before we left.  It was an adaptation of a recipe (minus the dairy) from the most recent Southern Living magazine (you can find it here) and what my husband refers to as "girl food"!   


 Early in the morning, I went out in the garden and finally clipped some of the zinnias and sunflowers to put together a bouquet.  I am clueless when it comes to arranging flowers, but I enjoyed every minute of putting it together, from the gathering to bringing a little of the garden indoors.  I'm having dreams in my head of expanding from a few rows of flowers to an entire cutting garden (smile). (I think the bees would agree with me!)



Without a doubt though, I think the highlight of the girls' little picnic lunch was having their Daddy home to enjoy it with us (smile).  

Happy Weekend! 

21 comments:

  1. That lunch looks good! I doubt my youngest child wood eat that though. You're lucky that your girls will eat so healthy. It rained here too. I hated that it put a damper on our outdoor plans. Looks like you made the best of that situation at your house. Your flowers are very pretty!

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  2. Andrea, it is all beautiful and I so love your photos. I must remember to plant sunflowers next year.

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  3. Oh how adorable- I love you do neat things like that with your pretty girls.

    I love Dad eating the girlie food, what a cute pic.

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  4. What a lovely picnic on the porch! Your bouquet is beautiful.
    Claudia

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  5. How great to eat on the porch. Your flowers are lovely and look so good on your table. I only wish we would have rain. We won't have any until October if we are lucky, but that's the price of living in Sunny So CA.
    Have a great weekend with your beautiful daughters.
    Mary

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  6. What a beautiful smart idea to host a pic nic on the porch! I would copy it if only I had a porch...!
    Love from Rome ( where there are almost no porches... :( )
    Manuela

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  7. So beautiful! I spotted some sunflowers for sale alongside the road today...I think I must go back and get some. You've inspired me:) They're such a cheery flower! Enjoy your weekend, Andrea!

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  8. Well, it looks like your hubby enjoyed his girl food anyway! lol I think your bouquet is gorgeous and you did a great job putting it together- xo Diana

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  9. Andrea, you are so enjoying your porch! What a blessing our porches are!
    Your lunch looks delicious.
    xoxo
    Lisa
    Leeshideaway

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  10. Your flower arrangement is gorgeous! Zinnias are such bright happy flowers.
    Brenda

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  11. The best kind of day, enjoying life's little pleasures! Your photos are beautiful, as are your flowers.

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  12. So sweet! Your flowers are gorgeous! And I'm going to have to try that salad, too. :)

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  13. Ha! That girl food looks pretty good. :o) Glad you had a nice day. Can't believe you are picking zinnias. Up here it's August before they bloom. Enjoy the weekend friend!

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  14. Oh that bouquet is magnificent Andrea!! Great colors and I love the mix of blooms and greens!! Looks totally professional to me! :-) Yummy recipe too - what a lovely way to spend an afternoon!!

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  15. Everything looks really pretty and glad the girls love being with there daddy! The flowers look beautiful! Love sunflowers! Glad you had a great day Andrea.

    Cynthia

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  16. Your girlie food looks wonderful and those flowers are gorgeous! You inspire me, my friend. You are totally real. (does that make any sense?)

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  17. That recipe looks so delicious - and what a special treat to eat it out on the porch with daddy there, too.

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  18. Looks lovely in every way!!! It looks like you are having a great summer, Jen

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  19. Andrea, as usual, everything is so beautiful and inspiring! Those zinnias are stunning!

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