Sunday, April 01, 2012

The Year's First Picnic


Friday morning's sunshine beguiled Tim into calling from work suggesting a picnic at the beach for dinner. By early afternoon the rain poured down and I thought soup and a cozy fire would be more appropriate than picnic fare. However, spring's moods change quickly and 5 pm found me packing up the small cooler. 

The beach was lovely - no wind, waves lapping at the shore, few people. Chilly, yes, but we had bundled up well for this, the year's first picnic. I hope it's a wonderful harbinger of things to come.


I've not yet encountered the camping dishes in my unpacking but I did find a couple of stray paper plates. Caesar Chicken Salad and a Cucumber salad were on the menu, so pretty with the slanting shadows.


This morning, after church, we celebrated Tim's birthday with a brunch. On the menu were Judy's Faux French Fries - as an April Fool's joke. For the cake I used another of Judy's recipes from the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog - Plum Upside Down Cake. I neglected to take a photo of the cake and now there's very little of it left. Delicious!
 

We spent a very mellow afternoon chatting in the living room. When the Little Miss awoke from her nap, she wanted to play piano. Together we pick out "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" followed by a free form rendition of her own creation.

Joining the party at the Little Red House for Mosaic Monday, hosted by Mary, and Sunlit Sunday.

29 comments:

Jojo said...

Such a beautiful setting for a picnic. Truly a romantic moment.

Kit said...

Sounds like a wonderful day! What a great picnic. Kit

My Little Home and Garden said...

Lorrie, your picnic on Friday looked delicious and it seems the following days offered their own delights.
Have a wonderful week.
-Karen

Pondside said...

A picnic must have been the perfect start to the weekend. Wasn't it a strange one? Sun and rain, in equal measure.
Your Sunday looks to have been a peaceful day.

podso said...

Cute french fries! I'd call that a gutsy picnic with the weather so changeable, but I bet it was refreshing and a wonderful start to the weekend! Love your piano picture! Looks like a Sunday afternoon to me!

Crafty Gardener said...

What a wonderful first picnic.

Vee said...

There is no way that I would be out there enjoying a picnic in the cold. However, I LOVE that you and Tim do it. You are just the two to grab the moment and run with it. I also enjoyed seeing the photo of you and the Little Miss at the piano.

Kim, USA said...

Wow great to know you already had done your first picnic. I can't wait to do our first picnic too. Here in MI the weather is confusing ^_^ Thanks for the visit!

Spring Flowers

A Garden of Threads said...

I love picnics. Looks like you have a wonderful Sunday afternoon. Enjoy the week and have a fabulous Easter.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Your trip to Mexico is a fabulous experience. Thanks for sharing! Most people don't think about how others live. You've made a huge difference in the life of Mele and that's a wonderful thing. All any of us really needs is a small, comfortable space to call home sweet home.

Those faux french fries are fantastic! Very cute idea. Wishing you a wonderful week. And your first picnic surely won't be your last. Enjoy the warming weather. Best wishes, Tammy

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The picnic looks idyllic! And the photo of you with your little Princess is one you will cherish always! What happy times! ♥

Alisa Noble said...

The first picnic of the year is always special.
This last week, we've been lucky enough to have beautiful weather and have eaten most of our meals alfresco. Love that!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Your picnic looks wonderful...but I'm shivering just thinking about eating out there. Spring will be most welcome when it arrives!

You can't start them on the piano too young! I see you are even teaching her the fingering.

I served the faux fries to some friends last week...and they were a little disappointed to find sweets when they were expecting fries. :)

ellen b. said...

Looks like a great weekend. I'm glad you took advantage of a little April Fool's fun!

Britt-Arnhild said...

Happy picnicing. Here it has been snowing heavily ALL day. What a start of April!

Sheila said...

Tim must enjoy the amazing picnics you are able to take to the beach. Glad to hear you had such a relaxing time with the family there for his birthday...lucky little Miss to have a Nana with a piano!

Teacup-In-The-Garden said...

What a wonderful picnic!
Markus

Andrea Dawn said...

Love the collage. . . just gorgeous. How lovely it must be to so close to the water. Good job with the little miss at the piano. Twinkle on, little star.

Penny said...

Your picnic looks so pretty. I love your part of the world. We visited with Pondside last summer.

Kentish Keg-Meg said...

Mmmm that picnic food looks so yummy. Looking forward to picnic days.

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

This looks so pretty. I would love for you to visit me at My Dream Canvas :-) You have a lovely blog.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

A picnic with your best guy sounds perfect. V

Cottage and Broome said...

Looks like the perfect picnic! Bring on summer!! Love the colors in the blooms you got from your neighbor. Thanks so much for stopping by, Laura

Mary Howell Cromer said...

All looks so inviting and the chicken salad looks scrumptious. Happy Easter season~

materfamilias said...

Very patient and generous of you to introduce your little girl to the piano. I've been trying to distract Nola from noticing ours, quite honestly, because of what it will mean forever after (and I taught piano for many, many years, so bad Nana!)

Barbara said...

What a lovely picnic. Starting the piano early I see.
Have not had a picnic but had our first lunch in garden this week as it has been in the 70's. Dropping to 41 tomorrow though so that's it for a while I guess.

Storybook Woods said...

A picnic, you brave girl. Isn't spring wonderful. So glad to see it. Clarice

Nathalie Thompson said...

Your salads make your paper plate look like fine china! Really, I had to look closely! Those faux fries look yummy! (cookies?)

Judy SheldonWalker said...

Love your collage!