Thursday, June 7, 2012

Foodie Friday: An Early June Picnic for Two

 Welcome to Foodie Friday. Glad you're here!
Sickness still prevails in our neck of the woods. But I was cheered when I found photographs from a long-ago picnic at our farm.

The simple menu included salad, fruit, bread, and wine.

Colors were inspired by the vintage tablecloth.

The bee skep added a touch of texture and whimsy.

Polka dotted pottery and gingham napkins
beckon from the cheery tablecloth.

A tiered compote is a handy serving item when space it tight, as it is here.
(I covered a small metal accent table with the vintage linen.)
The red glasses are also vintage. I love mixing old and new tableware.

Quite by accident, the dots on the pottery mimic the currants in the bakery scones.

Another look at the compote.

The golden hour approaches, those lovely moments when the sun falls at an angle, softening as it passes through the atmosphere, producing a characteristic amber glow.

Love the chippy Adirondacks.
What's your favorite picnic menu? 

A short update on Rattlebridge. I haven't been able to personally check on the progress, but my contractor's assistant sent photos of the modified newel post.
Sunlight streams through the windows we added over the front door. 

Below is the old post--much, much fatter, isn't it?

And now, the smaller one. The scale is perfect.
I love it! 

Before you go, don't forget to leave a comment and share your favorite summer picnic menu. Or, if you know a good recipe for a healing bowl of chicken soup, I'd love to hear it.
To join the Foodie Friday linky party, look for the Inlinkz blue frog icon and follow the directions. After your link goes live, you may see an X; it's not an error--it allows you to delete your link. Also, I'm having issues today with Blogger and Inlinkz. I'm working on a solution. Have a great weekend.


  1. Sure hope you get well very soon. Getting sick sure interferes with our plans, doesn't it?

    Blessings for a speedy recovery.

    Mary L

  2. Feel better soon Michael!

    I loved seeing the picnic for two and more photos of your home renovation. Beautiful!

  3. Sorry to hear you are still under the weather! You picnic is enough to cheer anyone :)

  4. HI Michael Lee! Oh, your picnic looks so wonderful and your new home is too! I know you're so excited about it.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. So sorry your illness is prolonged! Sending you chicken soup wishes for feeling better VERY SOON!
    Love the idea of using a tiered compote to hold more items. I'm going to remember that!!!
    Thanks for hosting.. even if you are under the weather!

  6. Enjoyed seeing the picnic pictures again. Wish I knew of a healing soup to send you - pneumonia is bad stuff.
    Like the new post - I agree more to scale.
    Sent you an email.

  7. Oh dear, being sick is not fun! Sure hope you get well soon. Your home renovations are looking good. Take care!

  8. Love all the reds in your picnic photos! Of course, the food looks wonderful too. I like the tiered compote ~ I'm short on space here and that's a great idea.

    I so wish you were feeling better! It really gets old doesn't it? My son just had pnuemonia and is now in Taiwan on business. Not a time for a trip like that! Take good care of yourself and yes, chicken soup should help.

    I like to use a rotisserie chicken, savory flavor. To start, I place chicken broth, chopped onions and celery in a large pot and let it simmer for a bit. Then put the whole chicken in and leave it for about 20 minutes on a low boil. After that, remove it and take all the meat off the bone. Return the meat, shredded carrots and any other seasonings to the pot. Leave it on a medium low heat until about 30 minutes before you're ready to serve. Add the egg noodles and simmer for about 15 min. Ladle it into bowls, eat heartily and feel better!

    P.S. Yes, the house is looking beautiful!

  9. aw i hope you feel better! what a delightful picnic! i love the table setting -- so bright and cheery! thanks for hosting the link up! i posted my Snap Pea Curry! It's gluten free, vegan, and Body Ecology Diet friendly! thanks again!

  10. aw i hope you feel better! what a delightful picnic! i love the table setting -- so bright and cheery! thanks for hosting the link up! i posted my Snap Pea Curry! It's gluten free, vegan, and Body Ecology Diet friendly! thanks again!

  11. Thank you for hosting Foodie Friday. I always love to come to your blog on Fridays and read all the yummy recipes! I hope you feel better soon. Take care. :)

  12. You've been in my thoughts all week and I'm so glad to see you are feeling better. Take at easy and get well soon. Thank you for hosting Foodie Friday and all you do for us.

  13. Please take care and get well soon Michael:@)

  14. Hope you're feeling better soon.
    Thank you for hosting.

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  16. Still under the weather? So sorry to hear it. Here's a link the what several people have told me is best homemade chicken noodle soup they've ever had. It'll soothe whatever ails you!

  17. Thanks for hosting. My favorite picnic foods are watermelon And good home grown tomatoes! I hope you get well soon. I like making my own soup from chicken breast on the bone. It makes a great broth. Add carrots, celery and onion. Lots of S&P. Cook for a couple hours. Shred the chicken in the soup and add rice. Serve with avocado.

  18. PS - the new post is the perfect scale. Much better, and the window over the front door - again, perfect.

  19. It is all about proportion. I have a platonic ideal of an exterior railing from a late 18th c house... absolutely perfect proportions. They are called newel posts, not monoliths!

  20. Hi Sweetie~ ~

    I am so glad to hear that you and your family are feeling much better. There is so many more pleasant things to do this time of year than to lay around treating a nasty illness.

    I always meet the nicest people when I stop by your Foodie Fridays.
    Today I met Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen and from there The Classy Woman. What fun! Thanks for hosting.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  21. Sorry you're still not feeling well, Michael Lee. I can see why the photos of that lovely picnic would cheer you up. Thanks so much for hosting the party today, even though you're still on the mend. Hope you're feeling much better soon. ~Mary

    PS: Ina Garten has a wonderful recipe for chicken soup ~

  22. Hope you start feeling better soon. Thank you for sharing the lovely picnic photos!

    I'm sharing a delicious French treat: Roasted Bone Marrow w/ Parsley Coulis, an Easy Breezy Trick To Make Polenta That You'd Never Believe Would Work, and 5 Gourmet Salads Your Family Will Devour.

    Have a great day!

  23. Your picnic photos are lovely! I hope you feel better soon! Thanks for hosting! :)

  24. What a lovely picnic!

    My contribution is Apple Muffins with Nut-Caramel topping and a lemon-Rosemary Cake

    Thanks for hosting!

  25. I am so sorry to hear your family is under the weather. Sending you wishes for quick healing. The picnic photos are beautiful.

    Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful party :)

  26. Such a dreamy picnic scene in classic red and white!

  27. I think I remember that picnic from the first time you posted it :) Still love it!

    Hope you feel good enough to go on your home remodeling inspections soon!!

  28.'re making wonderful progress! Your table setting is so the crisp white linens against the green pretty!

  29. Wow authentic preparation this is :)