Picnic Game 2013

Welcome to the Picnic Game 2013!  Hold on, wait a minute…

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Before you spread out your blanket and start fixing your plate, let’s give credit where credit is due.  Many thanks to our event coordinator and hostess supreme, Louise of Months of Edible Celebrations.  Be sure to visit her, and all of the other food-fixin’ bloggers.

Now, let’s get started.

I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…

Aloo Gobi courtesy of Mae

Aloo Gobi courtesy of Mae

… Aloo Gobi, made by Mae

and…

Blueberry-Cucumber Salsa!

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I was inspired by Budget Gourmet Mom’s Cucumber, Blueberry and Mint Salsa recipe, but since I had the letter “B” for the picnic game, I needed to rename it.  And since we don’t stock agave nectar, the substitutions began.

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 cup English cucumber, chopped (blueberry sized pieces?)

1/2 tablespoon local blueberry honey

1/2 teaspoon fresh lime juice

3 roughly chopped mint leaves

Toss berries and cucumber.  Drizzle honey and lime juice on top, then gently fold in mint.  Serve with whatever you have in the pantry that suits you.

UntitledSissy and Gg had Pretzel Crisps.  (No corn)  I had regular Wheat Thins.  I liked the Wheat Thins better.  It would be great to tote to any picnic or poolside, or even on a hike, as nothing in the dish is particularly perishable.  As Louise was kind enough to invite the fur-girls, I wanted to bring something they could eat and their human friends might enjoy too.  The Knight wouldn’t try it, but he doesn’t like blueberries or honey very much, so…  he got a pass this time.

What’s your favorite picnic recipe?

Any picnic plans with the 4th of July right around the corner?

Thunderstorm Thorsday

Happy Thorsday, little friday and thankful Thursday.  I must be old.  I see to do nothing but complain about the weather of late, and in my mind, that’s something the silver-hairs rocking on their front porches do.  First, winter came late and wouldn’t leave.  Then, a few days here and there aside, we had no spring and went straight to deep summer…

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Thinking cool, muddy thoughts

I’d intended to tell you about the new cooling harness/vest the Knight bought for Sissy.  She loves it, and Gg has asked for one, but we’re in negotiations, as we worry that with her little body (and thus, smaller blood volume) and very thin coat, it might be too much for her.  But, I failed to get photos due to the storms yesterday, and frankly, I don’t even know the name of said product.

The girls have sent a thank you to the Lapdog pack for their yummy treat samples.  It means a lot to me that our friends are aware of Sissy’s dietary restrictions and send us new goodies to try.  There’s a thankful… both for good people who care about our sweet fur-girls and for the heighted awareness of what makes for quality treats by pet product manufacturers.

I’m also quite grateful for AC that works.  We had some serious storms yesterday, and one friend’s office lost power yesterday and still doesn’t have AC.   How’s the weather where you are?