Fun Friday: My Perfect Picnic

Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t been around for the past few days… believe it or not my allergies have been acting up so much that my throat and tongue have been totally swollen for the past week or so. It got really uncomfortable by Tuesday night when I ran to the Urgent Care place near by. I was told to take an antihistamine and use nasal spray and it’s finally starting to feel better. I also made an appointment with an allergist because I feel like that’s not a normal response to seasonal allergies. The appointment isn’t until mid-July though, wah!

Anyway, I decided to pop in for a Fun Friday post! A few weeks ago Sage suggested a Fun Friday post with my idea of the perfect Vegan Picnic! I thought it was such a cute idea with the summer in full swing (and because I can’t do a real picnic since my allergies are so crazy!) so here it goes!! This would be my idea for a perfect “girls only” picnic. A few close friends, some yummy food, drinks and a beautiful location… Sounds pretty ideal to me!

Food:

Salads usually make an appearance at a picnic and I think that this one is perfect! This is Gabby’s Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad and it is so delicious. It tastes even better the more it marinates in the dressing, and to me it resembled a really lovely cole slaw (without the gross mayo). It would definitely be my top choice for a picnic!

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Since this is my ideal picnic, my ideal picnic location would have a way to heat your food. When I was a kid we used to have picnics all the time at parks that had BBQs and whatnot so just imagine that heating elements are present ;)

Anyway, my ideal picnic meal would be this amazing looking Adult Grilled Cheese: Veganized of course!! Get rid of the dairy cheese and replace with Daiya… that’s an easy swap. Now, I didn’t realize the red was pepperoni, I was under the impression it was tomato. So since that was what I was thinking anyway, I’d replace the pepperoni with yummy tomatoes.

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Whole New Mom’s Dorito Flavored Popcorn would be a great snack.

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And so would these Carmel Candied Cinnamon Crunchy Chickpeas. Mmmm.

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You can’t have a picnic without fruit! I think this is an adorable way to serve fruit. Just bring cones separately and spoon beautiful fresh fruit in! So fun!

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For a chocolate finish, how about some Samoas Girl Scout Cookie Pie? Sounds good to me!

Full yet? Enter the beverages ;) (water is an obvious, we’re just talking the fun stuff here!)

Trader Joe’s Sparkling Pink Lemonade and Sparkling Limeade.

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For those of us that would like something with a little kick, Hippie Juice would definitely be on the menu ;) I’d make a few changes though. I don’t like artificial watermelon flavor so I’d scrap the watermelon vodka and use fresh watermelon juice instead of water :) Mmmm.

The location:

There are two locations that I think would be perfect. First is my backyard. I know it’s technically not a picnic if it’s in my backyard (is it?) but it has room, I’d have access to my kitchen and we’d be able to listen to music and play games and do whatever we wanted to do.

If I were to have an on location picnic it would probably be at one of the parks that I used to go to as a kid. Back then I’d be on my rollerblades all the time or I’d be playing with my Skip-It (the original skip it with the counter… no knock offs for this chick). Nowadays my girls and I would be pumping some fun music, playing a little volleyball, soaking in some Vitamin D, chatting and chowing down.

Finally, some fun details that I’d add:

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As you know, I love my mason jars. I LOVE the above idea of using an inverted cupcake liner as your covering for the jar and just punching the straw in. It keeps your drink covered but with a cute pop of color! Love this.

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Finally, we’d use To-Go Ware utensils. They are made of bamboo, reusable, and would be the perfect little gift for all of my friends attending the picnic.

So there you have it, my ideal picnic! Who’s coming? ;)

I hope you all have a great Friday! One more work day until my weekend :) Have a great night!

A Picnic With Friends

Hey everyone! Still no update on my situation with the horrible company (they were supposed to call back by today and SHOCKING they didn’t). Today was a really great day though because I got to hang out with my friends that are in town from MA! They are actually getting married in two weeks which is super exciting :) Anyway, there is a park about 30-40 minutes away that is really beautiful so we decided to do a picnic and a walk/hike around the park.

We decided to walk down to the beach on a path that is part paved and part light hike. We found some rocks to spread out on and set up the lovely meal that my friend packed for us! Before I get to the amazing meal, let me show you the view we got to enjoy.

Not bad right?! It was such a beautiful setting for a picnic. I can’t believe it took us so long to do it. It was also nice because it wasn’t too hot which was a major bonus.

Check out this spread! Clearly my friend knows me well! Stuffed grape leaves, a fruit roll, some banana chips, Falafel sticks (not gf but I knew a little wouldn’t affect me so I tried them and they are amazing!), salad with hummus and water. She did such a great job! It was delicious, I still have some of it left to snack on because I was stuffed!

I wanted to make dessert because I have been wanting to try this recipe for so long! It’s Chocolate Covered Katie’s Healthy Cookie Dough Dip! Cookie dough that is healthy and packed with protein?! Count me in. I made one small change though. I didn’t want the dip to taste like nut butter so I substituted the peanut butter with coconut butter! OMG it may have been the best decision I’ve made in a long time lol! It gave it a light coconut flavor but was mild enough that it didn’t overwhelm the dip. It isn’t the most beautiful dish to photograph (especially packed for a picnic) but the flavor was so amazing. I cut up apples and strawberries for dipping. Perfect dippers, the strawberries were especially delicious! I had to spoon it on them though since it was nice and thick. Definitely recommend this recipe!

In total we estimated that we walked 4-5 miles which was a pretty good distance. It was a perfect way to get my mind off of the bullshit I’ve been experiencing the past few weeks. It felt good to actually get out on my day off and enjoy my friends and nature. And I’ll sleep really well tonight ;)

As promised, Tyler says hi!! I don’t know what the Groomer did when cutting his hair but he’s so adorable no matter the haircut :) He’s such a little cuddlebug, it has been so nice!

I hope you all enjoy your Sunday evening! I’m going to be editing photos for a bit tonight (I did a small engagement shoot for my friends as part of our day) and then I’m going to just relax. It is going to feel so great!

Have a good night! Hope you have a nice Monday. I’ll probably give it one last shot with that company tomorrow but maybe after that for my own sanity and I may just have to figure out an exit strategy. I’ll see how much they piss me off tomorrow though ;)