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Sunday, July 1, 2012

It's Time for the 2012 Picnic Game Round-Up!

I don't know about all of you, but I must tell you, I LOVE "playing" the Picnic Game! When one envisions the sharing of food out of doors, one tends to imagine all sorts of scenarios; a checkered tablecloth nestled along a rustling spring, a grassy meadow, or perhaps a white sandy beach by the ocean. Think for a moment, what adventure do you anticipate when you hear the word Picnic?

Welcome to the 4th Annual Online Picnic!

July may be National Picnic Month but around here at Months of Edible Celebrations, we're celebrating International Picnic Month whether it's on the calendar or not! And let me tell you, have we got baskets full of goodies for you.

We began our excursion on June 18, International Picnic Day. For the past four years, that has been the day that we scurry along choosing letters of the alphabet to tote along to the Picnic Game. As you hop from blanket to blanket or for this special occasion, blog to blog, you will learn more about how the Picnic Game is played while feasting your eyes on delicious goodness from all parts of the hemisphere and beyond. There's just one thing you must remember though, and listen to me because it is very important. Before you can join in on the picnic festivities, you must repeat after me, I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing...

A-Artichokes Steamed & Dressed w/Mayo

Toted by Mae


B-Baked Beans

Toted by Barbara

C-Cauliflower Tabbouleh

Toted by Casey


D-Dunkin' Donuts with Maple Syrup & Honey Frosting

Toted by Kristy


E-Eggplant Casserole

Toted by Yummy

F-Frosty Summer Salad with Cranberry, Pineapple & Beets

Toted by Pattie


G-Goat Cheese Mixed Green Salad with Cocoa Nibs

Toted by Janet


H-Halibut and Salsa Verde

Toted by Tina

I-Iced Coffee Two Ways

Toted by Inger


J-Jubilee Sandwich

Toted by Petra


K-Key Lime and Ambarella Juice

Toted by Jocelyn


L-Limoncello Pine Nut Biscotti

Toted by Kathy

M-Mini Meringue Kisses

Toted by Ros


N-Nougat Brownies

Toted by Kit

O-Ozark Pudding

Toted by Erica

P-Paletas de Chabacano y Manzanille (Apricot-Chamomile Popsicles)

Toted by Heather

Q-Quinoa Salad

Toted by Chaya

R-Raspberry and Pears Cobbler Pie

Toted by Gloria

S-Strawberry & Kiwi Chocolate Tart

Toted by Dia


T-Thai Fish Cakes in Pita Pocket

Toted by Lena


U-Udon Salad with Honey Sesame Lime Dressing

Toted by Michele

V-Vegetable Salad with Lime Dressing - Rick Bayless

Toted by Chaya


W-Watermelon With Fresh Mint and Lime

Toted by Joyce


X-Xim-Xim De Galinha 

Toted by Veronica


Y-Yam Bake

Toted by Erica


Zucchini & Pineapple Bread

Toted by Tiffanee


Zucchini Many Ways

Toted by Susan

As you can see, we've culled the best of the best to present a menu of picnic deliciousness for our picnic baskets this year. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did. Someone asked me the other day whether I was "nervous" the first time I announced the Picnic Game fours years ago. My answer was an unequivocal yes. Never in my wildest imagination, and believe me, it sometimes gets quite out of hand, could I ever pictured actually participating in a virtual picnic with people I have never physically seen or met in person. How can that be? Well dear visitors, It is...

Welcome to all the new guests who joined in on the festivities this year and thank you to my loyal visitors for putting up with a few of my errors this year. I would also like to give a shout out to those of you who couldn't "play" the alphabet game with us this year but who I know are "playing" in spirit. We missed you:) Have Fun Everyone! Louise

66 comments:

  1. What a fabulous picnic!! I'm glad I brought my appetite :) Thanks so much for hosting and I'll be sure to be here again on June 18 next year to get an early pick of letters :) Well done everyone - awesome selection. I'll be busy visiting everyone over the next few days.

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    1. It was one mighty fine picnic wasn't it, Ros!! I'm already excited for next year!!! Thank you so much for joining in on the fun. Your Mini Meringue Kisses were just what I needed although, they sure did disappear fast!!!

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  2. Wow, everything looks so delicious! What a fantastic array of goodies, my tummy is gonna be full from all this yummilicious food everyone's bringing!
    This is a super wonderful picnic, Louise! Thank you for organizing and hosting! Fun, exciting and drool-worthy, that's what I call a picnic! :o)

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    1. That's what I call a picnic too, Joyce, "fun, exciting and drool worthy:)" Thank you so much for "playing" the Picnic Game. I am actually thinking about preparing your watermelon dish simpy because I didn't get enough at the picnic and because July just happens to be Watermelon Month!!!

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  3. Another great success Louise! Oh dear, probably shouldn't have visited before breakfast ;-) Thanks for hosting!

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  4. OH WOW, what a feast here! My goodness, I'm a genius cause this year I'm bringing along some empty containers to bring some of these mouthwatering food home with me. hahaha.... So guys, make sure you prepare MORE. :o) Enjoy & have fun everyone!
    Best regards
    Kristy

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    1. Smart gal, Kristy! I should have brought some too but by the time I got to nibble on anything, most of it was gone!!! Next year I'm going to tell everyone to leave their appetites home, lol...

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  5. Oh my oh my..don't think I can walk after feasting on all the goodies!

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    1. I know what you mean Jen. I'm stuffed!!!

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  6. What a fantastic picnic is was this year, Louise. I always look forward to the Picnic Game, as well. This one will carry me through until next year. Here's to picnic month and to you for bringing us all together! =)

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    1. That's probably what I like about the picnic the most Heather. Everyone flitting from "blanket" to "blanket" oooing and ahhhing over all the delicious goodies while sharing a quick tidbit of small chat:) Next year will be five years, we'll have to make it a Doozy!!! Thank you so much for "playing" again Heather:)

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  7. Oh my!! So many great foods to try... Thanks for this annual bit of fun. Hopefully next year, I can truly participate, rather than just feasting on everyone else's recipes.

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    1. Mark your calendar now, Channon, June 18th International Picnic Day! Be There or Be Square! (yes I really wrote that and I'm proud!)

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  8. amazing and delicious Picnic like always Louise:) sorry be a little late but I sent you my link to enjoy the PICNIC thanks Louise:)

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    1. Not to worry Gloria. We appreciate you "bringing" such a tasty pie to the picnic. I'm still trying to figure out how you kept it in one piece:) It sure looked good too. What am I saying, by the time I jumped over three tables it had vanished!!! "See" you next year, thank you so much for "playing" Gloria. We love having you!!!

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  9. This is great game Louise. A very original idea and all the food looks really yummy!

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    1. Thanks Alida, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Perhaps next year you will "play."

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  10. I'm sorry I missed this picnic Louise! Everything looks so good. Happy 4th to you and Marion!

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    1. Thanks Reeni! Not to worry, just look at this Round-Up! Mark your calendar for next year though. It will be a 5 year annual picnic game bash to remember!!!

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  11. Dear Louise Really love too playing the picnic game is awesome and all these delicious look amazing!! Thanks by invite me :))

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    1. Thank YOU for joining us, Gloria. We're all so happy you enjoyed it!!!

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  12. Such a great roundup of recipes! I'll be reading them all. And next year I've definitely got to plan my posting schedule better so I can fit this in! Thanks for the hard work you've put into this.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed all of this deliciousness, Kitchen. Hope to "see" you join in on the fun next year!!!

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  13. Your picnic was one of the best no doubt my friend :D
    I hope I can join next year!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Thanks Uru. I too hope you will "play" next year!

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  14. Wow!! What a spread! Thanks for assembling a delectable feast, Louise! Happy Fourth!

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  15. hi louise, i'm feasting my eyes on all the food here! it's not easy to be a host here, dealing with so many of us and updating us on the alphabets and you really did a wonderful job! so arent you going to bring anything to the picnic? oh, never mind..you can bring marion ! hahaha! thanks for this great roundup and would like to visit everyone's site when i have time.

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    1. Thank you, Lena. It really wans't all that difficult and it is so much fun for me to get to chat with everyone as I'm emailing back and forth.

      I don't usually "bring" anything to the picnic except for my huge appetite! One of the rewards of being the host I suppose:) Maybe next year...

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  16. Everything turned out so delicious looking! I'm glad I got to participate this year!

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    1. We're glad you "played" to Yummy. Thanks for sharing in the deliciousness!!!

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  17. I'm so glad your Picnic Game was a success - as usual! My daughters went to a big picnic in Philly on Sunday, with bands and fireworks, to celebrate Picnic Month. I thought of you when they told me they went. Happy 4th of July, a couple of days early!

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    1. I was thinking of you during the picnic too Marjie. Remember that Ice Cream in a Bag!!!! I do hope you will be joining us next year. We missed you:)

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  18. Louise~ I had every intention of packing my basket and joining the fun but we had a revolving door of family and nephews visiting the past two weeks! What a wonderful round up~ everything looks delicious~ I hope to play next year :)

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    1. Isn't that what holidays are all about Mary; revolving doors, lol...I hoped you enjoyed the nibbles and we'd love to have you join us next year!!!

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  19. What fun! I'm going to check out some of those fabulous recipes. g

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    1. Thanks gMarie. Perhaps next year you too will be joining us:)

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  20. That was a great picnic! Loved seeing all the wonderful ideas for picnic food. I think we did much healthier food this year -- last year seemed to concentrate on dessert, this year lots of veggies!

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    1. You know Mae, I hadn't given it much thought but now that you mention it, it sure was a bit "healthy" picnic this year! Thanks for "playing."

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  21. This is a wonderful picnic! Love all the goodies everyone brings! Thank you once again for hosting the picnic, Louise! We had a blast!

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    1. Delighted you enjoyed it, Jocelyn. It was a Blast wasn't it, lol...

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  22. Wow! This is the most fantastic picnic ever full with delicious treats that I don't even know where to start! LOL Amazing spread of goodies, Louise! I'm really glad to be part of this awesome event! Thank you so much for hosting this awesome event! Have a wonderful day, Louise! HUGS :)

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    1. Start at the top and work your way down Kit. That's what I'm still doing:) Thank you so much for "playing" I'm so glad you enjoyed the Picnic Game!

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    1. Thank you duckie. We had a wonderful fourth!

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  24. Hi dear thanks for visiting my space and also for the lovely comments. Glad to follow you keep visiting my space for the yummy recipes.

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    1. Welcome, Supriya! Thanks for popping in.

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  25. Your blog is so much fun! I've nominated you for The Lovely Blog award. Just visit my blog for the details!

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  26. Hi Louise, I just can't help giving you an award...do check it out in my blog. wink! wink1

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    1. Thanks Jen...that's so sweet of you:)

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  27. What a great group of recipes! Going to go back and spend some time looking at some! Enjoy your day and thank you for the visit to my blog!

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    1. Your Linky Party looks like it too has a great group of recipes, Lois. So glad I got a chance to feast my eyes on it! Thanks for popping in...

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  28. I would so very much enjoy a picnic like this!!

    Have a great weekend!
    http://thesquishymonster.com
    Twitter @aSquishyMonster

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    1. You are more than welcome to join us next year Squishy:)

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  29. Wow Louise...as always a wonderful picnic basket...thank you so much for this awesome links!
    Have a fantastic weekend...and again thank for this basket full of delicious dishes :)

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    1. Thank YOU for dropping by Juliana. I'm so glad you liked our little get-together. Perhaps next year you too will join us:)

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  30. What a magnificent turnout of blogger friends with wonderful dishes! What a fun tradition, Louise! I love it :)

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    1. It is a fun tradition, Lizzy. We sure do tote some awesome goodies too!!!

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  31. Louise, A wonderful picnic and incredible food! So glad I got to participate!! It was a lovely time!!

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    1. We did have some pretty incredible food Kathy didn't we? I'm so glad you joined us this year. I'm already getting excited about next year's picnic and we shouldn't forget, July is still National Picnic Month!

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  32. Wow! All the dishes look so tantalizingly good! This picnic game is really wonderful Louise! I’m really glad you pushed through with it despite your nerves. Looking forward to the next one!

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  33. Oh Louise, your picnic looks great! So many wonderful dishes represented here. So many foods . . . so little time. I want to eat them all ;)

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    1. Take little bites Lynn and sample them all that's what I did, lol...

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise