Friday, June 20, 2014

An Orange Surprise, Confusion, Flattery and a Picnic Game Update

An Orange Surprise

Marion loves Roses. I’m pretty sure it is her favorite flower although, she really like tulips too. As a matter of fact, I would have to say she is indeed a floral type person:) She also has the unruly habit of ordering from all types of catalogs. What the Home Shopping Network is to some, catalogs, in general, are Marion’s weakness. Last Fall, an assortment of Roses arrived in the mail. I had no idea that one of those boxes included this Orange Rose which I spied as I strolled in the garden yesterday. I can’t believe I didn’t even see it bud. I will be moving this rose bush in the Fall. It seems to me it needs a more prominent place in the garden. Agree?


Oh the tangled web we weave when we mention birthdays around here. (this blog I mean:) Mine in particular:) On Garden Tuesday of this week, I shared the two chairs that my son John rescued for me with a bit of hard work and Club Cadet Yellow paint:)



The chairs had been kicking around the yard since I moved here from Long Island. John’s most thoughtful birthday present was to bring them back to life in time for my birthday which is this Sunday. Yes, thank you all for your birthday wishes in advance:) I’ll actually be posting on Sunday so I will “see” you all for my birthday. No, there will be no cake as far as I know:) It is also John’s birthday too. No, sillies, not my son John, but John host of Kitchen Riffs so be sure and drop by and wish him a Happy, Happy. I know I will:)


There’s a saying that goes something like this, "Imitation is the highest form of flattery.” The quote is attributed to Charles Caleb Colton and originally read, “Imitation is the sincerest flattery.” Colton's sayings and quotations can be found in the book entitled Many Things in Few Words, published in London in 1826 and available on google books.

If you agree with that statement, then you will be delighted to know that the Picnic Game has been cloned:) Not exactly of course, I'm not sure, but I think the letters were most likely assigned. No matter. If there is one thing I’ve learned in the 6 years that I have been hosting the Picnic Game, there isn’t another group of people in all of the universe like the people who regularly visit this blog and/or play the Picnic Game here. And that’s a fact!

Some of you may already be aware of the “cloning” of the Picnic Game. I don’t mind saying I was indeed surprised when I popped on over to invite a regular guest to our picnic only to find she had already hosted one of her own on International Picnic Day. Now mind you, I’m on the fence about how I feel about this conundrum. I do know, however, that it sure would have made my day, week, or month if that person would have told me about their Picnic Game before I stumbled upon it. Just saying…

Picnic Game Update

The 2014 Picnic Game is in full swing! As a matter of fact, one of the letters has already been toted. Thanks Ivy:) I was going to wait until Sunday to do a letter update but this year I think it is best if I keep updating the available letters until they have all been snatched up! At the rate we are going, it won’t be long. So, without further ado, here are the letters that are still available as of June, 25, 2014:)

I, J, U, and V

Not to shabby huh? If by chance this is your first visit here, you can learn all about the Picnic Game on the post I did for International Picnic Day on Wednesday. You can also follow the logo below if you like. Just click it:)

I don’t have any recipe to share today. I tried to take pictures of the yogurt that John made because today is apparently Plain Yogurt Day! The pictures of the plain yogurt just didn’t seem to come out right. I’m not thrilled with this yogurt and banana smoothie picture either but, it does show how thick and creamy it came out. The plain yogurt was just as silky:) This is the last of it though. Next week I’m going to attempt to go it alone. Who knows, I may even be ready to show you how I do it!

Once again I would like to thank you all for visiting and “playing” the Picnic Game. I can already tell we are going to have an amazing variety of choices to enjoy as we hop from blanket to blanket this year. It’s going to be a blast! Just remember, even if you are unable to join in the Picnic Game letter choosing, July is National Picnic Month and we will be sharing all of our picnic dishes, much like the ones you see in the sidebar from last year, with a round-up on July 1st. Louise:)