Wednesday, June 18, 2014

It’s Here! It’s International Picnic Day! Time to Play the Picnic Game!

I don’t know whether I’m so eager to “kick off” International Picnic Day this year because we had an unusually frigid Winter or because I am sooooo... ready to welcome Summer! I suppose both reasons are somewhat related. No matter! International Picnic Day has arrived and whether you are celebrating Summer or Winter in your little corner of the world, we’re going on a picnic!

And, here’s a novel way to get you in the Picnic mood courtesy of Betty Crocker’s Celebrate cookbook.

Picnic Game 2014

Can you believe it’s year six of the Picnic Game? For those of you who are joining us for the first time, the “kick off” of the annual virtual Picnic Game is how we celebrate International Picnic Day here at Months of Edible Celebrations. What? You’ve never heard of the Picnic Game? Not to worry, there’s a terrific sample by Howcast which should give you the general idea. Who knows, it may even bring back some childhood memories:)

Of course, we’ve added a few of our own tasty nuances:)

Basically, it's very simple. You choose a letter of the alphabet which matches the title of the dish you would like to bring to the picnic and post it on your blog.
The traditional memory game starts when one player recites: "I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing an ___."  (a delicious dish) that starts with the letter A; for instance Apple Pie)
The second player says, "I'm going on a picnic, and I'm bringing an Apple Pie. (the same "A" word(s) the first player used, in this case an Apple Pie) and ___." Here's where you add the B word like, Blueberry Muffins.

Each player recites on their blog what the person before is bringing and adds what they're bringing until we reach the end of the alphabet. Not too difficult, right? Of course, if you have any questions, just leave a comment or email me acalenda [at] gmail [dot] com with Picnic Game in the subject line and I’ll do my best to get you toting. If you would like to see any of the previous totes from the past years, I have a Pinterest Picnic Game board you can visit too.
1. Since this is a virtual picnic game, Anyone, Anywhere can play. I do request that recipes be posted in English or have easy access to translation.
2. Choose your letter but don't take too long. The "easy" letters seem to go pretty quickly. Leave a comment on this post with the letter you have chosen. For instance, if you want to bring a dish to the picnic, that begins with the letter "A," your comment must be left before another person chooses that letter. We can only have one letter of the alphabet for each dish.  Note: If you would like to choose a backup letter just in case your chosen letter is taken, that would be GREAT too.

3. I will let you know if you can bring your dish to the picnic by leaving a You're Invited! comment on your blog. "You're Invited" will be your signal to grab a copy of the Picnic Game logo above and prepare a post for the Picnic Game Round-Up. If you really want to get a feel for how the Picnic Game is played, and of course set your eyes on some fine looking “baskets”, you really should visit last year’s International Picnic Day Celebration in honor of National Picnic Month! I’ll be putting last year’s dishes in the side-bar in the coming days:)

Now, here's the difficult part. Since the Picnic Game is listed in alphabetical order, you may feel a bit like a contortionist trying to get your post up while still leaving room for the letters and delicious looking images that will be preceding yours. Just make a mental note and it should all work out fine. I'm always here for any questions and once we get going, I'll have many samples to show you I'm sure:)


1. Select a recipe that begins with your chosen letter and write a post about it on your blog. You must list what the people before you are bringing. That's why it's called the Picnic Game! I will email you with those links and images, as soon as they are emailed to me.
2. Include the Picnic Day Logo in your post with a link back to this post.
3. Email me at acalenda {at} gmail {dot} com (it would be really nice of you to include Picnic Game in the subject line) In the email please include the following.

a. Your name
b. Your blog's name
c. Your post URL
d. The name of your recipe
e. An image of your dish and also let me know if you give me permission to pass the image along to other picnickers and whether you mind if it is included on Pinterest.

4. If you would like to bring more than one dish to the picnic, you are more than welcome. Just note it in the email and include items C-E for each additional dish.
5. Please email me as soon as you know what you are bringing so I can forward your link to the other picnickers. Please no later than Saturday, June 28, 2013, midnight EST.
6. I will be posting the entire list of Picnic Game recipes by midnight July 1st just in time for National Picnic Month! If for some reason, there are not enough entries by that time, I'll do my best to fill in the blanks.
7. If you would like to host the Picnic Day Game on your blog, and get your visitors involved, be my guest. The more the merrier. Just let me know. (this would require another set of picnic letters from A-Z and a bit of enjoyable work on the part of the hostess:) We'll "link our picnic "blankets" together:)
8. I'll be doing blog updates with available letters and such during the course of "playing."
So, are you ready to play the Picnic Game? Choose a letter, leave a comment and let the toting begin!!!

Just in case you’re debating as to whether you want to play the Picnic Game with us, here’s a Melon and Ginger Basket to get you in the Picnic mood:)

The Book of Hot & Spicy Foods by Louise Steele

Many of you have expressed concern about my "on the mend" injuries. Thank you. I’m actually doing much better since finding just the right chiropractor. She’s amazing! When the doctors mentioned the word surgery, I knew I had to find a another way. So far, so good. As for my broken toe, it too is on the mend. I’m going to try driving this weekend. We’ll see how that goes. Meals have gotten better around here too. Although Marion and I are thrilled to “play” with the Nutribullet, there are just so many meals one can drink! So, I’ve actually begun to cook no fuss meals without too much trouble. Marion is a huge help with the prep work. Boy, oh boy, can that lady whiz a peeler, lol…So, thank you for your concern. We are doing GREAT and I don’t see a problem with keeping up with the Picnic Game this year. Of course, it would be a huge help if picnickers get their letters in as soon as possible:) Louise:)