Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Yet Another Birthday plus a Picnic Game Update

Some of you may think I went AWOL the last couple of days. Well, in a way I did, actually, Marion and I both did. Let me explain:

This past weekend, I decided it was time for me to try and drive. As you know, my toe has been on the mend, and quite frankly, it just doesn’t seem to be healing as well as the doctor expected. Anyway, driving is still uncomfortable and I don’t feel safe yet. You know how dangerous the roads can be these days:)

So, Marion and I decided “on the spot” to take a ride on our neighborhood bus just to get out of the house a bit. We drove the Pennsylvania countryside, which as you might think is beautiful this time of year, (sorry no pics) and found ourselves at Penn’s Caves. A bit of history from the website.

…Centuries ago, the Seneca Indians discovered this natural landmark in the Valley of Karoondinha (Penn's Valley). The famous legend of the Indian maiden, Nita-nee (from whom the famous Penn State Nittany Lion got its name) and her French trapper lover, Malachi Boyer, has been told around campfires for generations. Forbidden to marry because of an Indian custom, they ran away and were captured, and Malachi was thrown into Penn's Cave to die. Local history also tells of Indians and early explorers using the dry rooms for shelter. In 1885, Penn's Cave opened as a commercial show cavern, and the Penn's Cave Hotel was built. In 1976, Penn's Cave and the Penn's Cave House were placed on the National Register of Historic Places…

I would love to tell you about our excursion, but, that just can’t happen tonight. We had a wonderful time, came home exhausted, and will probably return again before Summer’s end. (Yes I will bring the camera:)

Today, we have another birthday to celebrate. That of Rose O’Neill’s. Who is Rose O’Neill? Why Rose O’Neill is the “mother” of those charming little cherubs, the Kewpies:)

Since I have already celebrated Rose O’Neill’s birthday with great fanfare on this blog before, (if you follow that link or those cute pics, they will take you there:) I thought I would share another illustrated Jell-O booklet featuring none other than “The Jell-O Girl.” This one from 1924! That’s right dear readers, this booklet has been sharing the “Joys of Jell-O” for 90 years!

This little booklet, illustrated by Lucille Patterson Marsh depicts a different “Jell-O Girl” for each month of the year. Let’s see what’s on the menu for the month of June.

And what about July? After all, July is National Picnic Month:)

Ahhh…The Picnic Game! It’s time for a letter update first.


It’s hard to believe that there are still some letters left for our baskets. A little unearthing too. As a matter of fact, one of the newcomers to the Picnic Game, I’ll introduce you to her at the picnic, was just asking me what would happen if all the letters weren’t “spoken for.” I haven’t answered her yet. You see, there has only been one time in the history of the Picnic Game that “fathom” letters were toted. (as opposed to virtual letters which are entirely different of course:) And, that was on the very first picnic. We missed the letters Y and Z

I can say, the picnic will go on! All of us have experienced that one late guest or no-show. It happens. I’m going to try my darnedest NOT to let it happen, if I have to tote those letters myself. (which is what I did the first year:) So, not to worry, rain or shine, complete or not, WE are having a picnic! When you see the list of all the fabulous meals we will be eating, you will absolutely understand why!

However, if for some reason you have been on the fence about making it to the picnic, or if the letter you chose has been taken, get creative with the name of your dish. Dig out a favorite post from the past, retitle it, jazz it up and repost it again for the Picnic Game! We’re really not that fussy you know:) It’s more about rejuvenating our camaraderie, while stuffing our faces!

Here’s a recipe you may just want to toy with it and perhaps tote to the picnic.

More Joys of Jell-O, 1993

Yes, I know it’s Orange Cream Timbales and begins with the letter o. Why not Jell-O Orange Cream Timbales? You see what I mean, lol…

Not up to cooking in this heat? I don’t blame you one bit. The letter U is still available. Granted, I’m a pretty messy eater. So share any nifty picnic Utensils you have hanging around! The letters V and Y aren’t as difficult as you might think. One year, are you ready for this, we had Venus-Is-Out-Tonight Radish, Black Olive, And Feta Salad toted by none other than Linda, hostess of Vittles and Committals. Another year, Tina whipped up a delicious Yellow Squash Casserole and saved the day! (Tina couldn’t join us this year:(

Some of you have taken more than one letter and that is also a possibility. That has happened many times through the years. Personally, I don’t know how you do it but I can tell you, we haven’t been disappointed yet!

There are so many amazing dishes this year everyone, so don't forget the round-up on July 1! Whether you're toting or just plopping on a blanket be sure and drop by. It never ceases to astonish me as to the variety of dishes we share from around the world. It is going to be another awesome picnic year and I for one can not wait!!! Remember, all letters should be emailed to me by the 28th. If, you choose one of the remaining letters, I will gladly give you more time. I’ll “see” you here on Friday for a quick recap and will be catching up on all your delicious blogs today!
Hugs & Roses, Louise:)