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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Welcome to the Sixth Annual International Picnic Day Celebration in honor of National Picnic Month!

What can I say that I haven't said a "few" times before? Thank You! That's what! It's here, it's finally here! I don't know about you but I thought July would never get here. Now mind you, I'm not wishing the days or months away but hey, I'm hungry! I want to "see" you all, I want to "hop" from blanket to blanket and I want to invite everyone who drops by to join in on our Picnic Game fun! But never mind about what I want, this game is all about you and everyone who wants to "plop" down on a blanket, "stuff" their faces with delicious foods from around the globe, and make memories, albeit, virtual but none the less memorable:)

We’ve added 6 new friends to the Picnic Game guest list this year. Be sure and hop on over to their blankets and give them a big warm hug and lots of nibbles.

There were some of you who have been regular guests to the Picnic Game in the past, who just didn’t make it in time to choose a letter. I do hope you will enjoy this round-up and be sure and join us next year! If we have to “expand” the alphabet, we most certainly will!!!

Through the years many bloggers who “played” the picnic game in the past have either stopped blogging all together, or have moved on to explore that vast picnic blanket of the universe, the internet. And then, there are those of you who have endured the choosing of the letters from A-Z almost, if not, from the very first Picnic Game way back in 2009. Thank you Marjie & Janet:)

My very first Picnic Month celebration on this blog was in 2008. (I think I started blogging in late 2007:) Not very many of you saw that post. I plan on sharing excerpts from it through-out the month of July for National Picnic Month. The post featured one of my favorite picnic books entitled Picnics for Motorists authored by renowned English herbalist, Hilda Winifred Ivy. (aka Mrs C. F. Leyel) It was published in 1936 and I think you’ll get a “kick” out of its contents.

Picnic Game Round-Up 2014!

Ready for the Round-Up? I know I surely am! And what a round-up it is!

A-Angel Food Cake

Toted by Marjie

marjie really, really wanted the letter A. thank goodness for us she got it! marjie has been a picnic trooper since day one:)

B-Basil Leaves in Caramelized Prawns

Toted by Ivy

not only did ivy tote three letters this year, she also somehow managed to visit everyone’s blanket spreading praise and good cheer. if the picnic game guests were to select an ambassador, ivy would definitely be in the running.

C-Chicken Piccata

Toted by Mae

mae was so excited to join the picnic game this year and share this recipe, that she sent it while vacationing in hawaii!

D-Darned Easy Potato Salad

Toted by Channon

it’s always a delight to have channon join us at the picnic. she doesn’t usually share recipes. she’s more about fashion, chit chat and those adorable girls of hers.

E-Eccles Cakes Filled with Leeks, Spinach and Blue Cheese

Toted by Johanna

johanna brings such creativity to vegan food, i may just find myself “converting”

F-Fourth of July Picnic S'more Tartlets

Toted by Barbara

we’ll be celebrating independence day here in the states on friday, (i’m sure many will make a weekend out of it:) barbara is not one to skimp on the festivities!

G-Gluten-free & Eggless Chocolate Steamed Cake

Toted by Kristy

no matter where kristi is in the universe, she always makes sure to join us at the picnic game. she likes the letter g too. last year she brought Golden Pillow Hee Ban all the way from malaysia!

H-Ham Cheesy Patties

Toted by Joyce

another friend from Malaysia, joyce always comes up with clever yummies to pack for the picnic.

I-Italian Frittata with Vegetables

Toted by Alida

alida is new to the picnic game. can you guess what her speciality is? be sure and congratulate her. she recently came in first place in the michael caines uniformfoodies challenge!

J-Jelly Roll

Toted by Gaye

meet gaye, she describes herself as “an aussie lawyer who loves to cook.” you won’t get any arguments from me!

K-Kahlua Zucchini Chocolate Chunk Bread

Toted by Janet

the picnic game just wouldn’t be the same without kahlua. leave it to janet to double up on the chocolate:) the picnic wouldn’t be the same without janet either. she’s been playing since it began.

L-Lemon Lavender Cupcakes

Toted by Inger

once again, failure was not an option for inger. as many of you know, i’m partial to lavendar. i like to think inger “brought” these cupcakes just for me:)

M-Meringue Roulade with Raspberries

Toted by Gloria

ah, dear sweet gloria…i call gloria the queen of blueberries. i may just have to add raspberries too!

N-Nutella Rice Pudding

Toted by Edith

give a warm welcome to edith who “brought” her first dish from singapore!

O-Old-Time Favorite Iced Red Bean Popsicles

Toted by Ivy

a new one for many of us but, ivy is sure to turn her favorite into ours too:)

P-Pickles

Toted by Pam

pam may be new to the picnic game, but she sure did nail it!

Q-Quinoa Blueberry Mango Salad

Toted by Kathy

kathy is always full of surprises. last year she brought ma’moul!

R-Raspberry & Fig Cobbler

Toted by Nee

nee has been experiencing internet service problems after a bad storm in her neck of the woods. she should be up and running by today but in case she isn’t, be sure and drop by for some cobbler:)

S-Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Toted by Gloria

you see what i mean about gloria and her berry love. lucky us:)

T-Two-Ingredient Ice Cream Bread

Toted by Ivy

Ivy loves to surprise us!

U-Un-invited Smashed Potatoes

Toted by Me

my first time toting to the picnic game. hey, we couldn’t be minus a letter now could we:)

V-Vegan Mango Salsa

Toted by Elisabeth

it may be elisabeth’s first picnic game but she didn’t waste anytime diving right in!

W-Watermelon Salad

Toted by Geraldine

geraldine decided to join in for the first time too. i’m sure glad she did!

X-“Xmas Coconut Wreath Cake”

Toted by Dottie

not only is dottie also from long island, it is her first time joining the picnic game too. the letter x is never easy to tote. I think dottie has it covered this year:)

Y- Yellow Squash Crustless Quiche

Toted by Chaya

chaya is a toter from way back. she had a difficult year this year. i was pleasantly surprised when i heard she would be joining us.

Z-Zucchini Cake-Double Chocolate

Toted by Nellie

First timer Nellie was apprehensive about being ready in time for the picnic. looks like she made it big time!

I hope you all have enjoyed "playing" the Picnic Game as much as I have. I know I've said it before but really you "guys," you're GREAT! As I hopped around from "blanket" to "blanket," I noticed this year many of you wishing that we could have a "real" picnic some place right smack in the middle of the world. As wonderful as that would be, and believe me, nothing in the blog world could bring me more joy, you just never know:) I bet you thought I was going to say it could never happen:)

Everything looked deliciously beyond my imagination. The conversations were bright and cheerful and each and every one of you shared in the excitement. For those of you who are visiting the round-up for the first time, nibble, nibble everywhere and then come back next year and join in on the fun!!! Thank you all for "playing" I am humbled by your sweet words and kind gestures, Louise

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  1. This is such a beautiful food gallery Louise! You are a very sweet person and you deserve all the good words!

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    1. Doesn't everything look delicious, Katerina! Be sure and nibble away!

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  2. Happy 6th Annual International Picnic Day, everyone ! Oh yay, I'm the early bird. I'm going to bring home a bit of every food if you guys don't mind. As usual, I am bringing in extra containers. haha... Enjoy everyone & have fun.
    Blessings, Kristy

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    1. Happy Picnic Month, Kristy! We don't mind at all, there's pleanty for everyone! You were smart to remember the extra containers!

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  3. WHAT A GREAT PICNIC!!! Louise this round up is gorgeous! All the food is amazing and I love the music you have chosen too. I have a big smile on my face now :-))
    Thank you for hosting you have done a great job!
    xxx

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    1. I'm delighted to hear you have a smile on your face, Alida. I do too:) Everything looks so yummy! Thank you so much for joining us, Alida. You did GREAT :)

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  4. I am super sorry to not have brought anything this year but I will sure be ready next year, what a spread!!

    As always, you are a gracious hostess and congrats on your 6th International Picnic game! Ok, off to vist.

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    1. No worries, Tina. There's plenty to go around. What a spread indeed! Go get lots of nibbles:)

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  5. Fabulous, Louise! What a fun picnic and I thank you for putting it all together!

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    1. Hi Barbara, thank YOU! It is a fun picnic isn't it. I'll be looking forward to the Fourth of July Picnic S'more Tartlets I stashed away on Friday:)

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  6. great post louise - I love your red and white checked picnic blanket header - and I really am drooling at all this yummy food - hoping to get around for some nibbling soon

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    1. Thank Johanna, I made the topper myself but I think next year I may just seek out a "pro." Have fun nibbling:)

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  7. Hi Louise,
    WOW! This is a delicious and fun picnic! Look at all the yummies that everyone has brought! I can't make up my mind with which one to start first, I want everything!
    You are such a wonderful hostess! Thank you Louise, for bringing us this wonderful picnic! And I have made some new friends here, and great to meet up our regular friends! A great job, dear Louise! High 5!! :)
    Looking forward to

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    1. Hi Joyce,
      I still can't make up my mind as to what I want to eat first, Joyce. I guess it will be a bite of everything!!! I think we all made a few new friends this year and yes, keep the "old" too:) Thanks for playing, Joyce...

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  8. Hi Louise,
    First of all, CONGRATULATIONS to your successful Picnic Game 2014! You have done a great job and thru’ you we managed to meet new blogger friends from different parts of the world. This is my 2nd year joining the Picnic Game and honestly speaking, I love it and having fun hopping from one basket to another feasting all those scrumptious cuisines around the globe. Isn’t it fun and great to have an actual picnic one of these days?? Who knows our dreams might come true! So, just pray hard and keep our fingers crossed.

    Once again, thumbs up to our lovely host, Louise for taking the trouble to host the picnic. Let’s the party begins and cheers 

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    1. Thank you so much Ivy. I'm so glad you enjoyed the picnic game once again this year.

      It sure would be fun to have an actual picnic one of these years. You just never know, lol...

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  9. Awww Louise happy Picnic month dear:))
    I can't believe all these picnics we had living all these years. And you are the queen's picnic dear Louise.
    Thanks by hostess all these amazing picnics.
    Lovely and amazing round up:)

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    1. Hi Gloria,
      I know, we sure have had a lot of picnics together. I'm not sure about being the "queen", but I must admit, I sure do enjoy our picnics!!!

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  10. wow! that's a glorious wonderful spread of food at the picnic! you hv done a brilliant job, louise and i'm sure all of them together with you had enjoyed the participation in this picnic game. Cheers to everyone!

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    1. Isn't it amazing, Lena!!! We missed your dish this year but at least we got to see you blanket hopping, lol...

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  11. I love the picnic game! Even though I never get it together in time to snag a letter before the ones I want are gone. :-( Next year I should plan to post something with one of the more "unusual" letters so it won't be gone! I'll be checking out everyone's blanket over the next few days.

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    1. Hi John!
      It would be wonderful if you could join in on the festivities next year. X seems to be a pretty difficult letter as is U. I'll remind you in advance next year!!!

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  12. It's my last day in Hawaii -- flying back on the red-eye... so I'm glad to be having a picnic to enjoy as I watch the ocean for the last time. My best to everyone joining in around the world, and thanks for all the comments on what's in my basket!

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    1. Hi Mae, I'm sure you are home by now:) I'm so happy that you enjoyed the picnic game this year. Your Chicken Piccata was most definitely a hit!!!

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  13. Dear Louise, Happy Picnic Day! You have done an awesome job! Love how you did that Round Up! Not only that but you have the music going and changed your cover photo! Amazing...Thank you for all of your hard work. There are so many outstanding dishes at this picnic. Never have I been to one that has so much food. May have to wheel me back to my house. Off to nibble and meet some fantastic people. Thank you again...enjoy your day..Blessings and see you soon, ...Dottie :)

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    1. Thanks Dottie! I did try to make it a bit festive but my graphic skills are just terrible! Can you believe all this deliciousness? Have FUN nibbling:)

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  14. Now THIS is a picnic! What to pick first...? =)

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    1. My sentiments exactly, Angela! A little bit of everything!

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  15. Sorry but I let a comment and I dont know whay happens!
    Dear Louise is an amazing round up!
    Happy picnic game!!

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    1. HI Gloria, we didn't lose your first comment. I see it as I write this comment, lol...you wrote, Awww Louise happy Picnic month dear:))
      I can't believe all these picnics we had living all these years. And you are the queen's picnic dear Louise.
      Thanks by hostess all these amazing picnics.
      Lovely and amazing round up:)
      And, I thank you very much:)

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    2. And really you are:)
      Thanks dear Louise!

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  16. This was a splendid picnic, dear Louise! You put a lot of work into it so we can all meet up and admire each others' handiwork. I'm glad your injuries didn't slow you down too much. Now, you and Marion should set up a quiet picnic in your back yard for the 4th; I hope your son can join you!

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    1. HI Marjie, thank you. Everyone did such a wonderful job planning and cooking, I just sent out the invites, lol...No picnic for us this weekend. Quiet may be difficult to come by too. I was told today my neighbor is having a fireworks display across the street!

      So glad you enjoyed your self, Marjie. Thank you so much for being such a faithful guest:)

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  17. Wow Louise--another great event! Our sewer backed up this morning (just a little so not a horrible mess, but did need to get an emergency plumber), so I am a little late, but I believe I made it around to all the blankets--what an inspired collection of treats this year! Thanks for all your hard work, and hope your toe is holding up with all the blanket hopping!

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    1. Isn't it amazing, Inger! Sorry about your plumbing problems. Best to get it fixed before the weekend:) Go have fun and get a bunch of tasty picnic treats! Enjoy:)

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  18. Hi Louise,

    Everything in your A-Z picnic looks great! Sad that I wasn't fast acting enough to participate :(

    Zoe

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    1. Hi Zoe, it sure looks like you're participating to me. I see you taken home all the extras, lol...Maybe next year you will be able to join play the Picnic Game! (I hope, I hope:)

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  19. Really sad I could'nt participate....This was a lovely event..everything looks so yumm...loved that delicious spread....

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    1. Hi Gloria,
      Thank you for your kind words. Perhaps next year you will be able to play the Picnic Game. In the meantime, go get some good eats from all the blankets:)

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  20. Hi Louise ,
    Many kudos to you for hosting the picnic games for so many years . Last year was my first year , it was great but this one my dear you out did your self and I feel privilege to have met so many great and wonderful people ... my world just keep getting bigger . Thanks for inviting me to be a part of this great and wonderful group .
    Hope your toe is healing well . Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks Nee. I remember last year and you did great once you got the hang of it. However, this year you were like a pro, lol...Enjoy, Nee, and thank YOU!

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  21. What a yummy spread, Louise! Is it okay if I start with the desserts? Those lemon lavender cupcakes look quite fetching!

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    1. Go for it, T.W! Didn't the guests out do themselves this year? So much deliciousness. Have FUN!

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  22. Such great inspired dishes. What a spread!

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  23. Wonderful food and recipes! Everything looks mouthwatering.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Doesn't it, Rosa. Everyone did such a fantastic job of filling our baskets!!!

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  24. Hi Louise, excellent round up. The A to Z menu everything look impressive and awesome. Hope next time I can join your picnic. Meanwhile can I take a pinch of everything? :))

    Have a lovely week ahead,regards.

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    1. Take lots of pinches, Amelia, it's your birthday!!! I hope you will be able to join the Picnic Game next year. It's such fun!!!

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  25. Mmm I wish we did 4th of July here for the food alone! Such a delicious spread :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  26. Wow, such a happy post! I'm dancing while reading your post at the same time. Hahaha! I wanna take a bite of all the food here :)

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  27. Nice. I like picnics. Those are some great options, I will have to check them out. Thanks for sharing such a great idea.

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  28. What a great line up of delicious picnic food - what a great idea - everything looks great!
    mary

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  29. You have a great line up for your picnic, Louise. I hope I can join next year.

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  30. Hi Louise,
    I'm in AWE of you, dear friend! Such an amazing job you did, and so much work putting together the A to Z list of all the goodies everyone has shared for this fun, and beautiful Picnic! Photos included are Superb! Thank you for including me for the first time, It has been a tremendous enjoyment joining all you lovely ladies, and sharing!
    Can't wait to see your FRIED CHICKEN for Sunday...yumm, yumm:)
    Happy 4th of July! xoxo

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  31. OMG! Happy 4th of July! Louise, you had some fabulous participants in the Picnic Game. Stunning recipes.

    Velva

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  32. A fabulous roundup Louise! Thanks for hosting this picnic - it was such fun.

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  33. Wow what a picnic. So many wonderful recipes, cannot wait to check them out!! Clarice

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  34. Oh, my, what a terrific line up of picnic fare! The picnic song is perfect...and hilarious!!!

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  35. What a fantastic round - up!!! Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of it!

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

Thanks for dropping in...Louise