perfectly portable food for a summer picnic

July 1, 2014

Remember last winter? For some of us, it’s kind of hard to forget…subzero temps and lots of snow. But now, the great outdoors is calling my name and I’m making it a point to soak up every last drop of this beautiful summer. Of course, a picnic is on the agenda–and for a great picnic you need the right food. Things that are easy to whip up and travel well.

picnic foods

Here are a few choice recipes that you might want to include in your picnic basket, and don’t forget the sunscreen!

This Honey Chipotle Barbecue Chicken Salad Sandwich is super easy to put together (you use store bought roasted chicken!). Head over to Mommyhood’s Diary to find the full list of ingredients.

crunchy asian slaw from how i pinch a penny-1

Once you prepare this delicious Crunchy Asian Slaw recipe that we found on How I Pinch A Penny–just pack it up in a jar and you’re good to go! Chopsticks are optional :)

Prefer pasta as your side dish? Then by all means, try out the Creamy Italian Herb Pasta Salad from the Sweet Phi Blog. You can even make a more nutritious version of this by substituting in veggie or whole wheat pasta.

Here’s a classic lunch standby transformed into the perfect picnic item~Mini BLT Sliders. Becky from The Cookie Rookie says these really hit the spot!

Feeding a few people at your picnic? You’ll definitely want to have a look at the Brick Compressed Sandwich over on Simply So Good. It’s one big sandwich layered with deliciousness and compressed with bricks on top so that all the yummy flavors blend (for a few hours or overnight). Then all you have to do is slice it up and wrap individually.

Try this new twist on the traditional turkey sandwich…Turkey Club Tortilla Pinwheels. Just looking at the recipe on Baking With Blondie you can see that they are bursting with flavor…turkey, bacon,cheese and a secret spicy mayo.

I believe that lemon is one of the official flavors of summertime, so it only seems right to include a sweet finish to a picnic with these Lemon Chewies. You can find out how to make this vegan cookie recipe over on Endlessly Inspired.

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bring on the butterflies

June 30, 2014

Inspired by our little trip to see tropical butterflies this spring, we decided to plan a summer window around these pretties.

butterflies After some google image searches and a few cartridges of color ink… we created our own colorful flock.

butterflies display window Our Finnish daughter, Iitu is returning home soon, so I couldn’t pass up utilizing her mad skills for creating clever dresses out of plastic table cloths.

butterflies store windows We added these great play wings available at our stores on the back of each mannequin.

butterflies wings And ta-da… our fantastic shop window filled with flying fancies!

butterflies display window

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wine time giveaway

June 26, 2014

wine time giveaway

Tis the season of relaxing long evenings on the deck enjoying friends, family and of course wine. Keep your glass safe from spilling and insualted from the heat with this handy tumbler you could use anywhere outside.  Remember your favorite bottles of grape by keeping the corks on display in this clever shadow box.  Impress your friends by making wine taste even better with this magical VinoVinti tool.

This wine lovin’ trio could be yours if you enter below ($94.85 value!)
We’ll select the winner’s name and announce it on our blog Wednesday, July 2, 2014.


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April McCrumb

I'm April McCrumb ~ a creative gal from Michigan that loves to share clever gift ideas, simple recipes, my favorite tunes & all things crafty.  Thanks for stopping by my whimsical world. I hope you enjoy your visit.

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