Friday, July 12, 2013

Picnic At The Big Lake . . .

gorgeous day at the lake
blue skies
a few fluffy white clouds
off and on in the distance
the water was filled with a few white caps
milwaukee is seventy miles across the water from muskegon 

friends barbie and Kathy
cheese and crackers
raspberry crumble cake

flowers from my gardens

salad is from a recipe from long ago
summery and yummy
i added some shredded chicken 


Berry-Mandarin Tossed Salad Recipe
Taste of Home Photo


1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tbsp honey
11/4 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp each, paprika, ground mustard
Grated onion
1/4 tsp celery seed
Dash salt

8 cup mixed greens
2 cup strawberries
1 can mandarin oranges
1 sliced red onion
1/3 cup sliced almonds
Fresh Bacon bits


Microwave 11/2 to 2 minutes, stir till sugar is dissolved. 
Whisk in 1/3 cup oil. Refrigerate until serving.
Pour over greens.
(go easy on the dressing when adding to the greens)
Source: My Collection


Picture of Raspberry Crumble Bars Recipe
Food Network Photo
Ina Garten recipe
(absolutely delicious)


  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10 to 12 ounces good raspberry jam, such as Hero
  • 2/3 cup good granola without dried fruit
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • Confectioners' sugar for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer
fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on medium speed just until combined.
With the mixer on low, add the vanilla.

Sift the flour and salt together and, with the mixer on low, slowly add to the butter mixture, mixing until it almost comes together in a ball.
Turn the dough out on a board. Lightly pat two-thirds of the dough evenly on the bottom of a 9-inch square baking pan and about 1/4-inch up the sides.

Spread with the jam, leaving a 1/4-inch border.

Mix the granola into the remaining dough with your hands.
Break the dough into small bits and distribute it on top of the jam,
covering most of the surface.
Sprinkle the almonds on top.
Bake the bars for 45 minutes, until lightly browned.
Cool completely and cut into 9 or 12 bars.
Sprinkle lightly with confectioners' sugar.Ingredients

Source: Ina Garten
(a speciality grade of raspberry jam is suggested.)


barbie was camping nearby
so she rode her bike to the lake front
she brought along her appetizers, pinto grigio
and her lawn chair which was
 attached by bungee cords onto her basket


water temperatures were warm
many people had flocked to the lake
to enjoy this gorgeous day
 lovely indeed to be with friends
sunshine  visits 
great eats too


Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous place for a picnic, and I love love her bike!

TexWisGirl said...

wow! how cool is that! perfect place to meet up for a picnic!

Gail said...

That is the perfect way to spend a day.

At Home in English Valley said...

You lovely ladies sure know how to have fun! Everything looked so pretty and delicious. How lucky are we to share the same beautiful Lake. Don't forget to wave across, someone on the Illinois coast loves you! Thanks for the recipes. Love, Penny

MarmePurl said...

It's all in the details. You even remembered the doily for the vase with those oh so lovely garden flowers. Add I best friends, fab food and perfect blue skies...
Just another reason why I love you and your blog!

pembrokeshire lass said...

Wow, what a lovely day. I like the kind of picnic where you bring a tablecloth...and even flowers!! Wow again! The food looks delicious too. ...and the location...idyllic!! Wish I'd been there as well. Joan

eileeninmd said...

What a fun day at the lake. A picnic with yummy food and a cake. Your salad looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipes. The photos are wonderful. Have a happy weekend!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

What a pretty table setting Lynne -- and a lovely place to relax and enjoy friends, food and the scenery.

babs said...

Everything was perfect! The flowers were so pretty! Your salad is the bestand I. Vouch for the raspberry shortbread bars. Out of this world. Wonderful afternoon.

missy said...

Looks like you had a beautiful day , lovely setting..Ate well..and always beautiful flowers...a nice day with friends..

Lynn said...

You ladies certainly bring gracious living to new heights. Beautiful, Lynne, simply beautiful. Love Barb’s ingenuity.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

The perfect day at the lake...and the dunes, so gorgeous.


Bonnie said...

Sounds like a perfect day!

laura.forestdreams:) said...

wow! now THAT'S a lake...with white caps and sand...looks like the ocean!!
a perfect day to meet the water...and feast on that YUMMY food!! mmmmmmmm....

Rural Revival said...

What a fun day!

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

What a grand summer's day at the lake. All your picnic foods made me hungry. I love that you even had flowers with your table setting. Very classy!