Roasted Garlic Caprese Sandwich

Fall is the perfect time to pack your picnic basket and head outdoors for an extraordinary afternoon.  Summer picnics get all the glory, but here in the South the fall is actually the perfect time for a picnic. The temperatures are cooler, there are fewer bugs and the changing scenery is an extra bonus. If you want to make sure your picnic is magical you'll want to make sure you follow our top 10 tips for packing the perfect picnic and you are going to want to make sure you pack a Roasted Garlic … [Read more...]

Top 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Picnic

Picnics are one of my favorite things about summertime. It doesn't matter if it's the spur-of-the-moment sandwiches on the lawn, or the meticulously-planned feasts that you pack and take with you to an event. Seriously, what’s not to love about sitting out in nature, enjoying great company and a plate full of delicious food?  Today I am hanging out with my friends from World Market sharing my Top 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Picnic. With summer quickly approaching it's the perfect time to plan a … [Read more...]

Strawberry Watermelon Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette

The other day we packed a picnic and headed outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather we've been having lately.  The perfect picnic has simple, delicious food and drinks that travel well.  This Strawberry Watermelon Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette is one of my favorite summer salads and absolutely perfect to take with you on a picnic or to a backyard BBQ. While it isn't quite summer yet, watermelons have started popping up at the grocery store.  My kids beg me to get one every time we are … [Read more...]

Cucumber and Onion Salad + Giveaway

It's that time of year again for backyard BBQs, pool parties, trips to the beach and dining al fresco. Outdoor entertaining is the best, it doesn't demand anything elaborate, just simple food and good company.  This Cucumber and Onion Salad will quickly become one of your go-to recipes this summer, it's light, refreshing and incredibly simple to make. As the weather turns warmer I can't think of anything better than moving the party outdoors. Which is why I am so excited to share my friend … [Read more...]

Almond Joy Granola Parfait

Disclosure: I’m proud to be working with CVS Pharmacy to help spread the word about their tasty and better-for-you Gold Emblem and Gold Emblem abound exclusive snack lines. All opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers The weather is warmer, school is almost out and there are lots of reasons to celebrate. Whether you are celebrating mom on Mother's Day, packing a picnic for a summer concert … [Read more...]

Tips for Packing the Perfect Picnic

Make memories this summer by packing the perfect picnic and enjoying an afternoon relaxing with your loved ones and some great food! Picnics can be everything from simple to elaborate, but no matter your style we think there is nothing better than enjoying a lazy summer afternoon with an old-fashioned picnic!  I've partnered with Cape Cod® Potato Chips to share my tips for packing the perfect picnic and to show you how to turn an ordinary afternoon into an Extraordinary one with a fun family … [Read more...]

Asparagus and Artichoke Orzo Pasta Salad

During the summer we love taking advantage of the warmer weather and we dine al fresco as much as possible.  This Asparagus and Artichoke Orzo Pasta Salad is one of my favorite summer recipes.  It's the perfect side dish and goes with everything from grilled chicken to sandwiches.  I like to serve it in small Mason jars which makes it portable and fun for picnics and family BBQ's. Speaking of BBQ's eleven of my friends have shared some of their favorite summertime recipes that are great for … [Read more...]

Mason Jar Picnic Containers & Stamped Napkins

Hello!  I have a super easy summer entertaining idea, Mason Jar Picnic Containers & Stamped Napkins, to share with you today.  If you love dining al fresco in the summertime this easy DIY is a great way to make your picnic, or any outdoor party stand out! But, before we get started I have a super fun and exciting announcement to share.  I have been handpicked as one of the top 30 craft and lifestyle bloggers for Michaels new Michaels Makers blogger program!  Pinch Me!  I am so thrilled to … [Read more...]

Family BBQ Party Ideas

Hosting a BBQ is a great way to gather family and friends during the warm summer months and catch up on each others' lives.  My grandmother was coming to Texas for a visit so we decided to have a family BBQ at my house. To make your family BBQ one to remember integrate some fun and special touches into your gathering. Start with the decorations. You don't have to wait for birthday parties to create a fun display for your food.  It was a bazillion degrees outside so I set up a table … [Read more...]

Watermelon, Mint and Feta Kabobs

Watermelon is a delicious and refreshing fruit that has become a staple at family picnics and cookouts.  It is best in the late summer which could be why August 3rd has been dubbed National Watermelon Day.   Try these light and refreshing watermelon kabobs, perfect for summer parties and entertaining. What You Will Need - Watermelon (cubed) - Mint leaves - Feta cheese - Honey - Bamboo skewers (cut to desired length) Thread a mint leaf onto the skewer. Next, add a … [Read more...]