Happy 4th of July!
We have had the most beautiful, downright gorgeous weather for the last few days. It’s been in the 80’s and the sun has been shining. Absolutely great picnic weather. Today however, Dan wakes me up with, “It’s kinda lousy out right now. It might be too cold and windy to have a picnic, but I know you don’t want to be stuck inside all day.” What a disappointing thing to hear! And damn right I’m not staying inside on 4th of July! It’s a holiday. We’re getting the heck out of here and enjoying the day. My fingers are crossed that the sun will come out from behind the clouds and we can enjoy a picnic.
I’ve been dying for a picnic ever since I saw this Provence style picnic in Bon Appetit. It’s very sophisticated but simple. Perfect for a small group or party, but since it will be just Dan and I we’re gonna scale it down a bit. Our picnic won’t look this organized but that salami with the bread is making me drool a little. At one point we considered doing a Mexican food picnic, but we ruled that out because we’re lazy and wanted everything to be pre-made (except for the booze) because it’s just less fuss/mess. And we never really considered the classic American 4th of July BBQ as an option (waaaaaaaaaaay too much work for just us). Instead, we’ve got olives, marinated artichoke, a couple different cheeses (1 blue, 1 hard) , multiple salamis, prosciutto, some fig jam, and a baguette. We’re gonna wash it all down with some citrus and basil sangria that we’re going to make. It was one of the recipes from the Pinterest Picks – Sweet Sangria post. We’ve never made sangria before so wish us luck! And for dessert we’re gonna put some fresh whipped cream on some strawberries. Easy. Yum yum yum. So sun, you better get your bum out from behind those clouds.
Since I’m all about picnics right now check out these picnic essentials. The food tent is genius and I’m in love with that melamine plate.