Rockin’ Poppin’ Picnic

June 28, 2009

We had SO MUCH FUN tonight thanks to our fun group of friends – new and old!

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Matt and I got to our spot around 6:30 and cracked open the wine – one my dad gave us that was awesome

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Then Diana arrived to take our photograph!

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Soon after everyone else arrived to make the night a memorable festive event with a fun assortment of goodies –

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Gazpacho

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with homemade croutons (good bread tossed in EVOO and salt and cooked at 350* for about 20 minutes)

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Caitlin’s couscous caprese salad

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+ Kelsey’s pasta salad

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+ biscotti and Sun Chips + pita chips + sopresatta + provolone + gorgonzola spread

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Matt and I shared a gazpacho cup

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And we shared this plate of salads – no clue how much I ate. We had seconds. I probably had half of this?

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What was REALLY exciting was that I went over to the Sonny Side Up spread to check out their picnic. Tonight was the Italian picnic and these folks went ALL OUT!! We thought we had a chance of winning the picnic contest for wearing green + red. Um, I don’t think we had the slightest chance!

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And they even promised me a slice of this to-die-for cake!!!!

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I went back to our blanket and had more wine

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And Conor brought out the Italian donuts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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He is in culinary school at Johnson & Wales and made these from scratch this afternoon – including the three dipping sauces: raspberry, spicy chocolate and raspberry ganache.

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I had to try each, but I split a donut in half to do so. The donuts were amazing – light as air (and I think their name means that?)

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Delicious enough to lick the plate! What would my mom say!?!?!?

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And you bet I went back for that cake!!!!! The Sonny Side Up group was so generous to give me a slice and a half, which I shared with my group. I ate all of the icing off of the slice. (FYI, Matt has interrupted this post twice to say “Why are you smiling!?” as I type – I guess I just love blogging about cake!)

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Unfortunately Thankfully Caitlin and Jason – our new friends fresh to the Carolinas from Boston – brought an extra bottle of wine (Italian!!) that saved us from being dehydrated ;)

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One more splash – x2!!

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And I can’t say my hand didn’t dip into these

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It was an awesome summer night and I’m so sad the Summer Pops are over till next year :( Thanks to all of our friends for coming!!

Off to chug water and snuggle with my guy!!

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1 Jen June 28, 2009 at 9:37 pm

OMG!
What kind of cake is that?????
Holy Deliciousness!!!

p.s. you looked great in the pics . . . green is def ur color

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2 Emily June 28, 2009 at 9:41 pm

What a fun night!!!!! I really wish we had something like that near us… that couscous salad looks really yummy… looks like tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil in it, perhaps? Donuts, cake, wine, yum!!

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3 Nicole June 28, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Oh yeah!! That cake looks goooooood!

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4 Claire June 28, 2009 at 9:57 pm

This picture of you licking the plate made me TOTALLY laugh! My parents taught college Sunday School and whenever we had them over for Sunday lunch, my mom would take her dessert plate and say “If you weren’t here I would lick this clean!” So funny!

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5 Daria (Summer of the CSAs) June 28, 2009 at 9:57 pm

What a great evening!

Is your top from Old Navy? I bought 2 just like it there a few weeks ago in blue and purple and I love them.

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6 Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write June 28, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Even with all that great food, I couldn’t have resisted sunchips either. They’re the bomb.

That sounds like such a fun night. A perfect way to kick off the coming week. Enjoy!

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7 polly June 28, 2009 at 9:58 pm

fun and yummy, Kath! mmmmm cake blogging :D

xoxo

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8 Katherine June 28, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Looks like an AWESOME night! I love the picture of you licking the plate – we all do that once in a while ;-)

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9 Jenn (www.j3nn.net) June 28, 2009 at 10:07 pm

OMG, how much fun is that?! Looks like an awesome time with awesome food! Yumm

Jenn

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10 Katherine June 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm

That spread looks amazing and that cake looked FABULOUS. I love picnics in the park…i think that is a must on the list a place has before I will move and settle there :)

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11 MarathonVal June 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Haha, I come from a long line of plate lickers too! I say its totally ok since you are outdoors ;)

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12 rachel nc June 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm

what kind of cake is that? it looks amazing

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13 leslie June 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm

what a fun fun evening! food, friends, entertainment, and atmosphere – i’m pretty sure that equals perfection.

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14 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm

What a wonderful evening, and just look at that delicious spread! You guys sure know how to plan a picnic! Glad to hear that you enjoyed your evening… guess you really did get to have your cake and eat it too! ;)

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15 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now June 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm

That sounds like the perfect end to a fun weekend. Glad you had a great time with great food!

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16 Caroline June 28, 2009 at 11:31 pm

What a spread! I am particularly envious of that gazpacho & homemade croutons!

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17 Linda June 28, 2009 at 11:33 pm

What a great community you live in. Shame the series is already over. It seems like you started blogging about the Summer Pops symphony not too long ago.

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18 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) June 28, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Sounds like a great night! All of the food looks good, especially the donuts and cake!

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19 Jill Maysmith June 29, 2009 at 1:08 am

red wine..all the better for droggin’ :)

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20 Lara (Thinspired) June 29, 2009 at 2:43 am

OMG–what kind of cake is that?! It kind of looks like german chocolate or maybe something with coconut?!

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21 Christie @ Find My Weigh June 29, 2009 at 5:01 am

That cake looks awesome!! I can’t tell if it is carrot cake or german chocolate. What kind is it?

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22 Mom June 29, 2009 at 5:50 am

The doughnuts look wonderful too!

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23 Angie June 29, 2009 at 7:22 am

Looks like a great night…awesome spread!! The doughnuts look fabulous! I need a friend in culinary school! Have a great week!

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24 Meghan@traveleatlove June 29, 2009 at 7:24 am

I love that you guys bring real wine glasses, what a nice touch!

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25 JENNA June 29, 2009 at 7:25 am

what a fun night!! everything looks so delish!!! :)

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26 Leslie June 29, 2009 at 7:26 am

Looks like you had an awesome time with some great food and friends!

I also wanted to let you know about my Gracie’s Gear Giveaway – Check it out – http://lovejackson.blogspot.com/2009/06/gracies-gear-giveaway.html

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27 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats June 29, 2009 at 7:38 am

What an AWESOME spread!! Those dougnuts…omg…

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28 Susan June 29, 2009 at 7:40 am

Hahaha, who wouldn’t smile when blogging about cake? :P Especially one that looks that good!!

Your food is all red and green too!

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29 Nell June 29, 2009 at 7:43 am

What kind of cake is that….it looks amazing!

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30 HeatherBakes June 29, 2009 at 7:53 am

Fun!!! This post makes me want to go on a picnic ASAP.

Cake… and donuts… mmmm

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31 Jo June 29, 2009 at 7:53 am

that looks like a hummingbird cake to me…. my FAVOURITE.

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32 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 29, 2009 at 7:57 am

What a fun, fun day!! :D

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33 emmy June 29, 2009 at 8:12 am

Hi Kath. I’ve seen you get asked lots of questions about tracking food and exercise and I was wondering if you would mention my Flog giveaway (http://eatventures.wordpress.com/2009/06/29/welcome-to-my-1st-giveaway/) to any readers who ask. The book is more detailed than what you (or I) use, but I think it could be helpful to some.

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34 Shannon (The Daily Balance) June 29, 2009 at 8:21 am

such a fun night – and DELISH looking food – my goodness!

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35 Terrormisu June 29, 2009 at 8:27 am

Guys, given the Italian theme of the buffets, it is obviously Italian Creme Cake. :D Italian creme cake is a vanilla cake made with coconut, pecans, and cream cheese frosting. It is also frigging DELICIOUS.

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36 K June 29, 2009 at 8:36 am

“Why are you smiling” hahah! Glad you guys had a great time!!

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37 Kath June 29, 2009 at 9:05 am

Jen ,
No idea on the cake – all I know was it was delicious with pecans and coconut!!

Daria (Summer of the CSAs),
Yep!

Meghan@traveleatlove,
They are plastic from World Market!!

emmy ,
Looks like a pretty cool journal. I would have loved that 3 years ago :)

Kath

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38 Krissy (Single Serving) June 29, 2009 at 9:38 am

I love going to outdoor concerts. I haven’t been to one yet this summer but your post is making me want to go like NOW!

Do you bring that cute little table with you? I love it!

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39 Kaolee June 29, 2009 at 10:00 am

Yum!

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40 Laura M. June 29, 2009 at 10:06 am

What an awesome picnic! Maybe the sonny Side Up folks will give you the recipe for the cake, and you could make it healthier for us? :-)

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41 Katharina June 29, 2009 at 10:41 am

It looks like you had such an amazing evening and that cake is the definition of what a slice of cake should be!!! WHat kind of cake was it??

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42 Quisha June 29, 2009 at 11:05 am

that cake looks fabuloso!! :) mmm.

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43 Stephanie June 29, 2009 at 11:40 am

Any chance of getting that Couscous caprice salad from Caitlin? Looks so light and delicious – perfect for summer.

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44 ashley, mom of 3 gets healthy June 29, 2009 at 1:06 pm

looks like you had a great time and ate some terrific food. wish the weather down here was nice enough to enjoy a picnic outside. you’d get eatin alive by bugs first. haha

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45 Nicole (dishin') June 29, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Looks like a great picnic! Love those donuts too!

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46 Britt June 29, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Is that a Crate & Barrel table? I just picked one up yesterday. Some friends of mine shared theirs with us at a recent concert in the park and it was the perfect hight for blanket sitting.

Love how into the theme everyone gets!!

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47 Stacey June 29, 2009 at 7:36 pm

So glad you had a fun night with fun eats!

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