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Monday, July 14, 2014

A Perfect Picnic

After the winter we had here in the midwest, I've been trying to spend as much time outdoors this summer as possible. So last week I packed a picnic dinner for my boyfriend and I to celebrate our anniversary. The weather was beautiful and the food was fabulous, it made for the perfect picnic.

Croissant Sammies
  • Croissants
  • Sliced Turkey
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Avocado
  • Mascarpone Cheese
  • Pesto

  • Mix equal parts Mascarpone and pesto together in a small bowl
  • Slice croissants in half, but not all the way through
  • Spread pesto mixture over the croissants and add toppings 

Chickpea Salad
  • 15 ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic glove, pressed
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix
  • Cover and refrigerate until used

Strawberry Shortcake Jars
  • Pound Cake
  • Strawberries
  • Whipped Cream*
  • Cut pound cake into small squares and add to your jar
  • Layer whipped cream and sliced strawberries on top
  • Repeat with as many layers as you like!

*Go the extra mile and make fresh whip cream, it's delicious and is super simple. 

Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Whip heavy whipping cream with vanilla extract
  • Add powdered sugar and whip until you active the consistency you like

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