Hi everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. Today Mary Ann, Annie, and I are joining some of our food-savvy blogger friends for some summer picnic inspiration. For those of you new here I just moved from a 5,000 sq ft home to a 2,000 sq ft home. Oh, and did I mention that we also sold our lake house within the same week? Needless to say, complicated picnic food is not in my wheelhouse right now. Today I am going to show you how to prepare the lazy woman’s picnic, or a picnic you can create anytime without the stress. Let’s take a look at my simple picnic using grocery store ingredients.
We spent most of the weekend unpacking and organizing but I prepared a picnic within minutes that we could take to our daughter and son-in-laws for Memorial Day. I had three considerations, it had to be simple, Summer needed to like it, and the decor needed to be carefree. I think I accomplished all three and we had a fun, relaxing day. This was our greeting.
Jenna has a beautiful new pool that they added last year. This year they added an outdoor kitchen and eating area that is protected from the sun. We set the table under the pavillion by the pool.
I prepared the ice cream sandwiches the night before. I used Tate’s bakeshop cookies (white chocolate & macadamia & double chocolate) and Haagen Daz vanilla bean ice cream. They were super easy and survived the two-hour trip beautifully (packed in ice)
Ice Cream Sandwiches with Tate Bake Shop Cookies & Haagen Daz Ice Cream
- 1 bag tates bake shop double chocolate cookies
- 1 bag tates bake shop white chocolate macademia nut cookies
- 2 cartons Haagen Daz Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Soften Ice Cream slightly, place one scoop of ice cream in between two cookies. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze. Pack tightly in ice if taking to a picnic,
The morning before leaving I assembled the muffuletta sandwiches. There is basically nothing to do but assemble them. I bought all the ingredients at the grocery store. I used ciabatta rolls since we do not have authentic muffuletta rolls here. If you don’t mind spending the $$$ you can order authentic muffuletta’s from Central Grocery here.
I used Emeril’s recipe for Muffuletta.
Emerils' Muffuletta Sandwich
- 8 ciabatta rolls
- 1 1/2 cups muffuletta spread
- 8 ounces salami thinly sliced
- 8 ounces cappicola thinly sliced
- 8 ounces mortadella or deli ham, thinly sliced
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese thinly sliced
- 8 ounces provolone thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Pickled pepperoncini for garnish
Assemble early in the day so the bread has time to absorb olive oil. Spread both sides of roll with olive spread. Layer meats and cheeses. Drizzle with olive oil, wrap in plastic wrap. Serve with pickled pepperoncini as garnish.
The truffle potato chips are super simple as well. I purchased cape cod kettle chips but you can use any good quality chip. I used the recipe from my recipes here.
Slice up a seedless watermelon and woila mission accomplished, with very little effort!
SHOP SIMPLE PICNIC
I picked up three bunches of sunflowers at TJ’s on the way up. When I arrived I grabbed some greens and buddilea from Jenna’s yard, plopped it all in a bucket and placed it on their table with a couple scarves and bookends from Jenna’s fireplace.
A good time was had by all and no one had to work!! You might also enjoy Project Design Simple Summer Entertaining Tips.
I Had planned to purchase a cute picnic basket, plan an elaborate picnic, and head to Big Sur. Here are the cute picnic baskets I found. I promise I will do that another time when time is not at such a premium.
FABULOUS PICNIC BASKETS
I warned you it was super simple! I almost backed out of this post due to lack of time. The beauty of this simple picnic using grocery store ingredients is it is carefree and easy. If you are looking for something a little more challenging, I am sure my foodie friends have some great ideas. Pop over and visit: