Monday, August 24, 2009

Summer Saturday Surprise!

My boyfriend surprised me with a lovely Saturday afternoon picnic. Lucky for me he's got mad skills behind the stove (which he brought on our picnic--a little Coleman propane camper stove) and made up a amazing array of tapas style foods. The great thing about a picnic, is that on a nice day, not only are you getting an amazing view, you get to lay out on a blanket, linger for as long as you like, not worry about the waiter messing up your order, not have to pay a corking fee, and you save lots and lots of cash. I mean seriously--check out our waterfront view that we didn't have to pay for!
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We started our day on a visit to the Puyallup Farmer's Market, which I have to say I was quite impressed with. After picking up a little of this and a little of that, we prepped the ingredients in his kitchen, packed up our stuff and headed out to the waterfront.
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We opened up the cheddar jalapeno focaccia loaf we bought at the market and started off with a cucumber and tomato salad.
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Then he steamed up some artichoke with a garlic butter dip.
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Next was green beans, mushrooms, shallots, smoked bacon and cashews.
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Followed by steamed clams with shallots and celery.
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Dessert came from the wild blackberry bush behind us and a mini watermelon from the market.
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Can you imagine what all this would have cost with a waterfront view? Before we run out of summer days--go plan yourself a picnic with your sweetie. This little picnic was full of great food, views, company and memories that you just don't get from sitting at a restaurant.

1 comment:

  1. Now I think I'll take Cynthia on a picnic this weekend (if we don't have another thunderstorm!). Thanks for the inspiration!


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