Greek Pasta Salad with Zesty Vinaigrette

This. This is it. This is the pasta salad you'll want bring to your next cookout. You'll be the talk of the town and the same question will be on everyones mind…"Can I get the recipe?" Okay, that may be a little dramatic, but if there was ever a pasta salad that called for drama, you're looking at it....more

Summer Fruit Salad

Sausage, Bacon, Broad Bean and Herb Picnic Pasta!

This recipe reminds me of a sunny afternoon picnic. It’s such a reliable pasta recipe and I’ve used it for years for big summery lunches, road trips and packed work lunches! I’ve been keeping it a secret... but here you go – this is what you do for the love of your job! ...more

9 Healthy Picnic Food Ideas

The unfortunate part of the traditional picnic menu is that the food, while delicious and filling, is the epitome of the North American diet: high in unhealthy fats (fried chicken, mayo-based salads), refined grains (white bread and pasta), and added sugar (sweetened iced tea). The good news? There are tons of healthy picnic-friendly foods to choose from! Here are some ideas… ...more
Rachel Vdolek Thanks for the comment :)  Enjoy your picnic adventures this summer!more

Shrimp Salad


Trip Tip: Cool Ways to Pack a Cooler

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Planning vs. Improptu Picnicing

    ~Dining leisurely Al fresco has got to be one of life’s most pleasant experiences.  A concert on a sunny afternoon at the park…even better under the stars…lolling on a blanket enjoying a delicious meal is absolutely sublime.  Every spring, stores and...more


I feel tremendously lucky to be surrounded by generous friends and family. They show me through everyday actions that the old adage is true: the more you give, the more you receive. Obviously I do not take their generosity for granted but I prefer to assume that people are generous by nature. Perhaps it is the effect of rose-tinted glasses but I feel like I live in a safer, happier world with this assumption....more

Parisian Picnic Date Idea – Ooh la la

Paris, France – the most romantic city in the world. Known for it’s culture, cuisine, history and wine, Paris also has gorgeous gardens located throughout the city. Whether its the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Tuileries, or Champ de Mars overlooking the Eiffel Tower, amid the bustling city lie these lush green spaces that are visited by tourists and Parisians alike. Perfect for strolling, people watching or a quiet picnic, this week’s date idea is inspired by the Paris gardens and the people who frequent them....more