Posts Tagged ‘Picnic’

{RECIPE} Italian Roasted Potato Salad


My husband is not a fan of mayonnaise, so I'm always on the lookout for non-mayo salads. I saw Mario Batali make this warm potato salad on The Chew, the new food show on ABC, and thought it looked delicious! Plus, who doesn't love Mario Batali! If you haven't checked out The Chew yet, you definitely should, it's a lot of fun to watch, and I keep getting great tips and recipes.

I wanted to give it a try, but I also wanted to make a few tweaks, like roasting the potatoes instead of boiling them, and substituting thyme for marjoram because thyme is one of my favorite herbs.



  • 2 pounds new (small) potatoes
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon thyme + 1/2 tablespoon for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 shallot minced
  • fresh pepper to taste


Preheat the to 400 degrees. Quarter potatoes.


Toss the potatoes in a bowl with olive oil and salt.


Spread onto a cookie sheet and bake for about 40 minutes - until they start to brown. Halfway through I turned the potatoes so they would brown on both sides.


Here's what they looked like roasted.


Cook three eggs over easy and cut into slices.


In a separate bowl, whisk the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, mustard powder, thyme, and the minced shallot to make the dressing. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Pour the dressing over the potatoes and top with the fried egg slices. Garnish with couple more pinches of thyme.


While it tastes terrific warm, you can also enjoy it cold.


The Chew celebrates and explores life through food - from cooking to food trends, restaurants, holidays and more all aimed at making life better, fuller and more fun. Featuring celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Michael Symon, and Carla Hall, lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly and fresh face of healthy living Daphne Oz, “The Chew” is a leap forward into a delicious new kind of talk show.

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{PARTY ON A BUDGET} Spotty Dotty Ladybug Picnic Party

Melissa Newell from My Party Passion, is with a new picnic Party on a Budget post!

Spring has sprung Y’all! It’s Me, Melissa – the Party on a Budget go-to-gal. With Spring comes more mini parties! Today, it’s all about bugs... Ladybugs!


As with most of my Mini Parties on a Budget, it all starts with one item that gives me inspiration – usually from the dollar store. No exception here. This little plastic box with dots on it was the inspiration for this Mini Party.


The other party supplies that I gathered, all came from my crafting closet or the recycle bin (still keeping it earthy here at My Party Passion)!

The Setting: Our front yard. The grass finally showed us its true beauty with lush green colors. The girls each had a “ladybug” rug to sit on – old rugs from IKEA that I put black paper dots on.


In front of them were two picnic themed table runners and homemade place mats (see HERE for a tutorial on how to make these from old gift bags).


Each girl had their initial on a board (made from pizza boxes) that I made to go with the theme. I used old wrapping paper to cover them (bought after Christmas sale 2 years ago at a craft store) and tore crepe paper to create their initials. I cut out some ladybugs to scatter throughout the party – using my Silhouette SD Machine.


The “sweets” table was a fun to create using my white and red IKEA frames ($1 per frame – they paid for themselves long ago) and cutting out backgrounds from scrap paper. I made it simple and affordable. I had filled the plastic dotted boxes with a strawberry Special K bar and some strawberries for the girls. They also feasted on a chocolate fudge mini cake with whipped topping and strawberries. A few spotted balloons and a picnic basket finished this off.




Goodies: Of course what would a party be without a little “take away goody." This time I found little mani/pedi kits in the shape of ladybugs at our local dollar store. These worked perfectly. Putting them into a little see-through bag with a personalized clip on them finished them off.


After the girls were done eating, they wanted their pictures taken with their “initial signs." For this, we went out back to our only flowering bush (at the time).


All in all the girls had fun and it cost me less than $10 for the entire party.

It’s almost Memorial Day – are you celebrating with a party? Until next time – Party On Friends!

Thank you, Melissa, what an adorable way to enjoy the nice weather! To learn more about Melissa, visit her at My Party Passion.

{DIY} Outdoor Wine Glass Holders


wineglass stakes (6 of 10)

Talk about creative! Nicole from Tikkido and Tradewind Tiaras is back with this ingenious DIY as a way to help you bring a little romance back into your relationship! 

Picnic season is nearly upon us. One of my favorite easy "date nights" with my husband is to walk with the family to a nearby park, set up a picnic blanket, and enjoy dinner and conversation and a glass of wine as the girls play on the playground.  It's nice to get a little bit of romance and quiet adult time, even when we don't have a babysitter.


  • Heavy Duty Pliers (I use lineman's pliers)
  • Thick bamboo skewer
  • Floral grapevine wire
  • hot glue gun
  • silk flowers (optional)


First, cut a 30" length of the grapevine wire (available in the craft department of major craft stores).  Bend 8 to 9 inches back over itself, and twist to create a double-strong length of wire at one end.  Leave about an inch of the wire sticking out like a tail.  Wrap the single-thickness portion of the wire tightly around the bamboo skewer, starting at the non-pointy end (you want to leave the pointy end free to push into the grass).


Coil the double-thickness portion of wire into an open C shape that gets wider as it spirals upwards so the wine glass can sit nicely in it.

wineglass stakes (5 of 10) The wire should be pretty secure already, but I give it a little extra permanence with my hot glue gun.  Embellish with a few silk flowers, if desired.

wineglass stakes (9 of 10)

wineglass stakes (10 of 10)

These wine glass holders take only a few minutes to make, and are such a wonderful tool to use on a picnic.  What's your favorite way to bring a little romance to an average evening?

My way, Nicole, is for my husband and I to ask each other what made our day special and really listen.

To learn more about Nicole (who enjoys decorating cakes but not eating them, Irish dancing, public radio, Old English language and archaeology, and geekery of all sorts), visit her at Tikkido and Tradewind Tiaras.

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