Picnic on the Dock

In another attempt to Pick Myself Up and Dust Myself Off, I put together a picnic on the dock yesterday for Mom and myself. 

On the menu, I had mini zucchini parmigiana (slice of zucchini + red pepper sauce (we didn’t have any tomato sauce) + parmesan cheese in a 400° oven for ~5 minutes then broiled for a minute or two)

Mini zucchini parmigiana

Mini zucchini parmigiana

Marinated veggie salad (zucchini, squash, cucumber, onion, beets, cabbage + vegetable oil, cider vinegar, Splenda, salt, pepper, and celery salt)

Marinated veggie salad

Buffalo chicken dip (chicken + sour cream + mayo + cheddar + hot sauce) with tortillas and celery

Buffalo chicken dip

Grape tomatoes stuffed with basil and mozzarella, marinated in EVOO, garlic, and balsamic vinegar (these were a pain in the ass labor of love)

Grape tomatoes with mozzarella and basil

Sprite Zero + POM Wonderful pomegranate juice

Pom and Sprite Zero

And Biltmore Estate Pinot Grigio

Biltmore Pinot Grigio

We ended up mixing the soda with the wine to make a spritzer!  We used our new little picnic set from World Market and handy dandy picnic blanket from Target (I got one for my cousin and Mom was jealous, so I had to go back and buy her one, too!).


I got buzzed and burned, and I finally jumped in the lake when the heat had gotten the best of me – it was a scorcher this weekend!

Did you do anything fun and outdoorsy this weekend?  What’s your favorite thing to bring on a picnic?  Do you go for simplicity and ease-of-serving, or do you prefer to spend some time on your contributions?