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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Backyard Picnic


The weather was beautiful 
&
there is nothing I like more than having a picnic.
Even in the backyard :)


I decided to turn our little 
garden tractor/lawnmower and cart,
into a buffet table.
Menu:
Slow Smoked Pulled Pork 
Baked Beans
Potato Salad
Cole Slaw
Deviled Eggs & Pickles
(wish you were here)
There is a tray with buns setting on the hood of the tractor.

A green tub of cold drinks in the back of the cart. 
And a jar of flowers from the yard, 
in the cup holder :)
Isn't that what it was made for?



I am truly enjoying Spring:)

Happy Mother's Day!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :) 
 
 


74 comments:

  1. I wish I was there, it looks lovely, all my favourite foods, lots of colour and fresh flowers.

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    1. Wouldn't it be fun to have a huge potluck blogging sisters picnic ...wish you were here, too :)

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  2. Oh! Connie...bless you..your garden picnic looks just stunning and the weather where you are could not be better..and all that yummy food..what a shame I live 4000 miles away..lol..hope your day is perfect in every way..Happy Mothers Day..

    luv CHRISSYxx

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    1. Four-thousand miles is a long way to travel to a picnic, LOL. We did have a lovely time. My Steve smoked the pork butt for ten slow hours and it was incredible. Old friends, good food, beautiful day . . . that is hard to beat:)

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  3. Your picnic looks wonderful! Wish I lived closer! ;-)

    Happy Mother.'s Day. xx

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  4. Wow, you know how to put together a fantastic picnic right down to the decorating. Love how you did this you clever lady. I'll be right over after work. Save me a plate....lol

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    1. That would have been so nice, we had lots of food left over and sent pulled pork home with our guest:)

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  5. oh and I almost forgot. Happy Mother's Day :)

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    1. Right back at you, Ann . . . I hope that your day is relaxing and wonderful :)

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  6. Love your take on tailgating! The picnic fare sounds yummy. The flowers are perfect in the cupholder :)
    Wendy

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    1. Thanks so much . . . it just seemed like a cool ideal. I think that I am going to be doing it again and again. After the party, instead of making many trips to the house with food and dishes, it was a short tractor ride to the backdoor, LOL.

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  7. Hi Connie, using your lawnmower as a buffet.....genius! So cute! The food sounds so delicious and just like something we would serve here in SC. Happy Mother's Day!

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    1. Hi Laurie, with six people around the table there was no room for food, too, so I needed a buffet table. The little tractor and cart seemed perfect and after the party everything went back to the house in one trip instead of many :) I'll be doing this again, LOL.

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  8. So creative and it looks like a delightful picnic to attend!
    Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

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    1. Thank you . . . wish you were here :)

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  9. What a cute and original idea!!
    Happy Mother's Day and enjoy.:-)
    Joy! Debbie

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    1. Hi Debbie, thanks so much . . . we had a lovely afternoon and evening :)
      Happy Mother's Day to you, too :)

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  10. This is absolutely adorable!
    And the food sounds great!

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    1. Thank you . . . I wish that I could say, "pull up a chair and join us."

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  11. All that food looks delicious! Wish I was there :)

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    1. Hi Becky, thank you . . . the picnic was a wonderful success. That man of mine is great at slow cooking and the salads were refreshing. I should have gotten a photo of the dessert, but forgot :)

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  12. Wonderful! I wish I was there too! Although our own picnic today will also be wonderful.

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    1. Hi Linda, it would have been an honor to set another place at the table for you.
      Happy Mother's Day . . . here's wishing you a lovely picnic, too :)

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  13. Oh Connie, that is FUN!!! You do things so imaginatively and so beautifully - whoever would have thought that a garden implement could be turned into something so lovely - even down to the flowers! Your picnic looks so delicious and appetising, and I'm so glad you had nice weather for it. It's been very cold and wet again here, after it had started to warm up a bit!

    Thank you for your lovely message, and what a sweet thing to say! Medicine for the heart! I've never been called that before!! And yes, my friend is a very, very special lady indeed, and such a wonderful Christian. The times of fellowship we share are some of the most precious times in my life! Last night was such a lovely oasis between my surgery and chemo, and when I'm feeling poorly with the chemo I shall look back on it and remember what a happy time we had.

    Shoshi

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    1. Hi Shoshi, it is lovely seeing you out and about enjoying life. With everything that you have been going through you have got to grab a hold of all the good times that you can. In that fact, we all do . . . there are no promises, but many choices and crossroads. We need to always choose Life and the giver of Life is always with us, through every single step. God bless you. I am delighted that you liked my little backyard picnic, we had a great time :)

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  14. Connie, this is absolutely adorable. What a fantastic idea you had. I love it! And the food looks so yummy. Makes me hungry! xo ~ Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, the little cart and garden tractor seems to work perfectly. It even helped bring all the leftovers, the dirty dishes and the linens right to the backdoor when the picnic was over :)

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  15. What a pretty setting for a picnic outside...love what you did with mower too!!
    ~Cindy

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    1. Hi Cindy, thank you . . . it was fun and the mower and cart added a little touch of whimsy . . . at lease in my mind they did, LOL.

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  16. What a delightful looking picnic. I love the red and white table decor. So cheery and fresh for spring. We ate outdoors for the first time today and I hope there are many more occasions to do so.

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    1. Hi Lorrie, Food just tastes better outdoors, especially when you have family or good friends to eat with :) Even when I'm alone, I sometimes take my lunch outside on the porch . . . that and a book or magazine is a great way to breath in spring and get a relaxing break :)

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  17. Would love to join you... everything looks so yummy!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to visit . . . wish you were here:)

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  18. What a fun and clever idea. Everything looked delicious too. And your garden setting, truly lovely. It looks like everything came together for a perfect afternoon.

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    1. It was a very nice afternoon and evening . . . I love eating outside :)
      Clean-up was easy, too . . . just drive everything to the backdoor, and unpack, LOL.
      It works:)

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  19. What a delightful post, Connie! I love a picnic too but you really went all out for this one. What a great idea for the lawnmower cart...and the food looked absolutely heavenly! Love the table setting too. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

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    1. Hi Debby, we had a lovely weekend. I love eating outside and the weather was perfect. The lawnmower and cart worked well for the buffet, but it also worked great when it came time to clean-up. Gather up everything and drive it right to the backdoor, LOL.

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  20. Oh, that looks like so much fun and your decorating is so fun. Love your banner...awesome pictures.

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    1. Hi Karen, I am so excited to have you as a follower. Thank you!
      We had a lovely picnic . . . old friends, good food and marvelous weather:)

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  21. What a creative way to use the lawmower trailer as a table! Loved all the bright colors, fresh flowers, and of course, the food looks marvelous!

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    1. Hi, thanks so much for popping over to visit. We had a perfect afternoon and evening . . . I personally have a true love for picnics:)

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  22. MMM, looks like a wonderful picnic spread to me and such fun decorating to go along with it!!

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    1. Hi Connie, thanks for stopping by to visit. We had a lovely picnic and the weather was perfect.
      It was fun using the lawnmower and cart for the buffet and it made super easy clean-up.
      We just loaded everything into the cart and drove to the backdoor :)

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  23. Fun picnic! Cute idea to use the lawn tractor for a buffet :)

    Smiles :)
    ~K.

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    1. Hi Kerin, What can I say, "I love me a good picnic!"
      The lawnmower and cart was very handy and made it very easy when it came time to clean-up.
      Just a quick trip right to the backdoor :)

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  24. Hi Connie, Oh, how creative and clever! Love it! We have eaten out in our pergola once so far but hoping for many more lunches out there! We have gotten quite a bit of rain lately. Hard to keep up to the weeding and planting! What to do first! LOL Nancy

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    1. We had a good rain early this morning so I do not have to set out sprinklers today :) I am still waiting for many of my seeds to germinate, I get impatient and check them almost everyday. You know what they say about a watched pot ever boils . . . that's how I feel about them. maybe I need to go outside and give them all a little pep talk, LOL. I hope that your Mother's Day was relaxing and wonderful :)

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  25. Well that looks like something right out of a country living style magazine! And friend, that is one big honkin' bowl of beans!

    Cindy Bee

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    1. Hi Cindy, well, it was fun to put together . . . as for the beans in started out with a big onion, a pound and a half of hamburger and then a gallon can of Bush baked beans . . . it would feed an army. We did have leftovers for sure :)

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  26. Such a cute idea and very creative Connie! How fun! Everything looks so cheery and bright. I'll have to remember this idea. I hope you had a lovely Mother's Day sweet friend.

    Hugs, Vicky

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    1. Hi Vicky, it was fun to put all of this together and when it came time to clean up . . . well we put everything in the cart and drove the mower right to the backdoor. It couldn't have been any easier :)

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  27. This is so pretty and so clever! And all the food looks wonderful! What a special day, Connie!
    ~ jeanie from marmelade gypsy!

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    1. Hi Jeanie, thanks for stopping by, I am delighted that you like my little picnic buffet idea. It was fun to put together :)

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  28. Connie, that's the cutest picnic I've ever seen! What a fun idea. Your yard is so pretty!

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    1. Thank you Stacey . . . you have made my day!

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  29. Everything looks so delicious! The tractor buffet table is the cutest idea ever :)

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    1. Thank you so much . . . I really do appreciate hearing that :)

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  30. Well, you know I love your picnic decor because of all the wonderful colors!

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    1. Hi Carol, well red and white check is the perfect all time picnic favorite . . . so how could I go wrong with that, right :)
      Today and the last three days we have had rain, so I am very grateful that our picnic day was warm and beautiful.
      Although rain is a precious gift here in the desert, you still don't want it when you plan an outdoor event:)

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  31. I would have loved to join you for that picnic, Connie!! It looks amazing..the food looks wonderful but I adore the fact that you laid it all out on your tractor and trailer! That's by far the best picnic table I've ever seen :-) Fab idea. I'm so glad that you had a good Mother's Day.
    Thanks for passing by my blog earlier,
    Much love,
    LLJ 18 xx

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    1. Hi Jan, thank you for your kind words and for stopping by to visit. I am delighted that you liked my little picnic tractor trailer idea:)

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  32. Oh my! Everything about this is complete gorgeous. And, YES I will I were there. It looks like such a nice, relaxed, green place to be! And food! That stuff looks simply yummy.

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    1. We had a very relaxing and enjoyable evening. Springtime, don't you just love it:)
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  33. I am loving that picnic ! We have a very similar lawn mower and it would make a wonderful buffet table. ours also has a cup holder and really, a jar of freshly cut flowers would suit it best .

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    1. I am so happy that I could inspire you Kathy. When your picnic is over, just pack everything into the cart and drive it to the backdoor . . . very simple clean-up :) Happy picnicing !

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  34. Isn't that the cutest idea ever? You are so creative. And looks like a great cook also. Looks yummy!

    Judy

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    1. Oh, thank you Judy . . . we had a lovely picnic. It was fun setting it all up. I have a great barbecue man, in my hubby, so that's makes it easy on me, too :)

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  35. What a wonderful way to spend time with loved ones at home! The food looks amazing! And how pretty everything looks Connie! LOVE!

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    1. I am delighted that you like it. We had a lovely afternoon . . . and who doesn't like a picnic, right :)

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  37. Connie, you set your yard up so pretty and your picnic looks wonderful. It was a great idea to use your tractor as a buffet table. That was genius. I love picnics and I'm also planning on going on a picnic with my family next week. I can't wait.

    Also, thanks for following me. I'm following you, too.

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    1. Hi Dee, have fun on your picnic . . . even the word "Picnic" is a fun word and always makes me smile.
      Getting together with family and friends and eating good fun together outside in the fresh air . . . what is better than that?
      Thanks so much for following me back :)

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