Monday, June 1, 2009

my article for the june issue of tastebud magazine.
Picnic Style

June is the perfect time to take the party outdoors and enjoy a picnic. Pack a basket with theses ideas and your time outside will sure to be fun and relaxed!
Start with a sturdy basket. I have spotted these all over town from traditional woven wicker, wire (Crate and Barrel) to canvas (find brightly colored ones that can be monogrammed at Happi-Names in Leawood). Next, pack it full of all your accessories and delicious food! First, a large blanket to serve as the table and seating. For serving pieces choose eco-friendly items that can be reused. Instead of paper bring along La Plates. These melamine plates, created by Kansas Citian Lara Shelton, come in a variety of colors and designs. What is great about these plates and platters are they can be personalized and are nearly indestructible! The company also offers unique cups and soft sided coolers. Replace plastic utensils with bamboo flatware. Bamboo is a quickly renewable resource and is a hard wood so these utensils will stand up to many uses. Choose cloth napkins or large tea towels in fun colors to clean up messes. Now, on to packing up the food and drinks! Make a simple reusable sandwich bag from oil cloth (instructions found online at This great tropical print was found at Pride’s in Westport and can be hand washed after each use. Place side items such as coleslaw or potato salad in tin containers or bento style boxes. Bring along a festive drink in a recycled wine bottle. After washing out an empty bottle fill with your beverage choice, re-cork and chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to bring it along. The final touch is a sweet bouquet of daisies in a simple mason jar.
Head to the backyard or a favorite park and enjoy the outdoors in style!

Apple Walnut Slaw
1 c mayonnaise
¼ c cider vinegar
2 Tblsp sugar
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
6 c coleslaw mix (1 pound bag)
2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into matchsticks
1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped

Mix together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
Add the coleslaw mix, apples and walnuts and toss.
Refrigerate for an hour before serving.

1 comment:

Amy said...

So cute Het! I wish we could meet for a picnic tomorrow! Neat plates. Yet another wonderful business out of K.C.

About Me

my name is heather and i have three crazy, creative, funny, winey, smart, loving and sweet children (henry, charlie and lucy). we love exploring around town and playing at home. i love creating whether it is with fresh flowers, fabrics, papers or whatever inspires me on a particular day.