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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hillybillies Visit Shakespeare

Just in case it looks like these "city folk" have become the Hillbillies, well do not fear.  We arrived back home, rested in our beds under A/C and prepared for a picnic under the stars with Shakespeare in the Park.

"Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them."William Shakespeare 

The rest of our non-camping brood met us for an evening of culture.

Take Two - Jar Picnic
  • Two weeks ago my husband and I enjoyed a concert by the lake.  I prepared and photographed our picnic dinner
  • I packed my quilt from my grandmother
  • Prepared napkins, dishes, etc for a romantic evening of dinner, concert and stars
  • WHAT Happened?  I had forgot to put the memory card back into the camera
  • So Here it goes again...but I do wish you could have seen the first Jar Picnic

Mason Jars are becoming my newest obsession. I am storing items in my refrigerator with them....fruit is lasting days longer when stored  inside a jar.  I am a Texas girl, so we have always enjoyed our ice tea from a Mason Jar...fixing different flavors of drinks to be stored for later use cools off our summer heat, makes a fun treat.  Stuff a jar with salad, dessert, and even cook in them...makes it easy to grab and go.  Make ahead oatmeal in jars is a wonderful morning starter.  The best of course is canning in them...my pantry now stores salsa, roasted tomatoes, jams and sun-dried tomatoes.  Just google recipes to fill your jars and enjoy! 

Picnic recipes are on my Pintrest boards - 
California Club Wrap - click for recipe
Cheesecake in a Jar
Spring Orzo Pasta Salad

23 Joining in with more words:

Sarah (Nikki) said...

from hillbillying to Shakespeare... love it!!! I never knew what to do with mason jars although my oldest likes using them for crafts. Wishing you a beautiful day out there...if your temps are anything like ours (we're hitting record high temps) I'm glad you're back in A/C

Mary said...

so cool...i love mason jars. i use them for glasses too, and it's fun to layer BBQ, beans and coleslaw in them. I use oodles of them for candle holders as well.

love the idea to use them to pack a picnic in!

Debbie Petras said...

I only have one mason jar and I use it for everything. The food looks great. I will have to check out the recipes on Pinterest.

I'm glad to see the hillbillies are getting a little bit of culture! LOL

Love you,

Vee said...

Looks like great fun to have a picnic and grab a little culture, too. I'm going to take your tip and start storing fruit in a canning jar. Thank you.

Angela said...

Many, many moons ago I had a small part in Twelfth Night (I can't even remember which part is was LOL). Your picnic supper looks delicious and makes me hungry:)

Angela said...

Many, many moons ago I had a small part in Twelfth Night (I can't even remember which part is was LOL). Your picnic supper looks delicious and makes me hungry:)

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

You know, I pin everything mason jar but don't use them enough... Thanks for the prompt to store my berries (and more) in them! I do use them for our goat milk tho. The beauty you shared in previous posts was balm for my soul today. Thanks to you and Benjamin!

Vickie said...

Sweet pictures, Janette! I have tons of jars, too, for canning. I'd like to know how you dried your tomatoes for sun-dried ones? I love them. I'd heard about putting salads in jars, but duh, never thought about putting other stuff in them - especially for a picnic! I love this idea. We like to drink out of them, too.

"To be or not to be, that is the question..." :)

Farm Girl said...

I have always been crazy about mason jars and I love anything in them. I used to bake cakes in them for gifts. It looks cute. I haven't done it in a while as everyone I know lives on a diet. :) Your picnic looks wonderful.
It really looks like you are having a great summer.

Jill Jones said...

Just wanted to tell you Thank You so much for being willing to drive to the hospital to see us-I wish we could have had that happen. :) We were lucky to get out of there this time and not spend the night. Love these yummy looking treats-I will have to make some. I love the Mason Jars with the handles I have some in my cupboard that I use for tea glasses. Fun!!!
Glad to see thou has moved up in the world. lol
Love you

Maryann said...

Now I know what to do with all those mason jars I have stored in the garage, what a great idea, simple yet so cool! Nice to be able to get some culture and have some family time as well.

Sally said...

Picnic in a jar, what a great idea! I do make the oatmeal in a jar and am a big fan.

Debbie said...

love the whole Mason jar thing. soo cute. After Melody moved out there she bought an entire 12 oz set of them. She told me, "Mom you can't drink tea in anything else out here!" haha Love hearing about your summer..HUGS

Lisa said...

Yum! This is my kind of summer menu! The cheesecake sounds fab!

A multi-dimensional life said...

I love seeing your summer fun! What a great thing to do with your mason jars! All the food looks soooo good and I love the idea of make ahead oatmeal! I'm going to run out and buy some mason jars!
I've been away a bit lately...missed seeing you! :) Enjoying summer here too...it's "Texas hot" this year and we are in a drought. But I still love it! :) xo

Debbie said...

Oh, I'm so envious! Now, THIS looks like the perfect way to spend the time, IMO. Just plain perfect.

Love the mason jar tips. Really? It keeps fruit fresher longer? I will be dragging down more mason jars this very day, then.

Now, I'm clicking to your recipes.

Pom Pom said...

Yummy! So inspiring! Could you write a post on Texas tea? I'd love to hear how you brew it, what you put in it, how you feel about it.

Sue said...

Where have I been Janette, I use canning jars for just about everything,and have never thought about storing goodies in the refrig. with them. Thanks so much, you must give me the recipe for the strawberry goodies,I am drooling over it, and is that peaches I see behind them. yummy!
That pail of yours is really getting full, of wonderful memories and I am enjoying it right along with you.
Enjoy your weekend.

Angel said...

What a great idea! I can't wait to have my own jar picnic. Being a southern gal I, like you, really do enjoy those mason jars. Oddly, I have none so I think I need to remedy that real soon. Thanks for the prompting - great post!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

i love love love the idea of a Jar picnic!! I will most certainly do this with my precious 7 (almost 8) grandbabies!

Sue Anne McKinney said...

what a fun idea to put a meal in a jar like that! We went to a concert tonight at Bob Bullock (Free on Fridays thru July) Museum and we just took water and choc. chip cookies! We saw people having picnics all around us, so I will have to plan better for next time!! This would really wow Wm! Ha! I mainly use mason jars for flowers. Hmm. bet I would love my afternoon iced coffee in it, too.

travelintoadventure@gmail.com said...

Cool ideas here = gotta buy some jars ( sold all my stuff before leaving to Mexico) now I need that stuff again (wink) and read some shakespeare or a movie..
Hugs, for a nice evening under the stars..

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

What a great idea, Janette! You are so creative! It all looks luscious as well. I am not even going to ask if you had a good time!

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