Cool Weather Picnic….
You know a picnic doesn’t have to be a full blown food spread….although that is always welcome.
I love picnics!
I really don’t need an excuse to have a picnic and I don’t need a lot to entertain me.
The Captain and I have been on many “Cool Weather Picnics”….from Missouri to Seattle…and yes, even on very cool Florida days!
Spur of the moment picnics are probably the most enjoyable….
All you need is a cool day…perhaps even a cold day if you dress warmly.
I can’t tell you how many… very, very, cold days the Captain and I had a picnic tailgate at a Kansas City Chiefs Football game.
No football game? How about a soccer game?
A walk in the park, with a warm blanket, perhaps a pillow, a few pieces of fruit, a wine basket and a good book to read!
Perfect! If the ground is damp…find a park bench and snuggle!
Or if you are by yourself…you will have the blanket all to yourself! It is a win/win! 😉
And if it is close to Valentine’s Day….even better! Wrap a couple Valentine Cookie Bars in foil for that walk back home.
Romance is where you make it to be and if no park or sporting event is available….your own back yard works just fine.
Enjoy life and don’t have any regrets, such as…”I wish I would have taken the time to ___________” (You fill in the blank).
Have a great day and live for today…you never know what tomorrow will bring!
Hugs to all my readers…and below is a great, quick, printable recipe for Valentine Cookie Bars….so easy as the cookies don’t have to be “shaped or rolled out”
- 2-1/2 cups of flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 egg
- 1-1/2 tablespoons of sour cream
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of room temperature butter (do not use margarine)
- 4 cups of powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup half and half
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla
- A couple drops of red food coloring
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Combine flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside
- Cream together butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy and add the egg, vanilla and sour cream, mixing to incorporate thoroughly
- Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture until well combined.
- Lightly oil a rectangle baking dish or pan (9 x 13)
- Pour mixture into baking dish and bake about 17-20 minutes or until the edge begins to show color.
- Cool before Icing the bars
- Cream together the powdered sugar and softened butter.
- Add the half & half and vanilla and beat until desired consistency
- Add a few drops of red food coloring (depending on how pink or red you want your bars)
- Spread the frosting on the cookie bars and cut into squares
- If icing is too thin, add more powdered sugar...if icing is too thick, add more half and half.
- Milk can be substituted for the half and half.