Do you like a Tailgate Picnic?
Raise your hand…I see you and you and you!
But my hand is raised the highest, I think,
Remember in school when you knew the answer to the question the teacher was asking and you couldn’t raise your hand high enough?
You know that was to compensate for all the times I didn’t know the answer..and at those times I tried to sink lower in my chair so the teacher would not call on me.
That is a story for another time. 🙂
But now I raise my hand high, because I use any excuse to have a picnic and a tailgate picnic is always fun because it is so easy to transport and keep in one spot in the bed of the truck or the back of the SUV.
This tailgating picnic was on a cool day here in Florida…and we have had a few of those lately.
I know there is a Super Bowl football game coming up soon, but right now we are watching our other passion.
You knew this was coming didn’t you?
I have been good and not posted about my team in a while.
Who,???? you say.
Kansas Jayhawk college basketball of course.
Rock Chalk Jayhawk!
So the Captain and I decided to celebrate a few of our recent division wins on the basketball court by having a tailgate picnic.
My friends…you can have a picnic anywhere you like.
That is what is so great about picnics.
Of course you can go to a stadium with all the other tailgaters…but we are a little far from the University of Kansas.
So you make do with what you have to work with.
All you need is a little food of your choice…cheese, bread, sandwiches or you can do what I did.
I packed up roasted chicken, (cut into serving pieces)… potato salad and cole slaw, (packed in small Mason jars)… carrot cake…and a few celery and carrot sticks to make it a healthy meal…:) plus a hot thermos of hot chocolate as well as a thermos of hot coffee.
My picnic basket was all prepared ahead of time so it would travel well and taste delicious cold.
I used plaid tablecloths and napkins, tin plates and flatware, two thermos bottles and a wine bottle basket.
I also like to make the rustic back of the pick-up “table” , pretty and yet still casual.
The small basket holds white tulips which can be real or silk.
You just want something to make the tailgating special.
The dessert is a carrot cake that I bought at the store…who says everything has to be home made?
In fact, you could purchase any salad to take along, but I prefer my own recipe for potato salad.
You can see the recipe here. I like to shred my potatoes because the potatoes absorb more of the dressing than if the potatoes were cubed!
So creamy, so good.
And the cole slaw recipe comes from the famous Brookville Hotel Restaurant in Abilene, Kansas.
I make this recipe all the time and although the recipe does not call for carrots or pineapple…I sometimes add them just for a variation.
You can see recipes for Cole Slaw, Biscuits and Creamed Style corn here, and all three of these recipes will find themselves in your recipe file, I am sure. The Cole Slaw recipe calls for cider vinegar, sugar and whipping cream. Yum!!!!
Aren’t these little Mason jars adorable and so handy for taking to a tailgating picnic. They are the perfect size for the Captain and me.
We had a great time and by the time we were finished, the weather had warmed some, though it was still a bit windy.
Oh, and any resemblance between me…..
……..and this pretty Jayhawk gnome is purely coincidental l!! 🙂
Rock Chalk Jayhawk….KaaaaaaaaaU!
Have a blessed day and go tailgating, have a picnic…even if it is in your own backyard!