The Annual Picnic

Every year for over 20 years we have had an Annual Picnic for all of our friends. Through the years we have had different themes, "Mud Bug" Crawfish Boil, Fish Fry, Hamburger and Hot Dog Cook Out and the list goes on.  This year we had a menu that featured Smoked Texas Brisket and Grilled Chipotle Chicken.

Getting The Different Seating Area's Set Up and Ready For The Guest

The Fruit Jar Arrangements On Every Table

The Rocker On The Porch Very Inviting For Guest 
The Fire Pit and The Garden Gate Patio Are In The Background
Beyond is The Herb Garden and The Row Corps

Fruit Jar Arrangements with Rosemary and Mint from The Herb Garden 
 Sea Shells In The Bottom Of The Jar
This Table Had A Vintage Print Table Cloth

Other Serving Tables Had Red and White Check Table Cloths

The Beverage Table With Lemon's and Limes In An Old Wooden Bread Bowl

All Ready For Our Guest

Some Folks Never Get That Far From The Beverage Table

The Cold Beverage Box By The Bird Bath and The Upstairs Patio

On The Upstairs Patio, This Story Must Be Really Good

And What's Going On In The Outdoor Kitchen?
Wait A Second Let Me Show You My New Golf Club

Let's Eat
Honey Sweetened Strawberry Lemonade

This Awesome Lemonade Can Be Made Ahead  And Just Add Water The Day Of The Picnic

Smoked Texas Brisket On The Menu

Smoked Texas Brisket
We Smoked 3 Brisket For This Picnic

We Also Served Grilled Chipotle Chicken With Chipotle Cream Sauce


The Bar B Que Sauce For The Smoked Texas Brisket and 
The Chipotle Cream Sauce With Made In Advance and Served In Fruit Jars
(See Recipes In The Links Above)

No Picnic Would Be Complete Without Pickles From The Pickle Pot
Pickle Pot Pickles

And My Friends Brought
 Lots Of Wonderful Sides Like Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Watermelon and Wonderful Salads
Some Fabulous Desserts

Sugar Free Berry Parfait 

Yummy Cobbler

A Little Piece of Gooey Heaven

And More Yummy Cobblers!

No Picnic Is Complete Without The Sack Race and 
The Cheer Teams

Go Go Go!!!

And Shake It All Up, Go Team Go!

 Amy Green of Simply Sugar and Gluten Free Taking 
A Well Deserved Mommy Break
And Where Is The Baby?

I Have The Baby of Course!
Little Nate Green with Sumer and Miz Helen
(Notice The Diaper On My Shoulder, The Sign of A Well Seasoned Mom and Grandma)

A Well Deserved Rest For My "Honey Bunny" 

We had great help this year from Stephanie, Bill and Johna , Thank you so much for all your help, it sure made it easier for us, You are the Greatest!!!!

This was a great day with wonderful memories, time spent with old and new friends.
I can't wait for the next one

Thank you so much for stopping by to enjoy our Annual Picnic with us today. Hope you have a very special week and make some memories with your friends, they are priceless!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen
Miz Helen

Cookbook Author, Recipe Developer, Organic Gardner.


  1. The decor is beautiful, the food looks delicious and it looks like a wonderful time was had :)

  2. What a wonderful summer time party. Love the jars used for vases....... The desserts all looked so good...

  3. Beautiful picnic party! You have a lovely home! Everything looks delicious and I can see that everyone is having a jolly good time! Have a lovely day, Miz Helen!

  4. Your home and yard are so lovely and are the perfect setting for a holiday gathering. Loved the flowers, desserts, and photos, and your grand baby is just precious! Have a Happy 4th!

  5. Looks like a beautiful day Miz Helen. A beautiful menu too. I love those milk can side tables. How cute are they?

    Anne xx

  6. You brought back memories of all the 4th of July gatherings that we held under a huge oak tree on our ranch in Texas where I grew up.

  7. What a gathering! This is my kind of meal - love that lemonade idea!

  8. A bit similar to our tradition to celebrate our Independence Day. There is nothing like friend and family gathering :)

  9. What fun! Everything looks so beautiful and the food divine. I'm going to have to try the sauces and the lemonade. I can only imagine how much fun all of you had. The baby is adorable! Isn't it just "habit" for us to put that diaper on the shoulder? :-) Have done it thousands of times with my kids & then the grands.

    So glad you shared this great gathering with us!

  10. What delicious fun~ love your mason jar arrangements! I'll have to peak at lemonade :)

  11. Looks like a fun party -- delightful tables and delicious food!

  12. Thank you for letting us in on your day! It looks wonderful!

  13. I'm very impressed that you folks were able to have a sack race after that amazing picnic spread. I just love your Chipotle Chicken.

  14. Oh what a great party - the food looks fabulous and everyone looks like they are having a great time! I so would have that baby too - I am something of a baby hog.

  15. Lovely picnic fare.
    I found this via Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms. I have linked in a pork and apple curry. Have a super week.

  16. Good food, pretty decorations, great friends, fun games and the sweet baby... perfect picnic! I think you must be the most organized person in blogland! Can I be you when I grow up?
    Thank you so much for joining ON THE MENU MONDAY with this delicious and fun post!

  17. What a wonderful picnic you had! I loved seeing all the pictures and the recipes sound delicious. I must mention, I have a vintage tablecloth (the red and white checked one) just like that from my late Mom. I use it often. I also liked the lovely flower jars you made - everything looked so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this post with the Gallery of Favorites.

  18. What a delightful day! I want to live in your neighborhood. The food looks amazing, the tables festive, and everybody looks like they are having a great time.

  19. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your fun party has been chosen to be on Today's Feature Post from Cast Party Wednesday!
    Thanks for sharing your ideas and recipes with us!
    ---Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain---

  20. Looks like you had a wonderful picnic. Everything looks fantastic. Congratulations on being featured on one of my favorite blogs, Lady Behind the Curtain! Have wonderful weekend Miz Helen.

  21. This sounds like the perfect picnic! Love the diaper on the shoulder -- indeed a badge of experience. Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy. Hope to see you again!

  22. You are such a blessed lady! The yard is stunning, the entire set-up is beautiful, and it looks like your family had a great time. And the smoke ring on that briskett!! Goodness! Love it! Thanks so much for sharing with Hearth and Soul! :)

  23. I wish I would have been there. It all looks perfect!


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