Breakfast in a Meadow Picnic & Winner!


We’ve had some beautiful spring weather recently,

perfect for packing a picnic!

Pack a Picnic, Recipes, Menus and Inspiration for the Perfect Portable Feast!

I had some picnic inspiration from

Picnic by DeeDee Stovel. . .


Breakfast in a Meadow Picnic,

one of the 29 menu and picnic ideas.


I packed my favorite picnic accessory,

a Galvanized Metal 6-Pack Bottle Caddy

from Pottery Barn. . .


 I filled the caddy with jars for toting

flatware, food, napkins & flowers.



In addition to being portable,

food in jars is fun :)


I packed yogurt parfaits~

Greek yogurt, drizzled with honey, layered

with granola and berries. . .



And made a batch of

Sunny Morning Muffins

with the recipe from Picnic!


Sunny Morning Muffins

Makes 15 Muffins


1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup whole wheat flour

½ cup sugar (the recipe calls for 3/4 cup but I reduced to 1/2 cup, adjust to your sweet tooth)

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

3 eggs, lightly beaten

½ cup vegetable oil

2 cups grated carrots or zucchini, or combination

½ cup coconut

½ cup chopped pecans

½ cup undrained crushed pineapple

½ cup golden raisins



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 15 muffin pan cups or fill with liners.

Sift flours with sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt into a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix the eggs and oil and add to the flour mixture. Stir the batter just until the dry ingredients are moistened.

Fold the carrot /zucchini, coconut, pecans, pineapple and raisins into batter and stir until blended.


Pour the batter into prepared cups and bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean. Cool muffins in the pans on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove the muffins from pans and allow to cool on wire rack.

Note: Muffins can be wrapped in plastic wrap, placed in a freezer bag and will keep several months.

You can find  a printable recipe here.




 A sunny weekend morning and

picnic in a meadow

calls for a morning mimosa!


A favorite sparkling wine, Cava or Prosecco,

mixed with orange juice and

Sanpellegrino Aranciata,

for some extra effervescence.


You can also enjoy Aranciata,

mixed with juice or by simply by itself, for a

sparkling mocktail or

nonalcoholic option for brunch.



The winner of my Picnic Day Giveaway

Caddy and Cookbook is Marie in AZ!

Congratulations, Marie,

I’ll be in touch with you by email and get your goodies to you :)

Thanks to all who entered!


“A picnic is more than eating a meal,
it’s a pleasurable state of mind.”
~ DeeDee Stovel, Picnic

Breakfast in a Meadow Picnic

Happy Picnicking!

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  29 comments for “Breakfast in a Meadow Picnic & Winner!

  1. Patricia
    May 9, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Your picnic looks lovely.

  2. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    May 9, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Looks like you had a beautiful day for a picnic Mary! The muffins sound great and I’m always up for a Mimosa:@) Lovin’ that beautiful red and white striped hammock on the cover of the book!

  3. May 9, 2014 at 7:03 am

    It surely looks like you are in a spring mode! The weather has been perfect for picnics and you have captured the look and the food. Great inspiration!

  4. Cheryl
    May 9, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Love, love, love picnics…and yours looks lovely. I really like the idea of a breakfast picnic. The food sounds wonderful and I definitely want to give those muffins a try…yum. You sold me on the mimosas. They happen to be one of my favorites. And speaking of favorites, what a great birdhouse! I just adore it!

  5. franki
    May 9, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Yay for picnics!!! franki

  6. May 9, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Wish I could join you for a breakfast picnic in the meadow, Mary! The menu sounds perfect and a great way to get a start. Yea for Marie..we all love a winner! xo

  7. May 9, 2014 at 8:02 am

    How absolutely wonderful! A prefect place for a picnic. I would want to spend the whole day there.

  8. May 9, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Congrats to Marie….and I always love seeing your picnics by the lake and now in the meadow….just beautiful Mary!….and you had me at Mimosas!!!..
    Have a wonderful, wonderful weekend!!!

  9. May 9, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Congratulations Marie! And Mary, this is such a beautiful post! Makes a person just want to step right into your picnic area and have some fun! You are so talented!

    Blessings to your day!

  10. May 9, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Hi Mary, You have the BEST prizes! Congrats to Marie. I love my picnic basket from you! I tried using the pint and a half jars you recommended for this carrier and they are perfect! I am looking forward to picnic season too, and I will definitely try your breakfast idea with these yummy cupcakes and granola. Linda

  11. May 9, 2014 at 10:08 am

    What a beautiful day for a picnic! As always the food looks delicious, I printed the muffin recipe. WHERE did you get that adorable birdhouse??? I love it. My Joe has made about 4-5 birdhouses this Spring for our yard and now has requests from neighbors:) I sure would love a Mimosa and will have to try the addition of the Sanpelligrino! Have a FABULOUS weekend, Mary and congrats to Marie!

  12. Pat
    May 9, 2014 at 10:24 am


  13. May 9, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I love this post! I even see my galvanized garden stool. You put together the best picnics. I’ve been thinking about picnics a lot, lately.
    Enjoy your weekend, Mary!

  14. May 9, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I love picnics anytime of the day. What fun! Gorgeous, Mary. Thank you!

  15. May 9, 2014 at 10:38 am

    A breakfast picnic! I adore that idea, Mary. I need to find a pretty meadow and pack a basket. Hope you have a spectacular weekend. Happy, Happy!

  16. Ellen
    May 9, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Lessss eat! Yay…………Spring has Sprung!
    Cheers, E

  17. May 9, 2014 at 10:56 am

    What a lovely setting with a beautiful picnic spread! Better than “Emma”s or any other Jane Austin picnic. Look forward to making the muffins, a new twist on the usual bran. Happy weekend!

  18. May 9, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    my new favorite, you have jump started the summer season with all the panache and pizzazz as usual! i love your birdhouse! country cute cute CUTE with a capital Q-UTE! delectable details, girrrrrrrl you had FUN! oh my, i am so worried about my future now…

  19. May 9, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    We love picnics and indulge often, but mostly when we’re traveling from one side of the island to the other, so ours can’t be as elaborate.

    Due to meds he takes, my son can’t drink anything with alcohol, so I make mimosas with the Aranciata and Martinelli. It works well as a mocktail. BTW, I love their shape, so I have saved several of the little Aranciata bottles and use them as cruets for small amounts of salad dressing.

  20. Sandi Lee
    May 9, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    This is wonderful!!! Reminds me of all the picnics we took growing up-that was entertainment to us and we loved it better than anything-even if it was just a PB and J in a brown paper bag out in the backyard. Folks are missing out on a wonderful tradition if they don’t picnic often in the spring and fall.

  21. May 9, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    What a way to start the day! A picnic breakfast sounds like so much fun, and the portable menu is perfect! Love that crazy fun birdhouse, and I am looking forward to revisiting your picnic posts on this rainy Alabama afternoon~and dreaming of a sunny picnic! The muffins sound wonderful Mary, and I am going to make a breakfast parfait on the mornings I grab and go, much better than a boring ole granola bar :)

  22. May 9, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    This is all so wonderful, I don’t even have a particular item to comment on – all!!

  23. May 9, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Yes, yes, yes! Especially for the mimosas!!! I always say, “If I don’t start drinking in the morning, I’ll never catch up by nightfall!!!” :-)

    This is so serenely beautiful, Mary! Harrison Ford in “Witness” would have loved to have found a spread like this beneath the birdhouse he was fixing at the Amish farm!!! The food looks wonderful, and it is presented in fabulous Mary style!!!

  24. May 10, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Ah, what a great idea Mary! I’m putting a breakfast picnic on my list of must-dos this summer!

  25. May 11, 2014 at 5:07 am

    Hi! Happy Mother’s Day!

  26. May 14, 2014 at 10:09 am

    a breakfast picnic….how inspired! I love your pictures and the quilt….the entire setting is just delightful… must have taken quite some time to put everything there in addition to making muffins and all. Lovely….

  27. Polly
    May 14, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    The muffins sounded sooo delicious! I made them with 1/2 cup sugar and was disappointed….not nearly sweet enough!

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