I’m weighing anchor with a little boating and nautical fun!
A nautical insulated picnic tote, plates, and glasses set sail to me for a belated birthday gift a month ago. I broke them out for their maiden voyage last week when we had a slight reprieve in the weather and the mercury moved down from sweltering to hot. :)
Towels provide a tablecloth and absorbent seating while a pillow keeps us anchored for a little picnicking on the pontoon!
Rope cocktail plates purchased a couple of years ago from Pottery Barn are first mate to Tommy Bahama melamine anchor plates.
Wheelhouse Chardonnay is chilling for our picnic. . .
And I packed an orzo salad that’s ideal for summer. You can make this salad in advance and chill it or serve it warm after assembling. Best of all, it can be thrown together in 9 minutes, the time it takes for the orzo to cook!
Cook your orzo according to box directions and drain. While orzo is cooking, chop or shred some chicken, (I use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store for a short cut), add some chopped sundried tomatoes and chopped baby spinach. Add pine nuts, sliced black olives, capers, and shredded or grated Parmesan cheese. Mix your ingredients together and together with a Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette or Italian dressing. I like Newman’s Own Parmesan & Roasted Garlic Dressing.
For a little boating-inspired food fun and we’re setting sail with Deviled Egg Boats!
This is a cousin to a BLT Deviled Eggs, with basil instead of lettuce for Bacon, Basil & Tomato Deviled Eggs!
Makes 12 deviled egg halves
6 hard-boiled eggs
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (+ more for garnish)
2 tablespoons chopped tomato (+ more for garnish)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil (+ more for garnish)
Salt & pepper to taste
Peel hard-boiled eggs and halve lengthwise, removing yolk. Set whites aside. Place yolks in a small bowl and mash with a fork. Add mayonnaise, mustard salt & pepper, stirring to combine. Stir in bacon, tomato, and basil, mixing well. Fill egg white halves with yolk mixture. Top with additional bacon, basil and tomato if desired to serve.
You can find a printable recipe, here.
You can hoist sails with scrapbook paper squares, folded into triangles. Seal the triangles together with double-sided tape or a glue stick. Bamboo knot picks make a handy mast (you can find knot picks at World Market).
For more food that might float your boat, help yourself to. . .