Wednesday, March 23, 2016 / ... comments / , , , ,

Spring Picnic in Wine Country

Oh spring. You are more gorgeous than ever this year. Our brown hills are green for the first time in a very long time and poppies are popping up everywhere. A few weeks ago we celebrated my birthday by spending Sunday in one of my favorite places: wine country. Santa Ynez is just over the hill, about 30 minutes away, but feels worlds away. It's so incredibly peaceful that I feel like I must be in Tuscany or Provence. 
Before we left, I hopped out of bed early and made a picnic. The main event was a vegetarian "BLT" inspired sandwich. I love making one huge sammy on a loaf of baguette or ciabatta and then slicing it into individual portions. My veggie "BLT" was layered high with cucumber, avocado, tomato, greens, and feta cheese. I just used veganaise and mustard, but I think next time I would slather the bread with pesto or hummus and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette over the greens instead. 

We met up with family at Gainey Vineyard, which is one of the best spots for picnics with kids. There is a big fenced in lawn with picnic tables just begging for family gatherings. My mom and I enjoyed a delicious flight of wines with our lunch. 
Is there anything more lovely than fruit? I piled a pie dish high with mango, mandarin oranges, blood oranges, blueberries, and kiwi. 
The kids got to do just what kids should - run around in the sunshine. Cows in the background are a bonus. 
I love a good colorful veggie sammy. 
And chocolate chippers with big melty hunks for dessert. 

Cheers to a fresh new season! 

Ideas for your own spring picnic: 
  • Veggie Sandwiches and BLTs 
  • Fruit Platter
  • Cheese and Crackers 
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies 
other ideas: 

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