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Grill, BBQ, and Picnic Party @ Cozy Home Scenes

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes is hosting a grill, BBQ, and picnic party!  :D

First of all, I would like to wish Mr. Art @ Home a very Happy Father's Day!  You are the best daddy in the world.  :D  Mr. Art @ Home wants to celebrate Father's Day later in the week, so I will be sharing with you his favorite recipe on Thursday!

It's grilling season, and we love to eat al fresco this time of year.  However, the weather has been unpredictable lately, so we are moving the party inside. NOTE:  I wrote this post earlier in the week before we left town.






Flower Flog:  La Pella Pottery, Etsy
Salt and Pepper:  MacKenzie-Childs
Tablecloth and napkin rings:  Williams-Sonoma
Placemats and napkins:  Pier1
Plates:  Vintage
Bowls:  Anthropologie

Cajun and Cheddar Hamburgers
Chips and Salsa
Quinoa Salad
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Blueberry Fool
8 ounce Coca-Cola in bottles


Shanley made Martha Stewart's classic Blueberry Fool recipe.  You can read Shanley's post about it here.

Recipe for Quinoa Salad


1 1/2 cups quinoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups water
1 bunch green onions, chopped
3/4 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup raisins
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3/4 cup chopped pecans


1.   Bring the quinoa, salt, and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

2.   Once done, scrape into a large bowl, and allow to cool for 20 minutes.

3.   Stir in the green onions, celery, raisins, cayenne pepper, vegetable oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and sesame oil.

4.   Allow to stand at room temperature for 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend.

5.   Stir in the cilantro and pecans before serving.


This salad was a hit with the family!

The menu is very retro other than the quinoa salad (I wanted to match the vintage plates, LOL). Are you grilling out this week? I have not been on a picnic in forever.  We need to plan one soon!

Linking to:
Potpourri Friday

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Your plates are so cute! Now I have a craving for olives:@)

  2. Hi RJ! First of all, your table setting is so cute. Those are the cutest ever plates! Now you've made me hungry! :)
    Happy Father's Day to Mr. Art! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. I've never seen anything like those dishes, but they are adorable and so perfect for any picnic. Too bad your weather hasn't been too great. It's been very warm and sunny, but the weather report keeps saying storms are coming. Thanks for the quoina recipe. I love quoina but really there is only one salad I make with it, so I like seeing other versions to make it different.

    I appreciate everything you've done to promote my party and thank you so much for linking up.

  4. We also love grilling at home too. We particularly love grilled seafoods. Unfortunately, the limited space at home and the very unpredictable weather prevent us to enjoy it outdoors. Most of the time also, we enjoyed our grilled seafoods indoors.

    I love your plates and the weaved wooden inspired placemats perfectly match too.

    Have a great week! :)

  5. what cute plates and the menu sounds delish. Happy Fathers Day to hubby

  6. Those are the cutest plates EVER!! Love the napkins too.

  7. What a fun tablesetting! Love the dishes and thanks for sharing the quinoa salad. I've been searching for more recipes to make with quinoa so this was just ideal!

  8. What cute and fun plates! Love the whimsy of it all!
    hugs, Linda

  9. hey there my friend! how are you! i am sooooooooooooooooooooooo going to try the salad!!! it looks so yummy!!!!! thanks for sharing the feast (those are veggie burgers right : ) LOL!!!! that is the only change i would have to make in that fabulous menu!!! : ) happy belated Father's Day to daddy art and i hope he enjoys all those bbq sauces...first hand -- the first one with the tomatillos was AWESOME!!!! even though i used it on hot pretzels: ) LOL!!! hugs and enjoy!

  10. Sounds like much fun and I would love to share that yummy meal with you.

  11. That salad looks good. I have not tried quinoa, but I like couscous and bulgur, so I bet I'd like it.

  12. The salad looks great. And those plates are totally adorable!

  13. Your plates are great! I love quinoa and am going to make this salad tomorrow. Thanks for becoming a follower of my blog. I am your newest follower.

  14. The table setting is adorable, Ricki! I'm sure it was a very special Father's Day!

    Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!


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