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Thursday, March 5, 2009


GOLLUM is our beautiful hostess for this
and don't you love her cute personality..that 'foodie"
is such a playful and fun word....
just like this delicious be sure to go over
and leave our hostess a big thank you and some kind words...
then, sit back and watch all the delicious foods coming our way....
Is this not the best looking picnic basket you've ever seen !!
Sweet GOLLUM awarded this to me as a door prize and let me just say.....

From the leather straps to the bright RED plaid lining...
The rich color of the woven basket to the awesome WINE BOTTLE CORK SCREW...
The adorable wine glasses to the little matching napkins...
ummm, the fruit of the vine...... *

it's the perfect time of year...NO ANTS !!
For a good sandwich, we like to cook our brisket outside on the smoker...
I do cook it in the oven every now and then,
but it takes so long and the oven
has to stay on so long..... and I don't like having to stick around
all day....and night....(i don't like leaving my oven on while I am gone cause I'm a TITTY BABY !)
and besides, the smell of it cooking
just makes me too hungry....
A simple, no-fuss way to do a brisket ,on occasion...
just gather your ingredients that you like,
cook in your crock pot over night and the next day
and it is so tender and good and lots of juicy gravy...
Mr. SweetNothings likes that gravy over mashed potatoes .....and so do I !! :O(
BUT....not for a picnic...
a brisket sandwich, potato salad and a good wine....
And, now thanks to SWEET GOLLUM,
we have a BEAUTIFUL picnic basket to take
to our pretty park.....
and.... I WANTED a big HUNK of cheese for my photos...
didn't have one so don't 'cha laugh at my
**(at the time, i couldn't go to the store for that hunk of cheese
that would have looked so great with these
loaves of bread...couldn't drive for awhile yet)
such a beautiful, sun filled day out here in WEST TEXAS for taking these
photos outside....

XO bj
ain't life grand !!


Coloradolady said...

This looks very inviting!! Cute picnic basket for sure!!

I know you said no ants...but ants arrived here this week as soon as the weather warmed up....small black ants...pain in the rump ants....maybe it will get another short freeze and drive them back in the hole again!!

Happy To Be said...

Oh Bj, this looks just darling girl..I love the way you always do everything so right on...You Rock girl!! Happy FOODIE to you...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

What a beautiful display and you lucky bird for winning! Our dear Gollum is such a generous soul! I'm trying real hard to not laugh at your cheese is rather cute perched up there. I hope you are doing fine...sounds like you may have been sick since you can't drive. You get well fast girlfriend! Susan

Gollum said...

What gorgeous pictures, BJ! I love this recipe. I've said it before and will say it again: you need your own cooking show. Your kitchen is a magical place.
PS I'm so happy you like the basket!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Bj.. girl your basket looks darling all decked out..and that brisket sandwich.. girl slip it on a plate I'm starving.. I've got extra Splenda for you darling and an extra brownie...hope you're doing well... hugs ~lynne~

Anonymous said...

Girl im hungry. I was just telling Brian I was ready for a trip to Texas to eat some REAL BBQ.
If I cook my brisket in the oven I put on all my rubs and spices and cover well I heat the over to 250 degrees and put in the oven at bed time.When I wake up it s tender and falling apart.The bad thing about 5 am. you are ready to climb out of bed hehe.
I loved the picnic.

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Congratulations on winning the picnic basket and what a beautiful picnic you created. Even your little slice of cheese is adorable! ♥ Diane

squawmama said...

Hey BJ, What a wonderful gift you received from Gollum... Loved the picnic basket... isn't she the best. And your brisket looks so yummy I am hungry for one right now... Yupper the piece of cheese was a riot... LOL LOL But it still looked good perched up there in that picnic setting... Great job girlfriend! Love Ya


Foley said...

The brisket sounds wonderful - even the picnic since I still have ice on my driveway!
Cute basket - lucky gal! Is that a MC plate in the corner!!!

Shelia said...

Bjness! I love picnics! Look at that basket!! I wanna come!
Have you got your painting done yet? I wanna see!!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Judi said...

I would love to be on that picnic with you! Everything looks so wonderfully delish and the blanket and the basket and you've picked the perfect looking day too.

Thank you for sharing.
Have a lovely day!

kari and kijsa said...

Okay...we are sooooo hungry now- that all looks soooo good!! Cute picnic!

When painting that cabinet- we first with kilz, then used a soft white (a favorite is China White by Pittsburg. And usually a good distressing when the paint is dry!
kari & kijsa

Helen said...

BJ, your picnic basket has to be the cutest I've seen ... my favorite photo on your post is the last one ... the composition is perfect! BBQ and potato salad, my all time favorite combo... hope you are close to being 100%

Melissa Miller said...

Awww! I remember my Grandma always making the best brisket ever.

Yours looks and sounds so amazing.
Love the pretty picnic basket.

Happy Foodie Friday!
~Melissa :)

once in a blue moon... said...

oh i loved your post! your basket is wonderful and so are your pics~

Diane said...

Oh a picnic sounds so inviting about now! I'm still in Iowa, but it was actually in the mid-50's here today. A nice drive int he country with a basket of goodies would be heavenly. LOVE the picnic basket! Have a Fabulous Foodie Friday!!!


xinex said...

The basket's really pretty, BJ. Congrats on winning it! The recipe looks good too!...Christine

Deanna said...

Yummmmm! I'll take a brisket sandwich on the way to work!

Hope you have a great Friday!

Deanna :D

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

Hi BJ,
Your brisket looks tastier then my chicken on the fryin' pan, lol! I have never made brisket before, mostly because I didn't know how. But, thanks for the tip, and I will now be doing a brisket in my crockpot for one of those delicious sandwichs!

Anonymous said...

WOW, that picnic basket is very nice. That Gollum is first class. I love brisket, order it every time I go to Sonny's. Hope you get your painting chore done soon so we can visit.

Love Ya,

Beverly said...

We all love and adore you, too.

Your picnic looks wonderful. And, I'll be by later for some fun - and a brisket sandwich.

Kathleen Grace said...

What a lovely door prize BJ! You have picninc weather!? Lucky lady:>) It is a whole 64 degrees here and I am so excited! You would probably think that was cold but it's practically summer here in Michigan. I am laughing about the one slice of cheese but only because it's so cute. How is your leg doing? Is the stint helping?

Linda said...

That is one fantastic picnic! Beautifully presented! Linda

Smilingsal said...

Oh, I need to drag out my crock pot again. I'd almost forgotten it.

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Aahhh, what a sweet post. I love your picnic basket and your idea for a picnic with brisket sandwiches.

Funny because this time of the year, I LOVE having my oven on for long periods of time to heat up the house! It really does produce a smell, doesn't it?

Thank you so much for your visit to my blog this morning. I hope you'll stop by again really soon.


Deb said...

Mmm! BJ you have out done yourself. Everything looks so tasty and perfect for a picnic. What a great post! Deb

Tami said...

The basket is adorable!!! Love a good brisket too....nothing like BBQ!

Have a wonderful day!

Chandy said...

Beautiful! Love that picnic basket! Yummy food for today! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Happy FF!

Bo said...

Hi BJ...well congratulations on winning that adorable basket...and boy, do you ever know how to fill it...even down to one scrawny piece of cheese! LOL I haven't made a brisket in ages...thanks for reminding me how good they are!
Will do one soon... ;-)Bo

Raggedy Girl said...

I loved the whole post. The reminder that somewhere out in the storage shed I own a smoker. And the picnic basket is indeed beautiful.

Have A Fun Filled Friday
from Roberta Anne

salmagundi said...

What a great picnic basket!! Lucky you. Have a great weekend and don't work too hard with that yellow paint. Sally

The Quintessential Magpie said...

BJ, that is a great basket! So glad you won it!


Sheila :-)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I mean...cheese is cheese..right? ;)
Adorable little picnic basket. Perfect for that trip to the park for two. What a delightful gift and you...SO lucky to have won it!

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, Miss Jean, those briskets in the crockpot are so easy to do and taste soooo good! That is one of my family's favorite things. What a wonderful picnic basket. We'll have to go on a picnic one of these days. Your pictures are so pretty. You must have taken them in the last few days while the sunshine is so beautiful here. Another good blog, Missy!
Love you!

Anonymous said...

Lucky you to win the basket- and you have already put it to use!!! How fun!!

Lovely photos!


Anonymous said...

Lucky you to win the basket- and you have already put it to use!!! How fun!!

Lovely photos!


~CC Catherine said...

BJ, What a gorgeous picnic basket! I purchased one nearly like this but had a black/white plaid lining., we gave it as a wedding gift to my husbands friend and they just loved it! Your brisket tips were great too! Anyone who can make a good brisket is a great cook! ;) ~CC Catherine

Kristen said...

I absolutely love that picnic basket - so romantic :) Everything looks so tasty!

jeanne said...

Hi BJ, Yes, life is grand. Your picnic basket is gorgeous. Lucky you. I have always wanted one but so far none have appeared. smile. I love to cook brisket and I cook mine in my crock pot. I use liquid smoke and add some BBQ sauce at the end. Mmmmm. wish I had some right now. I'm baking salmon tonight. I love that too.

Thank you for your sweet comment about my girls and SILS. We are so blessed. So are you with the beautiful family you have. Lucky us.

Be happy today.


mbkatc230 said...

This looks fabulous, you know we love brisket here! That picnic basket is so wonderful, if you ever get tired of it . . .loved your comment to me about the smudge of flour on the face - I'm going to have to remember that one lol. Thanks for the visit. Kathy

Susan said...

great day for a picnic..and it looks so yummy... I hope there is some left over for me!


Kathleen said...

That looks mighty delicious! I know I would love it..
And your basket is so pretty

Sweetie said...

BJ - What a wonderful picnic basket. The beef brisket looks absolutely delicious. Extra sharp cheese is my favorite. You have a wonderful menu for a gourmet picnic. I want to tell you that I will be taking my camera to the next Red Hats' outing on March 18.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

hm-m-m-m , h-m-m-m--m ! that looks too darn good BJ. I'm ouuta here.Gone to get a brisket !

Anonymous said...

It looks so good. I got rid of my slow cooker a few years agoa because it had worn out. I've never replaced it but I've seen so many good ideas lately for a slow cooker...I'll have to buy another.

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

I have a picnic basket just like that! It's a little differently styled on the inside, but has the red gingham lining too. I haven't actually taken it out for a picnic yet. Maybe this summer I'll actually have time for that.

That brisket looks really yummy!

I don't leave the oven on when I'm not home either...or the washer or the dryer. You're not alone there!


Terri and Bob said...

Lovely BJ!

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