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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

There's not a BEACH around WEST TEXAS for hundreds of miles, but......

SORRY...I was confused on the date of the Beach Party,
so just .....well......look at my post anyway, if you please.
KINDLY forgive me for sooo many photos..
I tried to cover A LOT in this one lengthy post.  
 O, YES !!
There I am, underneath one of those luscious BLUE BEACH UMBRELLAS
looking around to see if JOHNNY DEPP and his pirates are anywhere to be found on this
beautiful beach...
I don't look for sea glass or starfish...
no siree's Mr. Depp I'd like to invite to my
(never you mind that he is younger than some of my grandsons....:)
Another funny.....when I googled for his photo, it brought up MY blog from last year....
I used this same photo.
"JOHNNY, are you listening ? I have liked you for over a solid year.....longer, even".
I was going for a
table for this great party.
Before heading to the beach at  WAIKIKI,
I made one of our favorite things in the whole wide world...
MONKEY BREAD for our breakfast.
We DO know about Gorilla Bread but we like the plain, ole goodness of THE MONKEY.

always, if in season.

The grapes and blackberries seem
good this year.
......especially served with MONKEY BREAD.

 The adorable paper plates with that amazing PALM TREE
came from the Dollar Tree...
along with the napkins, LEI, glasses.....
So colorful and cute for a beach picnic.

O GOSH....
I love SUMMERTIME colors.

I'd love to go to Hawaii someday...
Daughter went last summer and had an awesome time. Some of you may remember that she got part of a front tooth knocked out by
A SURF BOARD.....:( it fixed, good as new, tho.
Red plastic ware in a white wicker utility holder, 
which, by the way, could use another paint job....
maybe SEA GLASS BLUE....
or LIME GREEN this time around.

...turquoise tumblers from the Dollar Tree... just so much fun..!!
I only bought 2, but I think I'll go back
and pick up some more.
So much fun for the hot summertime.
I love the colorful lei from Dollar Tree, too.....
Lei is a Hawaiian word for a garland or wreath. More loosely defined, a lei is any series of objects strung together with the intent to be worn.

Part of the centerpiece for this
is simply an adorable
filled with felt posies....lime green candles light our way.

I made this DELICIOUS potato salad that I saw on PLAIN CHICKEN.
It is absolutely wonderful.
Everything I have tried from her site has really been great
 Instead of boiling the potatoes, you roast these with
olive oil, kosher salt and pepper and THEN...
well, you will just have to go over for her delicious recipe..
and would you kindly tell her that bj said HEY ?
One of our favorite SUMMERTIME treats...
Chicken Salad, filled with green apples, grapes, pecans, celery...
O Honey
It goes perfect with potato salad......

Sooo, we had CHICKEN SALAD
and dessert.
.....which was  our ALMOND SUGAR cookies.
THESE were made using the sugar cookie mix, adding slivered almonds
and a cap full of Almond flavoring.
Powdered sugar, milk and Almond flavoring for the glaze.


We gathered everything up, put it all in plastic containers and into our cute little ZEBRA bag and took the picnic to
our fellowship gathering.

More to follow on THAT gathering.
Such great food and a WONDERFUL cold soup.
Can't wait to share the recipe with you.

SOOO glad you came to see me today.
Hope you enjoyed the informal table and the simple foods.
And, I hope YOU have some FUN IN THE SUN this summer. 
 Cute little tootsies of some of my grandgirls and those little bitty toes...CATE...
...great grand, that is...:)
All on a beach somewhere in MEXICO, last summer.
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XO bj


Unknown said...

Have you ever tried doing baked potato salad? Yum!

Love all the tootsies, BJ.
Have a lovely eve ~

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"Yummy Post"! Love the first photo of the bathing beauties of yesteryear AND The photo with the irresistible little toes wiggling in the sand...AND now tell me "No Monkeys were hurt in the making of your bread"??? WHY oh WHY do they call it that???
Big Hugs,

Kathleen Grace said...

What a fun post:>)
I would love a weekend at the beach somewhere. A cool glass of tea, a lounge chair and the surf coming in. Just relaxing in the sunshine listening to the water....

Vee said...

You sure know how to create a party. Your fellowship group must love to see you coming! Now, the mere thought of a roasted potato, potato salad piques my curiosity so it's off I go...

Lynn said...

Oh yea, this was a fun post BJ! The way I'm feeling these days I'd like one of those swim suits to cover as much territory as possible! Lovin' the G-Kids piggy toes:@)

Sweet Tea said...

I'm on a diet so I've got to quit coming here. The food always looks as tho it's straight from a magazine. Lovely food that I'm sure tastes as good as it looks.

Jim said...

Very colourful shots.

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Bj!

So does that mean if Johnny Depp goggles himself he will see YOUR blog?! I'd get ready...

I came over via Sue's Rednesday party. Now I see you have listed that you will be at MY party today.

SMALL world... You, Sue, Me, AND Mr. Depp are all somehow connected :o)

Btw, Loved all the tropical beachyness of today's post.

xoxo Bunny Jean

Georgie Horn said...

Congratulations to winning my little bitty giveaway! Go by and see what those red things were transformed to. Then email me at
with you address!

Little Susie Home Maker said...

That looks so festive and fun! I love that it was pretty and didn't break the bank! Cute toes, too!

The French Hutch said...

hi bj, My kind of "let your hair down" party! Easy, fun and festive with a great menu. Love the table, sure looks like fun in the sun to me.

The French Hutch

Theresa said...

Well that was the cutest beach table-setting... even without a beach:) I am heading to the beach in a couple of weeks and just might have to copy-cat your goodies from the dollar tree:) Have a blessed day, HUGS!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

You just plain out did yourself on this one, Sweetie! It's..Summertime SCRUMPTIOUS! :)
FIRST PRIZE for adorable! The feetsies are the cutest!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Love those cute feet!

Old Mariachis

Madeline's Album said...

A wonderful summer time post.
Great photos and recipes. Johnny Depp is also a favorite of mine. Love the feet photo. have a blessed day. Madeline

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Awwwwww, it's hard to beat that first pic, of the Yesteryear Bathing Beauties. -gigggles-

"We may be wrong and we may be right,
but we're Ewings, we stick together,
and that's what makes us unbeatable!"

~Miss Ellie

Jeanette said...

Love this post. Great pictures and the grandkids tootsies are too cute! I will definitely be checking out the recipies on that site!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Perfect fun summer picnic! I love Dollar Tree and bought some Flamingo decorations there a few years ago for my 60th Birthday. That potato salad looks so good...I might have to visit that blog! Happy Day my friend! Hugs, Linda

LV said...

You have a head full of ideas. I am sorry that Depp fellow is not my style. The Dollar Tree is a neat place to shop.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, what a cute, cute post. The feet in the sand looks so inviting. Your monkey bread looks delicious. hugs ~lynne~

Sarah ~ Magnolias Attic said...

What a fun post!! Gonna have to make some monkey bread now -- yum!!
I'd invite Johnny Depp anywhere! Maybe he'll read your post and see that cute comment from LV!!

Sally Annie Magundy said...

What a fun post, longing for summer over here!

Happy Rednesday!

Diann said...

Well I want to join all the beachy fun! Let me just paint my toenails red and head on over! Everything looks just perfect for a beach party. What a fun post BJ!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Bj, Everything looks fabulous as always. Just saw Depp in Dark Shadows and I don't think anyone else could have played that part as well as he did. I appreciate you linking to the OHP this week.

Unknown said...

It has been raining here all day but looking at this post has made me want to put on the flip-flops and go to the beach in the rain..what a fun post..and Johnny!

Sarah said...

Sure looks like a beach to me. You are too cute, girlfriend! I'm a week early for Let's Dish Beach Theme, but hey, I was at the beach! Love monkey bread!

Kathleen said...

The table looks great, those glasses are wonderful. Such a pretty color too!
Your food looks delicious! Perfect for a beach party!
Love your bathing beauties! :)

Beverly said...

BJ, I am always ready to party with you. You make everything fun and pretty, too.

Miz Helen said...

Hi BJ,
I know what you mean about not having a beach anywhere near West Texas. Your Picnic and your food look wonderful. Great presentation and a great post! Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

What a cool post. Love the tropics. So many cute toes....LOL
The dollar store is wonderful and Johnny Depp is a cutie. The menu sounds perfect.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

What a fun post! That chicken salad looks absolutely delicious! That's my favorite way to make chicken salad but my family complains there's too many crunchy things in there. What? The crunchier the better!

Debbie said...

I came here earlier and forgot to comment because I left to go find out if the beach one really was this week. I had planned something else and when ACK! When I saw it.

Anyway, I'm back to say that I did love this whole post and it made me want a trip to the beach. I don't usually long for the beach, either.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Aww, such a cute post, BJ!! I love your thrifty tablescape. You're my kinda gal!! Love the toes in the cute. Your food sure looks yummy!!

An Oasis in the Desert said...

Wow, BJ, how fun is that! Everything you chose is just so cute, including Johnny! We don't have any close beach around here either, except a few resorts have faux! I'll bet it's about as hot in West TX as it is in AZ! Try to stay cool!

Unknown said...

This tablescape is really cute and the food looks good too! Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!