I had so much fun styling the picnic set-ups, (as you can see from the photos). There were so many great props! How might you get those same amazing props, you ask? Well, the prize of the Lundberg Family Farms’ Pin-It-To-Win-It contest is a lovely picnic set-up of your own, you can see the details here but basically there will be four winners for each of the four flavors of Multigrain Chips (Shasta Chipotle Lime, Mendocino Tomato and Herb, Redwood Barbecue, Mojave Jalapeño), and four corresponding awesome picnic baskets full of stuff to go with them (think Diana cameras, woven blankets, gorgeous picnic baskets, and fun serve ware). To enter, you just need to follow Lundberg Farms on Pinterest, create a picnic board on Pinterest and include #PicnicWithaView and @LundbergFarms in the captions of your pins, and make sure to fill out the entry form here. I made an example board if you want to take a peek at it. Best of luck to all of you!!!
On a personal note, we made it into Portland yesterday afternoon safe and sound. The first couple hours in the new new place were rough, though, because we thought we lost Gabel in the middle of moving everything into the house. We’d left him in an upstairs bedroom, but I’d opened a closet in the hall upstairs and left it open, not realizing that hall closet is shared with the bedroom he was in and the door to the closet was open in the bedroom. So basically like a passageway to the hall. When I went up to feed him and saw he was gone, I promptly freaked out and cried. We looked everywhere in the new place, trying to find any nook or cranny he could have been in and didn’t find him so we concluded he must’ve snuck out the side door while we had it open to bring in boxes. We thought we heard a meow coming from these gigantic bushes across the street, so I sat in front of them in a lawn chair and yoga pants shaking a bag of cat food like a crazy person for an hour trying to lure him out. (Hello, new neighbors.)
Eventually I went upstairs to do another house check, and I noticed that the creepy tiny side attic door (y’all know the kind of door I’m talking about) in the master bedroom was cracked open. I’d looked there before and so had Jeremy, but when I opened the door there he was, staring up at me. Gabel’s gotten really good at opening cabinets over the years, so he must have opened the attic door because neither of us had opened it, and closed it behind him (yes, he has learned to close cabinets so he can hide in them undiscovered). Him being able to open and close small but lightweight doors was definitely a first. We think we didn’t see him because just exposed wood in the attic space, so he must’ve been curled up between the slats and when we poked our heads in with our flashlights we didn’t see him from that angle because the wood was blocking him. So yes, a very crazy way to start the move in process, but in the end I am so SO relieved that he was fine and in the house the whole time. Do you have any crazy moving stories? If so, do tell! I don’t want to feel like I’m the only one who almost lost their mind during a move, because man those things are stressful.
|Foggy snapshot from Mendocino|
And at least while it’s being remodeled I can still make things like this, my dad’s garlic hummus recipe. I added in some rosemary because I thought it would round out the sharpness of the garlic nicely, and it was a fine addition. This hummus is legit, you guys. This isn’t store-bought ‘garlic’ hummus, this is Greek garlic hummus, and when Greeks say there’s garlic in something you know they’re not messing around (if you’ve ever had tzitziki you know what I mean). There’s also a good amount of lemon juice, a dash of vinegar, and a ton of olive oil. The texture of this hummus is a bit less thick than the hummus you’re using to having at the store, it’s more dippable than spreadable at times, and I prefer the texture that way. Peanut butter-thick hummus just isn’t my thing, if it’s yours, though, you can just skip adding the water so your hummus stays nice and dense. Either way, it’s going to taste very similar. So on the upcoming hot summer days when you just want a cool snack and aren’t going to be around people for a few hours (or have a toothbrush handy), definitely give this recipe a try. I promise you it will be more than worth the garlic breath.
Blend all ingredients together in a blender or food processor until relatively smooth. Serve immediately and refrigerate any leftovers.