Broccoli Quinoa Salad | sidewalk Shoes

How to Make a Grain Salad | Broccoli Quinoa Salad

I love salads.  Especially main dish salads.  Dinner in a bowl.  Easy peasy.  When I have a main dish salad, it has to have something in it to make it a little more substantial.  Sometimes it’s meat or chicken or fish, but lately my favorite way to bump up my salads is with grains.  I[Read More...]

Sedum Autumn Joy | Sidewalk Shoes

Sedum Autumn Joy and Four O’Clocks for Garden Tuesday

It’s starting to look like fall here!  The sedum autumn joy is taking on a rosy blush at the tips.  And why yes, that is a little morning glory-like weed vine growing amongst it.  The weeds have won this year.  I waived my white flag to them several weeks ago! Several years ago, I tossed[Read More...]

Broccoli Pasta with Parmesan Croutons

Broccoli Pasta with Parmesan Croutons

I think I mentioned before that now that I am retired from teaching, I have a sourdough starter going again.  Ethel.  That’s her name.  Ethel is feisty and strong with a voracious appetite.  In order to keep Ethel happy, I feed her once a week, sometimes more and in exchange Ethel gives me wonderful bread,[Read More...]

Bogle Sauvignon Blanc | Sidewalk Shoes

Bogle Sauvignon Blanc | Picnic Week | Weekend Wine Reviews #224

Well, if there is one thing you know that I am bringing to a picnic – it’s a nice bottle of wine!  During the summer I can be found usually drinking sauvignon blancs and chardonnays with an occasional riesling thrown in there.  This Bogle Sauvignon Blanc is a definite favorite! Bogle Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, California.[Read More...]

Calico Cat | Sidewalk Shoes

Happy Caturday! All Kitties for Picnic Week!

In honor of Picnic Week – I got all of the kitties to come out a play!  Up first is Coco kitty.  She loves a picnic and her favorite thing to bring is catnip! Next up is Patchouli.  She brings her own catnip, because Coco does not like to share! Then we have our neighbor’s[Read More...]

Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce | Sidewalk Shoes

Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce for Picnic Week!

I sincerely hope that you have been following the Novel Bakers and their picnic week!  Don’t judge the event by my posts, please go visit them and see how it is supposed to be done!  When I first signed up for picnic week, it was going to be held during my slow season, but it was moved[Read More...]

The Paper Magician | Sidewalk shoes

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg for Picnic Week

Well, I don’t know about you, but one thing I must take on a picnic (besides a lovely bottle of wine) is a good book.  What’s especially nice is if it’s a book that includes a little magic, because every picnic benefits from a little magic! I purchased The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Series)[Read More...]

Three Bean Salad | Sidewalk Shoes

Three Bean Salad with Cilantro-Chile Dressing

Well, it wouldn’t be a picnic without a three bean salad!  But this is not your mother’s three bean salad!  This includes edamame, chickpeas and cilantro, ingredients my mother probably has never used, even today.  This was such a refreshing change of pace from the usual bean salads.  I love the blend of the different[Read More...]

Garlic Chive Flowers | Sidewalk Shoes

Garlic Chive Flowers | Garden Tuesday

Since this is picnic week here at Sidewalk Shoes, I thought, what’s picnic without a vase of simple flowers.  Now, I could have gone and picked some zinnias or black eyed susans, but I decided to be a little unconventional.  As much as I have tried to eradicate the garlic chives from my herb bed,[Read More...]

Marinated Grilled Chicken Breasts with Watermelon Jalapeño Salsa

Marinated Grilled Chicken Breasts with Watermelon-Jalapeno Salsa for Picnic Week

Guess what?!  I was invited to be a guest with the other Novel Bakers for Picnic Week!!  I am thrilled.  Who doesn’t love a picnic?!  I immediately started thinking about what to take on a picnic and the first thing that came to my mind was watermelon!  It’s just not a picnic without watermelon.  But[Read More...]