When we were up in the Eastern Sierras a few weeks ago, we couldn’t get over how full the creeks, lakes, and waterfalls were. It caused some problems in the high country and prevented a few favorite hikes and dinner plans. On the flip side we enjoyed the beauty literally flowing everywhere. Wanting to soak up as much of the stunning scenery as possible, we decided to set up a bit of a picnic or low-key canapes you might say! The setup looked amazing, but it was all such a simple thing. We hit up the market and I picked up everything on my easy picnic list of tasty treats, which makes the memory even better!
To spruce up (literally!) the spread, I found some sunflowers at the market (I told you yesterday how I was obsessed with them). And then a few hours before we were going to open the wine, we went wild flower picking. Somehow the delicate wildflowers in all their glory downplayed the sunflowers and became the star of the show! Isn’t it crazy? In fact, the flower arrangement was so stunning, we had an uninvited visitor who rather imposed himself on our evening…
A Creekside Picnic
Each evening, three or four local deer would come enjoy dinner outside our cabin. They were fun to watch – so docile and happy. After setting up the table, one of the young bucks came over to enjoy his meal not far from us. We watched him but continued what we were doing.
Slowly, he made his way closer and closer until we got nervous and jumped up onto the porch. Seeing his chance, he waltzed over to the table and munched on the flowers. Of course the vase fell over to get in on the action!!!!
We eventually encouraged him to scoot far enough away (we clapped our hands a few times) to grab the food and wine. I was so nervous that he’d accidentally have some wine. At 7,500 feet, that might be more than he could handle!!
Easy Picnic List
As for the setup (besides the apparently delicious wildflowers), I set out crackers, cheese, and salami. I really love Tillamook cheese slices as they don’t tend to wilt on-the-go like other brands I’ve tried.
We had some fresh watermelon cut up, my mom’s delicious canned pears, dried fruit, and some of my favorite Trek Mix (another one of my Trader Joe’s copycat recipes). Finished off with a delicious bottle of wine! If you look closely at the set up, you’ll see that it’s nothing fancy – jars, repurposed boards, and a big “vase” (usually for kitchen tools).