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February 21, 2010


Kim McLaughlin

Oooh! Thanks for inviting me! What a lovely scene you've created. So romantic. Love your music too. Goes great with this post!

cindy h

I'll be right over !
Cindy H

Kathleen Grace

Seriously Kim, it would be worth the $300 airfare to leave the Michigan snow and cold behind and come down. Everything is such a beautiful sunshine yellow and here I sit green with envy;>)

rita larson

I'm not much of a wine drinker, but I always have it with my peanut butter and jelly sammies! Love you post, they are always so special.

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

So pretty! And so different from our snow covered North - I'm definitely in! How is that Riesling? I love Riesling, and the name is too cute.

Have a wonderful week.


Jennifer @ Fiddle Dee Dee

Oh are so channeling spring and have just given me a fabulous idea for an afternoon with my babies. The weather has been perfect the last three days. Such beautiful and cozy pictures.

Enjoy the burst of spring!


Sigh...what porch? Is there a porch out there under all that snow? Yes there is...but way to cold and windy around here for a picnic. But a big thank you for giving me something to look forward to when spring does arrive!


We're still shin deep in snow here, but oh, I heard a little bird singing for all it's worth this morning. Spring! It's on the way. How lovely to be picnicking on the porch!

ain't for city gals

Looks really is just the simple things..


I was browsing through an older Cottage Style and found an article by you. It was fun to read it again, knowing I knew a little more about the author. :)

Such a lovely blog, I put it on my sidebar so I would remember to visit each day.



Sounds like a wonderful idea to me! It is warming up around here, but probably not warm enough for a picnic. You are going to end up with hundreds of people on your porch. I hope you have a lot of peanut! I hope you have a great day! ~Dan~

Lisa Mc.

Oh, your blog splatters out the rays of sunshine through cyberspace into our homes and hearts. I am soo ready for a picnic on MY porch too!! Just the Spring pick me up all of us north of Fla. needed! Thanks for the Sunshine you bring to help thaw us out! It is a joy to visit with you at Daisy Cottage.

Lisa Mc.

Oh, your blog splatters out the rays of sunshine through cyberspace into our homes and hearts. I am soo ready for a picnic on MY porch too!! Just the Spring pick me up all of us north of Fla. needed! Thanks for the Sunshine you bring to help thaw us out! It is a joy to visit with you at Daisy Cottage.


Your bright cheery tablecloth and matching bottle of wine are so warm and inviting. I love white wine, I am going to look for that brand the next time I buy a bottle. Oh what I would give to come visit for a picnic on your warm sunny porch! Massachusetts is neither warm nor inviting right now.

Thanks for invite to lunch and warm sunny Florida! :)


It finally felt like "spring" here in Raleigh, NC yesterday and I can't wait to set up my patio to enjoy the sunshine. Until then, DH and I have "carpet picnics" with wine, triscuits, cheese, olives, etc. Last night we had "nachos"...nothing like a good carpet picnic :}


Oh, I love bpj! Nom, nom, nom! ;)

Thank you! :)

pogonip @ meadowsweet cottage

We could have picnicked yesterday in lovely sunny splendor complete with little blue violets. I'm heading out this morning to video my pups in over twelve inches of new powder instead!

Julie Harward

It all sounds just wonderful to me...great idea too! But I might need a bit of chocolate also! :D

Daisy Cottage

Me too Julie! Please bring some!



Kimberly Padilla

Oh it must be warm in Florida! :) It's still cold here in the north. Thanks for the invitation; I'll be glad to share the warm temperatures with you for a bit.

Sweet Daisy Mae

Oh Kim, Such a warm invitation. The thought of sitting in the sun on the warm porch and enjoying such a perfect lunch is so inviting...You give me spring when the weather here is so cold and snowy (again). Your music is so relaxing...a perfect fit for a nice picnic! As always, thank you for sharing!

Susan Freeman

Thanks for the sunny, happy posting. I love the yellow quilt. It just looks happy!

Susan and Bentley

Doris Barile

Hi Kim, I live in Connecticut and today I saw my first robin since winter has started. For us here it means spring is on the way. Maybe I can have my own picnic!!

Jolie Anne

It must be warmer where you are!
I love your picnic photos, great idea! Yum!!
I live south of you and I just warmed up today!
Buuurrrr, it's been "coat weather" here!
Loving today as the sun is shining and no big wind to deal with, as I work on some crafts in the yard! I hope you have a great Sunday!
Thanks, JolieAnne

Betty Jo

Sooooo beautiful! I'll take some strawberries. I'm gluten and sugar free, so can't have the other goodies. You're so sweet to invite us over!! ♥

Miss Jean

I think sometimes we don't do things because we think they have to be "fancy", complicated, just so. Something simple is sometimes the best, as you show.

Have a sunny Sunday!


Sounds just perfect!

Donna Hurlbut

I am with you in spirit if not body.
Thanks for having me!
Donna D

Marianne Robinson


What a lovely picnic on the porch. We still have snow here, but I am sitting in my sunny yellow sunroom, having a picnic with you and your wonderful relaxing music.
Have a great day!

Rachel from A Cupcake for Moose

Perfect Picnic! I had Cupcake's Merlot the other day and it was quite nice. I've been wanting to try the Riesling. You'll have to let us know what you think. Enjoy your sweet picnic!


I do not know how you do it. Your photos and simple words draw me here each time you post. I always want for more and you are there each day in my e-mail. Thank you for making my day every day. Spring is definitely in the air. We are having a mix of sunny warm days and gloomy rainy days. The birds chirping each day make each day here, along with our wonderful sunsets. Thanks for the invitation to your beautiful yellow daisy cottage.


Hi Kim,

Mmm- yummy - just my kind of picnic. . . simple and not fancy . . yet delightful and charming. Your photographs are fabulous and you have such a whimsical way with color and design.
Thank you for inviting us.
Hugs to Maggie,
Erin and Bentley


Well, the quilt is an excellent idea since it's 20 degrees outside. But there's no reason why I can't have a PBJ inside, right?

Ashley Schott

I love that quilt! What a nice little picnic:)

Kim Nichols

Kim, I will just drive right down to good ole sunny Fla. and join you for that scrumptious sandwich and wine. I don't think I have ever had wine with pb and j, but hey if you say it is good together it must be. Love your colorful blog...Kim



Especially there- here we have 2 feet of snow on the backporch, haha.

Please, Spring come soon! We need more warm sunshine!


Perfect. I will be right over. :) ~Kelly

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Carol Adams

How enchanting, Kim.
How is that Cupcake wine, anyway.
DH and I were shopping last week and I saw it and just because of the name I wanted to try it. It was a no for him, but he's sitting here next to me and I said, "See, someone else likes it...I think it's worth a try." I believe it was less than $10 in the groc. we shop in...
Carol in Indy


Oh Kim that sounds so nice right about now....I just came from visiting Beth over at The Stories from A to Z...her Dad is dying and they've gone to say good-bye....she has such a happy blog and my heart just aches for her !!!

Thanks for this little ray of sunshine....

All the best,
Kathy :)

Terri Morse

Sounds great Kim. You've got to be warmer there. I'm still looking at 3 foot piles of snow! Have a great day! Hugs, Terri

Debbie from Texas

That would be nice!! I would bring a little chocolate-maybe a cupcake with homemade fudge icing!

Trish Rowley

Hi Kim, that is a wonderful idea love that quilt. It is going to be a scorcher here today about 36 so I'd better enjoy it while its here last day of summer here this coming Sunday then it will be your turn to enjoy the sunshine for awhile sounds like some of you need it badly it wont be much longer girls its on its way. Trish xox :)


Thanks, sweet Kim,
I'll be right there. I'll bring my chocolate truffles. Ok?
Love & Hugs,


such a simple thought and so beautifully written and photographed thanks for being so inspiring...

Mary Lou

You forgot to put camera on the list!!!
I love it. I hope Maggie came.


I am so ready for a picnic...

lorraine lewis

so beautiful- it looks like sweet spring!


oh what a lovly idea Kim, across the pond here we are shivering at 4 degrees celsius and at the moment its raining! (its been raining most of the last week) So I'm with you in spirit on your lovely warm porch and i've brought some cupcakes too. Jane x


Would love to. Your picnic lunch looks delicious.

Alison Gibbs

Mmmm.... looks perfect just wait til I hop a plane and fly on over to join you!! LOL


I'm on the way!


That yellow quilt is so delicious looking I want to eat it too!


I love Cupcake Wine!....There reds are great too!

on my way!


You will NOT believe this! I bought cupcake wine just today!! How strange is that?! I got merlot and it was divine. Don't you just love their bottle?

love you!

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