Picnics & Paninis...

This past weekend, I decided to prepare a picnic for the husband's birthday.  I have this really nice picnic basket and never use it.  Since the husband loves activities more than getting a wrapped gift, I thought this would put a huge smile on his face.  I put together the food and he picked up the kite...yes we flew a kite too.  We had the best time!  It was easy to prepare, the weather was great, and the memories are priceless.  Loving Cali! 

Here's a few photos of the day...

baked brie along with grapes, strawberries, and wine. 

grilled chicken panini sandwiches


fresh ciabatta bread or any rustic bread
pesto sauce (used jar from Trader Joe's)
fresh mozzarella sliced
tomato sliced
basil (leave whole)
roasted red/yellow peppers (used jar from Trader Joe's)
chicken breast cut thinly

how to: 

grill chicken in grill pan or outdoor grill
cut bread 
spread each side of the bread with pesto sauce
layer bread with tomato, mozzarella, basil, roasted red/yellow peppers, and grilled chicken 
close up sandwich and press flat using a panini press
enjoy the gooey goodness

after eating we just enjoyed the beach and flew our kite...

good times! 


  1. So cute! And I need that sandwich when I come! Please and Thankyou!!!

  2. Fabulous!! Too bad my hubby's bday already past or I'd be biting you. But there is always a random picnic in the park before it gets too hot.
    Oh, and those sandwiches look scrumptious!!! Nice job!

  3. Someone bought me a very very nice panini maker and I didn't know how to really make good paninis. I will now put your recipe above to good use!


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