Summer Comfort Food Macaroni Salad

One of my favorite salads for summer is the classic Macaroni Salad. The versions of this cold, comforting salad are as numerous as the elbow macaroni noodles I love to pile on my plate. Here is sampling of the delicious recipes to choose from. There’s something for everyone, including one with a little kick added. Click on the photos or links to see the recipes.

Classic Macaroni Salad

This is the go-to salad for any picnic, family gathering or lunch staple. Another great thing about Macaroni Salad is that it will keep for several days in the refrigerator.

Comfort Food Macaroni Salad

Spicy Macaroni Salad

A touch of dijon mustard and cayenne pepper kick this recipe up a notch.

Spicy Macaroni Salad

Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad

Joanna from A Pretty Life has a cheesy version that is delicious. You can serve this with any barbeque meat, but my favorite is grilled pork chops.

And of course, I LOVE the bowl! A perfect vintage piece to pick up at your local mall. It is a Pyrex Amish Butterprint that was popular in the 1950’s.

Vegetable Pesto Pasta Salad

My friend, Jenna over at The Painted Apron has a healthy, vegetable-filled version of pasta salad that you can make right out of your garden.

Summer Veggie Pasta Salad

Whether you are grilling for two or twenty, one of these recipes will surely be a hit at your next picnic. Serve macaroni salad with simple grilled sausages and burgers, short ribs or what 007 calls a “London Broil.” Surprisingly, it’s not a cut of steak in his vocabulary and it doesn’t come from London as far as we know. It is his method of grilling a smorgasbord of meats, poultry and/or seafood.

He begins with several of our favorite marinades or dry rubs and marinates the assortment for several hours or overnight before grilling. As empty-nesters, we love grilling several cuts at one time to have throughout the week. To add a bit of fun, 007 and I will talk in a British accent while we cook. So in the spirit of our London Broil…

Pip pip, Cheerio!


Partying with these lovelies: Happiness is Homemade

We All Need a Little Picnic Time

How many times have you muttered under your breath, “Well, that was no picnic!”? Confrontations with loved ones, doctor visits, difficult jobs, war, cancer battles and taking care of the elderly, are all things that we would not call a picnic. But, there’s a quote that goes something like this, “So, if ants are such hard workers, then why do they always show up at picnics?”. Sometimes, we just need to go on a picnic, ants and all!

Outdoor fun with family, breathing fresh air, eating great food and playing horseshoes or throwing a frisbee helps to rejuvenate us to face the challenges of life. From Memorial Day until Labor Day, there are great places in our region to picnic. The gorgeous shores of the Gulf Coast, state parks, mountain ranges, local piers, or our own backyard, provide a few hours of relaxation that we all need.  While you are planning your next outing, take a look at a few items at CoziNest Antiques & Decor.

It’s Picnic Time!


Pie Taker or Picnic Basket

This jewel of a picnic basket is also a pie taker. It has a lovely shelf inside for transporting your pie and a few other items you need at your table.

Watering Can

Add a little color and life to your table with a vintage watering can filled with flowers. Fresh or faux works great.

Kate Spade Watermelon Clutch

Why not march to your picnic with a fashionable Kate Spade Watermelon Clutch? The ants won’t bother this little slice of vogue.


A congealed salad stored in your YETI until serving time is a delight. So add this vintage Jello ad to your table.

flag vase

How about a vase filled with flags for those patriotic picnics?

Milk Glass Blueberry Dish

This white, milk-glass dish would be perfect for serving blueberries, strawberries or barbeque sauce for your spareribs.

Let Them Eat Cake!

Cake Servers

You’ll be so fashionable at your picnic with these Vera Wang cake servers. A small cake for two would fit perfectly on this crystal cake plate.

Feeding Trough

And last but not least, how about this farmhouse feeding trough for serving all of your condiments in one place?

And if by chance, it should rain on your picnic, don’t be blue! The angels are surely watching over our farmers, and without that, life surely would be no picnic!



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