"The best times you are going to have in life are at the dinner table and in bed." Old Italian saying. So relax, and enjoy the simple things!


Peace of Meat: Applegate Picnic #Weekly Menu Plan

picnic: applegate cold cuts: simplelivingeating.com

This post is sponsored by Applegate. All opinions are my own.

Applegate sent my family and I on a stress free picnic. Why was it stress free? Because I didn't have to decipher the label of each package of their cold cuts and cheeses. 
The ingredients were simple and natural: roasted turkey, ham, salami with provolone cheddar cheese. Antibiotic free, artificial ingredients free, and preservative free... meats and cheeses. 

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"The American" Roasted Turkey with avocado, salsa, mayo and melted cheddar cheese. 

Here are the sandwiches we created using Applegate cold cuts and cheese, Rudis's multigrain gluten-free bread and Sir Kensington all natural mustard and mayonnaise. 

black forest ham sandwich: simplelivingeating.com
"The German" Black Forest Ham, mustard, sauerkraut, with melted blue cheese.

turkey sandwich: simplelivingeating.com
"The French" Smoked Turkey, mustard, apple and melted brie cheese. 

salami sandwich: simplelivingeating.com
"The Italian" Salami, roasted tomatoes, pesto, and melted provolone cheese. 

It was a fine day for a picnic... everyone was enjoying their sandwiches... everyone except our dog Lila, who felt tremendously left out!

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She was loving her new bandanna... but then she got a whiff of something?

dog at picnic: simplelivingeating.com
The picnic is discovered. 

Sdog bandana: simplelivingeating.com
Someone realizes she has been deceived. All this meat and Lila was not invited.

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She begged me for just a taste. 

dog getting treat from girlL simplelivingeating.com
My daughter is much kinder than me and gave Lila a piece of turkey. 

In the end everyone enjoyed the good food from Applegate. 

Weekly Menu Plan: 

Sunday: Mother's Day Dinner out!

Meatless Monday: Japanese Eggplant Stir-Fry with Fried Eggs and Brown Japanese Rice

Tuesday: Chicken Stew with leftover Vegetables in the Slow Cooker

Wednesday: Caramelized Onion Quiche and a Green Salad

Thursday: Sunday Gravy: Meat Sauce with Rigatoni & Italian Salad

Friday: PJ's Graduation Picnic: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, Grilled Chicken, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad with Brownies and Lemon Squares. 

Saturday: Surprise Birthday for my 16 year old!


  1. Your puppy is beautiful! Thanks for sharing the fun pictures!

    1. Thank you. We love her, even though she's a beggar.

  2. mm those look so good Diane! I'm jealous of your picnic weather.

  3. I want the German! Thanks for posting. Hello from Menu Plan Monday.

  4. all those sandwiches look delicious!

  5. These all look so tasty. Love your daughters Thor t-shirt too!

    1. My son got the Captain America Shield. Love Marvel!!!

  6. Diane, your lovely photography led me right in to this beautiful picnic. I was not familiar with Applegate products, but am always on the lookout for the preservative and antibiotic free products- thank you! :)

    1. Thanks Joy, They are a wonderful company with products you can trust to be healthy.

  7. Very nice clicks, thanks for sharing info on Applegate products to Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning.

  8. Diane, I just love Lila she is just adorable! I love Picnic sandwiches looks like a great time. Thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Miz Helen

  9. This looks like such a wonderful picnic, Diane! The food looks delicious - I was interested to learn about Applegate's products. Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.


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