August is a month when families gather for that last “before school starts” trip to the beach.  Sue and Steve Braddock celebrated their children’s and grandchildren’s visit with a picnic at the beach.

The Braddock family celebrated the end of summer with a picnic at the beach styled by KathyMillerTime photo by Page Teahan

 When families live in different places it is difficult to gather all together at the same time.  When this happens it becomes the perfect photo opportunity.

South Island Living magazine recently featured their picnic, written and styled by KathyMillerTime.

Photos by Page Teahan Photography.

The family:

Sue and Steve Braddock; son and daughter-in-law, Griff and Mary Margaret Braddock; their 3 children, Blair, Elyse, and Kellis; son, Clay Braddock, (wife Valerie couldn’t make the trip)

Braddock Grands running on the beach photo by Page Teahan

Elise, Blair and Kellis Braddock havin fun photo by Page Teahan

The Griff Braddock family photo by Page Teahan

Mary Margaret and Elise Braddock photo by Page Teahan

Kellis Braddock photo by Page Teahan

Steve and Sue Braddock with grandchildren, Kellis, Elise and Blair

 The essentials for a summer picnic are:  a great basket, a soft blanket, a rolling cooler filled with water, lemonade, wine and beer, a couple of beach chairs and food that is both portable and can hold up in the heat.

Sounds like a perfect tailgate menu too!

 This great picnic basket came from Abercrombie & Fitch’s  safari collection, bought by the Braddocks to use when driving their 1925 Rolls-Royce Barker Tourer to horse shows in Far Hills, NJ.  The car has been sold, but the Braddocks kept the picnic basket.

Picnic basket, blanket and a great menu photo by Kathy Miller

Picnic Menu

Roast Beef, Havarti Cheese and Spinach Sandwiches served on Whole Wheat, wrapped in brown bakery tissue and tied with jute twine

Beef tenderloin with Havarti Cheese and Spinach photo by Kathy Miller

Hot Dogs wrapped in foil to keep hot

Antipasto Pasta Salad served in a large bowl at home, but for a portable picnic place in clear acrylic canisters with sealed lids.

Antipasto Pasta Salad photo by Kathy Miller



  • 1 1/2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 2 teaspoons anchovy paste
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 8 ounces tricolor rotini pasta
  • 2 cups seeded sliced cucumbers, half moon
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup smoked mozzarella, diced
  • 1 cup Italian salami, diced
  • 1 cup sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1/2 cup pepperoncini, rinsed and stemmed
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, sliced
  • 1/2 cup marinated artichoke hearts, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained


  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water, according to package directions. Drain pasta, rinse with cold water, and set aside.


  1. Puree capers, anchovy paste, and garlic in a food processor. Add vinegar and oregano; pulse to combine. Slowly drizzle in olive oil and blend until emulsified. Season vinaigrette with salt and pepper.


  1. Mix together cooked pasta, cucumbers, tomatoes, mozzarella, salami, onion, olives, pepperoncini, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, and 2 tablespoons capers. Toss the salad with vinaigrette.
  2. Refrigerate salad overnight; just before serving adjust the seasonings.


This is fabulous for a picnic or a tailgate!

By KathyMillerTime
Adapted from Cuisine At Home


Recipe Printed from www.kathymillertime.com

 Seedless Grapes

Gold Fish Crackers (the big hit with the Braddock children).


The Grapes were a hit photo by Kathy Miller

And the Lemonade

Lemonade at the beach photo by Kathy Miller

A few of the previous photos were mine…candid…

Please visit Page’s website…click here  (always click on my orange!)

Page is a fabulous at capturing the special moments…And yes, she is as beautiful as she looks.

Thank you to Page Teahan for capturing the spirit of the Braddock family!

Sue and Steve Braddock with grandchildren styled by KathyMillerTime photo by Page Teahan

I am fortunate to work with great partners.

Thank you to Brian Gilbert with South Island Living.

Steve Leimberg, Unseen Images.  His photography is amazing.

Susan Scarborough, Smitten, an amazing artist and photographer.

Page Teahan….you just witnessed her talent.

Picnics and tailgating go hand in hand.

Watch for upcoming stories from my tailgating travels.

I have a great feature for South Island Living coming in October issue with 2 great couples.  Gators and Bulldogs..Could be interesting.

I’ll save you a seat at the table.


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