For those winter-weary souls in the northern states, we have good news: Spring officially arrives Sunday morning, March 20,  at 12:30 a.m. (ET), meaning that polar ice cap in your backyard isn’t long for this world.

And to mark the coming of warmer weather and the return of outdoor activity, husband-and-wife actors and foodies Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott come forth with “Tori & Dean’s Spring Picnic,” airing tonight on Cooking Channel.

“It’s not just going back to taking your coat off,” Spelling tells Zap2it. “You start to really go back to all the seasonal vegetables, the fruits and everything that’s coming in, the flowers. So it’s really great and we want to teach our kids to be able to recognize that because they honestly, growing up in L.A., don’t know how to differentiate seasons here, which is really sad. So we look at it as a time to go outdoors with the kids.”

In the hourlong special, the couple prepare a cornucopia of comestibles to go in the picnic basket, including Green Goddess potato salad, pimento cheese deviled eggs and a chicken and waffle BLT. There are also ideas for games kids can play in the yard as well as outdoor decorating tips, which is Spelling’s specialty.

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“I love a good challenge when it comes to decor, especially backyard decor,” she says. “I really believe in bringing the inside outdoors, which I think is really important because nowadays people spend so much money on outdoor furniture and, I don’t know, I was never in love with it to begin with. But I was always thinking like it’d be great just to bring what you have indoors and bring it out and have a loungy area.”

As for the menu, McDermott is the trained cook in the family, but he’s quick to share credit with Spelling and their four children.

“We are very collaborative and we believe in the best idea wins,” McDermott says. “So if we start off with something and someone has something to add, it’s like, ‘Oh, that’s great. Let’s go with that. Let’s take this.’ And it’s just a lot of fun and a lot easier way to work because I’ve certainly worked with people in restaurants where it’s their way or the highway and it’s no fun. So to have such a collaborative, creative family, it makes it a lot of fun.”

Posted by:George Dickie