It's hard to believe that staying up all night used to sound like fun. Now I wonder why I ever chose to sleep less and feel cloudy-headed. Maybe one day I’ll want to attend an event that starts at 9 pm but for now I’m trading in late nights and bar crawls for brunches and picnics.
And speaking of picnics, they really are the perfect activity. Mid-day or early evening, a nice shaded spot, a big blanket, homemade food, a bottle of wine, and a place for kids and dogs to run freely so you can have a conversation with an adult. We all know what I’ll be doing this Memorial Day weekend.
The only hard part is packing it all up and trying not to forget the essentials (did anyone bring the corkscrew?!). To make getting out of the house a bit easier, here's a real food picnic guide for you.
Step 1: Choose one or two mains that are lightly filling and hold up well in a cooler. Here are a few that go beyond your typical sandwich:
- Lentil Salad with Cucumber and Olives
- Green Goddess Quinoa Summer Salad
- Hummus Vegetable Sandwiches
- Caprese Wraps with Chicken
Step 2: Choose one or two simple snacks that won't blow away on a windy day:
- Veggies and hummus (try a new flavor like jalapeno or roasted red pepper)
- Cheese and crackers (try Mary’s Crackers for a real food, gluten-free option)
- Berries, apples, grapes, watermelon slices
Step 3: Don’t forget the beverages
- Sparkling water
- Iced tea
Step 4: And definitely don't forget the gear
- Cooler bag or picnic basket
- Ice packs
- Wine glasses
- Bottle opener
- Water bottles
- Kids’ cups/plates/spoons as needed
- Trash Bags
- Large blanket
- Outdoor games/distractions for kids
I hope your Memorial Day weekend is fun, relaxing, and above all a time to feel grateful for the men and women who have fought for our freedom to enjoy a picnic in the park.
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Cheers to you!