Plan a Memorable Picnic


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Picnics! One of summer’s great pleasures, though a good planner can put a picnic together any time of year. You can build family memories with picnics, too. One of my mother’s favorite childhood memories is of family picnics, even though the forays were always on the homeplace.

When I plan a picnic for an all-day outing, it seems the only food ideas I have are pimiento cheese, egg salad, or peanut butter. But I’m ready for a little more culinary picnic excitement, so I’ve done some research and found lots of fun ideas for easy picnics, whether summer or winter, family or romantic twosomes, basic or gourmet.

You probably have plenty of recipes that would translate into great picnic food, but if you're like me and your mind goes blank and the mention of picnics, these picnic ideas might get your creative juices flowing.

Make Your Picnic Special

If your picnic is nothing more than a roadside stop on the way to somewhere else, then you will likely pull off whenever your stomach tells you to. But if the picnic is your destination, look for someplace scenic, lush, and where shade is an option. If children are in the picture, try to find someplace with space to safely run off excess energy. Take items for pre- or post-picnic activities: a kite, croquet set, a good book, board game.

4/20/2020 12:53:09 PM

It looks like this advice would be useful for bugging in/bugging out, or even for helping devise a menu for things like staying home if there were to be a COVID-19 ban on leaving home.

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