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Life is a Picnic

Life is a Picnic

By, Heidi Vail

When I was drinking my tea in the backyard this morning, I was thinking about how much I like to be outdoors. How much fun it is to dine outside!I think it’s the change of scenery, the fresh air, and the sounds that comes with the beauty of our wonderful state. With spring quickly approaching I think about it more and more. We have so many great green spaces right here in our community! I take my grandchildren out front and we sit on the grass and eat our lunch in the front yard. Or we join the ducks at the park down the street. Sometimes we eat our breakfast on grass in the backyard in our PJ's.

No matter the location or even what we’re eating, it’s just nice to be outside.

One of my favorite dates with my husband was with a beanbag chair in the greenbelt next to our house, with some wine, good food and a blanket…

You can have a fancy picnic… Pull out your lace tablecloth, put on a fancy hat, use a parasol and embrace the days of old. Use your china and nice champagne glasses. Play some classical music and enjoy the day! Or a casual picnic… Lay out an old blanket throw some comfy pillows around and grab a can of beer. Don’t forget the board games, cards, trivia, the music…or get up and throw the Frisbee. Leave your computer and cell phones in the house!

I like to plan food I can eat with my hands, I like fresh foods that smell good and are easy to eat. Low maintenance things. Sandwiches, fried chicken, wraps, burritos, cut fruits, fresh berries, grapes and vegetables. If you toss your vegetables lightly in some flavored olive oil with a dash of vinegar you won’t need a creamy dip. Mason Jars are a good way to pack and serve individual portions of layered salads, soups, cereals etc…pack a cutting board and some cheeses and meats with crackers. Sardines or smoked oysters. Cookies and dessert bars. Dried fruit and nuts, trail mix. Cold Drinks and plenty of water!

And of course remember to keep cold food cold. No more than a couple hours at room temperature. Just keep it simple and fresh! The family will thank you for it!!