Friday, July 01, 2011

Time for a picnic

In Texas summer time is not the optimal picnic time, since its 105 degrees in the shade. Although you could probably make S'Mores by leaving the ingredients in the sun for 2-5 minutes until they are done or burst into flames.So if we are picnicking in the summer it's at dinner time when the Texas heat has cooled down to a comfortable 85 -90 degrees.

But we do love to go on  a picnic. We normally go to a park and eat dinner while the kiddos play. This summer I hope to go picnic (in the evening)  and watch Shakespeare in the Park in Houston or Austin. But I'm not sure the twins are up for that yet :) .

When we picnic I like to keep it simple for Mom so we take bottled water or Capri Suns (if there's been a good sale on them) and here are some of the foods I like to pack:
    Our beloved picnic basket from the Philipines
  • left overs that would be easy to eat and not too messy. These are usually already in a Tupperware container in the fridge so I put it in our cooler and we are ready.
  • Simple sandwiches such as PB&J
  • Wal-Mart's Fried/BBQ chicken and their seasoned french Fries
  • A $5 Pizza from Little Ceasers
I think you are getting the idea that for us its not about a gourmet meal so much as about spending time together as a family playing, laughing and eating!  One of the sandwiches I really like to take with us is egg salad sandwich both because I like egg salad sandwiches and we have chickens so we have an abundance eggs!  I double the recipe found in the Joy of Cooking for a simple and tasty egg salad:

Egg Salad
3-4 servings (I double this when I make it)
6 hard boiled eggs
1/3 cup mayo (I use miracle whip)
2 Tablespoons minced onion & celery
1/4 teaspoon of curry powder (it has a very very very mild curry flavor)
salt and black pepper to taste

chill and serve!

May the Lord bless you as you continue to make wonderful memories with your family! For more recipes and helpful hints & encouragement regarding picnicking check out more 4 mom posts!

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