Picnic Tips!

After a slower start this year, spring has arrived! Trees are leafed out and the sun is shining! We love taking full advantage of the nicer weather by dining outside. Packing a picnic is such a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Check out these simple tips to making the most of picnic weather this spring and summer.

Picnic Tips!

Do your Food Prep Ahead – with no Soggy Bread!

We love these two skewer recipes that you can make the morning of or the night before – and unlike sandwiches, you won’t have to deal with soggy bread!

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Watermelon Feta Skewers

Ingredients:

12 wooden skewers

1/4 medium seedless watermelon, cut into 12 one-inch cubes

12 one-inch cubes of firm feta cheese

12 pitted Kalamata olives

12 small fresh basil leaves

2 tablespoons Extra-Virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon honey

1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar

Pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper

Directions:

After prepping the watermelon and feta, slide each ingredient onto the bottom of the skewer as follows: watermelon, feta, basil, topped with an olive. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, honey, and balsamic vinegar and pour overtop the skewers. Finish with salt and pepper.

Makes: 12 Skewers

Tomato Basil Mozzarella Skewers

Ingredients:

12 washed cherry tomatoes

12 small mozzarella balls

12 small pieces of basil

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper

Directions:

Cut the bottom of each mozzarella ball so that it makes a flat surface. Discard extra cheese (or eat it if you’re like us.) From bottom to top, place cheese flat side down, basil leaf, and tomato. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar, finishing with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

Makes: 12 Skewers

Keep Bugs at Bay

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Any thing that flies or crawls is not invited to your picnic! Keep them from crashing with dryer sheets. They aren’t as pungent as Citronella candles, yet bugs hate the smell! You can clip them to your picnic blanket or to the legs of the picnic table.

Save Your Drinks 

Keep your drinks free from bugs and leaves by using muffin tins with straws that you’ve poked through – no unwelcome guests or pollen will get in!

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A great way to avoid sipping on watery drinks is to make some ice the night before made from the drinks themselves (i.e. iced tea or lemonade!) that way, as the ice melts, it doesn’t dilute your drinks!

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