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Friday, July 2, 2010

Pack a Picnic in Minutes | Family Economics

By Tiffany

In the summer, my family likes to take spontaneous day trips and pack a picnic to take along with us. I’ve learned to pack picnic lunches in record time. Last summer we hosted three of my daughter’s friends for a few days. When they woke up at about 10:00 a.m. (teenage girls can sleep late!), we decided to go to a state park for a hike. I didn’t have any picnic food in the house, so I had to run to the store. Even so, all nine of us were packed and out the door in less than an hour.

Here are some tips for making a quick picnic lunch:

• Keep your picnic menu the same. Unless you picnic often, the foods won’t get boring. It’s so much faster to pack when you don’t have to think up what to eat. The standard fare for my family is turkey sandwiches, cheese crackers, grapes and sandwich cookies. Depending on the circumstances, I’ll add other items like carrot sticks or chips.

• Have each person make their own sandwich, if they are old enough. On the other hand, I’ve also found it quick to make everyone’s sandwich myself using the assembly line method. Either way, be sure to write names on the sandwich bags with a permanent marker. This is important if the sandwiches aren’t all the same.

• Often, I remove crackers, chips and cookies from the store packaging and put them in a zip top bag. I find zip top bags more convenient for packing because they seal tight.

• Keep the ice pack for your cooler in the freezer so it’s always ready to go.

• Don’t forget the drinks. I pack water bottles and juice bags. Sometimes I’ll fill a gallon size thermos with ice water and bring it along with cups.

• Re-useable grocery bags are handy to pack your picnic in. You don’t have to have a picnic basket.

• I also throw in a roll of paper towels to use for napkins and clean up and some plastic shopping bags to gather trash.

All that’s left is where to go! I’d like a day at the zoo. What about you?

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On Tuesday, June 19, 2012, Pinkglitter wrote

We just had our 3nd Anniversary..YEA!! But we've never been on a picnic!! Yea i know..But that sounds like a fun day..Thanx for the great idea! But then again,We haven't been on a vacation in 16 years!! now thats just so sad..

On Monday, June 18, 2012, Maria from Nj wrote

I would love a day at the beach!!!

On Monday, June 18, 2012, Susan, family & friends from New Jersey wrote

My husband, myself & sometimes friends, sometimes family or even both Will pack up our wine & cheese basket, pepperoni, salami and take a ride through the countryside to an area winery. This way we get to do a tasting at the winery and buy a few wines which appeal to everyone. In our wine and cheese basket; we fill the vacant spot for two wine bottles with seasonal fruits (grapes, strawberries, sliced pears and apples.) Sometimes we even bring alone a jar of dipping chocolate and save the fruits for desert. Our favorite winery has an outdoor fireplace with old, hand caned chairs and rockers. We sit around the fire, drink our wine, eat our treats catch up on new events, remember our younger crazy days and enjoy each others company. These are always special times which create more special memories which will last our lifetimes. Without the benefit of scrubble bubbles I wouldn't have the extra time for these special days that scrubbing bubbles affords me. Because of all of the great new scrubbing bubbles products; I do not need to waste my weekend cleaning, but can quickly clean on a weeknight or in short time before enjoying a day with family and friends at the winery. What would anyone rather do? My family and friends vote for wine tasting, fellowship, fruits & cheeses while enjoying it all.

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