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Popular Summer Activity - Picnic - Food, Fun, Family, and Friends

Updated on April 8, 2013
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Love Picnics!

Picnics are truly a delight for family and friends! They're a wonderful concept of leaving the tedious lunch, dinner, breakfast routine for an amusing outing. I love picnics, and grab any opportunity that I can to take my family out for one. Even on road trips, I pack meals for a picnic-style to keep everyone entertained. Its as easy as finding a nice open space to stop. This gives us a break from any long trip, as well as saves me from feeding my family all that greasy, pre-made fast food from the service stops.

Mankind must have been having picnics through out history, but contemporary history has recorded it as far back to the French revolution. After the revolution in 1789, royal parks were opened up for the public. Immediately it became a popular activity for the French to picnic at the park. In the 19th century the British history recorded the term picnic for the London society people. And the list goes on, and now we know how wide spread they are here in the USA.

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Food Ideas

There is no right or wrong way to pack a picnic. It only depends on where you are planning to go. Places that we have gone picnicking range from mountain top to beaches, from open fields to the desert, from trails to boats. Our favorite spot is the beach. It's wonderful to have a sit down meal near the ocean. Just make sure you have a big blanket, and keep the food in the middle so the sand won't get in.

Here is a list of foods that have worked for my picnics. I put them together in a menu style, and you can mix and match as you like.

  • Sandwiches (tuna, boiled egg, or cold cuts), veggie platter (carrots, broccoli, celery, etc), chips (organic healthy kind will do), chicken rolls (they look like little sausage rolls), and homemade cookies. Kids love this menu, because it allows them to quickly grab what they want, and never stop playing! When we decide to go on a picnic spur of the moment, I usually pack these items.
  • All in one quiche (easy to make, and carry), your favorite salad, garlic bread, strawberries and cream.
  • Baked chicken, potato salad, rolls, pasta salad, summer veggie tart, sheet carrot cake. These are great if your destination is nearby. You don't want to carry chicken around on a hot summer day.
  • Chicken, pepper, and onion wraps, individual veggie pies, tortilla chips, and salsa, for the dessert - fruit pie, with cream on the side.
  • Tuna burgers, rolls, chicken and potato salad, corn, zucchini and chickpea fritters. For the dessert: individual cheese cakes, and honey cookies
  • Spicy baked chicken; spinach, and egg pie, German potato salad, rolls. Lemon tart
  • French bread, Brie, grapes, olives, pâté, or terrine. Lemon scone with soft sweet butter.

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Extras!

These are some ideas for a picnic, and one can get creative and add lot more to the list. I did not add any drinks to the list, that could be according to what you like. I prefer taking lemonade on a summer picnic, and hot chocolate with extra marshmallow if you are going on a picnic on the snow! Yes, on the snow, and it is wonderful!
Some fillers that you can add to the list are things like cheese, and crackers; fruit platter, etc.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Picnics are the best! I think it's time we planned one - thanks for the great food ideas! :)

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks for your comment!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Picnics are the best thing to do with bonding with friends and families. Thanks for sharing.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks for SHARING! So true, it's a wonderful way to bond with friends, and family!

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      I always try to include a picnic or two when we have a family outing. It just makes it more fun and easier, let alone healthier compared to a stop at a restaurant. I like your ideas, the only thing missing is the ants. I gave this a useful and interesting vote, just can't find the vote up with these new formats.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      lol, Yes, how could I forgotten the ants! Thaanks for your votes..... Yes, I also have a problem with those missing 'Vote' button.... Sometime you do want to vote an article up, and just don't have the option anymore. Oh well, we do with what we have :)

      Appreciate your visit.....

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      I love picnics. We always have weekend picnics, way back when im still home. i think im gonna plan a picnic again.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Picnics are a wonderful pastime..... I still take my kids out to picnic whenever we get a chance.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

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      Turk 2 years ago

      That adresesds several of my concerns actually.

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      Mukesh 2 years ago

      hello,I just wished to write to say how much I've eneyojd reading your site. I am part cherokee on my mother's side and my sister is half blackfoot on her father's side. we are half sisters actually as you can see. but anyways I love anything and everything to do with the Native American culture. I also have a friend who is always looking for new info on this as well and I am having a problem with finding information about her birth totem. Her birthday is September 13 If you could help me I'd be grateful as I say she loves Native American stuff as I do. Also I noticed you do crafts. I do too and am looking for a crochet pattern for a native american girl dress to do for a project I'm working on. If you may have any ideas or could help in any way I'd be grateful. Sorry if I've rambled I take medication due to a serious ailment which has left me bedbound. Thanks again for any and all help!!!!

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      Gladis 2 years ago

      Hello Monia,Thank you for letting me know that you have eeyjond reading my blog. I am so glad it has helped you. Your friend was born under the Harvest Moon and her birth totem is the Brown Bear. Of course it doesn't stop there because we all have 9 power totems that walk with us on our journey here on Mother Earth. And then there are the Messengers who come and go to teach us important lessons. I don't know of any specific patterns for Native dresses. Will you be knittin, crocheting, or sewing the dress? You know you can always use yarns that are colored in the typical colors we see in Native American designs with any pattern. Perhaps something made from turquoise, red, and yellow? Or use the colors of the Medicine Wheel which are Red, Yellow, White, and Black. Let me know if I can help you further.

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