Now that the summer is unofficially here, and my Empowered Network Business is taking off!. I find myself wanting to be outside as much as possible. I take advantage of my garden, go on regular walks, and organize picnics with friends as often as I can. Sitting in the shade on a blanket with a tasty spread laid out for leisurely enjoyment is a lovely way to spend a summer afternoon or evening. Whether planning an outing in the park or a quick meal on a hike, I consider picnicking an art, that with a bit of planning, can become a great outdoor meal.
When I’m planning a picnic I always start with the basics—a blanket, napkins, cups, plates, silverware, and items like condiments. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting to the park with refreshing drinks and no opener, or a lovely pudding and no silverware. Some people prefer to use paper goods and plastic ware they can dispose of after the meal, but I like real dishes so I have a lightweight set of plastic dishes that I pack. I am fond of nice cheeses when I picnic, so I always pack a knife and a small cutting board in my basket, as well. And I always throw in two garbage bags—one for trash and one for the dishes that I take home to wash.
When planning a picnic, My Friends, don’t hesitate to have several courses tucked away in your basket. It’s fun, allows more time to enjoy food and conversation, and adds a classy feel to your outdoor meal, even if the main course is a sandwich. Speaking of sandwiches, when making my sandwiches I leave off the condiments and lettuce, and add these just before eating. This way the lettuce is still crisp, and the condiments haven’t warmed for long enough to be risky, as can be the case with mayonnaise.
If you plan to picnic on foods that need to be kept cold, you may want to invest in a soft cooler bag and freezer packs. And when you’re packing your basket, pack it backwards. I know it sounds strange but I like to pack the appetizer and main course on the bottom and place the last thing we’re going to eat on top, such as dessert, so I don’t have to dig around under things for the next part of the meal. If you do this you’ll have a whole lovely meal spread out to enjoy—a visual and gastronomic treat.
My Friends, of course, you can always do a picnic on the fly by making a quick trip to a gourmet shop for some cheese, baguette, and a few other easily served treats. The main thing is to get out and enjoy the sunshine and a meal with a friend or two. Bon appétit.