Simple Summer Picnics

One of my favourite things to do with the kids is a family picnic. We usually wait for Doug to get home from work then pack up the car to head to a nearby park for a fun filled dinner different from our everyday. I put the picnic together in the afternoon while the kids are down for their naps (if they fall asleep – they have been little devils lately!) that way we can head straight out the door when Doug is home from work. He’s usually very hungry so he’s happy to go sooner than later!

Some of my favorite foods to pack include:

  • cheese and crackers
  • pepperoni sticks
  • salami
  • ham and cheese sandwiches
  • caprese salad (for Doug and I; the kids refuse to eat this!)
  • mixed nuts
  • apples and almond butter
  • strawberries
  • watermelon
  • oatmeal cookies
  • juice boxes

Most of this stuff we usually have on hand already, it’s just a matter of cutting everything up and putting it into containers. Since we drive to the park, I just throw everything into a big cooler and Doug packs the car. We have a huge blanket we bring to sit on and some reusable plastic plates and cutlery I have in a picnic basket. I also usually bring some things for the kids to play with like their favorite stuffies, books, and toys for the sandbox.

Picnics have been one of my favourite traditions to start with my family! I plan to do for many years to come. Eventually I hope the kids won’t be such picky eaters and we can be a little more adventurous with the meals! What’s your favourite family tradition?

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