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Peter Piper Packed A Picnic August 1, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Travel & Leisure.

It’s August!  Time to plan a picnic before Labor Day comes and goes, heralding winter woes.

Picnics aren’t just for grilling and chilling in the backyard.

Pack a picnic to eat at the beach, in a park, by a waterfall, or in a glade.

Picnics aren’t only for lunch.

Consider a breakfast picnic (muffins, croissants, fresh fruit, granola, yogurt parfaits, juice and a thermos of coffee).

Don’t forget the Bloody Mary’s.

What about packing a cocktail party picnic with finger foods (chilled shrimp, lobster rolls, pinwheel wraps, cheese and crackers, crudités with dip, hummus and pita, fruit or veggie kabobs).

Or plan a desserts only picnic.  Perfect for the cookie monsters in your life.


To keep things cold:  freeze bottles of water or fruit juice to pack around the food.  Once the food is gone . . . bottoms up.

To assist with clean up:  bring wet wash cloths in snap-top containers or zip-top baggies to wash off sticky fingers and faces.  Keep them cool in the cooler to enjoy chilled cloths for heat relief!

While you’re at it, stash sunscreen in the cooler ~ it will feel cool going on and its active ingredients won’t break down in the heat.

If you’re toting food in a backpack, use a straw to inflate bags holding chips and other crumb-prone items to keep them from being smashed to smithereens.

Don’t forget to bring bags for garbage and recycling.

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Kate Crimmins - August 1, 2016

Hmmmm….brownies. I made some this past week and they didn’t turn out. Don’t know what I did wrong but they were a tad dry. For me brownies are always a picnic dessert because they are easy to eat and not messy. Don’t need to be cold either. All that chocolate has to be good for you too.

nrhatch - August 1, 2016

Brownies are great picnic foods . . . even aunts like them!

2. Jill Weatherholt - August 1, 2016

Frozen chocolate is the best!

nrhatch - August 1, 2016

YES! Although it’s been ages since I had frozen chocolate. At the Countryside Swim & Tennis Club, during my teens, I bought a frozen candy bar for lunch every day ~ it took longer to eat.

Jill Weatherholt - August 1, 2016

As a kid, frozen 3 Musketeers poolside, were the best! 🙂

nrhatch - August 1, 2016

Yup ~> I switched back and from from Milky Way to 3 Musketeers. Excuse me for a minute . . . I’ve got to toss some chocolate into the freezer.

3. suzicate - August 1, 2016

A picnic by the river sounds fabulous!

nrhatch - August 1, 2016

Our favorite has always been eating by a rushing stream, babbling brook, or . . . waterfall!

4. anotherday2paradise - August 1, 2016

Great tips, Nancy. What a good idea to pack the sunscreen in the cooler! Those brownies and cookies make me want to hitch a ride to your picnic. 🙂

nrhatch - August 1, 2016

Come on over ~> I’ll serve you up a Birthday Brownie with a Cookie Chaser!

anotherday2paradise - August 1, 2016

Very tempting. 😀

nrhatch - August 1, 2016

I see you’ve got another Peeping Tom staring in your bathroom window!

5. Patricia - August 1, 2016

Now I want brownies

nrhatch - August 1, 2016

My work is done. 😀

6. Bun Karyudo - August 1, 2016

A dessert-only picnic sounds delicious but probably not so good for my health, so for balance I’ll also pack some of those Bloody Marys you mentioned.

nrhatch - August 2, 2016

Yes! We must eat (or drink) our veggies!

7. Debra - August 2, 2016

We picnic at the Hollywood Bowl and have so much fun making it a special portable feast. I am fairly expert at the packing, but I’ve never before heard the suggestion of using the straw to inflate the bags for chips and foods that crush! That’s a brilliant idea. Just last Friday I actually packed some tortilla chips in glass because they, guess what?, crush! LOL! Then we were stuck with a glass container the rest of the evening. I’m going to look so brilliant next time…thank you. 🙂 And yes, picnics are wonderful. I’d like a dessert picnic any time!

nrhatch - August 2, 2016

I read the tip on line somewhere but it makes sense, especially for backpackers (where limiting weight and bulk is key).

On road trips, where weight and bulk aren’t central issues, I usually pack chips and pretzels in reusable plastic containers with lids. Lighter than glass and if dropped, no nasty glass shards.

8. L. Marie - August 2, 2016

Those desserts look sooooo good!!!! Now I’m going to have to go out and find something similar.

nrhatch - August 2, 2016

Go For It!

Life is uncertain . . . eat dessert FIRST (and last).

9. diannegray - August 2, 2016

I love picnics at the beach – and sea-food is always on the menu! 😀

nrhatch - August 2, 2016

Last time we ate on the beach the seagulls insisted on sharing our grub! We told them to “Go Fish!”

10. judithhb - August 2, 2016

This brightened my day. I awoke to a cold, very wet August day so thought of picnics were nowhere close that is until I read your post Nancy. Now looking forward t Spring

nrhatch - August 2, 2016

The great thing about seasons . . . they circle around, again and again, always giving us something to look forward to.

Perhaps an indoors picnic is in order until Spring arrives on your doorstep.

judithhb - August 3, 2016

Good idea Nancy. Might just try it

11. Behind the Story - August 3, 2016

A perfect post for August 1st. A little creative thinking is in order if we want to enjoy the days of summer that still remain. Why not a breakfast picnic? Sounds like fun.

nrhatch - August 3, 2016

Yes! A breakfast picnic out on Puget Sound, with gulls jealously hovering above . . . waiting for their chance to hoover up the crumbs.

12. Carol Ferenc - August 3, 2016

All great ideas, Nancy. Do I see a lifestyle blog in your future?

nrhatch - August 3, 2016

Haha! Not likely, Carol. “Less is more.” One blog is plenty for me. SLTW is eclectic enough to cover ideas and insights on Food, Happiness, Travel, and Philosophy.

Carol Ferenc - August 3, 2016

It is eclectic and I love that about your blog, Nancy!

nrhatch - August 3, 2016

Thanks, Carol!

13. reocochran - August 6, 2016

Delicious suggestions, Nancy!! I agree, bring bagsand recycle and it is nice to have chilled “beverages!” 😉

nrhatch - August 6, 2016

We often take drinks on day trips. The drinks at the end of the day aren’t as cold as we’d like.

Freezing a few before packing the cooler ~> just the ticket!

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