Who doesn’t like a picnic?
Picnics are so much fun after a long winter filled with snow and stuck indoors.
Kids adore picnics but for mum they can get hectic so I have bought you a few tips to help ease the strain on mums.
Choosing your location
You know what they say about location, so first off we need the right location
- Find a park that has shade, tables, a playground and a toilet block.
- Foreshore will often have a great spot to picnic.
- Go for a drive into the woods and make your own picnic spot. Great for older kids that like to go adventuring.
- Lakes & pond areas are another ideal place for the older kids.
- Zoos are the perfect picnic spot for a special occasion.
Prepare before hand
No need to make a picnic hamper just before you leave home.
- Pack fruit into a container and leave in the fridge overnight
- Drink bottles can be 3/4 filled and popped in the freezer overnight giving a nice cold drink on the day.
- Make as much food as you can the day before.
- My cookie recipe can be made days in advance and kept in the freezer until the day.
What to pack
Often we pack way too much for a picnic and this is when mum gets weight down with all the work.
- 1-2 pieces of fruit per person.
- Drink bottle per person plus and extra water bottle.
- No more than you would normally pack for a lunch. Eg a round of sandwiches per person.
- A treat such as my Picnic Cookies, cake or a cereal bar
- Balls, frisbee, kite or maybe a cricket bat & ball.
- Camera, you need photos
What not to pack
So many times the car is over loaded
- Do not pack foods that will make a mess such as chocolate, you do not want to be cleaning sticky fingers and faces.
- Do not pack foods that have excess packaging- it makes for more rubbish that may get away.
- Little toys, they get lost and cause stress.
- If you know your picnic spot has tables & chairs do not pack a blanket.
- The dog unless you need him to clean up the food scraps.
Suitable foods for picnics
- Sausage rolls are fantastic and kids love them cold.
- Sandwiches can be boring for a picnic so make them special like pinwheels.
- Chicken pieces.
- cold meats & salads ( this can mean carrying an big esky)
- Rice paper rolls
- Boiled /scotch eggs
- Crackers & cheese
- 200 gms about 1 3/5 cups or 1 1/2 cups + 1 1/2 Tablespoons plain flour
- 1/2 cup icing sugar powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup custard powder If you can't find custard powder, HERE is an article about how to replace it.
- 125 gms 1/2 cup or 1 stick butter cubed
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- small quantity of water
Add to processor half the butter, flour, icing sugar, and custard powder blend until breadcrumb appearance.
Add a small amount of water until a dough forms.
Wrap and put in fridge for 20 minutes.
Repeat with left over ingredients including the cocoa powder.
Break pieces of dough, place on paper and form a patchwork pattern.
Roll between sheets of paper (parchment paper or waxed paper). Cut desired shapes.
Bake in a moderate oven (350–375°F) for 10 -15 minutes depending on the size of cookie.
I hope you have enjoyed this post and do enjoy your picnic!
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