PICNIC season is finally here! Oh, how we embrace this time of year. Whether seaside, park bench, or blanket spread in your backyard or deck, it is an occasion to eat a simple meal outside with nature.

Don’t over think it. Keep it simple. It’s really all about the ambience already set for us by nature: birds chirping, water flowing, breezes rustling through the leaves, or even the innocent laughter of children playing in the park.

When I pack a basket of goodies to dine outside, I may have planned ahead and took a little special preparation to make a loaf of bread, or homemade crackers. Often, though, it is a last-minute idea, and so I simply gather some of my favorite cheeses, fruits, or salad ingredients I can toss into mason jar to create something easily eaten right out of the jar. Anything on a stick is an easy way to transport fruit, already cut cheeses with tomatoes, as you will find in my recipe for Caprese Bites, or leftovers from last night’s dinner!

Didn’t have time to plan for this? Don’t have anything in the fridge to pack? No worries. Grab a basket, some cloth napkins, wine glasses, a knife and a few utensils from home, and head to the market for some fruit, cheeses,  a crusty loaf of bread, a few heirloom tomatoes, some greens, and of course your favorite drink, and put it all together right there on your blanket or park bench while you enjoy the moments you will share with a friend, or simply alone, and not get caught up in the hassle of the prep!


Here are just a few of my favorite things I like to stash into a picnic basket, and the easy recipes to prepare them:





Make it simple, memorable, and send me a Pic!!


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