We've had quite the year folks! With the better first part of 2020 most of us spent our time self isolating inside. I don't know about you, but our family was ITCHING to get some outdoor time. Lately, with the beautiful weather, we've been spending all our time in backyards, on walks and enjoying what our beautiful country has to offer.
So for Canada day, what better way to celebrate than enjoying a wonderful picnic in the great outdoors AND I decided that I'm inviting you along for the packing process.
Alright let's get to it, starting with the essentials: The basket + the blanket.
While you can definitely go with the traditional rectangular picnic basket, you know, the one Yogi bear (and don't forget about Booboo) would fancy, I opted for our Bolga basket that actually doubles as our toy basket. I'm all about functionality with a purpose (sometimes a double purpose, if I'm lucky 😉 ) If you don't have a basket laying around, don't fret - any backpack or bag you have will work.
You guessed it, we're packing the House of Jude Piccola Waffle blanket in Cinnamon + Primrose (pictured above) as well as the Oversized Turkish towel in Vanilla as an underlay. The great thing about Turkish towels is that they’re light, compact AND they repel grass (+sand), which makes packing up easy.
P.S. You can also use the waffle blankets to bundle up later at night to watch the fireworks!
Now, let's get to the good stuff, FOOD:
As mentioned above, I'm here for the FUNctionality (haha). Simple, fun, easy to eat food will do best for a picnic with little ones.
I like to bring different items to build your own sandwiches, or as adults like to call it: charcuterie style.
I bring a baguette or two, some cured meats, and a delicious variety of 2-3 cheeses. To keep it fresh I always make sure we have cut up cucumbers, carrots and whatever berries I have in the fridge - usually that means a combination of blueberries + strawberries. Another great fruit to pack is watermelon, fun to eat and it ensures hydration! Finally, I'll bring a bag of almonds and some hummus for dipping. (Alright, alright, we'll bring some cookies too. I'm a sucker for a good ol' homemade oatmeal chocolate cookie.)
The biggest rule to picnicking is that you're going to want to stay hydrated. We each have big reusable water bottles that we'll fill before we go. To jazz it up a bit, I like to cut up some lemons and fresh mint from the garden, and infuse it into our water. If you prefer cold water but don't want to bring a cooler I suggest, filling your bottle 1/3 of the way with water, then laying it flat in the freezer for 3-4 hours so that when you're ready to go, all you have to do it fill up the water bottle and enjoy cool refreshing water for a few hours. Another method that takes a bit more preparation is freezing the lemons and mint into ice cubes and then placing them in the water bottles later.
There you have it, my guide to the perfect picnic. What makes it perfect you ask, well besides the fact that utensils are not require (huge bonus) I get to spend quality time outdoors with my boys in our beautiful country.
I hope you enjoy your own picnic, I'd love to see what you come up with - send me your pictures!