Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Impromptu Picnic

Today's weather was glorious! Tomorrow is supposed to be warmer and Friday warmer still - a high of 85!

This morning I cut the grass and cleaned up (with the help of the kids - the girl is especially a big help with raking, picking up sticks etc.) the yard. Just before lunch I realized we'd need more yard waste bags so we made a trip to Wal-Mart. All out of yard waste bags! Ugh. Headed to Target. On the way to Target decided that the weather was too nice to eat lunch inside and the hour was getting later - so we bought a jar of peanut butter at Target and some chocolate milk (and the necessary yard waste bags) and had a picnic at the park on our way home.

I usually keep a loaded picnic basket in the trunk of my car :) but as it's not used much in winter it's not as well-provisioned as it ought to be.

Right now it contains plastic cutlery, paper plates and cups, a bottle opener, a keychain flashlight toy from a Sonic meal last year, napkins, a can of Diet Caffeine Free Dr. Pepper, handi-wipes and probably a couple other little things. I usually keep a checkered tablecloth in it as well.

I decided to leave the jar of peanut butter in the basket and I think I'll throw in a package of crackers and some other long shelf life foods - one problem is that in the summer it will get super hot in there so I need to be careful what I include. Most of the time I'll just pack a fresh meal before we go somewhere - but it's nice to have something in there for emergency impromptu picnics even if it's only crackers and peanut butter.

Any ideas of what else I ought to include?

Reading material is needed in there so when the kids are playing and running around I can relax and read.


CanadianGrandma said...

The only thing I can think of is a first-aid kit which you may have and never mentioned. Also, I would include water.

Jennifer said...

Your basket sounds like a fun way to leave the option for some spontaneity in your day. Fruit leathers could work too if they were individually wrapped, or fruit cups maybe. A canister of pringles for something salty might also be good if your contents won't juggle around too much.

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