Saturday evening I went on my first picnic with my boys, sister-n-law and nephew.
Yeah, I'm almost 30 and I've never been on a picnic. I don't know why. Well now that I think about it, I guess maybe it's because I didn't come from a "fun family activities" kind of clan.
I went to the grocery store and bought some tasty foods for the picnic, but the plan was to go today, (Sunday) after church but the weather was cooling off rapidly and it was only going to get better. I was already hungry and it was dinnertime so I figured, why not now???
The park is what I would call "infested"with ducks and geese. They're everywhere, they're friendly... and horribly greedy. I made the mistake of giving them some stale breakfast cereal from River's bag. That resulted in them following us everywhere so it was impossible to lay down a blanket in the grass to set up a spot to eat.
Stupid foul fowl ain't got no manners!
Luckily a pavilion with picnic tables has been recently built on the grounds so it was very clean, perfect for meal set up and best of all, duck free.
I've never packed a picnic dinner before so I was super excited and kind of went overboard.
ON THE MENU:
Clover honey glazed strawberries
My own combo of dried berries with coconut flavored toasted almonds
Mandarin orange slices and Goldfish Crackers for the kiddies
Grilled chicken caesar salad wraps
Sea salted kettle cooked potato chips
Tuna salad and cracker kits just in case I didn't bring enough food. HA!
Bottled green tea with honey and ginseng
Blue Powerade (for me)
And the coup de grâce:
I didn't know such a thing existed - especially not in a Texas grocery store. I bought this canned octopus out of curiosity and one taste was enough for me. The texture was surprisingly firm and rather pleasant for canned meat but the smell was outrageous and the taste was no better.
I imagine this is what a whale fart would smell like.
After our meal we went for a little stroll to let the kiddies run off some energy.
Yes, my son is on a kiddie leash. Some of the pathways at the park are super narrow and there's water on either side of the path with no rails or anything to keep a wild toddler from slipping and tumbling into pond. So yes. We leash him when necessary.
Only three months left to go!
So tell me. How often do you picnic?
Are you like me? A late picnic bloomer?
What's your favorite picnic food?