A little while back, while planning out my family’s dinner menu, I was struck by the idea of a picnic. It’s been a long time since we had a picnic simply for the sake of having a picnic. You know what I’m talking about – loading up the family car and heading out for a drive. Maybe drive along the coast, or up into the hills or just a nearby park. Spread out a blanket, and relax. No big events. No schedules. No distractions. Just quality family time under the shade of a big tree somewhere. So I pulled up our schedule. We love attending little county fairs, street festivals, antique gatherings, and stepping back in both time and space to Celtic or Renaissance gatherings. In March, we attended our first every Civil War Reenactment. It was awesome!
We live in a small Ag-Based community surrounded by even smaller farming communities. Beginning in mid-February, there is no such thing as a weekend without some sort of community event. We’ve got rodeos, Gold Rush Days, Living History Days, Chocolate Festivals, Asparagus Festivals, Garlic Festivals, Celtic Games, and Flea Markets galore. We’ve got all sorts of Antique Fairs, Civil War Battles and Street Car Shows with amazing restored cars. And then there are all the county fairs! We’d rather go to a small county fair than fight the crowds at the big state fair.
Any event within a hundred miles is fair game. Since most of these festivals and gatherings take place in parks, what better way to enjoy a Living History Day or Civil War Battle than to pack up a picnic lunch and take stroll back in time.
There are a lot of premade goodies that can be had at your local deli that are quick and easy and oh so convenient to pack up in a picnic basket or cooler. Macaroni salads and potato salads immediately come to mind. Or, better still, use those convenient salads as a base for your own delicious spin on things.
Cheater’s Macaroni Salad
1 large Tub Deli Macaroni Salad
2 Hard-Boiled Eggs
1/2 Red Onion
1 rib Celery
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
White Wine Vinegar to taste
Fresh Dill, garnish
Empty store-bought salad into a large mixing bowl.
Chop eggs, sprinkle over salad. Finely dice red onion, add to salad. Chop celery rib, add to salad.
Mix everything together. Taste and adjust with salt, pepper and a splash of vinegar as desired.
Smooth top. Chop dill and sprinkle for color contrast.