Picnics and Lemonade Ice Tea

Today is National Picnic Day. And as luck (or as I prefer to think) God would have it, this year National Picnic Day falls on a Sunday. It’s the Lord’s Day of Rest. What can be more relaxing and restful then a picnic?

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Making A Day at the Beach Count

In 1929 the Knights of Columbus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, launched a National Beach Day as part of their convention plans. It was hoped that Knights across the country would host a day at the beach all across the country on the same day, August 30th. The idea never gained much attention and was soon forgotten.

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Make Ahead Picnic Wraps for the Open Road

Summer means two things – road trips and picnics. Whenever possible I like to pack a picnic lunch before hitting the road. This is especially true for our long drives up to Oregon and Washington. With so much beauty along the way, it would be a shame to spend even a minute inside a roadside diner. Growing up we always packed our own foods for the road. I loved it then, and I love it today. The only difference is that today I’ve graduated from bologna sandwiches with stale potato chips to picnics with pzazz.

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The Mardi Gras Picnic Muffuletta is Awesome Anytime

Did you know that Muffuletta is not only a sandwich, it’s also a type of round Sicilian Sesame Bread? I didn’t know that. Did you know that the Muffuletta Sandwich as we know it today was actually created in for the public in a Grocery Market on Decatur Street in New Orleans in 1906. The bread itself has been around for centuries, and is commonly eaten on the Day of the Dead, November 2. However; in America this Sicilian sandwich is a big deal at Mardi Gras. Whatever the reason, whatever the celebration or excuse, this is a great sandwich to offer up to a hungry group of people strolling through the park on a beautiful spring afternoon.

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Italian Muffuletta Picnic Sandwich

Today is the first day of spring. Don’t look at the temperature outside, it’s officially spring and that means Picnic Season! If you have a good Italian Deli in town, you could always pick up a nice, big Muffuletta Sandwich to throw in your picnic basket. Or with a little planning ahead, you could make your own awesome sandwich designed to feed a small country. A bottle of wine, a cluster of grapes and off you go on a new adventure. So what if there’s still a little snow on the ground!

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