Summer wastes no time revealing its intended purpose. Go forth and enjoy is the command of the season of warm temps, cool waters and fun in the sun.
Picnic Tips 101
Stylish dishtowels moonlight as great napkins. Of course, there is no substitute for the ease and practicality of the paper towel.
Food safety and temperature regulation is key to the picnic. Fill empty, clean 2 liter bottles or milk containers 3/4 full with water (allow for expansion). Place them in the freezer the day before your picnic. Use them to aid in keeping cooler items cold.
Perishable foods should be kept at or below 40 degrees F. Food poisoning temperatures range between 40 degrees and 140 degrees F.
Wait until just before leaving home to pack perishable foods in the cooler.
Use a refrigerator thermometer to check and verify the temperature inside the cooler.
Throw away food left out for more than two(2) hours. On a day over 90 degrees, reduce the time to one hour. Better picnic safe than picnic sorry.
Use 2 coolers- one for beverages and the other for perishable food items.
Hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial wipes, paper towels, and a mild mix of dishwashing liquid and warm water in a spray bottle will get you where you need to be in the fight against summer picnic coodies.
“It just wouldn’t be a picnic without the ants.”
Speaking of the dishwashing liquid and spray bottle thing, a simple 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar with a dash of dishwashing liquid mixed together is an excellent ant be gone solution. Spray the ant invaded area with the mix, wait a few minutes, then resume your picnic activities ant free.
Aluminum foil makes a great grill or pot scrubber. Pour vegetable or olive oil onto a couple of paper towels or clean cloth, place between tongs and wipe down the grill to prevent sticking. I find cooking spray burns easy and can compromise the flavor of the meat.
Craft paper, butcher paper, or moving paper -any wide paper on a roll makes a great disposable table cover. Roll it out, roll it up, toss it in the trash. It is also a fun way to divert the attention of tired, over-heated kiddies away from the “but mom, I want to stay in the water” whines. There’s something about a blank paper canvas, washable markers, a pinwheel, bubbles, a cold beverage and a shaded picnic table that expands a child’s imagination.
Speaking of shade and a cool beverage, how about a good book to enhance your relaxing picnic and add to your summer reading list? Teach.com has done a great job of composing the “Which Books Should You Read This Summer?” flowchart to keep teenagers and young at heart readers flipping pages this summer.
Find the full list here.
May I also suggest these light, fun and classic reads for your summer reading enjoyment.
Sunscreen now prevents sun scream later. Knowing what we now know about overexposure to the sun proves we’ve all come a long way, sun babies.
If you find yourself overly sun kissed keep calm and moisturize on! First, refrigerate a bottle of vinegar, preferably apple cider vinegar. Cold vinegar applied to the burn will ease the pain of the burn. A 20 minute soak in a cool bath with 1 cup of baking soda added to the water will calm and sooth skin. Allow your skin to air dry and apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp.
Pack a picnic basket full of summer picnic tips and celebrate summer down by the lazy river, on the beach or in your own backyard with family and friends. It is one of the best parts of summer!