Today’s A Most Fetching Friday is all about the summer vacation.
Tourism thrives on it, houses are built to entertain around it, school teachers wait all school year long for it to get here, kids of all ages celebrate it, and memories made on the summer holiday road stay with us for a lifetime.
Dave the Builder and I have been on a mini vacation for a little over a week. Reality will soon call us back to our normal routine, but for now the pace has slowed and the summer vacation life is good.
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 and as drinking water. Consider using 2 coolers- one for beverages and the other for perishable food items. The less opened the better to reduce risks of warming to food poisoning temperatures (temperatures between 40 degrees and 140 degrees F).
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.”~~ Author Unknown
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 cold beverage and a shaded picnic table that tempts 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 basket 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!