Let’s Have a Picnic

The sun is calling, the skies are blue, and the grass couldn’t be greener, so let’s have a picnic! Picnics are the way to dine for this summer season. Whether you’re looking for a new way to have family fun or want to inspire some romance on your next date, picnics are the way to go. Here at the Big Basket we believe there is no picnic like a Longaberger picnic, so check out these helpful tips and recipes to make your next outdoor dining experience unforgettable!

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Picnic Essentials: Picnic baskets are a must, but there are several easy-to-forget essentials that can make your picnicking experience a great one.

Make sure to bring…

  • Coolers and ice for those cold items
  • Food containers
  • Blanket or table cloth
  • Insect repellent (you don’t want the ants all over you and your food!)
  • Utensils, plates, and cups
  • Napkins
  • Trash bags (food can get messy, so it’s good to have a place to store your leftover materials)
  • Antibacterial gelPicture1Picnic Menu: Now, for the best part – the food! Picnic food can certainly be something simple like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but it doesn’t have to be. Try out some of these picnic-friendly recipes for a unique picnic meal:Pasta Fruit SaladDirections: Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta and place it in a large bowl. Add the pineapple, melon, and grapes. Next, combine the reserved pineapple juice, the honey, yogurt, and sour cream. Toss with the pasta mixture. Top with strawberries and serve. Yields four servings.1043043product.63258.large

This next recipe is a delicious summer treat! Check out our video to see a step-by-step guide for preparation.

Special thanks to Tully Bradford for starring in the video, Eric Drewes for making the video magic happen, and Ashley Peck for being our unforgettable cheerleader!Water Melon PopsiclesDirections: Pour the gelatin into a small bowl and add the boiling water. Mix together until the gelatin dissolves. Put the thawed limeade and the watermelon puree into a medium bowl and add in the gelatin and boiling water mixture. Whisk together the ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds or small plastic cups. Place in freezer. Once you see ice crystals begin to form in the mixture, insert popsicle sticks. Allow popsicles to freeze for at least 8 hours and enjoy! Makes 6-8 servings.

We hope this inspires all of you to go out there and show your picnic pride! Special thanks to Susan Mann and Lisa Mauro for sharing their picnic pictures with us! Make sure to comment below to tell us how you like to picnic with Longaberger!

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