The Florida Summer heat is finally cooling down a bit, which makes outside activities more pleasant. This is a great time to get outdoors in the fresh air and have a picnic with family and friends and bring on the goodies that go with it.
Instead of the normal fare of sandwiches or take out, why not bring yummy homemade food in mason jars. They are perfect for so many recipes and serve as the dish you will be eating out of (no paper plates or other plates to clean) and when done, the jars can be closed back up and packed away for the trip home.
Plan ahead for your picnic by picking out the perfect spot. The beach, a park, along side a river or lake, anywhere outside in the sunshine and fresh air is wonderful. Pack up a blanket or beach chairs, a garbage bag and any outdoor fun games or toys. A baseball glove and ball to play catch with the kids, small bucket and shovel for the beach to build sandcastles, Frisbee, etc and don’t forget the Sunscreen. Time to put the phones, laptops and other electronics you have away and just enjoy family time.
Pack in a plastic gallon baggie, eating utensils, napkins and straws and add to your picnic basket or cooler.
What to add to the Mason Jars? You can make so many recipes ahead of time and be ready to the day of the picnic.
Make up a pitcher of your family favorite drink like homemade lemonade and pour it into individual jars for each family member.
Put slices of veggies like carrots, bell peppers and celery in a large jar and in another smaller jar a dip for the veggies. Or you could add the veggies to the bottom of the jar and a plastic container small enough to fit with a dip and cover.
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A few jars could contain, pretzels, chips or candy. You know your family and friends, get creative and make it fun with your homemade cooking.
Pack up your cooler with lots of ice and put the mason jars on the bottom and the lighter things on top.