Summertime is for Picnics

Now that it’s FINALLY relatively warm in New England, Pete and I have been out of the house as much as possible. After living in Florida for 2 and a half years, I had completely forgotten how long winters last in the northeast. May in Florida? Everyone is hot and sweaty and fighting over who gets to stand in front of the a/c. May in the Northeast? It’s still in the 50s and 60s, and you can see a few adamant teenage girls still wearing furry boots. I definitely had a tough time getting used to the cold Northeast winters again!

Thank goodness it’s June and I can finally wear a sundress, pack a picnic, and head outside.

Even when Pete and I don’t feel like planning a trip and driving somewhere, we’ll just pack a little lunch, head to the beach that’s five minutes from our house, and read. It may be low-key, but something about packing up a picnic and being outside relaxing together still feels plenty special! If you haven’t gone for a picnic recently, here’s a little inspiration. These are my top 10 favorite foods to pack into my picnic basket:


From left to right, top to bottom:

  1. Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce
  2. Shrimp and Cucumber Sesame Noodles
  3. Caprese Pasta Salad
  4. Asparagus Coin and Chickpea Salad
  5. Cranberry Chicken Salad
  6. Puffed Jalapeno Cheddar Crackers
  7. Herb Lemon White Bean Salad
  8. Crisp Asian Broccoli Salad
  9. Tomato Cucumber Barley Salad
  10. Fresh Corn and Avocado Bean Salad