By Jamie Wheeler, Intent.com
Summer time is the perfect time for a moveable feast. Less face it: most of us spend far too much time basking in the glow of a computer screen instead of basking in the glow of the sun. We can forget how pleasant is to be unplugged. Make it a point this summer to pack up your pic-a-nic basket, grab a blanket, grab your sweetie and leave all of your electronics at home. Yes, ALL of them (or at least leave them in the car). The following tips will help make your outing delicious, rejuvenating, and memorable.
First, let's talk food. A great picnic need not take a lot of effort, but since this is an adult picnic, it can be more adventuresome than what you'd pack if the kids were along. So leave the Cheetos and chocolate chip cookies at home, and consider some of the following goodies instead:
· A loaf of French bread. Slice it up, butter the slices, and put the loaf back together again. Put the buttered loaf in a paper bag.
· An assortment of olives. Most better supermarkets now have fresh olive bars.
· An assortment of fruit: raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries
· Cheeses and crackers
· Assorted meats like summer sausage, salami, prosciutto
Don't forget the beverages! Chardonnay is a good choice for a picnic.
If you want to get a little bit fancier with the food, this wonderful sandwich recipe is not too laborious and tastes fantastic!
Got room for desert? Of course you do! Cupcakes are easy and delicious. Buy some at the store, or consider these romantic bites from Martha Stewart.
A picnic is not just about eating; it's about re-connecting with each other. For a romantic tone, do a little bit of pre-picnic prep. Divide a set of index cards between the two of you, say, 6-8 each. On each card, ask a question that you've always wanted to know the answer to about your significant other. Be creative, but not invasive. Fan them out in your hand, let your partner choose one at random to be asked.
Or, hey, if that sounds a little too touchy-feely for you, just bring a regular deck of cards. Play poker, or Old Maid, or Crazy Eights. It doesn't matter. What does matter is that you get to spend some quiet, quality time together, enjoying a summer afternoon and each other.