Picnic Recipes & An Ultimate Recipe Swap

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Back in my younger years I had a certain vision of picnics. Romantic and flowery. Children dressed in white dresses and sailor suits. Birds singing. Music playing when we walked through a field, wind blowing through our hair. Delicious foods served on elegant china. You know, a Jane Austen picnic.


Woman, wake up and smell the bugspray, sunscreen, and lighter fluid!

No, that’s not really what happens on my picnics. High winds, bugs, beating hot sunshine? Yeah, that’s happened. Slicing a loaf of bread with a plastic knife? Yep, that, too. Meals eaten haphazardly with sandy-handed children reaching into the chip bag to add a little added crunch? Absolutely.

Could I be all grumpy like this little someone who wasn’t getting her way?

Sure, but, you know what? I still love picnics!

I’ve simply adjusted my expectations.

FishPapa had Monday off so we packed up the kids and a cooler and headed to the beach. The kids had really wanted to have breakfast on the beach. So we did. Was it elegant? No. Good? Yes.

Our menu:

The FishKids were totally pleased. It wasn’t fancy. But, we all enjoyed it, sitting together on a (very sandy) blanket on the beach. And not a single seagull flew away with the bag of food. Hallelujah!

A Perfect Picnic

1 can Happy Disposition
2 parts Go With the Flow
1 cup Good Food

Ready to go on a picnic? What do you take with you?

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About Jessica Fisher

I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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  1. Aww, a picnic on the beach sounds heavenly right now. I need to pack my boys up and do that sometime soon.

  2. I would love it if Picnics could be a little easier. I like the idea of a picnic, like you, but they don’t always turn out the easiest do they.
    But, they are definitely fun! A couple weeks ago, we went to the beach for the afternoon, I’m sharing our Picnic food.
    We are heading to the water park tomorrow, I think I’ll pack just about the same stuff.
    Thanks for hosting!

  3. Chocolate butterhorns sound delish—anything chocolate in fact!

  4. Love the pictures! It looks like you had a great time!! Perhaps you’ve inspired me to try to do a picinic this weekend!

  5. Your recipe for the perfect picnic if great. Love me a picnic on the beach. Especially a dinner picnic with watching the sunset. I am lucky to be heading ot the beach this weekend!

  6. mmm, picnic foods, my favorite!

  7. I love picnics, and need to do them more. I linked up two dessert recipes.

    Not a recipe, but today I also posted about Palm Leaf Plates – which would be perfect for picnics!


  8. Beach pictures are *adorable* – is that a little surf shirt? Too sweet.

    My picnic go-to:

    – PBJ or PB (all-natural) and raisin sandwiches on homemade bread (made at home)
    – Orange slices (just throw the oranges into the basket)
    – Grapes (washed and in a big tupperware container)
    – Homemade cookies
    – Lemonade, iced tea, or water with ice in nalgenes
    – Wipes or cloth napkins for sticky hands

    Easy, classic, and delicious 🙂

  9. I love picnics. We don’t do them as nearly as I would like too. Thanks for the great ideas

  10. Sorry, I accidentally posted my link here instead of at Frugal Fridays. You can delete my link here and I’ll repost it on the Frugal Fridays linky. Thanks!

  11. I don’t have a blog, but I do enjoy looking around at others. I love these links to get new ideas and discover new blogs to love. Thanks for posting! For my picnics, I always have Capri Sun packs ( I love the Flavored Waters and my kids do too!), sandwiches (pbandJ or ham and cheese are our favs) , cheese sticks, grapes and strawberries. We are pretty simple, but I like foods easy to eat without utensils.

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