Lordy, lordy, what an incredible fall we’ve had here in Minnesota! I swear we had snow on the ground this time last year, so this weather makes me want to drop everything, get outside and savor every waking moment. What better way to enjoy fall than to spring for a picnic?! Pack a cozy blanket, a thermos of steamy spiked cider, a spiced treat, a birding book (available on Amazon or pretty much any garage sale in America) and go enjoy those blazing fall colors.
Sometimes I think the best days are the ones that evolve naturally with little or no planning or calculation to them. And the following Saturday after we came back from Europe happened to be one of those days. I woke up early that gloomy Saturday morning, made a pot of french press and made myself comfortable with my laptop. It was an amazing trip abroad, but I was glad to be home nestled on our sofa and slowly working back into the everyday. I jumped on Pinterest between emails and blog planning and decided I wanted to cook something–it had seemed like forever since I’d done anything in my kitchen! We had picked up Boursin Cheese on our first stop at the grocery store, so I thought it would be fun to make something to go with it.
One of my favorite things to do on a sunny summer day is to pack a bag and head out for a picnic with Ken. An impromptu–it’s beautiful out, so let’s go!–sort of picnic. Here are a few ways to keep things light, simple and stress free so you can dash out the door and relish these fleeting days of summer.
Though spring is really taking its sweet time getting here, it hasn’t stopped me from ogling all the fantastic picnic gear that’s out there right now. Packing a lunch, hopping on our bikes and having a picnic by one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes on a Saturday afternoon is one of my favorite things to do when the weather warms up. Here are a few picnic accessories I hope to incorporate into our Saturday afternoon repertoire this season!