picnic collage

Hello everyone. I’m AmberLee from Ticket Chocolate and am so excited to be a guest here on HowDoesShe (an all-time favorite blog stop of mine!)

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I’m here to share some kid-friendly picnic favorites to simplify your summer, and also to announce something new we are doing at Ticket Chocolate this year (psst. here’s a hint, we stumbled upon a pretty simple way to help you earn extra bucks for the holidays, working from home and choosing your own schedule, if you’re interested.)
But first, the picnics.
Picnics in the summer keep me sane. It’s as simple as that. For me, if I am packing up the kids and going somewhere right before lunch, or right after lunch, and I can manage to throw together a picnic, the day always turns out better.
For one, it means my kitchen floor stays that much cleaner, but also, it almost always results in great chats with my kiddos while we all chill and munch, instead of all eating quickly and running off to do our own thing.
Picnics, however, only happen if they are simple. So I’m here to share five of my family’s favorite, simplest and most kid-friendly lunches.

Picnic 1 :: Smoothie in a Bag

At some point I came to the realization that smoothies were a lot easier to store in my freezer in a stack of zip-top bags. I make a batch in advance, then come picnic time, my kids just mush them around and then pipe them right into their hungry little mouths.

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Picnic 2 :: The Pizza Dog

The key elements to a Pizza Dog are simple: a fresh loaf of your favorite baguette and a few sticks of string cheese (can you guess how we gave the Pizza Dog its name? see any resemblance?) When picnic time comes, let everyone use the string cheese to build themselves a Pizza Dog, or shred the cheese for a more traditional pizza. Then top with any other pizza favorites.

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Picnic 3 :: Dip and Roll

This is probably a favorite of my kids to assemble. I pack together a few dip-able snacks along with some peanut butter, cream cheese, hummus or other favorite dips, and of course, a few fun things to sprinkle on top. The toppings are what put this picnic over the top: raisins, sunflower seeds, cheerios, bittersweet chocolate chips, the possibilities are endless.

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At my chocolate-centric house, my kids know milk chocolate counts as dessert, but a sprinkling of bittersweet chocolate, that’s a snack.
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Picnic 4 :: Pancake Sandwiches

You’ve done breakfast for dinner, try it for a picnic. Lately I’ve been using leftover waffles or pancakes (Costco offers the best organic 6-grain pancake mix that works beautifully for this) and bringing along fruit, nuts, and favorite spreads (peanut butter is a kid favorite, goat cheese is mine) to let everyone put together a Pancake Sandwich to order.

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Picnic 5 :: Muffins and Frozen Fruit

Did you know you can freeze a mandarin right in the peel? I love packing a bag full of these and snacking on them partly-thawed alongside my kiddos on a hot day. A bag of frozen blueberries or grapes is always a hit, and alongside a few muffins, makes the perfect lunch on-the-go. (By the way, I am on the hunt for the perfect bran muffin recipe, anyone?)

5 summer picnic ideas

    1. July 16th, 2013 at 5:39 pm
      Stephanie says:
      What fun, yummy looking treats! Plus, I had no idea you could freeze a mandarin orange in the skin. What a clean, convenient, cool snack-on-the-go tip!
    2. July 17th, 2013 at 8:36 am
      Missy says:
      I love picnics - I hadn't though of ANY of these ideas...I can't wait to try - much more fun than the classic pb&j!
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