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!)
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.
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.
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.
At my chocolate-centric house, my kids know milk chocolate counts as dessert, but a sprinkling of bittersweet chocolate, that’s a snack.
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.
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?)
And finally, our BIG
Ticket Chocolate announcement!
We are in need of some flexible, work-from-home help. (Chocolate lovers are especially welcomed!) Last December we stumbled across a way that turned out to be super simple and easy to help you earn some extra holiday spending cash. If you’d like to join us, we’ll need help August through December, and you’ll be at your leisure to be flexible and set hours as you please, as few or as many as you like. It’s up to you. If you’re interested and think you’d like to consider joining Team Ticket, click right here and choose your region. It will take you to a page where we’ve written out the full scoop for the job, and to a survey you can fill out if you think you might like to join us. We’ll be hiring in the next few weeks. We would love to see you there!
I live in a little place called Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, and love being a Canuck! I married my very best friend 15 years ago and am a mother to four adorable girls who keep me on my toes constantly. Being a homemaker is my favorite occupation, though I'm also a portrait photographer and avid Project Lifer! Oh, and I LOVE working at HowDoesShe, sharing ideas for women, by women, on how to make the most out of our lives! It's amazing!
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