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Life’s a picnic

One of the benefits of summer is taking meals outdoors. What a better way to enjoy a day at the park than dining al fresco.

There’s a few different ways to have a picnic, and all equal fun in the sun.

Full-on cookout

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What’s better than a burger fresh off the grill, topped with melty cheddar and served with a big scoop of potato salad?

Special equipment

  • Cooler
  • Grill
  • Fuel for grill
  • Plates
  • Cutlery

Food needed

  • Burgers
  • Hot dogs
  • Buns
  • Cheese
  • Ketchup
  • Mustards
  • Relish
  • Onions
  • Sauerkraut
  • Salads
  • Crudites
  • Fresh fruit, especially watermelon
  • Chips
  • Dip
  • Beverages


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Just a fancy way to say cheese and crackers, a charcuterie board provides some nibbles between baseball innings or tosses of bean bags.

Special equipment

  • Cooler
  • Board or container


  • Deli meats
  • Fancy cheeses
  • Fresh fruit
  • Dried fruit
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Jam
  • Honey
  • Crackers
  • Bread

Sandwich lunch

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Nothing wrong with a well-made sandwich, some baby carrots and some crackers.

Special equipment

  • Cooler — depending on the type of sandwich
  • Cutlery


  • Favorite sandwich
  • Fresh veggies like carrots, broccoli or cauliflower
  • Fresh fruit like oranges, apples or bananas
  • Crackers
  • Chips
  • Pudding cups

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