This week were having a picnic. I know that some areas of the country are really hot right now so the idea of sitting outside is a little much. Consider having a living room picnic just as fun but possibly a bit cooler.

Here are some basics you’ll need for your picnic excursion

Something to carry your food in.

A blanket or large sheet


That’s it, picnics are easy to do and there a fun change from eating at the table.


I try to keep the food I take along on a picnic easy, even when were doing a backyard picnic. Sandwiches and chips are always a hit, plus fresh fruit. Drinks I make a head of time and freeze. If I know were not going to be out for a long enough to let the drinks defrost, I’ll put them in the freezer for only a few hours so we have slushies. Can’t beat a slushy on a hot day.


If we go to the park I pick a spot that’s close to the play ground so the kids can play and I can still keep an eye on them. At home we eat under the tree to keep cool. The boys love playing the cloud game. I’m always amazed at what they come up with and how long they play the game. Another fun game is airplane. To play airplane you lie on your back and count how many you can see. We start making up stories about where the plane is going or coming from, especially when we can see what airline it is.


Sun baked S’mores – Solar Made

What you’ll need:

Foil pie pan

Tin foil

Graham crackers


Chocolate chips (mini work best)

85 degrees or more outside


How to make it:

Place graham crackers in pie plate

Place marshmallows on crackers

Push mini chocolate chips into marshmallows

Cover the pie pan with tin foil and place in a sunny hot place.

Check after 20 minutes. They are done when the marshmallow and chocolate are melty.

Then there ready to eat. You can put a graham cracker on top to make it a sandwich.

Make a solar oven

What you’ll need:

Shoe box

Tin Foil

Kabob Skewers

Plastic wrap


How to make it:

Take the shoe box and line with the tin foil. Shiny side up.

Take the kabob skewer and put it through the long way.

Place plastic wrap over the top and your ready to cook.


The best things to cook are marshmallows and hot dogs, but have fun experimenting. The kids love this, it’s a snack and science rolled into one.


Embrace Your Geekness Day is this week. My husband is a computer geek and so are many of our friends. We will be celebrating this day on Thursday, the day before, with a Geek -A-Q, our play on the BBQ. It only takes about 5 minutes for the conversation to turn to computers and all that goes with it. It’s a great way to get friends together and have a BBQ.


Fun holidays for this week:

10th – Teddy Bear Picnic Day

13th – Embrace Your Geekness Day

National French Fries Day

14th – Cow Appreciation Day

15th – Gummi Worm Day

National Ice Cream Day


Have a great week.



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