July is typically a pretty uninviting time to spend outdoors in our neck of the woods. Too much heat. Too much humidity. Too little breeze. We’re accustomed to days with heat index values in the 100s.

July of last year was an anomaly, with uncharacteristically low humidity and many sunny days topping out in the 70s. While  today is not forecast to be that nice, it is starting out in the low 60s and expected to top out in the low 80s with a light breeze – nice. To celebrate this reprieve from the heat, and indoors, we’re planning a picnic. Given our love of food and outdoors, we’re surprised that we didn’t cover this topic earlier.

Dictionary.com defines picnic as “an excursion or outing in which the participants carry food with them and share a meal in the open air.” The word was first used between 1740 and 1750, being attributed to German “Pic-nic” or French “Pique-nique.”

In the past, Mr. Family Trivium has been know to pick up the kids from school and spontaneously stop for a Little Caesar’s pizza before heading off to one of the many local parks or nature areas for an outdoor meal and a hike.

In a throw back to Mr. Family Trivium’s childhood days where lunches on vacation road trips were eaten out of a cooler at a rest area – not a place with golden arches, we’re planning cold cut sandwiches on Italian bread.

We’d love to hear about your favorite picnic meal in the comments.


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