In Florida, our schools always got out early in May and we returned to school early August. I relished the month of May, it felt like a “free” summer month. And June! Oh June, it seemed to go on and on and on… and then the Fourth of July would roll around and just like that, summer vacation would be over in approximately a blink of an eye.
I swear, for whatever reason, this has rung true for me regardless of whether I’m in school or not. This has me very much relishing the long June days, soaking up all the summer. One of my favorite ways to end the day is to find a little shady spot in Central Park to picnic. It’s my favorite thing to just sit there and watch the sun slowly duck behind the tree line, the cotton candy sky magically changing by the second.
Now, keeping things very, very real here… My picnics are always impromptu. I’ve gotten much better about knowing what to grab, but I always pick things up on my way to the park. No planning; just grab, go, and gorge (I kid…). If I don’t go to a deli for a sandwich, I run into the grocery store and load up the basket with little nibbles.
My shopping list of go-tos:
– Water Crackers
– Wedge of cheese (I’m going through a major brie phase)
– In season fruit
– Something sweet
– Something salty
(I could probably stop at the cheese and crackers if we’re being honest.)
** You can win one of the picnic blankets by following any of Barbour’s social media accounts and sharing how you will make the most of the summer with the hashtag #BarbourPicnicRug.