Sally Sue doesn't have any open parties

Summer days call for picnics at the park! My family generally packs a picnic when we are on the go. Fast food isn’t always cheap and usually not very healthy, so I opt for a home-cooked meal packed in the cooler. My mom always packed a cooler growing up, so it’s fun to see my kids get excited when we say we’ll be having a picnic outside.

My usual picnic meal is a sandwich (Va Va Veggie Sandwiches are a great choice!), fruit, chips and pickles. It’s easy to whip up quick if we are deciding to picnic at a moment’s notice. Here are some other favorites we like to swap out or include:

va va veggie sandwich

Sometimes I don’t have sandwich buns available, so I whip up some pinwheels! These Tex-Mex Beef Pinwheels are family friendly and flavor packed.

tex mex beef pinwheels

My kids especially love when I pack veggies and dip. They tend to eat more veggies when we have dip to go with them!

Onion Onion Dip with Veggies » 

onion onion dip with veggies

Trade in the chips for a delicious Rustic Veggie Pasta Salad »

rustic veggie pasta salad

You can’t forget dessert! S’more Brownie Bites bring the chocolately s’more goodness that everyone needs in their lives.

s'more brownie bite

Whip up a simple cheese ball and put some fruit dippers on the side – then watch it disappear! Mai Tai Cheese Ball with Fruit »

mai tai cheese ball


Have grill, will travel? While I normally stick to recipes that only need to be chilled and served, sometimes we pack our portable grill and do some easy grilling. These burgers are our go-to picnic grilling recipe »

bacon pepper burgers

Happy picnic season, everyone!