Half way through the week tomorrow! We're planning some family time this weekend, and I can't wait. Every year we drive up to a place called McConnell's Mill State Park, which is about 40 minutes north of where we live. We pack up a big picnic lunch, a blanket or two to spread out, and we're on our way. It is gorgeous in the fall. The cool crisp weather lends itself nicely to running around the huge open grounds of the park and collecting the colorful leaves that have fallen from the thousands of trees. It's a wonderful place full of many memories for our family and a tradition that we hope will be passed down to generations after us.
I went to the store today and purchased a few things for the picnic. I've decided to use a some of them for Molly's lunches. Although, part of me thinks that I may have to make another trip to the store because my husband got a taste of a few things, and he really liked them.
The vegetable side is canned, no salt added, cut green beans. This was a request of Molly's after she ate some left over green beans directly from refrigerator. We never would have thought of giving this to her because she is a little picky with her vegetables. We're delighted that she came up with it though. We eat green beans very frequently and the left overs will make lunch packing much easier.
Our choice of fruit is a sugar pear. Molly requested one of these as well after seeing them in the refrigerator. She said that they are small, sweet and perfect for a lunch box meal.
Molly's dessert is Ginger Cat cookies from Trader Joe's. These cookies have such a great flavor. They are a little bit spicy without causing your tongue to sting. The kids like them a little more than the Trader Joe's Triple Ginger cookies which have a very strong ginger flavor that can kind of attack the palate. The grown ups in the house really like the Triple Ginger cookies though.
ps - Picture day was a success. From her perfectly purple outfit to the tamed ringlets in her hair, she was picture perfect, at least when she left my van. ☺