I’ve said it before on my blog but, eating alfresco makes me ridiculously happy! There’s something about enjoying food and drink outdoors, whilst soaking up the sunshine – it just sends happy hormones shooting around my body. This week (Saturday 13th – Sunday 21st June 2015) is National Picnic Week so with that in mind I thought I’d do a round-up post of my family picnic favourites. Hopefully it will inspire you to pack up a bag of tasty goodies, grab your picnic mat and head out for a family picnic.
1. Hammy Floral Picnic Mat – £30.00
This absolutely gorgeous picnic blanket is from Ragged Rose and features a stunning pink and white floral design on both sides of the mat. On one side the the rose print is on a cotton material and the reverse side has the same print on PVC, making it easy to wipe clean after each use. What I like about this picnic mat is that when you’ve finished using it, you simply roll it up and tie the ends together. I much prefer this to picnic blankets that have Velcro straps because they seem to get messy and ruined very quickly. I now keep this mat folded up in Jasmine’s pushchair basket so I can grab it and use it at any given moment – it’s had plenty of use at the park and beach already.
2. OXO Good Grips Salad Dressing Shaker – £7.69
This nifty little product is a great spill/leak proof way of making up salad dressings quickly and easily. Just add your ingredients and shake it up! The fact that it’s watertight means it’s perfect for taking your dressings out and about with you for picnics. It’s also handy for storing leftover dressings in the fridge. I love my salads for lunch, especially as I’m on the Slimming World plan, and this has been so useful for making up low-syn salad dressings.
3. Mustela SPF 50+ Very High Protection Sun Spray – £19.79
This stuff has been an absolute Godsend over the last couple of weeks. Jasmine is incredibly fair skinned and I’m always very conscious of that when we’re out enjoying the sunshine. Thankfully this sun spray is easy to use and I know that once it’s on she is protected. It’s not sticky like some suncreams and doesn’t have an overpowering scent either. It’s the best baby and children’s sun protection I’ve used – so much so, I also use it on myself. Now, if Mustela could just invent a way to keep Jasmine’s sunhat on – that would be fab!
4. Can you tell what it is yet?! It’s the OXO Strawberry Huller – £7.99
If you follow my blog then you will know that I am growing my own strawberries this summer so I just had to try this Strawberry Huller which, as you’ve probably guessed, removes strawberry leaves and core – all in one quick twist! I’ve found this works much better on bigger strawberries than smaller ones but it’s quite a fun little gadget. This is perfect if you’ve taken a punnet of strawberries with you on your picnic. Also, it would be particularly useful if you were decorating a cake using lots of strawberries and wanted to get rid of all the leaves quickly and effectively.
5. OXO Twist Top Bottle – £11.99
As a family, we often combine our picnics with a walk or bicycle ride to somewhere first, which in the summer, is thirsty work (particularly if you’re pulling kids along in a bike trailer or pushing them in a pushchair). This large twist top bottle (24oz) is ideal for those pit-stops along the way. I really like the twist top as it keeps the straw inside the bottle, keeping it clean. I’m terrible for not drinking enough water so I’m hoping that having this bottle will encourage me to take a drink out with me wherever I go.
6. BRITA Navelia Water Filter – £19.00
This BRITA water filter would be especially useful for those ‘at home’ picnics or BBQs in the garden. It’s probably the most stylish water filter I’ve seen around (with 6 fab colours/designs available) and it is slender enough to sit in your fridge shelf. There’s an inbuilt electric cartridge exchange indicator to remind you to change the cartridge every four weeks (you can buy a x6 pack of cartridges for around £16). I’ve noticed that our tap water has tasted noticeably nicer since using it.
And, of course, this picnic themed post wouldn’t be complete without sharing some of the yummy things we’ve been enjoying alfresco lately…
As somebody who adores marshmallows, I have always wanted to try a proper American -style S’mores but have never found anywhere in the UK that sells them… until now! Check out these beauties from Anges de Sucre – you can even buy them online and have them delivered to your door. Do it now and thank me later! :)
Corkers crisps are produced just down the road from me in Cambridgeshire. They have a large range of flavours – from Sea Salt to Duck and Hoisin Sauce. However, my personal favourite are the Red Leicester and Caramelised Onion flavour. If you like your crisps to have a proper crunch – these will be right up your street! You can find these crisps available at National Trust properties, the Tate, selected Waitrose stores and also Corkers crisps
We were sent a range of delicious sweet treats from The Fabulous Bakers which have gone down VERY well indeed with my whole family. My favourite had to be the Triple Chocolate Muffins (obvs!), whilst Jasmine couldn’t get enough of the Mango and Pineapple Bars. The range is available to buy from Asda, Ocado and Sainsbury’s from £1.50 – £1.79 – bargain!
Personally, I do not like drinking tea or coffee (I know!) so I tend to stick to water. But let’s face it, water gets boring after a while so it’s nice to finally be able to add some flavour to my drinks when I’m out and about. I now don’t go anywhere without a handy Robinson’s SQUASH’D in my bag. They make up to 20 drinks and cost £2 each, which is obviously much cheaper than buying 20 bottles of flavoured drinks from the shop!
Do you have any favourite picnic products?
These products were sent to me for the purpose of this post. However, all opinions are my own.