Picnics are a must now that the weather is warming up and the grass is greening. Everyone loves a good picnic because it involves food, family & friends and fresh spring air.
Plan the perfect picnic with five tips that will ensure everyone has a good time.
- Simple Menu: Picnics are enjoyed when the food is equally delicious and simple. Pack all your family favorite foods like sandwiches, chips, fresh fruit, drinks and treats.
- Location: Location is just as important as the food. Make sure you pick a picnic spot that is shaded for eating but also sunny for when the food is gone and it’s time to play. A neighborhood park is perfect for kids so they can eat and then burn off energy on the playground or in the fields of green. Make sure your picnic spot has on-site amenities (restrooms).
- Seating Needs: Depending on location you will need to figure out your seating needs. If your location has tables don’t forget a tablecloth. If your planning on a more traditional picnic remember blankets, lawn chairs or mats for your family to sit on.
- Keep it cool: Make sure your food stays cool for the warm spring & summer days with an insulated cooler. No one likes warm sandwiches or fruit 🙂
- Have fun: Picnics are a great way to make memories during the warm months of the year. Plan fun games to play while the family is eating or after. And don’t forget your camera to capture these happy moments.
Spring has finally arrived! I don’t know about but some days it felt like winter would stay forever. But sunny days, spring breeze and fresh greens are in the current and upcoming forecast.
Now that the winter blues have gone away and spring is here to stay it is time to start your spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is a great way to get rid of items that are not needed and give your house a fresh start for the spring and summer months ahead.
We are here to make your spring cleaning a little easier and a little more fun with a spring cleaning checklist. To download our FREE Spring Cleaning Checklist printable click here.
Once you have your checklist printed, head into one of our stores for all your spring cleaning needs.
Is your food storage neglected or non-existent? Have you been thinking about starting a food storage, but don’t know where to begin? Well, you’re in luck! We know that starting a food storage can be a daunting task, but with these tips, you should have a 3-week supply in no time!
- Determine where you are going to keep your food storage. It is suggested that you keep it in a cool, dark, and low-light area so that the food stays fresh for as long as possible.
- Figure out what your family likes to eat in the dried and canned section. It is important to purchase storage options that your family can enjoy and items that can easily be incorporated into simple recipes.
- Start setting aside $5 of your weekly grocery budget to use towards growing your food storage. This amount a week will allow you to grab a couple of canned or bulk goods each week.
- Grab the essentials first. Start with flour, sugar, eggs, oats and dried milk. The options are endless as to what you can make with these staple items
- It is important to have clean and purified water for drinking and cooking. . It is recommended by FEMA to store at least one gallon per person per day and to store enough for a two-week supply. You may also want to consider purchasing a purification straw or bottle.
- Label everything. It is crucial to know when goods expire so that you can use them before they expire and replace them during your next shop.
Spruce up your favorite side veggies with these delicious recipes.
Bacon Wrapper Asparagus
2lb fresh asparagus, ends trimmed
12 slices bacon, uncooked
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Wrap one piece of bacon around 3 to 4 asparagus spears. Place in shallow baking dish. Repeat with remaining asparagus and bacon.
- In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine brown sugar, butter, soy sauce, garlic powder, and pepper. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour mixture over asparagus bundles.
- Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until asparagus begins to wilt and bacon is cooked.
Asparagus with Balsamic Vinaigrette
2 pounds asparagus stalks, washed and trimmed
3 tbsp good-quality balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp minced red onion
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
Coarse salt to taste
- Blanch the asparagus in lightly salted boiling water for about three minutes or until crisp-tender; do not overcook. Remove from heat and refresh under cold water; drain well. Arrange asparagus on serving platter or individual serving plates.
- In a bowl or jar, whisk together balsamic vinegar, red onion, olive oil, garlic, and pepper.
- Spoon the vinaigrette over the asparagus, allowing a little to puddle on either side. Sprinkle lightly with coarse salt.
We all know that time goes by WAY TOO FAST! But why does it seem like the warm spring and summer months go by way faster?
Don’t let springtime pass you by without getting outside, enjoying the spring weather and trying new things.
Check out our FREE Spring Bucket List printable that will ensure you and your family enjoy and remember this spring season.
Click here to download or click image below.
With strawberries in season, treat yourself to this delicious and light spring salad.
- 5 oz. arugula
- 2 oz. fresh mozzarella
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1 lb strawberries
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Lemon juice from 1/2 of a lemon
- Wash and dry arugula.
- Cut fresh mozzarella
- Quarter strawberries.
- Mix extra virgin olive oil with the juice of 1/2 a lemon.
- Combine arugula, mozzarella, almonds, strawberries, and dress with the lemon olive oil vinaigrette for a delicious and healthy salad.
The pineapple, an intimidating fruit, is waiting for you to look beyond its exterior and into its delicious and sweet center. How do you do this, you ask? We suggest using the three-sense test.
The eye test is two-fold
- Make sure the pineapple has a good variation of color. A ripe pineapple shows green, brown, and golden goodness on the outside.
- The leaves of a ripe pineapple should look healthy and not wilted.
The pineapple’s sweetness rises from the ground up. To check for ripeness, smell the base of the pineapple where the root was once connected. If it smells sweet, you have found the one.
A ripe pineapple should be heavier than the rest in its weight class and have a slight give when squeezed.
Now that you know how to pick the perfect pineapple, check out these amazing pineapple recipes.
- 1½ pound Full Circle Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
- ¼ cup Full Circle Organic Honey, divided
- 3 tablespoons Full Circle Organic Balsamic Vinegar
- 4 teaspoons Full Circle Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon minced, fresh Full Circle Organic Rosemary
- ½ teaspoon Full Circle Sea Salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground Full Circle Organic Pepper
- 4 8-inch wooden skewers
- Full Circle Organic Rosemary sprigs
Cut chicken into 1¼-inch chunks, place in zip top bag. Combine 2 tablespoons honey, balsamic vinegar, oil, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper in a small bowl, pour over chicken in bag. Seal bag and toss chicken to coat; refrigerate 1 to 2 hours. Soak skewers in shallow dish of water. Remove chicken chunks from marinade and divide evenly onto skewers. Coat broiler pan or grill with nonstick cooking spray and preheat to high. Cook chicken, 4 to 5 inches from heat source, 6 minutes; turn and drizzle with remaining honey. Continue cooking 6 to 8 minutes or until no longer pink inside. Serve garnished with rosemary sprigs.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Marinating time: 1 to 2 hours
Cooking time: 14 minutes
Don’t forget the greens! Roasted Asparagus as a great side dish for any meal.
What You Will Need:
- 2 Tbsp. butter melted
- 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 2 lbs. asparagus spears
What You Do:
- Preheat oven 450 degrees.
- Combine all ingredients except asparagus, stirring well with a wire wisk.
- Snap off tough ends (bottoms) of asparagus.
- Arrange asparagus in a single layer on a jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray.
- Cover with foil, bake at 450 degrees for 5 minutes.
- Uncover & bake 10 more minutes.
- Pour mixture over asparagus and toss gently to coat.
- Serve immediately.
Makes 8 servings.
If you’re looking for an easy dinner recipe for Easter Sunday, look no further! This easy Crock-Pot ham is simple to make, plus it’s full of juicy deliciousness. Place the ingredients in your Crock-Pot, kick your feet up and enjoy the rest of your Easter Sunday.
- 1 precooked Spiral Cut Ham
- 3 cups Western Family Brown Sugar
- 1 Eight ounce can Western Family Crushed Pineapple
- 3 Cups Maple Syrup
- 3 Cups Pineapple Juice
- Place the ham in the bottom of your Crock-Pot. Pour pineapple juice. Empty can of crushed pineapple over ham. Now, take brown sugar and rub on the sides of the ham. Pour maple syrup to make a glaze. Sprinkle more brown sugar on top. Cover and place on low for 4-5 hours. Baste with juices occasionally.
We hope you have a wonderful Easter with the ones you love. Let us know your favorite Easter side dish in the comments.