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Picnics – Family memory makers

Anna Aughenbaugh
Ft. Collins, Colo.

Summer weather and vacation time call for picnics. They can be as simple or gourmet as suits your fancy. To have it be a fun, relaxed time for all, get things together the day before you go. Start by making a list, then divide the tasks among all of the family members that are capable of helping. If picnics involve extended family or friends, make the dinner a pot-luck.

Use paper plates, plastic ware, paper cups, paper towels, (they double as napkins and can wipe up spills). Don’t forget the table cloth, hand disinfectant, and a blanket to use incase you can’t find a table. Be sure to keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot.

If you like to have impromptu picnics, keep a box packed with paper plates, cups, etc., ready to head for the hills at a moments notice. A list of parks and hikes helps to make quick decisions on where to go.

Deli foods are handy, but they usually don’t compare to your own freshly made dishes.

Use your own favorite recipes or try the following.

4 medium Potatoes, cooked, peeled, diced

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1/2 cup Celery, chopped

1/4 cup Onion, chopped

2 Hard cooked eggs, chopped

2/3 cup Mayonnaise

1 Tbsp. Vinegar

1 /2 tsp. Salt

1 Tbsp. Prepared mustard

In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients. Cover and chill.

* Hint: This can easily be multiplied to feed any number of people.

Place the number of eggs you need in a pan. Cover with cold water, bring to a boil; boil for 1 minute, turn off heat and cover pan. Let set 20 minutes, drain and cover with cold water. Peel, cut in half, put yolks in bowl. Mash yolks with a fork, mix in a little vinegar, salt, mustard and mayonnaise, to make a firm filling. Spoon mixture into egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika. Chill.

1-1/2 cups Flour

1 tsp. Baking soda

1 cup Sugar

3 Tbsp. Cocoa

1 Tbsp. Vinegar

1 cup Water

6 Tbsp. Salad oil

1 tsp. Vanilla

Mix all ingredients well. Pour into greased 9-by-13-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until it tests done with a toothpick inserted into center. Cool and frost with white or chocolate icing.