Now that spring is officially here Hubby and I have started getting out of the house and going on hikes. When there are hikes involved, picnics can’t be far behind. One of the parks we like to spend time in is about 10 miles from our house, Chickasaw State Park. Beautiful spring flowers are springing up everywhere! The woods are full of dogwood and redbud trees in bloom. There is a sea of green breaking out in all the trees (and waves of pollen are following…)
The state has drained most of the water out of the lake so that they can rebuild the bridge across it. All of us in this area walked that old bridge. Maybe even carved our names on it, but it was leaning so bad to one side they had closed it for the last 2 years. They are rebuilding many of the older buildings and fences thru the whole park.
This lake is one of our favorite summer swimming holes. Exposed like this it looks odd but I am happy to see that it is cleaner than I imagined it being!
When we started talking about going hiking to see the progress on the new bridge crossing the lake, one of the first things Hubby said was “What ya gonna fix?” Pressed roast beef (for Hubby), ham and turkey sandwiches on whole wheat rolls, steaming bowls of vegetable beef soup from my Thermos, some crunchy vinegar slaw (recipe below) and a fruit salad were approved for the menu. So I set about locating a picnic basket from my collection that was just perfect for the job! I got my wide-mouthed Thermos out of the cabinet and started making lunch!
I made 3 sandwiches for the 2 of us … roast beef and turkey with smoked white cheddar, ham and sharp cheddar, different mustards and some horseradish for lots of flavors.
A stack of iron skillets did the pressing for me! There is something about a SMASHED sandwich that feels fancy!
On to that Crunchy Vinegar Slaw. I wasn’t going to spend a bunch of time in the kitchen with this recipe so I grabbed a bag of coleslaw mix.
I ran a knife through it and then grated some onion into it. I just dumped all my dressing ingredients into a bowl and stirred it up good. Mixed it all together and packed it into a mason jar. Because it doesn’t have any mayonnaise to get “hot” it is a great dish for a picnic!
Ultimate Portion Fix/21 Day Fix: Crunchy Vinegar Slaw
- 2 cups shredded coleslaw mix or 2 cups shredded cabbage and carrots
- 2 tablespoons onion, minced
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons extra light tasting olive oil
- 2 teaspoons honey
- ¼ teaspoon celery seed
- ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl and stir well.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Ultimate Portion Fix/21 Day Fix Container Counts- 1G 1Orange
I recently created a recipe for a Creamy Mayo Coleslaw too!!
Have a Happy Picnic!!