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Picnic Idea of the Week - Poorman's picnic

I have been using other peoples words for a long time so I sat myself down and had a conversation. The gist of the conversation was this, "you can't be a writer if you don't use your own words instead of someone else's".

I chose some topics but they are subject to change without notice but every writer needs a plan of some sort and each topic is a starting point so it's good.

This month I start with a sad and embarrassing story about picnics and then will share some ideas I've found around the web for food.

I was not very old I think though I don't remember the year. I was attending a summer bible camp and it was near the end. A flyer was sent out to invite all the kids' families to a picnic to celebrate the end.

I am not sure what happened to the flyer I was supposed to bring home, I just remember mom and I arguing about what it had said.

We were very poor and on some level I was aware of this but I really wanted to go on this picnic. I convinced my mom that she didn't have to make a big lunch because everyone was going to share what they brought. I was sure that is what it said. I convinced her to take me and she brought a package of cookies on my say so.

Turned out I has read it wrong it wasn't a pot luck thing at all. I remember getting out of the car and seeing all these people with blankets spread on the ground and sharing a picnic basket with their family only. I remember feeling angry and sad that they hadn't got the same message as I had from the flyer. I also felt embarrassed and my mother was mortified. 

Did we stay? Honestly I don't remember what came next, my memory stops at the moment when I saw all those families in their separate family groups and realized that no one was sharing with anyone else. As with other memories it morphed into everyone laughing at us. That is a common theme in many of my memories. Is it a true image? I don't know I would hope not! But I have felt like I am being laughed at a lot throughout my life and I really hope that is just my mind playing tricks on me.
So this week I went looking for what we could have done to provide a picnic lunch for ourselves even though we were very poor. One thing you need to remember is that the initial cost may seem high but consider this- one 5 lb bag of flour can make a lot of bread and cookies so it really is cheaper than buying that $3 loaf of bread that may only last a few days

My mom made good bread and a loaf of homemade bread isn't hard to make so starting there would have been a good beginning. With the proofing it is time-consuming but there are lots of things you can do while you are waiting, like whip up a batch of cookies.

The other thing my mom did was make her own pickles and jams including dill pickles & blueberry jam. The menu is linked up to a few quick and easy recipes that you might want to try yourself.

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Not necessarily quick but it has the benefit of being stuff we already had and stuff that was easy to make or really cheap to buy. I wish I was as smart then as I am now. :) 

The recipes I've linked up are easy but most require some time and effort yet, in the end, you will have a cheap healthy picnic lunch. With a little bit more work you can turn the pickles & beets into salads thus adding other vegetable colours to your meal.

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