Labor Day Ideas: Picnic Treats!


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Hello, to the lovely long weekend, and welcome to the holiday that was made to show the appreciation of the social and economic achievements of hardworking folks around the world. The first Monday in September, Labor Day, is an annual tribute to the nation’s workers to show respect and value for what they are doing and what has been done in the past to better our country. The very first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City. When the Central Labor Union first proposed the holiday, it also outlined that celebrations would entail street parades to show the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations.”

More than a century later, Labor Day still celebrates the national spirit and patriotism of our great citizens. It also gives us a lovely long weekend to take a break from our busy lives and spend time with our friends and family. Many things contribute to a great Labor Day weekend, but the day usually includes delicious foods and snacks. To start off your weekend we thought you could enjoy a picnic.

Picnics are a great example of an iconic American pastime. The image of an American picnic is captured and remembered as much as classic American drive in theaters. Grab a blanket, a nice spot at the beach or park, and a camera.

Capture the moments you have to relax. We want this Labor Day weekend to be one that you and your family remember, so don’t worry about what you will be eating. We have you covered, with these three simple and modern twist to classic picnic food.

Watermelon Feta Salad
Ingredients:
½ large seedless watermelon – cubed
6-8 mint leaves – chopped
1 cup fresh blueberries
½ cup crumbled feta cheese

Dressing (optional)
1 lemon – juiced
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp honey
¼ tsp sea salt

Instructions:
Combine fruit, mint, and cheese in a bowl
Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing
Toss the combination
Serve immediately

Let’s talk deviled eggs. They are simple and delicious and very easily customizable. Here’s a modern version of this classic snack – creamy with a savory crunch.

Ingredients:

12 hard boiled eggs – peeled

2 Tbsp mustard

3 Tbsp mayonnaise

1 large avocado – seeded and peeled

1 clove of garlic – minced

1 Tbsp diced cilantro

3 slices of cooked bacon – finely chopped

Sprinkle of paprika for garnish

Dash of salt to taste

 

Instructions:

  1. Halve the eggs lengthwise and scoop yolks into a mixing bowl

  2. Set egg whites aside

  3. Mash yolks and avocado with a yolk and add in the mustard, mayonnaise and spices

  4. Once mixed, either pipe or scoop the mixture into the saved egg white cups

  5. Top with some bacon and sprinkle of paprika

It wouldn’t be a classic American picnic if it didn’t have pie, so here is the cherry on top -cherry pie!

Instructions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400o F

    2. Cut 2 pie crusts into quarters and mash dough into the mason jars

      1. Be sure to be consistent with the thickness of the crust

    3. Fill half of the jars with cherry pie filling

    4. In a large mixing bowl, combine blueberries, sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch until the berries are fully coated

    5. Fill the rest of the jar with the blueberry mixture

      1. Be sure not to overfill the jars with filling or it will spill out while baking

      2. Be sure not to underfill the jars with filling or it will deflate once the pies cool

    6. Top with excess pie crust

    7. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes or until the top crust begins to brown

    8. Remove from oven and cover jars with aluminum foil

    9. Bake for an additional 30 minutes or until the filling is bubbling

Remember to cherish the moments you have with your family, so enjoy the warm weather and the sight of your kids fly kites instead of being on their phones. Have pictures of you appreciating yourself with relaxation and super easy home cooked food. We hope these lovely little snacks help you have a great Labor Day weekend.





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