This past weekend Spring FINALLY decided to grace the DC area with her presence. I turned in my thesis Saturday afternoon (pause for a long happy sigh) which meant that Sunday felt especially relaxing. With the lovely weather we decided — like everyone else inside the Beltway — to go for the first picnic of the season.
The original plan was to go picnic at the Tidal Basin under the cherry blossoms. This plan quickly died as we drove by and saw that everyone had the exact same idea. So many people. Every inch of the grass was covered with people determined to enjoy those trees and the line to park backed all the way across the river. Pretty or not, no trees are worth picnicking knee to knee with millions of people.
We headed down to Old Town to picnic by the river and had a less scenic, but decidedly more enjoyable time. My goal for the next nine months is to picnic at least once a week, because someone gave us that awesome picnic basket as a wedding present and I intend to use it. My de-fault picnic dinner is always pasta salad, summer sausage, cheese,fruit, and baguette, but I would love some new suggestions. What picnic foods do you always include in your spring or summer picnics? Feel free to share some recipes below!