Summer is almost here, which means I’m already planning ways to take advantage of the beautiful, sunny days! I plan on pretty much living at the park, which means my picnic basket is going to get some serious use! If you’re excited to dine al fresco this summer as well, here are a few ideas for breakfast, lunch and (of course!) dessert:

Breakfast: Here’s my secret tip – sneak outside before the summer crowds show up by enjoying your breakfast in the park. Pack a few croissants, a bowl of granola and some fresh fruit with this tropical smoothie on the side. You’ll wish everyday could start like this!


Lunch: A simple tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto and pesto sandwich is all I really need on a summer day, but a side of greens like this Apple Pecan Salad is always welcome. Strawberry lemonade and a cookie or two (try these Macadamia White Chocolate Chunk Cookies) make this the perfect summer meal.


Dessert: Don’t forget about the sweetest part of the day – a chocolatey spread of cupcakes and cookies is the best way to relax outside after dinner. Whip up a couple of these Chewy Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies or a batch of Hazelnut Brownie Cupcakes with Hazelnut Buttercream!


What are you packing in your picnic basket this summer?