The Indoor Picnic. Bring the Great Outdoors Inside.
Too cold or wet to enjoy the great outdoors? How about having an indoor picnic? The great advantage to having your shindig inside is that you are not dependent on the kindness of Mother Nature.
Indoor picnics can also be a great way to entertain bored housebound children. Lay down some picnic blankets and pillows, get out the picnic basket and the plastic cups and away you go. Children love doing things out of the ordinary. Make the children some fairy bread or cook them some hot dogs. Alternatively, you could fry up some sausages and onions and give them sausage sandwiches. Healthy sweets that look fantastic and are easy to eat are ice cream cones filled with chopped up fresh fruit. These look very tempting and colorful and are very easy for the children to eat.
To make the indoor picnic seem more authentic, put up a toy tent and let the children sit in there. If the weather is wet, get the children to wear their rubber boots. When the sun comes out, they can all go outside and splash in the puddles. Encourage the children to bring their bug catchers with an insect already inside. Display the bugs in their homes around the edge of the picnic rug to get more of an outdoors feel.
Bring the garbage bin indoors and put a trash sign on it. All the children can throw their paper napkins and rubbish straight in the bin. Nominate one of the older children to be the park ranger. They can be in charge of ensuring that no one litters. For the younger children, you can hang paper butterflies off the ceiling. Give the children a butterfly net and let them catch butterflies.
If you are lucky enough to have a real working fireplace in your home, load up the marshmallows on the long BBQ forks or satay sticks and cook them over the fire. Obviously, younger children need to be supervised in this activity. Have a bear hunt competition. Arrange for all the children to bring their stuffed bears. Hide them around the house and have the children go and find them.
Encourage the children to wear their picnic clothes. Safari outfits, khaki, and animal outfits will all get them in the mood.
Don't let the bad weather prevent the children from having a picnic. Pull out the picnic utensils and picnic rugs and enjoy an indoor picnic.
1. Butter bread.
2. Liberly cover with sprinkles.
3. Slice bread into appropriate sizes and serve.
Corn and Cheese Muffins
1. Cook bacon and onion in pan until onion is soft. Drain and cool.
2. Sift flour into a large bowl. Rub in butter.
3. Stir in bacon mixture and half of the cheese.
4. Make a well in the center of the ingredients. Add milk, egg and corn.
5. Stir until only just combined.
6. Place Tablespoons of mix into greased muffin pans and sprinkle with leftover cheese.
7. Bake at 210-230C or 425-450F for approximately 20 minutes.
8. Cool on wire rack.
Makes 24 muffins. Best eaten on day of baking. For healthy low fat version replace milk and cheese with low fat selections. Muffins can be frozen for one month.
Colored Cones with Fresh Fruit
1. Dice fruit into bite sized pieces.
2. Arrange fruit into ice cream cones and serve immediately.