6 Steps to Creating the Perfect Summer Picnic
With summer gracing us with its presence once again, a picnic is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. However, planning a successful picnic requires some preparation and attention to detail. Here are some tips for a good picnic.

Choose a good location.

Choose a location that is scenic, comfortable and has enough space for your group. Look for a place that has shade and shelter from the sun, and consider the amenities available, such as restrooms, tables and grilling areas.

Plan your menu.

Plan a menu that is easy to transport, prepare and serve. Pack a variety of foods, such as sandwiches, fruits, vegetables, cheese and crackers. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water and drinks to stay hydrated.
Pack smart.

Pack everything you need in a sturdy cooler or picnic basket. Make sure to pack plates, utensils, napkins and cups. Bring a blanket or chairs to sit on, and don't forget sunscreen and insect repellent.

Keep it simple. 

Keep your picnic simple and relaxed. Don't overcomplicate things with complicated recipes or a long packing list. Remember, the focus of a picnic is spending time with friends and family and enjoying the great outdoors.

Clean up after yourself.

Take care of the environment by cleaning up after yourself. Bring garbage bags and pack up everything you brought with you. Leave the picnic area better than you found it.

Be prepared for the unexpected.

Weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for rain or other unexpected events. Bring a raincoat or umbrella, and be ready to move your picnic indoors if necessary.

By following these tips, you can plan a successful and enjoyable picnic that everyone will love. With a little preparation and attention to detail, you can create wonderful memories in the great outdoors with your loved ones.
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How to Enjoy the 4th of July Safely
Most of us can’t wait to be eating hot dogs and watching beautiful fireworks displays on Independence Day, but with great fun comes great responsibility. Every year, thousands of people are injured while celebrating because they don’t take the proper precautions.

Be cautious when using fireworks. Fireworks can be fun, but they can also be incredibly dangerous if not handled properly. If you’re in a county that allows personal fireworks, only use legal fireworks, and always follow the instructions on the packaging. Make sure to light them in an open area and keep a safe distance from them.

Keep pets away from danger. The last thing you need with an open grill and fireworks are pets running around and knocking things over. Plus, many can be terrified by the loud bangs that come with firework displays. Have a plan in place to make sure your furry friend is calm and contained.

Keep an eye on children. Children should always be supervised during Fourth of July celebrations. Keep them away from fireworks, grills and other potential hazards. Whether it's hot or overcast, make sure they are wearing proper sun protection and drinking water throughout the day.

Practice safe grilling. Grilling is a popular activity during Fourth of July celebrations, but it can also be a magnet for injuries. Always keep the grill away from structures, flammable materials and, of course, children. For the best experience, make sure the grill is clean and in good condition before using it.

Invest in safety equipment. Whether this is a rubber ring for the pool or a fire extinguisher, make sure you have the right equipment to help in case of an emergency.

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Ginger-Peach Soda
Serves 8

1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 peaches, halved, pitted and thinly sliced
2 liters seltzer, chilled
Small bunch fresh mint

In medium saucepan over medium-low heat, bring 1 cup water, sugar and ginger to gentle simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove simple syrup from heat, cover and steep for about 30 minutes.

Over bowl, pour syrup through fine-mesh sieve, pressing minced ginger against sieve with back of a spoon to extract flavor. Discard ginger. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled.

Evenly distribute peach slices among eight tall glasses. For each glass, lightly press peaches with back of a wooden spoon to release juice. Pour 2 tablespoons chilled syrup over peaches.

Add ice cubes, then top with seltzer. Stir to distribute syrup, peach juice and seltzer evenly. Garnish with 2 mint leaves. Serve.

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