Wherein we have a Picnic

Mason Jar Meals Tip #2- On wrapping your jars with cloth napkins…
 Baseball. We are smack dab in the middle of my son’s little league baseball season, by which year after year,  reaps havoc on our routine. Five nights a week of practices or games, rain outs, changed schedules, rushed or no dinners, and the family split in many directions, but after the game when that little boys says, “Mom did you see me catch the ball, did you see me hit the ball, did you see that play on second?” all the chaos melts. “Yeah Zuzu, I saw it all, you were great tonight,” and he smirks his Zuzu smirk and runs ahead to get in the car while I thank God he had a great night as there have been others full of tears for a mistake, being passed over for game ball, or striking out. Seems like real life to me, only in game form.


Last Saturday night Zuzu’s game was a late one, so we turned it into a nice dinner out by packing a special picnic in the decorative tiffin Himself had gotten me while deployed in Haiti many years ago. We ate like kings and queens on the bleachers with people asking us where we got our lovely food. “Big Red Kitchen,” Himself told them proudly, while I meekly said, “me, I made it all.” They asked if I cooked like that all the time? “Not during baseball season!” I replied. But that night was special. I had packed Shrimp Cocktail, Kale Salad, Guacamole (from an excellent little organic market by my house) and chips, and Cookies & Cream Popcorn. I also made some Cucumber Sparkling Water Coolers (slices of cucumber in sparkling water in 12 ounce Mason Jars) and wrapped them up in cloth napkins with a fork to prevent breakage and condensation from soaking the paper plates that they nestled against in the bag, plus to make them look attractive. We thought our picnic was pretty swanky, but nothing beat seeing Zuzu make his first RBI of the season, and watch his team take the best team in the league into extra innings with an incredible tie. Yup, another tie-breaker game added to our already full schedule. This may call for another tiffin picnic. Or vodka.

Tip #1 Options over Obstacles

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6 Comments

  1. Posted May 14, 2012 at 3:39 PM | Permalink

    What an elegant picnic! Love your container!!

  2. Posted May 18, 2012 at 7:33 PM | Permalink

    That is one heck of a picnic. Love the beautiful tiffin. And yahoo for your little guy and his RBI!

  3. Posted May 23, 2012 at 6:41 AM | Permalink

    Thats what I call Amazing Picnic

  4. Posted June 2, 2012 at 9:56 PM | Permalink

    Duh moment. I always toss in the cloth napkins, but it didn’t occur to me to wrap the jars. I usually tuck them in my tablecloths, but this would work better!
    You’ve inspired me to get out my tiffin as well!

  5. Posted March 31, 2013 at 11:01 AM | Permalink

    Wow! I bet people around you were drooling! You have just set a new standard for baseball food!!!

  6. J'Anette
    Posted March 1, 2016 at 7:36 AM | Permalink

    I started wrapping my jars with socks, especially wool. Now, I make my own “Mama Socks” to put my jars in. They are essentially tube sucks with string for ease of handling

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