Did you know that July is not only National Ice Cream Month in the USA but it’s also National Picnic Month? I don’t know why there are so many food-related events when I’m trying to lose weight. Haha. But who can say no to a scrumptious picnic?
Have you read books with picnics in them?
Picnics in the park, in the backyard, anywhere. Have you read books with picnic in them? Do share in the comments. What was most memorable about them?
I thought it’d be fun to see what my novel characters eat when they go on picnics. I’ve selected two of my novels set in the warmer months, in which the characters went on beach picnics.
When artist Leon goes on a breakfast picnic on Tybee Island…
I love writing about down-and-out characters in my books and how they learn to walk with God through the valleys of the shadow of death. However, it doesn’t mean that my characters don’t eat. Having meals are always in my book somewhere.
In Ask You Later (Savannah Sweethearts Book 1), artist Leon Watts invites fill-in gallery director Sophie Kowalski to have breakfast with him on the beach while they watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. He buys chicken biscuit from a local sandwich shop. Then he sits on the beach with his coffee and waits a long time for Sophie to show up.
When Chef Skye goes on a lunch picnic on St. Simon’s Island…
In His Morning Kiss (Seaside Chapel Book 3), Chef Skye Langston reluctantly agrees to go on a picnic with widowed billionaire Diehl Brooks and his two kids. Skye brings a friend from church, Avery Chung, who will be the main character in the next novel in the Seaside Chapel series.
Incidentally, Skye doesn’t pack the picnic basket. Her associate, Chef Joseph, prepares “reuben, roast beef, chicken” in “sandwiches and wraps.” He keeps the deserts simple: “fruits and cookies.” The cookies are Skye’s own family recipe.
What do you pack in your picnic basket?
My rule of thumb is to keep things as simple as possible on a picnic. No mess, no fuss, easy clean-up, done. What about you? When you go on a picnic, do you go all out and bring things like elaborate meals with silverware and such? Or do you go for finger food and sandwiches on paper plates or something like that?
Do you bring books to picnics? I don’t usually bring just-in-case paperbacks or hardcovers in my car when I go out, but I always have my phone with me. My Amazon and Apple Books reader apps are filled with tons of books I haven’t read. So I won’t run out of books to read in the near future. Unless there is a lot of down time, I probably wouldn’t be reading books at a picnic. But if I meet other readers, we’d be busy eating and talking about…books!
What’s your most memorable…
To recap my two questions… What’s your most memorable:
- Picnic in a recent novel that you’ve read?
- Picnic in real life?
Both are equally fun to me. To be sure, picnics in a book are better for me because I won’t gain weight reading about them LOL. I mentioned two of the picnic scenes that I’ve written in my novels. I’m sure there will be more picnics to come in future books. Why not!
As for picnics in real life, my most memorable ones were in the park when my son was in elementary school. We’d meet up with a bunch of other kids and their moms on many Fridays throughout the years. While the moms chatted, the kids would play. We all brought our own snacks and lunches and we ate together at the picnic tables or in the pavilions. Fun times. Now that all the kids have grown up, and some are even married, I cherish those long-ago memories of simpler times.
What about you?