I love Spring! My favorite thing about it is picnics with my family. This is mainly because the other thing I love is food…seriously. The art of packing a fabulous picnic lunch is sometimes overlooked, so when the folks at Glenn Buick GMC asked me to test the 2015 GMC Terrain as a go-to picnic vehicle, I was more than ready.
I decided to drive out to Masterson State Park here in beautiful Lexington, Kentucky. With a Lion’s Club Pavillion, and old farm, and a dog park, this park is pure picnic heaven. In fact, many of the original structures from the farm, including dairy barns, silos and the dairyman’s house, remain there. It’s a scenic getaway that’s the perfect place to lay down a blanket and get to noshing. Since the 2015 GMC Terrain has 63.9 cubic feet of cargo space, I was able to pack a picnic fit for a king! Since the once-common knowledge of how to pack for a picnic is becoming a lost art, I’d like to share some tips and tricks for packing the perfect al fresco lunch:
Plan Your Menu for the Outdoors
Sandwiches may sound boring, but they’re the perfect outdoor food. All the good stuff in between two artisanal pieces of bread = heavenly! For this picnic, I kept it easy: sandwiches, salad, and lemonade. I made radicchio, roasted pepper, and provolone ciabatta sandwiches, since these vegetables don’t get soggy very quickly. For the salad I made one spinach and orzo with a herb vinaigrette dressing. The dressing is important because you don’t want a mayo-based one, like a potato salad, to sit in the heat. Since it was a special day, I made a almond raspberry lemonade for the drink. Score!
Pack It Up Well
Now, this is important. Not only because I didn’t want anything to spill all over the new 2015 GMC Terrain, but also because I wanted to keep the food fresh! I double wrapped the sandwiches, first in foil, then plastic wrap. I placed the salad in an airtight Tupperware container, and the same for the lemonade. There are many travel-drink carriers, a large thermos will work just as well!
Keep It Cool
From where I was, Masterson State Park was about a 20-30 minute drive. I didn’t want to put ice in the cooler because I knew it would melt and I can’t stand soggy sandwiches! I have some Arctic Ice Packs, and these plastic reusable ice substitutes are great. Leave them in the freezer overnight, and they’re ready for the next day!
When the day got too hot, I was able to catch a quick nap in the back of the 2015 GMC Terrain. It’s comfy interior was just the place the rest while the boys went and explored. The food was finished, so cleanup was a breeze. I was happy to report back that the GMC Terrain was a rousing success in terms of room for the food, blanket, toys that the boys brought along, and comfort. If you haven’t seen one yet, stop by Glenn Buick GMC and see how the 2015 GMC Terrain can take your picnic day to the next level!