There’s nothing that says summer like a picnic! This past Fourth of July holiday, Matthew, Jeffrey, and I decided to look no further than our own backyard as the perfect spot for some al fresco munching.
If you regularly follow the happenings here, you’ll know we’ve been BUSY (even for us) lately. So the thought of spending time in our own backyard oasis sounded really appealing. Plus, Jeffrey could play in his pool, slide, play ball, and then nibble as he wanted.
I headed to Heinen’s to stock up for our personal picnic. Since it was the Fourth of July holiday, I decided to focus on foods that all come from the USA (and staying in Cleveland itself wherever possible.)
Let’s start with the healthy choices:
Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries (bonus points for Fourth of July colors too) with Marzetti’s strawberry cream cheese fruit dip and Heinen’s roasted red pepper hummus with bell peppers.
There’s also nothing I love more than a cheese plate, so I scooped up a couple interesting cheeses from Heinen’s fabulous cheese department (pro tip: the “just enough” basket has smaller sizes of interesting cheeses that are perfect for two people.) I chose Carr Valley Cheese Cranberry Chipotle Cheddar and Beemster Mustard Seed.
Plus, Volpi rose wine salami (rose all day, all ways), Heinen’s “everything” cheese crisps, and this olive and pepperoni salad from Heinen’s diverse olive bar rounded out our cheese portion.
And since I’m not a fan of olives, I picked up another nibble for myself: Heinen’s Cajun crab dip that can be found in the seafood department (if I haven’t eaten it all myself!)
For dessert, I grabbed three types of sweets that center on the classic summer dessert: s’mores!
You could choose from Pepperidge Farm S’mores cookies, Mitchell’s Ice Cream Campfire S’mores, and the “build-your-own” version with the traditional Hershey’s chocolate or the fabulous Lilly Homemade Chocolates Cup O’Joe bar.
Of course, we needed to hydrate too. My summertime sipper staple this year is Ceidergeist Bubbles and Matthew enjoyed a Hyper Retro Saison from Platform Beer Co.
And while Jeffrey never wants to stop playing to eat too much, Heinen’s still had great options for him, from Great Lakes American cheese to Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers to Fruitables Apple Harvest juice boxes to a patriotic cookie fresh from the bakery.
The grand total for all of this? I put together a huge, versatile, really high-quality picnic for $100! Whether your packing a picnic for the park, taking in the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, or simply for your own backyard, Heinen’s can you put you on the right track with great products, lots of local options, and specialty items that ensure a delicious meal in a basket.
***Disclosure: I was asked by Heinen’s to create a picnic and share my experience. I received a $100 Heinen’s gift card with which to shop. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***