I was first inspired to have an End of Summer Picnic with my family after reading this post about having a Little House on the Prairie inspired picnic. I have a child who was born on the first day of Autumn, and Fall is our favorite time of year, so I thought this would be a great way to say goodbye to Summer and have a bit of a pre-celebration for our little guy as we ring in our favorite season.
I’ve always wanted to have a fried chicken picnic (have you ever seen the movie Follow Me Boys?), but I don’t make fried chicken. I know that sounds lame, but my husband doesn’t like it, and I really don’t want to make that kind of mess in my kitchen. However, my children do like fried chicken, so I decided to buy some at the store and save myself the hassle and make the preparation for this picnic that much easier.
We spread a quilt on the ground, and brought out the fried chicken. My oldest daughter made her famous homemade lemonade:
2 c. lemon juice
2 c. sugar
1 gallon water
Stir well, and serve iced.
The Little House picnic mentioned having apple pie. I’ve been wanting to make apple pie, so this was my opportunity to do so. I used our family pie crust recipe (I used unbleached flour this time instead of whole wheat), and a simple apple pie filling made from sliced apples, sugar, flour, and apple pie spices. My 11 year old added some brown sugar and apple pie spice to the top of the pie, along with a cutout of a hummingbird from the leftover pie crust. It was delicious!
During our picnic, we talked about our Summer – what we remember most, and we talked about the upcoming Fall season – what we are looking forward to. We reminisced, made plans, and enjoyed the weather and fellowship. It was simple, but lovely.
And now, let’s ring in Autumn!
Would you like to do a apple-theme in your homeschool? Check out my post on Homeschooling with Apples.
Do you love Little House on the Prairie? Check out my post on Homeschooling with Little House on the Prairie.