Easter Picnic Date

I consider myself a feminist and I balk at the idea of gender roles. However, in a lot of ways my boyfriend and I have settled into the typical male/female roles in our relationship, without even thinking about it. One of those ways is that it’s almost always my boyfriend who plans our dates. I didn’t even really notice it until he suggested that I plan a date for us. That probably needs to change.

Since it’s finally in the 60s and 70s here in Chicago, I was excited to plan an outdoor picnic by Lake Michigan for our date yesterday. I used the occasion as an excuse to try some recipes on Pinterest that I hadn’t yet made. Maybe I should have titled this post “A Pinterest Picnic.”

Lake Michigan

The lake was gorgeous, but I made the mistake of trying to act like it’s summer and wear shorts and a T-shirt (which might be fine for lifelong Chicagoans, but was too little clothing for this Texas girl). I would have been fine, except I didn’t take into account the cold air that would be coming off the lake. As a result, I spent most of our picnic with the blanket wrapped around my legs. Oh well, lesson learned.

I’ll be posting the recipes I used over the next week, but in the meantime, here’s the menu:

Picnic foods

  • Creamy ranch veggie dip with Triscuit crackers
  • Chickpea salad sandwiches on rye bread
  • Tomato, mozzarella, and avocado salad
  • Brownies with pumpkin spice liquor
  • Vanilla almond iced tea