Icy-cold drinks, anywhere! No matter where you are, you can arm yourself against the blazing sun with wonderful, icy-cold beverages to help you stay hydrated and keep cool. Collect some plastic sports bottles or water bottles and fill them with juice, iced tea or water. Freeze overnight and stick them in your backpack or cooler -- they will have defrosted enough to drink in a couple of hours, and will be refreshingly chilly. Remember when filling bottles to leave some room at the top for expansion.
Road trip nutrition. A long weekend can mean long hours spent in the car. Don't relish the idea of stuffing the family with fast food and mini mart snacks every few hours? Bring your own chow! Good travelers include: granola bars, grapes, apples, carrots, juice boxes, peanut butter spread on crackers, bagels, trail mix, fruit rolls, flavored rice cakes and hard cheeses like Cheddar, Swiss and string cheese.
Outdoor Omelets. Here's a unique idea for a campfire breakfast: For each person, break two or three eggs into a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag. Add a pinch each of salt and pepper, and let everyone add shredded cheese and diced veggies and ham to their liking. Squeeze the air out of each bag, seal carefully, and then squish the bag with your hands until the ingredients are well blended. Drop the bags into a pot of simmering water and cook for about 10 minutes, until eggs are set. Serve with Dutch oven biscuits.
Potluck Protocol. If you've been invited to a potluck picnic or barbeque, don't assume that your hosts will have extra refrigeration and preparation space for you: choose a bring-along dish that can be served at room temperature, and doesn't require any last-minute preparation. Also be sure to bring the appropriate serving dishes, garnishes and utensils, and yours will be the most tantalizing dish on the potluck table!