Plan a Stress-Free Family Reunion Picnic

Summer is a great time to plan a festive family reunion and a fun picnic where everyone can enjoy a whole lot of mingling and reminiscing. Hickory Farms has put together a few suggestions for making your family reunion a stress-free and fun occasion for all.

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  • Location, location, location. Choose a spot everyone will enjoy spending time at, such as a state park, nearby lake or beach with covered areas for meals, picnic tables and a grill. If most of your family members live nearby, your local park may be the best option.
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  • As family members arrive, give them each a gift bag. Include an itinerary of the day’s events, along with a sheet with everybody’s contact information, including email, snail mail addresses and phone numbers. This will help family members stay in touch throughout the year. It’s also a nice idea to include a commemorative T-shirt, beach towel or drink koozie printed with the date and name of your family’s reunion.

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  • Each family member can bring their own dish, but as this is a day-long event, you want to make sure there are a couple snacks for hungry kids. Luckily, Hickory Farms Spiral Sliced Honey Gold Ham is a picnic-perfect solution for hungry family members and can also double up as your reunion’s main course. Our Summer Fruit Collection contains a nice selection of fruits for healthy, low-cal snacking. Potato Salad is a hit at any outdoor gathering, so make sure it’s on the list.
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  • Since this is a gathering of generations, make sure you provide a variety of entertainment for people of all ages to enjoy. A deck of cards, some board games, horseshoes and softball equipment for a pick-up game are all great options for the entire family to enjoy. Don’t forget to designate someone as videographer to capture priceless family memories.

Hickory Farms makes it easy to bring gourmet goodies to your reunion. Our Bountiful Tastings basket and a wide variety of our fruit and nuts selection can generate a delicious boost of energy to keep the fun going on all day long. Just shop online, or call 800.753.8558 for a quick delivery right to your door.

Cook Up a Delicious Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show your mother how special she is in your life, so give her the star treatment with a day of total pampering! You can make this day a little more special by starting it off with a special breakfast packed with ingredients from Hickory Farms. Our fantastic Mother’s Day breakfast ideas will show her just how much you care.

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The Traditionalist

For the sophisticated mom, opt for a breakfast classic, like a French-style omelet. Start by preparing your eggs by mixing them with a bit of cream and a dash of salt and pepper. Put the mixture in a heated, greased pan and flip when it solidifies on one side.

To make your filling, sauté an assortment of veggies, such as peppers, onions, artichokes and spinach, along with one of our delicious summer sausages. Place the filling and grated Hickory Farms cheese on top of the cooked egg and fold.

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The Experimenter

For the mother who loves options, prepare some classic waffles and serve with tons of fun toppings. To make a simple waffle batter, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt with a couple eggs, milk, a dash of vanilla and a bit of melted butter. Heat up a waffle iron and cook the batter to a delicious golden brown. Serve the waffles with a collection of toppings, including syrups and jams, as well as an assortment of fruits and nuts from our Dried Fruit Collection.

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The Health Nut

If your mother is something of a health nut, make her a delicious breakfast she’ll truly appreciate. Start with a big bowl of quinoa and mix in a bit of peanut butter, a dash of honey and chopped fruit from our Very Special Variety Fruit Gift Box.

 

Pure Decadence

For mothers with a sweet tooth, give them the gift of true indulgence with a chocolate-filled breakfast. Bake a rich chocolate cake and top it with our Pastel Chocolate Dutch Mints for added texture and flavor.

With these four delicious breakfasts and some fine ingredients from Hickory Farms, you can treat your mother to a special breakfast she deserves every day of the year.

Healthy Snacks to Eat Before Working Out

Eating a delicious pre-workout snack is the best way to give your body the fuel it needs to get through a vigorous exercise routine. Choosing snacks with the right balance of protein, carbohydrates and just a tiny bit of sugar can make a huge difference. Prepare to burn some serious calories with these great-tasting snack ideas.

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Fruit smoothies give you a burst of energy without making you feel heavy. Plus, because they’re relatively high in carbohydrates, fruits break down quickly, providing you with instant energy. To make your smoothie, blend together yogurt, Comice pears from one of our gourmet fruit baskets, a cup of the fruit juice of your choice and a handful of ice.

 

Carbohydrates come in two varieties — simple and complex. While simple carbs give you quick energy, complex carbs help maintain your energy long-term. Get the best of both worlds by topping a whole-wheat bagel, with its complex carbs, with simple carbs from our Farmstead Fruit Spreads.

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If you aren’t going to be able to eat directly before your workout, try starting your day with a bowl of oatmeal. This energy-packed breakfast staple can keep you full and energized for hours. For an even greater energy boost, top your oats with a few of our Hickory Farms mixed nuts and a couple berries.

You can’t go wrong with a simple cheese sandwich. This easy-to-prepare snack is gentle on your stomach and gives you plenty of slow-releasing carbs. Choose multi-grain bread and top it with one of our delicious cheeses, such as Hickory Farms‘ Farmhouse Cheddar.

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Greek yogurt has less sugar than traditional yogurt and provides you with a fantastic boost. Throw in a few Hickory Farms mixed nuts or a bit of trail mix to add texture.

 

With these simple snack ideas, you can bring your workout to the next level. Whether eaten alone for a simple, energy-packed snack or mixed with grains and yogurt, our Variety Snack Mix, featuring four different types of mixed nuts and trail mixes, will give your fitness the boost you need.