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A Taste of Home reader shares summer party and potluck tips:
"To keep salads, meats and desserts cold and safe at a summer party, I place the containers in a pleasing arrangement in a small, inflatable child-size swimming pool. Then I sprinkle bags of ice cubes around everything. I also use netting from a fabric store to keep flies and other pesky bugs out of the food. I have enough to cover the tables, too. After the party, I wash the fabric on the gentle cycle in the washing machine and air-dry it for future use."
—Earlene Ertelt, Woodburn, Oregon
Stay away from the mayo too. Also avoid cream and cupcakes where the icing might melt
TIP-- To keep flies away from your picnic--fill re-closeable ziploc sandwich bags with water and 4-5 pennies--Shut and place on picnic tables--Presto--No flies!!!
amwheezer2 ziploc sandwich bags with water and 4-5 pennies
What do the pennies do?
I get film canisters and fill them with water. I place them in the freezer. When we go on a picnic, I push them down in the potato salad or macaroni salad to keep it cold.
I do something similar......instead of a swimming pool, I use one of the big plastic "under the bed" storage containers.
We do something similar to that when we are up camping in the summer. We use the "pop-open" type of food covers that are made out of netting. We have several different sizes and they do keep out flies and bees. Have used them for years and also rinse them out in my dishpan when we are done with them. Then just leave open to dry.
We also use quite a large screen tent for family dining with our group when we camp. It is easy to set up and also provides shade on really hot days. It is so nice to dine without having to worry about the bees and flies! I also cook inside this screen house, away from the screens of course It also protects us from the rain if we are so blessed with it (not this year so much
Jan in hot, muggy MI
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
If you think your dog can't count, try putting 3 dog biscuits in your pocket, then give your dog only 2 of them!
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