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I have made a habit of arriving about 10 minutes early to pick up my daughter from school. It's not because I don't have other things to accomplish at home, but I've discovered that this gives me a chance to breath before the hectic dinner hour.

My little man hops out of the car and immediately begins launching himself back and forth over the little stream that runs next to the parking lot. Meanwhile, I pull out my magazine stash and start flipping. I'm a classic magazine reader: I soak in the pictures and browse over the captions. Only when something catches my eye do I actually read an entire article. And so it was with the "Free-wheeling Picnic" article in the May edition of Sunset.

Not only did the recipes sound absolutely mouth-watering, the bicycles (free-wheeling... do you get it now?) were completely adorable. Radicchio, roaster pepper, and provolone ciabatta sandwiches make PB&J sound like a joke. Spinach and orzo salad makes me feel guilty I even thought about picking something up at the deli counter! Almond raspberry lemonade sounds a heck of a lot better than my tap water. Chocolate hazelnut brownies? Okay, I would eat this meal every night for a week!

All of it is designed to be packed up in a basket or sack and toted along on your next biking trip. Not up for biking? Like I said, your backyard will work just fine any night this week. Since I don't want you to have to run to the store and purchase the magazine (it's worth every penny if you do), here's a LINK to the full article online. Not only will you find the recipes, but you'll also get great ideas for trails and gear!

Happy reading!

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