Thursday, September 14, 2006

Picnic by the River for September 13

Last night, in spite of threatening skies, we decided to try and have our picnic by the river again this week on the way to prayer meeting. God graciously allowed the rain to hold off -- the first sprinkles fell as we returned to our car. This week, some friends met us at the picnic area and we enjoyed a nice time of fellowship along with our picnic suppers!

It was a bit chilly this week, so along with our sandwiches -- instead of the pasta salad I had planned, I decided to bring along a Thermos of soup. I found a very simple recipe that just served two and brought along styrofoam cups to serve it in, along with a snack-size ziptop bag of oyster crackers and a little container of shredded cheddar. The soup really hit the spot on a cool evening.

Here are the recipes:


1 8-oz. pkg. light cream cheese, softened
1 pouch of salmon (approx. 7 ounces)
1/4 cup mayonnaise (I use Hellman’s Light)
1 Tblsp. lemon juice
1 Tblsp. chopped chives
1 tsp. prepared horseradish
1/2 tsp. dill weed
Dash of salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
6 wheat sandwich buns, split
1 cup shredded lettuce

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Stir in the next 8 ingredients and combine thoroughly. Divide into 6 equal portions and spread over the sandwich buns. Top with lettuce and replace bun tops. Yield: 6 sandwiches

This recipe (which I have changed a lot) was intended to be used on croissants. That sounded like it would be just too rich for my tastes, and indeed it would have been. I think the next time I make these (and there will be a next time -- they’re delicious!) I’ll add some chopped celery and shredded carrot to the filling and use baby spinach leaves instead of the shredded lettuce.


1 can tomato soup
3/4 of a soup can milk
1/3 cup medium salsa
Shredded cheddar cheese

In a small saucepan, combine the soup, milk and salsa until well blended. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese (and oyster crackers if you like) when serving. Yield: 2 servings.

The original recipe called for a 4-oz. can of chopped green chilies rather than
 salsa. I happened to be out of green chilies, but decided to substitute salsa. It worked beautifully. A great warming soup for a chilly night! You could easily double or triple the recipe for more servings.

And that was this week’s picnic!


  1. Anonymous4:21 PM

    Mrs. T,
    Your blog is becoming one of my very favorites.

    You seem to have a great ability to make the most out of life - I truly admire that in you. I think your weekly picnics by the river with your dh are just so wonderful.

    I am limited in energy and health at times but I can have a picnic at home in my living room - I will do that this weekend with my dh.

    I can't wait to get a few small binders and start working on my journals also. By the way, I did find a source of some printables online to share with you - Thank you & God bless, L

  2. Good morning again, L !

    It is so nice to see you at my kitchen table. Thanks so much for your sweet words concerning my blog. I am glad it is a blessing to you. It continues to amaze me how we in the body of Christ can be an encouragement one to another even through the internet!

    Yes, our picnics by the river are such a nice time. We are both under a lot of stress right now, and this has been such a nice stress-reliever to just spend a little time together in the fresh air and the beauty of God's creation. (I hope to write another post today concerning a really neat thing God allowed us to observe yesterday when we were out for a walk on my husband's lunch hour. We'll see how my time goes -- I also have a Sunday School lesson to finish preparing.) As far as making the most out of life, I think that is something God has really helped me to learn over the years. When things are difficult, we can either feel sorry for ourselves or we can look to Him for grace. I think it is so important to keep our eyes open to see His hand in everything. As we do, we will see all the blessings He heaps on us everyday -- even the little things that others might not even notice. Well, I hope that made sense. Sometimes I can't find the exact words to express myself.

    I hope that you and your husband will have a wonderful picnic at home in your living room this weekend!! What a great idea. I have a friend who always plans an indoor picnic for her family right around the first day of spring every year. Fun!

    Hope you can get your binders and get working on your journals too. I checked out -- she has some very helpful stuff there. I will tell my homeschooling friends about her site. Thanks for sharing! I also found some prayer journal printables at I tried printing them out smaller, and it worked. So that's a thought as well.

    Have a wonderful day!

    God bless,


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