Let’s Picnic!

Now that spring is officially here Hubby and I have started getting out of the house and going on hikes. When there are hikes involved, picnics can’t be far behind. One of the parks we like to spend time in is about 10 miles from our house, Chickasaw State Park. Beautiful spring flowers are springing up everywhere! The woods are full of dogwood and redbud trees in bloom. There is a sea of green breaking out in all the trees (and waves of pollen are following…)

The state has drained most of the water out of the lake so that they can rebuild the bridge across it. All of us in this area walked that old bridge. Maybe even carved our names on it, but it was leaning so bad to one side they had closed it for the last 2 years. They are rebuilding many of the older buildings and fences thru the whole park.

This lake is one of our favorite summer swimming holes. Exposed like this it looks odd but I am happy to see that it is cleaner than I imagined it being!





When we started talking about going hiking to see the progress on the new bridge crossing the lake, one of the first things Hubby said was  “What ya gonna fix?”  Pressed roast beef, ham and turkey sandwiches on whole wheat rolls,  steaming bowls of vegetable beef soup from my Thermos, some crunchy vinegar slaw (recipe below)and a fruit salad were approved for the menu. So I set about locating a picnic basket from my collection just perfect for the job! Got my wide-mouthed Thermos out of the cabinet and started making lunch!


I made 3 sandwiches for the 2 of us … roast beef and turkey with smoked white cheddar, ham and sharp cheddar, different mustards and some horseradish for lots of flavors.

 A stack of iron skillets did the pressing for me! There is something about a SMASHED sandwich that feels fancy!



Simple Crunchy Vinegar Slaw


2 Cups shredded slaw mix and

 4 tablespoons diced onion

In a jar add the dressing ingredients and shake well.

6 tablespoons Bolthouse Olive Oil and Vinegar dressing

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Use 4 Tablespoons of the dressing for the slaw and save the rest in the jar for a different salad.

Let marinade for 2 or more hours.

This recipe makes 2 one cup servings for us.

For my container counting 21 Day Fix friends, it is 1G 1O


I will be back soon with some travel adventures from vacation!!

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