Monday, May 02, 2011

Perfect Southern Sunday Afternoon...

Yesterday afternoon, our Sunday School Class had a wonderful picnic under a beautiful, big, old oak tree.  It was at the home of some friends(I have mentioned them here) and their home in the country is the setting of a truly perfect Southern day!  Not only is their home gorgeous, but they welcome you in a way that makes you never want to leave.  It is Southern hospitality at its best!  We are blessed with a Sunday School class that loves to visit and share our lives. If you don't have one like that, I would say you need to find one, as that is truly the way to experience the joys of a church family.
Wouldn't you like to just lay down for a nap? 
 Of course, the food was delicious and plentiful!  Mounds of fried chicken, a variety of salads, pimento cheese sandwiches, deviled eggs and too many desserts to count. Oh and all the sweet tea you could drink!
 Now, this is what a garden should look like...
 complete with a chicken coup right in the middle!
 Roses....
 Roses...and more....
 Roses.....
 Badminton outside the old tobacco barn that has been converted into a studio and guest house.
There is no more perfect Southern day that one spent under an old oak with dear friends!

Here is a treat, my friend Nancy's Frozen Strawberry Salad (which is perfect for a large gathering on a warm day.) She brought a large pan and it was gobbled up quickly:

Strawberry Salad (Frozen)

2 Cups sliced fresh strawberries (fresh peaches, blueberries or even bananas can be substituted)
1/2 pint real whipped cream (or use most of one large can of the "spray" whipped cream)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
dash of lemon juice
1/2 package of marshmallows
4 oz. cream cheese
optional: 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Mix all ingredients together and spread in a 13x9" casserole dish and freeze.  Remove from freezer a few minutes before serving to soften. 

You can add more fruit or whipping cream to stretch the recipe for larger groups! 
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12 comments:

Mom on the Run said...

Sounds like a fabulous day....yesterday was beautiful here, too. That salad sounds yummy, I must try it!

southern-newlywed said...

What a perfect day! Absolutley lovely! Thank you for sharing. :)

The Old-Fashioned Homekeeper said...

Looks like fun! Perfect!

Your salad isn't low carb though missy.

Paula said...

Loved the post, the pictures are lovely - looks like a scene out of Country Living magazine! I'm sure you all enjoyed the wonderful day!

Sundresses and Smiles said...

I love the chicken coop! What more could you want than a day with lovely people, delicious food, and sunshine?

Hines-Sight said...

That's a lovely day!

Princess Freckles said...

What a beautiful home your friends have! Sounds like a lovely way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon.

Mary said...

What a wonderful setting for a picnic~ complete with a deluxe chicken coop! It's been ages since I've attended one, love all the Southern flavors, it makes me miss my grandmother!

Olga said...

That garden is beautiful and the hammock is calling me!
Found you at Serenity Now.

the workaholic momma said...

Wow - what a beautiful day!!! That strawberry salad recipe looks delish - I'll def be writing it down!!

Stopping by from Amanda's blog party:)

Susan Evans said...

What beautiful pictures. It makes me want to have a picnic with my family.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

That chicken coop is too cool!!! You're right--a great spot to spend a Sunday afternoon. :)

Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. Hope you'll stop by Serenity Now again soon! :)