Monday, August 11, 2008

Picnics, Recipes, and Rodeos

Sunday was a heck of a day for us. You see, it was the church picnic. We had the picnic at one of the most beautiful places on earth.
This is my dad, by the way. I haven't talked about him too much on here. My dad is the pastor of our church, I'm working on a post about him, but it is giving me problems. Plus there are some pictures I am trying to find before I do that.
You didn't believe me when I said I was a country girl did you? Well, now you know.
The picnic is usually loads of fun, but as usual on Sunday morning I realized that I had not made the fruit salad I had signed up to bring. This is a recurring trend for me. Lucky for me I know a quick fix for fruit salad. I mean, there is always the option of just buying canned fruit salad and plopping it into a bowl, but I like to look a little more prepared. Like I remembered.


So Matt and I stopped at the grocery store on the way to the picnic, picked up 6 cans of fruit cocktail, and 3 boxes of vanilla pudding. I know what you are thinking...ew. But trust me, give it a try. It's easier than you can imagine and people LOVE it. I took home an empty bowl. I would have taken a picture for you, but I did this all in the truck as we were driving. Go figure.


Here is what you do:
Country Mouse Fruit Salad (What? that is it's official name!)

-Pour 3 cans of fruit cocktail directly into the bowl (oh yeah, you are going to need a bowl and a large serving spoon).

-Now drain the juice from the other three cans into the empty can balanced on the console. Your husband will not like this, but you can do it, I know you can!

-Dump the drained fruit into your bowl.

-Add the powdered pudding mix, try not to make a white cloud of pudding in the truck, but if you do, that's okay. Rome wasn't built in a day.

-Mix it all up until the pudding looks smooth and...well, until it looks like pudding! If you think it is too thick you can add some more of your juice, but don't overdo it, this dish is better thick.


Viola! You made fruit salad! Told you that was easy!

So anyway, the picnic. It went really well. Here are some snapshots of what went down.

W ate...
...and ate...

...and ate...


...then we played horseshoes. Matt and I won. Well really, Matt won, I giggled and threw horseshoes halfway to the pit.


Matt rode the non-mechanical bull. We aren't actually sure what this was, we are thinking maybe it was for roping practice?

But when you see something with a bulls head attached to it, you know someone is going to ride it. It was bucking pretty hard in this picture.


The owners of the ranch do some dog training, here Ashley practices her agility. We are hoping to enter her in some shows next year.

And then I made some new friends. This is Duke. He is a roping horse.

Here is Duke following Dancer. After this I spent the rest of the day in their pasture rubbing their velvet noses. Have you ever felt a horses nose? No? You need to go to that right now. When I was little I would spend hours rubbing our horse, Beau's, nose.

I've asked Matt for a horse for Christmas. I'll let you know how that works out. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Tomorrow I'll tell you about the freak hailstorm we had about two hours later. It needs it's own post.

7 comments:

  1. Looks like a nice day. I always like big picnics like that. I don't ever really go to any though....Hmmm maybe I need to throw one.

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  2. oh you should! maybe a housewarming picnic??

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  3. Ooh, fun! And the horses are sweet. :-) I need to go rub a horse nose, I think.

    P.S. I had a freak hailstorm on Friday!!!

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  4. I agree- a horse's nose is so soft! I love horses. I've been telling Mr. C that I want one forever! Of course it's not really do-able right now, but at least he knows I'm not giving up! :)

    PS- I had to move my blog due to my sister. New location is below.

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  5. wait jen! below? im confused! haha

    im pretty sure if we keep telling our men how badly we want horses they will fold eventually.

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  6. My grandparents have their own horse shoe pit in their backyard and used to be in a league. Looks like you had a great time!

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  7. The picture of Matt on the mini horsey is ,frankly, very disturbing. He looks like he is really enjoying it.

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