Lakeside Spring Picnic and Recipe for Chicken and Cucumber Salad

Yesterday it was such beautiful day here in Texas, I started day dreaming of picnic’s! Picnics with ruffly edged napkins, table linens, quaint dishes, and (usually my last consideration when “dreaming up” picnics) what picnic food to fix. With my daydream in mind, I went inside and opened our linen cabinet that’s filled with all kinds of vintage “lovely’s.”

My dear followers, I can never thank you enough for all your prayers, “get well” wishes, and notes you’ve written to me during these last 2 1/2 months. Knowing you cared meant so much to me. We have certainly felt the Lord’s Presence and seen His Intervention again and again since I first went into the hospital. Thank you so much for brightening my days.

❤ Trenda

I am slowly getting better though, frustratingly, it doesn’t take very much effort to exhaust me. I’m supposed to spend as much time as possible outside, and yesterday it was such beautiful day here in Texas, I started day dreaming of picnic’s! Picnics with ruffly edged napkins, table linens, quaint dishes, and (usually my last consideration when “dreaming up” picnics) what picnic food to fix. With my daydream in mind, I went inside to see what I could find in our linen cabinet that’s filled with all kinds of vintage “lovely’s.”

… and chose these White Battenberg napkins edged with scallops of lace and a bright green and white gingham runner trimmed with cheery orange stitches.

After picking out the napkins and table runner I wanted to use, I went to our corner hutch in the kitchen downstairs and started picking out dishes and deciding what picnic food to serve on each.

I pulled out 2 soda fountain glasses from the bottom cabinets and thought how cute they would look filled with something other than the usual ice cream! With my mind whirling with that bit of whimsy, the rest of the menu came easy and I selected my dishes … a darling egg plate, some green and white salad plates to match the table runner, a dark green bowl with lines etched into the glass to look like lettuce leaves, a banana split tray (helping to carry out the soda fountain theme!) and a quart-sized Mason jar my mother gave to me.

I quickly chopped cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and chicken and tossed in some other yummy ingredients for an easy “main course” salad (recipe below) then dipped the rims of the soda glasses in lemon juice and dusted the edges with paprika. I added “scoops” of chicken salad to the soda fountain glasses and topped it all off with a final touch … celery “straws.”(;

Since there were only 2 of us, I put the extra chicken salad into the green bowl with etched leaves.

Then I deviled some eggs to place in this sweet hen “egg tray.”

Crystal tumblers filled with ice … and Lemonade Tea, made in my mother’s Mason jar beckoned us to “come sit” and Toasted Parmesan and Cheddar Toasted Crostini (click on highlighted link to see how to make) are stacked appealingly in an antique, scalloped edged, banana split tray.

Green and White “Old Curiosity Shop” salad plates by Royal (USA)

Chicken & Cucumber Salad

~ recipe by Trenda at Cottage Green on the Lake

  1. 1 – 12.5 oz can Chicken Breast (drained)
  2. 1 English cucumber (English cucumbers are the extra long cucumbers; they are milder in taste and have fewer seeds than their American cousin’s! (:
  3. Cherry tomatoes (I used 14 tomatoes)
  4. 1/2 cup Ranch Dressing (I use Ken’s Steak House Ranch)
  5. 1/3 cup roasted and salted sunflower kernels
  6. black pepper – to taste
  7. 1/2 cup French’s Crispy Fried Onions (added, right before serving to remain crispy)

Instructions:

Wash, peel, and slice cucumber lengthwise to form “half round” slices. Place all sliced cucumber into a medium sized bowl. Halve cherry tomatoes (add tomatoes according to your own taste and preference; I prefer fewer tomatoes than cucumbers in my salad and I used 14 cherry tomatoes) Add drained chicken to the cucumber and tomato mixture and using a fork, separate the chicken into bite sized pieces. To the mixture, add 1/2 cup Ranch dressing, 1/3 cup sunflower kernels, and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving, add 1/2 cup of French’s Crispy Fried Onions, stir into salad and serve.

Lakeside picnic on a beautiful spring day at Cottage Green.

After Richard and I were “done” with our picnic I was “done in” (: and just sat outside the rest of the afternoon until the sun went down.

Now, I want to share one more thing with you that I hope and pray will help you during these troubling times. A dear friend sent me this little tin sign after I got out of the hospital and I kept it right where I could see it during those first scary weeks after I got home. I would look at the scripture inscribed on this sign and read over and over … “She confidently trusts the Lord to take care of her.” Psalms 112:7 Hmmm … “She confidently trusts!” So instead of worrying each day I decided I needed to confidently trust and be secure in the knowledge that the Lord WOULD take care of me. Daily I prayed, “Lord, help me to truly embody that verse and be confident that YOU will take care of me. Thank you for Your Word that promises that security and blessed assurance. Thank you Jesus, for loving me and thank you for being my Savior and my Friend.” The “New International Version” of the Bible and translation of that same verse is an anchor we can hold on to in “these days” we are living through and to remember in the coming weeks … “They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” Psalms 112:7 I am praying this verse for each of you during this time. “Have no fear of bad news … be steadfast … trust the Lord to take care of you. ❤ If you long for that security and relationship with the Lord where you can trust that He will take care of you, no matter what the circumstances, please go to the top of my blog on the right side titled ABOUT ME … and click on My Faith in Jesus Christ. It’s as easy as saying A-B-C and it will change your life and your eternal life forever! The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 If you have any questions or you would like me to pray with you, please don’t hesitate to write me and ask. I’ve already prayed for everyone that reads this blog and the Lord already knows your name. ❤

From my cottage to yours ~ Trenda

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I hope the pictures of tablescapes, home decor, seasonal decorations, floral arrangements, landscaping ideas, "potting about the shed" and the unexpected ways I use everyday items to decorate my home on "Cottage Green on the Lake" will be an inspiration for you as you make your own little haven and nest … 4 the seasons! From my cottage to yours ~ Trenda

18 thoughts on “Lakeside Spring Picnic and Recipe for Chicken and Cucumber Salad”

  1. So glad to know you are improving. Your picnic sounds great but with all my allergies being outside in early spring is not a good idea. Look forward to seeing you at church. Heck, I look forward to being allowed to go to church.

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    1. Thank you so much, Donna. I know spring time can be a bad time for you; hope you are doing well in spite of allergens! (:
      Oh my … yes, I can hardly wait until I am able to come back to church, again! It’s been a long 3 months! “I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord.” Psalms 122:1 ❤

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  2. What a wonderful blog; I love seeing your dishes, recipes and your inspirational words in such a lovely setting. And most of all, I am so happy you are feeling better and able to enjoy writing this blog again. Love you!

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  3. I’m putting the chicken salad ingredient on my next grocery order!!! It sounds delicious. A delight for the taste buds and a delight for the eyes. The lake scene is beautiful. Thankful you’re on the mend. Praying.

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    1. You always make me smile, dear Sharon. Thank you so much for your gracious words and for telling me you are going to try the Chicken and Cucumber Salad. I hope you like it as much as we did … I know you’ll love how easy it is to put together! Your get well notes and prayers have meant so much to me. Thank you for the continued prayers! ❤

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  4. We didn’t know you were in the hospital! Are you home now ? What was wrong ? Can we bring you anything? Prayers for you ❤️🙏 Donna

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    1. Dear Donna, we know prayers made all the difference! I am home, now. Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated, but thankfully, we don’t need anything. Our Sunday School class brought dinner’s to us for 3 weeks and I am trying to do a little more each day. Thank you for asking and thank you for every prayer! ❤

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  5. What a beautiful setting & the food looks amazing. I’m so glad you are feeling better, small steady steps 🙂 I’m still praying that everyday you feel stronger 💕Love you guys 💕

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  6. Sweet, dear, Trenda
    What a blessing you are!! I am so glad you are back at your blogs as everyone else feels the same!! You are a blessing to everyone who comes in contact with you!! I just wished that I could have joined y’all on your picnic! I am going to try out my luck on your chicken
    Salad recipe!! Sounds Delicious!! Can’t wait to see what you have for us next time!! Love you, my dear sweet friend, Pat

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    1. Oh Pat … reading what you wrote was like a ray of sunshine that warmed my heart! I wish we could have pulled up about 3 dozen extra seats for dear ones to join us! I’m so glad you’re going to try the Chicken and Cucumber Salad. We thought it was delicious. Next time I’m going to adapt my recipe and make it using broccoli instead of cucumber! ❤

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  7. Always a blessing and always lovely to view. Calls to my heart. So thankful you are moving forward in your total healing. Blessings to you both!

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