Good Shepherd’s Garden Party :: Week Four

by | Apr 13, 2010 | Good Shepherd's Garden Party | 6 comments

Week 4

“The Wind and Sea Obey Him.”

This Week’s Good Shepherd’s Garden Party Menu

Apple or Banana Boats with Pretzel Masts
And Fruit Roll-Up Sails
Net Shaped Pretzels
Goldfish Crackers
Mini Pulled Barbecue Pork Sandwiches
Octopus Candy Cupcakes
“Sea” Water

Decorating Ideas

Pinwheels & Bubbles

By Jessica at Shower of Roses and Charlotte at Waltzing Matilda
*Please feel free to modify and be creative with these plans to suit your family!

Recipes and Suggestions

22. The Boat

We combined the first three symbols into one menu offering.

Apple or Banana Boats
with Pretzel Masts and Fruit Roll-Up Sails

Apple Boat Ingredients:

  • ½ of an Apple, cored
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Fruit Roll-Up

Banana Boat Ingredients:

  • ½ of a Banana, sliced in half
  • Scoop of Ice Cream
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Fruit Roll-Up
  • Blueberries & Mandarin Oranges (optional)

Directions: Assemble Boats

Photo Credits: Waltzing Matilda and Shower of Roses

“And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O men of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him.” Matthew 8: 23-27

23. The Mast

“Your borders are in the heart of the seas; your builders made perfect your beauty. They made all your planks of fir trees from Senir; they took a cedar from Lebanon to make a mast for you. Of oaks of Bashan they made your oars; they made your deck of pines from the coasts of Cyprus, inlaid with ivory. Of fine embroidered linen from Egypt was your sail, serving as your ensign; blue and purple from the coasts of Eli’shah was your awning.” Ezekiel 27: 4-7

24. The Sail

“As day was about to dawn, Paul urged them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have continued in suspense and without food, having taken nothing. Therefore I urge you to take some food; it will give you strength, since not a hair is to perish from the head of any of you.” And when he had said this, he took bread, and giving thanks to God in the presence of all he broke it and began to eat. Then they all were encouraged and ate some food themselves. (We were in all two hundred and seventy-six persons in the ship.) And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea. Now when it was day, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned if possible to bring the ship ashore. So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the ropes that tied the rudders; then hoisting the foresail to the wind they made for the beach. But striking a shoal they ran the vessel aground; the bow stuck and remained immovable, and the stern was broken up by the surf. The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any should swim away and escape; but the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their purpose. He ordered those who could swim to throw themselves overboard first and make for the land, and the rest on planks or on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all escaped to land.” Acts 27: 33-44

25. The Net

We thought Pretzel Snaps would be simple and work well to symbolize “The Net.”

“And passing along by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zeb’edee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. And immediately he called them; and they left their father Zeb’edee in the boat with the hired servants, and followed him..” Mark 1: 16-20

26. The Fishes

A package of Goldfish crackers will work well for this menu item.

“Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, for the quantity of fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and sprang into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.” John 21: 4-8

27. The Barbecue

This recipe is from Charlotte and it sounds great!

Mini Pulled Barbecue Pork Sandwiches

2-3 lbs. of thick sliced pork, cooked or at least browned (roast or chops)
1 1/2 C. ketchup
1/2 C. water
3/4 C. mild salsa
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tbl. dried minced onion
1 tsp. mesquite liquid smoke
Mini Sandwich Buns

Put pork in crock pot on high for 4-6 hours. If it looks dry during cooking, add some more water/ ketchup mixture. As the pork cooks, it will shred on it’s own or will a little bit of help from a fork.

Photo Credit: Waltzing Matilda

“When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.” John 21: 9-14

28. The Leviathan

Octopus Candy Cupcakes

Frosted Cup cakes topped with Octopus Candies

Option: If you can’t find Octopus Candies (I used ones made by Trolli), make your own with Lollipops, Gummy Worms and Mini Chocolate Chips Directions: For each octopus, insert the stick of a lollipop into the center of a cupcake so that the candy rests just above the frosting (if the stick is too long, trim it first). Use kitchen scissors to snip two gummy worms in half to create four equal lengths. Then carefully snip each piece in half lengthwise to end up with eight legs. Press the tops of the legs into the frosting around the lollipop and arrange the ends so that they curve and dangle over the edge of the cupcake. For eyes, use the tip of a toothpick to place two small blobs of frosting at the base of the lollipop and then press in two mini chocolate chips, tips down.

Photo Credit: Shower of Roses & Disney Family

“O LORD, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all; the earth is full of thy creatures. Yonder is the sea, great and wide, which teems with things innumerable, living things both small and great. There go the ships, and Leviathan which thou didst form to sport in it. These all look to thee, to give them their food in due season. When thou givest to them, they gather it up; when thou openest thy hand, they are filled with good things. When thou hidest thy face, they are dismayed; when thou takest away their breath, they die and return to their dust. When thou sendest forth thy Spirit, they are created; and thou renewest the face of the ground.” Psalm 104: 24-30

Shopping List

Fresh Produce:
Apples or Bananas (1/2 each)
Blueberries (for Banana Boats)

Meat Department:
2-3 pounds thick sliced pork

Mini Sandwich Buns

Ice Cream (for Banana Boats)

Canned & Dry Goods:
Peanut Butter (for Apple Boats)
Mandarin Oranges (for Banana Boats)

Dried Minced Onion

Mild Salsa
Mesquite Liquid Smoke

Baking Supplies:
Cup cakes
Blue Food Coloring (optional)

Pretzel Sticks
Net-Shaped Pretzels
Gold Fish Crackers
Fruit Roll-Ups

Cookies & Sweets:
Octopus Candies
Or: Lollipops, gummy worms and mini chocolate chips



You can download this post in a printable form here.

A Mr. Linky will be posted at Catholic Cuisine on May 3rd, for anyone who would like to share the pictures from your own Good Shepherd’s Garden Party!


  1. Kathy

    Jessica, you truly innovative. What a great Garden party.

    I just wrote a new post on Homemaking and I would love your thoughts and comments- if you have a free moment!

  2. Anonymous

    Oh man, I am hungry now! Looks so good! And the boats are adorable!

  3. Kelly

    Jessica, I tried to print this weeks plans, but it said it was set to private and wouldn't print. 🙁

  4. Jessica Gordon

    Hum…. I will look into that. Would it let you download the document?

  5. Kelly

    No, I tried that as well. Both times it said that it was a private document. 🙁

  6. Jennie Lou

    I just came here to say that I can't print Week 4 either and I now I see that others are having trouble too (assumed it was just me.) FWIW I tried to print Week 2 last week and it wouldn't let me (said it was private) but today I was able to print it.


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