Our 2013 Annual Ascension Thursday Picnic

by | May 10, 2013 | Ascension, Picnics | 6 comments

It was a beautiful day yesterday so as soon as Sean got home from work we grabbed a blanket and climbed the hill behind our home for our annual Ascension Thursday picnic dinner.  
.: Our Picnic Menu :.
Chinese Chicken Salad
(It is traditional to eat some sort of bird since Jesus “flew” to heaven.)
(The fruit represents Christ, the first fruit of all men.)
Cream Puffs
(Symbolizing the clouds that were in the sky.)
Sparkling Grape Juice
(Chosen for the “rising” bubbles.)

Between the Ascension Pancakes and the Cream Puffs, Bud was enjoying all sorts of new treats yesterday… 

It was such a nice and relaxing evening!  We are all looking forward to more family meals outside this summer! 


  1. Jessica

    You have such a beautiful family! God bless you and your husband for raising your children in such obvious Catholic principles. I love reading of all your wonderful ideas for the different Feasts, and can't wait to try them out with my own little girls (2, 1)! Thank you for taking the time to post them all!

  2. Jamie Jo

    You always do such a wonderful job of making everything look so elegant! Thank you for sharing your life with us. Happy Mother's day Jessica! God bless you!

  3. 9peasMom

    Looks like a great time, and I will be trying out the Chicken Salad – we love picnics and I'm always looking for new sandwich spreads to change things up a bit!
    I wrote you an email from my now cancelled Google account (due to privacy concerns I had to wipe out everything, I was not aware of the geotags on my photos) It was the email from kathrynscheib@gmail Just wanted to connect those dots for you!

  4. Katie V.

    Yes, I'm going to try your curry chicken salad too! What a lovely evening and everyone looks so sweet!

  5. Erica

    Everything looks so yummy! Your all so Blessed to have each other. I just enjoy your blog so much. Love all you do! Oh and that plump kitty in that one photo is so cute. My feline is pretty plump as well. Happy Happy Mothers Day Jessica.

  6. Kerry

    Oh Jess, your blog always cheers me up so much and gives me hope. I love reading it!


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