At the Lake With Friends and Family

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Last weekend I took off to spend time with my son and two of his friends, as well as friends of mine who were also camping.

Friday evening was filled with cooking burgers on the grill and making s’mores. The kids sang songs and laughed. Then the kids went fishing and ended with Billy catching a snapping turtle.

Saturday morning started off with breakfast on the wood fire. I fried scrambled eggs, sausage patties, and sausage gravy fried potatoes. 

Then we all took off to the lake to swim. It was so hot so the water felt good.

I got to go out on a paddle boat with two of my friends. It was beautiful to see all of God’s creations — buds, flowers, trees, and water.

Saturday evening was cooking out again, but this time we had tacos. I had premade meat and seasonings ahead of time. I got lettuce, cheese, and sour cream to complete them. 

Later in the night we played music, laughed, and just became close. 

Sunday was our last day. So I took the boys out to a local restaurant for breakfast. What a beautiful little hidden gem. There were pancakes, omelets, and french toast on our table.

I took a picture of the boys and forgot the food. They were hungry.

While I was there I got to spend a lot of time by myself and talking with God. It’s nice to know He’s always a talk away.

There were three wonderful kids we got to spend time with as well. One of the girls took to Billy. She followed him everywhere, just like a little sister would do. 

Billy said to me at one point, “Mom, it sure would have been nice to have a sister to bother me.”

I said, “Son, it wasn’t in God’s plan.”

I think after she followed him around he might have changed his mind. But Billy enjoyed every minute of it. 

Sunday night we decided to leave early. We were all tired and missing our own beds and private bathrooms (we had an outside toilet).

I didn’t miss the noise, the T.V., or my phone.

I just enjoyed time with family and friends. 

So for this blog I have no real recipe for food. Only a recipe for love and friendship and family.

1 Corinthians 13:13 says, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

I hope you enjoy all the pictures I have to share.

Share your summer memories with me.

Stay tuned for more homemade recipes and blessings from my table to yours.


In addition to providing delicious recipes on her Faith and Food blog, Tina Rucker is a proud mom to her 17 year old son, happy wife to her husband Joel of six years, and the spearhead of the Five Loaves Food Pantry ministry in her local church, open twice a month. 

Tina has worked in the food industry for over 25 years, and has a heart and a passion to serve, feed, and provide for those in need.

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