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San Francisco Bay Area
A crafty mom of four, designing and sharing tips and tutorials at Picnic.
Interests: Parties, polaroids, sunshine, snowflakes, mid-century design, simple sewing, day-trips and year-long trips, flea markets, and little children who steal cookies from the cookie jar when nobody is looking.
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A new chapter is about to begin for me and my family so it seems like a good time to have a fresh start with Picnic, my beloved little blog I have had for the past 5 years. We are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2013 at Picnic
In packing for France, I tried to find ways to spruce up a few of my favorite outfits. We all know that Parisian women are known for their stylish ways, stilettos and all. Stilettos are simply not practical for me... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2013 at Picnic
The closet is all out of whack this week. We leave on Sunday for Lake Tahoe and won't be returning to our home in Berkeley until August 2014. Our departure date for France is July 27, 2013. In the meantime,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at Picnic
Golden Beet, Avocado, and Watercress Salad via Martha Stewart Living Ingredients 1 bunch (about 12 ounces) baby golden beets, trimmed and scrubbed 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper 1 bunch (about 4 ounces) watercress,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at Picnic
Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette via Bon Appetit Ingredients 1 pint cherry tomatoes 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 shallot, finely chopped 1 tablespoon (or more) red wine vinegar Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives Preparation Cut half... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Picnic
Headband: American Apparel Skirt: Anthropologie Shirt: Target Wooden bracelet: The Curiosity Shoppe I'm much more of a skirt or dress kind of person than a shorts girl but with 2 little boys to run after, shorts are often more practical.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2013 at Picnic
I've seen some amazing weaving lately and it has me thinking that a weaving class needs to be in my future. The obsession started with a stop at Driftwood in Moss Landing where I saw the most beautiful wall hanging.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2013 at Picnic
Spiced Salmon Kebabs via Bon Appetit Ingredients 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano 2 teaspoons sesame seeds 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1 1/2 pounds skinless salmon fillet (preferably wild), cut into... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2013 at Picnic
Channeling A Clockwork Orange and stepping a bit outside my style comfort zone, I'm putting on a bowler hat this weekend. Pairing it with a long flowing floral skirt and simple black Vince shirt I found at Thrift Town. What... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2013 at Picnic
Tomatoes have hit the farmers market and I picked up a bunch and decided to make the gazpacho recipe from the Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food cookbook. I cut the olive oil in half which made it a little thicker... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2013 at Picnic
How many friends named Lisa do you have? Well I have three, and we all happen to have two-year-olds so we get together often. To kick off the summer, we decided to plan a little camping trip. Destination: La Selva... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at Picnic
There is absolutely no mistaking my nordic ancestry on the one day a year I wear shorts. If my pale skin is not so apparent in these photos it is probably because I "enhanced" the photos in iPhoto before posting.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2013 at Picnic
A few weeks ago, we headed south to Pescadero to share a Mother's Day lunch at Duarte's Tavern with my mom and sister. We headed out early so we had time to stop at Lemos Farm off of Highway 92... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2013 at Picnic
We have had an amazing experience at Eero and Wilder's preschool and are getting a bit sad to be leaving at the end of the month. I'm afraid E + W will be in for a real culture shock moving... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at Picnic
Pack a picnic! Here is a link to a few picnic menu ideas. Even if the day involves cow pastures and muddy beaches, Bijou insists on wearing her "fancy" coat. There are so many picturesque landscapes, churches, barns, and shops... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2013 at Picnic
We are spending the long weekend in Tahoe with friends, enjoying the mid-60's weather and our first days of the summer season at the lake. I wanted to keep the relaxing to a maximum over the weekend and prepped a... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2013 at Picnic
With summer approaching, I pulled my small stack of shorts down from the top shelf in my closet and blew the layer of dust off the top. My legs need a tan and some moisturizing after being neglected and hidden... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2013 at Picnic
To be honest, I wasn't quite sure how this outing would go. I knew Bijou would enjoy it just as much as she had when she was four. However, I wasn't sure if the boys would obey the bamboo fencing... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2013 at Picnic
I seem to accumulate overripe bananas in my fruit bowl every week. Maybe that's I sign I should stop buying so many bananas.? Anyway, these bananas are the perfect ripeness for banana flavored baking. Banana Nut Muffins Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2013 at Picnic
We have had the most amazing teachers this year and I wanted to thank them with a handmade gift, my favorite kind, at the end of the school year. Necklace How-To Supplies: vinyl disc beads in an assortment of colors,... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2013 at Picnic
Doug told me about this place where he used to hang out in high school. The San Francisco equivalent to drinking on the cliffs in Santa Cruz, I suppose. It was a private swimming pool complex in the late 19th... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2013 at Picnic
I've been trying to simplify dinner lately and have been sticking to meat + veggies in a variety of combinations. I bought some pork at the market the other day and hoped that THIS time it wouldn't turn out dry.... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2013 at Picnic
The inspiration... Image via La Garconne My look pulled from items from my own closet... The ingredients... Skinny jeans Minnetonka Boots A cozy sweater. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2013 at Picnic
I typically try to avoid touristy activities both on vacation and when I'm home. I'd been successful in avoiding a trip to Alcatraz despite Bijou's pleas for about two years but the little island in the bay continued to call... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 at Picnic
The inspiration... Image via J.Crew My own combo pulled from items I had in my closet... Pants: Anthropologie Shirt: GAP Sweater: from Voyager Shoes: DV for Dolce Vita Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2013 at Picnic