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Life’s a Picnic

lifestyle blogger diana Elizabeth holding an amish made picnic basket in white dress infront of white fence standing on grassPicnic Basket: Amish Baskets (c/o) / Dress: TopShop (old, similar) / Sandals: Splendid / Wood watch: Woodgrain watches

My good and longtime friend Ashley and I got together recently – she’s always the most amazing hostess – even when she doesn’t try, she creates amazing yet simple dishes. She always inspires me and as much as I can’t seem to find a passion for cooking I love the simplicity of her dishes and I often leave encouraged – I ate a yummy meal and it wasn’t crazy complicated to create. So after our lunch, I stopped by the store to pick up what she made us for lunch because I wanted to recreate it to share!

picnic basket in background on blanket featuring strawberry spinach salad with goat cheese
Napkins: IKEA / Picnic Basket: Amish Baskets (c/o) / Paris Street Maps Carafe: Uncommon Green (c/o)
Cookies + Tray: POPSUGAR Must Have Box (c/o)

Grab a bag of spinach, sliced strawberries, sliced almonds, goat cheese and poppy seed dressing. Bring some grapes and a baguette if salad doesn’t quite fill you up. I found these wood bowls at Home Goods on clearance for $3 each! They are the perfect lightweight outdoor entertaining bowls to have.

I’ve never had a picnic basket before and always wanted one, my best girlfriend has a love for all things Amish made, she has a great collection of signage from vacations. These Amish baskets are handmade in Southern Iowa and have been making baskets for generations.

amish made picnic basket diana holding it infront of a white fence with green vines in background

The basket comes signed by the person who made it – in this case an 18 year old made mine. I am so impressed and handmade is such a precious skill, and because I sew and know how long it takes to create a product, I value it so much.

bottom of amish made basket hand signed by who made it

There’s a double stacked picnic basket and even liners, who knew there were so many variations of picnic baskets? You can easily use one of those large baskets as seen in this post. This one has a tray inside it which is so handy to get things off the ground and also separate anything that you don’t want squished that gets packed at the bottom – or vice versa.

The city map of Paris! The city maps glassware are at the top of my list for gift giving this Christmas – with cities and college towns, islands, and even cities across the world you can pick different glasses to remind someone of their favorite home town or vacation.

I picked Paris because I liked the carafe style, although St. Martin and St. Thomas almost made it – and I almost went with Brooklyn because of the memories from this trip.

The cookies and tray were from the August POPSUGAR Must Have Box – it’s their 5 year anniversary! Each month’s box is packed with style goodies and a snack. If you want to subscribe, use discount code PARTY (expires 8/31) for $10 off your first box.

This month anyone who signs up or is already a subscriber is enter for some fun giveaways to celebrate their 5 year anniversary.

lifestyle blogger diana Elizabeth holding an amish made picnic basket in white dress infront of white fence standing on grass

I am looking forward to some cooler weather so I can really make life a picnic!

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10 Ramblings

Tank: UrbAna (100% proceeds go to Homeward Bound) / Hat: Wyeth (similar and here)
Jeans: Levi’s / Sandals: J.Crew

  1. I had an hour of blissful gardening yesterday evening. What it really felt like was a mom trying to find lice in her kid’s head – so much nut grass and grass all tied up in my flowers and thyme. I said to Benjamin, “There are no weeds in heaven right?” because I need some hope.
  2. Been watching my food intolerances after taking the Pinnertest – and my girlfriends are the absolute sweetest about watching out for me. When we were in Vegas they were making sure I avoided pork and onions – they thought about it before I did. We usually order group meals and they’d say, “Well Di can’t eat pork so let’s not get that dish.” I take my food intolerances seriously because I want to feel better – and I am! I realized pork gives me migraines after eating it twice back home – couldn’t help it, it’s in the best Chinese food. Now I’m trying to figure out what onions do to me but to avoid them is a real struggle, they flavor everythingggggggg. We just ordered one for Benjamin because he wants to feel better and I am looking forward to seeing his results!
  3. Emails can be so dreadful. Sometimes I think emails are really just a bunch of questions waiting to be answered and I don’t feel like answering or making up my mind. Haha! I have however, found that a really good coffee motivates me to get to it and empty it out – so if you feel stuck, try that!
  4. The 2 million viral video – One of my girlfriend’s videos went viral the other week and you gotta to watch it. It has over 2 million views!
  5. Flexibility in return can give great adventures. I have a girl’s trip on the books the weekend I return from Prague and we were supposed to head to LA for a visit (the 3 of us used to live in LA, then it was 2, then 1, then 0, now back to 1). We hadn’t booked our air b&b yet which was a blessing in disguise because plans have changed and we are now headed to Rocky Point! I’m really excited, I haven’t been to Mexico for years and the last time I went there was for a mission trip building a home.
  6. I’ve caught myself saying, “I wish I had a sister like –“ and then I stopped. I realized I don’t have to wish that. I have girlfriend who are like sisters, which I feel so fortunate since I wasn’t born with any.
  7. Read how I stay inspired, find balance, and the best thing in my life right now on this Q&A I did last week on Happy Grace blog.
  8. I want to have a best of post – like Diana Awards. Did I really just say that – there are so many things I’ve tried from blogging and things I repurchase around my home. I’ll be shampooing in the shower for instance and think, I really need to tell my readers these sheets really ARE the softest, and this shampoo smells amazing, and I cannot live without this scrub!
  9. I cleared out my drawers in my bathroom and closet for fall. Fall trends are coming and I have overindulged in the spring/summer additions that I need to lighten up my closet. I don’t have the space and if I think I’m keeping it for that one day vacation to wear it once more, I have to be kidding myself. Seeing so many empty hangers makes me happy but then I have to stop myself from going on a spree!
  10. I bought Differin Gel. Like I’m 15 and hormonal again. Actually my skin is doing great, now I know my skin looked super good when I was young so maybe I THINK by using it again, it’ll really do me some good. Did you know it’s no longer over the counter? I bought mine on Amazon. I’ll keep you posted on results.