THE pepper EXPRESS: Valentine's Day Picnic with the Family

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Day Picnic with the Family

Valentines Day will always be special for my husband and I because in 2012 he proposed to me on February 14th at the Cliff House in San Francisco. One of the most cliche things to ever do. But it is the one thing I wished for that day. And my dreams came true. Now three years later we are married with our three children. Each and every year we like to celebrate Valentines day as a family. Whether we go out for a movie or stay in and make a special dinner, we choose to spend it as a whole.
This year we have decided to celebrate by taking the family out for a picnic. I don’t know about you, but lately the weather in California has been a dream compared to my family up in Montana.
With our baskets in hand and our blankets in tow we walked to our neighborhood park and set up camp upon the grassy lawn. There were children playing and dogs barking, which added a beautiful soundtrack to our family retreat.
Whenever we go out on a picnic I do have a few requirements:
We bring along our cozy blanket, our trusted picnic basket, some comfy pillows from Tiny Prints, a cutting board and maybe a few utensils
When planning a picnic there is no need to go out of your way and buy an excessive amount of food. Usually you can find things that are available in your pantry or make a pit stop at your nearest fruit stand. We decided to pack: Cheese & Crackers, Grapes, Strawberries, a Baguette, and some chocolate for a sweet treat.  
During the picnic we like to play silly games such as 20 questions or Would You Rather. And with our little Solin learning to walk we started to play tag with her. It is a wonderful thing that something so ordinary can connect the family on so many levels. I love being able to spend time as a family. And I am thankful that we can take this day into consideration and share the love!

Other picnic foods may include:

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