Month: June 2016

Wild Blueberry Basil Lemonade

Happy 1st Friday of Summer!  I live for this season: road trips, fresh produce, swimming holes, baseball, hiking, HEAT and the list keeps going.  Bring. It. On. I’m redoing a Southern staple summer beverage today-lemonade, but sans all the processed sugar you’d normally find in a glass. Berry season is officially here, but I had some leftover frozen wild blueberries to use up. Strawberries or blackberries could work well if blueberries aren’t your style.  I incorporated basil leaves from my indoor plant (obsessed with living home décor right now) into the recipe and it turned out fabulous!  For the sweetener, I chose honey because just a bit goes a long way and it’s one of my favorite natural sources of sugar. Wild Blueberry Basil Lemonade Ingredients: 7-8 cups water 1/3 cup raw, organic honey (more or less as desired) 1 cup wild blueberries 3-4 springs basil leaves ½ cup lemon juice (from 3-4 large lemons) Directions: Muddle a few blueberries and basil leaves at the bottom of a glass to release oils and juice (if desired). Heat the water and honey over medium …

Our Minimalist Wedding

What do you like better, Christmas or Wedding Season? Mr. Grey? Yes. The answer would be, um, Wedding Season? Oh, it’s here! We are in full on wedding-season-mode, in case you’ve been living under a rock for the last month. I still can’t believe that TODAY we celebrate our one year anniversary! YAY US! If you missed the post on how the universe planned our minimalist wedding you can read it here. Not long ago, I was asked about my most recent greatest accomplishment, to which I replied-planning a wedding AND honeymoon for under 5,000 US dollars. According to The Knot, a wedding planning site, the average American spent $32,641 for the big day in 2015; and that’s excluding the honeymoon! Say waaaaaaaaa! But it doesn’t have to be that way, ladies! I know it’s one of the biggest days of our lives, but do we really need to put ourselves through months of stress, meticulous planning and extreme work-outs, all for an elaborate party we’ll barely have time to eat at, while dishing out …