Saturday, June 10, 2017

Lavender Lemonade

Hi Friends! Today I'm back with a fun summer recipe that I just had to share! I made this yummy drink yesterday and let me tell you, it is HARD to take pictures of drinks! In real life, the mixture is the prettiest shade of lavender but in my pictures, it almost looks gray. #LightingProbs Also, fun fact: Normally when using this much water for a recipe, I would definitely use the tap. Our tap water is (luckily) clean enough to cook with/drink. However, yesterday of ALL DAYS when I am planning to use a whole bunch of it for this lemonade, they flushed the fire hydrant on our street and ALLLL of our water was a lovely shade of yellow/brown for the entire day. Figures. Fridge door water to the rescue!


Simple Syrup:
-2 cups sugar
-2 cups water (FROM THE FRIDGE)
-1/4 cup honey
-3 tablespoons dried organic lavender 

*I used Sprouts organic lavender and it was a GREAT price. I paid less than $1 for way more than I needed for this recipe.*

-2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (approximately 10 lemons)
-4 cups water (STILL FROM THE FRIDGE)

-A drop of red and blue food coloring (if you're extra like me and have to make your lavender lemonade really lavender colored)
-1 additional lemon to slice for garnish


Simple Syrup:
-Combine 2 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar in a medium sauce pan and heat until all sugar is dissolved

-Remove from heat and stir in honey and dried lavender

-Cover and let steep for 15 minutes (while you get to juicing those 10 lemons!)

-Juice your lemons until you've got 2 cups of that freshly squeezed goodness.
(I used the kitchen-aid citrus juicer attachment that I JUST discovered for less than $20 on amazon and I LOVED it) you can buy it here. It really did make juicing all these lemons quick and easy. 
*RANDOM TIP: If you microwave each lemon for 10 seconds, it really loosens up the juice!*

-Add your freshly squeezed lemony goodness to the pitcher 

-Strain the lavender from your simple syrup (most people would use an actual strainer...but mine was Chemex to the rescue! It actually worked like a charm!

-Add your now strained, lavender-infused simple syrup to your lemon juice

-Top the whole mixture off with 4 cups of cold water
Optional: add a drop of red and a drop of blue food coloring and mix well
-Add ice or simply refrigerate until cold

Like I said, it was SO hard to accurately capture the beauty of this lemonade and I tried it in SO many different locations (as you're about to see). However, it was pretty, it was delicious, and it was so worth all of the steps!

Thanks for reading! Hope you try and L O V E this refreshing summer drink!

Glassware: The Pioneer Woman Adeline Collection 
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Glasses: Here
Straws: Here

Friday, April 21, 2017

3 Year Housiversary!

Hello and welcome back to my little blog! Today, I hope you'll join me in celebrating our 3 year Housiversary! 3 years ago today, we were nervously closing on our first home and the endless string of Home Depot and Target trips was about to begin! To commemorate this special occasion, I have decided to do a big before and after of our home. All of the before pictures feature the way it was set up when we came to look at it for the first time (and promptly fell in love with the potential), and the after pictures are the most up to date pictures I have of our space. I realize I have shown you bits and pieces of this before, so I apologize in advance for any repeating pictures. I am not going to do much writing because this thing could get to novel length real fast and without me even noticing. SO, I'm just going to go room by room and show you some evidence of the labor of love we have put into making this house ours over the last three years. I hope you enjoy!



(Still really hate the floors...but that's for another day!)


(I honestly could not get a good angle and I simply did not want all of that stuff cluttering the space so our version is pretty empty...I just chose to show the view from the other side of the new front door and paint color!)





If you missed my $15 Fireplace Makeover, you can find it here!
If you missed my DIY Shiplap wall tutorial, you can find it here!

(Don't mind me watching Spongebob...I can explain. I love Spongebob.)

Well there you have it! Thanks for taking time out of your busy Friday to take a look at our nest. There are still lots of projects we want to do (I absolutely HAVE to figure out a way to have white cabinets in our kitchen), but for now I think I will sit back, relax, and enjoy the progress we have made over the last three years. Here's to many more!

Happy Weekend!