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The Beauty of Color: Wedding Flowers with Vividly Brilliant Hues

On June 15th, I had the privilege of creating flower arrangements, bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages for our dear friends Sarah and Jordan’s wedding day!  Below are a sample of the flowers (pictures courtesy of Cariad Photography, David Siglin, and Melissa McKinnon).

Bridal Bouquet: pink peonies, orange ranunculus, white and yellow mini-roses, Bells of Ireland, green mini-hydrangeas, seeded eucalyptus, peach and pink snapdragons, peach hypericum berries, green lisianthus, and dried lotus pods. Wrapped in burlap and lace ribbon with pearl pins and a lock.

Another angle of the bridal bouquet…

Each of the bridesmaids’ bouquets had white hydrangeas and one or two elements from the bridal bouquet. The groom’s boutonniere had a key to match the bride’s lock on her bouquet.

Up close of the groom’s bout with yellow mini-rose, green lisianthus, and key to match the lock on the bride’s bouquet (picture courtesy of David Siglin).

Here’s the bride’s lock attached with peach pearl pins on the burlap and lace ribbon (taken on my iPhone).

Corsages with mini green hydrangeas, mini white roses, peach and green hypericum berries, and some fresh lavender from my flowerbed (picture taken on my iPhone).

Altar arrangement in honor of grandparents who could not be at the wedding–irises for one grandmother, spring flowers for another, and fresh fruit (blueberry branches, lemons, and limes) for a grandfather. Used extra burlap to tie in to the rest of the wedding theme. Same flowers as the bouquets, with purple delphiniums and orange calla lilies as well (picture taken on my iPhone).

Bouts with green pom-pom mums, green hypericum berries, and thin white ribbon (picture taken on my iPhone).

Bout up close (picture courtesy of David Siglin).

Instead of corsages, the mothers carried nosegays. The mother of the bride’s is on the left and matches the bride’s bouquet; the mother of the groom’s is on the right and matches the groom’s boutonniere (picture taken on my iPhone).

Last but not least…the tossing bouquet… (picture courtesy of David Siglin).

This wedding was so much fun–maybe my most fun wedding yet–because of ALL of the brilliant, vivid colors! The bright pinks and corals were so pretty! And even though the pink peonies are expensive, they were worth every penny! And I had fun having my sister help me with the bouquets the night before the wedding.

Summer Bounty Meal Plan for the Last Full Week of July!

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included Bio-Way Farms’ Cherry Tomatoes, Bio-Way Farms’ Zucchini, Hurricane Creek Bok Choy, Local Blueberries, Local Bi-Color Corn, Bananas, Local Peaches, Red Leaf Lettuce, Red Potatoes, Local Celery, Lemons, and Jumbo Red Onions.

This Week’s Meal Plan (via PepperPlate.com):

Recipes from This Week’s Meal Plan:

We were out of town last weekend for my husband’s grandmother’s funeral, so my sister graciously created last week’s meal plan. If you missed it, check it out here.

Rainy Day Basket and Weekly Meal Plan

Hope your gardens and flowerbeds are enjoying all this rain! It’s perfect weather for curling up with a cup of organic coffee and a good book, listening to the pitter patter of April showers. And I’m certainly looking forward to this week’s basket from Milk and Honey Organics as the April showers bring in the May flowers this coming week!

This Week’s Basket Included: Lemons, Yellow Jumbo Onions, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Cucumbers, Red Delicious Apples, Local Collards, Bananas, Silver Dollar Mushrooms, Blueberries, Grape Tomatoes, Bio-Way Farms’ Garlic Scapes (the Curly Green Onion looking bunch), and Bio-Way Farms’ Lettuce.

This Week’s Menu Plan (via PepperPlate.com):

Some New Recipes From This Week’s Menu:

Other Recipes can be found on the Recipes Archive page on the M&H blog.

Weekly Basket and Meal Plan

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included: Hurricane Creek Farms‘ Romaine Lettuce, Parisi Farms‘ Kale, Local Chef’s Greenhouse Tomatoes (Wait until you see these Beautiful Italian tomatoes!!), Watsonia Farms’ Green Cabbage, Covington (NC) Sweet Potatoes, Lemons, Bananas, Red Onions, Shallots, and Cauliflower (Not shown, but in most baskets: Valencia Oranges, Kiwi, and Ataulfo Mangos; we received extra of other items instead).

This Week’s Meal Plan (via PepperPlate.com):

Featured Recipe of the Week:

Caribbean Sweet Potato and Banana Bread (contains coconut and pecans)

The rest of the recipes from the meal plan can be found on the M&H Blog’s Recipes Archive page. Bon Appetit!

Weekly Basket and Meal Plan

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included Parisi Root Mix (Rutabagas and Turnips), Hurricane Creek Cucumbers, Hurricane Creek Lettuce, Hurricane Creek Tomatoes, Parisi Kale, Asparagus, Navel Oranges, Jumbo Red Onions, Green Beans, Lemons, and Gala Apples. (Some baskets may have received Kiwi in place of something else pictured above.)

This Week’s Meal Plan using PepperPlate.com:

Recipes from this Week’s Meal Plan:

Produce Spotlight: Lemons

I can’t help but smile when I see the sunshine of lemons sitting on my table or in my fridge! We all know the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” And that’s a great use for lemons; but lemons can be used for so many more things. Lemons are an amazing and beautiful fruit, nutrient dense and full of benefits for your body. Lemon juice is a natural antibacterial and high in Vitamin C, which can boost our immune systems while assisting in calcium absorption. It’s also great for reducing phlegm and stomach irritation. Here are some ideas to get you started. The possibilities are endless!

Whole Fruit:

  • A bowl of whole lemons makes a beautiful centerpiece.
  • Or you can add them to the bottom of a large vase and top with a flower arrangement.
  • Smell a lemon if you have a sweet craving you’re trying to curb!

Wedges and Slices:

  • Add to water for an alkalizing effect.
  • Add to punch for added flavor.
  • Add to hot tea with honey to help a sore throat.

Juice (the Inside):

  • Make lemonade, of course!
  • Add to your favorite recipes: works well with savory and sweet dishes.
  • Add to your washing machine or dishwasher to help whiten clothes and rinse dishes.
  • Add to cut fruit (like apples and bananas) or other produce (like potatoes and avocados) to slow down oxidation (what turns them brown).
  • Combine with water and use as a natural face cleanser (watch the eyes!).
  • Lighten up your hair!
  • Lemon Juice, Vinegar and Water make a great all-natural all-purpose household cleaner.
  • Lemon Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar and Salt Water (equal parts) makes a great spray for your next grilled pork or chicken cookout (sprinkle meat with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and spray with solution throughout grilling process)!

Peel (the Outside):

  • Add zest to dishes for extra bright touch to your meal.
  • Drop down the garbage disposal to remove those unpleasant odors.
  • Dry excess zest and save for future recipes.

Leftovers:

  • Rub the inside of the used lemon on  your cut boards to naturally cleanse.
  • Or add baking soda to the inside of the used lemon and rub on your elbows as a natural exfoliator.
  • Set a bowl of halved and juiced lemons out as a natural air freshener.
  • Put small pieces of lemons in cracks where bugs get in as a natural repellant.
  • Rub on your hands and wash them with salt to remove garlic, onion, and fish odors.
  • Finally, throw the used lemons in your compost or add them directly to the soil below plants that grow best in acidic soils, like azaleas, rhododendrons and hydrangeas.

Helpful Sources:

This Week’s Basket and Recipe Ideas

This week brought us another beautiful basket from Milk and Honey Organics!

Quick Fixes for This Week’s Basket:

  • Fuji Apples (Apple Pie, Chopped Apples on Oatmeal)
  • Banana, Yellow, Eco (Peruvian) (Peel and freeze in baggies for Smoothies, Use in Banana Splits, or Dehydrate Banana Chips for a fun snack)
  • Blueberries, North Carolina (Great in Pancakes or on top of your favorite Cereal with a handful of Chopped Nuts)
  • Broccoli, Local (Steam and Top with Cheese or eat fresh in a Broccoli Salad)
  • Carrots, With Tops (Chop and Steam, then top with a little butter and brown sugar or orange marmalade; or you can always make Carrot Cake)
  • Lemons, Choice (It’s a great time of year for lemonade!)
  • Lettuce, Green Leaf, Local (Great for fresh salads or lettuce wraps)
  • Tommy Atkins Mangos (Use as an Ice Cream Topping or add to a Smoothie)
  • Portabella Mushrooms (Slice on top of homemade pizza; brush with olive oil and sea salt and add to shish-kabobs; saute in butter and garlic until golden brown, add shiraz and simmer about 10 minutes, add sharp cheddar cheese and melt)
  • White Peaches, South Carolina (Great on oatmeal or sliced with whipped cream)
  • Yams, Covington Sweet Potatoes, N.C. (Sweet Potato Fries, Chips, or Wedges)
  • Parisi Chard (Add to a Quiche or Egg Casserole, or eat raw in your salad)
  • Parisi Kale (Add to a fresh salad with roasted nuts and a sweet and spicy Asian-style salad dressing)
  • Parisi Patty Pan Squash (Scoop out the center, saute with garlic in olive oil, and spoon back into the shell to serve) 

Other Recipes for This Week’s Basket:

Toad in a Pattypan Hole (http://kitchen-parade-veggieventure.blogspot.com/2010/07/toad-in-pattypan-hole.html)

Fuji Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream (http://www.nibbledish.com/people/worldpeas/recipes/fuji-apple-crisp-w-vanilla-ice-cream)

Peaches and Green Smoothie (http://foodloveswriting.com/2011/05/25/peaches-n-green-smoothie/)

Honey-glazed Carrots (http://nourishedkitchen.com/honey-glazed-carrots/)

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Hashbrowns (http://nourishedkitchen.com/sweet-potatohashbrowns/)

Roasted Carrots and Mushrooms with Thyme (http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2006/03/roasted-carrots-and-mushrooms-with.html)

Kale and Lemon Chips (http://www.elanaspantry.com/lemon-kale-chips/)

The Perfect Salad (http://myjourneytolean.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/recipe-the-perfect-salad/)

Sweet Potato and Edamame Hash (http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-potato-and-edamame-hash-10000001975698/)

Swiss Chard and Swiss Cheese Egg Pie (http://myjourneytolean.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/recipe-swiss-chard-and-swiss-cheese-egg-pie/)

Sweet Potatoes with Collards and Aduki Beans – substitute Kale or Chard for Collards (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/2840)

Swiss Chard Wrapped Salmon (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/2642)

Mango Breakfast Parfait with Cherry Banana Soft Serve (http://ohsheglows.com/2011/05/31/mango-breakfast-parfait-with-cherry-banana-soft-serve/)