Good morning, sweet friends! Welcome to Sundays Life Among The Blooms! Hope you have your cup of coffee or tea for some inspiration.
Here on Sundays, I talk about random things going on over at White Lilac Farmhouse and things that stop me in my tracks.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT WHITE LILAC FARMHOUSE
Over Christmas and New Year holidays, I spent time with my family and friends. It was a wonderful time and enjoyed every minute of it.
It important to take time to slow down to relax. We watched movies and played games. We rung in the New Year with our wonderful neighbors and good friends.
New year new beginnings
When the new year rolls around, it is the perfect opportunity to renew yourself. We look at it as an opportunity for new beginnings.
Each year I do two things: 1) select two things I want to learn for the year; and 2) select a word for the year. I have been doing this since 2013.
You are never to old to learn something new! Over the years, I have taken harp lessons; retaught myself to knit; to wallpaper; learn to make homemade pasta (in Italy); etc. You get the idea.
Sometimes it is learning something completely out of my comfort zone. I do say that learning something new is refreshing. It can challenge you.
I have found that is brings me joy! A sense of accomplishment and inspiration too.
What two things did I choose this year to learn?
I want to learn how to make French Croissants. There is a lot to learn to master the art of making Croissants. I am willing to give it a try!
The second item on my list for 2023, learn to cut and put up molding. I am a DIYer. There are many projects in my house to do. I would love to put up the molding myself. Whether it is board and batten or a feature wall, I want to breakout those power tools in 2023.
My word for 2023 is “Healing”. It is not about a resolution to lose weight. It’s about healing physically, mentally and spiritually. It is a word to dig deep to get to root of issues in all three areas. I will talk about it more another time.
behind the scenes
Meanwhile, there has been a lot of things going on behind the scenes here. January is a big declutter and reorganize month for me.
Like many others, I go through the house to give it a good cleaning, purge and organize cabinets, drawers, closets, etc.
Another major task has been working behind the scenes on my blog. As a blogger there are lots of moving parts. Owning your website involves hours of work to maintain it.
Technology is constantly changing too. With technology changes, it requires a blogger to adjust and keep ahead with all of the “techie stuff”. Last weekend and most evenings this week have been spent doing maintenance and updating work.
It cost money to have a blog. It is why you see affiliate links, advertising and sponsored posts. The monies earn help me to bring you more posts and tutorials.
on the blog
I have a great post for some budget friendly ideas for Valentine’s. You can click on the link below to read.
Throughout the month of January, I will be decluttering and organizing. I will be putting together some great storage tips & tricks series. Stay tune for another series next week.
BEAUTIFUL INSPIRATIONS FROM OTHERS
Look at these beautiful moss branches? My sweet friend Jennifer, Cottage On Bunker Hill has a tutorial on how your can make these moss branches.
Are you ready for the spring? Thinking about your gardens? My friend Stacy is a master gardener. She has this wonderful post on Easy-Care Cottage Garden ideas. If you are like me and love a Cottage Garden, you will enjoy her post.
This fresh lemon wreath by Wendy, WM Design House is a stunner. Lemon Trees are in season right now. Wendy used fresh lemons to create a gorgeous wreath. She has the full tutorial here.
A FEW FAVORITE RECIPES
Leslie, Feet Under My Table has a wonderful Coconut Cake recipe.
On Make Mine A Spritzer, Juliet shows us how to make a Lavender Meyer Lemon Tom Collins cocktail. It looks delicious.
How about a Milky Way Martini? My friends and I made these on New Year’s Eve. Beware they go down too smooth!
Milky Way Martinis
Vanilla Vodka – 1 oz.
Caramel Vodka – 1 oz.
Cream de Cacoa – 1 oz.
Bailey’s Irish Cream – 2 oz
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well. Drizzle Martini glasses with either caramel or chocolate syrup. Pour cocktail into two Martini glasses. Enjoy! You will love them!
Hope you enjoyed this week’s Sundays Life Among The Blooms. If you missed my previous newsletters click here. Enjoy you week!
Blessings to you, sweet friend!