Happy Easter, sweet friends! Let us catch up today on Sunday’s Life Among The Blooms No. 21. I have lots of stuff to share with you.
Hope you have your cup of coffee or tea ready. Here on Sundays, I talk about random things going on over at White Lilac Farmhouse and things that stop me in my tracks.
Happy Easter to you! I hope you have a wonderful day. Enjoy the blessings and the meaning of Easter.
I will be cooking for family and friends. Some of my children will be missing this year. They will be spending Easter with their spouse’s family. My son who is a morning news anchor will be working to fill in for others. It is hard when they are not home for a holiday. We need to make the best of it.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT WHITE LILAC FARMHOUSE
Where do I even begin on this edition of Sunday’s Life Among The Blooms No. 21? There has been lots going on over at the house. Projects are being worked on and about to happen.
Retreat In Kansas City, MO
Last weekend, I spent it in Kansas City, MO. I met up with six of my blogger friends for a small retreat. It was a wonderful time well spent working hard, sharing knowledge, and learning from one another.
We stayed in a lovely Bed & Breakfast, Cedar Crest Lodge. The Innkeepers, Matt and Laura Cunningham and their staff were wonderful.
The food was incredible and delicious from their homemade pizzas from their outdoor pizza oven to their homemade desserts. We were never hungry!
Cedar Crest Lodge is located less than an hour from Kansas City on 111 beautiful acres in Pleasanton, KS. The hilltop views are breath taking along with the sunsets.
It was the perfect getaway with wonderful friends.
Shopping in Kansas City
Sunday, the ladies headed over to the Historic West Bottoms for some shopping. What a fun adventure!
What are The West Bottoms? West Bottoms is a historical industrial neighborhood of Kansas City, MO. It is along the border of Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS. It is where the Missouri and Kansas Rivers meet.
Many of the historical industrial buildings were built in the early 1900s for major regional stockyards, train yards, and factories. Now, these buildings have been converted into office spaces, boutiques, restaurants, antique stores and more.
I regret not taking photos of some of the lovely boutique entrances. It is a wonderful area that is on my list to go back with an SUV to haul things home. If you love antiques, it is a wonderful place to find and look for treasures.
My friend Amy, Amy Sadler Designs introduced me to a store in Kansas City, MO, Nell Hill’s. I instantly fell in love! What impressed me the most were the items in the store had various price points.
Have you ever walked into a store and could not afford anything? This store had beautiful items from expensive to affordable. I needed an empty suitcase. This gal did manage to get a few items carried on the plane.
In Maryland, we have been enjoying wonderful temperatures all week. We are near the water. It is such a treat to see wildlife in the area.
Maryland is known for our wonderful Blue Crabs. We love to steam crabs during the summer. If you have never had them and love seafood, Blue Crabs taste amazing.
We also have Fidler Crabs. Have you ever heard of them? These photos were taken this week.
What is a Fidler Crab?
Fiddler crabs are small crustaceans with distinctive enlarged claws. They live on beaches, coastal mud flats and marshes throughout the Chesapeake Bay. Many Fidler Crabs prefer brackish water.
These tiny little crabs are less than 1 to 1.5 inches in width. Fiddler crabs have four pairs of walking legs.
Some interesting facts:
- The claws on female Fidler Crabs are the same size.
- Male Fidler Crabs have one extremely large claw. The Male’s enlarged major claw is not for fighting off predators. The primary purpose of the large claw is to attract a mate and discourage rivals.
- If a male loses its major claw, the remaining claw on the opposite side grows to the same size as the lost claw. The new claw that grows becomes the smaller claw.
- Fiddler crabs eat algae, bacteria, and decaying marsh plants. They feed by sifting through sand or mud for food particles.
- The males will dig a burrow for sleeping, mating, and hibernating.
- To attract a female the male Fiddler Crab will wave his claw in front of his burrow. It is like “hey you want to come stay with me”? LOL
ON THE BLOG
It has been a busy week bringing lots of wonderful inspiration to you. I joined some fabulous bloggers for kitchen round ups, crafting with air dry clay and spring front porch ideas.
If you missed my posts, they are linked below.
How To Make Your Front Porch More Appealing
Beautiful and Easy DIY Air Dry Clay Napkin Rings
This week, I joined a group of eight crafty bloggers to share spring projects using Air Dry Clay. How fun is that? They are called The Handcrafted Society. It is a monthly get-together where they share a themed project with their readers. I was excited to be a guest contributor this month. You can read more about it here. It was such a blast!
15 Easy and Beautiful Tips for Kitchen Decorating
My sweet friend Rachel, The Ponds Farmhouse got together some of her blogging friend to share with our readers 15 best kitchen ideas for 2023. You are going to be amazed at transformations and lots of budget friendly ideas for your kitchen. Check out the post here.
WHAT I AM LOVING
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BEAUTIFUL INSPIRATION FROM OTHERS
Here are some of my favorite inspirations from others this week.
Do you love Deviled Eggs? My dear friend, Jen of Midwest Life and Style is sharing not one recipe but tow for Deviled Eggs. Yum!
Here is a beautiful table scape by Leslie of My 100 Year Old Home. She shows us how to set a beautiful table with Easter colors.
Are you looking to add some new flowers to your flower beds? How about some Zinnias? My good friend, Stacy from Bricks ‘N Blooms shows us how we can grow Zinnias. They are wonderful in a cut flower bed to bring into your home.
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Hope you have a Happy Easter, sweet friend!
Leslie Watkins says
Happy Easter, sweet friend! Always love your inspiration!
Thank you so much, Leslie.