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Week In Review: Earth, Humanity, and Sunflowers

As If We Had Another One To Go To

What a week this has been!  So much tragedy.  My heart truly goes out to the victims of the Boston Marathon and West, Texas.  So much pain and suffering.  And yet, my faith in humanity is not shaken but revitalized.  Amidst evil deeds, we find so much goodness in people.  The actions of this week are another example that we as a human race are not gonna “let the bad guys win.”

batman and boston

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In the spirit of humanity and hospitality, I wanted to share a blog post that I stumbled upon this week from Table Culture.  Keeping True to You discusses entertaining and the importance of making people feel welcome and comfortable in your home.

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Here are some delicious recipes that I discovered from other bloggers this week that I can’t wait to try!

Slow Cooker Loquat Butter from For The Love of Chow

Cremini Mushroom Turnover Appy’s from Maggie’s One Butt Kitchen

Persian Love Cake from Fae’s Twist and Tango

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Earth Day is Monday!  To get ready for it, why not bake some fun cupcakes from Bird On A Cake to celebrate!

Photo Courtesy of Bird On A Cake

Photo Courtesy of Bird On A Cake

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When I think of the earth, I think of gardening.  And gardening to me means not only delicious fresh veggies and herbs, but flowers.  Beautiful flowers to fill the house with.  And sunflowers are a favorite (they were even part of my wedding).  So I was very excited to hear that Kate’s Creative Space was starting The Great Sunflower Race of 2013!  Check out her blog for details and join the race by planting some sunflower seeds!

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And don’t forget there is still time to Vote for my Balsamic Strawberry Pie photo in the Food Stories April Food Photo Contest!  You can vote as many times as you like and I greatly appreciate any and all support!!

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Catch up with this week’s Green Door Hospitality posts!

Elegant and Affordable:  Truffled Mac and Cheese

Homemade Staples:  Meyer Lemon Curd

Spring Tablescapes:  Blue is Bold, Blue is Beautiful

Wordless Wednesday — Evening Peace

Ingredient Spotlight:  White Truffle Oil

This Party Calls For a Theme:  Muppet Mania

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24 comments on “Week In Review: Earth, Humanity, and Sunflowers

  1. mmmarzipan
    April 19, 2013

    Love this week in review! Thanks for the links to your other posts and for the timely reminder of Earth Day. It’s been a challenging and heartbreaking week for many, news-wise- Lovely to come here for a message of hope/compassion and some lovely, comforting reading. x

  2. Cloches & Lavender
    April 19, 2013

    Great post!!

  3. The cupcakes are beyond perfect for earth day…they are amazing!!! Have a great weekend Kenley.

  4. the Painted Apron
    April 19, 2013

    Great post Kenley, lots to think about here…I did visit Keeping True to You, and enjoyed her stories. Have a great weekend, the cupcakes are adorable!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 19, 2013

      Thanks Jenna! Glad you enjoyed the Keeping True to You post. Have a great weekend as well!
      Kenley

  5. Blessings to all those affected by the tragedies of this week.
    Super Earth Day cupcakes to celebrate Mother Nature and
    all she does for us.
    Have a Fab weekend, Kensley.

  6. Home Seasons
    April 19, 2013

    Lovely Earth Day cupcakes you’re sharing! With so many things happening lately, we need to show everything on our Earth and planet some love.

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 19, 2013

      We sure do! I’ll be having a special post for Earth Day as well…not to mention spending the weekend in the garden 🙂
      Kenley

  7. lulu
    April 19, 2013

    Boy, Kenley, it seems that we’ve had more than our fair share of bad news this week and I find myself wondering where it’s all going to stop. I guess things like cooking, tablescaping, blogging are what we do to take our minds off the other stuff. Take good care.

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 19, 2013

      Yeah…it’s hard sometimes when there is so much tragedy going on. But the best we can do is look at the joy that we find around us and do things that make us happy — all the while helping out whenever we can.
      Take care as well!

  8. Mona Mac
    April 20, 2013

    I saw a quote by Gandhi today that struck a chord: “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty”. Let’s keep our doors and our hearts open… Have a wonderful weekend with your loved ones.

  9. Seriously, what a week! We don’t have TV, but I’ve been following the coverage of the events in Boston on my phone and computer…and it’s so true that amidst tragedy, the strength of the human spirit shines through. I love that tweet that you shared. My prayers are with the people of Boston right now!

    Thanks for the reminder about earth day! I would have forgotten that. And how yummy does that cupcake look with all of those bright colors?

    Snagged a few more votes for your photo. Hope it helps!

    Have a happy weekend, my friend.

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 21, 2013

      Yeah…we don’t have a TV either but have been staying in touch with everything via computer and phones as well.
      Thanks so much Lauren for the votes!! Greatly appreciated!
      Hope you’ve had a great weekend!
      Kenley

  10. leaner by the lake
    April 20, 2013

    I love that Batman tweet. Made me smile. So happy that Boston has some peace this weekend 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying yours as well!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 21, 2013

      Indeed! Thanks Eileen…it was a great and productive weekend! Hope yours was good! 🙂
      Kenley

  11. Thanks for the shout out, Kenley. I hope you are able to get your hands on some loquats soon!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 21, 2013

      It was my pleasure! And crazy — I actually dreamed of loquats last night!! Loquats as fruit, loquats as art, loquats as glaze colors for pottery. So weird. They are definitely on the brain!!
      K

  12. now at home mom
    April 20, 2013

    Indeed what a week has this been, praying for all the victims and family. just went by and voted for you again! I really hope you win Kenley! 🙂 Thank you for the reminder of Earth day on Monday! 🙂

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