Welcome to My City Adventures. I'm Kiara Watts and my daughter is Lilyanna Watts. My City Adventures is about our explorations as we live our everyday life.

Welcome to My City Adventures!

Greetings, fellow explorer! Welcome to My City Adventures. I’m Kiara Watts and my daughter is Lilyanna Watts. My City Adventures is about our explorations as we live our everyday life. Below are examples of what you’ll read about here.

  • special events like festivals, performing arts, and concerts
  • reviews of delicious restaurants
  • my tales of being a parent
  • how I navigate being Black in America
  • stories of people we meet
  • historic landmarks and city attractions
  • fun discoveries from our “walking tours”
  • blogging tips and tricks that work for me
  • how faith in God shapes our days

Greetings, fellow explorer! Welcome to My City Adventures. I'm Kiara Watts and my daughter is Lilyanna Watts. My City Adventures is about our explorations as we live our everyday life.

The foundation for My City Adventures was laid early in my childhood. My mother frequently traveled for work and would often take my younger sister and me with her. Seeing so many places and cultures was such a thrilling part of growing up. With my sense of adventure already developing, I began seeking ways to express myself creatively. I started writing short stories, taking photographs, and even painting. Although, my painting is another creature, entirely. As you can see, My City Adventures features my stories and photography. Not my paintings.

Everyone you ask will say that having children will change your life. And everyone is right. Once Lilyanna was born in 2012, my eyes were opened to what it is to raise a child in the (urban) city. I searched for activities and events that could be considered more “kid friendly”. What I found was a ton of awesome ways to experience my hometown and beyond in a new light. Each day I am amazed at the things/places/people we encounter simply by looking for stuff that I think Lilyanna will like and I will enjoy as well.

Lilyanna Watts about me photo for My City Adventures

Lilyanna is such a wonderful, sassy, beautiful, intelligent little girl to be around. I definitely give credit to part of what makes her so special to the environment where she’s being raised. There is something undeniably unique about life in the city, in comparison to living in the suburbs, or country. Even at four years old, Lilyanna has a certain awareness to how the world around her works that I didn’t have when I grew up in suburban Raytown, MO.

Inspiration for My City Adventures comes from some of my favorite bible verses, Philippians 4:10-13. Through all the blessings that God has brought me I have learned to love where I am from (Kansas City, MO) and appreciate what other cities have to offer. All in a way that I’m able to glorify God. I hope you enjoy My City Adventures! Also, don’t be a stranger. You can also connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@MyCityAdventures).

My City Adventures is about the stories of me, Kiara Watts, and my daughter, Lilyanna Watts as we explore in our everyday life.

Borgman's Dairy Farm is all about heritage, quality, and choice. The dairy farm makes several goat milk products, including the best ever cajeta!

Borgman’s Dairy Farm Makes Best Ever Goat Milk Caramel Sauce!

Over the past 80 years, Borgman’s Dairy Farm has earned a well established history in the Kansas City dairy industry.  This Grade A farmstead, goat dairy, and creamery is just minutes from downtown Kansas City.  Started in 1935 by the current owner’s, Randy and Dr. Janet Smith, grandmother, the farm has always been family owned.

Borgman's Dairy Farm goat milk products are sold at local Kansas City grocers, farmers markets. Products include, goat cheesecake, flavored goat cheeses, and cajeta.
Borgman’s Dairy Farm demo day at local Hen House

Husband and wife team Randy and Dr. Janet Smith are the current owners of Borgman’s Dairy Farm. Janet has a PhD and MBA. She is also a veteran of the United States Army. Randy is a Chemist, Physicist and Quality Engineer. Together, their experience and education allows them to combine artisan practices with scientific and high-tech methods to create safe, healthy, and delicious dairy products.

Husband and wife team Randy and Dr. Janet Smith use their experience and expertise to make the freshest possible Borgman's Dairy Farm goat milk products.
Randy Smith at Kansas City Food Circle Pop-up Shop

Borgman’s has always been a farmstead dairy.  Farmstead means that the products sold come from the farmer’s herd of animals.  Because Borgman’s products come directly from their goats, customers get reassurance that they are buying the freshest, best quality dairy products. The owners control milk quality from start to finish.  Also, all of Borgman’s products are pasteurized and/or cooked.

Borgman's Dairy Farm is all about heritage, quality, and choice. The dairy farm makes several goat milk products, including the best ever cajeta!
Borgman’s Dairy Farm makes cajeta in Salted Caramel and Bourbon flavors

Borgman’s Dairy Farm has provided two jars of their Salted Caramel and Bourbon flavored cajetas for the Ultimate Kansas City Hotspot Giveaway. You can find the link below. Goat milk caramel sauce, or Cajeta, is a Mexican confection of thickened sweet caramelized goat’s milk. Borgman’s Dairy Farm makes cajeta from the milk of healthy and happy goats raised on the farm.  First they heat the goat’s milk to a simmer, add a pinch of baking soda (for caramelization), and then continually stir it over high heat until it reduces to a creamy, yet slightly tangy caramel sauce. No shortcuts allowed! It takes several hours to make each batch of cajeta. Because the milk changes with the seasons, the milk is carefully observed as it reduces into the freshest form of caramel sauce. Borgman’s Dairy Farm is just one of a handful of dairies producing cajeta and is the only grade A goat dairy in Kansas City manufacturing it.

The Ultimate Kansas City Hotspot Giveaway!

Borgman’s herd consist of 200 registered alpine and lamancha goats  Each one produces about one gallon of milk per day. The Borgman’s Dairy Farm goats receive great housing, food, and medical care. In return they give Borgman’s the use of their milk.  Their offspring provides the sustainable continuation of a fresh milk supply for future years.

Borgman's Dairy Farm was started in 1935 by current owner's, Randy and Dr. Janet Smith, grandmother. This Grade A farmstead, goat farm, and creamery is located close to downtown Kansas City.
Borgman’s Dairy Farm in the Fall

The Smiths plan to move the Farmstead Creamery to an Urban Creamery in the West Bottoms of Kansas City, MO.  The new Borgman’s Dairy Farm Urban Creamery will support small local farmers by purchasing milk to make artisan cheeses and specialty dairy products for the local, national, and international marketplace.

Borgman's Dairy Farm is one of just a handful of dairies that make cajeta. Randy and Dr. Janet Smith use their experience and expertise to ensure they are selling the freshest, best quality goat milk products.

Thank you for reading and I hope you’re having a fantastic summer!

Bill Denney, owner of Little Bill's Pimento Cheese, can be found at the City Market on weekends. His Southern style pimento cheese is based on his grandmother's recipe.

Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese

Anyone who frequents the City Market enough, has surely heard of Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese. If you haven’t, you’re in the right place! Bill Denney, owner of this Kansas City-based company, sells his Southern style pimento cheese at local farmers’ markets, stores, and shops.

Bill Denney, owner of Little Bill's Pimento Cheese can be found at the City Market on weekends. His artisan pimento cheese is made from his grandmother's Southern style recipe.

Denney’s inspiration came from his grandmother, Mary Ruth. She was well-known for preparing her pimento cheese for every family gathering. After she passed, Denney tinkered with the idea of taking the recipe and producing pimento cheese himself.

Charcuterie Plate featuring Little Bill's Pimento Cheese.
Charcuterie Plate featuring Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese

He, however ran into a snag when he realized that his grandmother’s recipe was never written out. Most of his relatives were simply recreating what they thought was her recipe. By combining his experience in the food industry, a love for cooking and a little entrepreneurial spirit, he came up with a recipe he felt was a close to his grandmother’s as possible. Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese was born.

Mini Chili Cup Bites with Little Bill's Pimento Cheese
Mini Chili Cup Bites with Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese

Are you thinking, “Why would I want pimento cheese”? Well, just know that it’s not the mass-produced stuff you might have seen at your grocery store. Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese is made fresh with no preservatives. It comes in three flavors; original, jalapeño, and bacon. It’s made with shredded cheddar cheese, cream cheese, red peppers, mayonnaise, and a few secret ingredients.

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Bill Denney sells his cheese at the City Market on weekends. You can also find it at The Sundry, Taste of Brazil, Hy-Vee’s in Overland Park, Liberty, and on Barry Road.Overland Park’s Hy-Vee, Liberty’s Hy-Vee and Barry Road Hy-Vee.

Here are some recipes using Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese:

Grilled Jalapeno Peppers Stuffed with Pimento Cheese

Bill Denney's Pimento Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers
Bill Denney’s Pimento Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

1 12-ounce tub of Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese

12-15 jalapeño peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded

3-4 strips of cooked bacon

Grill peppers over medium-hot heat for 4-5 minutes or until peppers are almost tender. Remove peppers from grill, let cool enough to handle, fill peppers with Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese, top with bacon and place back on grill until cheese is melted.

Pimento Cheese Pinwheels

1 package (8 ounces) of refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

Approximately half a tub of your favorite Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unroll dough on work surface, firmly press perforations and seams together to form 12 x 8 rectangle. Spread with Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese. Chill for one hour for easy slicing. Cut into 16 slices with a very sharp knife. Place the slices 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Bake 13-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs

Little Bill's Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs
Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs

Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and cover with enough water that there’s at least 1 1/2 inches of water above the eggs. Heat on high until water begins to boil, cover, turn the heat to low, and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and leave covered for 14 minutes, then rinse under cold water for 1 minute.

Crack eggshells and carefully peel under cool running water. Gently dry with paper towels. Slice the eggs in half lengthwise, removing yolks to a medium bowl, and placing the whites on a serving platter.

Mash the yolks into a fine crumble using a fork and add 2 tablespoons of Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese, any variety, for every 4-6-egg yolks, and mix well. Evenly disperse heaping teaspoons of the yolk mixture into the egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika and chives/green onions and serve.

If you have any leftover cheese/yolk mixture, save it and spread on toast for a fantastic sandwich.

Bill Denney, owner of Little Bill's Pimento Cheese, can be found at the City Market on weekends. His artisan pimento cheese is based on his grandmother's Southern style recipe.

Enough of me just talking about it. Want to enjoy Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese yourself? Of course you do! Here’s your chance! Bill Denney has supplied the Ultimate Kansas City Hotspot Giveaway with three gift cards. That means you can get three of your favorite Little Bill’s Pimento Cheese flavors or try one of each. Just follow the link below to enter the giveaway. (Be sure to subscribe to Kiara Loves KC first.)

The Ultimate Kansas City Hotspot Giveaway!

Thank you for reading and I hope you’re having a fantastic summer!

Christine Walker, owner of Just Bee Soapy in Kansas City, sells homemade soaps, lotions, and other bath and body products at the City Market.

Just Bee Soapy in Kansas City

What does an Olathe school teacher have in common with the City Market? Soap. Christine Walker, owner of Just Bee Soapy, has sold her homemade bath time delights since 2013.

Christine Walker is the owner of Just Bee Soapy in Kansas City. She sells her homemade honey and beeswax bath products at the City Market.

Walker makes her fanciful designed soaps from honey and beeswax. She also makes lotions, body butters, lip balms, and more. You’ll find her at the City Market on weekends throughout the summer. Just look for the Busy Bee Acres booth.

Christine Walker is the owner of Just Bee Soapy in Kansas City. She sells her homemade honey and beeswax bath products at the City Market.

In keeping it all in the family, Walker gets the key ingredients for her Just Bee Soapy products from her father, Bob Harrison, of Busy Bee Acres. Busy Bee Acres specializes in, you probably guessed it, honey.

Christine Walker is the owner of Just Bee Soapy in Kansas City. She sells her homemade honey and beeswax bath products at the City Market.

In earlier years Busy Bee Acres had a partnership with local Kansas City makers who made soaps from their honey. When that ended Walker took over with Just Bee Soapy creations.

Christine Walker is the owner of Just Bee Soapy in Kansas City. She sells her homemade honey and beeswax bath products at the City Market.

With a new school year beginning, Walker will close shop for 2016 after the second weekend of August. (Hurry to the City Market to check out her beautiful and wonderfully scented bath and body products!) She occasionally sets up at local craft fairs. In addition, she has plans to create an online site for Just Bee Soapy. Christine Walker can be reached at justbeesoapy@gmail.com.

Christine Walker is the owner of Just Bee Soapy in Kansas City. She sells her homemade honey and beeswax bath products at the City Market.

To celebrate summer in Kansas City, I’m hosting a giveaway featuring my favorite hotspot, the City Market. Currently valued at over $150, this giveaway will introduce you to products sold in the market and the people behind them. (Including a fabulous bath and body gift set from Just Bee Soapy!) To enter subscribe to Kiara Loves KC then follow the link below.

The Ultimate Kansas City Hotspot Giveaway

Thank you for reading and I hope you’re having a wonderful summer!

What’s New with Kiara Loves KC

Hello and welcome to a growing Kiara Loves KC! Every so often I post an update on what’s new me. However, a lot has changed over the past year so this will be the first in a series of three or four. You can look forward to reading about fun stuff happening with Kiara Loves KC and what I really think of blogging. I’ll also give you an up close and personal look into how I’ve grown.

The Roasterie Cafe Tour in Kansas City - Kiara Loves KC

Kiara Loves KC started from a simple idea to write about the places we go and the things we do in Kansas City. I often heard people complain about there being nothing to do here. Which is the complete opposite of my family’s experience. Our calendar is always full of fantastic events. So I began to share them. Then I had the crazy idea to blog about them.

The Beginning

The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art's annual Passport to India Festival featured food, music, dancing, art, and culture all in celebration of India. - Kiara Loves KC

Kiara Loves KC’s first post was published on January 1, 2014. From the beginning I have continuously endeavored to inspire people to develop a greater appreciation for everything that represents Kansas City. When I started blogging I was a stay at home wife and mother. That time of my life was a huge inspiration to find family and budget friendly activities. But as I’ve discovered that doesn’t mean we spend our weekends going down the slide at the park. Philippians 4:12 brings a deeper meaning to my philosophy. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Indeed, I am blessed to be able to survive and thrive in this richly diverse city. More on that soon…

Black History Month 2016. The Black Archives of Mid-America - Kiara Loves KC

Kansas City is overflowing with hundreds of free or uber cheap events and activities throughout the year. Plus the city has such an eclectic culture that anyone from any walk of life can find something with which they can connect. Whether you are wealthy, middle class, or poor; this city has something for you. Your race, identity, religion, age, and whatever else don’t matter. Kansas City has a myriad of things that will relate to who you are as an individual and as a member of your community. I love that! That is the story of my life in Kansas City. That is the message that I want to share with as many as possible.

Getting to Know Kansas City

Blog Talk KC dinner at Seasons 52 - Kiara Loves KC

I recently started two series that highlight local people and businesses in creative ways. Meet Kansas City is the first. The stories shared through Meet Kansas City bring attention to local people I’ve met who are doing incredible things in the city. It also highlights places and businesses that I believe are making positive impact. The second is KC Daily. My inspiration came from the idea of quirky American holidays like National Doughnut Day. I thought it would be fun to put a unique Kansas City twist on them. What I didn’t expect was the fresh perspective and sense of pride I would get from these daily postings. I learn something new and fascinating about this city with each post. The people and places that make Kansas City so amazing should be and can be celebrated everyday. KC Daily proves that.

River Market Antiques Mall - Kansas City - Kiara Loves KC

I’m proud to say that Kiara Loves KC is a steadily evolving success. As I continue to grow so will this blog and I think that’s as it should be. One thing I would like to work on is pinning a real description of what this blog is to better explain it to people when they ask, “What is Kiara Loves KC?”. However, for now think of Kiara Loves KC as a city guide from the perspective of a 30-something black woman, mother, and child of God who is passionate about Kansas City.

Kansas City Streetcar - Kiara Loves KC

Thank you for connecting with Kiara Loves KC! I truly appreciate every person who reads, likes, and shares my posts. For more of our adventures, including #meetkansascity and #kcdaily, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.